On a night so bad for the Yankees, the only positive of the night was Jeter passing Cal Ripken Jr. on the all time hits list. Other than that milestone, this is a game the Yankees will love to forget about, and hopefully fast. Adam Warren made his much anticipated major league debut tonight. That is the first thing that he will forget quickly. He went 2.1 innings and got smacked around by the White Sox after being spotted an early 4-0 lead. Warren gave it all back and then some. Giardiasis needed length out of Warren tonight and the rookie failed to give him that. After the game, we learned that Warren is being sent down to AAA and that J Mitchell will be called up for tomorrow night's game in the case that Girardi needs a long reliever. After frying the bullpen tonight, they have no choice but to make the moves. They even called up David Phelps for tonight specifically for long relief in case Warren didn't get the job done. The Cory Wade mystery continues. He allowed six more runs tonight in 2.1 innings of work and forced Girardi to call on Dewayne Wise to get the final two outs of the ninth inning.
The offense did its job tonight. Anytime the Yankees offense goes out ad gives the pitcher a 4 runs lead in the first inning, that has to be taken advantage of. In Adam Warren's case, he did not do so. They ended up scoring seven runs in the blowout loss but positive signs are coming from the offense, which scored runs with men in scoring position. This game looks a lot worse given the nature of last night's ninth inning loss. The Yankees need to salvage the last two games of the series to earn a split. Their pitching isn't good enough to keep giving games to the other teams in the AL East.
In hopes of avoiding a three game losing streak, the Yankees will send out right-handed Hiroki Kuroda. The pitcher is coming off a brilliant performance against the Indians. He will pitch opposite Jake Peavy, who has had a career year thus far.