(SportsNetwork.com) - Refusing to go away without a fight, the New York Yankees continue to try and make a push towards the top of the American League East as they take on the Chicago White Sox in the second of a three-game set this afternoon.
Prior to the game the Yankees will honor former manager Joe Torre, presenting him with a plaque in Monument Park and retiring his No. 6 jersey to honor his 12 seasons piloting the club.
"He meant a lot to us as players and his leadership," said current manager Joe Girardi. "Enjoyed playing for him. Enjoyed working for him as his bench coach. And obviously learned a lot along the way."
Torre's Yankees didn't have to do a lot of chasing, but that's the position these Yankees find themselves in, as New York is now in second place in the AL East, eight games out of first after posting a second straight win on Friday, a 4-3 victory.
The Yankees needed some late-game heroics in order to pull out the win as Martin Prado singled to center to score Ichiro Suzuki with two outings in the bottom of the ninth.
"I can describe it as one of the biggest moments of my career," said Prado, who singled off Daniel Webb. "Just getting a win for the Yankees means a lot for anyone."
Prado finished with two hits and three RBI, while Jacoby Ellsbury pitched in with two hits and a walk. Derek Jeter, who was 1-for-5, now has 3,439 hits for his illustrious career, good for sixth place on baseball's all- time hits list.
Shane Greene started on the hill for the Yankees, giving up three runs on nine hits and a couple of walks, while striking out seven, over the course of five innings, but it was David Robertson who was rewarded with the victory. Robertson, who has won just two of six decisions this season, struck out a pair during the top of the ninth.
Webb was tagged with the loss after giving up the game-winning hit to Prado. The reliever surrendered two hits and walked two as he registered two outs in his fourth loss of the campaign. Chicago starter John Danks was charged with giving up three runs on six hits and three walks. Danks did strike out four in five innings as well.
"I'm still walking too many guys and giving up homers," Danks said. "That's what has gotten me in trouble in the past and continues to get me in trouble. It's frustrating, like I said, but it's part of it, and we'll do what we can to fix it."
The White Sox, losers of four in a row, are now fourth in the AL Central standings, 12 1/2 games out of first.
Chicago batters managed to produce 11 hits, two of those coming from Jose Abreu who launched his 33rd home run of the season, a three-run shot in the top of the first. Carlos Sanchez raised his batting average to .333 as he notched three hits in four at-bats.
Abreu, who is second in the majors in home runs, is tied with Boston's David Ortiz for the most RBI in baseball with 93.
Back in action after a short break, Scott Carroll seeks to win back-to-back outings for just the second time this season. The right-hander, who had 10 days between appearances earlier this month, is coming off a victory against Toronto on Sunday.
Against the Blue Jays, Carroll allowed five runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out two over 5 2/3 innings, yet that was still enough for him to pick up his fifth victory of 2014.
A rookie, Carroll threw two innings against the Yankees back on May 25, allowing one runs on one hit and a walk, while fanning two in a no-decision at home.
Scheduled to start for the Yankees today will be right-hander Hiroki Kuroda. The Japanese product, who has a career 2-2 record with a 3.43 ERA in six appearances versus Chicago, snapped a two-game slide last weekend when the Yankees captured a 4-2 victory at Tampa Bay.
In that contest Kuroda permitted two runs on four hits and a walk, but struck out only one over the course of 6 2/3 innings of work.