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.
Kansas City, meanwhile, will counter with righty Vin Mazzaro, who makes his Royals debut tonight in place of the injured Bruce Chen. He had been 1-0 with a 4.97 ERA in five starts for Triple-A Omaha.
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.