Duffy dominates as Royals top Yankees 5-1 to avoid sweep

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Kansas City took advantage of a double play that wasn't turned to score a pair of runs in the second inning.

Anything to loosen them up. On the other side, the Royals are 1-4 in Duffy's last five starts and are 1-5 in his last six outings when he's coming off five days of rest.

NY has outscored Kansas City 18-8 while pounding out 29 hits and looks to complete a three-game sweep with a victory in Thursday's series finale. "I just wanted to get positive vibes going".

Royals LHP Danny Duffy tries to snap a five-start winless streak against his nemesis.

Mike Minor handled the eighth before Kelvin Herrera surrendered a run in the ninth.

"He tweaked his wrist a little bit", Royals manager Ned Yost said.

Vargas gave up five runs in a 49-pitch fourth inning when the Yankees sent 10 men to the plate.

On Thursday, Green followed Montgomery into the game and struck out six while allowing just one hit over three shutout innings.

"I'm just a 24-year-old with eight starts in my big league career and I'm trying to learn", he said. I know the fans expect more from me and I expect more from myself.

The Royals stitched together a two-run second inning with some help from the Yankees, good base running and clutch swings from the bottom of the order. They pounded their 59th home run through their first 37 games, and scored seven or more runs for the fourth consecutive game. The Yankees got the force at second but couldn't convert the relay, keeping the inning alive.

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Montgomery proceeded to set down the next seven batters he faced before Merrifield's leadoff single in the fifth.

Meanwhile, Duffy was dodging all sorts of trouble. He was initially called out but replays showed first baseman Eric Hosmer pulled his foot off the bag, and the call was overturned with Ellsbury getting a hit.

Danny Duffy reported for duty in the second inning in a flash.

Duffy stranded a runner on third by striking out Aaron Hicks to end his night. Because he's been a force, " said manager Joe Girardi. "We've been able to come up with big hits in big situations and that's what you need".

It took the New York Yankees four innings to spoil that. This would improve the Yankees 1.5 game above in first place in the American League East, padding their lead over the struggling Baltimore Orioles.

"Pineda (4-2), who lost to the Royals twice last season, was removed in the seventh after giving up a single to Brandon Moss and third baseman Chase Headley committed two errors, fielding and throwing, on one play".

Alex Rodriguez makes his debut as a color commentator for the series finale on Thursday.

"I think people forget how good this kid was, " Girardi said of Castro's six seasons as the Cubs' shortstop.

May 17, 1998: David Wells pitched the 14th regular season flawless game in Major League history (and first by a Yankee), defeating the Minnesota Twins 4-0 at Yankees Stadium.

They routed the Royals 7-1 in the series opener Tuesday night. The Royals open a 10-game trip Friday in Minnesota, starting RHP Nathan Karns.