Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (10-7, 3.83).
WHITE SOX (54-51)
Pitching: LHP Mark Buehrle (11-4, 3.45).
TIME/TV: 2:05 p.m., YES.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: It’s not good. The Yankees have lost three straight, four of five and five of eight. Their lead on Boston in the AL East is down to a half-game.
IT HAS BEEN UGLY: The Yankees have been outscored 27-11 in the series. In the last two games they have allowed 24 runs on 30 hits and 11 walks over 16 innings.
FOUR ON THE FLOOR: The Yankees have not four straight since May 2-7 when they lost five in a row.
ROUGH ON THE ROAD: The Yankees are 2-4 on a road trip that has three games remaining. They are off tomorrow then play two in Toronto.
CHICAGO’S ON FIRE: The White Sox have won six straight games at U.S. Cellular Field, where ironically enough cell service is not that great.
TIME TO EARN THAT MONEY: CC Sabathia is 3-3 with a 4.62 ERA in his last six starts. He has allowed 45 hits over 39 innings. … CC is 14-4, 3.65 in 26 career starts against the White Sox, 7-1, 2.98 at U.S. Cellular Field.
BURLY BUEHRLE: Mark Buehrle threw a perfect game on July 23 against Tampa Bay. He lost lost against Minnesota in his next start but in the process set the major-league record by retiring 45 batters in a row.
NOT AGAINST THE YANKEES: Buehrle is 1-5, 6.11 against the Yankees, 0-4, 6.91 at home.
RISP REPORT: The Yankees are 5 for 31 with RISP in the series (.161) while the White Sox are 15 of 36 (.417). The Yankees are 12 of 60 (.200) with RISP on the road trip.
THE TEIXEIRA TERROR: Mark Teixeira has 10 home runs, 30 RBI and 26 runs scored in his last 32 games.
GOOD TRIP: Alex Rodriguez is 10 of 26 on the road trip with four RBI and three runs scored. He has not hit a home run in his last 49 at-bats. His next home run will be the 573rd of his career, tying him with Harmon Killebrew for ninth place on the all-time list.
SPEEDY CAPTAIN: Derek Jeter has 19 stolen bases, eight more than he had last season. It’s the most since he had 34 in 2006.
MELANCON MANIA: Mark Melancon has not allowed a run in his last 4.1 innings.
THE CAPTAIN CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Today will be the 2,084th game Derek Jeter has played for the Yankees. That ties him with Babe Ruth for fourth place in team history. Only Yogi Berra (2,116), Lou Gehrig (2,164) and Mickey Mantle (2,401) have played more games in pinstripes.
Back with more later.
UPDATE, 12:41 p.m.: Not much to report on a lazy Sunday morning. Neither team took BP today. For the Yankees, Girardi said he didn’t feel A-Rod needed an entire day off, just a DH day. He might get another one in Toronto. Posada is off because “he had two long games.” In a not-so-stunning coincidence, it happens to be when Sabathia is pitching. … Beyond that, not much news to report at this point.
UPDATE, 12:45 p.m.: God help us.
The Royals have DFA’d Sir Sidney Ponson. This invariably means the Yankees will sign him to a minor-league contract. Why not? They have twice before.
Sir Sidney was 1-7 with a 7.36 ERA for the Royals. He gave up 79 hits and 25 walks in 58.2 innings. But he was 4-4, 5.85 for the Yankees last season and that makes him better than Sergio Mitre.
UPDATE, 1:10 p.m.: Absolutely stunning news out of Boston. It turns out the Red Sox fired two employees who were involved with steroids and they worked closely with the players including David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez.
Remarkably, this somehow escaped the notice of Sen. George “Go Sox” Mitchell and and his crack squad of investigators.
UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: Trenton catcher Jesus Montero is out for the rest of the minor-league season after fracturing the middle finger on his left hand in a game last night. According to Brian Cashman, he will be out 4-6 weeks.
He hit .317/.370/.539 in 44 games at Trenton with nine homers and 33 RBI. In 48 games at Tampa, he had .356/.406/.583 numbers with eight homers and 37 RBI. Oh, and he turns 20 in November.
Also, RHP Brett Marshall, the team’s sixth-round pick in 2008, had Tommy John surgery. Marshall was a Texas HS star the Yankees paid way over slot ($850,000) to sign. He was 3-5, 5.56 in 17 starts for Charleston.
UPDATE, 1:57 p.m.: Want some good news? CC and Buehrle have faced each other nine times. CC is 5-0 and Buehrle is 0-5.
