Yankees 4-2 Royals: Soto-fied New York conquers Kansas City

New York Yankees starting pitcher Carlos Rodón throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Monday, June 10, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo.

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New York Yankees 4-2 Kansas City Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Returning to the stadium where he faced challenges last September, New York Yankees’ star pitcher Carlos Rodón delivered an outstanding performance, pitching six shutout innings. His exceptional effort led the Yankees to a 4-2 win against the Kansas City Royals, marking his seventh consecutive victory.

After missing three games due to irritation in his left forearm, slugger Juan Soto returned to the Yankees’ lineup with success. Serving as the designated hitter, he went 1 for 3, scored a run, and drew a walk, aiding in the team’s win.

The Yankees, leading the American League with a 47-21 record, have now won 10 out of their last 13 games. Their impressive performance against the AL Central continued, bringing their record against this division to an incredible 15-1. Manager Aaron Boone reached a significant milestone, matching Billy Martin for seventh place in most wins by a Yankees manager with his 556th victory.

Yankees Grind Out Win Despite Travel and Resting Key Players

Despite a demanding travel schedule that saw the Yankees arriving in Kansas City at 3 a.m. following a Sunday night game in New York, they managed to defeat the Royals. Manager Aaron Boone decided to rest Aaron Judge for the first time this season, along with the struggling Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton.

Carlos Rodón, now boasting a 9-2 record, pitched impressively, allowing just one run and five hits over seven innings. The only run he conceded was in the seventh inning when Freddy Fermin singled to drive in a run.

In the eighth inning, the Royals scored again with an RBI single from Bobby Witt Jr. off reliever Ian Hamilton. Nevertheless, the Yankees secured the victory with strong closing efforts from Michael Tonkin. Tonkin, who was released by the Minnesota Twins and twice by the New York Mets in April, closed out the ninth inning for his second career save. This marked his first save since his tenure with the Atlanta Braves last season. The win was particularly relieving given that Yankees closer Clay Holmes had pitched three of the previous four days.

Rodón Shines After Last Season’s Struggle

Last September’s finale in Kansas City was a night to forget for Carlos Rodón. Struggling to find the strike zone, he faced eight batters and suffered a season-ending loss, dropping his record to 3-8 and seeing his ERA soar. A tense exchange with pitching coach Matt Blake on the mound capped off the dismal outing.

However, this year’s return to Kauffman Stadium was a story of redemption. Rodón delivered an outstanding performance, shutting down the Royals with a stellar effort on the mound.

The Yankees‘ offense got an early boost, taking advantage of a fielding error by Bobby Witt Jr. to score two runs in the first inning. They continued to add to their lead through strategic baserunning and sacrifice bunts.

Rodón’s redemption was evident as he dominated over seven innings, erasing the memories of last season’s difficulties.

For the Royals, starting pitcher Seth Lugo’s impressive winning streak came to an end. Following a dominant run, Lugo faltered for the second consecutive game, allowing the Yankees to capitalize on his mistakes. Rookie pitcher Dan Altavilla was a bright spot for Kansas City, pitching a scoreless inning in his first major league appearance since 2021.

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The New York Yankees are set to start right-hander Marcus Stroman (5-2, 3.04 ERA) on Tuesday. He will be matched up against Kansas City Royals’ right-hander Brady Singer (4-2, 2.76 ERA).

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