C.C. Sabathia, Danny Duffy duel in Saturday’s Yankees-Royals game

Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy
Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy The Kansas City Star

C.C. Sabathia is the Yankees’ starting pitcher Saturday night, and that’s usually not good news for the Royals.

Sabathia owns an 18-11 lifetime record against the Royals, including an 11-5 mark at Kauffman Stadium. He hasn’t faced the Royals since July 2013; he is not off to a good start this season, with a 1-5 record and 5.20 ERA.

The Royals look to get a solid start from Danny Duffy, who has been miserable in his previous two outings.

Duffy (2-2, 5.67 ERA) surrendered four runs in one inning against the Indians on May 6, and gave up six in 3 2/3 against the Rangers on Monday.

Here’s the Royals batting order:

1.Alcides Escobar, SS

2.Mike Moustakas, 3B

3.Lorenzo Cain, CF

4.Eric Hosmer, 1B

5.Kendrys Morales, DH

6.Alex Gordon, LF

7.Salvador Perez, C

8.Omar Infante, 2B

9.Paulo Orlando, RF

Danny Duffy (2-2), P

Here’s the Yankees’ batting order:

1.Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

2. Chris Young, LF

3. Alex Rodriguez, DH

4. Mark Teixeira, 1B

5. Carols Beltran, RF

6. Chris Headley,3B

7. Jose Pirela, 2B

8. Stephen Drew, SS

9. John Ryan Murphy,C

C.C. Sabathia (1-5)

Blair Kerkhoff, bkerkhoff@kcstar.com