The Yankees will be in Kansas City Friday night to take on the Royals in the opener of a three-game weekend series. The AL East leaders will look to take advantage of a weak last-place Royals club which is 3-7 in its last 10 games.
How to Live Stream the Yankees-Royals
First pitch is scheduled for 8:15 PM ET from Kauffman Stadium, and it will be televised on WPIX and FSKC. The game can also be viewed on the MLB streams subreddit.
The Yankees are coming off a 6-5 victory over the hapless Orioles on Thurday, while the Royals split a doubleheader with the Cardinals on Wednesday.
Batting eighth for the Yankees will be Gio Urshela, who has been perhaps the most pleasant surprise this season filling in for a very injured Yankee lineup. The 27 year-old is batting .333 in 39 games during his first season in pinstripes.
On the hill for the Yanks will be righty Chad Green, who is making just his second start of the season via opener. Green has had a rough go of things so far this year, as he's allowed 17 earned runs in just 12.1 innings pitched.
As usual, Whit Merrifield gets the start in the leadoff spot for KC, and he has been one of the few bright spots for the Royals this season. The utility man is batting .293 and provides a nice spark at the top of the order. Behind Merrifield is rookie Nicky Lopez, who has performed nicely since being called up on May 14, going 10-for-33 in his first eight days in the big leagues.
Taking the mound will be right-hander Jakob Junis (3-5, 5.69 ERA), who is off to a rocky start this season. He will look to turn things around after three consecutive starts in which he's allowed 5 runs.
Friday's game does not figure to be much of a pitcher's duel, so it will be interesting to see which team can take better advantage offensively.