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‘Royals’ pain as Yankees fall in finale: 5-4

Bases loaded with two outs as Jorge Posada was hoping to celebrate his birthday with a blast, instead the  New York Yankees (74-47) designated hitter struck out in the Bombers 5-4 loss to the Royals (51-73) on Wednesday night.

Alex Gordon had a three-run homer (15) along with a Billy Butler homer (15) to cap of a four run third inning. The Royals added an insurance run-which was enough to avoid the series sweep.

Leading the way for the Yankees was Curtis Granderson, who had a 3-for-4 night at the dish with a home run (34) and an RBI. Cather Russell Martin also went deep (13) in the top of the sixth inning. Derek Jeter continues to swing a hot stick, having a 4-for-5 night at the dish.

Royals reliever Joakim Soria, made the game interesting in the bottom of the ninth-as back-to-back singles by Jeter and Granderson set the stage for the Yankees. Second baseman Robinson Cano lifted a sacrifice fly to cut the Kansas City lead to one run, before a Nick Swisher walk set the stage for Posada.

Looking to celebrate his 40 birthday in style, Posada had a golden opportunity to help the Yankees complete a comeback victory. Instead the designated hitter looked at a 91 mph fastball in the middle of the plate, striking out to end the New York threat.

The Yankees will continue this road stretch with a four-game set with the Minnesota Twins (54-68). It will be lefty C.C. Sabathia (16-7, 2.93 ERA) taking on Brian Duensing (8-11, 4.53 ERA) with the first pitch slated for 8:10 p.m.

Written on August 18, 2011

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