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Game #108 -- Chicago White Sox at New York Yankees

Chicago White Sox

Jerry Owens,  CF
Alex Cintron,  3B
Jim Thome,  DH
Paul Konerko,  1B
A.J. Pierzynski,  C
Jermaine Dye,  RF
Darin Erstad,  LF    
Juan Uribe,  SS
Danny Richar,  2B

Jon Garland,  RHP  (6-7,  4.83)

New York Yankees

Johnny Damon,  DH
Melky Cabrera,  CF
Bobby Abreu,  RF
Alex Rodriguez,  3B
Hideki Matsui,  LF
Jorge Posada,  C
Robinson Cano,  2B
Wilson Betemit,  SS
Andy Phillips,  1B

Roger Clemens,  RHP  (6-7,  4.11)

Believe it or not, there are just two Yankee starters that have not gone yard in the first two games of this series:  Andy Phillips and Alex Rodriguez.  

Nothing wrong with Jeter today, just getting a day off to rest some minor aches and pains.  Wilson Betemit will make his Yankee debut at SS.

Clemens has had great numbers against the ChiSox throughout his career (20-11, 3.07 in 39 starts).  Garland has pitched well against the Yanks (3-5, 3.07 in 8 starts), but hasn't been the beneficiary of much run support.

For those of us feeling giddy about catching lighting in a bottle with Shelley Duncan, I find it a bit ironic that on this day in 1990, Yankee rookie Kevin Maas hit his 10th home run of the season in just his 77th AB -- the fastest any player had ever reached that mark.

On a sad note, it was on this day in 1979 when Yankee Captain Thurman Munson was killed in a plane crash in Canton, Ohio.  A crowd of 51,151 would attend the memorial tribute at Yankee Stadium the next day.  

I stumbled upon this image of a NY Times article (dated 8/06/79) which details Munson's funeral service.  It is somewhat distorted and not exactly ideal for reading, but worth it if your eyes can handle the abuse.

The featured graphic for today's game is the current road jersey logo of the Chicago White Sox.