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Chicago at New York

Venue: Yankee Stadium
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The New York Yankees own the AL's best record in day games, and the Chicago White Sox own the worst.

The Yankees hope those trends continue as they seek a third straight win when this three-game set continues Saturday on a special day in the Bronx.

New York (65-61) will retire Hall of Fame manager Joe Torre's number before Hiroki Kuroda throws the game's first pitch. Torre guided the Yankees to the playoffs in all 12 seasons from 1995-2007, winning four World Series.

An early start Saturday figures to favor New York, which is 26-16 in day games compared to Chicago's 17-28 mark. The White Sox (59-69) are out to avoid their first five-game slide since June 19-23.

Kuroda (8-8, 3.97 ERA) retired 17 straight batters in one stretch Sunday as he gave up two runs over 6 2-3 innings to earn a 4-2 win in Tampa Bay. The right-hander is 2-2 with a 3.43 ERA in six career starts against the White Sox.

He'll be wary of Alexei Ramirez (8 for 21 against him) and Alejandro De Aza (6 for 13).

This will be his first look at Jose Abreu, who hit a three-run homer Friday in his first at-bat against New York in a 4-3 defeat. The Cuban rookie, second in the majors with 33 homers, was sidelined with an ankle injury when these teams split four meetings in Chicago in May.

New York won Friday on Martin Prado's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Yankees remained 3 ?? games of the AL's second wild card behind Seattle.

"One of the biggest moments in my career, not personal-wise. Just getting a win for the Yankees means a lot," said Prado, who drove in three runs and was obtained in a trade with Arizona on July 31.

The White Sox went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position after going ahead on Abreu's first-inning homer.

"You get three runs in the first and not get any more. ... That's how you lose," said designated hitter Adam Dunn, who is 0 for 10 with six strikeouts in his last three games.

Carlos Sanchez had three hits after being called up from the minors earlier in the day to make his second career start. Sanchez will get the bulk of action at second base along with Leury Garcia in the wake of the deal that sent Gordon Beckham to the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday.

Chicago's starting pitcher will be another rookie in Scott Carroll (5-7, 4.99), who is 1-2 with a 6.91 ERA in five outings since the All-Star break. He got credit for Sunday's 7-5 win over Toronto despite surrendering five runs in 5 2-3 innings.

The right-hander's ERA in day games is 2.43 compared to 6.33 at night. He has never started against New York.

The Yankees' Carlos Beltran has not started three straight games due to an injured right elbow but was scheduled to do some work Friday to see if he could play in this contest.

"We hope it works, and then we get him in a game," manager Joe Girardi said.

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Probable Starters

S. Carroll
Chi. White Sox Last 3 Starts N.Y. Yankees
1-2 Wins-Losses 2-1
16.2 Innings Pitched 17.1
8.64 Earned Run Average 3.63
9 Walks 7
5 Strikeouts 10
1.86 WHIP 1.21

H. Kuroda
Probable Pitchers
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Chi White Sox4th AL Central7184.458156-4 W 1
NY Yankees2nd AL East8075.516135-5 W 1
 
 
Injuries
Chi White Sox
PlayerInjury
N. JonesElbow
F. PaulinoShoulder
NY Yankees
PlayerInjury
C. BeltranElbow
J. EllsburyHamstring
I. NovaElbow
M. PradoAppendectomy
A. RodriguezSuspension
C. SabathiaKnee
M. TeixeiraWrist
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Apr 7NYYNYY 4-2Kuroda Jimenez 
Apr 8NYYBAL 14-5Chen Nova 
Apr 9NYYBAL 5-4Matusz Kelley 
Jun 20NYYNYY 5-3Huff Britton 
Jun 21NYYBAL 6-1Norris Nuno 
Jun 22NYYBAL 8-0Tillman Tanaka 
Jul 11BALBAL 3-2McFarland Warren 
Jul 12BALNYY 3-0Greene Tillman 
Jul 13BALBAL 3-1Gausman Whitley 
Aug 11BALBAL 11-3Norris Capuano 
Aug 12BALPPD   
Aug 13BALBAL 5-3O'Day Kelley 
Sep 12BALBAL 2-1Brach Warren 
Sep 12BALBAL 5-0Norris Mitchell 
Sep 13BALNYY 3-2Greene Gonzalez 
Sep 14BALBAL 3-2O'Day Robertson 
Sep 22NYY 7:05 PM EDT  
Sep 23NYY 7:05 PM EDT  
Sep 24NYY 1:05 PM EDT  
Sep 25NYY 7:05 PM EDT