Bailey wins consecutive starts, Royals beat Yankees 6-1

NEW YORK (AP) Homer Bailey has something to smile about if he goes hunting with Cal Eldred during the offseason. Bailey overcame injuries and struggles to win consecutive starts for the first time since July 2017.

''I can be the first person to say wins are precious. Sometimes they can be few and far between, so you enjoy them when they come,'' Bailey said after holding the New York Yankees to three hits over six innings in the Kansas City Royals' 6-1 victory Thursday night.

Eldred, the Royals' pitching coach, had called Bailey in January, after the right-hander was released. Eldred did some research, knowing they had a common interest.

''We both like to deer hunt,'' Eldred said. ''My recruiting pitch was, you know what, Homer, you've got good stuff, and I've seen you for a long time, and I think that we can work together. We've got good people over here. We've got a young team that he could be a good example to.''

Bailey was intrigued by Eldred's pitch.

''Felt like he would be a really good fit,'' the pitcher said.

Jorge Soler and Ryan O'Hearn backed Bailey (2-1) with solo home runs off Domingo German (3-1), and the Royals won their second straight after starting the season 5-12, including 0-5 on the road.

Bailey, who turns 33 on May 3, has been among baseball's biggest busts since signing a $105 million, six-year contract with Cincinnati before the 2014 season, not able to overcome injuries that have prevented him from pitching a full season since 2013. He went 18-32 for the Reds after the big deal, missing more than 14 months following Tommy John surgery in May 2015 and then needing another operation in February 2017 to remove bone spurs from his right elbow.

He was 1-14 last season, was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in December and released with $28 million still due. He signed a minor league contract with the Royals on Feb. 9, made the team and after opening with a no decision against Minnesota and a loss to Seattle, allowed two hits over seven scoreless innings to beat Cleveland last Saturday for his first win since May 12.

He gave up a tying run to the Yankees on Gleyber Torres' first-inning sacrifice fly following singles by Aaron Judge and Luke Voit, then gave up just one more hit. Bailey, who struck out six and walked one, had not won back-to-back starts since July 4, 2017, at Colorado and five days later at Arizona.

''It is a key that he builds his confidence, but the guy that's doing that is Homer,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''Really from the first day that we had him in spring training and all of his games - tonight is about what you've seen. He's throwing the ball really, really well.''

Bailey is using his splitter about a quarter of the time, up from 15 percent last season. Asked whether it was difficult to maintain belief after his surgery, he quickly corrected - ''plural,'' grinned and said ''sorry.''

''You just find a way to grind through and believe in what you do,'' he said.

Richard Lovelady got five outs, and former Yankee Ian Kennedy finished. New York was limited to four singles, including a pair by Clint Frazier that raised his average to .347.

Bailey has a 4.30 ERA, a figure inflated when gave up seven runs to the Mariners.

''His split was a problem for us,'' Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. ''We just were having a hard time laying off that pitch.''

German gave up three runs and six hits in six innings with nine strikeouts and no walks. He gave up consecutive doubles in the first to Adalberto Mondesi - who had been 0 for 20 on the road this year - and Alex Gordon, then fell behind 3-1 on leadoff homers by Soler in the second and O'Hearn in the fourth.

Whit Merrifield hit an RBI double in the seventh off Jonathan Holder, and Mondesi added sacrifice flies against Zack Britton and Joseph Harvey.

In the happy clubhouse, Eldred admitted he and Bailey do have one significant disagreement.

''He believes Texas has the best white tails,'' Eldred said, ''and I believe Iowa does.''

SPUTTERING

Playing on the 96th anniversary of the opening of the original Yankee Stadium across the street, New York stumbled after its two-game sweep of Boston and dropped back to 8-10.

BUILT FORD TOUGH

Mike Ford made his major league debut for the Yankees after 561 games over seven minor league seasons and went 0 for 3 with a walk and two strikeouts as parents Barb and Bob watched from the stands. The 26-year-old from New Jersey is the seventh Princeton product to reach the big leagues after playing for Tigers coach Scott Bradley, a former catcher for the Yankees and Seattle.

