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Austin, Gray fuel the Yankees in blowout win over KC

While the Yankees offense showed up for the second straight day, the story of today’s game was Sonny Gray. Gray delivered his best performance as a Yankee, throwing eight innings of one run ball to lead the Yanks in their series-clinching 10-1 win over the Royals. With the win, the Yankees have now won eight straight series for the first time since 1998 and are 24-6 in their last 30 games.

Yankees injury news: Greg Bird to be activated from DL

Following Friday night's tough loss against Seattle, the Yankees announced that 1B/OF Tyler Austin was being optioned to Triple-A Scranton. The corresponding move was confirmed by Scranton/Wilkes-Barre manager Al Pedrique that Greg Bird would return to the Bronx, and could be in the lineup on Saturday.
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Bird last appeared in a game on May 1 before an injured foot flared up from when he fouled a ball off it on the last game of Spring Training. That injury played a key role in Bird's 6-for-60 start to the season with just one homer and three RBIs.

Bird has endured some setbacks in his long road back from his injury that decimated his confidence.

However, Bird has been on an absolute tear in his rehab stint regaining that confidence at the plate. During his rehab stint, Bird went 11-for-26 (.423) with three homers, six RBIs, two doubles, and four walks.

For now, Bird should see regular appearances at first base and DH with Chase Headley and Todd Frazier also rotating in and out at third, first, and DH. The Yankees are hoping Bird can provide a spark like he did in 2015 when he was called up.

Article by: Chad Raines