Merrifield, Perez power Royals to 5-2 win over Yankees

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The worst night CC Sabathia has had during 18 years in the big leagues came Wednesday, when the Yankees' big left-hander had to sleep in the team's broken-down plane after a rainout in Washington.

Friday night wasn't all that great, either.

Whit Merrifield had three hits, stole three bases and scored twice off Sabathia in the first four innings, Jakob Junis held down the Yankees' potent offense, and Kansas City beat New York 5-2 on Friday night to open a three-game series between teams that had been headed radically different directions.

Salvador Perez homered and added three RBIs for the Royals, who had lost five straight and seven of eight, yet managed to stop a team that had won 19 of its last 22 games.

The weather has wreaked havoc on the Yankees' routine this week, and that breakdown of their plane - combined with other factors that forced players to sleep onboard or in the terminal Wednesday night - hardly left them feeling good about their trip to Kansas City.

''Sleeping on the plan was not good, but I feel good with the rest,'' said Sabathia, who allowed two runs and four hits while walking four, along with two unearned runs after second baseman Gleyber Torres coughed up a routine ground ball in the third inning.

Still, Sabathia (2-1) called the night spent on the plane ''the worst night I've had in the big leagues,'' even if he was unwilling to use that or the Yankees' scattershot schedule as an excuse.

''I'm sure people will take that as part of it,'' Yankees manager Aaron Boone said, ''but in 162 games you're not going to be great every night. We were a little bit sloppy, but whether that was from having a couple of days off, I don't know. I don't think so.''

Junis (5-3) pitched into the sixth inning, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk. But most of the hits he allowed were relatively benign base hits, rather than the towering, game-changing home runs that the Yankees had been hitting with regularity.

Kelvin Herrera capped a strong bullpen effort with a perfect ninth for his ninth save.

''(Sabathia's) a good pitcher with good stuff. He's deceptive and mixes his pitches up well,'' Merrifield said. ''We were fortunate enough to scratch across a couple and Jake did the rest.''

The Yankees' best opportunity to mount a rally came in the sixth, when Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Hicks reached on base hits. Junis was lifted for reliever Tim Hill, who allowed Neil Walker's run-scoring single and Miguel Andujar's sacrifice fly before escaping.

''We just wanted to keep them off-balance with off-speed and not leave elevated over the plate,'' Junis said, ''because that's where they do their damage. We didn't want to miss up over the plate.''

The rest of the Royals' bullpen never gave the Yankees a chance.

Kyle McCarthy breezed through the seventh, striking out a pair, and Brad Keller handled a scoreless eighth - getting a running catch from Jon Jay - to give Herrera a chance to close it out.

ROSTER MOVE

Yankees RHP David Hale chose free agency over accepting an outright assignment. Hale had a 3.60 ERA before he was designated for assignment Tuesday to create roster space for OF Clint Frazier.

MAHOMES SIGHTING

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes II, who is poised to become the starter this season, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Mahomes has become Kansas City's top sports fan, attending Sporting KC games and last weekend wearing a Kansas City T-Bones jersey to a NASCAR race at Kansas Speedway.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: OF Estevan Florial, one of New York's top prospects, will require surgery on a fractured hamate bone in his right wrist after leaving Thursday night's game with Class-A Tampa. Boone said he had a similar injury in 2001 and missed about a month. ... 1B Greg Bird (right ankle surgery) is ''right around the corner'' from rejoining the Yankees, Boone said. He's been rehabbing at Double-A Trenton.

Royals: INF Cheslor Cuthbert remained sidelined with back spasms, though manager Ned Yost said he would be available as a defensive replacement. He was hurt in Monday's game against the Rays.

UP NEXT

Royals LHP Danny Duffy (1-5, 6.51 ERA) tries to rebound Saturday night from a dismal start at Cleveland, when he allowed a career-high nine earned runs in 3 1/3 innings. The Yankees will counter with RHP Luis Severino (6-1), whose 2.14 ERA is fourth-best in the American League.

