New York (90-54) at Kansas City (52-91)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Kansas City, MO
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  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Tue Sep 14, 2004
  • TV: YES, RTN
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Zack Greinke enjoyed a laugher in his last outing. Things should be considerably more difficult this time.

The impressive rookie will face the New York Yankees for the first time when he takes the mound for the Kansas City Royals in the middle game of this series.

Greinke has been one of the few bright spot for the lowly Royals. Besides having the worst record in the AL, Kansas City came into this series 28th in the majors in team ERA (5.14) and 29th in opponents’ team batting average (.291).

The 20-year-old right-hander started slowly this season, winning just two of his first 10 decisions. However, he has gone 6-1 with a 3.51 ERA over his last eight starts.

The Royals made it easy for Greinke in his last start, racing out to a 19-run lead through four innings on their way to a 26-5 victory over Detroit on Thursday. Greinke went just five, allowing three runs and six hits.

The Yankees are clearly not the Tigers. New York has the best record in the AL, and will be looking to atone for an embarrassing 17-8 loss on Monday in the series opener.

”(They’ve got) some dangerous hitters and they’ve got the Yankees’ tradition which is cool,” Greinke said. “So it’s probably the most important start since my first one.”

The Yankees—who lost 22-0 on Aug. 31 to Cleveland—saw their lead in the AL East shrink to three games over idle Boston.

Alex Rodriguez went 3-for-3 with an RBI on Monday, and is hitting .382 (13-for-34) with 12 RBIs over his last eight games.

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12-9 Record 8-11
4.59 ERA 3.97
132 K 100
40 BB 26
1.32 WHIP 1.17