KANSAS CITY, MO—C.C. Sabathia pitched a three-hitter and Mariano Rivera earned his 38th save as the New York Yankees (75-46) won their eighth straight in a game between the Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals. Royals manager Trey Hillman complained to home plate umpire John Hirschbeck after the game. “They didn’t even play us!” Hillman screamed as he threw his hat on the ground. “Just give them the win,” said Orioles manager Dave Trembley. “They’re going to win the division anyway.”
The Yankees celebrated after the game in both clubhouses. “I’m happy with the way I’m swinging the bat,” said first baseman Mark Teixeira, who has a game-winning RBI in 75 games this season. “After sweeping the Red Sox, we needed to find a way to raise the bar, so Swisher suggested we try winning other teams’ games,” said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. “It’s a mind game. If both teams play bad enough, you can convince them they both lost.” The Yankees travel to Pittsburgh tomorrow for a series between the Pirates and the Nationals.