The Yankees have defeated the Royals, a solid start from Sonny Gray, and clinched veteran Lefty J.A. Happ on Thursday, but what turned out to be a good day took a turn when Aaron Judge had to give up the 7-2 win in the right wrist after dropping off.
Judge, who was the DH of the Yankees, initially remained in the game after being drilled in the first inning by a Jakob Juni's 93 mph fastball. He later scored the first run of the Yankees, then he reached an infield single in the third, but left in the fourth for a pinch hitter.
Judge to New York Presbyterian Hospital for an MRI examination as seen by team doctor Dr Chris Ahmad. Judge was replaced by Miguel Andujar as DH. After the game, the Yankees announced that the right fielder had broken his wrist and would be outside for at least three weeks.
An otherwise good game in the Bronx clouded when Gray completed one of his best home starts when the Yankees opened a home base with six games ,
Gray threw five shutout innings, but went after only 75 pitches. He picked up an Alex Gordon comebacker from his right hand in the top of the fifth, but completed the inning before being replaced by Adam Warren in the sixth.
Warren immediately gave a double to Moustakas and a two-run homer to Salvador Pérez. The right-handed man settled down and retired for the next three in a row.
Zach Britton, acquired by the Orioles on Tuesday, made his Yankee debut and threw a perfect eighth to protect a five-run lead.
The Yankees opened quickly against Junis.
In the first, Judge reached when he was hit on his right wrist. He stayed in the game after coach Steve Donohue checked him out. Didi Gregorius & # 39; double to right sent Judge to third place and he scored on a Giancarlo Stanton sacrifice fly.
After a walk by Aaron Hicks, Gleyber Torres sent a routine ground ball to shortstop, but Adalberto Mondesi started it and allowed Gregorius to score, making it 2-0.
Gray pulled back the first seven batters he faced before giving up consecutive singles to Brian Goodwin and Mondesi at the bottom of the order to place runners on the corners with one out in the third.
He whipped Whit Merrifield with a 3-2 curve ball while Mondesi took second place.
After Rosell Herrera's 0: 2, Gray went with him to load the base for Moustakas.
But after a visit by Austin Romine, Gray bounced back and put Moustakas back on a bend to escape the 28-pitch inning unharmed.
The Yankees charged the bases with one out in the bottom of the innings, but Torres grounded in a double play.
Gray bounced back with a quarter of seven bad luck.
The Yankees added a run as Romine doubles in Neil Walker in the fourth.
More ugly game from the hapless Royals allowed the Yankees to open the game later in the inning.
Andujar, who played for Judge, met another simple grounders, but Mondesi made a faulty throw to extend the inning and Gregorius shot a 3-run homer to 6: 0.
Back-to-back singles Hicks and Torres in the fifth led to another run as Hicks came home on Greg Bird's sacrificial flight for the Yankees' last run.