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Yankees hitter Derek Jeter follows through on a

Yankees hitter Derek Jeter follows through on a first-inning infield single against the Kansas City Royals. (July 11, 2013) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

The Yankees defeated the Kansas City Royals, 8-4, in the final game of a four-game set Thursday at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees runner Derek Jeter tags up to score
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Yankees runner Derek Jeter tags up to score during the first inning after a sacrifice fly from teammate Vernon Wells against the Kansas City Royals. (July 11, 2013)

Yankees shortstop Eduardo Nunez throws to first base
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Yankees shortstop Eduardo Nunez throws to first base against the Kansas City Royals. (July 11, 2013)

Yankees hitter Lyle Overbay follows through on a
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Yankees hitter Lyle Overbay follows through on a two-run base hit during the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals. (July 11, 2013)

Yankees hitter Lyle Overbay follows through on a
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Yankees hitter Lyle Overbay follows through on a two-run base hit during the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals. (July 11, 2013)

Yankees runner Ichiro Suzuki, right, steals second base
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Yankees runner Ichiro Suzuki, right, steals second base against Kansas City Royals second baseman Johnny Giavotella. (July 11, 2013)

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter takes the field to
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Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter takes the field to warm up prior to a game against the Kansas City Royals. (July 11, 2013)

Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte looks on during the
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Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte looks on during the first inning against the Kansas City Royals. (July 11, 2013)

Yankees hitter Derek Jeter looks on during his
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Yankees hitter Derek Jeter looks on during his second at-bat during the second inning against the Kansas City Royals. (July 11, 2013)

Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte pitches against the Kansas
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Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte pitches against the Kansas City Royals. (July 11, 2013)

Yankees relief pitcher Shawn Kelley pitches against the
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Yankees relief pitcher Shawn Kelley pitches against the Kansas City Royals. (July 11, 2013)

Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte, right, hands the ball
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Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte, right, hands the ball to manager Joe Girardi, center, as Pettitte leaves a game against the Kansas City Royals. (July 11, 2013)

Yankees third baseman Luis Cruz, left, throws for
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Yankees third baseman Luis Cruz, left, throws for the final out of the first inning as Kansas City Royals runner Salvador Perez ducks the throw. (July 11, 2013)

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, right, has a laugh
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Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, right, has a laugh with teammate Eduardo Nunez before a game against the Kansas City Royals. (July 11, 2013)

Yankees hitter Derek Jeter follows through on a
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Yankees hitter Derek Jeter follows through on a first-inning infield single against the Kansas City Royals. (July 11, 2013)

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter looks on from the
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Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter looks on from the dugout before a game against the Kansas City Royals. (July 11, 2013)

Yankees hitter Derek Jeter runs out a first-inning
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Yankees hitter Derek Jeter runs out a first-inning infield single against the Kansas City Royals. (July 11, 2013)

Yankees hitter Derek Jeter follows through on a
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Yankees hitter Derek Jeter follows through on a first-inning infield single against the Kansas City Royals. (July 11, 2013)

Yankees hitter Derek Jeter follows through on a
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Yankees hitter Derek Jeter follows through on a first-inning infield single against the Kansas City Royals. (July 11, 2013)

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter looks on from the
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Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter looks on from the dugout during a game against the Kansas City Royals. (July 11, 2013)

Ichiro Suzuki of the Yankees is tagged out
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Ichiro Suzuki of the Yankees is tagged out by George Kottaras of the Kansas City Royals trying to score on a first-inning passed ball at Yankee Stadium. (July 10, 2013)

Ivan Nova of the Yankees pitches against the
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Ivan Nova of the Yankees pitches against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. (July 10, 2013)

Robinson Cano of the Yankees celebrates his third-inning,
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Robinson Cano of the Yankees celebrates his third-inning, three-run home run against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. (July 10, 2013)

Robinson Cano of the Yankees celebrates his third-inning,
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Robinson Cano of the Yankees celebrates his third-inning, three-run home run against the Kansas City Royals with teammate Alberto Gonzalez at Yankee Stadium. (July 10, 2013)

Robinson Cano of the Yankees celebrates his third-inning,
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Robinson Cano of the Yankees celebrates his third-inning, three-run home run against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. (July 10, 2013)

Robinson Cano of the Yankees celebrates his third-inning,
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Robinson Cano of the Yankees celebrates his third-inning, three-run home run against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. (July 10, 2013)

Robinson Cano of the Yankees celebrates his third-inning,
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Robinson Cano of the Yankees celebrates his third-inning, three-run home run against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. (July 10, 2013)

Robinson Cano of the Yankees celebrates his third-inning,
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Robinson Cano of the Yankees celebrates his third-inning, three-run home run against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. (July 10, 2013)

Robinson Cano of the Yankees celebrates his third-inning,
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Robinson Cano of the Yankees celebrates his third-inning, three-run home run against the Kansas City Royals with teammate Luis Cruz at Yankee Stadium. (July 10, 2013)

