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NY Yankees1 1 0 4 0 2 1 0 x 9140
  W: M. Tanaka (2-1)   L: H. Fillmyer (0-1)
10:05 AM PT11:05 AM MT12:05 PM CT1:05 PM ET13:05 ET17:05 GMT1:05 10:05 AM MST12:05 PM EST12:35 PM VEN21:05 UAE12:05 PM CT, April 20, 2019
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York  Attendance: 42,013

Yankees face Royals, trying again to reach .500

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Kansas City Royals at New York Yankees

  1. The Yankees went 5-2 against the Royals last season, winning three of four in New York. New York has gone 12-3 (.800) against Kansas City at home since 2015, its second-best home record versus a single opponent in that span (12-1 vs. Minnesota, min. 10 games played).
  2. The Royals beat the White Sox yesterday to avoid a three-game sweep. Kansas City has won four of its last six games after going 2-10 to open the season. That 12-game start was tied for the second worst in franchise history, behind only 1992 when the team started 1-11.
  3. Whit Merrifield is the only player in MLB with at least 50 walks and 50 steals since the beginning of last season. He is one of six players with at least 200 hits and 100 runs since last season, along with J.D. Martinez, Christian Yelich, Freddie Freeman, Javier Baez and Jean Segura.
  4. The Yankees have won three of their last four, bookended by a two-game sweep of the Red Sox at home. New York is averaging 4.09 runs at home compared to 6.83 runs on the road this season after averaging 5.59 runs at home and 4.91 runs on the road in 2018.
  5. Brett Gardner hit a grand slam in yesterday's win over Boston, his fourth home run of the season. Gardner is slugging .512 over his last 11 games (since April 4) after posting a .286 mark over his first six games.
  6. Domingo German has a 5.56 ERA in 16 career starts compared to a 2.94 mark in 15 relief appearances. In two starts this season, he has pitched to a 1.64 ERA, striking out 10 batters and limiting opponents to a .083 batting average.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/18/2019 thru 4/21/2019

The New York Yankees saw their offense vanish Thursday when they attempted to reach the .500 mark.

Two days later, the Yankees will get another chance to reach the break-even mark when they continue a four-game series with the Kansas City Royals on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees appeared poised to reach .500 on Thursday after two rousing wins over the Boston Red Sox. Instead, they struggled to do much off the Royals' Homer Bailey and tied a season low with one run and managed just four hits (all singles) in a 6-1 loss.

The Yankees evened the series Friday when Brett Gardner and Mike Tauchman homered off Jakob Junis in a 6-2 victory as they improved to 9-10.

New York continues to play short-handed with 12 players on the injured list. Of all the injured players, only catcher Gary Sanchez (groin) appears close to returning, though his return likely would not occur until some point on the upcoming West Coast trip.

"I feel like it's close," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said of Sanchez on Friday afternoon. "I don't have anything for you now, but I'm optimistic that we're real close to that."

The Royals are 5-3 since losing 10 straight, and they hope to keep running in the right direction.

Kansas City had three stolen bases Friday, upping its major-league-leading total to 24. However, the Royals were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position, and they scored only once after opening the sixth with consecutive doubles.

"I think anytime you get a situation like that, you always feel like it's a missed opportunity," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "No, I don't feel any different than I would anytime we miss an opportunity. It's major league baseball, man, they got guys that are pitching on the other side that make it tough to accomplish those situations."

After CC Sabathia pitched five innings for the Yankees on Friday, Masahiro Tanaka will be pitching on five days' rest for the third straight time when he starts Saturday. Tanaka took his first loss Sunday when he allowed a grand slam to Tim Anderson in the fourth inning and surrendered five runs in four-plus innings during a 5-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox.

That outing snapped a modest five-game home unbeaten streak for Tanaka.

The right-hander will be making his third career start against the Royals. He has allowed eight runs on 11 hits in 12 innings in a pair of no-decisions against the Royals that occurred during the 2016 season.

Heath Fillmyer will make his third start of the season for the Royals after taking a pair of no-decisions while compiling a 9.00 ERA. He last pitched Monday in a 5-4 road loss to the White Sox when he allowed three runs and five hits in five innings.

The right-hander's lone start against the Yankees occurred July 28, 2018, in the second game of a doubleheader. He gave up three runs on five hits in five innings in a no-decision during Kansas City's 5-4 loss.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 20, 2019

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