Game 97: Royals @ Yankees

6:53 p.m. This game is finally over, 5 hours and 45 minutes after it started. Yankees win, 12-6. Royals got a run in the ninth on a bizarre play -- runner on third, two outs, an error was called on Posada for using his equipment as interference. But the big story is A-Rod -- he didn't homer for the third straight game, and in his final at-bat was plunked by a 95-mph fastball and left the game. We'll have more on A-Rod after our trip to the clubhouse.

6:39 p.m. By the way, the Yankees won't be trading for Danny Haren -- the Angels just acquired him from the Diamondbacks.

6:38 p.m. Yanks are finally retired in the eighth. Chan Ho Park in to pitch the ninth and finish this game, finally.

6:35 p.m. Yanks pouring it on now. Cano hits a double, the 1,000 hit of his big-league career. Drives in two more, it's 12-5 Yankees.

6:31 p.m. A-Rod is beaned by a 95-mph fastball by Blake Wood. Looked like it got him around the left arm somewhere. A-Rod gets up very slowly, and was removed from the game for pinch-runner Juan Miranda. Bases were loaded, so run scores. 10-5 Yankees. Crowd boos Wood very loudly as he exits the game.

6:28 p.m. Swisher and Teixeira single, suddenly A-Rod at the plate again, bases loaded, one out. Score is 9-5.

6:26 p.m. A-Rod might get another at-bat. Yanks have bases loaded, one out in the eighth. Swisher at the plate. Teixeira on deck, A-Rod in the hole.

6:17 p.m. Joba gets out of the eighth, but boy, did he look shaky again.

6:13 p.m. This game ain't over yet -- Joba just gave up a walk to the Royals' ninth-place hitter, Chris Getz, followed by Podsednik's second homer of the game. Suddenly, it's 7-5 with no one out in the eighth. David Robertson warming up.

6:03 p.m. A-Rod singles, drives home Jeter. 7-3 Yankees. Joba Chamberlain coming in to pitch the eighth for the Yanks.

6:02 p.m. Swisher on second, Teixeira on first, one out, A-Rod walking to the plate.

5:52 p.m. Logan as retired all five Royals he has faced. We hit the seventh-inning stretch, 4 hours and 44 minutes after first pitch.

5:43 p.m. Yanks increase their lead -- Robinson Cano single, driven home by Brett Gardner double. It's 6-3 Yanks.

5:34 p.m. Logan gets two outs to end a VERY long top of the sixth.

5:31 p.m. Jose Guillen fouls off a fastball from Logan, and we're under way again, after a 2-hour, 32-minute rain delay.

5:29 p.m. Yankees fielders emerge from the dugout to take their positions.

5:26 p.m. Warming in the Royals' bullpen: left-hander Dusty Hughes.

5:24 p.m. Boone Logan is warming in the Yankees' bullpen -- he'll be on the mound when play resumes.

5:08 p.m. Game will resume at approximately 5:30 p.m.

5:05 p.m. 126 minutes after play was stopped, the grounds crew has emerged and is beginning to take the tarp off the field.

4:41 p.m. Yankees' PA announcer just said they will be attempting to resume this game -- not sure when yet though. More details coming in a few minutes...light rain still falling.

4:29 p.m. We're at the 90-minute mark of the rain delay here at Yankee Stadium -- no word yet on when play might resume. Still a decent amount of fans sticking around, under cover -- if A-Rod wasn't going for 600, I'd guess many of them would have departed by now.

2:59 p.m. First rumbles of thunder, and here comes the rain. Play has officially been halted, with one out in the top of the sixth. Ironically, it's Umbrella Day here at the Stadium.

2:57 p.m. Clouds are getting very dark here at Yankee Stadium in the top of the sixth...radar indicates we may be in for some rain soon.

2:54 p.m. A-Rod grounds out to short, now 1-for-3 on the day, with an RBI double. A-Rod continues to hit the ball on the ground for the most part.

2:48 p.m. Two outs, Jeter on first, bottom of the fifth -- A-Rod's third at-bat of the day is upon us.

2:28 p.m. Granderson just hit his second home run of the ballgame -- another solo shot, this one into the second deck in right. It's 5-3, Yankees.

2:17 p.m. Rick Ankiel just hit a monster home run, off the Premio Italian Sausage sign at the bottom of the third deck in right field. Solo shot -- Yankees lead, 4-3.

2:08 p.m. Well, it wasn't a home run -- but A-Rod's RBI double extends the Yankees' lead to 4-2.

2:07 p.m. Jeter scores on a dribbler down the third-base line by Mark Teixeira, 3-2 Yankees. And here comes A-Rod again.

2:02 p.m. Game's all tied up in the Bronx, after a Ramiro Pena single and a Derek Jeter double.

