YANKS GAME DAY
A-Rod may have been in the broadcast booth, but the Yankees could’ve used him in the batter’s box on Thursday. Maybe he could’ve hit Danny Duffy. No one else seemed to be able to. Duffy was dominant, surrendering just three hits in seven shutout innings as the Royals avoided a three-game sweep at Kauffman Stadium. The Yankees had scored 18 runs in taking the first two games of the series. PLAY OF THE GAME
Mike Moustakas’ three-run homer off Jordan Montgomery in the fifth inning, which prompted “Moose” calls from the crowd. It was the second straight start in which the 24-year-old rookie lefty allowed a three-run homer (Brian McCann hit the other). TURNING POINT
With runners on first and second and one out, Jorge Soler hit into what should’ve been a 5-4-3 inningending double-play in the second. Only Starlin Castro made a low throw to Chris Carter, who couldn’t scoop it out of the dirt, putting runners on the corners with two outs. The Royals would capitalize, taking a 2-0 lead on back-to-back RBI singles by No. 8-9 batters Whit Merrifield and Drew Butera. STAR OF THE GAME
Danny Duffy, who gave the Yankees the Dallas Keuchel/Chris Sale treatment, striking out 10. It was his first career game with double-digit Ks. NEXT GAME
YANKEES VS. RAYS
7:10 p.m, at Tropicana Field, Ch. 11 Luis Severino (2-2, 3.86) vs. Erasmo Ramirez (2-0, 2.92)
Jordan Montgomery is dealt a rough hand by his defense but he also gives up five earned runs, including three-run homer by Mike Moustakas (r.), who gets doused by Salvador Perez during Royal win.