Ford saw 24 pitches and took a called third strike that ended the game. He flied out in his first at-bat.

''It was just awesome,'' he said. ''I actually wasn't very nervous, just kind of ready for the moment and just tried to put a good swing on the ball.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: 3B Miguel Andujar (labrum tear in right shoulder) took batting and fielding practice and is increasing the intensity of his workouts. Boone said it was too early to consider whether Andujar could return in a DH role if his arm is limited. ... SS Troy Tulowitzki (left calf strain) took batting practice and ran on the field. He plans to travel with the Yankees on their trip that starts Monday night at the Los Angeles Angels.

UP NEXT

LHP CC Sabathia (0-0) makes his second start for the Yankees on Friday after pitching five scoreless innings of one-hit ball against the Chicago White Sox. Sabathia needs 11 strikeouts to reach 3,000. RHP Jakob Junis (1-1), who starts for the Royals, is 0-2 at Yankee Stadium.

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  • W: H. Bailey (2-1)L: D. German (3-1)
  • HR: KC - J. Soler (5), R. O'Hearn (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B50110012.313.341.488.8292.5
A. Mondesi SS31220010.270.296.527.8235.5
A. Gordon LF50110022.328.413.567.9802.0
H. Dozier 3B40000031.279.366.557.924-1.5
R. O'Hearn 1B41211001.189.348.377.7267.0
J. Soler RF41211020.236.295.514.8096.0
C. Owings PR-RF00000000.194.265.323.5870.0
L. Duda DH40000042.176.326.382.708-2.0
M. Maldonado C41100012.180.268.240.5081.5
B. Hamilton CF32200100.240.316.240.5567.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gardner CF40000021.191.286.412.697-1.0
    A. Judge RF41100021.273.395.470.8651.0
    L. Voit 1B30100110.219.342.438.7801.5
    G. Torres SS30010011.261.307.493.7990.5
    D. LeMahieu 3B-2B40000002.328.382.410.7920.0
    C. Frazier LF40200000.347.358.612.9712.0
    M. Ford DH30000124.000.250.000.2500.0
    A. Romine C30000012.192.222.308.530-0.5
    T. Wade 2B10000101.167.250.167.4171.0
    a- G. Urshela PH-3B10000010.250.357.375.732-0.5
    • a-struck out for Wade in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - W. Merrifield (4), A. Mondesi (5), A. Gordon (7)
    • HR - R. O'Hearn (3), J. Soler (5)
    • SF - A. Mondesi 2 (3)
    • RBI - W. Merrifield (9), A. Mondesi 2 (13), A. Gordon (16), R. O'Hearn (6), J. Soler (14)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield, A. Gordon 2 (2), R. O'Hearn, M. Maldonado 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • SF - G. Torres
    • RBI - G. Torres (7)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Judge, D. LeMahieu, M. Ford 3 (3), T. Wade
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - B. Hamilton (4)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Merrifield-Mondesi-O'Hearn)
    • E - J. Soler
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    H. Bailey (W, 2-1)6.03111604.301.0926.0
    R. Lovelady1.20001108.101.502.5
    I. Kennedy1.11001300.840.942.5
    PITCHERSIP
    H. Bailey (W, 2-1)6.0
    R. Lovelady1.2
    I. Kennedy1.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. German (L, 3-1)6.06330922.370.8411.5
    J. Holder0.13220107.001.44-4.5
    Z. Britton0.20000103.681.640.5
    C. Green1.02000208.591.642.0
    J. Harvey1.00111101.801.001.5
    PITCHERSIP
    D. German (L, 3-1)6.0
    J. Holder0.1
    Z. Britton0.2
    C. Green1.0
    J. Harvey1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - H. Bailey 86-58, R. Lovelady 23-13, I. Kennedy 33-19
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Bailey 3-10, R. Lovelady 3-0
    • Batters Faced - H. Bailey 23, R. Lovelady 5, I. Kennedy 6
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. German 88-62, J. Holder 17-13, Z. Britton 10-5, C. Green 32-21, J. Harvey 23-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. German 5-4, J. Harvey 1-1
    • Batters Faced - D. German 24, J. Holder 4, Z. Britton 2, C. Green 5, J. Harvey 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    KC7-12
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B50110012.313.341.488.8292.5
    A. Mondesi SS31220010.270.296.527.8235.5
    A. Gordon LF50110022.328.413.567.9802.0
    H. Dozier 3B40000031.279.366.557.924-1.5
    R. O'Hearn 1B41211001.189.348.377.7267.0
    J. Soler RF41211020.236.295.514.8096.0
    C. Owings PR-RF00000000.194.265.323.5870.0
    L. Duda DH40000042.176.326.382.708-2.0
    M. Maldonado C41100012.180.268.240.5081.5
    B. Hamilton CF32200100.240.316.240.5567.0
    Total366116211410-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Gardner CF40000021.191.286.412.697-1.0
      A. Judge RF41100021.273.395.470.8651.0
      L. Voit 1B30100110.219.342.438.7801.5
      G. Torres SS30010011.261.307.493.7990.5
      D. LeMahieu 3B-2B40000002.328.382.410.7920.0
      C. Frazier LF40200000.347.358.612.9712.0
