Originally posted on Fox Sports Kansas City  |  Last updated 5/24/12
Left-hander Will Smith was a pedestrian 1-3 with a 4.01 ERA in nine starts for Class AAA Omaha this season before the Royals purchased his contract Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Royals thrust him into the rotation on baseball's biggest stage -- Yankee Stadium -- against a star-studded, veteran lineup. Smith, 22, was not quite ready for his Broadway debut, giving up three runs in the first inning on homers by Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez homered again in the third inning. Smith's final line was 16 batters faced, five runs and six hits, including the three homers. He walked one and struck out one in 3 13 innings in an 8-3 loss to the Yankees. To make matters worse, the Yankees started veteran Andy Pettitte, who came out of retirement this season. Pettitte earned his 242nd major league win, while Smith is looking for his first. Pettitte improved to 14-3 against the Royals. He has not lost to them since Aug. 18, 1999, when Smith was 10 years old. Smith's outing conjured up memories of the only other Royals pitcher to make his major league debut as a starter at Yankee Stadium. That was Eduardo Villacis on May 1, 2004. He, like Smith, gave up five runs on six hits in 3 13 innings. That was Villacis' only game in the majors. Smith is a highly regarded prospect and will get other chances, but his first one was certainly forgettable. NOTES, QUOTES -- CF Jarrod Dyson was not in the lineup Wednesday for only the second time in the past 24 games. Dyson struck out four times Tuesday, and he is hitless in his past 10 at-bats. Mitch Maier replaced Dyson and homered Wednesday. -- LF Alex Gordon, who batted leadoff to start the season, returned to the top of the order Wednesday. It the first time since April 20 that Gordon batted leadoff. Gordon went 0-for-3 with a walk, dropping his average to .235. -- 1B Eric Hosmer got three hits Wednesday night to raise his average to .191. While they look like line drives in the box score, two were infield singles and the other was a bloop double. However, as manager Ned Yost pointed out, Hosmer has hit into a lot of hard outs this season. -- SS Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 for his seventh multi-hit game in 12 games. Escobar, who hiked his average to .305, has hit safely in 15 of 17 games. -- RF Jeff Francoeur has hit safely in nine of his past 11 games, going 15-for-46 (.326). He has hits in six straight road games, going 10-for-25 (.400) with six runs, a double, three home runs and five RBI. BY THE NUMBERS: 196 -- Starting pitchers used by Royals. LHP Will Smith joined that list Wednesday in an 8-3 loss to the Yankees. QUOTE TO NOTE: "He's a perfect long guy. If you need him in the second or third (inning), he can get you to the seventh or eighth. You don't have to kill your staff." -- Manager Ned Yost, on RHP Luis Mendoza, who was moved back to the bullpen to make room for rookie LHP Will Smith in the rotation.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Novak Djokovic could miss rest of season with elbow injury

Reggie Jackson praises, urges caution with Aaron Judge

Panthers QB Cam Newton shows up to camp in best shape of career

Yankees progressing on deal to acquire Sonny Gray, Yonder Alonso

Report: Derrick Rose was unwilling to accept bench role with Lakers

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Stephen Strasburg expected to make next start for Nats

John Lackey makes history, hits four batters in one game

Report: Suns G Brandon Knight suffers torn ACL

The Cavaliers have one unhappy star and three options

Garrett walks out on media over Whitehead questions

D-Rose landing in Cleveland could be good for Cavs, himself

The 'Kyrie revolts against the King' quiz

Every MLB team's best and worst deadline trade from the last 25 years

The most memorable moments from the class of 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame inductees

BIG3 Ref Hotline Bling: James White slams the phone down

28 MLB trade deadline deal prospects since 2000 who went on to become All-Stars

Box Score 7/25: The pressure of the trade deadline is here

The 'When George Brett went completely batty' quiz

Finding the possible Achilles' heel for baseball’s best teams

Getaway Day: A pair of aces get lost in the shuffle

Sports & Politics Intersect: Trump casts shadow over U.S. Women's Open

Best of Yardbarker: General managers take the spotlight

The 'Pay that man his money' quiz

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 'Kyrie revolts against the King' quiz

BIG3 Ref Hotline Bling: James White slams the phone down

The 'When George Brett went completely batty' quiz

Finding the possible Achilles' heel for baseball’s best teams

Getaway Day: A pair of aces get lost in the shuffle

Sports & Politics Intersect: Trump casts shadow over U.S. Women's Open

The National League Wild Card is suddenly relevant again

The 'Pay that man his money' quiz

BIG3 Week 5: Pivotal make-or-break weekend in Chicago

The 'Let's show a little love for James Jones' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker