Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones DH
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Brett Gardner LF
RHP Phil Hughes (1-3, 8.24)
Hughes vs. White Sox
WHITE SOX (52-55)
Juan Pierre LF
Omar Vizquel 3B
Carlos Quentin DH
Adam Dunn 1B
Alexi Ramirez SS
A.J. Pierzynski C
Alex Rios CF
Alejandro De Aza RF
Gordon Beckham 2B
LHP John Danks (4-8, 3.79)
Danks vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:10 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Wind blowing left to right, but that’s not what you notice here today. It’s really hot (heat index well over 100) and the clouds are starting to roll in (good chance of storms tonight).
UMPIRES: HP Ted Barrett, 1B Brian Runge, 2B Marvin Hudson, 3B Tim McClelland
WHAT’S LEFT: The Yankees are 23-9 against left-handed starters this season, and they’ve won 11 of the last 13 – and 18 of their last 20 – against lefties. They are batting .281 against left-handed pitching this season, which is the second-highest in the Majors behind Cincinnati-.290. Their 43 homers off LHP is tied with Arizona for most in the Majors.
PHIL HAS ONE OF THOSE: Yankees starters have combined to account for 52 of the team’s 65 victories this season. That’s 80 percent. It’s the most wins by a starting staff in the Majors this season.
ROAD RELIEF: Yankees relievers in their past six road games: 12.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 20 K.
UPDATE, 9:23 p.m.: A guy named Mike just showed up, tried to fix my wireless internet, decided it was broken beyond repair, and gave me a ethernet cord that appears to stretch about 20 feet to the wall behind me. Whatever it is, it’s actually working now.
So, here’s the situation that matters: The Yankees are up 2-0 in the top of the third. They got there because Russell Martin homered in the second and Robinson Cano had an RBI double in the first. Most significant is the fact Phil Hughes’ fastball has been 93-95 through the first two innings, with a lot of 94s and 95s.
UPDATE, 9:28 p.m.: Make that 4-0 Yankees on a two-run homer by Mark Teixeira.
UPDATE, 9:56 p.m.: Hughes is clearly not going to give up his rotation spot without a fight. This has been quite the display through four innings. He’s allowed two hits, walked none and struck out four.
UPDATE, 10:39 p.m.: That’s the 12th time in his career that Mark Teixeira has homered from both sides of the plate in the same game. That’s a new Major League record. He has 31 homers this season. It’s a 5-0 game.
UPDATE, 10:52 p.m.: As soon as the Yankees wrapped up a two-run top of the seventh, the rain started falling and the tarp came immediately onto the field. We’re in a rain delay, and if not for the completely unnecessary rain delay at the beginning of the game, we’d be done by now.
By the way, after a long top of the seventh and now a rain delay, Hughes might be finished. If he is, that’s six scoreless innings, all of them very impressive.
UPDATE, 11:14 p.m.: The rain has finally died down a little, but for a while there, it was raining as hard as I’ve ever seen. Pretty impressive really. The fact that it’s “died down” and is still raining really hard says a lot.