Highlights of Monday’s early Major League baseball games: – - – Yankees 14, Royals 1 Chase Headley hit a two-run homer while Brian McCann and Brett Gardner hit three-run homers during an eight-run first inning and the New York Yankees snapped a season-high six-game losing streak with a rout of the Kansas City Royals. New York saw 47 pitches in the first inning from Kansas City right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (4-3) and sent 13 men to the plate, falling a triple shy of getting a cycle in the opening inning. The Yankees extended it to 11-0 as McCann and Garrett Jones reached to start the second before Stephen Drew hit a towering drive into the right-field seats for his fifth home run.

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Brett Gardner got a little silly after hitting the Yankees’ third homer of the first inning, enthusiastically high-fiving his teammates as if he were trying to slap away the memory of a lost weekend of baseball. Gardner and Brian McCann each hit a three-run homer and Chase Headley also connected during an eight-run first, and New York romped past the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals 14-1 Monday to end a six-game skid. Stephen Drew added another three-run shot off Jeremy Guthrie (4-3) before New York made an out in the second.

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This is certainly not a record Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie wanted next to his name. Guthrie took the mound for Kansas City on Monday afternoon at Yankee Stadium and gave up 11 earned runs in one official inning of work. Whichever way you slice it, Guthrie’s brief outing qualifies as one of the worst starts in major league history. He became just the second starter since 1914 to give up 11 earned runs while pitching one inning or fewer. Jason Jennings in 2007 with the Astros is the other. [ Woah, The Stew has a podcast now?! Yep, you should listen. ] The Yankees scored eight runs in the first inning, with Chase Headley, Brian McCann, and Brett Gardner all taking Guthrie deep. Even though he was clearly laboring, Guthrie came back out for the second inning and promptly gave up a three-run homer to Stephen Drew after allowing the first two batters he faced to reach base. That made the score 11-0 for New York and brought Guthrie’s day to an end as he was finally replaced by Brandon Finnegan. The total damage against the veteran right-hander looks like this: 11 earned runs, nine hits, three walks, one hit batter, four home runs allowed, 16 batters faced, three batters retired. Yikes. Jeremy Guthrie is only the second starting pitcher in baseball history to give up 11 earned runs in one inning or fewer. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 25, 2015 By any measure, today’s start from Jeremy Guthrie is one of the 50 worst in baseball history. His Game Score of -11 is tied for 32nd worst. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 25, 2015 The good news for Guthrie is that it can only get better from here. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Israel Fehr is a writer for Big League Stew   on Yahoo Sports . Have a tip? Email him at israelfehr@yahoo.ca or follow him on Twitter. Follow @israelfehr

