American League Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, May 23rd (All times Eastern)
New York Yankees (24-22) at Chicago White Sox (24-25), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Hiroki Kuroda (3-3, 4.61) Chicago - Hector Noesi (0-4, 7.31)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago White Sox try to beat the New York Yankees for the eighth straight time in their ballpark on Friday when the two teams resume a four-game series at U.S. Cellular Field.
Chicago has defeated the Yankees seven straight times on the South Side and with another win on Friday, it would have its longest run against them at home since a nine-game tear that bridged the 1972 and '73 seasons.
The trend continued in Thursday's opener, as Chris Sale flirted with a no- hitter in his return from the disabled list and absolutely dominated the Yankees in a 3-2 win.
"He's been tough against us for a few years now and we know what he's capable of doing," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We weren't able to do much."
Sale retired the first 17 batters he faced coming off the disabled list and gave up just one hit in six innings. Sale (4-0) showed no rust coming back from a flexor muscle strain in his pitching arm, which forced the first DL stint of his career, and struck out 10 of the 19 batters he faced. Sale threw 54 of his 86 pitches for strikes.
He was perfect through 5 2/3 innings before Zoilo Almonte lined a single to center -- one of only two balls New York hit out of the infield against Sale, who knew he was on a pitch count and didn't think they'd let him throw more than 90.
"I knew I was out after the sixth," he said. "I just tried to be efficient -- first-pitch strikes and things like that."
The White Sox haven't lost to the Yankees at home since falling to them on Aug. 4, 2011.
Chicago may have a hard time extending its run against the Yanks on Friday, as it sends winless righty Hector Noesi to the hill. Noesi has not been impressive since joining Chicago and is coming off his worst outing as a member of the White Sox.
Pitching for his third team this season, Noesi was banged around by the Houston Astros on Saturday to the tune of six runs (5 earned) and eight hits in six innings, dropping him to 0-4 on the year to go along with a 7.31 ERA.
Noesi started his career with the Yankees, who dealt him to Seattle as part of the deal that landed them injured right-hander Michael Pineda.
New York, meanwhile, will counter with righty Hiroki Kuroda, who is 3-3 with a 4.61 ERA. Kuroda beat the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday, holding them to three runs and five hits in six innings.
Kuroda has faced the White Sox five times and is 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA.
The two teams split six meetings in 2013 as each team recorded home sweeps.
05/23 10:33:47 ET