White Sox Vs. Yankees: Battle Of First Place Teams Begins On Thursday

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 27: (L-R) Alex Rios #51, Eduardo Escobar #38, Jordan Danks #7, Alexei Ramirez #10 and Alejandro De Aza #30 of the Chicago White Sox celebrate a win against the Minnesota Twins on June 27, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The White Sox defeated the Twins 12-5. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

The Chicago White Sox wrapped up their second-consecutive series win on Wednesday afternoon against the Minnesota Twins, but they jump right into an important four-game set against the dangerous New York Yankees on Thursday.

The Chicago White Sox wrapped up their second-consecutive series win on Wednesday afternoon against the Minnesota Twins, but they jump right into an important four-game set against the dangerous New York Yankees on Thursday. Chicago (40-35) has rebuilt a 2.5 game lead in the AL Central, but the Yankees (46-28) lead the AL East by five games and are riding a five-game winning streak entering the series.

In game one, Dylan Axelrod (0-1, 4.85 ERA) makes the start for the Sox, while the Yankees counter with Ivan Nova (9-2, 4.25 ERA). After scoring 19 runs over three games against the Twins, the White Sox hitters are hoping to stay hot at Yankee Stadium.

Game 1 Date & Time: Thursday, June 28, 6:05 p.m. CT

TV: WGN

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage, head over to White Sox blog South Side Sox and Yankees blog Pinstripe Alley. And for more news and notes from around MLB, visit Baseball Nation and MLB Daily Dish.

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