Round one of the auditions to fill the two vacant rotation spots left by injured pitchers CC Sabathia (left groin) and Andy Pettitte (left fibula) did not produce favorable results for the Yankees on Friday night. Rookie Adam Warren couldn’t make it out of the third inning in his major league debut, as the Chicago White Sox outslugged the Yankees in a 14-7 win.
The 24-year-old right-hander was hit hard by the White Sox, allowing six runs on eight hits while walking two and only striking out one in 2 1/3 innings. A.J. Pierzynski and Paul Konerko each homered off of Warren, who might not get a chance to start for the Yankees again anytime soon.
The Yankees gave Warren plenty of cushion to begin the game, as Derek Jeter’s leadoff double was followed by Curtis Granderson’s team-leading 22nd homer of the season. The hit was the 3,185th of Jeter’s career, as he passed Cal Ripken Jr. for 13th all-time.
Andruw Jones added a two-run double later in the inning, giving the Yankees a 4-0 lead going into the second. That’s when things began to unravel for Warren and the Yankees.
David Phelps gave the Yankees 3 1/3 innings in relief, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out five. It looks like he may get the start over Warren the next time around.
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