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These aren't the Kansas City Royals from the past few seasons.
Once a moribund franchise out of playoff races by May, the Royals dominated the New York Yankees, 11-5, to take two of three games.
It was the first series the Yankees lost all season. New York, struggling as of late, dropped out of first place for the first time since April 13. The Yankees have lost six of their last nine games.
Unlike Wednesday night's 11-inning affair, the Royals jumped out to a big lead early. Eric Hosmer led off the second inning with a home run, his second in as many games, to give the Royals a 1-0 lead. Careless defensive mistakes helped set the up the big inning for Kansas City.
Robinson Cano's throwing error on a tailor-made double play ball allowed Wilson Betemit to take second and left Matt Treanor safe at first. A passed ball from Francisco Cervelli moved the runners up, and Mike Aviles extended the lead to 2-0 with an infield single.
Melky Cabrera followed with a RBI double, and caused a Cervelli throwing error on a pickoff attempt. That allowed Aviles to score, pushing the lead to 4-0.
Billy Butler and Jeff Francour finished the scoring, helping secure the most runs surrendered by the Yankees in a single inning this season.
Cabrera stretched the lead further in the fourth inning, leading off with a solo home run. Alex Gordon doubled right after the home run, and Billy Butler drove him in to push the lead to 8-0. That ended the night for Ivan Nova (3-3). In the shortest start of his career, he went only three innings, allowing eight runs (four earned) and 10 hits.
The Yankees mounted a rally in the fourth inning, cutting the Royals lead to four. Kansas City starter Sean O'Sullivan (2-2), who threw three perfect innings, allowed a lead-off home run to Cano. Cervelli hit a two-run double, and Derek Jeter hit a sacrifice fly to shrink the lead to 8-4.
O'Sullivan settled down after that inning, pitching into the seventh for his second win of the season.
The Royals pushed the game out of reach against rookie Amaury Sanit. The 31-year old Cuban, making his season debut, allowed three runs in 4 2/3 relief innings.
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WFAN’s New York Yankees reporter Sweeny Murti joined ‘Joe & Evan’ earlier today, and had some interesting thoughts about both the missing Yankee offense.
On the offense …
“Back on April 23rd in Baltimore A-Rod hit a grand slam, Jorge Posada hit a home run and Russell Martin hit two home runs. None of them have hit a home run since. … We spend so much time focusing on Jeter and Posada we forgot to realize not a lot of these other guys are hitting very well.”
Murti also discussed Rafael Soriano’s tender elbow (Soriano should be available for the Boston series), the fact that Joba Chamberlain was not available Wednesday simply because he needed a night off, Alex Rodriguez’ missing power stroke, some of the strategic choices made Wednesday by Manager Joe Girardi, A.J. Burnett’s good start to the season and other Yankee topics.
The New York Yankees' pitching staff has a 2.88 ERA in the team's last 22 games. Unfortunately, the offense has not been nearly as successful, as the Yankees have scored more than five runs just once in their last 12 games.
Wednesday night was another case of the offense letting the pitching down. A.J. Burnett pitched seven one-hit innings, but the Yankees stranded 15 baserunners in a 4-3 11-inning loss to the Kansas City Royals.
The Yankees look to turn that around Thursday night, and right now whether or not they will have slugging second baseman Robinson Cano in the lineup to try and help is not known. Cano is day-to-day after getting hit in the helmet by a Nate Adcock pitch in the fifth inning Wednesday. Results of Cano's CT scan at a local hospital were negative, according to a team spokesperson.
Young right-hander Ivan Nova pitches Thursday for the Yankees. Nova has won back-to-back outings and is coming off Friday's 4-1 victory at Texas in which he allowed one unearned run and two hits through 7 1/3 innings, improving to 3-2 in seven games (6 starts) with a 4.08 ERA. Sean O'Sullivan, 1-2 with a 3.41 earned run average in six games (4 starts) this season, pitches for Kansas City.
Frustrating and ugly. Those are the first words that come to mind to try and describe the New York Yankees' 4-3 11-inning loss to the Kansas City Royals Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
In their last 16 games the Yankees have scored more than five runs just twice.
