Wednesday, August 7, 2013

CHICAGO -- Even with Alex Rodriguez back in the lineup, the Yankees have only been able to push three runs across the plate in the first two games of this series with the White Sox -- one run Monday night and two runs last night.

Hiroki Kuroda gave the Yanks another win-worthy effort, but once again, the offense failed to provide any support, managing only one-run off the White Sox dominant left-hander, Chris Sale.

Tonight's Lineup, 8:10 EST @ US Cellular Field:

Gardner 8
Soriano 7
Rodriguez 5
Cano 4
Wells DH
Granderson 9
Nunez 6
Overbay 3
Romine 2
Sabathia 1

Pitching Preview:

CC Sabathia has been the complete opposite of Kuroda lately, giving up at least five runs in each of his last four starts since the beginning of July, allowing 27 runs over 19 2/3 innings in his past four starts, all of which were losses.

"I mean, it's crunch time," Sabathia said. "I think every start is important, and it's up to me to go out and pitch better."

Sabathia and the Yanks will square-off against Sox starter Hector Santiago, who has given up three earned runs or fewer in each of his last six starts -- 2.75 ERA in that span -- though Chicago has lost all of those games, scoring fewer than two runs in each.

Santiago is 3-7 this season, yet has a 3.28 ERA and 111 strikeouts. In his last start against the Tigers, he allowed two runs over seven innings. White Sox manager Robin Ventura called his last outing one of Santiago's better efforts of the season.

Yankee Notes:

* The MLB Players Association announced that Alex Rodriguez has officially filed his appeal on the 211-game suspension that is suppose to take effect tomorrow. When asked about it, A-Rod said: "I have no reaction to that."

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