The Jekyll and Hyde that is the New York Yankee offense continues. The Yankees used the home run ball (!) in a big way in beating up on Wade Davis and the Kansas City Royals 8-1. Ivan Nova continues to look more like the pitcher that won 16 games in 2011, giving up only one run over eight frames.
The Yankees got on the board right away in the first. Brett Gardner led off with a walk. Ichiro Suzuki followed with a single. After a Robinson Cano groundout moved the runners up, Gardner scored on Davis’ wild pitch.
The Yankees made it 4-0 in the third. Luis Cruz led off with a single. Gardner was just brushed by a pitch and Cano made the Royals pay with his 21st homer of the year.
The Royals would get their lone run on a Eric Hosmer double in the eighth.
Notes: Derek Jeter‘s rehab continued. He bobbled some chances in the field, though there are whispers of him coming back to the majors on Friday. Alex Rodriguez drove in his first run during his rehab stint. The Yankees are close to a deal with their third first round pick Aaron Judge. Travis Hafner is day-to-day after being hit by a pitch by the pitching machine. Gardner is day-to-day after being hit by a pitch during actual game action.