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Joba and Kennedy promoted, Clemens strong

The Yanks top two pitching prospects were promoted from double-A Trenton to triple-A Scranton. They’re now just one step from the Bronx. Tyler Clippard and Chase Wright were demoted to make room.

As for the big Yankees -

It is hard to think of any series with the Kansas City Royals as a significant test. But facts are facts, and when they faced the Yankees at Kauffman Stadium on Monday, the Royals were coming off series victories on the road against Boston and Detroit, the teams with the two best records in the majors.

“We watch the scoreboard,” Yankees Manager Joe Torre said, “and they’ve been playing good teams very tough.”

That might be true, but there was not much evidence in this game. The Yankees thumped the Royals, 9-2, behind seven strong innings from Roger Clemens.

The Yankees have won 9 of their past 11 games and have scored 47 runs in their past three games. They gave Clemens a 4-0 lead in the second inning and he protected it, allowing four hits and striking out three.

The victory was the 351st of Clemens’s career, or 100 more than the combined career total of all of the Royals’ pitchers.

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