Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Whitley Rolls in Seven

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Whitley Rolls in Seven

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Chase Whitley hadn't pitched past the fifth inning in any of his four previous big-league starts - all no- decisions.

And yet here he was on Friday night, rapidly going through the Royals' lineup through seven innings at Kauffman Stadium.

Brian McCann's three-run double had provided Whitley with a lead and the Yankees' bullpen navigated through the final two innings, handing the right-hander his first major league win in a 4-2 Yankees victory.

Whitley (1-0) needed only 87 pitches in limiting the Royals (29- 32) to two runs, while the Yankees (31-29) got all four runs off starter Jeremy Guthrie (2-6).

"Getting that first out in the sixth was key ... I finally got past that five,'' said Whitley, who added his pregame bullpen session wasn't his best. "I didn't think I threw a strike. I was all over the place. It was crazy.''

Dellin Betances tossed a scoreless eighth, pitching around an Alcides Escobar double, before David Robertson escaped a two-out rally, stranding the tying run on base, to nail down his 14th save of the season.

"He definitely has given us an opportunity to win every game he's pitched,'' said Yankees manager Joe Girardi of Whitley, who was converted late last season from a reliever in the minors. "I felt good about him from his first start. He does a lot of things right.''

With the game tied 1-1, Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner led off the third inning with singles.

Carlos Beltran's slow groundout to second base pushed both runners in scoring position. And after Mark Teixeira was grazed in the right shoulder by a fastball to load the bases, McCann delievered.

After fouling off a 58-mph change-up by Guthrie that floated into the strike zone, McCann sent an opposite-field liner to left that cleared the bases and gave the Yanks a 4-1 lead.

McCann took third on the throw home, but was stranded there by Yangervis Solarte (pop out) and Ichiro Suzuki (strikeout). …

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