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 Young. Brian 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.
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.
Any offense these days from the Yankees is certainly welcomed, and the pitching staff did its part to hand over the lead to Chapman, who appeared in his first game as a Yankee in a non-save situation. Chapman dazzled right off the bat throwing his fastball over 100 mph on his first four pitches. Chapman, whose fastball topped out at 101 mph, allowed one run on two hits and struck out two batters in his inning of work.
The Yankees will want to model this game from this point on in the season: Score a handful or more runs and backed by solid pitching from start to finish. If the Yanks get it, they can rewrite a pathetic start to the season.