Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Travis Hafner DH
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jayson Nix SS
Lyle Overbay 1B
Chris Nelson 3B
Chris Stewart C
LHP Andy Pettitte (3-2, 4.06)
Pettitte vs. Royals
Alcides Escobar SS
Lorenzo Cain CF
Alex Gordon LF
Billy Butler DH
Eric Hosmer 1B
Salvador Perez C
Mike Moustakas 3B
Jeff Francoeur RF
Elliott Johnson 2B
RHP James Shields (2-2, 2.52)
Shields vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Nice and sunny day. Temperatures in the 60s and into the 50s.
UMPIRES: HP Mark Wegner, 1B Laz Diaz, 2B Tim Timmons, 3B Mike Winters
ROYALTY: Ichiro Suzuki owns a .377 (89-for-236) career average at Kauffman Stadium, the highest for any player in the park’s history (at least 120 plate appearances). He is batting .422 in Kansas City since July 12, 2008, hitting safely in 22 of the 23 games over the stretch.
NO PROTECTION FOR SHIELDS: Robinson Cano owns a .413 (31-for-75) career average with four home runs against James Shields. That is Cano’s highest average against any one pitcher and Shields’ highest average allowed to any batter (minimum 35 plate appearances).
STRENGTH IN THE PEN: Yankees relievers have not allowed a run over their last four games (12.1 innings). In the month of May, the Yankees bullpen has combined to post a 1.14 ERA and hold opponents to a .171 batting average with six walks and 24 strikeouts.
UPDATE, 7:43 p.m.: Pettitte looking much better than in his most recent starts. Put two on in the second but got through it with two balls that never left the infield.
UPDATE, 7:49 p.m.: Yankees catch a break on the error. It’s an unearned run for 1-0 lead in the third.
UPDATE, 7:59 p.m.: Ball hasn’t left the infield, but the Royals have a run in the third. Swinging bunt single, stolen base, ground ball to advance the runner and ground ball to score the runner. It’s 1-1.
UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: What’s gotten into Jayson Nix? Been terrific at the plate the past couple of days.
UPDATE, 8:23 p.m.: Solo homer by Billy Butler has the Royals in the lead. Obviously Cano is stunned.
UPDATE, 8:32 p.m.: Vernon Wells with the two-out, two-run homer. Helps this lineup a lot to have him hitting again.
UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: Robbie Cano is, um, not pleased with the strike three call. Had to be pulled away from the argument. We almost got three innings of Vernon Wells at third base!
UPDATE, 9:20 p.m.: Pettitte went seven innings on 100 pitches. He struck out seven — second-highest total of the season — and walked just one. This was a nice return to form after back-to-back rough outings that had Pettitte frustrated. Here’s Robertson to pitch the eighth.