The New York Yankees fell to their second straight defeat after six wins in a row, losing 5-1 to the Kansas City Royals as outfielder Brett Gardner set a franchise record by striking out for the 16th straight game.
Raul Ibanez pinch-hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning and won it with another homer in the 12th as the New York Yankees took a 2-1 lead in their Major League Baseball playoff series against the Baltimore Orioles.
The New York Yankees lost more than the opening game of the American League Championship Series as team captain Derek Jeter fractured his ankle, ruling him out for the rest of the Major League Baseball playoffs.
The New York Yankees are used to having off-field distractions at the start of spring training and manager Joe Girardi said this year is no different, with recent allegations that Alex Rodriguez may have been using performance-enhancing drugs as recently as last season.
Curtis Granderson hit his fifth career grand slam and Raul Ibanez and Russell Martin added two- run homers as the New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 10-3 in the fastest meeting of the rivals in seven years.