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Banged-up Yankees looking to end homestand with momentum
Kansas City Royals at New York Yankees
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Verlander loses no-hitter in 7th, Ks 12
- Frazier hits 2 homers, German wins 9th
- A's win 5th straight, put DH Davis on IL
- Dodgers win 15th in row behind Kershaw
- Baez pinch-hit single in 9th lifts Cubs
The New York Yankees began this weekend with 12 injured players and now their crowded injury list will likely reach 13 with another big name.
Aaron Judge is expected to become the latest Yankee to land on the injured list Sunday as New York hosts the Kansas City Royals in the finale of a four-game series at Yankee Stadium.
New York began the season with ace Luis Severino and outfielder Aaron Hicks sidelined after signing contract extensions during spring training. Three games in the Yankees lost Giancarlo Stanton and Miguel Andujar and have played their entire homestand without Gary Sanchez, who may return Wednesday in Anaheim.
Now they will be without Judge, who suffered a left oblique injury on a swing during the sixth inning of Saturday's 9-2 win. Judge hit one of four homers, but when he singled, the slugger immediately winced and labored towards first base before exiting.
While Judge was getting an MRI, the Yankees reached the .500 mark at 10-10. They do not know how long Judge will be out for, but manager Aaron Boone said "probably not" when asked if his right fielder could avoid going on the injured list.
"It's Aaron Judge," Boone said. "He's one of the great players in the game. Such a key figure to our club, not only between the lines obviously but what he means to us in the room "
Last season Judge fractured his right wrist on July 26 when he was hit by a pitch from Kansas City right-hander Jakob Junis and did not return until Sept. 14. The Yankees went 25-20 in his absence but their injury list was nearly as extensive.
This time, the Yankees will rely on their "next man mentality," which includes Clint Frazier, who had three hits Saturday and is hitting .351, Gleyber Torres, who is hitting .260 and Luke Voit, who has reached base in 31 straight games.
"I've been here, seen too much," said outfielder Brett Gardner, who was on the 2013 team that saw the Yankees play without Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, and Curtis Granderson for significant periods. "At this point you just have to roll with the punches and play the cards that you're dealt."
The Yankees will try to get over .500 for the first time in two weeks before heading on a nine-game West Coast trip and hope to get a third straight solid start when James Paxton takes the mound.
On Tuesday, Paxton aced his first test against the Boston Red Sox by displaying dominant fastball command when he struck out 12 and pitched eight innings of two-hit ball.
Paxton produced his second-highest strikeout total while utilizing the fastball and barely using his curveball, the same pitch he said last Sunday that he was tipping in an ugly outing in Houston on April 10.
Paxton has never had consecutive double-digit strikeout games and Tuesday was his 12th double-digit strikeout game. He struck out four of the first six hitters and six straight towards the end of the outing.
The left-hander is 3-0 with a 1.98 ERA in six career starts against the Royals and has three double-digit strikeout games in those outings. He last faced the Royals on July 1 in Seattle when he fanned 11 in eight innings in a 1-0 victory.
The Royals are 2-4 on a 10-game trip and will try to salvage the split after allowing seven homers in the last two nights and going 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position.
"If a pitch is up -- you make a little bit of a mistake -- it doesn't take too much to get burned on it," Royals manager Ned Yost said.
Jorge Lopez starts for the Royals and like Paxton is coming off a double-digit strikeout performance. Lopez fanned on 10 Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox but also allowed four runs and eight hits in a 5-1 loss and dropped to 0-2.
Lopez is 2-6 with a 5.53 ERA in 11 starts for the Royals since being obtained from Milwaukee for Mike Moustakas. He is facing the Yankees for the first time.
--Field Level Media
Updated April 21, 2019