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New York Yankees staring pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees staring pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (86-69) play a make-up game against the Kansas City Royals (76-79) on Monday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

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Joe Girardi, Didi Gregorius and Luis Severino talk about picking up the win against the Royals on Luis Severino's eight-inning gem.

Behind the strong pitching of Luis Severino, the Yankees topped the Royals, 3-0, on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Click here for the full box score...

Severino (3-2) made it through eight innings on a season-high 114 pitches, striking out seven while allowing just four hits and a walk. He lowered his ERA to 3.11.

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New York Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter Aiken)
New York Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter Aiken)

The Royals gained a late lead on Tuesday night in the Bronx, defeating the Yankees 6-2.>> Click here for the full box score


Jordan Montgomery (2-4) allowed just two hits while striking out six batters during his six innings of work, lowering his ERA for the spring to 4.30. The bullpen, however, struggled to maintain the Yankees' lead, giving up six runs in two innings. 

Solo homeruns from Aaron Hicks and Chris Carter provided an early 2-0 lead for the Yankees. 

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The New York Yankees (26-17) play Game 3 of a four-game series against the Kansas City Royals (19-26) on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

Royals Yankees
Alcides Escobar, SS Brett Gardner, LF
Mike Moustakas, 3B Gary Sanchez, C
Lorenzo Cain, CF Matt Holliday, DH
Eric Hosmer, 1B Starlin Castro, 2B
Salvador Perez, C Aaron Judge, RF
Jorge Bonifacio, RF Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Brandon Moss, DH Chase Headley, 3B
Whit Merrifield, 2B Didi Gregorius, SS
Alex Gordon, LF Chris Carter, 1B
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New York Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter Aiken)
New York Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter Aiken)

The New York Yankees (26-16) play Game 2 of a four-game series against the Kansas City Royals (18-26) on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

Royals Yankees
Alcides Escobar, SS Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Mike Moustakas, 3B Aaron Hicks, LF
Lorenzo Cain, CF Matt Holliday, DH
Eric Hosmer, 1B Starlin Castro, 2B
Salvador Perez, DH Aaron Judge, RF
Jorge Bonifacio, LF Didi Gregorius, SS
Jorge Soler, RF Chase Headley, 3B
Whit Merrifield, 2B Austin Romine, C
Drew Butera, C Chris Carter, 1B
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Joe Girardi shares his thoughts on the Yankees' 4-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in the series opener at Yankee Stadium.

Three Yankees hit home runs while Michael Pineda won his second straight start as New York beat the Kansas City Royals, 4-2, Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Brett GardnerDidi Gregorius and Chris Carter each homered to power the Yankees to their second straight win.

Pineda (5-2) gave up two runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings to win his second straight outing against Kansas City. He struck out five batters in six innings in an 11-7 win last Wednesday.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda pitches against the Houston Astros during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda pitches against the Houston Astros during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Yankees (25-16) begin a four-game series at home against the Kansas City Royals (18-25) on Monday at Yankee Stadium.

Royals Yankees
Alcides Escobar, SS Brett Gardner, LF
Mike Moustakas, 3B Gary Sanchez,C
Lorenzo Cain, CF Matt Holliday, DH
Eric Hosmer, 1B Starlin Castro, 2B
Salvador Perez, C Aaron Judge, RF
Brandon Moss, DH Aaron Hicks, CF
Jorge Bonifacio, LF Didi Gregorius, SS
Jorge Soler, RF Chase Headley, 3B
Whit Merrifield, 2B Chris Carter, 1B
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May 17, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Hicks (31) celebrates with shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) after hitting a home run in the fourth inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)
May 17, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Hicks (31) celebrates with shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) after hitting a home run in the fourth inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)

The Yankees' bats came alive and backed starter Michael Pineda as New York beat the Royals, 11-7, on Wednesday night in Kansas City. >> Click here for the full box score

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Apr 22, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda (35) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
Apr 22, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda (35) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (23-13) look to continue their winning ways in Kansas City as they take on the Royals (16-22) at 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday night. 
 

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Yordano Ventura pitches for the Royals in Game 3 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Yordano Ventura pitches for the Royals in Game 3 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and former major league infielder Andy Marte were killed in separate car accidents Saturday night in the Dominican Republic, according to multiple media reports.

