The Yankees bounced back from Thursday's loss to defeat the Royals Friday night, 6-2. >> Box Score
Five takeaways from Friday's game…
1 ) As CC Sabathia builds up his pitch count, he is providing more than enough for the Yankees on the hill. Sabathia tossed five innings, allowing just one run on three hits and four walks. Sabathia might have lasted longer and held the Royals scoreless while he was on the mound if not for a couple of errors (one of his own) in the third inning. Nonetheless, Sabathia continued to generate soft contact and his five strikeouts bring his career total to 2,994.
2 ) Earlier today, I suggested that the Yankees miss Aaron Hicks more than any other player, namely because Brett Gardner has endured a rough go this season as the leadoff hitter. Well, Gardner might not be getting on base enough, but he has found the home-run stroke, cracking his fifth homer of the season. Gardner does need to do more at the top of the order as the table-setter, but he did demonstrate that he still has a knack to come up with a timely hit.
3 ) Mike Tauchman hit his second home run of the season. Tauchman was a perennial .300+ hitter in the minors, so it's not surprising that with some consistent playing time, he could acclimate to MLB pitching and Yankee Stadium seems to fit his swing.
4 ) Gleyber Torres got one hit tonight, but he was incredible in the field. Unfortunately, it wasn't all dazzling as he reminded us that he's not Ozzie Smith making an error in the eighth inning. While Torres was a shortstop for much of his minor league career, as a major leaguer at the position he has seemed like a work in progress. That has not changed yet, but it's clear that he can be very good as a shortstop as he continues to gain reps at the position.
5 ) Tommy Kahnle looks more like the 2017 version of himself versus the 2018 version and that's a good thing for the 2019 Yankees. Kahnle has made seven appearances and allowed a run in just one. This is important for the Yankees as Chad Green and Jonathan Holder struggle. Kahnle performing well gives Yankees manager Aaron Boone an option to slot in the late innings or high leverage situations when needed.
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The Yankees try to get back to .500 as their series against the Royals continues Saturday at 1:05 p.m. RHP Masahiro Tanaka gets the start for the Yankees, opposed by RHP Heath Fillmyer for Kansas City.