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Yankees vs. Royals Game Preview: Can Warren get some run support?

The Yankees haven't given Warren much run support his last few outings, and he's going to need if it they're going to beat the Royals.

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Going into this series, the Yankees had lost six straight games, and 10 of their last 11 games, but they finally got a win yesterday. After cracking the first game of the series wide open, the Yankees have a chance to take the series win tonight with Adam Warren going to the mound against the Royals. In his first several starts, Warren struggled to give the Yankees length, but he's made it past the sixth inning in his last two starts. He has made back-to-back quality starts against the Nationals and the Rays, but the offense didn't pick him up and the Yankees lost those games. This will be Warren's first start against the Royals who were certainly scuffling yesterday. We can only hope that yesterday's blowout kickstarted the offense.

Danny Duffy was supposed to get the start tonight for the Royals, but instead he was placed on the disabled list with left bicep tendinitis. Taking his place will be Jason Vargas, who has been activated from the disabled list after missing some time with a strained flexor muscle in his elbow. He hasn't started a game since the beginning of May, when he held the Indians to two runs and two hits through six innings. Vargas has struggled this year, sporting a 5.26 ERA and 5.25 FIP. As a result of Jeremy Guthrie's brutal eleven-run first inning, the Royals had to turn to the bullpen for the last eight innings of the game, likely making lefties Franklin Morales and Brandon Finnegan unavailable today.

After sitting out a few games with flu symptoms, Carlos Beltran returns to the lineup tonight to see if he can finish the month off strong. Despite playing well since being called up, Slade Heathcott will get the night off, along with Brian McCann.

The game starts at 7:05 and you can find it on WPIX.