Joe Girardi sees enough of Chris Capuano and makes a pitching change in the 4th inning.
KANSAS CITY – For the first month of the season, the Yankees couldn’t win with CC Sabathia on the mound. On this road trip, he’s the only pitcher getting the job done.
It was another CC on the mound Sunday for the Yankees as Chris Capuano made his return from the disabled list after missing the first 38 games with a strained right quad.
Capuano’s season debut didn’t last very long, however, as the Royals chased him in the fourth inning en route to a 6-0 win over the Yankees in the rubber match of the three-game set at Kauffman Stadium.
Mark Teixeira is unable to catch a throw from Stephen Drew, allowing Omar Infante to reach base on the error.
Salvador Perez homered to start the scoring for Kansas City, but it was two walks and two hits to open the fourth that doomed Capuano. The Royals scored three times in the frame to take a 4-0 lead, then Esmil Rogers allowed two more runs in the sixth to blow the game open.
Capuano (0-1) was charged with four runs on four hits and two walks, striking out four over three-plus innings.
Edinson Volquez (3-3) blanked the Yankees over seven frames, allowing only three hits while striking out five. Wade Davis and Jason Frasor finished off the Yankees, who now head to Washington to kick off a two-game set Tuesday night against the Nationals following Monday’s day off.
Alex Rodriguez’s two-out double in the fourth accounted for the Yankees’ first baserunner after Volquez retired 11 straight to open the game. A-Rod also wound up being the only Yankee to advance past first base all day.
The Royals wore Kansas City Monarchs uniforms as part of their annual tribute to the Negro Leagues, while both teams sported a “28” patch on their sleeve to honor Ernie Banks, who wore that number with the Monarchs. The scoreboard in center field even listed the Royals as the Monarchs all day.
The Yankees have lost five of their last six games, finishing their 17-day stretch without an off-day with a 9-8 record.
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