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May 14, 2016 - 3:13 AM The ace of the Chicago White Sox helped them snap an uncharacteristic losing streak to open a series against the New York Yankees. Next, they turn to their other top starter looking to put together a familiar win streak.

Jose Quintana looks to again follow Chris Sale's lead when he tries to get Chicago started on another roll Saturday in the Bronx.

Chicago (24-12) won for just the third time in the last 13 matchups in this series with Friday's 7-1 victory. Sale threw a six-hitter to become the first pitcher in the majors to eight wins, and allowed his team to avoid a season high-tying third consecutive loss.

That sets up fellow left-hander Quintana (5-1, 1.38 ERA), the other half of the White Sox's dynamic 1-2 punch. He's won his last four starts with a 0.64 ERA, with 24 strikeouts in 28 innings during that stretch.

Quintana, the AL leader in ERA, made his 11th quality start in 12 outings Sunday, holding Minnesota to one run in seven innings of a 3-1 victory.

"I think I started a little slow, I missed a lot of pitches but I tried to get the outs," Quintana told MLB's official website. "It was more good after that. I feel better commanding."

Though Quintana is 2-1 in three career starts against the Yankees - all between 2012-13 - he's posted a 5.27 ERA. Brett Gardner is 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles in the matchup.

Quintana is expected to face one of his former teammates from the Yankees' minor league system in Gary Sanchez. The rookie catcher was called up for this series to be the designated hitter against Sale and Quintana. Sanchez went 0 for 4 with a strikeout against Sale on Friday.

Sent down after being beaten out for the backup catching job by Austin Romine after a poor spring training performance, Sanchez batted .288 with 11 doubles, five homers and 21 RBIs in 27 games at Triple-A, while also showing improvement behind the plate.

''We're pretty pleased with where he is at defensively,'' manager Joe Girardi said. ''We've see a lot of growth in him.''

Ivan Nova (1-1, 4.34) will start again for New York in place of the injured CC Sabathia. The right-hander made his first start Monday after six appearances out of the bullpen and pitched 4 2/3 innings of one-run ball in a 6-3 win over Kansas City.

Nova has gone 3-1 with a 2.54 ERA in six career starts against the White Sox, holding them to one run in six innings of a 12-3 victory in Chicago on Aug. 2.

However, Melky Cabrera (7 for 12) and Austin Jackson (8 for 17) have hit Nova well in their careers. Cabrera has two home runs and four RBIs in the matchup while Jackson has three doubles.