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Royals Vs. Yankees: Ned Yost Says 'We Have To Play Better. Period.'

The Kansas City Royals are finally back at home after a couple of series away from Kauffman. For most teams, a homecoming is a good thing. Unfortunately for the Royals, it's May and they have yet to win a single home game. Now they hope the New York Yankees series coming up provides the chance to make a winning statement, against one of the best teams in the American League.

For Royals manager Ned Yost, it's not anything magical that the team has to put together. Instead it's really just about playing better than the other team -- and that they've exhibited so far. That's simple enough.

"We have to play better, it doesn't matter if it's at home or on the road. Of course we want to play better in front of our fans at home. We want to give them something to cheer about and something to get excited about. But we have to play better -- period," Yost said.

"We have to get more quality innings out of our starting pitching. We keep saying it every day, but we think that's going to come. We have to get our big guys swinging the bats, and they've done that better on this road trip, so that's a plus. We've got two tough clubs coming in but you combine those two things -- better starting pitching and the batting average health and production of our [No.] 2-3-4-5 guys -- and that will take care of the problems."

The Yanks are currently 13-11. The Royals are 7-16.

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