      M. Ford DH30000124.000.250.000.2500.0
      A. Romine C30000012.192.222.308.530-0.5
      T. Wade 2B10000101.167.250.167.4171.0
      a- G. Urshela PH-3B10000010.250.357.375.732-0.5
      Total30141031012-----
      HITTERSAB
      B. Gardner CF4
      A. Judge RF4
      L. Voit 1B3
      G. Torres SS3
      D. LeMahieu 3B-2B4
      C. Frazier LF4
      M. Ford DH3
      A. Romine C3
      T. Wade 2B1
      a- G. Urshela PH-3B1
      Total30
      • a-struck out for Wade in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Merrifield (4), A. Mondesi (5), A. Gordon (7)
      • HR - R. O'Hearn (3), J. Soler (5)
      • SF - A. Mondesi 2 (3)
      • RBI - W. Merrifield (9), A. Mondesi 2 (13), A. Gordon (16), R. O'Hearn (6), J. Soler (14)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield, A. Gordon 2 (2), R. O'Hearn, M. Maldonado 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • SF - G. Torres
      • RBI - G. Torres (7)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Judge, D. LeMahieu, M. Ford 3 (3), T. Wade
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - B. Hamilton (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Merrifield-Mondesi-O'Hearn)
      • E - J. Soler
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      H. Bailey (W, 2-1)6.03111604.301.0926.0
      R. Lovelady1.20001108.101.502.5
      I. Kennedy1.11001300.840.942.5
      Total9.04113100---
      PITCHERSIP
      H. Bailey (W, 2-1)6.0
      R. Lovelady1.2
      I. Kennedy1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. German (L, 3-1)6.06330922.370.8411.5
      J. Holder0.13220107.001.44-4.5
      Z. Britton0.20000103.681.640.5
      C. Green1.02000208.591.642.0
      J. Harvey1.00111101.801.001.5
      Total9.011661142---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. German (L, 3-1)6.0
      J. Holder0.1
      Z. Britton0.2
      C. Green1.0
      J. Harvey1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - H. Bailey 86-58, R. Lovelady 23-13, I. Kennedy 33-19
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Bailey 3-10, R. Lovelady 3-0
      • Batters Faced - H. Bailey 23, R. Lovelady 5, I. Kennedy 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. German 88-62, J. Holder 17-13, Z. Britton 10-5, C. Green 32-21, J. Harvey 23-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. German 5-4, J. Harvey 1-1
      • Batters Faced - D. German 24, J. Holder 4, Z. Britton 2, C. Green 5, J. Harvey 4
      • 9TH INNING
        Mondesi hit sacrifice fly to center, Hamilton scored61
      • 7TH INNING
        Mondesi hit sacrifice fly to right, Hamilton scored51
        Merrifield doubled to left center, Maldonado scored, Hamilton to third41
      • 4TH INNING
        O'Hearn homered to center31
      • 2ND INNING
        Soler homered to left21
      • 1ST INNING
        Torres hit sacrifice fly to center, Judge scored11
        Gordon doubled to deep right, Mondesi scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Joe Harvey relieved Chad Green
        • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hamilton walked
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Hamilton stole second, Ball, Merrifield lined out to pitcher, Hamilton to third
        • A. Mondesi: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mondesi hit sacrifice fly to center, Hamilton scored
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • L. Voit: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Voit walked
        • G. Torres: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, LeMahieu popped out to second
        • C. Frazier: Strike swinging, Frazier singled to left, Voit to second
        • M. Ford: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Ford struck out looking
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Chad Green relieved Zack Britton
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, O'Hearn singled to left
        • J. Soler: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Soler singled to right center, O'Hearn to second
        • Chris Owings ran for Jorge Soler
        • L. Duda: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
        • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Maldonado fouled out to first
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Gio Urshela hit for Tyler Wade
        • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Urshela struck out looking
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gardner grounded out to third
        • Ian Kennedy relieved Richard Lovelady
        • A. Judge: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Judge struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Jonathan Holder relieved Domingo German
        • L. Duda: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Duda struck out looking
        • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Ball, Maldonado singled to left