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New York Yankees designated hitter Brian McCann hits a sacrifice fly to drive in the go-ahead run against the Kansas City Royals during the 13th inning at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter Aiken/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees designated hitter Brian McCann hits a sacrifice fly to drive in the go-ahead run against the Kansas City Royals during the 13th inning at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter Aiken/USA Today Sports Images)

Brian McCann hit a go-ahead sac fly in the 13th inning as the New York Yankees erased a 4-0 deficit to beat the Kansas City Royals, 5-4, on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium for their second straight extra-inning win. >> Read more

  • Didi Gregorius led off the 13th inning with an infield single off Chris Young (3-9), advanced to third on Starlin Castro's double and scored when McCann hit a sac fly off Matt Strahm.
  • The Yankees' bullpen threw seven scoreless, hitless innings of relief to shut down the Royals. A night after pitching two innings of relief, Dellin Betances recorded his seventh save of the season with a scoreless 13th inning. Ben Heller (1-0) pitched the 12th inning to earn the win.
  • With the win, the Yankees moved 2 1/2 games back of the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers for the second Wild Card spot.
  • Trailing 4-0 in the sixth inning, Gregorious delivered a sacrifice fly and Castro hit a two-run homer to cut Kansas City's lead to 4-3.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury's sacrifice fly in the seventh inning tied the game at 4.
  • Luis Cessa allowed four runs (three earned) and six hits in six innings.
  • Kendrys Morales hit a two-run homer in the first inning to give the Royals a 2-0 lead.
  • In the second inning, Alcides Escobar's double drove in Paulo Orlando to make it 3-0.
  • Eric Hosmer's solo homer in the third inning extended the Royals' advantage to 4-0.
  • The Royals only got one hit, a Salvador Perez infield single in the sixth inning, after the third inning.
  • Ian Kennedy allowed four runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.

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The Yankees reversed roles with the Royals on Wednesday, tying the score after falling behind 4-0. Unlike the Royals, the Yankees were able to take the lead (eventually) and then hold on for the victory.

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New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury drives in a run with a single against the Kansas City Royals in the 10th inning at Kauffman Stadium. (John Rieger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury drives in a run with a single against the Kansas City Royals in the 10th inning at Kauffman Stadium. (John Rieger/USA Today Sports Images)

Jacoby Ellsbury hit a go-ahead RBI infield single in the top of the 10th inning and Chasen Shreve escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the bottom half of the inning as the New York Yankees remained 3 1/2 games back of the second Wild Card spot with a 5-4 win over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium. >> Read more

  • Ellsbury, who went 4-for-5 with an RBI double, hit a single with the bases loaded off Joakim Soria (4-6) after he loaded the bases with two out to break a 4-4 tie.
  • After Ben Heller loaded the bases on a hit batter, single and intentional walk, Shreve struck out Kendrys Morales and got Salvador Perez to fly out to center field to end the game.
  • A 59-minute rain delay after the fifth inning with the Yankees up 4-2 knocked starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka out of the game.
  • Dellin Betances (3-4) blew the save when he allowed the game-tying sac fly to Morales in the eighth inning. With New York up 4-3, Tyler Clippard walked Lorenzo Cain, who stole second and advanced to third base on a Gary Sanchez throwing error and scored on Morales' fly ball.
  • Betances retired all six batters he faced, throwing 16 of 22 pitches for strikes and striking out two batters in two innings.
  • The Yankees went 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position and left 13 runners on base.
  • Aaron Judge hit a two-run home run in the second inning to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. Ellsbury's RBI double later in the inning made it 3-0.
  • Chase Headley drove in Didi Gregorius with a third-inning sac fly to make it 4-0.
  • Jarrod Dyson hit an RBI triple in the third inning to make it 4-1, and Morales' solo home run in the fourth inning made it 4-2.
  • Tanaka allowed two runs and four hits in five innings before the rain delay. He struck out four batters and had thrown 71 pitches.
  • Cain hit an RBI double off Adam Warren in the sixth inning that made it 4-3.

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That's a huge win for the Yankees, in spite of Joe Girardi's questionable bullpen call in the 10th inning.

Tags: Adam Warren, Chase Headley, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Kansas City Royals, Masahiro Tanaka, Tyler Clippard
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. (John Rieger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. (John Rieger/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees RHP Michael Pineda's first-inning struggles continued in Monday's 8-5 loss to the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

Pineda (6-11) allowed RBI singles to Lorenzo Cain, Kendrys Morales and Alex Gordon in a three-run first inning, as his ERA in first innings rose to 7.62 this season. Pineda has a 6.75 ERA in the first and second innings in 26 starts this year.

After the first inning, he retired 15 straight hitters.

