The big boy bats came out for the New York Yankees as they slugged their way to a victory over the defending World Champions on Monday Night. 

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  • New York Yankees: 6 (12-18)
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After being shut down last night in prime time, the New York Yankees slugged passed the Kansas City Royals in game one of this four-game set at Yankee stadium.

Carlos Beltran led the charge with two solo home runs off the man who leads the league in home runs allowed, Chris Young. Brian McCann, Brett Gardner and Aaron Hicks also went yard off Young.

Ivan Nova, who took over after CC Sabathia’s spot in the rotation due to a groin injury landed the lefty on the 15-day disabled list, held the Royals to one run on six hits in 4.2 innings.

Nova could have gone longer, but his 75-pitch count had other ideas. Kirby Yates got the win in relief.

For Kansas City, Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer each homered but it wasn’t enough to lift their team that has lost 10 out of the last 13 contests. The defending World Champions have dropped below .500 for the first time since July of 2004.

Aroldis Chapman, making his Yankee debut, allowed a run in his but was able to close out a 6-3 victory for the New York Yankees.

Chapman Makes Yankee Debut:

Aroldis Chapman pitched in a ballgame for the first time as a member of the New York Yankees after being reinstated following a domestic violence suspension.

The left-handed flamethrower fired his first four pitches at 100-MPH or better and maxed out at 101-MPH. Chapman did not record a save but did cap off a 6-3 Yankee win. It’s safe to say he was good as advertised.

Home Run Derby:

In the first three innings of tonight’s ballgame against the Kansas City Royals,Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks, and Beltran again all smacked home runs to right field off Chris Young.

Young became the seventh starting pitcher in history to surrender five long balls in three innings or less.

It was also the first time the New York Yankees have done that since August 1st, 2001, when Chuck Knoblauch, Paul O’Neill, Alfonso Soriano, Derek Jeter, and Tino Martinez did it against the Texas Rangers.

Welcome To The Show:

Ben Gamel recorded his first major league hit in his first major league at-bat on Monday night off Dillon Gee in the bottom of the eighth.

The outfielder slashed .286/.346/.363 with a home run in 23 games for Tripe-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this year.

Roster Moves:

With Aroldis Chapman was reinstated onto the Yankees 25-man roster, Johnny Barbato was optioned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Branden Pinder was placed on the 60-day disabled list.

This Day In Yankees History:

On this day in 2002, legendary closer Mariano Rivera recorded save number 225 which set a New York Yankees franchise record in a 3-1 victory over the then Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Previously, Dave Righetti owned the record.

What’s Next:

The second game of this four-game series in the Bronx will continue on Tuesday night (AKA: Tanaka Tuesday).

Kris Medlen (1-3, 6.85) vs Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 2.29 ERA)

Tanaka turned in yet another gem last time out against the Orioles by tossing eight scoreless innings with seven strikeouts but earned a no decision.

Not a single opponent has scored more than two runs all six of Tanaka’s starts this year. In

Opposing him, Medlen is looking to bounce back from a frightful outing on Wednesday against the Nationals. He only went two innings and surrendered nine runs on six hits.

In four games against New York (no starts), he has surrendered four runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings in relief. First pitch will come at around 7:05 with full coverage beginning at six on the YES network.

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