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DeSalvo slides into Rocket's start

DeSalvo slides into Rocket's start

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Just three days after being optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, right-hander Matt DeSalvo will rejoin the team Monday to take the place of Roger Clemens in the rotation.

The White Sox counter with Jon Garland, who beat DeSalvo and the Yankees, 4-1, at U.S. Cellular Field back on May 17 in the finale of the three-game series.

The Yankees could use a good start from DeSalvo after the injury bug took another bite out of the roster over the weekend. First baseman Doug Mientkiewicz was lost for at least six weeks with a fractured right wrist. Mientkiewicz was knocked out of the game Saturday when Boston's Mike Lowell's left leg collided with the back of Mientkiewicz's head, and starter Andy Pettitte suffered back spasms during his start Sunday night.

New York showed signs of getting into some sort of rhythm with an emotional win Sunday night in Boston, winning 6-5 when Alex Rodriguez homered off Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon while Mariano Rivera closed out the ninth for his fifth save.

The Yankees are currently 3-3 on their three-city, 10-game road trip through Toronto, Boston and Chicago.

Yankee skipper Joe Torre enters this series just three wins shy of becoming the 10th manager in MLB history to reach the 2,000-win plateau.

Pitching matchup
NYY: RHP Matt DeSalvo (1-2, 5.40 ERA)
DeSalvo will try to put an extra day of rest to use after being called up to take the place of Clemens in the rotation. In his last start on May 28 in Toronto, DeSalvo lasted just 4 2/3 innings, allowing five hits and three runs. His biggest problem has been control, or lack thereof. He has walked 15 and struck out just six in 21 2/3 innings this season.

CHW: RHP Jon Garland (3-3, 3.91 ERA)
Garland will try to bounce back from arguably his worst outing of the season. Garland was given a 6-1 lead at the Metrodome on Wednesday afternoon, but he gave it all back by walking a season-high five batters and giving up five hits. The White Sox lost the game, falling to 3-7 in Garland starts during the 2007 campaign. Garland has a 1-5 record with a 3.79 ERA lifetime against the Yankees.

Player to watch
With Johnny Damon primarily a designated hitter and Mientkiewicz out up to eight weeks with a broken right wrist, Melky Cabrera is getting more time in center field. He has posted three multi-hit games in his last four, matching a career high with three hits in Saturday's loss.

On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• YES/ESPN

On radio
• WCBS-880 AM, WQBU-FM 92.7 FM (Español)

Up next
• Tuesday: Yankees (Tyler Clippard, 2-1, 4.20) at White Sox (Mark Buehrle (2-2, 3.66), 8:05 p.m. ET
• Wednesday: Yankees (Chien-Ming Wang, 4-4, 4.19) at White Sox (Javier Vazquez, 3-3, 3.95), 8:05 p.m. ET
• Thursday: Yankees (Mike Mussina, 2-3, 6.25) at White Sox (Jose Contreras, 4-5, 4.29), 8:05 p.m. ET

Mike Petraglia is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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