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Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Streaking Yankees visit slumping Royals
New York Yankees at Kansas City Royals
- The Yankees have won nine straight series against the Royals dating back to May 2015, including taking the final three games of a four-game set from April 18-21 this season. That is the longest active streak by any team against a single opponent, and the longest streak by either team in the history of the Yankees/Royals matchup.
- New York swept Baltimore this week, hitting 13 home runs over the four-game series. Entering their 50th game, the Yankees already have three batters with 12+ home runs, the second time in franchise history that three players have hit 12+ home runs in the first 50 team games -- in 1956, Mickey Mantle (21), Yogi Berra (16), and Hank Bauer (13) each did so.
- The Royals split a two-game series with the Cardinals that was played as a doubleheader on Wednesday after Tuesday's game was postponed. Since sweeping the Indians from April 12-14, the Royals have posted a series record of 0-9-2, the only team that has not won a series in that span.
- Gio Urshela will play in his 40th game as a Yankee this weekend, and he enters the weekend batting .333 on the season. In the last 50 seasons, only five players have had a better batting average through the first 40 games of their Yankee careers: Ron Blomberg (.351), David Justice (.350), Don Slaught (.346), Luke Voit (.338), and Bobby Abreu (.338).
- Adalberto Mondesi logged his 40th RBI of the season on Wednesday in his 48th game, becoming the fastest Royal to reach 40 RBI in a season since 2000, when Mike Sweeney did so in 42 games while Jermaine Dye took 44 games.
- Chad Green will serve as an "opener" for the Yankees, entering with a .368 opponent batting average this season after posting a .229 opponent average last season. Among pitchers with at least 50 batters faced this season and 150 batters faced last season, only Colorado's Seunghwan Oh (+.159) and Milwaukee's Corbin Burnes (+.140) have a larger increase.
- Yanks homer in 27th straight to tie mark
- Contreras sparks Cubs' win over Braves
- Mets fine Callaway, Vargas for spat
- D-backs strike late to end Dodgers' run
- Phils power past Mets to end 7-game skid
The New York Yankees will be looking to continue their hot pace, while the Kansas City Royals will be looking to win a series for the first time since April 12-14 as the two clubs start a three-game series in Kansas City on Friday night.
The Yankees have won five straight and nine out of 10, following their 6-5 victory at Baltimore on Thursday. Aaron Hicks walked with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth to push across the winning run. The rally came after the Yankees gave up a 5-1 lead entering the bottom of the eighth, as Tommy Kahnle gave up a three-run homer to Renato Nunez to tie the score.
The Yankees are now 15-5 in the month of May. At 32-17, they are one game behind Minnesota for the best record in baseball. They've done this with an All-Star team on the injured list.
The latest addition to the IL is starting pitcher CC Sabathia, who was placed on the 10-day IL Thursday with right knee inflammation. His spot in the rotation likely will be filled by a committee from the bullpen.
"It'll kind of come down to usage," Boone said of possible replacements. "We've got guys on the roster now that can give us length. It'll be depending on what we did the day before and what we've needed leading up to it. We'll just kind of mix and match with what we have."
The Yankees have not announced a starter officially, though Boone suggested that Chad Green (0-2, 12.41 ERA) is a strong possibility. Greene, who turns 28 on Friday, has appeared in 14 games but pitched only 12 1/3 innings, allowing 18 runs (17 earned).
He is 0-0 with a 4.91 ERA in seven career appearances, all out of the bullpen, against the Royals.
The Royals split a day-night doubleheader and a two-game series in St. Louis on Wednesday. They had lost their previous five series. For the season, they have split two series, lost 12 and won only two (against Cleveland in mid-April, and the season-opening series against the White Sox).
The Royals will send Jakob Junis (3-5, 5.69 ERA) to the mound Friday. He is coming off his longest outing of the season after going seven innings at the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday. He gave up five runs (four earned) on six hits with six strikeouts and two walks against the Angels, but took the loss in a 6-3 defeat.
"I was commanding my fastball to both sides of the plate," Junis said. "I felt like I was in a groove. Right where Maldy (Martin Maldonado) was setting up, I was throwing it in there. Walks are going to happen. As long as you can limit them to one or two a game, usually it's not going too bad. I never want five like I did last time."
After having walked a career-high five batters in his previous start, Junis didn't walk a batter until the sixth inning against the Angels. The biggest problem was the home run ball. He gave up a 473-foot blast to Mike Trout and a two-run home shot to Shohei Ohtani.
"There's definitely frustration any time you give up a home run like that in the sixth inning," Junis said of Ohtani's blast. "It's not the first time that's happened to me. It's been an issue that I've been working on, trying to get better at. All I can say is at least it wasn't a middle-middle pitch."
Junis is 1-3 with a 6.43 ERA in four career starts against the Yankees.
Prior to the Angels series, the Royals had gone four straight series with a rubber game giving them a chance to win the series. Counting the loss in the second game of the doubleheader to the Cardinals, that's five straight missed opportunities to claim a series win.
--Field Level Media
Updated May 24, 2019
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Published: 2015-05-28 13:51:00
Updated: 2016-07-13 10:41:59
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