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New York Yankees Reaction: Offense Sparks Bombers To 10-7 Victory (Highlights)

A stellar offensive performance helped the Yankees overcome three deficits and win their second straight over the Kansas City Royals.

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  • New York Yankees: 10 (13-18)
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A three-run bottom of the eighth inning lifted the New York Yankees to perhaps their most exhilarating win of this young season.

A back and forth, see-saw battle that featured the six lead changes and three bombs off the bat of Lorenzo Cain finally fell in favor of the Yanks.

Cain did everything in his power, pun intended, to keep the Royals in the ballgame. He went deep in the third, the fifth, and the eighth while driving in five runs in a brilliant display.

For the first time in 2016, Masahiro Tanaka truly struggled. He surrendered three homers, two leads, and tied a career high in allowing six earned runs. However, he gave the Yankees seven frames of length and kept a suddenly potent offense in the game.

Andrew Miller allowed his first earned run of the season on Cain’s third shot in the eighth, but picked up the win as his team picked him up in the bottom half.

Following Brett Gardner‘s go-ahead hit, Brian McCann provided insurance with a two-run double to deep right-center. Didi Gregorius added three RBIs for New York.

This proved to be more than enough for Aroldis Chapman, who earned his first save in pinstripes while lighting up the radar gun once again.

The Bronx Bombers have now taken the first two games of this series against the defending World Champs and four of five to start the home stand.

Better days:

After going dormant through the duration of a dreadful road trip, the Yankee offense has come alive.

Through the first five games of this ten game Bronx stretch, the offense has averaged 5.6 runs per game including three breakout performances.

Key middle of the lineup guys, most notably Carlos Beltran and McCann, have come alive along with the likes of role players Dustin Ackley and Aaron Hicks.

The lineup appears to be taking back that circular identity that was displayed prior to the horrific slump.

Turning Point:

With the game knotted at seven and one out the bottom of the eighth, rookie Ben Gamel slapped a harmless ground ball to a Alcides Escobar at shortstop.

The 2015 gold glover proceeded to boot it, allowing Gamel to reach as the go-ahead run.

Set-up man Kelvin Herrera then served up an RBI double up the left-center field alley to Brett Gardner which put the Yanks ahead 8-7.

All things said, it was Escobar’s miscue that turned sparked a fire in what was a dormant inning.

Injury Update:

The injury bug continues to hamper this Yankee roster from top to bottom.

Mark Teixeira sat out of tonight’s game with neck spasms and Joe Girardi proclaimed him day-to-day. It is very likely that Teixeira will not be seen in tomorrow’s starting lineup as well. However, Girardi did say that Tex is available to pinch-hit off the bench.

Meanwhile, Jacoby Ellsbury sat out for a fourth straight game with his right hip strain. He continues to make progress, but Girardi stated that they need to see him sprint comfortably before they can put him back in the lineup.

CC Sabathia (groin) is expected back in the minimum of 15 days as Alex Rodriguez (hamstring) is a 15 day hopeful with a hint of skepticism.


What’s Next?

With the Yankees looking for a third straight win over the struggling Royals, the two clubs will battle it out in the third of four tomorrow night in the Bronx.

Michael Pineda (1-3, 5.73 ERA) will oppose Yordano Ventura (2-2, 4.65 ERA).

Pineda scattered eight hits over six quality innings when he kicked off the home stand against Boston on Friday. He has pitched to a 3.27 ERA in his last two starts after an extremely poor start.

Conversely, Ventura has faltered of late after a strong start to his campaign. His ERA has risen from 2.35 to 4.65 over his last two starts against Seattle and Cleveland, allowing 10 earned runs over eight innings combined.

Pineda will wind, kick, and deal the first offering of tomorrow night’s contest right around 7:08 pm ET. The game can be seen on YES and ESPN (out-of-market) and heard on WFAN 660/101.9 FM.

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