Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain (8-4, 4.34).
WHITE SOX (64-66)
Pitching: RHP Freddy Garcia (0-1, 6.75).
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES/TBS.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees took the first two games of the series and are 3-2 on a homestand that ends today. They leave after the game for Baltimore. The Yankees have won 19 of their last 25 games and maintain a six-game lead on Boston in the AL East.
THE CHASE FOR HOME FIELD: Thanks to Oakland beat the Angels, the Yankees now lead Los Angeles by 4.5 games for best record in the AL and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Yankees have 33 games left, the Angels 34. The teams meet four times head to head.
Why is this important? The Yankees are 2-10 at Angel Stadium over the last three years, 5-17 in the last five.
THE JOBA RULES REVISITED: Don’t be surprised if Joba Chamberlain only pitches three or four innings today. The Yankees plan to restrict his innings now and then build him back up near the end of the season. Chamberlain has pitched poorly of late, going 1-2 with an 8.55 ERA in his last four starts.
HOME COOKING: The Yankees have won 18 of their last 22 games at Yankee Stadium.
THE JETER METER: The Captain is now 14 hits away from passing Lou Gehrig for most hits in franchise history. The Iron Horse had 2,721. Jeter has reached base in the Yankees half of the first inning in eight of the last 12 games. He has 43 hits in August, marking his most for any calendar month since August 2001. He also is two steals away from 300 in his career.
VALUABLE RESERVE: Jerry Hairston, Jr. has hit safely in nine of his 11 starts since joining the Yankees.
I DON’T WANT TO FADE AWAY: The White Sox have lost six of their last seven games and are now in third place in the Central, five games behind Detroit.
FREDDY’S BACK: This will be the third start for Freddy Garcia as he makes his latest comeback. Garcia is 2-7 with a 5.70 ERA in 16 starts over the last three years. He is 4-3, 4.19 against the Yankees in his career.
A-Rod owns Garcia: 12 of 32 with seven extra base hits including five homers.
HINSKE WITH YOUR BEST SHOT: Wondering why Eric Hinske is playing? He is 6 of 13 against Garcia with two extra-base hits. The Masher from Menasha has not homered since July 31. But he does have five jacks in 47 ABs for the Yankees.
SEE YOU IN SCRANTON: I’m off to PNC field in Moosic, Pa., in a few hours to see the Pawtucket-Scranton doubleheader. The second annual LoHud Yankees Blog Outing is today and we have 75 or so readers gathering in a suite down the left field line. Should be a lot of fun. Thanks to Ron for organizing it.
I’ll update the blog from that game later on today. For now, enjoy the Yankees game.
UPDATE, 12:03 p.m.: Via Mike Ashmore comes news that Dellin Betances has had Tommy John surgery. The Yankees must get a group rate from Dr. Andrews.
So add Betances to the list of pitching prospects who have had setbacks of one form or another. That group includes Andrew Brackman, Ian Kennedy, Alan Horne, Chris Garcia, etc. That’s why teams gather so many, the odds are against these guys from the start.