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  • W: J. Junis (5-3)L: C. Sabathia (2-1)S: K. Herrera (9)
  • HR: KC - S. Perez (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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B. Gardner LF50100013.224.346.293.6390.5
A. Judge RF40000003.299.432.5781.0100.0
D. Gregorius SS40000012.248.335.523.858-0.5
G. Stanton DH41200020.261.348.516.8632.0
G. Sanchez C40000012.204.308.489.797-0.5
A. Hicks CF41300010.230.333.380.7133.5
N. Walker 1B40110013.211.298.257.5551.5
M. Andujar 3B30010000.277.289.453.7411.0
G. Torres 2B20100200.329.390.493.8833.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B42300000.300.363.435.79812.0
    J. Soler RF40000014.305.408.504.912-0.5
    M. Moustakas 3B21000202.291.332.535.8663.0
    S. Perez C31231101.258.297.505.80211.0
    J. Jay LF40000014.292.355.345.700-0.5
    H. Dozier 1B30010110.214.267.286.5521.5
    A. Gordon DH40000033.269.336.389.725-1.5
    A. Escobar SS40100010.235.294.320.6140.5
    A. Almonte CF31000101.197.256.329.5852.0
      BATTING
      • SF - M. Andujar (2)
      • RBI - N. Walker (11), M. Andujar (15)
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Merrifield (11), S. Perez (5)
      • HR - S. Perez (6)
      • RBI - S. Perez 3 (20), H. Dozier
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Perez (4), H. Dozier
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - W. Merrifield 3 (12)
      FIELDING
      • E - G. Torres (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sabathia (L, 2-1)5.04424512.401.092.5
      C. Shreve1.00000003.311.293.0
      D. Robertson1.01111004.431.030.0
      J. Holder1.01000204.050.903.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sabathia (L, 2-1)5.0
      C. Shreve1.0
      D. Robertson1.0
      J. Holder1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Junis (W, 5-3)5.17221303.511.0813.5
      T. Hill (H, 4)0.21001003.291.24-2.0
      K. McCarthy (H, 1)1.00000203.061.254.0
      B. Keller (H, 4)1.00000101.961.153.5
      K. Herrera (S, 9)1.00000101.080.7210.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Junis (W, 5-3)5.1
      T. Hill (H, 4)0.2
      K. McCarthy (H, 1)1.0
      B. Keller (H, 4)1.0
      K. Herrera (S, 9)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 99-62, C. Shreve 10-7, D. Robertson 18-10, J. Holder 12-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 6-5, C. Shreve 1-2, D. Robertson 2-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 24, C. Shreve 3, D. Robertson 5, J. Holder 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 101-62, T. Hill 13-8, K. McCarthy 12-8, B. Keller 11-8, K. Herrera 9-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 7-6, T. Hill 1-1, K. McCarthy 1-0, B. Keller 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Junis 24, T. Hill 4, K. McCarthy 3, B. Keller 3, K. Herrera 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Gardner LF50100013.224.346.293.6390.5
      A. Judge RF40000003.299.432.5781.0100.0
      D. Gregorius SS40000012.248.335.523.858-0.5
      G. Stanton DH41200020.261.348.516.8632.0
      G. Sanchez C40000012.204.308.489.797-0.5
      A. Hicks CF41300010.230.333.380.7133.5
      N. Walker 1B40110013.211.298.257.5551.5
      M. Andujar 3B30010000.277.289.453.7411.0
      G. Torres 2B20100200.329.390.493.8833.0
      Total3428202713-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        W. Merrifield 2B42300000.300.363.435.79812.0
        J. Soler RF40000014.305.408.504.912-0.5
        M. Moustakas 3B21000202.291.332.535.8663.0
        S. Perez C31231101.258.297.505.80211.0
        J. Jay LF40000014.292.355.345.700-0.5
        H. Dozier 1B30010110.214.267.286.5521.5
        A. Gordon DH40000033.269.336.389.725-1.5
        A. Escobar SS40100010.235.294.320.6140.5
        A. Almonte CF31000101.197.256.329.5852.0
        Total3156415715-----
          BATTING
          • SF - M. Andujar (2)
          • RBI - N. Walker (11), M. Andujar (15)
          BATTING
          • 2B - W. Merrifield (11), S. Perez (5)
          • HR - S. Perez (6)
          • RBI - S. Perez 3 (20), H. Dozier
          • 2-Out RBI - S. Perez (4), H. Dozier
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - W. Merrifield 3 (12)
          FIELDING
          • E - G. Torres (3)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Sabathia (L, 2-1)5.04424512.401.092.5
          C. Shreve1.00000003.311.293.0
          D. Robertson1.01111004.431.030.0
          J. Holder1.01000204.050.903.0
          Total8.0653571---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Sabathia (L, 2-1)5.0
          C. Shreve1.0
          D. Robertson1.0
          J. Holder1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Junis (W, 5-3)5.17221303.511.0813.5
          T. Hill (H, 4)0.21001003.291.24-2.0
          K. McCarthy (H, 1)1.00000203.061.254.0
          B. Keller (H, 4)1.00000101.961.153.5
          K. Herrera (S, 9)1.00000101.080.7210.5
          Total9.0822270---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Junis (W, 5-3)5.1
          T. Hill (H, 4)0.2
          K. McCarthy (H, 1)1.0
          B. Keller (H, 4)1.0
          K. Herrera (S, 9)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 99-62, C. Shreve 10-7, D. Robertson 18-10, J. Holder 12-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 6-5, C. Shreve 1-2, D. Robertson 2-1
          • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 24, C. Shreve 3, D. Robertson 5, J. Holder 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 101-62, T. Hill 13-8, K. McCarthy 12-8, B. Keller 11-8, K. Herrera 9-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 7-6, T. Hill 1-1, K. McCarthy 1-0, B. Keller 1-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Junis 24, T. Hill 4, K. McCarthy 3, B. Keller 3, K. Herrera 3
          • 7TH INNING
            Perez doubled to deep right, Moustakas scored25
          • 6TH INNING
            Andujar hit sacrifice fly to right, Hicks scored24
            Walker singled to center, Stanton scored, Hicks to third14
          • 5TH INNING
            Perez homered to left04
          • 3RD INNING
            Dozier walked, Merrifield scored, Perez to third, Jay to second03
            Jay safe at first on 2nd baseman Torres fielding error, Almonte scored, Merrifield to third, Perez to second02
          • 1ST INNING
            Perez reached on fielder's choice to second, Merrifield scored, Moustakas out at second01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Kelvin Herrera relieved Brad Keller
            • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Andujar flied out to deep left