"Right now we're struggling offensively," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We're better than this."
The series concludes Thursday night with Ivan Nova pitching for the Yankees and Sean O'Sullivan for the Royals.
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Soriano had been sent for an MRI after complaining of soreness, which he said stemmed from appearing in back-to-back games recently. The Yankees signed Soriano to be the setup man to Mariano Rivera, and possibly the team's closer once Rivera decides to retire.
Soriano has struggled in the new role with the Yankees, but the team has continued to express faith in him. Jack Curry tweeted that Soriano will play catch on Thursday, after which the Yankees will know more about how many days it will be before he is available to pitch.
The Yankees added to the Royals' road woes in Tuesday's opener, as Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run single to put New York ahead for good in a 3-1 victory. Derek Jeter had two hits and knocked in the other run for the Yankees, who have won three of their last four.
"When things are going well, the results are there," said Jeter, who has raised his average to .283 over the course of a seven-game hitting streak.
Freddy Garcia (2-2) pitched into the seventh inning for the win and the Yankees bullpen took care of the rest, with Mariano Rivera working around a single in the ninth for his league-leading 13th save.
Heading to the hill for the Yankees this evening will be righty A.J. Burnett, who has lost two of his last three starts after opening the year with three straight wins. Burnett was charged with the loss on Thursday in Detroit, as he allowed five runs (two earned) and three hits in seven innings, dropping him to 4-2 to go along with a 3.71 ERA.
Burnett has faced the Royals eight times and is 3-3 with a 2.68 ERA.
Mazzaro, who grew up in Hackensack, N.J., is 0-2 against the Yankees and has pitched to a 9.69 ERA in those three outings.
The New York Yankees career of high-priced free-agent relief pitcher Rafael Soriano has not exactly gotten off to a great start. It has now gotten even worse with the news that Soriano has been sent for an MRI on his sore pitching elbow.
You knew something was up with Soriano when he did not pitch the eighth inning Tuesday with the Yankees holding a 3-1 lead over Kansas City -- the inning and the type of game for which the Yankees signed him to a three-year, $35-million dollar contract to pitch.
Soriano apparently has been feeling elbow soreness since pitching in back-to-back games April 30 and May 1.
The veteran right-hander has not exactly made a smooth transition from closing for Tampa Bay, where he saved a league-leading 45 games a season ago, to setting up for Mariano Rivera in New York. His performance has been uneven, and included a meltdown in which he blew a 4-0 lead and refused to talk to reporters afterwards.
The Yankees can only hope they get good news from the MRI and that Soriano finally begins to settle in and do the job the Yankees brought him to New York to do.
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Some of the old guys on the New York Yankees ruled the day Tuesday as the Yankees defeated the young Kansas City Royals, 3-1, in the opener of a three-game series.
hit a two-run single in the fifth inning for the go-ahead runs and had two hits and knocked in the other run for New York, which has won three of its last four.
(2-2) pitched into the seventh inning for the win and the Yankees bullpen took care of the rest, with working around a single in the ninth for his league-leading 13th save.
Former Yankee Melky Cabrera belted a solo homer for the , who have lost seven straight on the road.
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|WP: Freddy Garcia (2 - 2)
SV: Mariano Rivera (13)
LP: Kyle Davies (1 - 5)
The New York Yankees see old friend and former Yankee outfielder Melky Cabrera Tuesday night when the Kansas city Royals come to Yankee Stadium to begin a three-game series. This will mark the first time the popular ex-Yankee has faced his old team since being traded to Atlanta for Javier Vazquez following the 2009 season.
You can certainly argue that neither the Yankees nor the Braves were thrilled with what they got in the deal. Cabrera hit just .255 for Atlanta with four home runs and 42 RBI in 2010, then was let go and signed as a free agent with Kansas City. Cabrera spent the first five years of his career with the Yankees.
The Yankees did not get anything from Vazquez, either, as he went 10-10 with a 5.32 ERA and signed with the Florida Marlins as a free agent in the off-season. The Yankees made no effort to keep him.
The Yankees enter tonight just percentage points ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays for the top spot in the American League. Freddy Garcia pitches for the Yankees and Kyle Davies for Kansas City.
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