52nd Homer for A-Rod as Yanks Sweep Kansas

Rodriguez' 7th homer in 5 games shoots Yanks to 6-3 win
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2007 4:29 AM CDT
New York Yankees' Melky Cabrera dives to avoid a wild pitch thrown by Kansas City Royals opener Zack Greinke during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Alex Rodriguez' two-run homer in the first inning yesterday boosted the Yankees to a 6-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals, and helped Yank ace Chien-Ming Wang collect his 18th win of the season. A-Rod, now with 52 home runs this season and a .583 batting average in the four-game series against the Royals, could well become the American  League's MVP.

Wang allowed the Royals to threaten in the fourth, erasing a 3-0 Yankees lead with a three-run double by Alex Gordon. He settled down to pitch three more innings, and a two-run double by Jorge Posada and RBI by Robinson Cano put the lid on the game. The Yankees now lead the AL wild-card race by four games.