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Yankees fall flat in series opening loss to Royals

NEW YORK — With the Yankees riding high off a two-game sweep of the rival Red Sox, the team had the chance of getting back to .500 in the standings. Instead, its offense, that looked to have finally hit its stride, was shutdown by Homer Bailey and the KC staff.

After a Gleyber Torres sacrifice fly knotted up the score at one, at the bottom half of the first inning, New York was unable to muster up any offense from then on.

Bailey ended up going six strong, giving up just three hits and the lone run in the first.

On the other side, Domingo German did not have his best stuff tonight, giving up a pair of home runs to Jorge Soler and Ryan O’Hearn, but he still gave his squad a quality start that kept the Yankees in the ball game. In six innings, he gave up just six hits and struckout nine Royals.

One of the lone Yankee highlights came in the fifth inning, when Aaron Judge robbed Billy Hamilton of a hit to save German a baserunner.

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In the seventh, Aaron Boone turned to Jonathan Holder in an attempt to keep the score at 3-1, Kansas City. Unfortunately for the right-hander, after striking out Lucas Duda, three straight Royal hits culminated in a Whit Merrifield ground-rule double to make it 4-1 and force Boone to make another change.

Now facing Zack Britton, Adalberto Mondesi then hit a sac fly to drive in Hamilton from third, before Alex Gordon struckout to end the frame.

Mondesi subsequently added another sac fly in the ninth to make it 6-1, as the Yankees entered the bottom of the frame.

While New York tried to start a rally, former Yankee Ian Kennedy closed out the Bombers with a scoreless ninth inning.

In the game, Mike Ford also made his Yankee debut, starting the game at DH. While he was not able to record his first Major League hit, he did work a walk against Richard Lovelady in the seventh.

CC Sabathia hopes to get the Bombers back in the win column tomorrow, as he faces Jakob Junis.

Current Yankees Record: 8-10

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