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Mark Teixeira stretches before the game. (May 23, (Credit: David Pokress)

Mark Teixeira stretches before the game. (May 23, 2012)

Royals vs. Yankees

The Yankees and Royals split the first two games of their three-game set.

Alex Rodriguez hits a solo home run in
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Alex Rodriguez hits a solo home run in the third inning, his second of the game. (May 23, 2012)

Mark Teixeira stretches before the game. (May 23,
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Mark Teixeira stretches before the game. (May 23, 2012)

ussell Martin gives the ball back to Andy
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ussell Martin gives the ball back to Andy Pettitte in the first inning. (May 23, 2012)

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Derek Jeter throws out Johnny Giavotella in the
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Derek Jeter throws out Johnny Giavotella in the first inning. (May 23, 2012)

Andy Pettitte pitching in the first inning. (May
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Andy Pettitte pitching in the first inning. (May 23, 2012)

The Yankees' trainer and manager Joe Girardi check
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The Yankees' trainer and manager Joe Girardi check on Nick Swisher after he was hit by a pitch while batting in the fifth inning. (May 23, 2012)

The Yankees' trainer and manager Joe Girardi check
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The Yankees' trainer and manager Joe Girardi check on Nick Swisher after he was hit by a pitch while batting in the fifth inning. (May 23, 2012)

Alex Rodriguez is greeted in the Yankees dugout
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Alex Rodriguez is greeted in the Yankees dugout after his two run home run in the first inning. (May 23, 2012)

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Robinson Cano follows through on his fourth inning
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Robinson Cano follows through on his fourth inning home run against the Kansas City Royals. (May 22, 2012)

Curtis Granderson reacts during his first inning at-bat
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Curtis Granderson reacts during his first inning at-bat against the Kansas City Royals. (May 22, 2012)

Phil Hughes looks on after surrendering a third
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Phil Hughes looks on after surrendering a third inning run against the Kansas City Royals. (May 22, 2012)

Derek Jeter throws for an out against the
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Derek Jeter throws for an out against the Kansas City Royals. (May 22, 2012)

Raul Ibanez singles in the second inning against
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Raul Ibanez singles in the second inning against the Kansas City Royals. (May 22, 2012)

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Phil Hughes pitches against the Kansas City Royals.
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Phil Hughes pitches against the Kansas City Royals. (May 22, 2012)

Alex Rodriguez reacts after striking out with the
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Alex Rodriguez reacts after striking out with the bases loaded in the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals. (May 22, 2012)

Alex Rodriguez reacts after striking out with the
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Alex Rodriguez reacts after striking out with the bases loaded in the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals. (May 22, 2012)

Derek Jeter follows through on a fifth inning
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Derek Jeter follows through on a fifth inning RBI single against the Kansas City Royals. (May 22, 2012)

Raul Ibanez reacts after striking out with the
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Raul Ibanez reacts after striking out with the bases loaded in the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals. (May 22, 2012)

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Robinson Cano celebrates his fourth inning home run
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Robinson Cano celebrates his fourth inning home run against the Kansas City Royals. (May 22, 2012)

Mark Teixeira checks his bat after fouling off
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Mark Teixeira checks his bat after fouling off a pitch during his ninth inning at bat. (May 21, 2012)

A couple endured a Yankee loss in the
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A couple endured a Yankee loss in the rain under an umbrella. (May 21, 2012)

Mark Teixeira watches the game from the bench
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Mark Teixeira watches the game from the bench as he waits for his turn to bat. (May 21, 2012)

Robinson Cano was called out on strikes with
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Robinson Cano was called out on strikes with the bases loaded in the third inning. (May 21, 2012)

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Mark Teixeira strikes out in the second inning.
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Mark Teixeira strikes out in the second inning. (May 21, 2012)

Robinson Cano strides to third base on Alex
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Robinson Cano strides to third base on Alex Rodriguez's first inning single. (May 21, 2012)

Hiroki Kuroda stands in the rain in the
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Hiroki Kuroda stands in the rain in the first inning. (May 21, 2012)

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira against the Royals.
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Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira against the Royals. (May 21, 2012)

Mark Teixeira walks back to the Yankees dugout
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Mark Teixeira walks back to the Yankees dugout after striking out in the second inning. (May 21, 2012)

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