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Stephen Cannella
August 14, 2000
August 5, 2000 Royals 7, Red Sox 5
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August 14, 2000

In The Box

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August 5, 2000 Royals 7, Red Sox 5

Someone should invent a stat for Carlos Febles's contribution to this Kansas City win. Febles wore the dread 0-for-5 collar, but he set up three of the Royals' runs with what for many players is a forgotten fundamental: giving himself up to advance a runner. In the first inning, after leadoff man Johnny Damon singled and stole second, the righthanded-hitting Febles slapped a ground ball to first, sending Damon to third. Damon came home when the next hitter, Mike Sweeney, singled. In the third, Damon led off with a double, and Febles pushed him to third with a grounder to the right of the mound. Two pitches later Damon scored on Rolando Arrojo's wild pitch. In the fifth, Damon again led off with a double, and Febles again advanced him with a ground ball to first. Sweeney followed with a groundout that brought in Damon to put the Royals up 4-3.

The day's tally? Damon got credit for three runs scored and Sweeney for two RBIs. Febles lost five points off his batting average but gained the Royals' appreciation. Said K.C. manager Tony Muser of Febles's small-ball heroics, "That was a clinic."