Before the game tonight, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said every game is a play-off game for the Bronx Bombers, and they had a daunting task when they had to face James Shields. However, the Yankees struck in the 7th inning, and never looked back, clobbering the Kansas City Royals 8-1 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.
The Yankees struck first in the third inning on a Derek Jeter RBI ground out, scoring Ichiro Suzuki. In the top of the fourth, Stephen Drew connected for his sixth home run of the year, giving the Yankees a 2-1 lead. The Yankees put up a four-spot in the seventh inning on a Martin Prado home run, a Jacoby Ellsbury RBI single, a Derek Jeter single and a SAC Fly for Brian McCann. Ellsbury delivered the final blow in the 9th inning, hitting his 11th home run of the season.
Michael Pineda has made three starts since coming off the 60-day DL and has looked fantastic, only giving up one run on five hits in 6.1 innings tonight. David Huff took the ball and finished the game, pitching 2.2 innings of scoreless baseball.
— The Yankees will now fly to Detroit where they will face the Detroit Tigers for a three game series. Brandon McCarthy, who pitched a shutout at Yankee Stadium in his last start, will take the ball for the Bronx Bombers as he opposes Rick Porcello. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on My9.