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New York Yankees Series Preview: World Champion Royals Visit The Bronx

Pitching Matchups:

Chris Young (1-1, 3.94 ERA) vs Ivan Nova (1-1, 5.14 ERA)

Nova will be taking the hill for his first start of the 2016 season after CC Sabathia’s groin injury landed the lefty on the 15-day disabled list.

Super Nova made his last start on October 3, 2015, against the Baltimore Orioles when he surrendered five earned runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings pitched.

This season, the right-hander has made six relief appearances, going four innings in two of them.

The veteran Chris Young will oppose him. The tall righty went 4.2 innings in his last outing against the Washington Nationals while giving up five hits and two runs.

In seven starts against the Yankees, Young owns a 3-2 record with a 4.62 ERA and a 7.4 K/9 ratio but has struggled on the road this season owning a 0-3 record with an 8.36 ERA.

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.

Yordano Ventura (2-2, 4.65 ERA) vs Michael Pineda (1-3, 5.73 ERA)

Ventura is looking to bounce back from two straight dissatisfying starts in which he walked a combined 11 hitters. Against the Cleveland Indians on Friday, the righty was tapped for five runs on six hits.

Big Mike battled through six innings of two-run ball while striking out four against the Boston Red Sox on Friday night but has still been a puzzle to figure out. The righty’s non-win streak has extended to five starts after earning a no-decision.

Opponents are hitting .307 with a .946 OPS off Pineda this season but he owns a 3-3 record with a 2.52 ERA against the defending World Champions.

Ian Kennedy (4-2, 2.13 ERA) vs Nathan Eovaldi (2-2, 4.78)

Nate was certainly Nasty as he came up huge for New York, who were without Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller on Saturday against the Boston Red Sox.

The right-hander used his fastball to attack hitters and it helped him manage eight innings of two-run ball with six strikeouts (zero walks).

Former Yankee Ian Kennedy gets the start for Kansas City in the series finale. The right-hander was superb in his latest start as he shut out the Indians in seven innings of work and only allowed four hits while striking out six.