Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Trailing 4-1 entering the 8th inning with Chris Sale on the mound, who had only given up one runs through the first seven innings, no one expected that New York Yankees to put up any fight, and instead go down with another disappointing loss.

But a one-out single by Derek Jeter and a double by Robinson Cano knocked Sale out of the game after 114 pitches, and from there, the comeback magical comeback began.

Alfonso Soriano singled to center field to pull the Yankees within a run, then following a single by Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson , pinch-hitting for Vernon Wells, singled to center to tied up the ballgame. After Mark Reynolds struck out, Eduardo Nunez lined a doubled to left field to plate two runs, giving the Yankees a 6-4 lead.

Mariano Rivera entered the game in the 9th inning and shut down the side in order to seal the Yankees' victory, while also closing out his 40th save of the season for the 9th time in his career. Now the Yanks go for the sweep, looking to gain more ground on the Tampa Bay Rays in the Wild Card standings.

Tonight's Lineup vs Chicago:

Gardner CF
Jeter SS
Cano 2B
Soriano DH
Granderson LF
Rodriguez 3B
Suzuki RF
Overbay 1B
Romine C
Sabathia LHP

Pitching Preview:

Following the Bombers win against the Chicago White Sox, Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced that David Huff would start for the Yanks on Saturday against the Boston Red Sox in place of the struggling Phil Hughes, with Hughes moving to the bullpen.

Lucky for CC Sabathia, no matter how bad he struggles, it's extremely unlikely that Girardi would ever remove him for the Yankees' starting rotation. While CC has won three of his last four starts, his ERA in those outings is 6.17, with his ERA for the season at a blistering 4.91.

Sabathia earned the win in his last outing on Friday against the Baltimore Orioles, although his numbers from the start did not suggest that he pitched well enough to earn the win, giving up five runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Squaring off against the big lefty, making his Major League debut, is Chicago's young right-hander Erik Johnson. At 23-years-old, Johnson 2-3 with a 1.96 ERA (31 ER/142 IP), three complete games and 131 strikeouts over the span 24 starts between Triple-A and Double-A this season.


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