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导出博客文章KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda retired 15 straight against perhaps baseballs hottest team.He also gave up three runs in the first inning and two more in the seventh.The wildly inconsistent outing by the wildly mercurial right-hander doomed New York in an 8-5 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Monday night. New York tried to rally with four runs in the eighth inning, but the hole dug by Pineda and his bullpen proved much too deep.Its unusual, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. At times hes really, really good. Then there are times when he leaves the ball up or doesnt quite get it high enough or doesnt quite get it low enough and they put it in play and they are base hits.Lorenzo Cain, Kendrys Morales and Alex Gordon drove in runs off Pineda (6-11) during a five-hit salvo in the first inning. Pineda then went on his blistering streak before getting in a two-on, no-outs jam in the seventh that led to Alcides Escobars three-run homer off reliever Blake Parker.Pineda was charged with five runs and seven hits in six-plus innings, striking out eight.Even in the first inning, I was making a good pitch and they got a pretty good swing and got a base hit, Pineda said. Its a really good lineup.Dillon Gee (6-7) allowed only four hits and a run in the latest impressive start by the Royals staff, helping the reigning World Series champions win for the 18th time in 22 games.Just did a great job of executing pitches, Royals manager Ned Yost said. Worked up in the strike zone, worked down. Worked side-to-side really effectively.Starlin Castro drove in two runs for the Yankees, the second in a four-run eighth inning that forced Yost to summon fill-in closer Kelvin Herrera for the four-out save.He retired Mark Teixeira to get out of that jam. Herrera then put runners on the corners in the ninth but calmly struck out Castro to wrap up his 11th save.The Royals (69-62) were seven games below .500 on Aug. 6, nearly left for dead 11 games back in the AL Central. But their impressive run fueled by sharp pitching, timely hitting and a dominant back of the bullpen has thrust the scrappy bunch back into the playoff chase.They are 5 1/2 games behind Cleveland in the division and just two behind the second wild card.It was a frustrating night for the Yankees, who had elbowed their own way back in the playoff chase. They were a half-game behind Kansas City at the start of the night, but their second straight loss on the heels of a four-game winning streak was costly against a fellow contender.Girardis frustration was evident when he was tossed by plate umpire Brian ONora for arguing balls and strikes with the bases loaded and no outs in the eighth inning.Didi Gregorius proceeded to deliver a two-run double, and the Yankees tacked on two more runs against the Kansas City bullpen before Herrera put a stop to their rally.Two different strike zones. Its unfortunate, Girardi said of his ejection. Even the broadcasters were talking about it in the eighth and ninth inning. I dont know why. Im frustrated by it. I dont know if you give the catchers credit. I know the last inning and the inning before that Im watching on TV and I see it. Oh-1 is a lot different than 1-and-oh a lot of times.STATS AND STREAKSThe Royals have cut 7 1/2 games from their wild-card deficit in 22 games. ... Pineda lost for the first time since July 31 at Tampa Bay, snapping a four-start win streak. ... Yankees CF Jacoby Ellsbury reached base on catchers interference for the 11th time this season, extending his major league record.AWARD WINNERSYankees C Gary Sanchez won his second straight AL player of the week award. He hit .522 with three doubles, five homers and nine RBI while walking five times in six games. ... Royals 1B Eric Hosmer and Yankees SS Gregorius were chosen from their teams for the Heart and Hustle Award from the Major League Baseball Players Association.TRAINERS ROOMRoyals RHP Luke Hochevar said he experienced instant relief after surgery for symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome. The reliever will begin rehab soon. The swelling, the coldness is gone, he said. I havent had any of that happen since surgery.UP NEXTYankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka has tossed 14 2/3 scoreless innings over his last two starts. He takes on Royals RHP Edinson Volquez, who has won his last two decisions. Marquise Goodwin Super Bowl Jersey .  