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Kansas City Royals vs. New York Yankees Pick & Prediction JULY 31th 2022

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Two weeks ago, Aaron Judge headed into the All-Star break with 33 home runs, matching the first-half team record set in 1961 by Roger Maris.

Maris eventually hit 61 homers that season to break Babe Ruth's single-season record.

Since the break, Judge's pace has accelerated, and he attempts to homer in a fourth straight game Sunday when the Yankees host the Kansas City Royals.

Judge is on pace to hit 67 homers after getting his major league-leading 42nd homer, a two-run shot, in Saturday's 8-2 win over the Royals. He also became the second-fastest player to reach 200 home runs, achieving the milestone in his 671st career game -- 13 behind Ryan Howard.

"I can't imagine a person more equipped to go through something like that," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said of his slugger. "I know, at his core, what he's about and that's this team and us winning and nothing will get in the way of that."

Judge has homered in three straight games for the eighth time in his MLB career, which began in 2016.

He also has 12 homers in his past 14 games, the most in a 14-game span in team history. During those games, he is hitting .426 (23-for-54) with 23 RBIs.

"It's incredible," New York hurler Nestor Cortes said. "Every night, I know everybody's expecting a home run from him, I mean we are. So it's good to be on his team and see that."

Judge also has homered seven times in his past five games against the Royals.

In addition to slowing Judge, Kansas City will attempt to end a five-game losing streak. The Royals are 3-9 in their past 12 games.

During its skid, Kansas City has been outscored 30-7 while hitting .206 (34-for-165), including 5-for-35 with runners in scoring position.

On Saturday, the Royals made three costly errors. Rookie Maikel Garcia, Whit Merrifield and Salvador Perez committed miscues leading to runs.

On Friday, Garcia's eighth-inning error contributed to the Yankees' eight-run outburst, which eventually resulted in a comeback 11-5 victory over the Royals.

Zack Greinke (3-6, 4.35 ERA) is scheduled to start for Kansas City on Sunday. Judge is 1-for-6 with one homer off Greinke, whose 222 career wins are second-most behind Justin Verlander among active pitchers.

Greinke has produced scoreless outings in two of his past three starts. On Monday, he allowed three hits in five innings of a no-decision in Kansas City's 7-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels.

The veteran right-hander is 4-5 with a 4.99 ERA in 17 career appearances (14 starts) against the Yankees. In seven career appearances in New York, Greinke is 0-3 with a 9.22 ERA.

New York's Jordan Montgomery (3-3, 3.50 ERA) attempts to rebound from his shortest start this season. Montgomery last pitched Tuesday in a 5-3 loss to the host New York Mets and tied a season high by allowing five runs (four earned) and four hits in 2 1/3 innings while laboring through 71 pitches.

Montgomery is 0-2 with a 4.97 ERA over his past seven starts since getting a win in Toronto on June 17.

He is 0-1 with a 4.63 ERA in two career starts against the Royals. Both outings were in May 2017, when Montgomery was a rookie.

-Field Level Media

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Kansas City Royals vs. New York Yankees Recap JUL 31TH 2022

Salvador Perez hit a go-ahead three-run homer with one out in the ninth inning off Clay Holmes and the visiting Kansas City Royals rallied for an 8-6 victory over the New York Yankees Sunday afternoon to snap a five-game losing streak.

The Royals blew a late lead for the second time in the four-game series, but this time they were able to recover and earned their second win in 57 games when trailing after eight innings.

Whit Merrifield started the comeback by getting a walk and rookie Bobby Witt Jr. reached when he was hit in the hand.

Perez then gave the Royals an 8-6 lead by hammering a 1-2 sinker from Holmes (5-2) onto the netting above Monument Park in center field.

Before Holmes blew his third save in 20 chances, Anthony Rizzo hit a three-run homer off Dylan Coleman to give the Yankees a 6-4 lead in the seventh, and Hunter Dozier opened the eighth with a homer off Ron Marinaccio to pull the Royals within 6-5.

Taylor Clarke (2-1) got the final six outs. After getting two groundouts in a perfect eighth, Clarke held on in the ninth.

Clarke allowed a single to DJ LeMahieu, retired MLB home run leader Aaron Judge on a long fly ball, walked Rizzo and ended the four-hour marathon by retiring Gleyber Torres.

Kyle Higashioka hit an RBI single and LeMahieu hit a two-run homer to start the comeback in the fifth off Zach Greinke, but the Yankees ultimately fell to 55-2 when leading after eight. New York was unable to get its 70th victory and major league-leading 30th comeback victory.

Kansas City scored its first four runs in the fifth before coming back in the eighth and ninth.

Nick Pratto hit a two-run single and rookie Maikel Garcia had an RBI double after committing errors at shortstop in each of the previous two games. Merrifield hit an RBI groundout to account for Kansas City's fourth run.

New York starter Jordan Montgomery allowed four runs on four hits in four-plus innings. He was lifted after allowing Garcia's double.

Greinke allowed three runs on five hits in five innings and remained winless against the Yankees in New York.

--Field Level Media

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