KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- If Willie Wilson was trying to shake up Bob Tewksbury, he charged the wrong pitcher.
Wilson went after the rookie pitcher after he hit him in the shoulder in the eighth inning, causing both benches to clear.
'He's not going to intimidate Tewks,' said New York catcher Ron Hassey, who along with third baseman Mike Pagliarulo intercepted Wilson before he reached Tewksbury.
Tewksbury, who left the game with a torn fingernail on his right hand which was sustained during the scuffle at the mound, said he was not throwing at wilson.
'There was no way I was trying to hit him,' Tewksbury said after the 5-1 New York victory. 'Why should I? I've got a 5-1 lead with a runner on third. Why should I put him on and then have to pitch to (George) Brett.'
Wilson did not talk about the incident, which resulted in his ejection, but Kansas City manager Dick Howser hopes it will spark his players.
'It's more intimidation than anything,' Howser said. 'It's as simple as that. I don't expect my players to sit back and take that.
'I don't blame that guy for throwing the way he did and I don't blame Willie for going to the mound.
'If he (Tewksbury) continues to pitch inside like that, there's going to be some more people go out and visit with him on the mound. I hope so.'
Tewksbury, 2-1, struck out three and walked one to give the Yankees, 9-4, their best start since 1976.
The 25-year-old right-hander was trying to become the first Yankee rookie to throw a shutout since 1973 before Jorge Orta's pinch-hit triple drove home Jim Sundberg in the eighth inning. Sundberg was the first Kansas City runner to get past second base.
Dave Righetti finished for Tewksbury and claimed his fourth save.
The Yankees took a 1-0 lead in the first off Mark Gubicza, 0-3. Henderson led off with a bunt single, stole second and scored on Don Mattingly's single.
The decision kept Gubicza winless in April in his major-league career. He is 0-6 during the last three Aprils.
The Yankees used a pair of walks in the fourth to fashion their second run. Ron Hassey and Mike Easler each received walks before Willie Randolph delivered a run-scoring single. Randolph's hit extended his hitting streak to 13 games -- encompassing every New York outing this season.
Henderson opened the fifth inning with a triple and he scored the Yankees' third run on Ken Griffey's sacrifice fly.
The Yankees added two runs in the eighth on Gary Roenicke's RBI single -- his first hit as a Yankee -- and Mike Pagliarulo's sacrifice fly.