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Friday, June 29, 2012
W2W4: White Sox at Yankees (June 29)


Adam Warren Stats to Watch
Adam Warren makes his major-league debut tonight, replacing the injured CC Sabathia. The last player to make his MLB debut in a start for the Yankees was Ian Kennedy on September 1, 2007. The gap of four seasons (2008-2011) without this happening is the longest since a six-season gap from 1925-1930.

Kennedy held the Rays to one earned run (three total) in seven innings, the third straight Yankee to make his MLB debut in a start and allow one earned run in six-or-more innings. Can Warren keep the streak alive?

Warren got the call despite having his worst season statistically in the minors. His 3.86 ERA and 1.50 WHIP this year at Scranton are both his highest in a single season. He’s been pitching well recently, however, with three scoreless outings over his last five starts.

Warren has had problems with the longball since progressing to Triple-A. After giving up four combined homers in 135⅓ innings at Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton in 2010, he allowed 13 in 152⅓ innings last year at Triple-A and nine in 86⅓ innings this year in Scranton.

Jose Quintana Stats to Watch
A year ago, Jose Quintana was having a stellar year for the Tampa Yankees, where he finished with a 10-2 record and 2.91 ERA in 30 appearances. The Yankees let him walk as a free agent this winter. He signed with the White Sox and hasn’t missed a beat with a 1.25 ERA in eight appearances (6 starts) for the big-league club.

Quintana hasn’t allowed more than two runs in any start, becoming the first White Sox pitcher to allow two runs or fewer in each of his first six career starts since Cisco Carlos, who did so in his first eight career starts from 1967-68.

He has issued just four walks in 37 innings as a starter, and three of those free passes came in his first start. He hasn’t walked a batter in his last three starts over 21⅓ innings.

Quintana has been dominant in his last two starts, throwing eight scoreless innings in each outing. He has allowed just one hit in 18 at-bats ending in a slider during this stretch, and has gotten opponents to chase more than half of the 24 sliders he threw out of the strike zone.

Cano’s Bloom in June
Robinson Cano is having a ridiculous June with 10 homers and a .341 batting average this month. The only Yankees to hit at least .340 with 10-or-more homers in June are Lou Gehrig (6 times), Babe Ruth (3 times), Joe DiMaggio (1941), Mickey Mantle (1957) and Jason Giambi (2003).

In the first two months, Cano struggled to get good wood on pitches located in the upper third of the zone or above, slugging .378 with no homers. But in June, he has a 1.313 slugging percentage in 16 at-bats ending in high pitches, and four of his seven hits have gone over the fence.