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Game #102 -- New York Yankees at Kansas City Royals

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New York Yankees

Melky Cabrera,  CF
Derek Jeter,  SS
Bobby Abreu,  RF
Alex Rodriguez,  3B
Hideki Matsui,  LF
Andy Phillips,  1B
Robinson Cano,  2B
Shelley Duncan,  DH
Jose Molina,  C

Kei Igawa,  LHP  (2-2,  6.67)

Kansas City Royals

Esteban German,  3B
David DeJesus,  CF
Mark Grudzielanek,  2B
Billy Butler,  DH
Reggie Sanders,  LF
Emil Brown,  RF
Alex Gordon,  1B
Tony Pena Jr.,  SS
Jason LaRue,  C

Jorge De La Rosa,  RHP  (7-10,  5.61)


As expected, Jose Molina will make his Yankee debut.  Meanwhile, Johnny Damon sits and Shelley Duncan is the DH.

The Yanks are 7-4 on the season in games Igawa has pitched -- including winning his last three.  Probably has something to do with the 72 runs they've scored in his 11 games (or 6.55 RPG).

Igawa makes his first career appearance against the Royals.  De La Rosa is 1-0, 2.57 in 2 games against the Yanks.

Yanks are now 15-5 (.750) vs. AL Central -- but just 17-20 (.459) vs. AL East and 12-13 (.480) vs. AL West.

The featured graphic for tonight's game is an alternate jersey logo for the KC Royals from 2002 to 2005.