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New York Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild talks to starting pitcher Michael Pineda against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. (John Rieger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild talks to starting pitcher Michael Pineda against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. (John Rieger/USA Today Sports Images)

After trailing 8-1 after the seventh inning, the New York Yankees brought the game-tying run to the plate in the top of the eighth and ninth innings, but were unable to tie the game in an 8-5 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Monday at Kauffman Stadium. >> Read more

  • Michael Pineda and Blake Parker combined to allow five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to turn a 3-1 game into a seven-run deficit. 
  • Didi Gregorius hit a two-run double, Starlin Castro a sac fly and Chase Headley an RBI single to draw the Yankees within 8-5 in the eighth inning to bring up pinch hitter Mark Teixeira as the tying run. Royals manager Ned Yost brought in Kelvin Herrera, who got Teixeira to ground out to end the inning.
  • In the ninth inning, Gary Sanchez and Gregorius hit two-out singles to bring up the game-tying run in Castro, who struck out on three pitches.
  • Pineda (6-11) allowed five runs and seven hits in six-plus innings.
  • Gregorius went 3 for 5 with two RBIs and Tyler Austin went 2 for 3.
  • Kendrys Morales went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Dillon Gee (6-7) allowed one run and four hits in six innings.
  • Pineda left after surrendering back-to-back singles to start the seventh inning. Tommy Layne retired the only batter he faced, then Parker came in and allowed a three-run home run to Alcides Escobar that made it 6-1. Cheslor Cuthbert and Eric Hosmer hit RBI singles that extended Kansas City's lead.
  • Yankees manager Joe Girardi was ejected in the eighth inning for arguing balls and strikes.

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It is true the initial deficit was due to another terrible first inning by Pineda, but he settled down and the Yankees were still in this game as it entered the bottom of the seventh inning, down just two runs. Cue a late pull of Pineda, plus more of the same from the middle relievers, and the Yanks were down seven runs when the inning ended.

Tags: Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Kansas City Royals, Mark Teixeira, Michael Pineda, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda throws against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda throws against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Yankees begin a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals on Monday at 8:15 p.m. ET at Kauffman Stadium.

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Yankees Royals
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Jarrod Dyson, CF
Aaron Hicks, LF Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B
Gary Sanchez, C Lorenzo Cain, RF
Didi Gregorius, SS Eric Hosmer, 1B
Starlin Castro, 2B Kendrys Morales, DH
Brian McCann, DH Salvador Perez, C
Chase Headley, 3B Alex Gordon, LF
Aaron Judge, RF Alcides Escobar, SS
Tyler Austin, 1B Raul Mondesi, 2B

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda (6-10, 5.02 ERA) is winless in his last three starts, totaling a 3.86 ERA in 16 1/3 innings pitched. He gave up five runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings in his last outing against the Seattle Mariners last Monday. Pineda gave up six runs, six hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings in a 7-3 loss against the Royals on May 11 at Yankee Stadium. 


Who's Pitching for the Royals: RHP Dillon Gee (5-7, 4.55 ERA) allowed three runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings in his last start against the Miami Marlins last Wednesday. He recorded a no-decision against the Yankees on May 9, giving up one run and three hits in 5 1/3 innings. 

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As the Yankees organization debates whether to become buyers or sellers, trade rumors surround the team. Here is a rundown of the most recent reports surrounding the New York Yankees:

Cubs

Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York says the Yankees could target Cubs' first base prospect Dan Vogelbach in a deal for Aroldis Chapman or Andrew Miller. The Cubs have been openly seeking bullpen help throughout the season, especially wanting a lefty, causing months of rumors linking the two teams.

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New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley singles to left during the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley singles to left during the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley hopes he can get back on track after hitting his first home run (and extra-base hit) of the season in New York's 7-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday.

"It's a good feeling," Headley told the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand about his first home run in 170 at-bats. "It felt like it's been a really long time. To get the first one out of the way was good. Still got a long ways to go, but I feel like my swings the last few days have really turned a corner, so hopefully I can continue down that path."

Before New York's seven-game homestand, Headley had a batting line of .151/.250/.151 with just two RBIs. But over the past six games, he is 7 for 20 with four RBIs, including a two-run home run off Ian Kennedy last night.

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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi takes the ball from starting pitcher Michael Pineda against the Kansas City Royals during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi takes the ball from starting pitcher Michael Pineda against the Kansas City Royals during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees RHP Michael Pineda's first-inning problems continued on Wednesday when he allowed four runs in the first inning in a 7-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium.

Pineda (1-4), who is winless in his last six starts, has a 15.43 ERA in the first inning this season, while opponents are hitting .500/.535/1.026 with five home runs in the first inning. He has given up 20 earned runs in the first two innings this season.

From the third inning on, Pineda has a 2.55 ERA.

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Playing without Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Jacoby Ellsbury, the New York Yankees' 5 through 8 hitters combined to go 6 for 14 with seven RBIs in their 10-7 win over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

Dustin Ackley went 1 for 3 with two RBIs, Aaron Hicks went 2 for 3 with an RBI, Didi Gregorius went 2 for 4 with three RBIs and Chase Headley recorded his first RBI in 24 games, as the Yankees won for the fourth time in five games.

