Tuesday, May 22, 2012
NEW YORK—They uttered the type of morale-boosting words teams search for when the results give them little to do but think of a brighter future.
Humbled by yet another loss in which their offense full of All-Stars stalled out, the New York Yankees emerged from their 6-0 defeat to the Kansas City Royals at on a windy, rainy Monday night vowing things would get better.
They could not get much worse at this point, as home runs by Mike Moustakas and Jeff Francoeur and 6 2/3 shutout innings by winning pitcher Felipe Paulino pushed the Yankees into a last-place tie with the Boston Red Sox.
Their sixth loss in their last seven games not only placed the Yankees (21-21) next to their usual neighbors at the top of the AL East at the bottom instead, but dropped them to .500 for the first time since April 18. Their struggling and sick first baseman, Mark Teixeira, endured a similar individual indignity, getting dropped to seventh in the lineup in his first start in four days, marking his lowest spot in the order in eight years, according to STATS LLC.
Remember when Boston was on the verge of collapse and we were all having fun?
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