Royal blunder: Ball boy snags fair ball

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The most embarrassed person in Kauffman Stadium on Sunday -- next to the New York Yankees' hitters who went 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position -- had to be the poor right field ball boy.

Brian Roberts rifled a shot down the line in the fourth inning that the umpire signaled fair. But as Kansas City Royals right fielder Nori Aoki ran to the ball, the youngster calmly picked it up and handed it to someone in the stands.

It went for a ground-rule double as the youngster sheepishly sat down on his folding chair. But between innings, kindly Royals first base coach Rusty Kuntz went over to talk to the lad and give him a reassuring pat on the back. A couple of innings later, when somebody lashed a ball down the line that was clearly foul, the kid never budged.