KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 6: Robinson Cano (24) of the New York Yankees smiles in the dugout after hitting a grand slam against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium May 6, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Yankees At Royals, Game 4: Yankees Bash Royals To Split Four-Game Series

The Yankees used the longball to beat Kansas City, 10-4, in the fourth game of the series on Sunday. The win earned the Yankees a split.

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Royals Vs. Yankees, Game 4: Nick Swisher Returns To Lineup In Series Finale

The New York Yankees offense is looking for a spark, and they could get it Sunday as outfielder Nick Swisher will return to the nine-man batting lineup in the series finale in Kansas City. Swisher was listed in the Yankees starting lineup for the first time in a week, when he was taken out of the game because of a leg injury.

Since then, a lot has happened for New York as it has dropped four of its last six games, which have featured an average of just two runs per game.

Here's Sunday lineup that will try to get the Yankees out of its offensive slump:

1) Derek Jeter, SS

2) Curtis Granderson, CF

3) Alex Rodriguez, 3B

4) Robinson Cano, 2B

5) Mark Teixeira, 1B

6) Nick Swisher, DH

7) Raul Ibanez, LF

8) Russell Martin, C

9) Dewayne Wise, RF

See Pinstripe Alley for more discussion and analysis of the Yankees. Check back with SB Nation New York for more information about Mariano Rivera's injury.

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Yankees (14-13) At Royals (9-17): Game Time, TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers

At this point in time, the New York Yankees would like to leave Kansas City as fast as possible. However, there is one more game to be played and a four-game series to possibly split Sunday, when Phil Hughes (1-4, 7.48 ERA) takes the mound against Luke Hochevar (2-2, 7.36 ERA) at Kauffman Stadium (2:10 p.m. ET on YES Network).

So far, a usually routine trip to the Midwest has turned into a nightmare for the Yankees (14-13), who have lost four games and their long-time closer, Mariano Rivera, in a five-day span. On Sunday, their hopes hinge on Hughes, who has really struggled for consistency and is pitching for a spot in the five-man rotation, and sputtering offense that has averaged less than two runs per game in the past four losses.

Meanwhile, the Royals (9-17) looked good in the Game 1 and 3 victories and are now trying to take the finale for a series win.

Location: Kauffman Stadium

Game Time: 2:10 p.m. ET

TV Channel: YES Network

Series: Royals lead four-game series 2-1.

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Royals Vs. Yankees, Game 3 Final Score: CC Sabathia, Derek Jeter Propel New York To 6-2 Victory

CC Sabathia put together another solid eight-inning performance and Derek Jeter continued his torrid pace at the plate going 2-for-5 with a two-run home run Friday, as the New York Yankees earned a much needed 6-2 victory at the Kansas City Royals. New York (14-12) snapped a three-game skid and more importantly earned its first win since hearing the disappointing news about long-time closer Mariano Rivera.

Sabathia allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out five, while reliever David Robertson tossed a scoreless ninth inning for the Yankees, who got homers from Mark Teixeira and Jeter.

Teixeria's blast came in the top of the first inning and gave New York a quick 2-0 lead, which was quickly blown by Sabathia who gave up two runs in the bottom half of the same inning.

From there, Sabathia was pretty much flawless and used a four-run eighth inning, capped by Jeter's fifth home run of the season, to earn his fourth win of the season.

Royals' starting pitcher Bruce Chen tossed 6 2/3 innings and allowed six runs in the loss.

The Yankees and Royals will resume their four-game series Sunday, when Hirkoki Kuroda (2-3, 3.69 ERA) opposes Felipe Paulino, who's making his first start of the season, at 7:10 p.m. ET.

-- See Pinstripe Alley for more discussion and analysis of the Yankees.

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Yankees Vs. Royals Final Score: 4-3 Loss Overshadowed By Mariano Rivera Injury

The New York Yankees lost their third straight game of the season on Thursday night, falling to the Kansas City Royals, 4-3, to open their four-game series at Kauffman Stadium. The win was the Royals first at home this season.

The game, of course, was overshadowed by the horrific injury suffered during pre-game warmps by Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who is likely lost for the season with a torn ACL.

David Phelps of the Yankees made his first career start Thursday, giving up two earned runs and six hits in four innings.

The Royals got on the board first with a solo home run by Mike Moustakas in the first inning. They expanded their lead with singles in the third and fifth innings by Eric Hosmer and Moustakas, respectively. Moustaka's hit to right field off of D.J. Mitchell scored Hosmer and Alex Gordon to put the Royals' decisive runs on the scoreboard.

Derek Jeter went 4-for-5 for the Yankees, raising his average to .404, and Andruw Jones was 3-for-4. Unfortunately, 13 hits by the team didn't translate into many runs. After Mark Texeira's third-inning double to score Jeter, New York did not score again until the sixth inning when Eduardo Nunez drove in a run on a sac fly. Texeira capped the scoring for the Yankees with another sac fly to score Jeter yet again in the seventh.

Jeter and Curtis Granderson reached base to open the ninth inning for the Yankees, but Royals closer Jonathan Broxton got Mark Teixeira to hit into a double play and Alex Rodriguez to ground to third base to end the game.

Danny Duffy (2-2) got the win for Kansas City, going 5 1/3 innings and giving up six hits and two earned runs.


Final - 5.3.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 13 1
Kansas City Royals 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 X 4 9 0
WP: Danny Duffy (2 - 2)
SV: Jonathan Broxton (5)
LP: David Phelps (0 - 1)

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Mariano Rivera Injury: Yankees Closer Injures Knee While Shagging Fly Balls

Mariano Rivera went down before Thursday's game against the Royals with a knee injury sustained during batting practice.

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