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After returning in the ninth inning, the Yanks lost in 10 innings to the Royals, 8-7, at Kauffman Stadium. >> Box score
Five evenings from Sunday's game …
1) Nestor Cortes Jr. constituted very good in connection with Domingo German went four speechless innings, allowing him four hits and two walks while knocking out four smashes. Cortes Jr. ran into problems in the ninth inning, but escaped a base-loaded jam. Cortes Jr.'s performance enabled the Yanks to pause the rest of the bullpen while the team is set to play seven straight games before the team's next off-date.
2) Yankees scored three rounds off Royals closer Ian Kennedy highlighted by an RBI single from DJ LeMahieu and a two-out, two-run single of Aaron Hicks .
3) German missed with his pitch and the royals made him pay. German allowed seven races in five innings work, including four races. German had allowed only five home runs in his former 55 1/3 innings. With the excursion, German ERA jumped from 2.60 to 3.43. He'll have to get things back on the track against the Red Sox in his next start.
4) Having gone 0 to 9 in Saturday's doubleheader, Gleyber Torres clung his 13th home during the season, a three-run bomb to the center field. Torres added a single and finished 2-for-5.
5) There was very poor defense in this series for the Yankees, but Clint Frazier had the hardest time for everyone. Frazier dropped a pair of balls that continue to question whether he can be an effective outfielder in the big leagues. Frazier's bats are warmed up with backups (three hits Sunday), which can keep him in the lineup, but perhaps, as a designated hitter, it becomes more often than not either Giancarlo Stanton or Aaron Judge