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Yankees look for third straight win

Yankees look for third straight win

No matter how many home runs Alex Rodriguez hits -- although No. 500 could happen with just one more swing of the bat -- the Yankees' season is, at this point, about winning games. And they don't care how they do it.

As the Yankees flip the calendar to begin the month of August, there's really no wiggle room left. They had hovered around the .500 mark for too long a month ago, but brought themselves to eight games above it on the last day of July. In order to make a run at their postseason hopes, they can't feel good about anything now except wins.

After winning the series opener against the White Sox on Tuesday in a 16-3 blowout win, the Yankees will look to extend their win streak to three when they host Game 2 against Chicago at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday.

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Andy Pettitte will take the mound for New York, making his 23rd start of the season and his 21st career start against the White Sox.

Though he has been frustrated lately with his pitching, things may look up for Pettitte on Wednesday against a team he's seen plenty of in the past. The lefty is 10-8 with a 4.59 ERA facing them, and his numbers only improve while facing them at Yankee Stadium. In the Bronx, Pettitte is 7-1 with a 2.48 ERA over nine starts.

The White Sox will counter with rookie John Danks, who is coming off a no-decision on Thursday at home against Detroit. The 22-year-old lefty pitched a solid 6 2/3 innings, giving up three runs off six hits, striking out five and walking two. He now has just one loss in his past eight starts, and the White Sox are 5-1 in his last six.

Pitching matchup
NYY: LHP Andy Pettitte (6-7, 4.11 ERA)
Pettitte is coming off a 4-2 loss at Baltimore on Friday, in which he lasted seven innings. The left-hander allowed three runs on eight hits, but suffered from lack of run support to pick up his first loss since the first of the month.

CWS: LHP John Danks (6-7, 4.83 ERA)
Danks has had just one career start against the Yankees, a win on May 16 at U.S. Cellular Field. The rookie allowed two runs off seven hits over 6 1/3 innings in the game, striking out seven to match his career high. The victory was the second of his career, and the second of three consecutive wins that month.

Player to watch
Paul Konerko is batting .360 in 25 career at-bats against Pettitte, and is one of three on the White Sox roster to have one home run facing him. The first baseman went 2-for-3 in Tuesday night's game against the Yankees, including a double in the fourth inning.

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

On television
• YES

On radio
• WCBS, 92.7 WQBU (Español)

Up next
• Thursday: Yankees (Roger Clemens, 3-5, 3.92) vs. White Sox (Jon Garland, 8-7, 4.12), 1:05 p.m. ET
• Friday: Yankees (Chien-Ming Wang, 12-5, 3.61) vs. Royals (Leo Nunez, 1-0, 0.90), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Saturday: Yankees (Phil Hughes, 1-1, 3.38) vs. Royals (Gil Meche, 7-8, 3.70), 1:05 p.m. ET

Lauren Kobylarz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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