Aaron Hicks hit an inside-the-park home run, Gary Sanchez hit two homers, and the Yankees beat the Royals on Saturday night, 8-3. >> Box Score
Gary Sanchez put the Yankees on the board in the first inning with an RBI double and Hicks' inside-the-park home run two innings later gave the Yankees a 2-0 advantage.
Gleyber Torres put the Yankees in front for good with a three-run homer in the fouth inning for his fourth home run of the season. Torres' homer was the second of five home runs hit by the Yankees on offense in an eight-run effort.
The Yankees dominated Royals starter Danny Duffy, who gave up five runs on seven hits in four innings.
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Sanchez finished the night with four hits and fell just a triple shy of the cycle.
Luis Severino, backed by the Yankees' offense, allowed three runs on eight hits in six innings and earned his seventh win of the season.
Severino gave up back-to-back hits to begin the third inning, including an RBI double by Ryan Goins to give the Royals their first run, before Jorge Soler added an RBI single for Kansas City's second run of the inning.
In the fifth, Severino allowed an RBI single to Mike Moustakas for the Royals' third run.
Game 43 reaction:
Five home runs from four former prospects all taking different roads to the Bronx.
Hicks was a first-round draft pick (No. 14 to the Twins) that is getting his first true chance as a starter from the outset of a season. Hicks is heating up after a slow start, racking up five hits in his last two games and tonight's homer was his second in five games.
Sanchez, then 16 years old, was a prize international signing by the Yankees back in 2009 and he marched his way up the organizational ladder to the big leagues. Sanchez has a feared bat and despite a low batting average, the Yankees' catcher has been very productive with a team-leading 12 homers and 33 RBIs.
Stanton is the oldest of the bunch with eight-plus years under his belt already, but don't forget he was Baseball America's No. 3 prospect before the Marlins brought him to the bigs. Stanton is in a very good groove (six homers this month), one that is making some forget about his rough first month in pinstripes.
Torres was also an international signing, but by the Cubs in 2013. By last season he was ranked as a consensus top-10 prospect, but then lost his season to Tommy John surgery. Torres got the call four weeks ago and while he's had a couple of fielding hiccups, his bat has been spectacular as he finished tonight's action hitting .325 with four home runs and 15 RBIs.
What's Next: The Yankees and Royals will continue their series on Sunday at 2:15 p.m.