Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Brett Gardner LF
Gustavo Molina C
RHP Ivan Nova (1-2, 7.63)
Nova vs. White Sox
WHITE SOX (9-14)
Juan Pierre LF
Alexei Ramirez SS
Carlos Quentin RF
Paul Konerko 1B
Adam Dunn DH
Alex Rios CF
A.J. Pierzynski C
Gordon Beckham 2B
Brent Morel 3B
RHP Gavin Floyd (2-1, 4.00)
Floyd vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., MY9 / MLB Network
WEATHER: The weather just keeps getting better. Tonight is better than last night. Hoping the trend continues.
UMPIRES: HP Greg Gibson, 1B Todd Tichenor, 2B Gerry Davis, 3B Sam Holbrook
COMING BACK: The Yankees are 18-4 in games immediately following shutout losses since ht start of 2008.
BEATING THE CENTRAL: The Yankees have no lost any of their past 10 series against American League Central teams. That goes back to May of last year. In that span they are 9-0-1 in series against the Central. The Yankees are 27-16 in games against the Central since the start of 2010.
FIVE SHY: Robinson Cano’s 13-game hitting streak ended last night. He was five games away from his career-high. During the streak he hit .345 with six doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI.
UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: Sharp first two innings from Ivan Nova, who seems to be keeping his fastball down for soft ground balls. The only base runner he’s allowed was thrown out trying to steal.
UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: Towering home run by Cano. It’s 1-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 8:08 p.m.: So far so good for Nova, but he’s out for the fifth, and that inning always seems to be tricky for him. It’s still just a 1-0 game, so this could be a big inning.
UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: Odd top of the fifth for the Yankees and an unexpected bottom half. The Yankees seemed to retire Alex Rios twice — Granderson nearly made a nice catch, then Molina seemed to throw him out stealing before Cano dropped the ball — but he ultimately came around to score.
In the bottom half, it was Gardner of all people who went deep to put the Yankees back in front 2-1.
UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Nova did his job, and after a one-out walk in the seventh, Dave Robertson is coming in from the bullpen. Nova was at 92 pitches and it’s the 8-9 hitters coming to the plate, but I actually like the decision by Girardi. It’s a one-run game, and Soriano-Rivera are almost certainly going to handle the eighth and ninth no matter what happens here. Make the safe decision here, then put the game in the hands of the late-inning guys. Nova gets a much deserved standing ovation, and there’s no risk of him suddenly imploding (which isn’t, you know, out of the question with him).
UPDATE, 9:19 p.m.: Well there goes that. Soriano gives up a two-run bomb and now the White Sox are in front 3-2 in the eighth. The feeling in this stadium just took a significant turn, as you can imagine.