The Kansas City Royals have not captured a series victory since May and have lost 11 of their last 12 games.
Injuries have decimated the starting rotation, which took another hit Wednesday when right-hander Ian Kennedy was placed back on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain.
Kennedy had just been activated off the disabled list on Tuesday after being sidelined since late June with another oblique strain. He pitched three innings and left with soreness in his side. A day later, he was back on the DL as the Royals prepare to begin a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox on Friday at Guaranteed Rate Field.
New York has the best bullpen ERA in the American League and Cleveland has the worst.
Both those bullpens will likely be on display Friday night at Progressive Field in the second game of http://www.officialbengalsfootballstore.com/YOUTH+JOSH+SHAW+JERSEY a four-game series. New York won the first game Thursday night 7-4, thanks to four Yankee relievers combining to pitch four hitless and scoreless innings.
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Cleveland’s bullpen, meanwhile, has given up eight home runs in the last six games.
New York will go into Friday’s game with a record of 7-0 against the Indians since Game 3 of last year’s American League Division Series. The Yankees swept the last three games of that series, and then swept a three-game series from the Indians in May of this year. Thursday night they beat Cleveland again.
In those seven wins, the Yankees have outscored the Indians 39-21.
The Indians have lost five of their last six games, all at home, so they are catching the powerful Yankees at the wrong time.
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