Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 5/16)

Game 1: Tuesday, May 15
NY YankeesPostponed
Chi White Sox
Game 1: Wednesday, May 16
NY Yankees3Final
Chi White Sox5
Game 2: Wednesday, May 16
NY Yankees8Final
Chi White Sox1
Game 3: Thursday, May 17
NY Yankees1Final
Chi White Sox4

Yankees 8

(18-20, 8-11 away)

White Sox 1

(19-17, 8-9 home)

    8:11 PM ET, May 16, 2007

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    NYY 002000204 8 9 0
    CWS 000001000 1 7 1

    W: C. Wang (2-3)

    L: J. Contreras (3-4)

    Yankees-White Sox Preview


    The New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox have been forced to wait one more day before having a chance to get their sputtering offenses back on track.

    Following a rainout, the Yankees and White Sox open their three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field with a day-night doubleheader on Wednesday.

    Tuesday's opener was called because of rain about an hour and 40 minutes after the scheduled first pitch.

    With each team having an off day on Monday, neither has played since scoring one run in Sunday losses.

    New York (17-19) lost to Seattle 2-1, its third defeat in the last four games, with three total runs scored in the losses.

    "If our offense had shown up at anytime in this series, things might have been different," center fielder Johnny Damon said.

    While Derek Jeter (.375) and Jorge Posada (.365) are the top hitters in the AL, several Yankees are struggling to find their stroke lately. Bobby Abreu has two hits in his last 22 at-bats, Robinson Cano is 9-for-63 and Alex Rodriguez, the major league leader with 15 homers and 39 RBIs, is 2-for-17.

    Chicago (18-16) lost 11-1 to Kansas City on Sunday, and has scored three runs or fewer in three of its last four games.

    The White Sox are last in the AL in runs (131), batting average (.220) and on-base percentage (.299), as the heart of their lineup has struggled.

    Paul Konerko is batting just .194, with Jermaine Dye (.203), Joe Crede (.205) and Tadahito Iguchi (.210) not faring much better.

    "We have to start hitting," said catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who at .239 was put in the No. 3 hole Tuesday night. "If we don't, it's going to be a long year because the pitching, as good as it has been, it can't keep doing this."

    Chicago rookie John Danks (1-4, 4.33 ERA) is set to face Mike Mussina (2-1, 4.76) in Wednesday's first game.

    Danks recorded his first major league victory last Wednesday in a 6-3 win at Minnesota, giving up no hits until the fifth and allowing one run and three hits in 6 2-3 innings.

    "This kid's been great. This kid should have a couple of more wins," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I love the way he's handling himself on the mound."

    The 22-year-old left-hander has never faced the Yankees.

    Mussina has won his last two outings after missing nearly a month with a strained left hamstring. The veteran right-hander limited Texas to two runs and three hits over six innings last Wednesday in a 6-2 victory.

    Mussina is 15-15 with a 4.63 ERA in 34 career starts against Chicago.

    In the nightcap, Jose Contreras (3-3, 3.79) looks to build off of his best start of the season when he starts for the White Sox.

    Contreras pitched a five-hitter in Chicago's 3-0 win over the Twins on Thursday, his second career shutout. He's trimmed his ERA considerably since allowing eight runs in the season opener, going 3-2 with a 2.29 ERA in his last six starts.

    Contreras began his major league career with the Yankees in 2003, and allowed four runs and seven hits in seven innings of a 6-5 loss to them last July 14. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 2.05 ERA in three career starts against his former team.

    New York counters with Chien-Ming Wang (1-3, 5.40), who tries to rebound from his worst outing of the season. The right-hander allowed season highs of seven runs and 11 hits in 6 1-3 innings of a 14-2 loss to the Texas Rangers on Thursday.

    In his only career start against the White Sox last Aug. 8, Wang gave up four runs and seven hits in five innings of a 6-5, 11-inning defeat.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Gameday Matchup

     New YorkChicago
    Current StreakW2L1
    Last 106-46-4

    Pitching Matchup

    New YorkChicago
    C. Wang
    19-7, 3.70 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/26 at TB
    6.0 IP, 2 ER
    Dec = Win
    J. Contreras
    10-17, 5.57 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/30 at CWS
    6.1 IP, 5 ER
    Dec = Loss

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.New YorkChicago
    1. B. Abreu, RF D. Erstad, CF
    2. D. Jeter, SS P. Ozuna, 2B
    3. J. Giambi, DH J. Dye, DH
    4. A. Rodriguez, 3B P. Konerko, 1B
    5. H. Matsui, LF R. Mackowiak, RF
    6. R. Cano, 2B J. Crede, 3B
    7. M. Cabrera, CF R. Sweeney, LF
    8. D. Mientkiewicz, 1B J. Uribe, SS
    9. W. Nieves, C G. Molina, C