Yankee Offense Right On (Lima) Time

The Yankees scored early and often against Jose Lima and the Kansas City Royals on Monday. Led by homeruns from the red-hot Karim Garcia and Jorge Posada, the Yankee offense overcame more pitching troubles. When all was said and done however, the Yanks took game one of the three-game series by a final of 11-6.

Jeff Weaver (7-9), who was slammed for nine runs by Kansas City in his last outing, started off his evening by serving up a homerun to Carlos Beltran to lead off the second inning.

While in past starts, Weaver would come undone when he ran into early trouble, the young right-hander kept his head in the game and pulled out a win. He lasted 5 2/3 innings and allowed four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out two.

While Weaver was doing his best to keep the Royals offense in check, the rest of the Yankees were busy having their way during Lima Time. Every Yankee starter except Aaron Boone finished the game with at least one hit, and Boone produced a key sacrifice bunt in the seventh.

Alfonso Soriano continued his recent resurgence with a two-RBI single in the second inning to get the Yankees back on top, where they would stay for good. In the third, Posada followed RBI hits from Jason Giambi and Hideki Matsui with a two-run homerun to cap the four-run rally.

Garcia's three-run homerun in the seventh was his second in as many games, and it gave the Yankees a 9-2 lead.

In the sixth, the Royals mounted something of a comeback. Beltran – who finished a double shy of hitting for the cycle – connected on a two-out triple that scored a run and Raul Ibanez followed that with an RBI single that chased Weaver from the game and brought the Royals to within five.

The seventh inning saw KC put up two more runs to cut the Yankee lead to three. Brent Mayne hit an RBI double and then came around to score on Jeff Nelson's wild pitch.

The Yanks pulled away with RBI singles from Nick Johnson and Posada in the seventh and eighth respectively, and held onto their lead for the victory.

Lima (7-1) took his first loss of the season in his first start since being activated from the disabled list. He had been out since the beginning of August with a strained groin. Lima lasted just four innings and allowed six runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out two.

Game two of the three-game series is on Tuesday at 7:05 pm. Andy Pettitte (14-7, 4.23) will take the mound for the Yankees. Kevin Appier (8-8, 5.21) will get the start for the Royals.

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