MLB Baseball

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Kansas City0 0 1 1 0 0 0 4 0 680
NY Yankees1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 590
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  W: J. Brentz (2-0)   L: J. Loaisiga (7-3)   S: G. Holland (5)
4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)5:05 PM CT, June 22, 2021
Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York  Attendance: 21,130

Gerrit Cole leads Yankees into series with Royals

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Kansas City Royals at New York Yankees

  1. This is the first meeting of these teams since May of 2019. The Yankees went 5-2 against the Royals in 2019, winning three of four at home. Three of the last four meetings of that season were decided by one run.
  2. The Royals took two out of three games versus the Red Sox at Kauffman Stadium in their most recent series after losing 11 of their previous 12 games. They started the season 8-4 on the road, but are 6-15 away since.
  3. The Yankees have almost identical home (19-17) and away records (19-16). New York has won five of its last six games. Seven of their last nine games overall have been decided by two or fewer runs.
  4. Salvador Perez has two or more hits in three of his last four games. He has 23 multi-hit games this season which leads all MLB catchers (Buster Posey is second with 15). The Royals are 14-9 when he has two or more hits in a game this season.
  5. Gary Sanchez is batting .237 this season which would be his highest since the 2017 season (.278). He was batting .174 with five HR through May 25 (33 games), compared to a .344 average with six home runs in his 20 games since.
  6. Gerrit Cole has won his last two decisions (both on road). In his last start on June 16 at Toronto he tied his season high with 8.0 innings pitched, but tied his season low with four strikeouts. This will be the first time Brady Singer has faced the Yankees (26 career appearances).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/22/2021 thru 6/24/2021
(AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

On Monday, enforcement begins for MLB rules regarding the usage of foreign substances among pitchers.

Gerrit Cole said he is ready to be within the rules when he takes the mound Tuesday as the Yankees play host to the Kansas City Royals in the first game where umpires can inspect pitchers.

"I don't have a lot of expectations to be honest," Cole said Sunday. "I think I'm in the same boat as everyone else just waiting for this to play out. We know the ramifications on the roster and whatnot moving forward from that (if a pitcher is disciplined). We'll be prepared to adjust and be within the rules."

The new enforcement bans anything other than rosin being added to the ball to help with a pitcher's grip. The rules regarding foreign substances were already on the books but rarely enforced until now. At issue has been increased spin rates for pitchers and a decrease in offense.

Cole, who has been accused of using foreign substances, is among those who could face more scrutiny and last week pleaded with Major League Baseball to "please talk to us." He is on the union's executive committee.

Until a full solution is reached, any pitcher caught using a foreign substance will face a 10-game suspension.

Cole (8-3, 2.31 ERA) enters after matching his longest start of the season. On Wednesday in a 3-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in Buffalo, he pitched eight innings for the second time while allowing two runs on four hits. He also matched a season low with four strikeouts and got 12 ground ball outs while throwing 20 changeups.

Since getting 12 strikeouts against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 12, Cole is 3-2 with a 3.65 ERA over six starts. He is 3-1 with a 2.36 ERA in four career starts against the Royals.

The Yankees won two of three game from the Oakland Athletics over the weekend and are 7-4 in their past 11 games since getting swept at home by the Boston Red Sox from June 4-6. New York earned a 2-1 win Sunday when Gary Sanchez hit a two-run double in the sixth inning and third baseman Gio Urshela started a game-ending triple play.

Kansas City is 3-12 in its past 15 games since June 4 but took two of three at home from the Boston Red Sox this past weekend, ending the series with a 7-3 win on Sunday. It was the Royals' most runs since a 14-5 win over the Minnesota Twins June 4.

The Royals also tied a season high with 15 hits as six players produced multi-hit games. Jarrod Dyson hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the third while Whit Merrifield added a two-run homer as the Royals went 4-for-16 with runners in scoring position after hitting .147 (15-for-102) in that situation over the previous 14 games.

"A good series against a good team," Royals manager Mike Matheny said. "We saw a lot of different components come together with the great start, the timely hits. Just so many things happened today. Everybody contributed. Good defense. One of those games where you saw a lot of the different pieces that we were hoping to see."

After Mike Minor pitched 6 2/3 innings Sunday, Brady Singer (3-5, 4.76) will make his Yankee Stadium debut. Singer has posted ERAs of 4.43 and 6.66 in June and May after pitching to a 3.09 ERA in his first five outings.

Singer last pitched Wednesday when he allowed one run and four hits in three innings before the right-hander was removed with tightness in his pitching shoulder. He threw 51 pitches Wednesday. Matheny said Sunday that Singer will make the start in the series opener against the Yankees.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 22, 2021

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