American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, August 20th
(All times Eastern)
New York Yankees (72-49) at Chicago White Sox (65-55), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Freddy Garcia (7-5, 4.68)
Chicago - Gavin Floyd (9-9, 4.43)
(Sports Network) - Freddy Garcia has given the New York Yankees everything
they could have hoped for. On Monday, he tries to help the Yankees beat the
Chicago White Sox for the seventh straight time at U.S. Cellular Field when
the division leaders begin a three-game set in the Windy City.
These teams split four games in the Bronx earlier in the year, but the Yankees
have won their last six in Chicago. It is New York's longest active road
winning streak over a single opponent as well as Chicago's longest active home
skid against any foe.
And that streak could be extended tonight with Garcia on the hill. The veteran
right-hander, who helped the White Sox to a World Series title in 2005, has
won his last three starts and defeated the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, holding
them to two runs and four hits in 6 2/3 innings to improve to 7-5, while
lowering his ERA to 4.68.
Since rejoining the Yankees' rotation in July, the 35-year-old has posted a
5-3 mark with a 3.69 ERA. In eight of his nine starts over that stretch, he
has allowed three runs or less.
"Ever since he came back from the bullpen, he's been tremendous," Yankees
catcher Russell Martin said after that game. "I think part of it is he's
gotten his velocity back. When his velocity is up, his pitches are a little
sharper and a little crisper."
Garcia has faced the White Sox 12 times and is 5-5 with a 4.46 ERA.
New York won for the fifth time in seven chances on Sunday, as Ichiro Suzuki
hit a pair of solo homers, Hiroki Kuroda tossed eight strong innings and the
Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox, 4-1.
Kuroda (12-8) gave up just one run on four hits while striking out four for
the Yankees, who went 5-2 on a seven-game homestand. The Japanese right-hander
was coming off a two-hit shutout in Tuesday's 3-0 win over Texas.
With Kuroda picking up the victory, the Yankees have three pitchers with at
least 12 wins (also Phil Hughes and CC Sabathia) prior to Sept. 1 for the
first time since 2006 when Chien-Ming Wang, Randy Johnson and Mike Mussina
accomplished the feat.
Curtis Granderson knocked in a run and walked twice for the American League
East-leading Yankees, who hold a five-game edge on the Tampa Bay Rays in the
While New York is cruising, Chicago is struggling and returns home tonight
after a three-game sweep at the hands of the Kansas City Royals that
culminated with a 5-2 setback on Sunday.
The White Sox, who didn't get their first hit until there were two outs in the
seventh inning, were out-hit 11-3 in the loss and finished a seven-game road
trip 3-4. Chicago still leads the AL Central by 1 1/2 games.
"It's absolutely disappointing," catcher A.J. Pierzynski said about the three
losses to the Royals. "It's frustrating. It's brutal. I expect us to play
Tonight, Chicago will turn to righty Gavin Floyd, who is 9-9 with a 4.43 ERA.
Floyd beat the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday, as he held them to four runs (3
earned) and eight hits in six innings.
"Gavin came out throwing strikes," manager Robin Ventura said after the game.
"He was great early on. He made the one mistake to Johnson, but he pitched
great. He looked good."
Floyd lost to the Yankees back on July 1 and is 2-3 in eight games (7 starts)
with a 6.07 ERA.
08/20 10:37:32 ET