The Yankees have traditionally hit Tuesday's White Sox starter Mark Buehrle very well, and if they want to make the American League East a race, a win against the Sox ace would be a good start. The Chicago left-hander, who thrives on pinpoint control and his offspeed and breaking stuff, is 1-4 with a 6.42 ERA lifetime against the Yankees. Last season, he faced them once, giving up seven earned runs in three-plus innings July 15 at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees are hitting .268 against left-handers, with Jorge Posada's .411 average (23-for-56) and three home runs leading the team. Robinson Cano (.288) has 10 RBIs, Derek Jeter has 15 hits and a .333 average and Alex Rodriguez (.241) has three homers and seven RBIs.
Buehrle could use the win, as he's been stuck on 99 career wins for six starts. He hasn't won since beating Kansas City on April 23.
The Yankees need to sustain a better start than they did Monday. After getting out to a 1-0 lead, they fell behind 6-1 before three runs in the ninth made it a respectable 6-4 final. After winning two of three against Boston, and three of four overall, the Yankees need some kind of momentum.
"We can't make it a habit of falling behind and trying to score four, five runs off the other team's closer -- that's pretty tough to do," Jeter said.
"We've got to make up ground," designated hitter Johnny Damon said of the club's last-place standing in the AL East. "That's what's very important for us, making up ground and keep on making up ground."
NYY: RHP Tyler Clippard (2-1, 4.20 ERA)
Clippard has been good in small doses so far, winning two of his three starts, but only compiling 15 innings. He's given up three runs in each of his last two starts. In his last outing, a 10-5 win over Toronto, he was less than stellar, walking five and giving up a pair of homers.
Buehrle has struggled against the Yankees throughout his career, with a 1-4 mark and a 6.42 ERA. Last year, in his only start against the Bombers, he gave up seven runs in three innings, earning the loss. He has gone 0-2 with a 4.31 ERA in six starts since earning his 99th career win. Player to watch
Posada is hitting .411 against lefties, with three home runs and nine RBIs. Posada entered Monday's game leading the AL with a .363 average, which dropped to .360 after a 1-for-4 night. On the Internet
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Wednesday: Yankees (Chien-Ming Wang, 4-4, 4.19) at White Sox (Javier Vazquez, 3-3, 3.95), 7:11 p.m. CT
Thursday: Yankees (Mike Mussina, 2-3, 6.25) at White Sox (Jose Contreras, 4-5, 4.29), 7:11 p.m. CT
Friday: Yankees (Andy Pettitte, 3-4, 2.96) vs. Pittsburgh (Tom Gorzelanny, 6-3, 2.53), 7:05 p.m. ET
Jon Greenberg is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.