Yankees Get Pounded By Royals
Felipe Paulino blanked New York for the second time in a month, and Mike Moustakas and Jeff Francoeur hit two-run homers to lead the Kansas City Royals over the reeling Yankees 6-0 on Monday night.
New York's bats fizzled once again, going 0 for 13 with runners in scoring position with five strikeouts and a foulout. Booed repeatedly by their increasingly impatient fans, the Yankees lost for the sixth time in seven games and at 21-21 have their worst record at this point in the season since they started 20-25 in 2008 -- the only time since 1994 that New York failed to make the playoffs.
On a rainy, misty evening, Paulino (2-1) became the first starter to pitch shutout ball against the Yankees in consecutive outings since Boston's Josh Beckett on April 10 and May 14 last year, according to STATS LLC.
Hiroki Kuroda (3-6) took the loss.
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