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Yankees down Royals in opener

Austin Kearns had two hits including a solo home run as the New York Yankees defeated the Kansas City Royals 4-3 Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series at Kauffman Stadium.

The Yankees won the game as -260 favorites, while the teams played UNDER the posted over/under (9) set by sportsbooks.

C.C. Sabathia pitched eight innings for the Yankees victory, allowing just one run off eight hits.

Bruce Chen surrendered eight hits and three runs over five innings in a losing effort for the Royals.