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Beware the Unfamiliar Hurler!
The Royals gave Bryan Bullington, a pitcher who has spent most of the year in triple-A, the task of subduing the New York Yankees on Sunday. Fans at the game, who took advantage of the 84-degree game temp, may have worried that bombers were going to treat Bullington and the Royals an Eduardo Villacis-style beatdown.
Instead, Bullington, a former No. 1 overall draft pick, dominated the Yankees for eight innings. Kansas City 1, Predictability 0.
Sunday's game capped off an interesting series, which ended with each team taking two games.
The heat index reached 106 on Thursday, which made Gregor Blanco feel dizzy. On Friday, the Plog sports desk rode the 28 Express bus with a couple of Yankee fans who had flown in from Washington, D.C. If they stayed until the storm-interrupted game's end, they were bummed by the result and looking for a cab after 12:46 a.m.
Alex Rodriguez hit three bombs on Saturday. Then Bullington baffled the Yankees to the point they committed more errors than had hits. Go figure.
The Royals went 2-5 for the week and sit 19 games out of first place. It will all be over soon. Just three more home stands after this one wraps up.
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The Royals made a political endorsement on Saturday night when Kevin Yoder
, a Kansas Republican running for Congress, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Yoder took the field wearing a Royals jersey with his name on the back (lame) and the No. 3 (it's the 3rd congressional district he hopes to represent in the U.S. House).
It's curious that a state rep from Kansas would make such an appearance. One presumes that presidents and governors have standing invitations to take the mound and look sheepish when their pitches bounce toward home plate. Jackson County owns the stadium, so no one would be surprised to show up at the park and see Mike Sanders
or another county official toeing the grass in front of the pitcher's mound.
But a guy from Kansas running for Congress? During campaign season? It's not as if politicians are popping out out the K's first-base dugout as a matter of course. Emanuel Cleaver II
, the Democratic congressman in whose district the Truman Sports Complex sits, has not thrown out a pitch since he became a candidate for federal office in 2004, according to a spokesman.
Late Friday afternoon, the Plog sent Royals officials an e-mail asking if the organization had a policy with regards to politicians throwing out first pitches. We haven't received a response.Next up:
Cleveland, White Sox.