Fresh off a series win in Minnesota, the Sox head to New York to open up a four game series against the Bronx Bombers at iconic Yankee Stadium. Just as in life, when you’re up against the best, you try to bring your A-game. The White Sox are no different as they look to prove that they can hang with the best in baseball this weekend.
The Yankees head into the series after sweeping the Cleveland Indians and have won 5 in a row. They also lead the league in home runs. The White Sox pitchers will have their hands full keeping these Bombers in the park. The Yankees have won 15 of the last 20 games between the two teams but the Sox are coming in hungry and looking to prove they are a post season contender heading into the All-Star Break. This battle of two first place teams is a can’t miss!
Need To Know Yanks:
Robinson Cano: 2nd Base
Cano is the poster-boy of the modern day Yankee. Slick, good-looking and amazing on the field, Cano is a fan favorite and for good reason. The Dominican Republic native is a decorated player having won the prestigious Golden Glove award in 2010 and the Home Run Derby in 2011. This 3-time All-Star puts up amazing numbers and is one of the biggest sluggers on the roster. Cano is hitting .308 with 18 home runs this season and was critical in the Yankees sweeping the Indians this week.
Curtis Granderson: Center Field
Granderson is the leading home-run hitter for the Yankees and definitely could blow things up this weekend and make life hell for the Sox. This Blue Island, Illinois native has 21 home runs under his belt this season and is hitting .241. Granderson is a left-handed batter but throws right – a rarity in baseball. If Granderson’s name rings a bell it could be because he played for the Tigers before coming to the Yankees in 2010.
Derek Jeter: Short Stop
Celebrating his 38th Birthday earlier this week, Jeter has been unbelievably consistent over his career as a Yankee. Without a doubt, he is the face of this historic franchise. He’s having another terrific year and shows no signs of slowing down with age.
Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod): Third Base
Many people know him more for his off-field drama, dating celebrities (Cameron Diaz & Madonna to name two) and for being the highest paid player in the major leagues. He has quieted down his extracurricular actives and is having another formidable year for the Yanks.
Thursday: 6:05 p.m. Dylan Axelrod vs. Ivan Nova
Friday: 6:05 p.m. Jose Quintana vs. Adam Warren
Saturday: 12:05 p.m. Jake Peavy vs. RH Hiroki Kuroda
Sunday: 1:05 p.m. Gavin Floyd vs. Phil Hughes