Grand slam too much for Royals to overcome in New York

New York Yankees' Zoilo Almonte (45), Vernon Wells, second from left, and Robinson Cano, right, greet Lyle Overbay, second from right, after scoring on Overbay's sixth-inning grand slam in a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
New York Yankees' Zoilo Almonte (45), Vernon Wells, second from left, and Robinson Cano, right, greet Lyle Overbay, second from right, after scoring on Overbay's sixth-inning grand slam in a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK (AP) – Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer, Lyle Overbay added a grand slam and the New York Yankees snapped out of their offensive funk with an 8-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

Ivan Nova delivered another impressive pitching performance and the Yankees, held to one run each of the previous three days, stopped a three-game slide. They watched two more players get banged up, though, when slumping Travis Hafner and speedy Brett Gardner left with injuries.

Hafner came out with a bruised left foot, while Gardner departed with a bruised right leg after getting hit by a pitch for the second time. The team said X-rays on both were negative and they were day to day.

Nova (4-2) yielded only four singles and a double in eight innings for his second win in three solid starts. Cano and Overbay both connected off Wade Davis (4-8).

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