The Yankees enter Saturday afternoon's matchup with the Chicago White Sox on a two-game winning streak after Martin Prado's walk-off single in the 9th inning last night that gave the Bombers a 4-3 win the opener of this three-game series.
With Baltimore's loss last night, the Yankees were able to gain a game on the Orioles and now sit eight games back in the AL East heading into today. Over in the Wild Card race, Seattle's win over Boston last night kept the Yankees 4.5 games back of the second wild card spot.
It's a special day in the Bronx, as the Yankees will finally be honoring former manager Joe Torre during a pre-game ceremony that will include the retiring of his No. 6 jersey, which would leave Derek Jeter's No. 2 -- for now, at least -- as the only remaining single-digit number to not be retired by the Yankees.
Today's lineup against Chicago:
CF Jacoby Ellsbury
LF Brett Gardner
C Brian McCann
1B Mark Teixeira
DH Carlos Beltran
2B Martin Prado
3B Chase Headley
SS Stephen Drew
RF Ichiro Suzuki
Pitching matchup preview: Hiroki Kuroda vs Scott Carroll
Hiroki Kuroda will get the ball for the Yankees this afternoon, as he looks to continue the trend of quality pitching by Yankees starters lately. Kuroda is coming off of his best start of the month, when he allowed just two runs over 6 2/3 innings against the Rays.
The White Sox will send right-hander Scott Carroll to the mound today in the second game of this three-game set. Carroll is coming off of a rough start against the Toronto Blue Jays, in which he allowed five runs on eight hits, while walking three.