Sunday, May 17, 2015

Recap: Yankees 5, Royals 1

CC Sabathia logged his second consecutive win, hurling seven solid innings of one-run ball to help the Yankees beat the Royals, 5-1, on Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium.

CC Impresses: Sabathia surrendered just six hits and an earned run in his seven frames, walking none and striking out five. He loaded the bases with no outs in the third, but prevented a crooked number with K's of Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer.

Headley is Deadly: The Yankees broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth with a three-run home run from Chase Headley, a line-drive to left on a changeup up in the zone. Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran had singled prior to the blast, Headley's second already this week.

No Location: Royals starter Danny Duffy issued three bases-on-balls in the Yankees' half of the third, setting up the suddenly-hot Beltran for an early sac fly. The Yankees had a chance to do more damage against Duffy in the inning -- they had two on with two out after Beltran's RBI -- but Headley ended the threat with a pop to center.

They Have Returned: Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller haven't pitched back-to-back since last Friday, so it was a welcome sight for Yankees fans when the duo relieved Sabathia in the eighth. Betances retired the Royals 1-2-3 in that at-bat, and Miller did the same in the ninth to seal the victory.

An A-Bomb: The Yankees also got some insurance in the ninth courtesy of an Alex Rodriguez solo shot, a high fly to right-center the Royals' outfield could only watch. It was A-Rod's tenth long ball of the season, giving him 664 for his career.

Next Up: The Yankees will try to take this series on Sunday when they battle the Royals in the finale in KC, beginning at 2:10 p.m. ET and airing live on the YES Network. Chris Capuano (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will start for the Yankees in his 2015 debut, facing surging Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez (2-3, 3.19 ERA).

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Sorry for the Capatcha... Blame the Russians :)