Yankees have huge first inning, blast Royals

The Yankees (23-22) scored eight runs in the first inning and went on to annihilate the Royals (28-16) by the score of 14-1 on Monday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees sent 13 batters to the plate in the first inning against Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie, exploding for eight runs. The damage come on a two-run home run by Chase Headley, a three-run homer off the bat of Brian McCann, and a three-run shot by Brett Gardner.

In the bottom of the second, Stephen Drew‘s three-run homer increased the Yankees’ lead to 11-0. Jarrod Dyson’s RBI single in the top of the fifth got the Royals on the board, and the Yankees immediately got that run back when Chase Headley’s RBI double in the bottom of the frame made it 12-1.

Slade Heathcott‘s two-run homer in the seventh inning — his first major league home run — increased the Yankees’ lead to 14-1.

Nate Eovaldi allowed one run on eight hits, walked one and struck out seven in seven innings pitched.

Jacob Lindgren made his Yankees debut, walking two and striking out two while holding Kansas City scoreless over the final two innings.

The Yankees continue their three-game series against the Royals at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. Adam Warren (2-3, 4.26 ERA) starts for the Yankees opposite Danny Duffy (2-3, 5.87 ERA).

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In case you missed it this weekend…

The Yankees lost their sixth straight game after they were swept by the Rangers. They have been outscored 47-23 in that stretch.

Brian McCann left Sunday’s game after the eighth inning with a sore right calf. (May 25, 1:39 a.m.)

Masahiro Tanaka threw a 33-pitch bullpen session Sunday in advance of his second rehab start on Wednesday. (May 25, 1:21 a.m.)

CC Sabathia allowed six runs in 2 1/3 innings on Saturday in New York’s 15-4 loss, and Michael Pineda gave up seven runs in the third inning Friday night.

The Yankees called up left-handed reliever Jacob Lindgren over the weekend. Lindgren, 22, was New York’s second-round pick in the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft. (May 24, 11:57 p.m.)

Joe Girardi said he does not expect Jacoby Ellsbury, on the disabled list with a right knee sprain, to return to the lineup on his first day of eligibility on June 4. (May 22, 10:33 p.m.)

The organization retired Bernie Williams’ No. 51 and unveiled his plaque in Monument Park before Sunday’s game. (May 24, 8:09 p.m.)

What’s on tap for Monday, May 25

Nathan Eovaldi (3-1) will take the mound when the Yankees host Jeremy Guthrie (4-2) and the Kansas City Royals at 1 p.m.

May 24, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Chris Capuano (26) pitches in the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Yankees lose sixth straight

Chris Capuano couldn’t make it out of the fifth inning, as the New York Yankees lost to the Texas Rangers, 5-2, Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

Capuano (0-2) gave up eight hits in 4 1/3 innings for the Yankees (22-22), who lost their sixth straight game and 10th in their past 11.

Making his second start of the season, Capuano gave up three runs in the first two innings and left after allowing back-to-back singles in the fifth.

New York has the highest ERA (4.86) in the American League in May.

Prince Fielder went 3 for 5 with RBI singles in the first and seventh innings for the Rangers (21-23), who outscored the Yankees 30-15 in the three-game sweep.

Fielder, now hitting .358, went 8 for 14 in the series with three home runs and nine RBIs.

Yovani Gallardo (4-6) gave up a two-run single to Brian McCann in the first, then settled down. He struck out six in six innings, retiring 14 of the last 15 batters he faced.

The Yankees have scored two or fewer runs in seven of their last 11 games and are hitting .218 in that span.

Adam Rosales hit a two-run home run just over Brett Gardner in the second inning to give the Rangers a 3-2 lead.

Yankees reliever Justin Wilson allowed three straight hits to begin the seventh.

Delino DeShields Jr. hit a leadoff triple and scored on Shin-Soo Choo’s RBI double. Fielder drove in Choo with a single in the seventh to make it 5-2.

The Yankees threatened with two runners on with two outs in the eighth, but Sam Freeman got McCann to fly out to end the inning.

Shawn Toleson struck out the side in the ninth to earn his third save of the season.

The Yankees begin a three-game series at home Monday vs. the Kansas City Royals, who won two of three vs. New York last weekend.

Nathan Eovaldi (3-1) will face Jeremy Guthrie (4-2) at 1 p.m.

May 24, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees former player Bernie Williams poses with his plaque he was given during the ceremony retiring his number 51 prior to the game against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Yankees honor Bernie Williams

The Yankees honored longtime center fielder Bernie Williams by retiring his No. 51 and giving him a plaque in Monument Park before Sunday’s game.

The Yankees gave him a ceremony that featured many of Williams’ former teammates and coaches, including Joe TorreGene Michael, Tino MartinezJorge Posada, Andy PettitteMariano Rivera and Derek Jeter.

Williams hadn’t played in a MLB game since 2006 and didn’t make his retirement official in April. (April 22, 11:20 a.m.)

“Never in my wildest dreams would have I ever thought that a skinny little 17-year-old kid from Puerto Rico could be here,” Williams said. (May 24, 7:49 p.m.)

Williams won four World Series titles with New York in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000. He made his MLB debut in 1991 and played in 2,076 games during his 16-year career, all with the Yankees.

He ranks third in Yankees history in doubles (449), fifth in home runs (287) and hits (2,336), sixth in runs scored (1,366) and seventh in RBIs (1,257).

Williams thanked the late George Steinbrenner for taking a chance on him as a teenager.

“Thank you for letting me be a Yankee for life,” Williams said. (May 24, 7:43 p.m.)


Yankees Look To Rebound On Bernie Williams Night

The New York Yankees (22-21) will look to avoid a sweep tonight as they host the Texas Rangers (20-23).

Not only have the Yanks lost five in a row, but the Bombers have also dropped 9 out of their last 10 games.

Chris Capuano (0-1, 12.00 ERA) will make his second start of the season for New York. He looks to stop the bleeding for a staff that has allowed 25 runs in its past two games. Capuano will take on Yovani Gallardo (3-6, 4.26 ERA).

Chris Young gets the start in centerfield for the injured Jacoby Ellsbury. There is still no timetable for Ellsbury’s return.

Garrett Jones, who was called on to pitch in last night’s blowout loss to Texas, will start in right field for Carlos Beltran.

Chase Headley will bat second with Brett Gardner slated to lead off.

The Yankees come into the game trailing the division leading Tampa Bay Rays by one game.

The Yankees will retire Bernie Williams‘ number 51 and unveil his plaque in Monument Park before tonight’s game.