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Yankees/Royals finale-preview 8/17/11

The New York Yankees (74-46) are now king’s of the American League East thanks to the red-hot sticks. The Bomberslook to continue their winning-ways in a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals (50-73) on Wednesday.

Designated hitter Jorge Posada celebrates his 40th birthday in the finale, will be the Bombers first non-pitcher to appear in a game at age 40 or older in his next start. Posada The last to accomplish this feat was Yankees-great Lou Piniella in 1984.

The Yankees are 26-10 against left-handed starters, to go along with a .285 average and 47 homers-are looking to continue their dominate ways against Royals starter Bruce Chen (7-5, 4.15 ERA).

In his last start Chen held the Chicago White Sox to one hit in six shutout frames. The good news for fans of the Bombers is that the lefty hasn’t defeated the Yankees since April 15, 2005, when he was with the Baltimore Orioles.

Taking the mound for the Yankees is Bartolo Colon (8-6, 3.31 ERA) who is attempting to record his fifth straight consecutive start into a victory. Even though the righty has the unbeaten streak, Colon is 0-2 with a 4.63 ERA in his last three road starts.

Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano looks to continue his hot stretch at the dish, as he is 13-for-26 with three doubles, three homers and 10 RBI in six games.

The first pitch for the finale between the Yankees and the Royals at Kauffman Stadium is set for 8:10 p.m.

Written on August 17, 2011

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