New York Yankees jump all over Jason Vargas, Kansas City Royals

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Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run fourth inning, the Yankees piled up 16 hits and NY rolled to an 11-7 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

Duffy (3-3) struck out a season best 10 while walking two and earning his first win since April 14, against the Angels.

Michael Pineda (4-2) allowed three runs and six hits over six-plus innings.

Kansas City took advantage of a double play that wasn't turned to score a pair of runs in the second inning. "It's one of those days where he got through the first three OK and then just really struggled to finish off his pitches", Royals manager Ned Yost said. But first baseman Chris Carter couldn't cleanly glove Starlin Castro's one-hop throw.

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Danny Duffy reported for duty in the second inning in a flash.

Duffy had five strikeouts in the first two innings and got RBI hits from Whit Merrifield and Drew Butera to put the Royals on top 2-0.

"We were patient on Vargas and made him work", Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

As a team, the Yankees were first in the league in homers (59), batting average (.276) and on-base percentage (.356) and a surprising second in stolen bases (29) through their first 37 games.

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"It's never easy to swallow when you're not able to get out of an inning and you had a real good opportunity a couple of times to get out of that inning".

Will the Yankees complete their sweep of the Royals when the two teams meet again at 8:15PM ET tonight?

Vargas (5-2) carried a 1.01 ERA into the game, but allowed as many runs in the fourth inning as he had in his first seven starts combined.

The Yankees would allow five more runs throughout the game making the final score of the game 11-7.

"Pineda (4-2), who lost to the Royals twice last season, was removed in the seventh after giving up a single to Brandon Moss and third baseman Chase Headley committed two errors, fielding and throwing, on one play".

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On Thursday night, A-Rod was in the broadcast booth for Fox Sports, doing his first color analyst spot, with play-by-play man Kevin Burkhardt. The Yankees open a series Friday in Tampa Bay with RHP Luis Severino set to start.

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