Just when you thought that the Yankees were looking at a victory over the Chicago White Sox last night, Adam Dunn blasted a long two-run walk-off homerun into the right field seats of US Cellular Field to hand the Bombers their fourth loss in the last five games.
The Yankees' offense is still struggling to score runs, and that was very helpful behind Hiroki Kuroda last night, as he only lasted 4.2 innings.
Finally facing someone that isn't a top of the rotation starter after seeing Jeff Samardjia and Chris Sale in back-to-back game, the Yankees jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning on Brian McCann's three-run homerun in the 1st inning, but couldn't land anymore punches over the next five innings, making Hector Noesi look quality.
The Yankees will face John Danks today, who you would think they can hit, too. They'll also be looking to break a losing streak at US Cellular Field, as the Yankees have lost eight straight game there, and are 3-8 overall in their last 11 games at the White Sox.
Today's lineup at Chicago:
- Brett Gardner LF
- Derek Jeter SS
- Jacoby Ellsbury CF
- Mark Teixeira 1B
- Alfonso Soriano DH
- Yangervis Solarte 3B
- Ichiro Suzuki RF
- John Ryan Murphy C
- Brendan Ryan 2B
No Brian Roberts in the lineup today after he hit a foul ball off of his right knee in Friday night's game. He originally stayed in the game, but left in the 9th after he felt the knee tighten up a little. X-rays afterwards came back negative, and he told reporters this morning that he could play if needed.
Pitching matchup preview:
If there is anybody that can turn things around for the Yankees, it's Vidal Nuno, right? Injuries have put Nuno into the rotation after he started the year in the bullpen. I think Nuno is a fine No. 5 starter, but when David Phelps and Chase Whitley are also in the rotation right now, it doesn't make him look any better.
Nuno is 1-1 with a 5.82 ERA this season and he'll be making his seventh start of the season today. He held the Pirates to two earned runs over six innings in his last outing, a no-decision.
John Danks will throw out the first pitch of the game for the White Sox. Danks is not a great starter, and the average of this performance this season has show that. He enters Saturday with a 3-4 record and 5.64 ERA. In his last outing, he lasted just 4 2/3 innings and gave up seven earned runs in an 8-2 loss to Houston on Sunday.