Yanks look to keep things rolling vs. White Sox
The Yankees welcome the White Sox to town tonight for a three-game series, having just taken three of four from the Royals, an impressive follow-up to their series victory over the Red Sox. Dare we say it? They’ve looked pretty good of late; they’ve won six of nine, averaging five runs per game.
Tonight’s starters are Luis Severino for the Yankees and Chris Sale for the White Sox. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET from Yankee Stadium. It has been raining all afternoon but the skies are clearing and the tarp has been removed from the field.
Gary Sanchez, the Yanks’ No. 3 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, has been called up and will be batting sixth as the designated hitter. He is also expected to DH tomorrow against Jose Quintana and said that he is ready for the challenge of facing two tough lefties back to back.
“My time here was brief last year, but during the time that I was here I learned how to prepare better for the game and even learned a lot from just watching the guys play,” Sanchez said. “We have a lot of veterans here. It’s a lot of good experience for me.”
Here’s a quick rundown of some of our coverage from yesterday’s 7-3 Yankees victory:
“NOW BATTING FOR THE YANKEES”
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 13, 2016
Jacoby Ellsbury remained out of the Yankees’ lineup on Friday, though manager Joe Girardi expressed hope that Ellsbury will be able to return on Saturday or Sunday. He has not played since last Friday vs. Boston, when he felt tightness in his right hip after stealing third base.
Duke University head football coach David Cutcliffe will throw out the first pitch. The Blue Devils beat Indiana University 44-41 in OT in last year’s New Era Pinstripe Bowl for their first bowl victory since 1961. He’ll receive a base signed by the Yankees.
Lots to talk about with Sale, who is 3-1 with a 1.31 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 41.1 innings in six career starts against the Yankees. The lone defeat came last year. Opposing batters are just two-for-20 with no extra-base hits with runners in scoring position against Sale this year … and in case you’ve forgotten, opportunities with RISP haven’t exactly been the Yanks’ strong suit in 2016.
THEY SAID IT
“I’d be somewhat surprised if he’s not (an everyday catcher). I think all the tools are there. He’s still really young. There aren’t a whole lot of 23-year-old everyday catchers in the big leagues, it just doesn’t happen, because there’s so much that goes into the position. But I think he’s going to be really good.” – Girardi, on Sanchez.
ON THIS DATE
1955: Mickey Mantle goes 4-for-4 with three home runs – two left-handed, one right-handed – and five RBIs in a 5-2 win at Detroit. It was Mantle’s only career three-homer game and the first of 10 games where he homered from both sides of the plate.