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Home runs cost Bannister
Yankees 11, Royals 5
Brian Bannister allowed seven runs in a start for the first time this year. (Ed Zurga/AP)
 Brown's two-run double
Brian Bannister's quest for the American League Rookie of the Year Award hit a speed bump on Saturday night, when he allowed three home runs, including two to Alex Rodriguez, to take just his second loss in a span of 10 starts. Luke Hochevar, the top pick of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, pitched three shutout innings in his Major League debut.
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Series at a glance:
NYY
NY Yankees (80-62)
Won 4
NY Yankees 11, Kansas City 5   KC
Kansas City (62-79)
Lost 4
September 8, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
NY Yankees
0 0 2 2 0 7 0 0 0   11 14 0
Kansas City
0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 2   5 10 1
Standings thru 9/8/07  |  Gameday  |  Yankees Stats  |  Royals Stats
NY YankeesABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Damon, DH6232003.259
Jeter, SS3000001.318
  Gonzalez, SS3101004.000
Abreu, RF4122001.289
  a-Mientkiewicz, PH-1B1010000.228
Rodriguez, 3B3223101.317
  1-Duncan, PR-RF0000000.259
Matsui, LF4100012.292
Posada, C3100102.334
  b-Molina, PH-C1000012.246
Cano, 2B4020002.300
Betemit, 1B-3B4223101.229
Cabrera, CF4120101.296
Totals401114114220 

a-Singled for Abreu in the 8th. b-Struck out for Posada in the 8th.
1-Ran for Rodriguez in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Abreu 2 (31, Bannister, Braun), Cano (36, Bannister), Damon (21, Braun), Cabrera (22, Hochevar).
HR: Damon (10, 3rd inning off Bannister, 1 on, 2 out), Rodriguez 2 (51, 4th inning off Bannister, 1 on, 0 out; 6th inning off Bannister, 0 on, 0 out), Betemit (14, 6th inning off Braun, 2 on, 1 out).
TB: Damon 7; Abreu 4; Mientkiewicz; Rodriguez 8; Cano 3; Betemit 5; Cabrera 3.
RBI: Damon 2 (54), Rodriguez 3 (138), Betemit 3 (45), Gonzalez (1), Abreu 2 (94).
2-out RBI: Damon 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Abreu; Posada; Gonzalez 2; Cano.
S: Cano.
Team LOB: 9.

BASERUNNING
CS: Rodriguez (3, 2nd base by Bannister/LaRue).

FIELDING
DP: (Jeter-Cano-Betemit).

 
Kansas CityABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
German, 3B4020002.268
  a-Brazell, PH0100100.000
Grudzielanek, 2B3000012.304
  Smith, 2B2000014.200
Butler, 1B4220111.302
Sweeney, DH4131100.264
Teahen, RF3000003.286
  Costa, RF2002003.228
Brown, LF5022004.247
Pena, SS3010112.257
LaRue, C4000013.141
Gathright, CF2100200.313
Totals3651056524 

a-Walked for German in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Butler 2 (21, Pettitte, Britton), Brown (12, Pettitte), German (13, Pettitte).
TB: German 3; Butler 4; Sweeney 3; Brown 3; Pena.
RBI: Brown 2 (57), Costa 2 (12), Sweeney (33).
2-out RBI: Brown 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Pena; Grudzielanek; Smith; LaRue; Brown 2.
GIDP: Butler.
Team LOB: 10.

BASERUNNING
SB: German (10, 3rd base off Pettitte/Posada).

FIELDING
E: Pena (22, fielding).
Outfield assists: Teahen (Cano at home).

 
NY YankeesIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Pettitte (W, 13-8)6.17222403.78
Britton 1.22111103.27
Bruney 0.10223003.83
Ramirez 0.21000006.28
 
Kansas CityIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bannister (L, 12-8)5.07773133.46
Braun 1.04440017.15
Hochevar 3.03001100.00

Bannister pitched to 3 batters in the 6th.

HBP: Matsui (by Bannister), Rodriguez (by Hochevar).
Pitches-strikes: Pettitte 89-56, Britton 25-15, Bruney 20-5, Ramirez 7-7, Bannister 98-57, Braun 26-17, Hochevar 44-25.
Ground outs-fly outs: Pettitte 12-3, Britton 1-3, Bruney 0-1, Ramirez 1-1, Bannister 8-4, Braun 2-1, Hochevar 4-4.
Batters faced: Pettitte 27, Britton 8, Bruney 4, Ramirez 3, Bannister 24, Braun 9, Hochevar 14.
Inherited runners-scored: Britton 2-0, Ramirez 3-2, Braun 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Paul Schrieber. 1B: Fieldin Culbreth. 2B: Tim McClelland. 3B: Marty Foster.
Weather: 82 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 5 mph, Varies.
T: 3:14.
Att: 35,518.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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