NEW YORK (AP) The Kansas City Royals thought they'd absorbed a
hard hit when David Justice launched a grand slam.
Later, they barely avoided a real disaster.
All-Star right fielder Jermaine Dye and second baseman Carlos
Febles were forced to leave after a frightening collision Wednesday
night in the Royals' 8-2 loss to the New York Yankees.
"People say we're lucky to be able to walk after what
happened," Febles said.
Dye wound up with a mild concussion and a banged-up nose while
Febles bruised his right knee. Royals manager Tony Muser said both
"probably" could play Thursday afternoon against the Yankees.
The trouble came in the sixth inning when Bernie Williams hit a
soft fly down the right-field line. Dye, Febles and first baseman
Dave McCarty gave chase at full speed.
As the ball began to fall, McCarty veered off. Dye and Febles
"I didn't call for it and I don't know if he did. With the fans
yelling, you can't hear," Dye said. "When you get two bodies
going as fast as we were going, you hope it doesn't come down to a
collision. But most of the time, it does."
As Dye got ready to make an off-balance, basket catch, Febles
ran right over him.
Febles' head and chest hit Dye in the head, and both players
went flying. Dye somehow managed to hold onto the ball for the
second out, and he handed it to McCarty before rolling back onto
"I don't know how I caught it. I just heard McCarty saying,
`Give me the ball,"' Dye said.
Muser and head trainer Nick Swartz bolted from the dugout, and
several Yankees came out of the dugout to watch. Febles and Dye
were down for a couple minutes before walking off, attended by
"I was dazed. I knew I hit something and I hit the ground,"
Febles said, "I just felt myself down," and was dizzy for a
"Boy, it was scary," Yankees manager Joe Torre said.
Andy Pettitte pitched the unbeaten Yankees to their second
straight win. New York left fielder Chuck Knoblauch picked up his
first assist and first error at his new position.
Pettitte (1-0) was in total control, allowing six hits in seven
innings. Given an early 8-0 lead, he gave up Mark Quinn's home run
in the fifth.
Royals starter Blake Stein (0-1) had a rough day all around.
Stein rushed back home after the Royals' loss in the opener
Monday to join his wife, Ellen, for the birth of the couple's first
child, Corinne Elise, in Shawnee, Kan., late that night.
Stein's flight back to New York on Wednesday was delayed, and he
arrived in the city in mid-afternoon. The Yankees made it a short
night for him.
Knoblauch singled to start the first, Alfonso Soriano doubled
and Williams hit a two-run double. An RBI single by Tino Martinez
and a wild pitch made it 4-0.
Stein walked the bases loaded in the second, and Justice hit his
fifth career grand slam.
"I really was just trying to get a base hit, get a couple of
runs home," Justice said.
After his sixth walk, Stein was pulled.
"I'm not going to use any of what I went through as an
excuse," Stein said. "I got enough sleep last night. When I got
to the stadium, my mind was focused. I wasn't tired."
"I was just terrible," he said.
Knoblauch fielded a carom in short left field and threw out
Carlos Beltran as he tried to stretch a single in the fourth. In
the eighth, Knoblauch misplayed Beltran's RBI single.
"I was trying to hurry to get the ball back into the infield,"
Knoblauch said of the error.
|Kansas City's Jermaine Dye, right, and second baseman Carlos Febles collided after chasing down a fly ball in the six inning. Both players are 'probable' for Thursday's game.|
Soriano's double in the first produced a strange sight: two
balls on the field at the same time during a play. His grounder
skipped past third base and into foul territory, where it rolled
under an attendant's stool and knocked another ball loose. Unable
to immediately tell which one was live, umpire Tim Welke
immediately ruled a dead ball. ... Roger Clemens' next start is
expected to be pushed back a day to Sunday against Toronto. His
right wrist, struck by Febles' comebacker Monday, is still stiff
and sore. ... Mike Mussina makes his Yankees debut Thursday vs. the
Royals. ... The Royals lost despite outhitting the Yankees 8-7.
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