Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Austin Kearns RF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Francisco Cervelli C
RHP Ivan Nova (0-0, 2.16)
Nova has not faced the White Sox
WHITE SOX (70-59)
Juan Pierre LF
Omar Vizquel 3B
Alex Rios CF
Paul Konerko 1B
Andruw Jones RF
A.J. Pierzynski C
Alexei Ramirez SS
Mark Teahan DH
Gordon Beckham 2B
RHP Gavin Floyd (9-10, 3.91)
Floyd vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 2:05 p.m. / YES Network and TBS
UMPIRES: HP Tim Tschida, 1B Bob Davidson, 2B Alfonso Marquez, 3B Tim Timmons
WEATHER: It got a little bit hot on the last day in Chicago. Should get into the 90s with about a 30 percent chance of rain in the late innings.
GOOD START: Eduardo Nunez is the first Yankee to have a four-RBI game within his first 10 games since Shelley Duncan in 2007. Only four other Yankees have done it since 1967: Duncan, Andy Phillips (2005), Hideki Matsui (2003) and Brian Dayett (1983).
MORE NUNEZ: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Nunez became the fifth player in franchise history to have his first homer and first stolen base in the same game: Willie Randolph (1976), Roy White (1966), Gil McDougald (1951) and Wally Pipp (1915).
SWISH VS. SOX: Nick Swisher seems like the right guy to fill in as the No. 3 hitter. He’s batting .409 (9-for-22) against the White Sox this season. he has homered in each of his past four games against the White Sox, and three of his past five games at U.S. Cellular Field.
CHASING 20: According to Elias, CC Sabathia is the first Yankees starter to reach 18 wins before August 28 since David Con in 1998. Cone finished that season 20-7. Sabathia is already one away from his career high of 19.
UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.: Marcus Thames is some kinda hot right now. He just took Gavin Floyd deep for a 1-0 Yankees lead in the second inning. He’s positively crushing the ball right now. Good call by Girardi to keep his bat in the lineup, even against a right-hander.
UPDATE, 2:37 p.m.: All-around impressive play up the middle for the White Sox. Double play gets them out of the second inning.
UPDATE, 3:25 p.m.: So far so good for Nova. He really looks in control through four innings, and the Yankees have given him a 2-0 lead on Thames’ home run and an RBI single by Brett Gardner. Whatever decisions Girardi has to make about his rotation, Nova seems to be making one decision easy.
UPDATE, 3:35 p.m.: The Yankees have needed Nova this afternoon, because Gavin Floyd has settled in to pitch pretty well. He’s allowed some base runners, but not many hard-hit balls and it’s still a 2-0 Yankees lead through four and a half.
UPDATE, 3:47 p.m.: The White Sox tied it on back-to-back two-out hits. We’re even at 2.
UPDATE, 4:00 p.m.: Another impressive start for Ivan Nova, who turns the game over to Boone Logan with two outs in the sixth. Nova leaves with the game tied, so he won’t get his first big league win, but he’s given the Yankees two good starts. Hard to imagine him losing his spot in the rotation just yet.
UPDATE, 4:04 p.m.: I’m just the messenger: The scorer here in Chicago ruled that a single for Pierzynski. If Pierre were running? Fine. But that wasn’t Pierre.
UPDATE, 4:13 p.m.: Bases loaded, Kerry Wood finally gets out of the sixth inning with a ground ball to first. Yankees up by one.
As you might have noticed, I got totally screwed up earlier thinking the White Sox had tied the game with that run in the fifth. Happens a lot covering a game. Sounds crazy, but you spend so much time writing during the course of a game, it’s pretty easy to get yourself mixed up. Sorry about that. It’s 2-1.
UPDATE, 4:42 p.m.: Omar Vizquel works a walk on a tough at-bat, and now Joba Chamberlain is in for Wood with two outs in the seventh. Fly ball to center field ends the inning, still 2-1.
UPDATE, 5:02 p.m.: Jenks just wiggled out of a bases-loaded eighth. Missed opportunity for the Yankees, and still a 2-1 game.
UPDATE, 5:06 p.m.: Francisco Cervelli just picked up Eduardo Nunez, throwing out pinch runner Lillibridge to erase Nunez’s error. That’s a big out in this situation.
UPDATE, 5:18 p.m.: Through the eighth inning with a one-run Yankees lead. You know who’s getting loose in the bullpen.
UPDATE, 5:24 p.m.: It would be a real shame to come all the way to Chicago and not see Ozzie get ejected. No sense arguing that call. Gardner was safe. Cervelli went pretty far out of his way on the takeout slide, but not enough to change the call.
UPDATE, 5:28 p.m.: Not a good defensive game for Nunez, so Ramiro Pena is in to play third base in the ninth.