Kansas City (42-85) at New York (72-56)

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  • Game info: 1:05 pm EDT Sun Aug 28, 2005
  • TV: RTN, YES
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After suffering through a season of injuries and inconsistency, the New York Yankees are starting to get all the breaks and rarely lose.

Coming off a stirring win, the Yankees will look to maintain their share of the AL wild card lead when they try for a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals.

The Yankees were four runs down and three outs from relinquishing their portion of the wild-card lead on Saturday, before staging the most unexpected of comebacks. New York was given a second life when Kansas City reliever Jeremy Affeldt through away a potential game-ending double-play grounder and went on to score five runs in an 8-7 victory.

“The bottom line is it’s never over until the last out,” said Derek Jeter, whose two-run single in the ninth pulled New York within a run. “If you’ve done something before, you always think you can do it again.”

New York, which remained tied with Oakland for the wild card lead and trails Boston by just 1 1/2 games in the AL East, moved a season-high 16 games above .500. The Yankees, 61-37 following an 11-19 start, have come from behind in 32 of their wins and have won 12 of 16 overall.

Jeter has spearheaded the recent surge, batting .354 (23-for-65) with 16 runs scored over his last 15 games. Jeter is now batting .313 with a league-leading 99 runs.

Outfielder Matt Lawton, acquired from the Chicago Cubs on Saturday for a minor league pitcher, went 1-for-3 with a run in his Yankees debut.

“I’ve never played in a playoff game, never played in a meaningful game in September,” Lawton said prior to the game. “To walk into this clubhouse, I’m sweating like crazy already.”

Mike Sweeney went 2-for-5 with three RBIs for the Royals, who have lost a franchise-record 10 straight games at Yankee Stadium.

Sweeney is 6-for-13 in the series, and has hit safely in eight of his last nine games. However, prior to Saturday, Sweeney had just seven RBIs in 21 games this month.

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