Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Jorge Posada C
Austin Kearns LF
Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
LHP CC Sabathia (17-5, 3.02)
Sabathia vs. White Sox
WHITE SOX (70-58)
Juan Pierre LF
Alexi Ramirez SS
Alex Rios CF
Paul Konerko 1B
Carlos Quentin DH
Ramon Castro C
Andruw Jones RF
Brent Lillibridge 3B
Gordon Beckham 2B
LHP John Danks (12-8, 3.31)
Danks vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m. / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Tim Timmons, 1B Tim Tschida, 2B Bob Davidson, 3B Alfonso Marquez
WEATHER: Another perfect day in Chicago.
GRAND IDEA: Curtis Granderson has been hitting pretty well lately, and has been playing even against lefties, but he’s out of the lineup tonight. Why? It could be his career .048 batting average in 21 career at-bats against John Danks. Granderson has one hit, no walks and three strikeouts against him. That is …. not good.
GOOD MATCHUP: CC Sabathia is 15-4 in 28 career starts against the White Sox. According to Elias, Sabathia is one of only two pitchers in Major League history with at least 25 starts and four-or-fewer losses against the White Sox. The other is George Pipgras, a Yankees pitcher from 1923-24 and again from 1927-33 who went 19-4 in 28 starts against the White Sox.
WHITE SOX MOVE: No, not Manny. Erick Threets, the reliever who was hurt in last night’s ninth inning, has been placed on the disabled list and replaced by Triple-A call-up Carlos Torres, who ranked second in the International League in strikeouts and innings and was ninth in ERA.
UPDATE, 7:11 p.m.: Well that was quick. Jeter draws a walk. Swisher goes deep. The Yankees have a 2-0 lead.
UPDATE, 7:29 p.m.: An infield single made the difference in the bottom of the first. After Juan Pierre reached, a ground out and RBI single were enough to get the White Sox on the board, 2-1.
UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: For just a second I was thinking Ramiro Pena was starting at third base today, so you can imagine my surprise. Instead it’s Eduardo Nunez who just went deep, his first major league home run for a 4-1 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 7:50 p.m.: No clue what’s going on with Teixeira, but he’s out and Granderson is in. I assume Swisher will come in to play first base.
UPDATE, 7:51 p.m.: On an 0-2 pitch, Marcus Thames just hit what feels like his 30th home run of the month. It’s a 6-1 Yankees lead, all of the runs on two-run homers.
UPDATE, 7:56 p.m.: As expected: Granderson to center, Gardner to left, Kearns to right and Swisher to first. Still no work on Teixeira.
UPDATE, 8:08 p.m.: Konerko just tied Yogi Berra for 73rd on baseball’s all-time home run list. It’s a two-run shot to pull the White Sox within 6-3.
UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: What a shock, another two-run homer in this game. This time it’s Andruw Jones making it a one-run game at 6-5.
UPDATE, 8:39 p.m.: Big hand clap from Jorge Posada at second base. His two-out, two-run double has boosted the Yankees lead to 8-5.
UPDATE, 8:44 p.m.: Bruised right thumb on Teixeira.
UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.: This Nunez kid might be able to hit a little bit. That’s a two-out, two-run double giving him four RBI for the night and giving the Yankees a 10-5 lead.
UPDATE, 10:00 p.m.: Eventually Sabathia and the bullpen were going to have one of these nights, but the Yankees have scored more than enough runs and still have a four-run lead even after a two-run White Sox eighth.
UPDATE, 10:03 p.m.: Make that a five-run lead after Thames went deep for the second time tonight. It’s 12-7 in the top of the ninth.