--LHP Jonathan Sanchez allowed one hit -- an Alex Avila double in the fifth -- but was pulled after five scoreless innings and 82 pitches, only 43 for strikes. Sanchez walked three, hit a batter, struck out two and pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the fifth. Sanchez exited with a 2-0 lead. Manager Ned Yost said Sanchez ran out of gas and had been battling strep throat and the flu for three days.
--It was a mixed bag for the bullpen. RHP Aaron Crow gave up a two-run homer in the eighth to Brennan Boesch to tie the score at 2-2 for a blown save. LHP Tim Collins and picked up the win. RHP Jonathan Broxton logged his fourth save, giving up a hit but nothing else.
--RHP Greg Holland threw 26 pitches in a bullpen session Wednesday with no problems. Holland, who is on the disabled list with a left rib stress reaction, is scheduled to throw batting practice this weekend at Kauffman Stadium and if all goes well would likely begin a minor league rehab assignment next week.
--LHP Danny Duffy, who has not pitched since April 22 because of elbow tightness, is scheduled to start Thursday against the Yankees. Duffy's 10.30 strikeouts per nine innings ratio is tied for the American League lead (minimum 15 innings). The Yankees roughed Duffy up for eight runs in three innings plus five batters last Aug. 18 at Kauffman Stadium.
--LHP Noel Arguelles, a Cuban defector the Royals signed for $6.9 million in January 2010 and put on the 40-man Major League roster, continues to struggle with Class AA Northwest Arkansas. He failed to get out of the first inning Tuesday in a 12-6 loss to Springfield (Mo.). He gave up six runs on four hits and three walks while retiring only two. Arguelles, who missed the 2010 season when he needed shoulder surgery, is 0-3 with an 8.55 ERA in the Texas League.
--CF Jarrod Dyson remained in the leadoff slot Wednesday, although 2B Chris Getz started. In the past, when Getz started he would bat first and Dyson would slide to ninth. "I want to leave Dyson at the top right now and let him get settled in," Royals manager Ned Yost. Dyson led off the game with a walk, stole second and scored on 1B Eric Hosmer's double, which snapped a 0-for-19. When Dyson led off the eighth with a single, he moved to third on RHP Justin Verlander's errant throw on a pickoff move, but was stranded.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"We had a horrible homestand. It doesn't have any impact on this homestand," -- manager Ned Yost on the Royals opening a seven-game homestand Thursday against the Yankees and Red Sox after losing their first 10 games at Kauffman Stadium.
BY THE NUMBERS
180-264 -- Royals all-time record against the Yankees, who open a four-game series Thursday at Kauffman Stadium.
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