NEW YORK (AP) -- Jason Giambi was the American League Player of
the Month when he batted .355 with 24 RBI in July. In August, he
found himself locked in slumps of 0-for-21 and 4-for-38.
Same guy, same swing, different results.
The good Giambi made an appearance Sunday with two home runs and
a single, driving in seven runs in the New York Yankees' 10-3
victory over Kansas City. The spurt pushed Giambi past two personal
milestones -- 1,500 hits and 1,000 RBI.
That was news to him, delivered by manager Joe Torre.
"I really didn't know [about the milestones]," Giambi said.
"Actually, Joe's the one who congratulated me. I said 'For what? I
know I haven't had a hit for a while.' "
When Giambi hit the first homer, Torre wasn't surprised to see
"Normally, power hitters hit them in bunches," the manager
said. "His swing is compact at this point in time. I look forward
to tomorrow to see where he hits it."
Giambi said his left elbow, diagnosed with tendinitis, felt
"I feel like I've got my bat speed back," he said.
Giambi's first homer in the third inning was a three-run shot.
He followed that with a two-run homer in the fifth and a two-run
single in the sixth. Bernie Williams drove in the other three
Yankee runs with a pair of singles.
Both of Giambi's homers came against Zack Greinke (3-16), who
lost for the fifth straight time. His 16 losses are the most for
any pitcher in the majors.
"Sometimes, I think I do decent, but it will just find a way to
happen," Greinke said. "Even if I pitch about as I good as I have
pitched, they'll find a way, some way to score runs and win the
game when I'm pitching.
"Today I didn't really give us a chance. They've got some great
hitters and early on they were hitting my pitches pretty much, but
later in the game I was messing up."
Manager Buddy Bell said it was not one of Greinke's better
"His location really wasn't very good and it's a tough
lineup," Bell said. "Especially when they're swinging the bats
like they are, it's tough to deal with, and when you don't have
your best stuff you're going to struggle a little bit."
Giambi's two homers gave him 23 for the season. It was his sixth
multihomer game of the season and the 29th of his career.
Al Leiter (4-3) earned his third straight win, limiting the
Royals to two hits in six innings. He struck out six, walked three
and threw 112 pitches after reaching 75 after three innings.
"I look at this as a second life," Leiter said. "Every game
feels like an event. Every pitch matters. I need that. It elevates
The Yankees jumped in front in the first inning when they loaded
the bases on walks to Hideki Matsui and Giambi sandwiched around a
single by Gary Sheffield. Williams then bounced a two-out,
two-strike single into right field, scoring Matsui and Sheffield.
The Royals picked up a run in the third but could have had more
after Denny Hocking opened with a walk and Joe McEwing doubled.
After David DeJesus' run-scoring groundout, Leiter walked Chip
Ambres and Mike Sweeney to load the bases.
Sweeney hit his 19th homer, a two-run shot in the eighth.
Attendance was 54,951, the 38th sellout in 68 home dates
for the Yankees. ... Williams' three RBI gave him 20 in the last
16 games. ... Leiter struck out the side in the second inning. ...
Greinke's last win was July 19 at Cleveland. ... Derek Jeter had
three hits. ... Robinson Cano made a baserunning blunder in the
second when he walked off second base, thinking he had been called
out on an attempted force play, and then was thrown out to complete
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