Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Francisco Cervelli C
Ramiro Pena 3B
RHP A.J. Burnett (9-11, 4.80)
Burnett vs. White Sox
WHITE SOX (69-58)
Juan Pierre LF
Omar Vizquez 3B
Alex Rios CF
Paul Konerko 1B
Carlos Quentin RF
A.J. Pierzynski C
Alexei Ramirez SS
Mark Teahen DH
Gordon Beckham 2B
RHP Freddy Garcia (10-5, 5.08)
Garcia vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:10 p.m. / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Alfonso Marquez, 1B Tim Timmons, 2B Tim Tschida, 3B Bob Davidson
WEATHER: Absolutely gorgeous day here in Chicago. I can’t imagine it gets much nicer than this in late August. Upper 70s. No clouds. Just a really nice day.
CLOSE ON THE ROAD: Of the Yankees’ 63 road games, 36 have been decided by three runs or less. That includes 10 of the past 12 and 13 of the past 18. Eight of the past 12 road games have been decided by one run, with the Yankees going 3-5 in those games.
ONE AWAY: With his next appearance, closer Mariano Rivera will pass David Weathers for sole possession of 17th place on baseball’s all-time games pitched list.
TOUGH MATCHUP: As a team, the Yankees have a collective .181 career batting average against Freddy Garcia. Of the five guys with at least 10 at-bats against him, Derek Jeter’s .265 average is the highest. Mark Teixeira is hitless in 13 at-bats against Garcia, and Granderson has a .182 average with 12 strikeouts in 33 at-bats.
UPDATE, 8:12 p.m.: Brett Gardner is fast, and because of that, he’s standing at third base right now. Freddy Garcia tried to rush a throw, threw the ball a way and Gardner took two extra bases on the error.
UPDATE, 8:13 p.m.: Jeter grounds to short and it’s a 1-0 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: Before he’s recorded an out, A.J. Burnett has allowed two hits and let the White Sox tie the game at 1.
UPDATE, 8:36 p.m.: It’s rarely good when less than 30 minutes into the game, the Yankees bullpen is already going into action. Burnett has already allowed four runs and he just now got the third out of the first inning. The White Sox batted around. It’s 4-1 and Burnett might not last long.
UPDATE, 9:01 p.m.: I’m going to go ahead and say that any time Ramiro Pena steals a bag directly in front of him, there’s a good chance Brett Gardner is going to steal a bag too. Pena stole his way into scoring position, then scored on Gardner’s single. Now Gardner has stolen his way into scoring position, and the yankees have three outs to get him home as well. It’s 4-2 in the third.
UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: Strikeout. Pop out. Fly out. Gardner left stranded. Still 4-2.
UPDATE, 9:36 p.m.: Mitre is in with the White Sox leading 7-2 in the fourth. Just an ugly outing for Burnett. At one point he retired five in a row. Those were half of his outs in the entire game.
UPDATE, 9:42 p.m.: An error and a wild pitch brought in two more runs here in the fourth. It’s been an ugly game for the Yankees. It’s 9-2.