MINNEAPOLIS -- Thursday will mark White Sox right-hander Dylan Axelrod's sixth career start, but more importantly, his first appearance at Yankee Stadium.
It will be the second outing for the 26-year-old since he was called up from Triple-A to fill in for the injured Philip Humber. But because of the setting, this one might brings a different kind of anticipation.
"It's just excitement," said Axelrod, who is 0-1 with a 5.58 ERA in two starts. "It's one of the biggest stages you can be on. Just thinking about it, it's a great stadium. Great tradition. But between the lines, it's the same dimensions, same field. So I'm not nervous in any way. I'm just really excited to have the opportunity to pitch there."
He's focused on keeping an even-keeled approach as he prepares for his first game in one of baseball's most historic facilities.
"I'm not building it up," Axelrod said. "It's just more of a gratifying thing to be able to pitch in that stadium. It doesn't get much better than that."