KANSAS CITY – Who first tweeted the Yankees' lineup for Friday night's series opener against the Kansas City Royals made a mistake.
The mistake was that Ronald Torreyes played second base and came ninth instead of rookie Gleyber Torres. and it ended up all over the Internet.
Then Torreys ended up in the initial alignment lists printed by the Royals.
The Royals TV even made a mistake in the first entry.
If only Torreyes had been at second base all night …
Typically, a star defense, Torres had a terrible night on the field and cost the Yankees a couple of early runs in one defeat 5-2 against the Royals.
Still new to second base, Torres often looked like a future Gold Glover in his first month as a major league player until his first game at Kauffman Stadium.
His fall from a pop-up behind second base in the first inning brought the Royals' first career KC scored his second in the third inning when Torres went down throwing the ball to the first after throwing a slow roller with two bases and loaded with bases.
Later, Torres made a very good play collecting and hitting a grounder in the fifth inning before making a bad throw to the first one he would have been another mistake if it were not for a long stretch of first baseman Neil Walker.
Meanwhile, Yankees lefty CC Sabathia (2-1) was not the sharpest in a five-inning outing that allowed four runs, two wins, four hits and four walks.
After Torres' mistake in the third inning, Sabathia walked to the next hitter, Hunter Dozier, to force a run that made it a 3-0 game.
The Royals took a 4-0 lead in the fifth in a solo homer by Salvador Perez.
The Yankees cut the Royals' lead in half in the sixth, but ended up losing their first full game since last Sunday.
The Yankees left Monday, then their short interleague series in Washington was reduced to 5 Game 1/2-inning suspended on Tuesday and a suspension on Wednesday, then Thursday was another day off.
Friday night's loss was only the fourth of the Yankees in their last 23 games. With Boston losing at home to Baltimore, the Yankees kept up a game at the Red Sox for the first time in the East of the American League.
– Torres had a good night at the plate, going 1-for-2 with two walks.
– Shortstop Didi Gregorius was 0-for-4 and is now batting .248.
– Outfielder Clint Frazier is expected to make his season debut on Saturday with the Royals facing left-hander Danny Duffy.
– Appointed to badignment on Tuesday, right-hander David Hale chose free agency instead of directly accepting Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre.
– Third baseman Brandon Drury reported Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre three days after being selected there. His delay was to make scheduled medical visits in Connecticut for additional treatment on his blurred vision and migraine problems, said Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Drury did not play for RailRiders on Friday night in Buffalo.
Saturday: Yankees in Kansas City Royals, 7:15 p.m., EST, YES.RHP Luis Severino (6 -1, 2.14 ERA) vs. LHP Danny Duffy (1-5, 6.51).
Sunday: Yankees in Kansas City Royals, 2:15 pm, EST, YES. RHP Sonny Gray (2-3, 6.39) vs. LHP Eric Skoglund (1-3, 5.58).
Monday: Yankees in Texas Rangers, 8:05 p.m., EST, WPIX. RHP Masahiro Tanaka (4-2, 4.73) vs. RHP Bartolo Colon (2-1, 2.82).