UPDATE, 2:00 p.m.: The Doobie Brothers just did a great job on the national anthem.
UPDATE, 2:07 p.m.: We are underway from Chicago. 71 degrees and a beautiful day for baseball here. Enjoy the game wherever you are.
UPDATE, 2:29 p.m.: Melky Cabrera gives the Yankees a lead with a three-run drive into the White Sox bullpen. Mr. Perfect is not too perfect against the Yankees. Never has been. Meanwhile Melky has been mashing since Brett Gardner went down. Just what the Yankees needed.
CC has to take the 3-0 lead and hold it. This is what the Yankees paid him all that money for. His mission is to hand that lead to Hughes in the eighth inning.
UPDATE, 2:35 p.m.: Lots of great defense in this game so far.
UPDATE, 2:42 p.m.: Nice work by CC working around that double. … Jerry Hairston Jr. seems to have that “hey, I’m a first-place team,” spring in his step.
UPDATE, 2:59 p.m.: Glory be. Johnny Damon just threw to second base and held a runner at first instead of throwing to the plate fruitlessly. Now the double play is in order.
Now if only Swisher and Cabrera would learn to do that.
UPDATE, 3:00 p.m.: So much for that as Dye crunches one. Another shaky start for CC. Five hits, four for extra bases.
UPDATE, 3:01 p.m.: Make that six hits, five for extra bases as Thome drills one into the LF bleachers. 4-3 Chisox and the Yankees are in trouble.
UPDATE, 3:05 p.m.: So far, CC stands for Complete Catastrophe. 3 innings, 7 hits, 4 runs, 3 doubles, 2 HR.
UPDATE, 3:14 p.m.: CC has been bad, Mark Buehrle has been worse. You come to a game expecting to see two lefty aces duel and you get 5-4 in the fourth inning and 17 hits. 17!
UPDATE, 3:25 p.m.: Every Yankees starter has at least one hit.
UPDATE, 3:31 p.m.: So much for Mark Buehrle. Yankees hammered him.
UPDATE, 3:34 p.m.: What a pleasure it is to watch two Yankee immortals on the same field today. Of course I mean Derek Jeter and Jerry Hairston Jr.
Robbie Cano without runners in scoring position: 101 of 288 (.351)
Robbie Cano with runners in scoring position: 26 of 128 (.203).
I wouldn’t think that is possible. But apparently it is.
UPDATE, 3:39 p.m.: Jeter has tagged the ball four times today and is 1 for 4.
Now we’ll see CC can do with another three-run lead.
UPDATE, 3:45 p.m.: CC has retired six straight. In this game, that’s major. Seriously.
UPDATE, 3:56 p.m.: Bases loaded and one out against a guy who just walked three in a row. How fast can Cano make an out?
UPDATE, 3:57 p.m.: He strikes out. Better than the GIDP I was expecting. .202 with RISP.
UPDATE, 4:05 p.m.: Props to CC. He has done the job today. The idea is to win the game.
UPDATE, 4:21 p.m.: In many ways, this might be the best game CC has pitched. They really need the game nd he buckled down and threw four straight shutout innings. He was great after the third inning.
UPDATE, 4:33 p.m.: Holy cow, Gordon Beckham is going to be star.
That’s it for CC, who probably should not have started the inning in the first place. Now it’s up to Hughes and Mo to hold a three-run lead. The Chicago bullpen has stopped the Yankees dead in their tracks.
UPDATE, 4:44 p.m.: Can’t blame Girardi for using a well-rested Rivera here, especially with the day off tomorrow.
UPDATE, 4:55 p.m.: How about that Meky Cabrera? He just hit for the cycle. He is 4 for 5 with a single, a double, a triple, a home run and four RBI. Greatest day of his life.
Melky is the 15th Yankee to hit for the cycle. He’s the first since Tony Fernandez on Sept. 3, 1995 against Oakland at the old Stadium.
The triple was his first of the season. His last triple was July 31, 2008.
UPDATE, 5:03 p.m.: Captain Clutch with a big RBI single to make it 8-5. … Always good to see fan favorite Cody Ransom in the game.
Meanwhile, the White Sox are now pitching Jhonny Nunez, one of the players the Yankees traded to get Nick Swisher in November. Nunez was a Yankee for a brief time, coming over from the Nats for the attorney general of defense, Alberto Gonzalez.
UPDATE, 5:09 p.m.: OK, Mo has a three-run to take of with 8-9-1 coming up.
Back later with clubhouse reaction.