Robinson Cano of the Yankees celebrates his third-inning,
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Robinson Cano of the Yankees celebrates his third-inning, three-run home run against the Kansas City Royals with teammates Luis Cruz and Brett Gardner at Yankee Stadium. (July 10, 2013)

Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees celebrates
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Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees celebrates his third-inning, three-run home run against the Kansas City Royals with teammate Luis Cruz at Yankee Stadium. (July 10, 2013)

Robinson Cano of the Yankees follows through on
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Robinson Cano of the Yankees follows through on his third-inning, three-run home run against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. (July 10, 2013)

Robinson Cano of the Yankees follows through on
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Robinson Cano of the Yankees follows through on his third-inning, three-run home run against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. (July 10, 2013)

Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees follows
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Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees follows through on his third-inning, three-run home run against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. (July 10, 2013)

Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer reaches
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Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer reaches to connect with the ball in the top of the sixth. (July 9, 2013)

Yankees third baseman Luis Cruz controls a shot
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Yankees third baseman Luis Cruz controls a shot by Kansas City Royals second baseman Johnny Giavotella before throwing him out in the top of the sixth. (July 9, 2013)

Yankees left fielder Zoilo Almonte is dejected after
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Yankees left fielder Zoilo Almonte is dejected after striking out in the bottom of the sixth. (July 9, 2013)

Yankees designated hitter Travis Hafner leaves the plate
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Yankees designated hitter Travis Hafner leaves the plate after striking out in the bottom of the sixth. (July 9, 2013)

Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano grounds to first
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Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano grounds to first in the bottom of the sixth. (July 9, 2013)

Kansas City Royals right fielder David Lough rounds
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Kansas City Royals right fielder David Lough rounds the bases after hitting a solo homer in the top of the sixth. (July 9, 2013)

Kansas City Royals third baseman Miguel Tejada connects
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Kansas City Royals third baseman Miguel Tejada connects in the top of the sixth. (July 9, 2013)

Yankees catcher Chris Stewart hits a single in
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Yankees catcher Chris Stewart hits a single in the bottom of the second. (July 9, 2013)

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher James Shields delivers
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Kansas City Royals starting pitcher James Shields delivers in the bottom of the second. (July 9, 2013)

Kansas City Royals second baseman Johnny Giavotella hits
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Kansas City Royals second baseman Johnny Giavotella hits a shot to the third baseman. (July 9, 2013)

Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer connects
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Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer connects in the top of the first. (July 9, 2013)

Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia delivers in the
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Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia delivers in the top of the first. (July 9, 2013)

Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia delivers in the
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Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia delivers in the top of the first. (July 9, 2013)

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher James Shields delivers
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Kansas City Royals starting pitcher James Shields delivers in the bottom of the first. (July 9, 2013)

Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia delivers in the
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Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia delivers in the top of the first. (July 9, 2013)

Yankees shortstop Eduardo Nunez scoops up a grounder
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Yankees shortstop Eduardo Nunez scoops up a grounder in the hole to put out Kansas City Royals designated hitter Billy Butler in the top of the second. (July 9, 2013)

Yankees right fielder Ichiro Suzuki hits a single
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Yankees right fielder Ichiro Suzuki hits a single in the bottom of the first. (July 9, 2013)

Yankees left fielder Zoilo Almonte hits a single
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Yankees left fielder Zoilo Almonte hits a single in the bottom of the first. (July 9, 2013)

Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia delivers in the
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Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia delivers in the top of the second. (July 9, 2013)

Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia leaves the field
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Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia leaves the field in the top of the second. (July 9, 2013)

Yankees catcher Chris Stewart hits a single in
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Yankees catcher Chris Stewart hits a single in the bottom of the second. (July 9, 2013)

Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano hits a single
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Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano hits a single in the bottom of the first. (July 9, 2013)

Lyle Overbay hits a home run in the
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Lyle Overbay hits a home run in the seventh inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. (July 8, 2013)

Travis Ishikawa strikes out in the fifth inning
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Travis Ishikawa strikes out in the fifth inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals as umpire Dana DeMuth makes the call. (July 8, 2013)

Robinson Cano reacts to a strike during a
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Robinson Cano reacts to a strike during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. (July 8, 2013)

Travis Ishikawa of the Yankees walks back to
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Travis Ishikawa of the Yankees walks back to the dugout after striking out during the second inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium (July 8, 2013)

Phil Hughes of the Yankees stands on the
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Phil Hughes of the Yankees stands on the mound in the second inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. (July 8, 2013)

Phil Hughes of the Yankees pitches against the
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Phil Hughes of the Yankees pitches against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. (July 8, 2013)

Phil Hughes of the New York Yankees looks
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Phil Hughes of the New York Yankees looks on after surrendering a second inning home run against Billy Butler of the Kansas City Royals. (July 8, 2013)

Phil Hughes of the New York Yankees pitches
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Phil Hughes of the New York Yankees pitches against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. (July 8, 2013)

Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees follows
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Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees follows through on a first inning base hit against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. (July 8, 2013)

Jeremy Guthrie of the Kansas City Royals pitches
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Jeremy Guthrie of the Kansas City Royals pitches against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. (July 8, 2013)

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