Yankees look for answers — and runs — with Royals up next

last place new York Yankees They will have plenty of opportunities over the next two weeks to show their anxious fans that they can return to American League East contention.

start of friday journey from Kansas City RoyalsThe Yankees Play 12 of their next 15 games at home after a fateful seven-game road trip coming out of the All-Star break

Not that playing in front of a home crowd is a guarantee. Yankees In his return to the Bronx for the first time since allowing six unanswered runs in a 7–4 loss to the Chicago Cubs in the game before the break on July 9. Shortly after that loss, New York fired hitting coach Dillon Lawson and replaced him with Sean Casey.

In the six games since the change, Yankees Has gone 1-5 while batting .210. He has struck out 62 times, including 42 in a three-game win over the Los Angeles Angels.

At Wednesday’s closing ceremony in Anaheim, California Yankees fell behind 6–0 after three innings and lost 7–3. New York finished with eight hits but also struck out 16 times, two days after setting a season high with 17 strikeouts.

Manager Aaron Boone said, “We stink right now.” “We accept it.”

Neither Boone nor hardly anyone else could have imagined the team’s struggles, even as star slugger Aaron Judge was out due to a torn ligament in his right big toe. Yankees Due to the lack of productivity of most of the supporting cast, there are 15–22 without Judge

While Gleyber Torres is 17-for-43 (.395) during his 10-game hitting streak, Giancarlo Stanton is 4-for-24 (.167) since the break and Anthony Rizzo is 2-for-21 (.095). Rizzo hasn’t homered since May 20 and has only had six extra-base hits since that long ball.

“We’re really not showing many signs of life,” said rookie shortstop Anthony Volpe, who is 2-for-23 (.087) with nine strikeouts since the break. “We’re not really piecing anything together.”

Royal Family Joining Oakland as the second team to reach 70 losses, New York left when they were held to four hits in a 3-0 home loss to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday afternoon.

Royal Family are 3–11 since consecutive home wins over the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 1–2. In addition, he was ejected for the 12th time on Thursday and was held to four hits or less for the 20th time.

“I know the work was good (before the game),” said Kansas City manager Matt Quatraro. “I know the plan was good. It was just a matter of execution.”

Right-hander Clark Schmidt (5-6, 4.31 ERA) made the series debut Yankees, He is 3-0 with a 4.41 ERA in his last three starts and is unbeaten in his last six starts. Schmidt last pitched Saturday at Colorado, when he allowed two runs on three hits and tied a season-high with eight strikeouts over six innings.

Schmidt is 1–0 after allowing no runs in a pair of relief appearances in a total of four innings against Kansas City.

Royal Family Rookie right-hander Alec Marsh (0-3, 5.40 ERA) will make his fourth career start. has yet to face Yankees

Marsh gave up two earned runs in each of his last two starts after giving up five in his major league debut on June 30. He last pitched on Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays, and he allowed five hits with one walk and 11 strikeouts over six innings.

–Field Level Media

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