Sunday, August 24, 2014

After taking the first two games of this three-game set on Friday and Saturday, the Yankees are looking for a clean sweep of the Chicago White Sox in the series finale this afternoon at 1:05 p.m. ET.

The Bombers' offense put in one of it's best performances in a while -- albeit still lackluster -- putting up five runs yesterday for the first time since August 8, as New York would go on to win the game 5-3 on the strength of six quality innings from Hiroki Kuroda.

Following today's game, the Yankees will pack up and prepare to hit the road, where they'll play a makeup game against the Kansas City Royals tomorrow, followed by three games in Detroit, and then wrap up with three games in Toronto over the weekend.

Today's lineup against Chicago:

SS Derek Jeter
LF Martin Prado
1B Mark Teixeira
DH Carlos Beltran
3B Chase Headley
C Francisco Cervelli
RF Zelous Wheeler
CF Ichiro Suzuki
2B Brendan Ryan

* Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury are out of the lineup today with the Yankees facing a left-handed pitcher. Gardner is dealing with some soreness in his right ankle after getting hit yesterday, and Joe Girardi says that Ellsbury is a little beat up.

Pitching matchup preview: Chris Capuano vs Chris Sale

Lefty against lefty, Chris against Chris, it'll be Sale and Capuano facing off today at Yankee Stadium.

Capuano gets the ball for the Yankees coming off of a no-decision against the Houston Astros earlier in the week, in which he gave up four runs on eight hits, with eight strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. It was the first time that Capuano was unable to complete at least six innings in a start since joining the Yankees.

Meanwhile, the White Sox will have their ace, Sale, on the mound for them today, as the lefty comes in boasting 2.12 ERA this season -- a number that trails only Felix Hernandez (2.07) for the best in the American League.

Sale has lost his last two decisions over his three starts, including his last start in which he gave up just three runs on eight hits over six innings of work.

Sale has already faced the Yankees once this season, back in May during the Yankees' trip to Chicago. He was making his first start off of the DL, and tossed six one-hit innings before being pulled after just 86 pitches.


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