Who could really blame Kevin Appier if he didn’t want to see the Yankees again? On July 29th he was battered by New York, giving up four runs in two-thirds of an inning. He hit the showers and hit the road, getting cut by Anaheim. Last night, in his second start since re-joining the Royals, he was masterful, pitching six innings of three-hit ball and earning an 11-0 win. He got some help from Mike Sweeney who went 2-4 with four RBI’s. Brent Mayne was 4-4, driving two runs and scoring three times. Mendy Lopez drove in two with his first homer of the season. After Appier’s departure, Jeremy Affeldt allowed a hit and a walk over two innings and Curtis Leskanic worked around a walk in the ninth to close it out. This was the first home series the Royals have won against the Yankees since September of 1993. Appier’s old team did them a favor last night by beating the White Sox and extending Kansas City’s lead in the A.L. Central to a game and a half.
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