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New York Yankees Take on the Kansas City Royals Tonight: News and Notes

The most exciting Yankee news coming out of Washington Thursday was that the Yankees spent the night sleeping at Dulles Airport because of mechanical difficulties and other issues with their flight to Kansas City on Thursday.

After only six innings of Yankees baseball this week due to rainouts, we have a game today and here are some thoughts going into the matchup tonight.

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The Yankees will face Jakob Junis, a right-hander who is in his second year in the big leagues with Kansas City. Junis has a 4-3 record with a 3.53 ERA this season.

When the Bombers last met up with Junis in ’17, Greg Bird and Aaron Judge took him long and the team as a whole batted .320 against him.

And what about Clint Frazier’s playing time in Kansas City? It’s no secret that Brett Gardner (.225) and Aaron Hicks (.208) have been struggling offensively, while Frazier, since recovering from the concussion suffered in spring training, has been blazing through Triple AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre.

Frazier is batting .362/.423/.702 with three home runs in 12 games for Scranton. Brendan Kuty of NJ.Com spoke with Frazier, who is eager to contribute any way he can:

“I’m looking forward to facing lefties, righties, whatever it is,” Frazier said. “Like I said the other night, I’m most excited to get back on the field with the guys, and feel better than I did whenever I debuted last year. It was a lot for me to get back to this moment. I’m just excited that I get to stay around for however long they keep me here and, like I said, make this really good team even better.”

While it seems unlikely that the Yankees will bench any of their current starting outfielders to make room for Frazier, where to play him is a good problem to have, as they say. Most likely, he will be the first call should any of the starters go down for any reason.

If Yankees manager Aaron Boone‘s words to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com are any indication, Frazier will get his opportunities in Kansas City:

“We have a couple lefties in Kansas City,” Boone said. “I would certainly imagine we’ve got (Danny) Duffy that second day in there. That will almost certainly be in there then and it’ll be something we monitor day by day, but we won’t have him in here just regularly sitting.”

CC Sabathia will oppose Junis tonight. Current Royals are batting a combined .198 against Sabathia; however, in ’17 Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez took him long.

Sabathia could use a bounce-back performance after his last outing against the Boston Red Sox in which he lasted 4 innings, giving up nine hits, four runs, one home run and five strikeouts.

MLB.com reports that Sabathia is seeking the 250th win of his career (including 10 postseason), another milestone for the big guy in the history books.

According to MCubed, The Yankees are 299-203 overall against Kansas City and 133-117 against the Royals in Kauffman Stadium. The Yankees are currently riding high after winning 19 of their last 22 games. Fans hope the unexpected layoff  in Washington won’t derail the Yankees amazing run so far in May.

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