Series: Game 1 of 4

Chi White Sox leads 1-0 (as of 6/4)

Game 1: Monday, June 4
NY Yankees4Final
Chi White Sox6
Game 2: Tuesday, June 5
NY Yankees7Final
Chi White Sox3
Game 3: Wednesday, June 6
NY Yankees5Final
Chi White Sox1
Game 4: Thursday, June 7
NY Yankees10Final
Chi White Sox3

Yankees 4

(24-31, 12-18 away)

White Sox 6

(26-27, 13-11 home)

    7:05 PM ET, June 4, 2007

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    CWS 03020010 - 6 10 2

    W: J. Garland (4-3)

    L: M. DeSalvo (1-3)

    S: B. Jenks (16)

    Yankees-White Sox Preview


    The New York Yankees are recalling a pitcher from the minors to start Monday's series opener against the slumping Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

    However, instead of the one with 348 major league wins and seven Cy Young Awards, they'll start a pitcher with one career big league victory.

    Roger Clemens was scheduled to make his season debut for the Yankees (24-30) on Monday, but a fatigued right groin has caused him to be scratched for rookie Matt DeSalvo (1-2, 5.40 ERA).

    New York manager Joe Torre said the 44-year-old Clemens, who took a prorated share of a $28 million salary to try and lead the Yankees back into playoff contention, could pitch Saturday against Pittsburgh.

    "We're tentatively looking at possibly next weekend," Torre said. "The only thing I know is he's going to have an MRI (on Monday) and we'll have more information."

    On Sunday, New York defeated Boston 6-5 after Alex Rodriguez's major league-leading 20th home run in the top of the ninth broke a 5-all tie. The victory was the Yankees' third in four games following a five-game losing skid, but they are still 12 1/2 games behind the first-place Red Sox in the AL East.

    "It's important what we do after this," Rodriguez said. "We were in a situation where we needed to win this series against a good team. (Now) we've got to back it up."

    The Yankees were hoping to get a boost with Clemens on the mound, but DeSalvo -- he of four career starts -- will open this four-game series.

    The right-handed DeSalvo was sent back down to the minors after giving up three runs and five hits in 4 2-3 innings of a 7-2 loss to Toronto last Monday.

    He was saddled with his first major league loss against the White Sox (25-27) at U.S. Cellular Field on May 17, giving up four runs and six hits in just 3 1-3 innings of a 4-1 defeat.

    Chicago won two of three games over New York in mid-May, but has been struggling lately.

    The White Sox lost to Toronto 4-3 on Sunday to cap a 1-6 road trip, and have dropped 10 of their last 15 games overall.

    "I wanted (Clemens) to pitch," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen, who was ejected on Sunday, told the team's official Web Site. "At least people (would) forget how bad we are playing, at least for a day."

    The White Sox have scored just nine runs in their last four games, as first baseman Paul Konerko and right fielder Jermaine Dye are each hitless in their last three.

    Jon Garland (3-3, 3.91) hopes to put a rough first two months of the season behind him when he takes the hill.

    Garland has won 18 games each of the last two seasons, but the White Sox are just 3-7 when he's pitched this year.

    One of Garland's better starts this season, though, came against DeSalvo and the Yankees last month. He gave up one run and six hits in seven innings to earn the win.

    Since beating New York, the right-hander has allowed 10 runs in 12 1-3 inning over his last two starts. He is also coming off his worst outing of the season. After being spotted with a five-run lead on Wednesday, Garland gave up season highs of six runs and five walks in six innings of a 7-6 loss to Minnesota, although he did not get charged with the decision.

    Garland is 2-5 with a 3.42 ERA in seven career starts against the Yankees.

    Rodriguez went 2-for-11 against the White Sox earlier this season, but both of those hits came off Garland. The Yankees third baseman is batting .429 (12-for-28) with two homers and a double versus Garland lifetime.

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    Gameday Matchup

     New YorkChicago
    Current StreakW2L1
    Last 106-46-4

    Pitching Matchup

    New YorkChicago
    M. DeSalvo
    1-3, 6.18 ERA

    Last Game:
    7/21 at NYY
    4.2 IP, 4 ER
    Dec = ND
    J. Garland
    10-13, 4.23 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/26 at CWS
    9.0 IP, 0 ER
    Dec = Win

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.New YorkChicago
    1. J. Damon, DH J. Owens, LF
    2. D. Jeter, SS T. Iguchi, 2B
    3. B. Abreu, RF J. Thome, DH
    4. A. Rodriguez, 3B J. Dye, RF
    5. J. Posada, C A. Pierzynski, C
    6. H. Matsui, LF P. Konerko, 1B
    7. R. Cano, 2B R. Mackowiak, LF
    8. J. Phelps, 1B J. Uribe, SS
    9. M. Cabrera, CF J. Crede, 3B