The last time the Yankees and Kansas City Royals faced off in April, the Royals took two of three for their first series win in the Bronx since 1999. Rookie Eric Hosmer went 4 for 12 with two homers and former Yankee Melky Cabrera also homered twice in his first games against his former team.
The Yankee have won 11 of 15 games and are awaiting the arrival of Alex Rodriguez back to the club – more on him later.
As for the guys playing for the team right now, A.J. Burnett (8-9, 4.60 ERA) is looking to snap an winless August streak as a Yankee. He is 0-8 with a 7.18 ERA in 13 August since joining the team. He is 3-3 in his career against the Royals with a 2.52 ERA in nine starts. His last start against the Royals was on May 11 and he pitched seven innings, gave up only one run on one hit. He also walked five and struck out six. Burnett did not get the decision as the Yankees lost the game in extra innings. Burnett actually has good numbers against the Royals batters and only Alex Gordon has been able to hit a home run off him while hitting a paltry .133 against him.