Cessa, Shields close Yanks-White Sox series

White Sox right-hander James Shields (1-1, 4.26 ERA) will look for his first victory since coming off his first career stint on the disabled list as he takes the hill against Luis Cessa (0-2, 6.57) and the Yankees in the finale of a four-game set at Guaranteed Rate Field on Thursday night.

Shields will be making his third start, and second at home, since missing two months while dealing with a strained right lat. After giving up one run in each of his first three outings before the injury (for a 1.62 ERA), he’s Personalized Redskins Jersey allowed nine runs over two starts since coming back. He pitched well in his return in Toronto before a big sixth inning proved costly, and his 2016 struggles returned in his last outing against Oakland. Shields, who allowed the most homers in the Majors last year with 40, allowed multiple home runs in a start for the first time this season against the A’s — each coming as the first career homer for the hitter.Men’s Nike Personalized Washington Redskins Elite Red Team Color Jersey for Sale.

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Cessa will be making his third start and fourth appearance overall for the Yankees this season after 17 appearances (nine starts) as a rookie last year. He’s gone further in each outing, going 3 1/3 innings out of the bullpen before going four and five innings, respectively, in two starts. He’s coming off his best big league outing of the year, going five innings Personalized Titans Jersey and allowing three runs while striking out eight before picking up the loss against Texas.

Shields has faced the Yankees 32 times in his career — five more than his second most-frequent opponent (Baltimore and Boston), posting a 4.12 ERA. His 11 wins against them are his Personalized Buccaneers Jersey most against any non-Toronto opponent, though he has more losses Custom Redskins Jersey (16) against the Yankees than any other opponent. Cessa has faced the White Sox once, allowing three runs (two earned) over two innings of relief.

The Yankees have won four of the six meetings with the White Sox this season, including Wednesday night’s 12-3 rout.

Three things to know about the game
• Every pitcher is struggling when Aaron Judge steps into the batter’s box. The Yankees slugger has been impossible to keep off the bases, hitting his MLB-best 27th homer Wednesday night to extend his on-base streak to 30 games.
Men’s Nike Custom Made Tennessee Titans Elite Light Blue Team Color NFL Jersey Sale That’s the longest on-base streak for a Yankee since Derek Jeter’s 34-game stretch to end the 2012 season.

• The Yankees will be without a cog in the middle of the order after they placed Matt Holliday on the 10-day DL with a viral infection. It’ll be a key loss especially late in games, as according to Statcast he has an average exit velocity of 99.4 mph between the seventh and ninth innings with a runner on — the highest average in the big leagues. Holliday also has a .544 slugging percentage between the seventh and ninth innings this season. Holliday is the latest in a string of losses for New York, who is also without Aaron Hicks and Starlin Castro due to recent injuries.

“Well it’s not the best idea,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “I can tell you that. I could think of different things to do. But you have to make
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• While the White Sox may not be looking for a repeat of Jose Quintana’s gem from Tuesday, they are seeking quality from Shields. Chicago has just 27 quality starts, the lowest mark in the American League.

Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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