Breaking three of his own world records on his way to winning in Paris, Chan silenced the critics and left the audiences standing in appreciation and awe. Y.A. Tittle Super Bowl Jersey . The formidable trio of Canadian receivers -- individually known as Chris Getzlaf, Rob Bagg and Andy Fantuz -- will share the field at Mosaic Stadium one more time on Sunday. http://www.thesf49ersshoponline.com/Yout...rs-Jersey/ . The 31-year-old Spain midfielder hasnt played since Madrid lost in the Copa del Rey final to Atletico Madrid in May due to back and foot injuries. Ronnie Lott Super Bowl Jersey . Artturi Lehkonen, Joni Nikko and Ville Leskinen had the other goals for Finland (1-0) while Juuse Saros stopped 28 shots. Tim Robin Johnsgard had the lone goal for Norway (0-2). Dante Pettis Super Bowl Jersey . "I wrote 36 on my sheet at the beginning of the game," the Cincinnati coach said, referring the yard line the ball would need to be snapped from. MANHATTAN, Kan. -- When he arrived at Kansas State nearly three decades ago, Bill Snyder was inheriting what can only be described as a mess -- one of the worst programs in the history of major college football.Its something to which Kansas counterpart David Beaty can relate.Snyder quickly built the Wildcats into a perennial contender, though, with his unrivaled work ethic and sheer force of will. He won conference championships, went to bowl games by the bushel and more than once had the once-downtrodden school on the cusp of playing for a national title.Now, a win over the Jayhawks on Saturday would be the 200th of his career.It would be pretty cool for us, especially these guys from Kansas that have grown up watching him, Kansas State quarterback Jesse Ertz said. That would be pretty cool and a big accomplishment.The success was slow to come at first. Kansas State only one once in Snyders first season. But the momentum began to pick up in his second year and by the third, the Wildcats had a winning record.Its a blueprint that Beaty has tried to follow.The way in which he resurrected a program, or basically built it, is the thing thats most interesting to me and most impressive, he said. The guy to me is the picture of class. Everyone in our conference respects him. They respect him highly.So highly that they tend to follow his lead at Big 12 meetings.Because hes done it so well for so long, and you know hes thought about it. When you get on a plane with him and you see a notebook about that thick, Beaty said, holding up his hands to show, and hes writing the whole time, youre like, `OK, no wonder. No wonder.Beatys rebuilding job has also been slow, but just like Snyder at Kansas State, it appears to be finally picking up steam. A winless first season was followed by a victory over Rhode Island in this years opener, and last weeks upset of Texas was a major mile-marker in the progress of his program.Now, Kansas (2-9, 1-7 Big 12) is aiming for back-to-back wins for the first time in five years.If you look at the games they have played, they have led the games multiple times, Kansas State safety Dante Barnett said. Theyve been in a lot of big games. They have the big-play capabilities. We just have to make sure that wwe do what we do to stop them.ddddddddddddAs the Wildcats (6-4, 4-3) prepare to meet Kansas in the Sunflower Showdown, here are some keys:MORE ON SNYDERThe 77-year-old coach already has 160 more wins than any other coach in Kansas State history. He is first among major college coaches in wins at his current school, second in total wins among active coaches and would become the sixth to win 200 games at one school.BOWL BOUNDKansas State assured itself a seventh straight bowl game with last weeks romp over Baylor, but it can improve its destination with a win over the Jayhawks. The Alamo, Texas and Cactus bowls are all possible depending on how things shake out.AWARD WINNERSKansas Defensive end Dorance Armstrong was Big 12 defensive player of the week and kicker Matthew Wyman was special teams player of the week. Armstrong had two sacks, forced a fumble and had a fumble recovery against the Longhorns, while Wyman kicked the field goal that sent the game to overtime and the winner in the extra session that sent fans spilling onto the field.GROUND AND POUNDThe Wildcats have piled up 582 yards and 10 touchdowns rushing the past two games, and have topped at least 200 yards rushing in four straight. Their rushing attack has resulted in 31 of 49 scoring drives this season spanning at least seven plays, including 15 of at least 10 plays.SEASON FINALEAfter their Senior Day win over Texas, there will be a bunch of seniors playing their final game for Kansas on Saturday. Many of them were recruited by Charlie Weis, weathered an interim coach and have concluded their careers with Beaty, trying to lay the foundation for the future.You just see a sense of pride in them in terms of that accomplishment of finishing that game off the other day, Beaty said. Its just one game, and for it to be a turning point, its going to -- the future is going to tell you that, whether its going to be a cornerstone or not. We dont know that yet, and that is what I talked to them about. Our challenge is not to let that be just one game.---More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25. ' ' '
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