Game three of the four game series starting just after noon today. So far, the White Sox have been holding their own. Beating the Yankees in the first two games of the series, well, that is just dern amazing. Especially when you consider that they haven’t fared so well against the Yankees in the past.
This afternoon, Robin is sending out the following guys to keep it going:
Alejandro De Aza CF, Youk 3B, Big Donkey 1B, The King DH, Alex Rios RF, The Cuban Tank LF, The Cuban Missile SS, Tyler Flowers C, Bacon 2B.
Jake “Dirt Bag” Peavy will start for the Sox. Jake’s last outing was not so brilliant. It might be understandable considering he had just lost a very dear friend to pancreatic cancer. Of course, if you ask Dirt Bag about it, he would say there was no excuse.
That last outing was against the Twins where he allowed three runs on 10 hits. The 10 hits were the most he has given up in a game this season. He also struck out seven hitters and walked just one in six innings of work. The final four innings he pitched, he did not allow the Twins to score.
Today is Jake’s fourth career start against the Yankees and the second time in New York. In his career, he is 0-3 with a 3.1 ERA. The last time Jake faced the Yankees was in August of last season. He took the loss after allowing three runs over seven innings.
Joe Girardi will send out the following guys out today:
Derek Jeter SS, Curtis Granderson CF, Alex Rodriguez 3B, Robinson Cano 2B, Mark Teixeira 1B, Nick Swisher DH, Raul Ibañez RF, Russell Martin C, DeWayne Wise LF.
Hiroki Kuroda will start for the Yankees. Hiroki was acquired in the off season for the Yankees as a free agent in January of this year.
Today is Hiroki’s third career start, first as a Yankee, against the White Sox. In his career against the Sox, Kuroda is 1-1 with a 3.77 ERA. That was on the road and as a member of the Dodgers. The last time he faced the Sox was in May of 2011 where he allowed six runs, four of which were earned on nine hits in 5.2 innings worth of work at US Cellular. The Dodgers would go on to lose the game by a final of 8-3.
Kuroda’s last start was a win against the Indians on June 25. He allowed just one earned run in seven innings worth of work.
*Notes: The 14 runs given up by the Yankees last night was the most they have given up all season. The previous high was 10 surrendered to the Atlanta Braves.