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Yankees starter Whitley beats Royals for first career win

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It made sense perfect sense that New York Yankees rookie Chase Whitley pushed all the credit toward Brian McCann after earning the first win of his big-league career.

After all, the veteran catcher not only guided Whitley though a punchless Kansas City lineup, he also drove in three runs with a timely double in the third inning of what turned into a 4-2 victory over the Royals on Friday night.

"He told me a game plan before the game and we were able to execute it," Whitley said. "Just follow whatever he has in store because that guy has everything. He does."

Brian Roberts also drove in a run for the Yankees, who finally gave their young right-hander some support. Whitley (1-0) had allowed five earned runs in his first four starts, and left two of them with the lead, only for his team to saddle him with a series of no-decisions.

Of course, McCann helped take care of that with his bases-loaded double.

"That's a huge hit," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "It's a tough at-bat. He fouls off a lot of tough pitches, a change-up, a curveball, a real slow curveball, and he got a ball up in the zone and it turned into a double."

Dellin Betances worked around a double by Alcides Escobar in the eighth, and David Robertson retired Salvador Perez with runners on first and second in the ninth to earn his 14th save.

Jeremy Guthrie (2-6) wound up with the loss, once again getting very little support. Perez and Lorenzo Cain drove in the Royals' runs.

"I think I threw the ball all right except for the third inning when I gave up a couple of hits," Guthrie said. "I had McCann down to two strikes and couldn't finish him off. I threw a couple of pitches trying to finish him off and wasn't able to do that."

Making their only scheduled visit to Kauffman Stadium, the Yankees won their second straight on the heels of a four-game losing streak. They also established some much-needed confidence as they began a 10-game trip that will take them through Seattle and Oakland.

The Royals figured they were catching a break during the four-game series by missing Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka, who pitched his way to a 2-1 win over the Athletics on Thursday.

Whitley made them wish they were facing the Japanese star.

Mixing his fastball with an effective slider and change-up, the former 15th-round draft pick allowed five hits while striking out three without a walk in the longest start of his career.

Whitley had never lasted more than five innings in the big leagues.

"Yeah, tonight's a big night. We're all happy for him," McCann said. "He's worked really hard to get here, to do this."

The Yankees took a 1-0 lead on a single by Roberts in the second inning, and Kansas City promptly answered when Perez followed a double by Alex Gordon with his own RBI single.

New York quickly regained the lead in the third.

Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner led off with singles, and Guthrie grazed Mark Teixeira on the shoulder to load the bases with one out. That's when McCann connected for his double to left, giving the Yankees what turned out to be an insurmountable 4-1 lead.

Guthrie kept the Royals in the game, retiring his final nine hitters. His weak-hitting offense even got a run back in the fifth when Cain drove in Gordon with a double.

Still, it was not enough for Guthrie to avoid his sixth straight losing decision and his 11th consecutive start without a win. In the last five, the veteran right-hander has received a total of three runs of support.

"We just couldn't get that big hit to come through," the Royals' Billy Butler said. "We were putting some good at-bats together with no results. Those days are kind of frustrating."

Notes

Yankees SS Derek Jeter got the night off. Asked whether he felt he needed it, he replied: "I never feel like I need a day." ... The Royals traded LHP Justin Marks to Oakland for cash considerations. He was designated for assignment Monday. ... New York RHP David Phelps and Royals LHP Danny Duffy are starting Saturday night.

 
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Yankees pitcher Chase Whitley earns his first career win with 7 strong innings against Kansas City. (USATSI)
Yankees pitcher Chase Whitley earns his first career win with 7 strong innings against Kansas City. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

A. Gordon
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
New York

C. Whitley
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 2
BB 0
K 3
 
New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5110011 .284
Brett Gardner, LF4120000 .283
Carlos Beltran, DH4000010 .222
Mark Teixeira, 1B2210100 .245
Brian McCann, C4013002 .231
Yangervis Solarte, 3B3000103 .289
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4010013 .306
Brian Roberts, 2B3011100 .236
Brendan Ryan, SS4010003 .303
Chase Whitley, P0000000 .200
   Dellin Betances, P0000000 .000
   David Robertson, P0000000 .000
Totals3348433  
Batting
2B - Brian McCann (7, Guthrie)
RBI - Brian McCann 3 (27), Brian Roberts (12)
2-OUT RBI - Brian Roberts (5)
CS - Brendan Ryan (1, 3rd base by Guthrie/Perez)
PK - Ichiro Suzuki (2, W. Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Solarte-B. Roberts-Teixeira
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chase Whitley (W,1-0) 7522030 2.42
Dellin Betances (H,8) 1100020 1.50
David Robertson (S,14) 1100120 3.86
Pitches-Strikes - Chase Whitley 87-51, Dellin Betances 17-12, David Robertson 21-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chase Whitley 6-10, Dellin Betances 1-0, David Robertson 1-0
Batters Faced - Chase Whitley 24, Dellin Betances 4, David Robertson 5
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF4010001 .259
Omar Infante, 2B4000010 .235
Eric Hosmer, 1B4000020 .260
Billy Butler, DH4010010 .251
   Pedro Ciriaco, PR-DH0000000 .238
Alex Gordon, LF3220100 .289
Salvador Perez, C4011013 .260
Lorenzo Cain, CF3011011 .319
Mike Moustakas, 3B3000011 .145
Alcides Escobar, SS3010001 .276
Jeremy Guthrie, P0000000 .000
   Francisley Bueno, P0000000 .000
   Wilking Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Totals3227217  
Batting
2B - Billy Butler (11, Robertson), Alex Gordon (17, Whitley), Lorenzo Cain (7, Whitley), Alcides Escobar (17, Betances)
RBI - Salvador Perez (17), Lorenzo Cain (22)
SB - Alex Gordon (4, 2nd base off Whitley/McCann)
CS - Norichika Aoki (4, 2nd base by Whitley/McCann)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Omar Infante (2, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeremy Guthrie (L,2-6) 7644120 4.10
Francisley Bueno 1100100 3.00
Wilking Rodriguez 1100110 0.00
IBB - Teixeira by Francisley Bueno
HBP - Teixeira (by Jeremy Guthrie)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 110-73, Francisley Bueno 20-11, Wilking Rodriguez 22-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 7-11, Francisley Bueno 1-2
Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 28, Francisley Bueno 5, Wilking Rodriguez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 23418
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Mike Estabrook