KANSAS CITY -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi won a third-inning challenge in Friday night's 4-2 win against the Royals when an initial call of safe on Nori Aoki's attempted steal of second was overturned following a review.
With two outs, Aoki, who reached on a two-out single, took off from first and second-base umpire Mike DiMuro initially ruled that Aoki had beaten catcher Brian McCann's throw. But the replay showed second baseman Brian Roberts applying the tag before Aoki reached the base.
The out call ended the inning with the Yanks holding a 4-1 lead after McCann delivered a bases-clearing double in the top of the frame to help starter Chase Whitley earn his first Major League win.
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