Game 39 : The Yankees are a first place team in deep trouble. Almost shutout in game one of the three-game set in Kansas City, the team was blanked today, 6-0, for the first time in 2015, and going back to September of last season. Hoping for at least some help in the beleaguered rotation by the return of Chris Capuano, that didn’t end well either. The number five starter was pulled with no outs in the third inning after 63 pitches — allowing 4 earned runs, 2 walks, and recording 4 strikeouts.
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.
Royals 6, Yankees 0
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- Alex Rodriguez A-Rod busted up Friday night’s shutout with a home run, and ruined a 3.2 inning perfect game attempt today with a double that just missed going out in right-center. And that’s that. Nothing else much good to reflect on today.
“You have to give those guys credit. We hit a lot of balls hard. Those guys are playing good baseball, they have an incredible defense. You have to just turn the page.” ‐ Alex Rodriguez (h/t: mlb.com)
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- The Offense It’s stinkin’ the joint up again. Jacoby Ellsbury has cooled off, and the struggles of both Stephen Drew and Didi Gregorius are really becoming a problem…
- Chris Capuano The timing of his return to the roster didn’t help, as the Royals are slapping the ball over the place, and he clearly struggled today. Coming off the quad injury, Joe Girardi wanted to avoid using Capuano in a National League park where he have to hit and possibly run the bases — although that is a foreign concept the offense at the moment. Nathan Eovaldi will get the extra rest and start on Tuesday in Washington after tomorrow’s off day.
- Mark Teixeira Tex departed today’s game in the 7th inning with what was described as a big toe contusion, after being hit by Royal’s starter Edinson Volquez in the 4th.
“We just wanted to make sure we got out of there and got the X-rays. If you’re playing on a broken toe, you can make it really bad. We just wanted to make sure that everything was going to be all right.” ‐ Mark Teixeira (h/t: mlb.com)
FOOTNOTES : A welcome off day tomorrow as the Yanks travel to Washington, DC for a 2-game set with the Nationals. Nathan Eovaldi on Tuesday, and Adam Warren on Wednesday will take the hill for New York. The club is also off Thursday as they travel back to The Bronx to welcome the Texas Rangers for a weekend 3-game set, then host the pesky Royals for another three…