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. Looks like Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder is back. The 31-year-old came into the year with major questions after undergoing neck surgery last season, but he’s been able to quiet the doubters thus far. He put those skills on display on the national level Sunday night against the New York Yankees. Fielder picked up three hits during the contest, leading Texas to the 5-2 win. Fielder hit a double and two singles, finishing 3 for 5, with two RBI. That stat line seems pretty familiar to Prince this season. Over 193 plate appearances, he’s hitting an impressive .360/.415/.554.  Some of the batting average is due to luck, but Fielder deserves credit for returning to form. He’s been able to cut his strikeout rate to a career-low 11.1 percent. While his walk rate is also at a career-low, he’s shown the ability to take walks at a high pace in the past. Also, his low walk rate is hardly a concern if he continues producing like this. While Fielder is swinging a bit more, he’s also making contact at a career-high 85.6 percent. It appears he’s traded some patience for contact, and it’s been working. The biggest positive is that his aggressive approach hasn’t limited his power just yet. His home run rate of 14.5 percent is slightly low compared to his career-rate, so there’s a chance it will rise moving forward. Then again, perhaps this new version of Prince isn’t as dependent on the long ball.  For now, whatever he’s doing is working. Though the Rangers are just 21-23, Fielder’s revival has been an encouraging sign for the franchise. PIRATES’ PITCHING PUTS METS IN PRECARIOUS POSITION The Pittsburgh Pirates managed to complete the sweep over the New York Mets on Sunday. Francisco Liriano led the way during the 9-1 victory. Actually, all three of the Pirates starters dominated during the series. Gerrit Cole struck out 10 while nearly tossing a complete game Friday, A.J. Burnett followed that up with a 10 strikeout performance Saturday and Liriano added an incredible 12 strikeouts during Sunday’s game. It was the first time since 1969 that a trio of Pirates starters struck out double-digit batters in three straight games. Burnett, Cole and Liriano struck out 32 Mets over 21 1/3 innings during the sweep.  With the win, the Pirates are just one game under .500. They trail the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central by 3.0 games. MICHAEL WACHA REMAINS PERFECT St. Louis Cardinals starter Michael Wacha may never lose another game. The 23-year-old improved to 7-0 after Sunday’s 6-1 win over the Kansas City Royals. Wacha has been operating with a slightly altered approach this year, but it seems to have worked out thus far. The right-handers strikeout rate has dropped quite a bit, but he’s been able to balance that by picking up more grounders.  Wacha’s .231 BABIP suggests regression could be coming, however, so there may come a time where he’ll need to reach back and start picking up more strikeouts.  For now, though, all appears to be right. The Cardinals have been able to remain at the top despite losing Adam Wainwright for the season, and Wacha’s emergence has been a big part of it.  Wacha tossed just 107 innings last season due to shoulder issues, so the club may want to limit his usage moving forward. Based on how he’s going now, it’s going to be incredibly tough to take him out of the rotation at any point. HOT IN CLEVELAND Don’t look now, but the Cleveland Indians are starting to get hot. The franchise picked up its sixth-straight win with a 5-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Since their 7-14 start in April, the club has improved to 13-9 during May. Despite the recent winning streak, the team remains eight games out of first in the American League Central.  The rotation has been a big part of the recent surge. The Indians have four of the 12 best starting pitchers in the American League by FIP this season http://t.co/pq97rL0hD5 — August Fagerstrom (@AugustF_MLB) May 24, 2015 On top of that, catcher Yan Gomes just returned from a knee injury Sunday. He’ll not only provide a strong upgrade on offense, but he’s also considered a useful defensive asset.  While Cleveland still has a long way to go before they are considered contenders, they are finally starting to perform like many expected in the preseason. Want to see more from Sunday’s slate of games? Check out  our scoreboard .

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During a 20-batter stretch in Sunday’s victory at Detroit, every hitter for the Houston Astros either reached base or struck out. The Astros beat the Tigers 10-8 in that game, striking out 15 times but also hitting a pair of home runs and rallying from a four-run deficit in the sixth inning. Houston now leads its division by 6 1/2 games and has the second-best record in the American League – but to say the Astros have an unusual offense would be an understatement.

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When Michael Wacha is on the mound, Matt Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals like their chances. Wacha pitched seven sparkling innings for his seventh straight win, and the Cardinals stopped a three-game losing streak with a 6-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. Carpenter, who hit a two-run homer off Yordano Ventura (3-4) in the sixth, said the NL Central leaders believe they are going to win when Wacha (7-0) takes the mound.

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Expecting some rain, the Kansas City Royals tried to rush their way through five innings to make it an official game, and came away with a shortened win. Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer, Edinson Volquez pitched six solid innings and the Royals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Saturday night in a game called in the sixth inning due to rain. Volquez acknowledged he was rushing his throws with rain looming.

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Paul Konerko arrived at the ballpark with a clear mind, even a sense of relief. The White Sox will pay tribute to their former slugger Saturday when they retire his old No. 14. You don’t think that is something you can get to.” Konerko earned it over 16 seasons with the White Sox by establishing himself as one of the premier sluggers in franchise history and helping them end a championship drought that lasted nearly nine decades.

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Kendrys Morales is leading the American League with 37 RBIs. Morales hit two home runs and had five RBIs, Chris Young gave up six hits in six innings and the Kansas City Royals defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 5-0 Friday night. Morales hit a three-run homer with two out in the first.

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Take a moment of your time to marvel at the latest defensive wizardry exhibited by Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar. Escobar, who much like Atlanta Braves Gold Glove winner Andrelton Simmons is quickly building a reputation for his defensive prowess, added to his highlight reel on Friday with a diving stop and backhand flip that was stunning in both its resourcefulness and flawless execution. To set the stage, the Cardinals had a runner on first base with nobody out and Matt Adams at the plate. As many teams like to do against Adams, the Royals employed an extreme shift by moving third baseman Mike Moustakas to the right field side of second base, leaving Escobar all alone to cover the left. Not a problem, says Alcides. When Adams’ surprisingly bounced a grounder to his left, he reacted with a dive. Then, from near the outfield grass while on the seat of his pants, he launched a long distance backhanded flip to get Matt Holliday, the lead runner.

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