Game 19: Yankees vs. White Sox
We’re back at Yankee Stadium tonight, as the Yankees entertain the Chicago White Sox in a four-game series.
Finally, some more pleasant weather appears to be on the way, as the Yankees come off a rain-shortened two-game sweep of the Orioles in Baltimore and a two-game series split against the Blue Jays under the roof in Toronto.
The Yankees got some unwelcome news this afternoon as Phil Hughes cut his bullpen short after about 20 pitches, saying that the ‘dead arm’ feeling he had been experiencing is coming back. Hughes is going to be seen tonight by Yankees team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad, and the Yankees are calling this a setback. How significant it will be remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, they’ll give the ball to A.J. Burnett, who is 3-0 through his first four starts and is undefeated in 14 April starts as a Yankee, going 8-0 with a 4.00 ERA. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Burnett’s eight-game April winning streak is the longest in the Majors. The White Sox counter with Phil Humber, whom you might remember being a touted prospect across town with the Mets a few years back. This is Humber’s first career start against the Yankees.
Here are tonight’s lineups:
Juan Pierre LF, Alexei Ramirez SS, Carlos Quentin RF, Paul Konerko 1B, Adam Dunn DH, Alex Rios CF, A.J. Pierzynski C, Gordon Beckham 2B, Brent Morei 3B
Pitching: Phil Humber RHP (1-2, 4.42 ERA)
Derek Jeter SS, Curtis Granderson CF, Mark Teixeira 1B, Alex Rodriguez 3B, Robinson Cano 2B, Nick Swisher RF, Jorge Posada DH, Russell Martin C, Brett Gardner LF
Pitching: A.J. Burnett RHP (3-0, 4.37 ERA)
Some additional information from the Yankees’ game notes:
AT A GLANCE: Tonight the Yankees play the first game of a four-game series vs. the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium…also marks the first game of a seven-game homestand, which includes a three-game weekend series vs. the Toronto Blue Jays from Friday-Sunday…following this homestand, will embark on a seven-game road trip to Detroit (5/2-5) and Texas (5/6-8).
With their 12-6 record (.667) this season, are tied with Texas (14-7, .667) and Colorado (14-7, .667) for the Majors’ second-best winning percentage behind Philadelphia (15-6, .714)…are the only team in the AL East above .500.
Have won each of their four home series this season and are third in the AL with eight home victories…have played the fewest road games in the Majors, going 4-3.
Are the only Major League team yet to lose two games in a row this season.
REGULAR JOE: With the Yankees’ next win, Joe Girardi will become the ninth manager in Yankees franchise history to reach 300 regular season wins…is currently 299-205 (.593) since becoming the Yankees’ skipper prior to the 2008 season…of the nine Yankees mangers with 300 wins, trails only Joe McCarthy (.627), Casey Stengel (.623), Joe Torre (.605) and Miller Huggins (.597) in winning percentage (see p. 313 of the Yankees Media Guide for a complete list of all-time Yankees managers).
CENTRAL HEATING: Have not lost any of their last 10 series vs. AL Central teams, going 9-0-1 in series since 5/14/10…last lost a series to an AL Central team from 5/10-13/10 at Detroit (went 1-3)…have gone 27-15 vs. the AL Central since the start of 2010 and 52-24 since the start of 2009.
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE RISE…: Tonight’s national anthem will be sung by the Harlem Gospel for Teens Choir…the group was recently featured on CBS’ 60 Minutes…they were formed in 2006 by Vy Higginsen and Dr. Emily “Cissy” Houston to teach aspiring teenagers about the importance of gospel as an art form…additionally, Ahmaya Knoelle Higginson and Elijah Ahmad Lewis, stars of the hit musical Mama I Want to Sing, will perform “God Bless America” during the seventh-inning stretch.