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Yankees (21-20) Vs. Royals (16-24) Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers

KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 5:  Hiroki Kuroda (18) of the New York Yankees walks to the dugout as he leaves a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium May 5, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 5: Hiroki Kuroda (18) of the New York Yankees walks to the dugout as he leaves a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium May 5, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
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The New York Yankees begin a three-game series -- and the second quarter of the 2012 MLB season -- in an uncomfortable position. The Yankees are just 21-20 and find themselves in fourth place in the American League East, five games behind the division-leading Baltimore Orioles and just one game ahead of the last-place Boston Red Sox.

Yes, the AL East seems to have been turned upside down so far in 2012. The Yankees, who have struggled with inconsistent starting pitching and a lack of offense thus far, begin trying to get untracked Monday at Yankee Stadium (7:05 p.m. ET/ YES Network) against the Royals (16-24).

Hiroki Kuroda (3-5, 4.50 ERA) will pitch Monday for the Yankees. Kuroda is 3-1 with a 3.08 ERA at Yankee Stadium this season, but 0-4, 6.23 on the road.

Kansas City will pitch Felipe Paulino (1-1, 1.93).


AL East Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Baltimore 27 16 .627 0 Lost 1
Tampa Bay 25 17 .595 1.5 Lost 1
Toronto 23 19 .547 3.5 Lost 1
New York 21 20 .512 5 Lost 2
Boston 20 21 .487 6 Won 2

(updated 5.21.2012 at 12:32 PM EDT)


Here are the pitching matchups for the rest of the series:

  • Game 2, Tuesday: Phil Hughes, Yankees (3-5, 5.23) vs. Luke Hochevar (3-4, 7.02)
  • Game 3, Wednesday: Andy Pettitte, Yankees (1-1, 2.51) vs. Luis Mendoza (2-2, 5.03).

First baseman Billy Butler (.297/8/31) leads the Kansas City offense.


Current Series

3 game series vs Royals @ Yankee Stadium

Kansas City Royals
@ New York Yankees

Monday, May 21, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT
Yankee Stadium

Felipe Paulino vs Hiroki Kuroda

Cloudy. Winds blowing in from left field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 65.

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