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Cano, Gardner Provide Offense For New York

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) – Robinson Cano went 2-for-4 with a three-run double in the first inning, as the New York Yankees roughed up the Kansas City Royals, 7-1, in the second installment of a four-game series.

Alex Rodriguez, who hit his 599th career home run in Thursday’s series opener, finished 2-for-4 with a walk Friday. While Rodriguez did not homer, Jorge Posada recorded the 1,000th RBI of his career.

Brett Gardner added two hits and two RBI for the Yankees, who have won three in a row.

A.J. Burnett (8-8) pitched five shutout innings before a lengthy rain delay forced both teams to change pitchers. Chad Gaudin allowed a run in three relief innings after the game resumed.

Royals starter Brian Bannister (7-9) gave up four runs on six hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings and took the loss, Kansas City’s ninth in its last 11 games.