New York Yankees defeat Kansas City Royals, 4-3

Add a flashback meltdown by Kyle Farnsworth to the Yankees' propensity for last-gasp heroics, and you get Tuesday night's 4-3 ninth-inning win over the Royals at the Stadium.

Entrusted with a one-run lead in the ninth, Farnsworth finally paid dividends for the Yanks after three mostly cringe-worthy seasons in the Bronx. The former Yankee setup man coughed up two runs in the ninth, including rookie call-up Juan Miranda's game-ending RBI single off the reliever's leg for ...

A.J. Burnett didn't want to give up the ball when Joe Girardi came out to the mound in the seventh inning, but the five words from the manager reminded the pitcher to look at the big picture.

"The prize is next month," Girardi said.

Burnett figures to be one of the biggest keys to the Yankees' success in October, and if his last three starts are any indication, the enigmatic righthander is rounding into shape at the perfect time.

In his penultimate start of the re...