American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, August 7th
(All times Eastern)
New York Yankees (57-55) at Chicago White Sox (42-69), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - CC Sabathia (9-10, 4.78)
Chicago - Hector Santiago (3-7, 3.28)
(Sports Network) - It's been more than a month since the New York Yankees won
with CC Sabathia on the mound. The left-hander looks to change that Wednesday
in the finale of a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox.
The Yankees have come up short in each of Sabathia's last five starts and the
bulky southpaw is 1-5 with a 6.54 ERA in his past seven trips to the hill. He
has allowed 19 runs across his previous three starts, including Friday's 7-2
loss at San Diego.
Sabathia gave up five runs in 5 2/3 innings and is now 9-10 with a 4.78 ERA in
23 starts. He has allowed five or more runs in four straight starts for the
first time in his career.
"It obviously makes it more difficult," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of
the lefty's recent struggles. "That's the bottom line. We need him to be CC if
we're going to make a run."
The former Indian, who is 3-5 in 11 road assignments, has achieved plenty of
success against the White Sox from his days in the AL Central, going 18-4 with
a 3.63 ERA in 31 starts. One more win would give Sabathia 10 or more in six
straight seasons. He has currently reached the 10-win mark in every season
except two (2001-present).
Similar to the Yankees and their starter for Wednesday, Chicago has lost each
of Hector Santiago's last seven outings. Santiago draws the start versus the
Bronx Bombers and is just 0-2 with a 3.67 ERA in the past seven games.
Santiago absorbed a 2-1 loss at Detroit on Friday and pitched well, allowing
two runs in seven innings with seven strikeouts and only one walk. He is 3-7
in 26 games (15 starts) overall with a 3.28 ERA and 1-0 with a lofty 9.00 ERA
in two relief appearances against the Yankees.
White Sox lefty Chris Sale got himself back into the win column in Tuesday's
3-2 win and allowed one run through 7 1/3 innings. Nate Jones got the final
two outs in the eighth inning and Addison Reed worked around a run in the
ninth for his 27th save.
"They're the greatest franchise in all of sports, so you got to bring your 'A'
game," Sale said of the Yankees.
Paul Konerko, Conor Gillaspie and Alejandro De Aza each had an RBI for the
White Sox, who have won two in a row since a season-high 10-game losing streak
and are unbeaten so far on their 10-game homestand.
The Yankees have lost three straight and four of five games, and will try to
avoid the sweep on Wednesday.
Brett Gardner had the lone RBI for the Yanks and Alex Rodriguez went 1-for-2
in his second game since coming off the disabled list. Rodriguez, of course,
is appealing his recent suspension, which goes into effect Thursday.
"I was seeing the ball pretty well tonight," Rodriguez said. "I'm just trying
to get my timing down."
Hiroki Kuroda was undefeated in July, but absorbed the loss after he gave up
three runs in seven innings.
After Wednesday's game New York will return to the Bronx for seven straight
games against Detroit and the LA Angels.
The White Sox have won five straight against the Yankees for the first time
since the 2000 season. Chicago swept a three-game set in this series at
home last Aug. 20-22.
08/07 10:33:18 ET