For the Yankees, this was a bad night from the very beginning. Mariano Rivera twisted his knee during batting practice, and while he went to the hospital for tests, his teammates lost for the third night in a row. A 4-3 loss to the Royals left the Yankees just one game above .500, and gave Kansas City its first home win of the season. David Phelps’ first big league start lasted four innings before he reached his pitch limit. He pitched out of trouble twice, giving up two runs and striking out five, but he took the loss because the Yankees bullpen gave up two insurance runs and the lineup scored fewer than four runs for a fourth straight game. Derek Jeter had four hits and Mark Teixeira had two RBI, but the Yankees late-inning rally fell short when they wasted a two-on, no-out opportunity in the ninth.
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