CHICAGO -- A roller-coaster season has hit an upswing once again for the Chicago White Sox.
After an 8-2 win Monday against the New York Yankees, the White Sox (43-40) have won three games in a row and 10 of the past 14. They have a chance to secure their fifth consecutive series win Tuesday night with a victory against the Yankees (40-42).
White Sox manager Robin Ventura described his team as resilient after battling through a 10-26 stretch.
"They have been through a mess," said Ventura, whose team has hit 23 home runs in the past 13 games. "I think they have turned it around to the point now where we're playing pretty good baseball and beating some pretty good teams, as well, as far as winning series and continuing to build some stepping stones to make you feel a little bit better about where you're headed."
Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (5-2, 3.35 ERA) will start on an extra day's rest against Chicago. Tanaka is 16-7 with a 2.84 ERA in his career when he pitches on five days' rest.
Against the White Sox, Tanaka is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA in two career starts. He surrendered four runs on eight hits in five innings on May 15 when the White Sox visited Yankee Stadium.
Tanaka has won his past two decisions and struck out seven hitters in each of his past two outings. The 27-year-old Japanese pitcher has logged least six innings in eight consecutive starts.
White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon (2-6, 4.24 ERA) will oppose the Yankees for the first time this season. The 23-year-old faced the Yankees twice as a rookie in 2015. He was shellacked for eight runs in three innings in his first appearance, but he limited New York to two runs in six innings in his second start. Combined, he is 1-1 with a 10.00 ERA against the Yankees.
Rodon is seeking his first victory in seven starts since May 22. He gave up four runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Minnesota Twins his last time out but escaped with a no decision.
As the White Sox have surged as of late, the Yankees have struggled. New York has lost three of its past four games and six of the past nine.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he needed a better effort from his starting pitchers.
"You put together streaks with your rotation," Girardi said. "They have been struggling in the last nine games. We need to turn it around."
On defense, Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorious will try to bounce back from his worst performance in the majors. Gregorious committed a career-high three errors Sunday. Before that, he never had committed more than one error in 423 career games.
"It looked like some balls came up on him," Girardi said. "I thought one came up on their shortstop, and he was able to recover. It was just unusual to see that from Didi. I'm not too worried about that."
Jose Abreu and Brett Lawrie each carry seven-game hitting streaks into Tuesday's game.
Brian McCann is riding a six-game hitting streak for the Yankees. He has hit .318 (7-for-22) during that stretch.