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4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)5:05 PM CT, June 23, 2021
Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York  Attendance: 25,032

Yankees host Royals, aim to improve on RISP

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Kansas City Royals at New York Yankees

  1. This is the first meeting of these teams since May of 2019. The Yankees went 5-2 against the Royals in 2019, winning three of four at home. Three of the last four meetings of that season were decided by one run.
  2. The Royals took two out of three games versus the Red Sox at Kauffman Stadium in their most recent series after losing 11 of their previous 12 games. They started the season 8-4 on the road, but are 6-15 away since.
  3. The Yankees have almost identical home (19-17) and away records (19-16). New York has won five of its last six games. Seven of their last nine games overall have been decided by two or fewer runs.
  4. Salvador Perez has two or more hits in three of his last four games. He has 23 multi-hit games this season which leads all MLB catchers (Buster Posey is second with 15). The Royals are 14-9 when he has two or more hits in a game this season.
  5. Gary Sanchez is batting .237 this season which would be his highest since the 2017 season (.278). He was batting .174 with five HR through May 25 (33 games), compared to a .344 average with six home runs in his 20 games since.
  6. Gerrit Cole has won his last two decisions (both on road). In his last start on June 16 at Toronto he tied his season high with 8.0 innings pitched, but tied his season low with four strikeouts. This will be the first time Brady Singer has faced the Yankees (26 career appearances).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/22/2021 thru 6/24/2021

While their offense has improved in the past two weeks, especially with the focus and attempts at eliminating foreign substances being used by pitchers, the New York Yankees still experience difficulties hitting with runners in scoring position.

One of their worst showings in that area appeared Tuesday, and the Yankees hope they can avoid some of the same problems Wednesday night when they continue a three-game series with the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees have 63 runs and are 7-5 since the Red Sox swept them from June 4-6, and that disastrous series capped a stretch of 10 losses in 13 games. On Tuesday, the Yankees were six outs away from getting another win but wound up with a 6-5 loss when Jonathan Loaisiga allowed four runs in the eighth.

Loaisiga's meltdown occurred on a night when the Yankees went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded 13 and struck out 10 times. Tuesday's inability to hit in the clutch dropped New York's average with runners in scoring position to .212 (106-for-499).

"I look at our guys and feel like whatever the landscape is, they're going to hit and they're going to hit in a big way," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "So it's hard to say if there has been a little of a tick down, which maybe it looks like there has been over the last 10 days or two weeks or whatever, and that I think is naturally going to tilt towards the hitters a little bit."

Luke Voit homered and tripled in his return from an oblique injury, but others were unable to capitalize with runners on as Giancarlo Stanton and Clint Frazier stranded six runners apiece and Gleyber Torres struck out four times and stranded three runners.

The Royals are 4-12 in their past 16 games but are coming off two of their more productive showings at the plate. After going 4-for-16 with runners in scoring position and getting 15 hits in Sunday's 7-3 win over the Boston Red Sox, the Royals were 3-for-11 and got eight hits in their second win in 34 games when trailing after seven innings.

Ryan O'Hearn homered in the fourth and hit an RBI single in Kansas City's four-run eighth while Hunter Dozier also had an RBI single.

"Guys just working to make something happen," Royals manager Mike Matheny said. "We talked about this before, just put the ball in play, put pressure on the defense and hit it to the middle of the field and hand it to the next guy so he can do his job. I thought we had a couple of really good approaches."

Right-hander Michael King (0-3, 4.08 ERA), who is 0-2 with a 6.32 ERA as starting pitcher, will make his fifth start for the Yankees. King most recently pitched Thursday and allowed three runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Kansas City will welcome Danny Duffy (4-3, 1.94) back from the injured list for his first start since May 12. Duffy will make his 200th career start after being sidelined with a left-forearm flexor strain.

In his most recent outing at Detroit, he allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings and then was put on the injured list May 17. Instead of going on a rehab assignment, the Royals were comfortable with activating him following a two-inning simulated game last week.

Duffy is 3-3 with a 5.00 ERA in 11 career appearances (nine starts) against the Yankees.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 23, 2021

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