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KC@CWS: Sale strikes out seven over nine innings

The White Sox and Yankees combined for nine runs Monday night. Chris Sale and Hiroki Kuroda have given up just 10 runs combined since June 22.

Sale and Kuroda will take the mound for Chicago and New York, respectively, on Tuesday night, meaning runs could be at a premium.

Sale has been one of the game's best pitchers despite having the lowest run support margin in the Major Leagues. The All-Star left-hander has a 2.92 ERA and 155 strikeouts, but the White Sox have averaged just 2.55 runs in games he's started, leaving him with a 6-11 record.

Sale will attempt to rebound against the Yankees after posting one of his worst starts Thursday, when he gave up five runs over five innings in a loss to the Indians.

"I'm not going to sit here and make excuses. I got my [rear end] kicked," Sale said after the game. "I wouldn't say that was my best stuff I featured, but you've still got to go out there and find a way and unfortunately I couldn't."

Kuroda hasn't gotten much run support either, but that didn't stop him from having a nearly unblemished month of July. The right-hander went 3-0 with an 0.55 ERA last month, allowing just two runs 33 innings over five starts.

The right-hander led the Yankees to a win on Wednesday in his last time out, throwing seven scoreless frames against the Dodgers while allowing just five hits.

"He was brilliant again," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after the game. "You think of his starts that he's had since the break, he's been really good for us."

Sale will be facing an offense that will be without a key piece. The Yankees placed shortstop Derek Jeter on the disabled list Monday for the third time this season with a right leg injury.

"It's been terrible. It's been like a nightmare," Jeter said Sunday of facing yet another injury. "The whole season has been a nightmare."

Kuroda is 2-1 with a 2.53 ERA in his career against the White Sox. Sale has been even better against the Yankees, going 1-1 with an 0.82 ERA.

Yankees: A-Rod makes 2013 debut
• The Yankees used their ninth starting third baseman of the season on Monday, and it was the guy they would have liked to have starting there all along.

Third baseman Alex Rodriguez made his long-awaited season debut, going 1-for-4 at the plate with a single, two flyouts and a strikeout.

Major League Baseball announced on Monday that Rodriguez would be suspended for the remainder of this season and all of 2014 for his connection to Biogenesis, but Rodriguez will be able to play for the Yankees as he appeals the suspension.

"I am so excited to have an opportunity to wear this uniform and help this team win," Rodriguez said. "There's a lot of baseball to be played for us this year and I hope that for one moment with this appeal process, we have the opportunity to talk about the greatest game in the world."

White Sox: Viciedo day to day
• In the first inning against the Yankees on Monday, Dayan Viciedo missed on a diving attempt to catch Robinson Cano's line drive to left field, but was able to recover, make the throw to second to beat the runner and record the final out of the inning.

But when his spot in the batting order came around in the bottom of the first, Alejandro De Aza had replaced him.

Viciedo was diagnosed with a jammed left thumb and X-rays on the injury came back negative, but it's possible he won't be able to play on Tuesday.

He's batting .250 with nine home runs and 32 RBIs this season.

Worth noting
• The White Sox snapped a 10-game losing streak with their win over the Yankees. It had been their longest losing streak since the 1976 season.

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