07/23/10 11:39 PM ET
A-Rod, KC's Davies meet again in Bronx
By Adam Berry / MLB.com
As Alex Rodriguez continues his quest for home run No. 600, Kyle Davies will take the mound for the Royals. The right-handed Davies gave up Rodriguez's 500th career long ball, and the backdrop was eerily similar to this matchup: a Saturday game at Yankee Stadium.
"I guess I'll say the same thing as last time," Davies said. "It's a baseball game. I'm trying to keep the ball down to these guys.
"To me, it's another ballgame. I want to continue the path I've been on," Davies said. "If he hits 600, so be it. As long as we win the game."
But last time, on Aug. 4, 2007, Davies was making his first start for Kansas City and his first appearance in the Bronx, while Rodriguez had gone 10 days without a homer. Chalk it up to maturity, but Davies doesn't see himself being on the wrong end of a home run record for the second time in his career.
"Being in the pressure situations, you learn," he said. "You grow as a person and better yet, you grow as a pitcher. It makes it easier when you're in those types of situations later on.
"I'm not the one who wants to give it up."
Lining up opposite Davies, meanwhile, will be Sergio Mitre. The right-hander will be recalled from the disabled list before the game to start in Andy Pettitte's spot in the rotation. It will only be Mitre's third start of the year, following the two spot starts he made for Javier Vazquez in May. He is 0-1 with a 2.88 ERA this season, and he said he is better prepared to start now than he was then, as he was used to coming out of the bullpen at the time.
"When I did that, I wasn't quite as stretched out. This time, I have a little bit more. I should be good," Mitre said. "I don't feel pressure at all. Andy will be back. I'm just going to go out there and pitch and try to give the team an opportunity to win."
Mitre has thrown as many as 73 pitches in rehab, which he did Monday in Scranton, Pa. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said his pitch count will be around 90, depending on the weather, which was a factor in Friday's rain-delayed game.
"The most that he's thrown through this rehab process is 75. We usually like to increase it by about 15," Girardi said. "To me, when you get to that 75, that's when you start really watching carefully. If they're rolling along, if his sinker is straightening out, are his pitches starting to get up in the zone. That next 15 is the uncharted territory, so you have to watch carefully. Depending on how hot it is, that number might decrease."
Royals: DeJesus to undergo thumb surgery
David DeJesus is set to have surgery on his right thumb in Cleveland on Monday and will be forced to sit out until at least September. One of the team's top hitters and consistently impressive defenders, the 30-year-old DeJesus tore his ulnar collateral ligament in his thumb while chasing Derek Jeter's fly ball Thursday night in Yankee Stadium. "An all-around player of his caliber is really rare," Royals manager Ned Yost said Friday. "He's so underrated nationally." ... To help fill the void left by DeJesus, Kansas City called up Alex Gordon from Triple-A Omaha on Friday. Drafted as a third baseman in 2005, Gordon was hitting just .194 when he was sent down May 2 to start developing into an outfielder. Gordon started in right field Friday and went 0-for-4 with an error. "It's not the way we wanted to get Alex Gordon up here," Yost said. "We wanted to get Alex Gordon up here as an outfielder and see where he's at and see what he's capable of doing in an everyday routine. That has happened now."
Yankees: Posada hits RBI milestone
Jorge Posada became the 12th player in Yankees history to drive in 1,000 runs Friday night, as his double down the right-field line in the first inning put him in exclusive company. He is one of 24 active players with 1,000 RBIs. ... Nick Swisher was a late scratch from the lineup Friday due to discomfort in his left Achilles tendon. He was not able to nail down exactly when he suffered the injury, but the pain was evident, as he entered New York's clubhouse limping, with his left Achilles completely wrapped in bandages. ... Mark Teixeira, hit by a pitch in the first inning Friday, has safely reached base in 39 consecutive games. It's the longest streak of Teixeira's career and the longest by a Yankees player since Rodriguez's 53-game streak in 2004.
The Yanks are a season-high 27 games over .500 following their 7-1 win over the Royals on Friday. ... With their four-run first, the Yankees have now scored at least four runs in an inning 34 times -- the most in the Majors this season. ... The Royals are in a stretch in which they will have just one day off between July 16 and Aug. 15, including their current workload of 20 games in 20 days. Their next off-day will come in Seattle on Aug. 5.
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