For the most part, the Yankees want to win this series. They want to have a good series before they go and face the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics in six straight West Coast swings. For that purpose, the Yankees plan on sending Hiroki Kuroda to the mound to help them gain their second win this series.
Kuroda is coming off his best start of the season, giving up one run in his last outing, but the Yankees do not have an easy task: they’re slated to face James Shields, who basically had the Yankees number as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees need to get the offense rolling and they need to do it quickly or else they could find themselves down two games to one in this series.
Kuroda is not the only main story for the Yankees. Derek Jeter is slated to have a pregame ceremony in his honor at Kauffman Stadium to commemorate his retirement. What gift will Jeter receive this time? Whatever it is, can it not be huge enough that Jeter can’t bring it back with him. He already had trouble with that during the Yankees/Angels series when they gave him a gigantic paddle board.