Sonny Gray put together his third consecutive solid start as the Yankees beat the Royals 7-2. But the focus remains on Aaron Judge's MRI results (wrist) after he left the game in the fourth inning. >> Box score
Things to know about today's game
1) If Judge's injury proves to be lengthy, nothing else matters from this singular game, not even Gray's continued renaissance.
2) Gray was solid again, though his last three outings have come against the lowly Orioles, Mets and Royals. At any rate, his final line was impressive: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K.
3) Didi Gregorius led the bats by going 2-5 with a double, home run (18) and three RBI.
The Yankees received a third straight solid effort from Gray as well as a long-awaited home run.
Despite acquiring J.A. Happ earlier today, the Yankees need Gray to maintain the momentum he is generating. If the Yankees are going to catch the Red Sox, each of New York's starters are going to have to pull their weight.
The offense generated its first home run in four games, ending the club's longest stretch without a home run since September 22-24, 2016. Yankees' batters also produced two sacrifice flies, but managed just two hits in 10 at-bats with runners in scoring position. If the Yankees can figure out a way to be more productive with RISP and mash the long ball, the offense might finally live up to the complete monster it was expected to be this season.
The Yankees continue their four-game series against the Royals on Friday night at Yankee Stadium at 7:05.