CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox return home from a long road trip Thursday night, better on the pitching side from when they last played at home, but with far less offensive firepower.
Chris Sale will return from the disabled list Thursday to start the opener of a four-game series against the New York Yankees. The left-hander had been on the DL since he came away with a sore arm after a 127-pitch outing against the Boston Red Sox on May 17.
There is no Jose Abreu, though, as the first baseman is on the DL with ankle tendonitis. Abreu still leads baseball with 15 home runs despite not playing since Saturday at Houston
The White Sox have been plagued with injuries all season and will never get to see their full potential since Avisail Garcia is out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery.
There is some good news on the offensive side as Adam Eaton is now back atop the lineup. He did not play in the last homestand as he was recovering from a strained hamstring.
The series will mark Derek Jeter's final visit to U.S. Cellular Field. The veteran of 20 major league seasons, who will retire after this season, has played in 68 career games at the White Sox's home ballpark, batting .291 with seven home runs and 25 RBIs.
HEAD TO HEAD
Paul Konerko is 2-for-2 against Yankees starter David Phelps, but the remaining White Sox players who have faced the right-hander are 0-for-9. ... Alejandro De Aza is 6-for-11 (.545) with a double and a home run against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda. ... No White Sox batters have faced Yankees starters Vidal Nuno or Masahiro Tanaka. ... Of all the players on the Yankees' roster, Sale has faced Ichiro Suzuki the most, and he has held the left-handed hitter to two hits in 11 at-bats (.182). Brett Gardner doesn't have a hit against Sale in seven at-bats and has struck out four times. ... Current Yankees players are just 5-for-23 (.217) against Hector Noesi, who was a former Yankees prospect. ... Jeter is 6-for-17 (.353) with two doubles and two walks against John Danks.
Thursday's game opens the longest homestand of the season, a 10-game affair over 11 days against the Yankees, Cleveland Indians and the San Diego Padres. ... The White Sox have won six consecutive home games against the Yankees, their longest such streak since winning seven consecutive between the 1989 and 1990 seasons. ... White Sox pitchers had a 3.83 ERA against the Yankees last season, but the offense was outscored 29-27. ... Adam Dunn needs two home runs to tie Jeff Bagwell and Vladimir Guerrero for 36th all-time at 449. ... Konerko needs two home runs to tie Andre Dawson and Jason Giambi for 41st all-time at 438. ... Despite giving up four earned runs Tuesday at Kansas City, the White Sox's bullpen still has a 1.74 ERA (4 ER, 20 2/3 IP) over the past seven games. ... The White Sox are 6-0 in starts made by Andre Rienzo, who is expected to pitch in the series. ... The White Sox are one of the most productive teams with runners in scoring position, posting a .279 batting average in those situations.
Thursday: White Sox LH Chris Sale (3-0, 2.30 ERA) vs. Yankees RH David Phelps (1-0, 3.33), 7:10 p.m.
Friday: White Sox RH Hector Noesi (0-3, 5.32) vs. Yankees RH Hiroki Kuroda (3-3, 4.61), 7:10 p.m.
Saturday: White Sox LH John Danks (3-4, 5.64) vs. Yankees LH Vidal Nuno (1-1, 5.82), 1:10 p.m.
Sunday: White Sox RH Andre Rienzo (4-0, 4.00) vs. Yankees RH Masahiro Tanaka (6-1, 2.39), 1:10 p.m.