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New York Yankees vs. Kansas City Royals: Michael Pineda vs. Yordano Ventura

Big Mike takes the ball versus the Royals.

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Last night, the Yankees won a wild game against the Royals. Today, they have a chance to clinch a series win against Kansas City, in game three of a four-game set in the Bronx. The Yankees will send Michael Pineda to the mound in search of a third straight win. Pineda had his best start of the season last time out against the Red Sox. Hopefully he can build on that today.

Jacoby Ellsbury remains out with injury, as Ben Gamel gets another start. The story is the same for Mark Teixeira, with Dustin Ackley taking his place at first base. The Yankees' lineup will have to deal with Royals' starter Yordano Ventura, who gets the ball for Kansas City.

Today's Lineups

Alcides Escobar - SS Brett Gardner - LF
Lorenzo Cain - CF Starlin Castro - 2B
Eric Hosmer - 1B Brian McCann - C
Kendrys Morales - DH Carlos Beltran - DH
Alex Gordon - LF Dustin Ackley - 1B
Salvador Perez - C Aaron Hicks - CF
Cheslor Cuthbert - 3B Didi Gregorius - SS
Christian Colon - 2B Chase Headley - 3B
Jarrod Dyson - RF Ben Gamel - RF
Yordano Ventura - RHP Michael Pineda - RHP

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