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Royals Try To Do In New York What They Haven't Done In 11 Years

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Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star passed Thursday morning an incredible statistic: The Royals haven't won a series in New York against the Yankees since....1999!

That's 11 years for a stadium they visit every year.

I know the Yankees are among the best in the business but you'd think over 11 years luck would come into play a few times during a series and you'd walk out a winner.

Royals OF David DeJesus told the Star that they can't let the past become part of this series.

"I think a lot of teams go there and have trouble," David DeJesus said. "They are a (high-)quality team with four No. 1 pitchers, and they have a home-field advantage because it’s always packed."

The Royals are putting out Bruce Chen, who has gone 5-3 with a 4.06 ERA. Meanwhile, Mr. Ace C.C. Sabathia takes the ball for the Yankees. He's gone 12-3 with a 3.13 ERA this season.

The Royals have won five of their last seven series so there's reason for optimism here.

We'll be keeping an eye on the Royals lineup when it comes out Thursday afternoon. On Wednesday, Royals manager Ned Yost gave Jason Kendall, David DeJesus and Scott Podsednik the day off.