New York Yankees (31-29) at Kansas City Royals (29-32), 7:15 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - David Phelps (1-3, 4.11)
Kansas City - Danny Duffy (3-5, 3.05)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Yankees eye a third straight win on
Saturday when they take on the Kansas City Royals in the second test of a
four-game series at Kauffman Stadium.
The Yankees will send David Phelps out to start against the Royals Saturday.
Phelps was tagged for six runs in six innings of work in a 10-2 loss to
Seattle on Monday.
The 27-year-old Phelps is 1-3 on the season with a 4.11 earned run average
with 42 strikeouts. He's been tagged with three straight losses, but still
gave a solid effort on May 22 when he went seven innings and gave up just two
runs with eight K's in a 3-2 Yankees loss.
Phelps has appeared in two games against Kansas City in his career, making one
start. He's 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA and seven strikeouts in six innings pitched.
Left-hander Danny Duffy will take the mound Saturday for Kansas City. Duffy is
coming off his best start of the year, in which he pitched six scoreless
innings in a 6-0 defeat of the Cardinals, allowing just one hit and fanning
Duffy is 3-5 on the season with a 3.05 ERA with 29 strikeouts. He's made two
terrible starts against the Yankees in his career, going a combined 8 1/3
innings pitched with a 10.80 ERA and 10 total earned runs. At home in his
career with the Royals, Duffy has underperformed with a 3-10 record and a 5.03
The Yankees started this series off on the right foot Friday night by downing
the Royals, 4-2, as Chase Whitley earned his first major league win.
Brian McCann was the offensive hero for New York Friday night, as the catcher
belted his seventh double of the season in the third inning that scored three
runs and broke a 1-1 tie. McCann's double was one of eight hits in the contest
for the Yankees.
"That's a huge hit," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "It's a tough at-bat.
He fouls off a lot of tough pitches - a change up, a curveball, a real slow
curveball, and he got a ball up in the zone and turned it into a double."
Whitley had made five starts prior to Friday, and was performing admirably
with a 2.37 ERA, though he had wins to show for it. He pitched seven innings
on Friday and gave up two runs on five hits.
Guthrie took the loss for the Royals, and fell to 2-6 on the season. Like
Whitley, Guthrie lasted seven innings but allowed four runs on six hits -
three on McCann's double.
The Yankees have won eight of their last 10 against Kansas City.
06/07 10:19:10 ET
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