"That's your first step," manager Joe Girardi said after the game. "More than that, I think it's winning series that's important. And if you win series, that will all take care of itself."

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Andrew Miller, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Dustin Ackley, Jacoby Ellsbury, Kansas City Royals, Mark Teixeira
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman heads to the mound for the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman heads to the mound for the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees RHP Aroldis Chapman struck out two batters and gave up a run in a 6-3 win over the Kansas City Royals in his team debut on Monday.

Chapman, returning from a 30-game suspension stemming from a domestic incident, immediately made his presence known. His first four pitches were clocked at 100, 100, 101 and 101 mph.

"I think we all take a look at the board to see what it is," manager Joe Girardi said of Chapman's fastball. "We have some guys in the back end of that bullpen that throw really, really hard. To see that 101, it is not something you see every day."

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Yankees manager Joe Girardi, outfielder Carlos Beltran and catcher Brian McCann react to the Yanks' 6-3 win vs. Royals at Yankee Stadium.

Carlos Beltran hit two of the New York Yankees' five home runs as they beat the Kansas City Royals, 6-3, Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Read the full recap at SNY.tv


  • Beltran went 2 for 3 with solo home runs in the second and third innings, nearing the 400-home run milestone.
  • The Yankees hit five home runs off Royals starter Chris YoungBrian McCann hit a solo home run in the first inning, and Brett Gardner and Aaron Hicks hit back-to-back home runs in a three-run third inning.
  • Ivan Nova did not make it past the fifth inning in his first start of the season. Phil Coke (1-0) pitched out of a two-on, two-out jam in the fifth inning to earn the win.
  • Nova gave up six hits and one run -- a solo home run to Alex Gordon in the second inning -- in 4 2/3 innings.
  • Aroldis Chapman made his Yankees debut, giving up one run and two hits in the ninth inning. His first four pitches were clocked in triple digits, and he struck out two batters.
  • Young (1-5) became the first pitcher since 1974 to allow five runs on five home runs in fewer than three innings. He surrendered six hits in 2 2/3 innings.
  • In his first at-bat, Ben Gamel recorded his first career hit in the bottom of the eighth inning.

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Apparently Chris Young, the Royals pitcher, was the remedy for the Yankees' sluggish offense. The Bombers launched five solo home runs off Young in the first three innings of the game. Two of the long balls came via Beltran, who had been slumping for the last few weeks.

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Matt Harvey in game one of the 2015 World Series at Kauffman Stadium. (Denny Medley)
Matt Harvey in game one of the 2015 World Series at Kauffman Stadium. (Denny Medley)

The Mets are on the road for their first three days of the season. They'll play only two games against the Kansas City Royals, with Monday being an off day for both teams.

Pitching Matchups:

  • Sunday, 8:37 p.m.: Matt Harvey vs. Edinson Volquez
  • Tuesday, 4:15 p.m.: Noah Syndergaard vs. Ian Kennedy, on SNY

The weather at Kauffman Stadium is expected to be in the 50s and windy on Sunday night, while getting close to 70 degrees on Tuesday afternoon, again with wind.

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New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard in Game 3 of the World Series at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard in Game 3 of the World Series at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard will pitch during the second game of the season against the Kansas City Royals.

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Noah Syndergaard and the New York Mets watch from the dugout in Game 5 of the World Series at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Noah Syndergaard and the New York Mets watch from the dugout in Game 5 of the World Series at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

When the New York Mets face the Kansas City Royals to open the 2016 season, the Royals will celebrate their World Series victory twice, according to MLB.com's Jeffrey Flanagan.

In a rematch of last year's Fall Classic, the Royals will raise their World Series banner on opening night, April 3, on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. For their second game of the season, the Royals will hold a ring ceremony on April 5, at 4:15 p.m. for their local partner, FOX Sports Kansas City, to air.

"We decided to move the ring ceremony to the second game of the season so our entire fan base could feel like they are a part of it," Royals Senior VP of Business Operations Kevin Uhlich said in a statement, as reported by KMBC. "While it's great that ESPN has selected our season opener for their first primetime telecast, only our fans in attendance would have the opportunity to witness the entire ring ceremony. By moving the ceremony to Tuesday, our partners at FOX Sports Kansas City can carry the ring presentation in its entirety for all fans to see."

After opening the season with two games in Kansas City, the Mets will host the Royals for a two-game series at Citi Field on June 21 and June 22.

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The Reds are actively shopping 3B Todd Frazier (Dec. 9, 2015). However, according to a weekend report, the Mets are not among the seven teams trying to acquire him in trade (Dec. 14, 8:50 am).

 

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According to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman, the White Sox, Indians, Nationals, Royals, Dodgers, Rangers and Angels are among teams believed to have some involvement or interest in Frazier.

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