New York Yankees (57-53) at Chicago White Sox (40-69), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Andy Pettitte (7-8, 4.28)
Chicago - Jose Quintana (5-3, 3.62)
(Sports Network) - To play, or not to play, that is the question for New York
Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.
Rodriguez is expected to be activated off the disabled list in time for
Monday's opener of a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox at U.S.
Cellular Field. The slugger hasn't played this season because of offseason hip
surgery and a quadriceps strain, and just completed a rehabilitation
assignment at Double-A Trenton.
The drama surrounding Rodriguez's return has been marred by reports that he
will be suspended the rest of this season and all of 2014 due to his
involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. The allegations became a reality Monday
after the league disciplined Rodriguez and 12 other players for violating the
Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and the Basic Agreement.
A-Rod's suspension will become effective Thursday, Aug. 8. Rodriguez was
penalized for his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited PEDs,
attempting to cover-up his violations and obstructing MLB's investigation.
Rodriguez, who is slated to start against the White Sox, will reportedly be
able to take the field if he opts to appeal the suspension for being involved
with Biogenesis of America, a Miami-area based anti-aging clinic suspected of
distributing performance-enhancing substances.
Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli and minor league outfielder Fernando
Martinez were also suspended by MLB.
The Yankees could use A-Rod's power in a lineup that has seen better days.
They just dropped two of three contests at San Diego this weekend and suffered
a 6-3 setback Sunday afternoon. Phil Hughes struggled in his 2 2/3-inning
outing and allowed five runs and six hits to take the loss, New York's 11th in
the past 17 tries.
Austin Romine homered and both Curtis Granderson and Lyle Overbay added an RBI
for the Yankees, who are 4 1/2 games off a wild card spot and 2-3 on an eight-
game road trip.
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has missed the last two games because of a right
calf injury and could land on the DL again. Jeter has played just five games
this season and traveled with the club to Chicago.
"It's been terrible. It's been like a nightmare," Jeter told the club's
website Sunday. "The whole season has been a nightmare. I really don't know
what to tell you; I wish that wasn't the case and we were sitting here talking
about something besides another injury. We'll see what happens. I have no
Andy Pettitte taking the mound for the Yanks Monday night is certain and the
veteran left-hander is 0-2 in his last three appearances. Pettitte did not
receive a decision in Tuesday's 3-2 loss at Dodger Stadium, where he tossed
seven innings of two-run ball and remained 7-8 in 19 starts with a 4.28 earned
Pettitte is 4-4 in 10 road assignments this season and 11-9 with a 4.41 ERA in
24 career starts against the White Sox.
The White Sox are mired in a season-high 10-game losing streak and lost all
seven games on their recent road trip. They have been swept in three straight
series, including a three-game set against the Detroit Tigers this weekend.
Chicago tried to end its losing ways on Sunday, but sustained a 3-2 loss in 12
innings. Torii Hunter's RBI single in the bottom of the 12th won it for the
Tigers and handed the White Sox their first 10-game slide since June 11-20,
"We're just trying to get through and you just try to do the best you can at
the moments that you're in there playing," White Sox veteran Paul Konerko said
of his team's struggles. "There's not a lot of positives."
Konerko homered and Adam Dunn went 4-for-5 with a home run in defeat. Dylan
Axelrod was dealt the loss for his performance in the 12th inning and White
Sox starter Andre Rienzo allowed two runs in six innings.
Set to take the mound for Chicago in the opener of a 10-game homestand Monday
is lefty Jose Quintana. Quintana did not factor in the outcome of a 6-5 loss
at Cleveland on Wednesday and was reached for three runs in five innings. He
is 5-3 in 22 starts to go along with a 3.62 ERA and won his only career start
against the Yankees last June 29 in a 14-7 win in the Bronx. Quintana allowed
six runs in six innings in that one.
The Pale Hose last won on July 25 and are meeting the Yankees for the first
time since winning five of seven matchups a season ago. Chicago swept a three-
game set in this series at home last Aug. 20-22.