1:57 p.m. The Yankees' first hit of the day is a home run by Curtis Granderson into the Yankees' bullpen in right-center. Score is now 2-1, Royals.

1:51 p.m. Podsednik is now 2-for-2 today, and has eight hits in 16 at-bats in this series. We head to the bottom of the third.

1:49 p.m. Podsednik just smacked a ball against the foul pole down the left-field line. It's a two-run homer, and the Royals lead, 2-0.

1:41 p.nm. My colleague, Ian Begley, reports that some fans out in left field are calling Brett Gardner "Pork Chop." Gardner missed Saturday's game because he was in the hospital Saturday morning because of a bad acid reflux reaction to eating a pork chop on Friday.

1:38 p.m. Sean O'Sullivan has retired the first six Yankees in a row.

1:34 p.m. Well, that didn't take long -- A-Rod swings at the first pitch he sees, and grounds to short. The crowd groaned -- it sort of sounded like some were getting ready to boo!

1:31 p.m. Royals do not score in the second. And here comes A-Rod.

1:23 p.m. A-Rod, and the fans, will have to wait until the second inning. Yanks go down 1-2-3 in the first.

1:17 p.m. Hughes gives up a leadoff single to Scott Podsednik, but gets the next three batters.

1:08 p.m. Phil Hughes' first pitch is a ball, and we're under way at Yankee Stadium. It's 90 degress in the Bronx, but feels a little less humid than yesterday.

12:55 p.m. Relief pitchers Alfredo Aceves and Damaso Marte -- both on the disabled list -- will travel with the Yankees to Cleveland after Sunday's game. Girardi said Aceves would throw a bullpen session while in Cleveland.

Meanwhile, fellow disabled players Andy Pettitte and Nick Johnson are instead going to Tampa to continue their rehab work -- those two will rendezvous with the Yankees next weekend, when the Yankees play the Rays in Tampa.

Girardi said the Yankees still don't have a timetable for Johnson's return -- he's doing some light swinging, but they can't come up with a timetable until Johnson starts taking some light batting practice.

12:50 p.m. Chad Gaudin and Dustin Moseley have been terrific in long relief the past two days, and Girardi praised them before Sunday's game. Girardi said Gaudin should be available to pitch again on Monday, after throwing three innings on Friday. Girardi said Moseley would be available on Tuesday or Wednesday, after throwing 4 2/3 innings on Saturday.

12:45 p.m. Obviously all eyes will be on A-Rod again Sunday, as he tries to hit No. 600 in front of the home crowd before the Yankees embark on a seven-game road trip to Cleveland and Tampa Bay.

He hit homer No. 599 on Thursday, and went homer-less on Friday and Saturday.

"It's only been two days," Girardi said. "He hasn't hit a homer every two days during the course of the season. I'm not surprised it went a couple days. The sooner we get it out of the way, the better for all of us, I think."

12:40 p.m. Phil Hughes (11-3, 3.99 ERA) will start for the Yankees on Sunday. His overall numbers for the season are very good, but he has struggled a bit of late -- including his last start, when he gave up six runs in five innings of work against the Angels on Tuesday.

"To me it's [the] location of his hard stuff," Girardi said. "He's gotten hurt with his fastball and his cutter, where he's made mistakes with it."

Girardi also said he thought Hughes' long layoff might have been a factor in his lack of command on Tuesday. Hughes had 10 days off between starts, because of the All-Star break.

12:30 p.m. In a strange twist, the Yankees will face right-hander Sean O'Sullivan for the second time this week. O'Sullivan beat the Yankees on Tuesday as a member of the Los Angeles Angels, giving up two runs in six innings of work. On Thursday, O'Sullivan was traded to the Kansas City Royals, for third baseman Alberto Callaspo. Now O'Sullivan is pitching at Yankee Stadium again on Sunday.

"He shut us down after the first inning [on Tuesday] and his changeup became very effective," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before Sunday's game regarding O'Sullivan. "Now our guys have seen it and understand how he pitches. Hopefully we make the adjustments."

11:30 a.m. Nick Swisher and Brett Gardner are both back in the Yankees' starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Royals. Alex Rodriguez is also in the lineup, but will be the designated hitter, in his final chance to hit career home run No. 600 before the Yankees head out on a seven-game road trip.

Here are the lineups for Sunday:


Derek Jeter, SS

Nick Swisher, RF

Mark Teixeira, 1B

Alex Rodriguez, DH

Robinson Cano, 2B

Jorge Posada, C

Curtis Granderson, CF

Brett Gardner, LF

Ramiro Pena, 3B

Phil Hughes, RHP


Scott Podsednik, LF

Jason Kendall, C

Wilson Betemit, 1B

Jose Guillen, DH

Rick Ankiel, CF

Mike Aviles, 2B

Alex Gordon, RF

Yuniesky Betancourt, SS

Chris Getz, 3B

Sean O'Sullivan, RHP