White Sox-Yankees Preview

The Chicago White Sox avoided a third straight shutout by

posting one of their own. They may like their chances of limiting

the New York Yankees again based on who they are sending out to the

mound.

Gavin Floyd has an excellent history against several of the

Yankees’ key hitters, and he’ll get the ball Tuesday night when

these teams continue a four-game set in the Bronx.

Chicago (9-14) won for just the second time in 12 games, 2-0 on

Monday behind Phil Humber. The oft-traveled Humber made his sixth

career start a successful one by taking a no-hitter into the

seventh inning before Alex Rodriguez singled for one of New York’s

three hits.

Chris Sale and Sergio Santos combined to record the final six

outs for the White Sox, whose relievers have posted a 2.35 ERA over

the last seven games after registering a 5.21 ERA over the first

16.

“We needed that,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “Our bullpen’s

been better over the past five or six days.”

Before the game, the White Sox were visited by general manager

Kenny Williams, who made the trip to reiterate his support for the

team and Guillen’s staff.

“All I can do is come to the clubhouse and give some hugs, some

support in that way,” Williams said. “The good thing is we have the

ability, we have the talent.”

The Yankees (12-7) may not find their task much easier against

Floyd (2-1, 4.00 ERA), who is 1-1 with a 3.29 ERA in four starts

against them. Perhaps more important, the Chicago right-hander has

fared well against numerous current New York hitters, including

Derek Jeter (3 for 14), Robinson Cano (1 for 13), Rodriguez (1 for

8), Mark Teixeira (1 for 6) and Nick Swisher (1 for 6).

Floyd was the last White Sox pitcher to win before Humber,

allowing two runs over six innings Thursday in a 9-2 victory at

Tampa Bay.

The series-opening loss marked both the second time this season

the powerful Yankees were shut out, and the second time they failed

to get an extra-base hit. New York leads the majors with 36 home

runs and a .486 slugging percentage.

Teixeira – born in Annapolis, Maryland like Floyd – was 0 for 3

on Monday after going 6 for 13 over the previous three games.

Cano also went 0 for 3 as his 13-game hitting streak ended. The

second baseman batted .345 with 12 RBIs during that run.

New York’s Ivan Nova (1-2, 7.63) may have good memories of

facing the White Sox entering his second start against them. The

right-hander earned his first major league victory Aug. 29, 2010,

by giving up one run over 5 2-3 innings in a 2-1 road win over

Chicago.

Nova has not started since April 15, when he yielded five runs

over 4 1-3 innings in a 5-3 home loss to Texas. He pitched in

relief last Tuesday and recorded only two outs before giving up the

winning run in a 6-5, 10-inning loss at Toronto.