Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
RHP A.J. Burnett (8-9, 4.23)
Burnett vs. White Sox
WHITE SOX (52-56)
Juan Pierre LF
Omar Vizquez 2B
Carlos Quentin DH
Adam Dunn 1B
Alexi Ramirez SS
A.J. Pierzynski C
Alex Rios CF
Alejandro De Aza RF
Brent Morel 3B
RHP Gavin Floyd (9-9, 3.96)
Floyd vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:20 p.m., YES Network / ESPN
WEATHER: It’s officially hot in the midwest. It’s in the 80s, but feels hotter. Clear blue sky all afternoon, with no real chance of rain.
UMPIRES: HP Brian Runge, 1B Marvin Hudson, 2B Tim McClelland, 3B Ted Barrett
BLAME IT ON THE RAIN: According to Elias, the last Yankees pitcher — before Phil Hughes last night — to be credited with a shutout despite not pitching nine innings was Sam McDowell in 1973. That was also against the White Sox. McDowell threw only six innings in the second game of a doubleheader at the original Yankee Stadium that was halted by rain.
ON THE RUN: Curtis Granderson got his 20th stolen base last night. He’s reached that mark three times in his career (26 stolen bases in 2007 and 20 in 2009).
OFFICIALLY (RE)SCHEDULED: The Yankees’ makeup game against the Rays on Thursday, September 22 has been scheduled for a 7:05 first pitch. That’s the makeup for a July 8 rainout.
UPDATE, 8:21 p.m.: My friend Tony, the only White Sox fan I know, just sent me this text message: “Seriously? To start off the game with the 2 most perfect bunts I’ve ever seen in my life?”
UPDATE, 8:23 p.m.: A follow-up text from Tony: “There’s 1-0… game over.”
Must be nice to be a White Sox fan these days.
UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: Bunt singles by Gardner and Jeter. Bloop single to no-man’s land by Granderson. Sac fly by Teixeira. Three-run homer by Cano. It’s just that easy to take a 4-0 lead.
UPDATE, 8:54 p.m.: With two outs, Gardner HBP, Jeter single and Granderson two-run triple. Top of the order is getting it down tonight. It’s 6-1 in the middle of the second.
UPDATE, 9:00 p.m.: The Yankees didn’t get the double play, but Burnett still managed to get out of the second inning with runners stranded at the corners.
UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: Eric Chavez’s first homer of the season is a two-run show in the third inning, giving the Yankees an 8-1 lead. They’ve made seven outs and scored eight runs.
UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: Can this game end after six and a half innings, too? It’s 13-1 in the middle of the third. Derek Jeter already has three hits. Brett Gardner has reached base three times without getting the ball out of the infield. Russell Martin is the only Yankees starter without a hit, and he’s walked and scored a run.
UPDATE, 9:58 p.m.: Take the good with the bad, I guess. The Yankees still have a comfortable lead, but Burnett just struggled through a five-run fourth inning and the White Sox have cut the lead to 13-6.
UPDATE, 10:00 p.m.: Jeter is 4-for-4, batting average up to .279.
UPDATE, 10:15 p.m.: Given a 13-1 lead, Burnett couldn’t last long enough to get the win. That’s brutal. Here’s Cory Wade with the score 13-7 in the fifth.
UPDATE, 10:44 p.m.: Gardner looked safe to me. Bruney disagreed, he’s been ejected and the Yankees are in position to build on their lead in the seventh.