Game 74: Scuffling Yankees Head to South Side

Losers of eight out of their last 10, the Yankees take their show on the road to Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago to face the White Sox.

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The South Siders come into the series 7½ games out of first place in the American League Central. They also come in losers of the last three games. The series opener features a matchup of left-handed pictures: Jordan Montgomery for the Yanks and David Holmberg for the White Sox.

Montgomery has been incredible in the month of June. He is 3-0 in four starts with a 2.96 ERA through 24⅓ innings. He battled through 5⅔ innings June 21 against the Angels, allowing two runs on five hits in a game the Yankees won 8 to 4.

Holmberg has bounced around since his debut in 2013. He pitched for Arizona that year, Cincinatti in 2014 and 2015, but was stuck in the White Sox minor league system in 2016. The lefty has pitched well thus far, allowing no more than three earned runs in an outing. As a starter, he is 1-1 with a 3.98 ERA.

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The Yankees welcome Jacoby Ellsbury back to the starting lineup, as he bats sixth and patrols center field. Starlin Castro, batting second, is good to go after getting a cortisone shot in a wrist that had been nagging him for weeks. Gary Sánchez is the designated hitter with Matt Holliday still having allergy problems. Didi Gregorius gets the night off against the lefty; he started seven straight games. Ronald Torreyes starts again, this time at shortstop. Austin Romine, who is evolving into Montgomery’s personal catcher, is behind the plate tonight.

Starting Lineups

New York Yankees
  1. Brett Gardner – LF
  2. Starlin Castro – 2B
  3. Aaron Judge – RF
  4. Gary Sánchez – DH
  5. Tyler Austin – 1B
  6. Jacoby Ellsbury – CF
  7. Chase Headley – 3B
  8. Austin Romine – C
  9. Ronald Torreyes – SS
Chicago White Sox
  1. Tim Anderson – SS
  2. Melky Cabrera – LF
  3. José Abreu – DH
  4. Avisaíl García – RF
  5. Todd Frazier – 3B
  6. Matt Davidson – 1B
  7. Yolmer Sánchez – 2B
  8. Kevan Smith – C
  9. Adam Engel – CF

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