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Royals shut out Yankees behind sturdy relief work

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- For one day at least, nobody was
laughing at Kansas City's bullpen.

Starter Jorge De La Rosa shut out the New York Yankees for 5 2/3
innings Tuesday night and then Todd Wellemeyer finished up for a
5-0 victory, the Royals' first blanking of the AL East leaders in
more than three years.

Just 24 hours earlier, a bullpen collapse had led to a 10-run
Yankees' eighth in a 12-5 Kansas City loss.

"Nobody will say a word about it now," said Wellemeyer, who
struck out Derek Jeter with the bases loaded to end the game.

Yes, he was thinking of the night before.

"They're the best lineup in baseball," Wellemeyer said.
"You've got to stay ahead of them. When you get behind them it's
almost like -- it's the last thing you want to do."

Mike Mussina was hit hard in his return from a strained right
groin and took his second loss in 10 career decisions in Kansas
City.

"I threw, and I didn't get hurt again, so that's at least
positive," said Mussina (13-6), who was pitching for the first
time since Aug. 20.

He went five innings and gave up four runs on eight hits, with
four strikeouts and a walk. Mussina, 0-3 in five starts since July
30, left after Brown's leadoff homer in the sixth put the Royals
ahead 4-0.

"My location wasn't great, but I haven't cranked it up to full
speed in two weeks," he said.

Emil Brown homered for the Royals, whose satisfaction with the
win was sobered by the postgame announcement that third baseman
Mark Teahen will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery on Friday
in Los Angeles. Teahen was hitting .290 with a team-best 69 RBI.

"It's a hard decision because I'm playing well and the team is
starting to come together," he said. "But ultimately, I think
it's the wisest decision for me and the organization."

Jeter was 1-for-5 with three strikeouts as the designated
hitter, extending his hitting streak to 16 games and leaving his
average at .343, two points behind Minnesota's Joe Mauer, who leads
the American League.

New York was 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position. The
Yankees, who lead the major leagues in scoring, were blanked for
just the third time this season and their AL East lead was cut to
eight games over second-place Boston.

"It's not a big deal, but we definitely don't want to keep
losing ground," Johnny Damon said. "Eight games is a lot of
games, but a lot can happen in baseball."

De La Rosa (2-2) got his second victory in 15 major league
starts, leaving after 5 2/3 innings with a blister on the middle
finger of his left hand. He gave up six hits, struck out four and
walked two.

Wellemeyer relieved with two on and two outs in the sixth. The
runners advanced on a wild pitch -- Alex Rodriguez appeared to be
thrown out at third by catcher John Buck but replays showed umpire
Greg Gibson appeared to blow a call for the second straight night.
Pinch-hitter Jason Giambi hit a pair of long foul balls, then
struck out, extending his hitless streak to 19 at-bats.

Wellemeyer struck out five and gave up three hits, getting his
third career save, his first this year. Royals pitchers have fanned
21 in the first two games of the series.

Kansas City had not shut out the Yankees since an 11-0 victory
at Kansas City on Aug. 13, 2003.

New York played a sloppy game, with right fielder Bobby Abreu
dropping a fly ball, shortstop Nick Green making an error and
Mussina failing to come up with a bunt.

Mike Sweeney's RBI double gave the Royals a run in the first,
and Buck hit into a run-scoring, double-play grounder in the fourth
after Mussina allowed Shane Costa's bunt to get by him on the
third-base side, loading the bases with no outs. Andres Blanco
followed with an RBI single.

Blanco doubled in the seventh off Sean Henn, who was recalled on
Tuesday from Triple-A Columbus, and scored on Mark Grudzielanek's
sacrifice fly.

Game notes
After Abreu dropped Buck's fly, Ryan Shealy had to sprint
to second after returning to first, thinking Abreu had made the
catch. ... The Yankees will have Jaret Wright skip a start to make
sure the rotation stays on schedule with Thursday's open date. ... The seven shutouts in the major leagues on Tuesday are the most in one day since June 4, 1972, when there were eight. The eight shutouts that day are the most in one day in major-league history.