A long-term prediction can’t be made after one game, but it’s hard to imagine Buddy Bell’s debut as the Royals’ manager going any better than it did.
The Royals topped the Yankees 5-3 at Kauffman Stadium, as Bell took over in the dugout. Zack Greinke, who was 0-5 despite a 4.13 ERA, earned his first win of the season in a five-inning performance. He allowed three runs off three hits and three walks. Hideki Matsui hit a two-run homer off Greinke in the second inning to give New York an early lead.
Kansas City responded in the third when Ruben Gotay singled in Mark Teahen to make it 2-1. In the third inning, Emil Brown hit a double to left field to drive in David DeJesus to tie it up and Matt Stairs scored later in the inning on a Terrence Long grounder.
The lead didn’t last long, though. Jason Giambi drove in Bernie Williams with an RBI single to re-tie the game at 3-3. However the Royals fought back in their half of the fourth when Gotay scored on a fielding error by Robinson Cano to give Kansas City a 4-3 lead.
Terrence Long hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning to score Matt Stairs for an insurance run.
The win ended a six-game losing streak for the Royals.