KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Royals manager Ned Yost pleaded with fans Wednesday to show up for their remaining home games, one night after Alex Gordon’s walk-off homer gave Kansas City a dramatic win over Minnesota that was seen by just 13,847 at Kauffman Stadium.
Yost briefly mentioned the attendance in his postgame remarks, and expanded on his thoughts when he was asked a follow-up question about so many empty seats during a pennant race.
“We’ve been working hard to try to make our fans happy and make our fans proud of us for a lot of years,” Yost said, “and we’d like them to enjoy a night like that.”
Some took Yost’s comments out of context — they thought they were a dig at fans who have suffered for 29 years without a playoff appearance. But the skipper said he wasn’t being critical of fans, rather he was simply asking them to join in the fun.
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The Royals have a 2½-game lead over Detroit in the AL Central.
DETROIT — It was an inning that defied explanation — the Yankees banging out hit after hit against one of the best pitchers in baseball.
“Sometimes it just happens. The game doesn’t always make sense,” manager Joe Girardi said. “He’s as good as it gets, and we were able to hit some balls in the holes, and it worked out.”
The Yankees chased David Price with nine straight hits in the third inning, beating the Detroit Tigers 8-4. New York scored all eight of its runs in the third off Price, who had pitched a one-hitter in his previous start.
Jacoby Ellsbury started the barrage, and New York went all the way through the batting order until the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner was pulled after the ninth hit of the inning.
“I’ve had bad games before. Not that bad,” Price said. “That was probably the worst game I’ve ever had in my life.”
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