NEW YORK – All-star ace Luis Severino was hit hard in another shaky start and the Kansas City Royals, hours after corner keeper Mike Moustakas, beat the New York Yankees 10-5 Saturday in the Opener and a Day-Night Double-header
After his 15th premier-class victory, Severino was drawn in the fifth inning following Lucas Duda's 6-0 win. Rosell Hererra beat an early two-two, and Salvador Perez had a two-run single that Duda built.
Severino (14-4) struck eight, scored one and beat five in his shortest start of the year
The Royals extended a series of tough exits for the 24-year anchor of the Yankees rotation. Severino has given 19 earned runs in 19 1/3 innings in his last four starts.
The Yankees lost in their first game since thug Aaron Judge suffered a broken right wrist when he was hit by a playing field by Kansas City Jakob Junis on Thursday. The injury came as the Yankees attempted to catch ground on the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox.
Aided by three double games, rookie Brad Keller (4-4) went 5 2/3 innings for winning one day after his 23rd birthday. He gave up four runs on nine hits, the day after his start was pushed back because of a rain.
Keller escaped a base-loaded, no-out jam in the second to keep the game goalless, thanks to an alarm game by Perez. The All-Star catcher crashed on a ball, Tyler Wade nibbled in front of the plate, stepped home and marked Wade, who had not moved out of the batter's box, for a self-contained double play. Wade was called by Triple-A to take on Judge's roster.
Brian Goodwin, who came from Washington last weekend, sustained his big strikes for the Royals and started a three-headed homer in the eighth row into the second deck making it 9-5. Duda had victims in the ninth.
Giancarlo Stanton hit a 447-foot, two-out, two-run homer in the Yankees fifth.
Stanton got back in sixth with the bases loaded, two outs and New York with 6-4. He reached out to the warning lane in the right field.
Royals: Long-time 3B Moustakas to Milwaukee for OF Brett Phillips and RH reliever Jorge Lopez. The deal was announced after midnight, shortly after the rain of Friday night. Moustakas, 29, spent his entire eight-year career with the Royals and was an important part of their titles in both the 2014 AL and the 2015 World Series. Kansas City recalled RH reliever Andres Machado of Double-A Northwest Arkansas.
Yankees: LHP J.A. Happ was activated for the second game. The 35-year-old was taken on Thursday for 3B Brandon Drury and OF Billy McKinney from Toronto. He should start on Sunday.
Royals: LHP Eric Skoglund should begin rehabilitation on Saturday for Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He has been with an elbow sprain on the 60-day DL since May 26th.
Yankees: LF Brett Gardner did not start the opener. Manager Aaron Boone said before the game that he was careful not to "knock anyone to the ground" when the team played three games in 24 hours …. C Austin Romine was hit in the second by a throw on his right forearm. He was looked at by coaches, but remained in the game.
Royals: rookie RHP Heath Fillmyer (0-1, 2.82) beats the second game.
Yankees: LHP CC Sabathia (6-4, 3.51), originally scheduled to pitch Friday night, takes the hill for the nightcap. The launch will be 274th as a Yankee, tie him up with Bob Shawkey for the eighth on New York's all-time list.
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