New York Daily News - - SPORTS - By Mike Mazzeo

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


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.

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