        • B. Hamilton: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hamilton singled to right, Maldonado to second
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Merrifield doubled to left center, Maldonado scored, Hamilton to third
        • Zack Britton relieved Jonathan Holder
        • A. Mondesi: Ball, Ball, Mondesi hit sacrifice fly to right, Hamilton scored
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Richard Lovelady relieved Homer Bailey
        • C. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Frazier grounded out to second
        • M. Ford: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ford walked
        • A. Romine: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Romine grounded out to shortstop, Ford out at second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • D. German Pitching:
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Dozier flied out to deep center
        • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, O'Hearn grounded out to second
        • J. Soler: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • H. Bailey Pitching:
        • L. Voit: Foul, Voit lined out to left
        • G. Torres: Strike looking, Foul, Torres popped out to first
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Foul, LeMahieu lined out to right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • D. German Pitching:
        • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Hamilton flied out to right
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield grounded bunt out to pitcher
        • A. Mondesi: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mondesi singled to right
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Gordon grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • H. Bailey Pitching:
        • A. Romine: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
        • T. Wade: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Wade walked
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gardner popped out to third
        • A. Judge: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • D. German Pitching:
        • R. O'Hearn: Ball, O'Hearn homered to center
        • J. Soler: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Soler struck out looking
        • L. Duda: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
        • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • H. Bailey Pitching:
        • G. Torres: Torres flied out to right
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, LeMahieu lined out to first
        • C. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Frazier singled to left center
        • M. Ford: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ford struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • D. German Pitching:
        • A. Mondesi: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
        • A. Gordon: Gordon flied out to center
        • H. Dozier: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • H. Bailey Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
        • A. Judge: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Judge grounded out to second
        • L. Voit: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Voit struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • D. German Pitching:
        • J. Soler: Foul, Ball, Soler homered to left
        • L. Duda: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
        • M. Maldonado: Maldonado flied out to center
        • B. Hamilton: Ball, Strike looking, Hamilton singled to deep right
        • W. Merrifield: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • H. Bailey Pitching:
        • C. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Frazier safe at first on right fielder Soler fielding error, Frazier to second
        • M. Ford: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ford flied out to right
        • A. Romine: Romine flied out to center
        • T. Wade: Wade grounded out to second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 1ST INNING
        • D. German Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Mondesi: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Mondesi doubled to right
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon doubled to deep right, Mondesi scored
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, O'Hearn grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • H. Bailey Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
        • A. Judge: Judge singled to shallow left
        • L. Voit: Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Voit singled to center, Judge to third
        • G. Torres: Torres hit sacrifice fly to center, Judge scored
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, LeMahieu grounded out to third
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)