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Brian McCann delivered a sacrifice fly in the 13th inning and Dellin Betances shut down the Kansas City Royals in the bottom half to give the New York Yankees a 5-4 victory Wednesday night.
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Lineup: Royals (69-63) vs. Yankees (68-63)
- 1. Jarrod Dyson, CF (L)
- 2. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B (R)
- 3. Eric Hosmer, 1B (L)
- 4. Kendrys Morales, DH (S)
- 5. Salvador Perez, C (R)
- 6. Alex Gordon, LF (L)
- 7. Paulo Orlando, RF (R)
- 8. Alcides Escobar, SS (R)
- 9. Raul Mondesi, 2B (S)
- SP: Ian Kennedy, RHP Daily lineups
The Royals have placed right-hander Chien-Ming Wang on the disabled list with biceps tendinitis and made a series of roster moves to shore up their taxed bullpen.
Do Royals have any shot at the playoffs?
In the aftermath of the trade deadline, the Royals' chances at making the postseason were on life support (just where they like them). Now, things are looking better for Kansas City. Is it enough for KC fans to expect playing deep into October again? Updated ZiPS playoff odds (Insider)
Jacoby Ellsbury drove in the go-ahead run with two outs in the 10th, and the New York Yankees hung tough after blowing a four-run lead for a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday.
Royals need more from Alex Gordon
Gordon has been decently productive this month, but his season as a whole has been a big flop after the Royals signed him to a big-money deal over the winter. Where would Kansas City be if he had been better? Schoenfield: Players affecting team's 2016 hopes (Insider)
Kennedy, Duffy making better use of fastballs
Ian Kennedy throws most of his fastballs in the upper third of the strike zone or higher, resulting in a popup rate close to 6 percent (3.4 is the league average), while Danny Duffy throws his sinker in the zone more to finish batters off with other pitches. Pitchers using fastballs better (Insider)
Hosmer pivotal to Royals pennant race
The Royals rank 14th in the AL in runs scored as injuries have forced them to play younger players this year. Because of that, Eric Hosmer and Kendrys Morales -- the two veterans in the middle of their lineup -- must be efficient with their opportunities with runners on base, Buster Olney writes. Key players in pennant races (Insider)
Dillon Gee kept the Royals' momentum going with six sharp innings, Alcides Escobar hit a three-run homer and Kansas City beat the New York Yankees 8-5 on Monday night.
The Angels have traded outfielder Daniel Nava along with cash considerations to the Royals, who will send back cash or a player to be named later.
Royals rise big in Power Rankings
The Royals were six games under .500 to start August, but, with the help of 12 wins in their last 14 games, have charged to six games over .500. Alex Gordon is among those leading the way with a big month at the plate. Week 21 Power Rankings
A few things stand out to Buster Olney as he examines upcoming schedules of the AL contenders, among them that East adversaries play each other a lot.
The Royals' eight-run sixth inning on Sunday showed what's possible when skipper Ned Yost sits on his hands -- instead of getting too creative for his team's own good.
Buster Olney lays out the role the Twins, losers of 10 straight, could have down the stretch; plus a look at the surging Royals and today's links.
Buster Olney talks to Jayson Stark about the Royals' hot streak, cannibalism in the AL East and more. Plus a chat with Jackie Bradley Jr. and Todd Radom's uniform/logo trivia.
AL postseason race is wide open
The Indians and Rangers have firm grips on the AL Central and AL West, respectively, but the AL East and wild-card race are tightly bunched together.
August remains the Royals' month
The last three years have seen the Royals excel in August, posting at least 19 wins each time the month rolls around. This year's team definitely needed the success, as it went 7-19 in July.
Mondesi to continue starting for Royals
Despite his struggles prior to his bases-clearing triple in Sunday's win over the Red Sox, Raul Mondesi will continue to be the Royals' everyday second baseman down the stretch. "We won 16 out of 19 games, and he's played the majority of them," manager Ned Yost said. "I think he's doing fine." Kansas City Star
The Royals are definitely not out
After beating the Red Sox 10-4 on Sunday, the Royals have won 12 of 14, and it doesn't appear that they intend to slow down anytime soon. What we learned Sunday
Salvador Perez homers way to rare feat
By going deep yet again on Sunday, Perez became the first opposing catcher in more than four decades to homer in three consecutive games at Fenway Park, the Elias Sports Bureau notes. The last visiting player to hit home runs in three straight games at Fenway, all as a catcher, was Ed Herrmann of the White Sox in 1973.
Royals completely flip the script on July
After Sunday's win, Kansas City is now 19-7 in August after going an MLB-worst 7-19 last month. The Royals are the fifth team since 1980 (last was the Athletics in 2005) to win at least 19 games in a month after losing 19 or more games the previous month, per the Elias Sports Bureau. It's the first time the Royals have done it in franchise history.
On Base Percentage.31323rd
Earned Run Average3.9910th
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