Yankees Lose To Royals, Fall Short Of Sweep

Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer, Starlin Castro had two doubles and a single, and Michael Pineda pitched effectively into the seventh inning as the Yankees topped the Kansas City Royals 11-7 on Wednesday night.

Seven innings of three-hit, 10-strikeout ball will bury even the best offensive teams (which the Yankees are, make no mistake). "The second time through, we got to him".

The New York Yankees arrived in Kansas City leading the American League in a number of offensive categories and are beefing up their numbers at the expense of the Royals' pitching staff.

Well, we're at the 40th game of the season, and the Kansas City Royals are 16-23, fifth out of five teams in the American League Central, 15th out of 15 teams in the American League, and owners of the third-worst run differential among all 30 Major League Baseball teams.

2017 Minor league stats: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA), 2-1, 3.74 ERA, 4 starts, 21.2 IP, 25 hits, 10 runs, 8 ER, 6 BB, 27 K through April 28. Brett Gardner and Didi Gregorius each had two hits and two RBIs. In fact, the only Yankees without a hit by the fifth inning were Matt Holliday and Aaron Judge, and all Judge had done was draw a pair of walks and score both times. The Royals were also swept by the Twins in a rain-shortened two-game set at Kauffman Stadium. They pounded their 59th home run through their first 37 games, and scored seven or more runs for the fourth consecutive game. First, he bobbled a grounder that allowed Merrifield to reach first safely. Duffy had the lead before allowing the tying run to score on a wild pitch during his final inning of work. A-Rod will join Kevin Burkhardt in calling the game on Fox Sports. I made some good pitches to get to that point of the at-bat and just didn't execute there. "That means I'm getting old". Royals RHP Ian Kennedy in all likelihood will come off the disabled list Saturday and start at Minnesota. "It's one of those days where he got through the first three OK and then just really struggled to finish off his pitches", Royals manager Ned Yost said. He went on the disabled list May 5 with a right hamstring strain. He was battered by Houston in his last start Friday night. Danny Duffy, who has gone more than a month without a victory, will attempt to cool off New York's bats as he looks to halt his five-start drought. Duffy is just 1-2 with a 7.29 ERA in seven appearances against NY.

  • Julie Sanders