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Duffy dominates as Royals top Yankees 5-1 to avoid sweep

Duffy dominates as Royals top Yankees 5-1 to avoid sweep

Duffy picked up his first victory since April 14, and Mike Moustakas belted a three-run homer as the Royals defeated the New York Yankees 5-1 on Thursday night.

While his 2.97 ERA is impressive, it hasn't been an especially great year so far for Duffy, posting a 4.46 SIERA, 19.1 percent strikeout rate, 8.1 percent walk rate and 1.27 WHIP.

OUR PREDICTION: The Yankees are a flawless 4-0 in their last four games in Kansas City and 75-34 in their last 109 meetings with the Royals.

"He kept his pitch count down and really gave us seven strong innings", Royals manager Ned Yost said. Montgomery gave up a three-run homer to Brian McCann in the third inning and an RBI single to Carlos Correa in the fourth. With Jordan Montgomery set to face Danny Duffy in the pitching matchup, the over/under now sits at 8.5 runs.

Duffy (3-3) had been 0-3 with two no-decisions in his previous five starts. Butera singled home Soler with the second run of the inning. I know the fans expect more from me and I expect more from myself. The Dangerous Whit Merrifield (name change pending) and Drew Butera drove in Eric Hosmer and Jorger Soler on back-to-back singles in the second. But second baseman Starlin Castro couldn't get a good grip on the ball as he was transferring it out of his glove, and was forced to throw a bouncer to first baseman Chris Carter, who couldn't scoop it out of the dirt.

The Yankees would allow five more runs throughout the game making the final score of the game 11-7.

Rafael Nadal crashes out of Rome Masters
Thiem nearly broke again early in the second set but Nadal managed to save two break points and go on to hold his serve. Nadal regained some composure and managed to fight back to 5-4, but he could not prevent his rival from taking the set.

Holliday and Judge promptly got their base hits in the sixth.

It took the New York Yankees four innings to spoil that.

Latest: Green was in the running in spring training for one of two open Yankees rotation spots, but struggled at times and began the season in Triple-A.

Having scored 18 runs against the Royals in two games, the Yankees arrived at Thursday's series finale leading the majors with a plus-63 run differential.

Alex Rodriguez made his color commentating debut as Fox Sports broadcast the game. "Don't try to be something you're not", Girardi said. Yankees manager Joe Girardi opted to start LF Brett Gardner Wednesday because he's "been hot" over Jacoby Ellsbury, who will start Thursday.

Yankees RHP Luis Severino will start Friday night's series opener at Tampa Bay. The Royals were also swept by the Twins in a rain-shortened two-game set at Kauffman Stadium.


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