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Paulino perfect, Yankees imperfect through 3

Royals starter Felipe Paulino , only activated this morning after missing the first 25 games of the season with a forearm strain, has set the first 9 Yankees down, four of them on strikes, mainly with a fastball that is regularly touching 97 MPH. The other five outs have all come on groundouts.

Meanwhile, Hiroki Kuroda had his typical shaky first inning, with the help of an atypical Derek Jeter error on the first play of the game, to give the Royals a 2-0 lead. After Jeter booted Jarrod Dyson's routine grounder to short, Kuroda allowed a single to Alex Gordon, wild pitched him to second, and then saw both runners score on Billy Butler's double down the LF line.