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NY Yankees vs. Kansas City, 05/03/2012 20:10
Money Line: -135 NY Yankees
1 Unit on New York Yankees -135
Motivated by back-to-back embarrassing defeats to AL East rival Baltimore, expect the Yankees to bounce back strong on the road versus a Kansas City club that's 0-10 at home.
Two of those home defeats have come with scheduled starter Danny Duffy on the hill. He's 0-2 with a 5.56 ERA in those starts. Dating back to last season, the Royals are 0-5 in Duffy's last 5 home starts and 0-8 in his last 8 home starts vs. a team with a winning record. It is also worth noting that he was rocked for 8 earned runs in just 3 innings of work in his lone start against the Yankees.
Rookie David Phelps is slated to make his first major league start, and I expect him to be effective. "There's nothing that tells me he can't be a major league starter," manager Joe Girardi said. The numbers certainly support that claim as Phelps posted a 2.99 ERA in 20 minor league starts last season.
The Yankees are 65-25 in their last 90 meetings with the Royals. We'll take the Yanks.