Cessa has yielded seven homers and 15 runs total in 30 2/3 innings this season.Kennedy won his third straight start on Friday after striking out eight in 5 1/3 innings of a 6-3 victory at Boston.
Betances saved rookie Ben Heller's first Major League Baseball win, as the Yankees used six relievers in a 5-4 victory against the defending world champion Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
Didi Gregorius started the winning rally with a leadoff single, moving to third on Starlin Castro's double against Chris Young before lefty Matt Strahm came into the game to face McCann.
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Hicks climbs the outfield wall after the home run ball of Kansas City Royals' Alcides Escobar during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. In the following inning, Aaron Hicks drew a one-out walk and eventually came home on Ellsbury's sacrifice fly.
This time, it was a 5-4 win in 13 innings at a Kauffman Stadium that had mostly emptied out as the clock turned from Wednesday to Tuesday, and the Yankees playoff odds grew just a little bit better. He handed off to Blake Parker in the 10th, on a night when the availability of Betances and Tyler Clippard was questionable due to their recent workload.
BRAVES 8, PADRES 1 Gordon Beckham drove in two runs with a pinch-hit bases-loaded double in the sixth as host Atlanta beat San Diego.
They fell three games behind Baltimore for the second American League Wild Card spot.
The Royals are coming into this matchup after a high-scoring game where they scored a whopping 10 runs. In the fifth, though, Jacoby Ellsbury opened the inning with a single and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly. The Yankees were down 4-0 in the blink of an eye Wednesday night, but the pitching staff went into lockdown mode and gave the offense not only a chance to tie the game, but win it in extras. Leadoff man Jarrod Dyson lined a single to center, putting runners on the corners for Lorenzo Cain. AL Central-leading Cleveland defeated the Minnesota Twins 5-4, stretching the division advantage to 6 1/2 games. Cessa gave up four runs, just three earned, on six hits and a walk.
The Yankees pounced on Volquez for three runs in the second inning and another in the third.
Now it's on to Camden Yards.
The right-hander is expected among the first wave of September roster expansion call-ups, possibly providing manager Joe Girardi with a weapon he's lacked since his bullpen was compromised by the trades of Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller. Before Escobar went deep, the game's drama was provided by starting pitchers Dillon Gee and Michael Pineda.
The Royals trailed 4-0 after two innings, and they had cut the margin to 4-2 before a 59-minute rain delay halted the game.
The Yankees optioned RHP Kirby Yates to rookie-level Pulaski and recalled Shreve from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
"I want to be that guy", Shreve said of becoming a reliable late-inning arm before Betances. I'm frustrated by it.
"The off day is going to do us good tomorrow, " Royals manager Ned Yost said.
The Yankees still view Severino as a starter, but he's expected to fill an essential relief gap for the balance of schedule.
RHP Chien-Ming Wang was placed on the DL with biceps tendinitis after tossing two scoreless innings on Tuesday night.
"He's a very good baserunner", Girardi said, "so it's a possibility". The 31-year-old has allowed just five runs and fanned 36 batters in his last six starts heading into a date against the team that selected him with a first-round pick in the 2006 draft.