American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, July 9th
(All times Eastern)
Kansas City Royals (42-44) at New York Yankees (48-41), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Kansas City - James Shields (3-6, 3.23)
New York - CC Sabathia (9-6, 4.06)
(Sports Network) - With career win No. 200 already in the books, New York
Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia will try to keep rolling when he takes the
mound Tuesday versus the Kansas City Royals in the Bronx.
It took two tries for Sabathia to reach the 200-win club and he accomplished
the feat in last Wednesday's 3-2 win at Minnesota, where he lasted seven
innings and gave up two runs with nine strikeouts. Sabathia, who has pitched
at least seven innings in four straight and seven of eight starts, targets win
No. 10 versus the Royals and is 9-6 in 18 starts with a 4.06 earned run
Sabathia is 5-2 in his last seven decisions and has won at least 11 games in
each of the past five seasons. The 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner owns a 6-2
mark in eight home outings and has made 35 career starts against Kansas City,
going 18-10 with a 3.26 ERA in that span.
The Royals will counter with James Shields and have won each of his last seven
trips to the mound. Shields, who was 0-4 in five appearances before his
unbeaten run, is 1-0 with a 3.71 ERA in the last seven starts and did not
record a decision on July 4 in a 10-7 win over Cleveland.
Shields allowed five runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings and is 3-6 with a
3.23 ERA in 18 starts overall. The first-year Royal lost to the Yankees on May
11 and is just 7-15 with a 4.46 ERA in 27 career starts against them. Shields,
of course, spent the first seven years of his career with Tampa Bay.
New York has lost two in a row since ripping off six straight victories and
finds itself five games off the lead in the AL East. The Yankees dropped
Monday's opener of this four-game series by a 5-1 score, as Phil Hughes was
charged with the loss for giving up two runs in four innings.
Lyle Overbay homered and both Vernon Wells and Luis Cruz finished with two
hits for the Yankees. Brett Gardner went 0-for-4 and has struck out at least
once in each of his last 16 games, setting the franchise record for
consecutive games with a strikeout as a batter.
"He's just struggling a little right now," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
"I can't really put my finger on it."
The Yankees are 2-2 so far on their 10-game homestand.
Kansas City began a seven-game trek in good fashion and used a strong start by
Jeremy Guthrie to dispose of the Yankees. Guthrie helped the Royals win for
the fourth time in six tries and he held the hosts to a run over 6 2/3 innings
Guthrie waited out a rain delay that lasted almost an hour. He has pitched
through three rain delays already this season.
"I should be a rain delay All-Star. If they had a rain delay team, I'd
probably be the starting pitcher," Guthrie told the club's website.
"I grew up in Oregon, so I'm used to it. My dad always considered me a pitcher
that did well in the rain. I've had my ups and downs in the rain this year.
Some good, some bad."
Greg Holland struck out three and worked around a hit in the ninth for his
21st save of the season.
Billy Butler homered, David Lough had a pair of hits and an RBI and Mike
Moustakas finished 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored.
The Royals were swept by the Yankees at Kauffman Stadium from May 10-12 and
stopped a five-game slide in this series with Monday's win.
07/09 10:30:42 ET