Jon Garland certainly hasn't pitched poorly in his home starts against the New York Yankees, but he doesn't have anything to show for it.
The Chicago White Sox right-hander will look to beat the Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field for the first time Thursday when the teams complete a three-game series.Garland (2-2, 3.44 ERA) is 0-4 with a 4.67 ERA in four home starts against New York, but his ERA only went over four after he was tagged for six runs and 10 hits over six innings in a 7-6 loss on Aug. 9. He pitched seven innings and allowed three runs or less in the other three outings, but the White Sox scored a total of only four runs in those games.Chicago (19-17) has gotten very consistent work this year from Garland, who has pitched at least seven innings in six straight starts. He's bounced back from a winless April to win his first two outings this month by posting a 2.35 ERA.The Yankees (18-20) have several hitters who have enjoyed success against Garland, including Alex Rodriguez (.385) and Johnny Damon (.444).Rodriguez, however, went 0-for-8 with a walk as the teams split a doubleheader Wednesday. After a hot start to his season, the Yankees third baseman is 2-for-25 (.080) with no RBIs in his last seven games.He's hitting only .255 lifetime at U.S. Cellular Field, his third-worst average at any current American League park.Chicago won the opener 5-3 as slumping Paul Konerko homered and A.J. Pierzynski also connected to snap a sixth-inning tie.New York responded with only its second victory in six games with an 8-1 victory in the nightcap. Chien-Ming Wang allowed one run and six hits over seven sharp innings to outpitch former Yankee Jose Contreras, who was chased by Derek Jeter's RBI triple in the seventh inning."Wang did what he usually does. We swung the bats a little better," Jeter said. "We've just been scuffling. We needed one of these games, but we need it to continue."Jeter went 1-for-4 in each game, but it was enough to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. The shortstop is batting .475 (19-for-40) in that span.Chicago, which remains the worst-hitting team in baseball at .221, has still won seven of its last 10 games and can capture a fourth straight series with a victory Thursday.Despite his homer in the first game, Konerko went 1-for-7 in the doubleheader and saw his average dip to .191. He's hitting .150 (9-for-60) at home this year.New York rookie Matt DeSalvo (1-0, 1.98) makes his third career start after pitching well in his first two -- both against Seattle. He earned his first victory by allowing two runs and seven hits over 6 2-3 innings in a 7-2 win at Seattle on Saturday."It's almost like I'm going out trying to impress these guys, to show that I belong in this locker room," DeSalvo said.The 26-year-old right-hander went 1-0 with a 1.05 ERA in five starts at Triple-A Scranton this year after struggling in the minor leagues last year, posting a 7.68 ERA at Triple-A Columbus and a 5.77 ERA at Double-A Trenton.