            • G. Torres: Strike looking, Ball, Torres flied out to center
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Brad Keller relieved Kevin McCarthy
            • G. Sanchez: Foul, Strike looking, Sanchez lined out to left
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Hicks struck out looking
            • N. Walker: Strike looking, Ball, Walker grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jonathan Holder relieved David Robertson
            • H. Dozier: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Escobar singled to right center
            • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Almonte flied out to deep center
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Kevin McCarthy relieved Tim Hill
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Judge grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Gregorius: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Gregorius struck out swinging
            • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • David Robertson relieved Chasen Shreve
            • W. Merrifield: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Merrifield grounded out to third
            • J. Soler: Soler grounded out to third
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Moustakas walked
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Perez doubled to deep right, Moustakas scored
            • J. Jay: Ball, Foul, Ball, Jay lined out to center
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • G. Stanton: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Stanton reached on an infield single to second
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez flied out to deep left
            • A. Hicks: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Hicks singled to center, Stanton to second
            • Tim Hill relieved Jake Junis
            • N. Walker: Walker singled to center, Stanton scored, Hicks to third
            • M. Andujar: Foul, Foul, Andujar hit sacrifice fly to right, Hicks scored
            • G. Torres: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Torres walked, Walker to second
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Gardner grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Chasen Shreve relieved CC Sabathia
            • A. Gordon: Strike swinging, Gordon popped out to third
            • A. Escobar: Strike swinging, Ball, Escobar grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Almonte lined out to left
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • M. Andujar: Ball, Ball, Andujar grounded out to third
            • G. Torres: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Torres walked
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Gardner singled to right, Torres to second
            • A. Judge: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Judge flied out to deep right
            • D. Gregorius: Foul, Strike looking, Gregorius grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sabathia Pitching:
            • M. Moustakas: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Moustakas grounded out to second
            • S. Perez: Perez homered to left
            • J. Jay: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Jay struck out swinging
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Dozier lined out to left
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Gregorius flied out to left
            • G. Stanton: Ball, Foul, Ball, Stanton reached on an infield single to third
            • G. Sanchez: Foul, Strike looking, Sanchez grounded out to second, Stanton to second
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Hicks reached on an infield single to shortstop, Stanton to third
            • N. Walker: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sabathia Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • A. Almonte: Ball, Almonte grounded out to second
            • W. Merrifield: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Merrifield singled to center
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield stole second, Foul, Foul, Soler lined out to right
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Andujar grounded out to shortstop
            • G. Torres: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Torres singled to left
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Gardner flied out to right
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Judge grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sabathia Pitching:
            • A. Almonte: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Almonte walked
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Merrifield singled to center, Almonte to third
            • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Merrifield stole second, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • M. Moustakas: Foul, Ball, Moustakas popped out to second
            • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Perez walked
            • J. Jay: Ball, Foul, Jay safe at first on 2nd baseman Torres fielding error, Almonte scored, Merrifield to third, Perez to second
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Dozier walked, Merrifield scored, Perez to third, Jay to second
            • A. Gordon: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
            • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Hicks singled to center
            • N. Walker: Walker grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sabathia Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Foul, Dozier flied out to left
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Escobar grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gardner flied out to right
            • A. Judge: Ball, Strike looking, Judge grounded out to third
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gregorius flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sabathia Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield doubled to deep center
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Soler flied out to shallow right
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Merrifield stole third, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Moustakas walked
            • S. Perez: Ball, Perez reached on fielder's choice to second, Merrifield scored, Moustakas out at second
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Jay grounded into fielder's choice to second, Perez out at second
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)