Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (10-4, 3.53).
WHITE SOX (53-51)
Pitching: LHP John Danks (8-7, 3.89).
TIME/TV: 4:05, FOX.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees have lost the first two games of the series. They have dropped three of their last four and four of their last seven. They start the day leading Boston by 1.5 games in the American League East.
WELCOME TO THE CLUB: INF/OF Jerry Hairston joins the team today. The corresponding move will be announced shortly.
BIG ONE FOR BURNETT: A.J. Burnett is 5-0 with a 3.65 ERA in nine starts after a Yankees loss this season.
GOOD STREAK FOR A.J.: Burnett is 8-2, 2.08 in his last 11 starts. Opponents have hit .209 against him in that stretch. … He is 2-2 with a 2.78 ERA in five career starts against the White Sox.
SWISH SMASH: Nick Swisher is 7 of 22 with four RBI and five extra-base hits in his last six games.
TEX DRIVES THEM IN: Mark Teixeira has eight RBI in the last 10 games.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES: The Yankees are 10 of 47 with runners in scoring position (.213) on the road trip.
ON THE iPOD RIGHT NOW: Six in the Morning by D12.
Back with more later.
UPDATE, 12:32 p.m.: A few more tibits for you …
HINSKE WITH YOUR BEST SHOT: Eric Hinske has had 21 at-bats with the Yankees. They have produced five home runs and seven RBI.
MATSUI MASHES: Godzilla is 7 of 19 on the trip.
POSADA PLUNGES: Jorge Posada is 3 fo 19 on the trip.
MELANCON ON THE RISE: In his last two outings, the rookie right-hander has thrown 3.2 scoreless innings and struck out four.
ACE? NOT SO MUCH: Alfredo Aceves has allowed six runs on six hits in his last two innings. His last six outings: 8.1 innings, 11 hits, 10 earned runs, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts.
More to come later on.
UPDATE, 12:44 p.m.: Shelley Duncan is being optioned down for Hairston.
UPDATE, 2:31 p.m.: The upcoming rotation:
Toronto: Pettitte, Mitre
Boston: Chamberlain, Burnett, Sabathia, Pettitte.
UPDATE, 4:13 p.m.: We’re underway from Chicago, where it’s 69 degrees and overcast.
UPDATE, 4:26 p.m.: Alfredo Aceves is down today but the rest of the bullpen is OK. … The shift in the rotation allows them to avoid using Mitre against Boston and gives Joba some extra days off. They’ll give Joba extra days when they can to cut down his starts and save his innings. … Johnny Damon is feeling OK after smacking into that wall last night. … A-Rod will get a day off or a DH day tomorrow. …
UPDATE, 4:48 p.m.: Burnett just walked the No. 9 hitter with the bases loaded. This has not been a particularly crisp series for the Yanks, has it?
UPDATE, 4:49 p.m.: More bad baseball. Podsednik singles to left and Swisher throws (way late) to the plate, allowing Podsednik to take second. Yankees in big, big trouble here.
UPDATE, 4:51 p.m.: Beckham with a two-run double. 5-0 White Sox and one out in this inning. With no long reliever, Burnett may have to take one for the team here.
UPDATE, 4:52 p.m.: Wow, 6-0 as Dye singles in Beckham.
Well, the good news is the Yankees will still be in first place at the end of the day. The bad news is that they get Mark Buehrle tomorrow.
UPDATE, 5:21 p.m.: Who needs Roy Halladay? The Yankees have Jerry Hairston Jr. All he does is get on base.
UPDATE, 5:57 p.m.: A.J. Burnett twice walked the No. 9 hitter with the bases loaded. That is hard to do. Nix (a .225 hitter) is the only hitter Burnett walked.
Not his day. Now comes Brian Bruney, who has allowed nine runs on 14 hits in his last 6.1 innings. It’s 7-2 Chicago and could get a whole lot worse.
UPDATE, 6:13 p.m.: How is Girardi letting Cody Ransom hit here? Pinch hit Hinske and move Swisher to first. Or Matsui. Or Damon. Somebody.
UPDATE, 6:15 p.m.: Wow. Yankees trail 7-3 as Ransom whiffs again.
UPDATE, 6:36 p.m.: That Tex groundout leaves the Yankees 1-10 with RISP today. They’re down 7-3 and it could be a lot closer.
UPDATE, 6:51 p.m.: Make that 2 for 13 with RISP today. 12 of 60 on the trip.
UPDATE, 7;06 p.m.: How much money do you figure Joe Girardi owes Cody Ransom?
UPDATE, 7:11 p.m.: What is the point of wasting Phil Coke here?
UPDATE, 7:14 p.m.: I need to check this. But the Yankees have allowed 413 runners to take an extra base thanks to ill-advised throws from the outfield in this series. It might be 414.
UPDATE, 7:20 p.m.: It’s not so much that the Yankees are losing, that was bound to happen. But they’re playing a ragged brand of baseball the last three days. Sloppy and inattentive.
UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: Good idea blowing Coke out in a lost game so he can’t be used tomorrow. It’s 13-4 and and it’s the 10th time this season the Yankees have allowed 10+ runs. Another embarrassment.
UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: Finally, it’s over. Back in a bit with some reaction.