When he saw Billy Butler drive the ball toward the right-field corner, Austin Kearns’ reaction was to run sideways.
“I broke thinking I was just going to have to go over toward the line, and then I had to turn and go back,” he said. “It seemed like the wind had shifted after those first couple of innings. It was coming in real hard early in the game, and then we came back in and it was blowing out.”
The home run hit off the foul pole — I really thought it hit off that small railing at the top of the wall — and that was just enough for a 4-3 Royals win. Dustin Moseley was erratic early, but he had settled down after the first rain delay and was pitching pretty well when Butler took him deep.
A two-hour, 10-minute delay followed and neither team could score another run.
“When it came off the bat I thought it was definitely going to be foul,” Moseley said. “I didn’t think it was going to go that far, but it just kept going.”
• When he started the game, Moseley’s command was off. Joe Girardi said he thought the problem was Moseley’s curveball, but Moseley said it was pretty much everything. During that 31-minute rain delay in the middle of the third, Moseley looked at video and made some mechanical corrections. “When you’re elevating and you’re not overpowering, I put myself in some bad counts all throughout the first couple of innings,” Moseley said. “That accounts for three runs.”
• The Butler home run was a 2-1 fastball. “Guys are looking for a fastball,” Moseley said. “It wasn’t terrible, but in that count you’ve got to make a really good pitch.”
• Around midnight, when the almost restarted but was quickly delayed again, it looked like Joe Girardi pulled his players off the field himself. That wasn’t the case. “(Crew chief) Gary Cederstrom said, ‘There’s lightning and we’re not going to start in this,’” Girardi said. “‘Go ahead and sit him (Chad Gaudin) down, and when we feel it’s safe, we’ll get back to starting.’ They weren’t anticipating that.”
• Down by one run in the fifth inning, Girardi said he was confident the umpires would not call the game and give the Royals the win. “I didn’t think they would call the game in that situation,” Girardi said. “I thought Gary did a good job (with) us sticking around and trying to play it out.”
• The Yankees had some late chances, but couldn’t score off a weak Royals bullpen (despite some defensive mistakes). “We lined out a few times,” Girardi said. “Our at-bats weren’t bad. We just didn’t get the hit when we needed it tonight.”
• Boone Logan’s birthday was Friday, but he technically didn’t pitch until Saturday.
• Gregor Blanco had a career-high three steals for the Royals. The most recent Royals player to steal four in a bag … wait for it … Angel Berroa.
• Wondering what the Yankees did during that two-hours, 10-minute delay: “We pretty much watched the Boston-Texas game in here,” Lance Berkman said. “A few guys were playing cards. Just tried to keep from eating everything in the kitchen.”
Associated Press photos of Moseley, Jorge Posada and Gary Cederstrom