Sabathia leads Yankees to 7-1 win over Royals

Ruben Hill
May 19, 2017

"But I thought he was OK". He gave up six hits and four runs, three earned.

"When you have a lot of scoring like that, you feel pretty good", Pineda said. Hammel threw 30 pitches in the first two innings and the Yankees didn't swing and miss once. However, they lost 7-1 in the series opener to the Yankees on Tuesday. The Royals (16-23) own the worst record in the AL.

Vargas allowed six runs and seven hits, chased after a five-run fourth, in which he needed 49 pitches, that made it 6-0. By the end of the night, Royals starter Jason Vargas' ERA could sink below 1.00, which would be the latest date that has been true of a Royals starter since Zack Greinke took a 0.84 ERA into his May 31, 2009 start against the White Sox. After a two-out Didi Gregorius single, Carter did the damage that time, hitting a two-run home run.

Sabathia pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings and Gary Sanchez and Chris Carter homered as the New York Yankees beat the Royals 7-1.

Castro's one-out double started it and Vargas walked Judge.

Hicks highlighted the inning with a three-run homer, his seventh of the season.

"I think it's important, " Girardi said of Sanchez's 2-for-4 night with a walk and solid connection with Sabathia.

Behind the plate, his rocket arm hasn't been as effective in preventing the running game as it had been before he spent a month on the DL due to a right biceps tear. I was definitely hoping it would hook foul.

"I've got to do a better job of keeping the ball in the park", Hammel said.

"Back in the day, he was really good", Royals catcher Salvador Perez said.

The Yankees' lineup, which has scored 36 runs in the past four games, carried Pineda to a rare win away from The Bronx.

The only downside was righthander Giovanny Gallegos giving up three ninth-inning runs, causing Girardi, with two on and two outs, to bring on Betances to face Eric Hosmer. Carter picked on a 1-1 Hammel offering and deposited it over the center-field wall.

TIGERS 5, ORIOLES 4 Tyler Collins snapped an 0-for-30 skid in style, hitting two home runs for Detroit in a victory over visiting Baltimore.

Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain left after five innings with an injury after diving for a ball in the fourth inning. Manager Ned Yost hinted Kennedy could start Saturday at Minnesota if all goes well. Kennedy threw a side session and tested his hamstring in pitchers fielding practice before the game with no problems.

For Thursday's game, the Yankees will be rolling out LHP Jordan Montgomery for the start. LHP CC Sabathia moved past Mike Mussina to 13th place on the Yankees' all-time list innings list with 1,554 2/3.

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