New York Yankees Begin Road Trip With Trouble-Free Win In KC (Highlights)
May 16, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) hits a single against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees road trip started off with a bang on Monday night as they cruised to an easy 7-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals. 

  • New York Yankees: 7 (23-13)
  • Kansas City Royals: 1 (16-22)
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  • Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO

After losing four of their last five, the New York Yankees bounced back against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night with an impressive 7-1 victory at Kauffman Stadium.

The Bombers struck first in the top of the third when Gary Sanchez smacked a fastball thrown by Jason Hammel to straightaway centerfield with Chris Carter and Brett Gardner on base to make it 3-0, Yanks.

One inning later, Carter lifted a fly ball to left-center which was carried over the wall by the wind for a two-run jack. It was the fan favorite’s second home run of the season and it extended New York’s lead to 5-0.

As Yankees’ starter CC Sabathia dazzled to keep the Royals’ scoreless, his offense would give him some more run support in the top of the seventh inning. With Castro at second and Aaron Judge on first, Jacoby Ellsbury ripped a single to right field off Seth Maness to extend New York’s lead to 6-0.

Speaking of Sabathia, he went 6.2 shutout innings while only allowing five hits on 85 pitches. He ran into trouble in the seventh by loading the bases with two outs, but Tyler Clippard bailed the 36-year-old out by striking out Whit Merrifield to end the threat.

Matt Holliday would then tack on another run to make it 7-0 on a RBI groundout in the eighth before Clippard registered a scoreless bottom of the inning. Joe Girardi then called on Jonathan Holder to close things out and he did just, despite surrendering one run on a RBI groundout for Merrifield, that in order to put the Yankees back to 10 games over .500 with a 7-1 win.

This Day In Yankees History:

On May 16, 2006, the Yankees tied a franchise record by overcoming a nine-run deficit against the Texas Rangers to win by a score of 14-13. In the bottom of the ninth, Jorge Posada smacked a walk-off, two-run home run off Akinori Otsuka.

What’s Next: 

Michael Pineda will make his eighth start of the season on Wednesday as New York and Kansas City battle it out in game two of this three-game set at Kauffman Stadium.

The 28-year-old is 3-1 with a 2.63 ERA (37.2IP, 11ER) over his last six starts and entered play on Tuesday with the sixth-best strikeout-per-nine rate in baseball (10.89 K/9).

First pitch is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET and can be seen on the YES Network or heard on WFAN 660/101.9 FM.