NEW YORK -- Felipe Paulino's buddies are calling him the "Yankee eater."
Paulino has certainly feasted on the Yankees this year, holding them scoreless for a total of 12 2/3 innings in two victories for the Royals. He's just the second Kansas City pitcher since 1995 to beat the Yankees twice in the same season; the other was Kyle Davies in 2010.
"It's nice to beat the Yankees," Paulino said. "Yankees are Yankees everywhere. It's the team everybody's talking about. But, for me, the Yankees are like any other team. I say to myself, 'Anybody coming to the plate with a bat is dangerous.' So I try to treat them like any other team -- go to the mound and compete and try to give the Royals a chance to win the game."
On Monday night, Paulino worked his way around several threats, and the Yankees were 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position while the right-hander was on the mound.
"He's been throwing well for them," said the Yankees' Derek Jeter. He throws hard and mixes it up. I feel like I'm saying the same thing about every pitcher we've faced lately."