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Duffy dominates as Royals top Yankees to avoid sweep

Duffy dominates as Royals top Yankees to avoid sweep

Royals lefty Danny Duffy threw seven shutout innings, striking out ten New York Yankees and only allowing five baserunners leading to a 5-1 victory over New York that avoided a sweep.

His last time out, he pitched six strong innings while surrendering four runs to the red-hot Houston Astros in a loss. He walked only one batter after issuing four free passes in each of his previous two turns, including a 6 2/3-inning effort in which he yielded three runs en route to a win over the Chicago Cubs. "Things are looking pretty good", manager Ned Yost said.

And Starlin Castro, a three-time All-Star with the Cubs, is pushing to make his first AL All-Star team, batting.351 and believing he can contend for a batting title.

Whit Merrifield won the battle of SC alums with a run-producing single to center off Montgomery.

Duffy was handed a no-decision Friday after giving up two runs over seven innings against the Orioles.

Duffy had five strikeouts in the first two innings and got RBI hits from Whit Merrifield and Drew Butera to put the Royals on top 2-0.




As a team, the Yankees were first in the league in homers (59), batting average (.276) and on-base percentage (.356) and a surprising second in stolen bases (29) through their first 37 games. "We've been able to come up with big hits in big situations and that's what you need".

Would you like to know why Danny Duffy is an ace, even though nobody outside his immediate family and the most die-hard KC Royals fans would say that? NY had scored at least seven runs in each of its last four games.

Vargas (5-2) carried a 1.01 ERA into the game, but allowed as many runs in the fourth inning as he had in his first seven starts combined.

Dellin Betances got one out for his first save since replacing injured Aroldis Chapman as the Yankees' closer. If Montgomery is demoted very soon, Green is a lock is a near lock to get a shot to build on his eight big-league starts last season, some of which were very good.

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.

The game will be shown on Fox Sports 1, featuring the play-by-play debut of former Yankee Alex Rodriguez. Yankees manager Joe Girardi opted to start LF Brett Gardner Wednesday because he's "been hot" over Jacoby Ellsbury, who will start Thursday. "Don't try to be something you're not", Girardi said.


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