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 Ivan Nova (9-4, 4.01)
Nova vs. White Sox
WHITE SOX (52-57)
Juan Pierre LF
Alexi Ramirez SS
Paul Konerko DH
Adam Dunn 1B
Carlos Quentin RF
A.J. Pierzynski C
Gordon Beckham 2B
Alejandro De Aza CF
Brent Morel 3B
RHP Philip Humber (8-7, 3.44)
Humber vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:10 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Nice and sunny all day today. Looks like we’re leaving Chicago on a high note in terms of weather. Very slight chance of rain with temperatures in the 70s.
UMPIRES: HP Marvin Hudson, 1B Tim McClelland, 2B Ted Barrett, 3B Brian Runge
THAT’S A BIG NUMBER: The Yankees have scored at least 17 runs in three games this season, matching the total for the other 29 teams combined in 2011. It’s the Yankees most such games in one season since 2005, when they also did it three times. They’ve posted all three totals in their past 13 games, becoming the first Major League team to score at least 17 runs three times over a span of 13 games or fewer since the 1993 Detroit Tigers, who did it three times over a 10-game span from in April. That’s all according to Elias.
LIKE HIS IDOL: According to Elias, last night Derek Jeter became the second player since 1900 to record two five-hit games in the same season at age 37 or older. The other was Dave Winfield, who did it at age 39 in 1991.
IT’S BEEN A WHILE: The Yankees had three players with at least four RBI last night (Curtis Granderson had five, Robinson Cano had four and Eric Chavez had four). It was the first time the Yankees had three players reach the mark in the same gave since a 17-3 win on September 13, 2005 at Tampa Bay (Jason Giambi had five, Hideki Matsui had four and Jorge Posada had four).
IN CLOSING: The Yankees are 23-12 in series finales this season. They are 10-6 in series finales on the road.
UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: I never once thought that was a home run until it landed in the bullpen. Looked like a double at best off the bat, but Cano must have hit it harder than it looked. It’s a 1-0 Yankees lead in the second.
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: Nova was either crossed up or just made the worst pitchout imaginable. That moved the lead runner into scoring position, and a single and sac fly later, that runner has scored to tie the game 1 in the third inning.
UPDATE, 9:15 p.m.: Every professional baseball player has heard a hundred times that sliding into first base is slower than running through the bag, but every now and then, they simply cannot help themselves. Martin is out on a sliding play at first and it’s still 1-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth.
UPDATE, 9:21 p.m.: Because of Monday’s off day, it’s really hard to imagine the Yankees sticking with a six-man rotation after this weekend. It would throw everyone’s routine into disarray, but Nova looks awfully good tonight. How do you tell this guy that he’s going to the bullpen or Triple-A?
UPDATE, 9:29 p.m.: Gotta execute that play quickly and accurately to get Gardner at the plate. He scores on a ground ball to first, and the Yankees are up 2-1 in the sixth.
UPDATE, 9:32 p.m.: I don’t think I’ve ever seen a player do what Juan Pierre just did. With Eric Chavez playing extremely close to the plate, he clearly wasn’t planning to lay down a bunt. He obviously meant to square up and pop the ball over Chavez’s head. Perfectly executed for a leadoff single in the bottom of the sixth. Must say, that was pretty cool.
UPDATE, 9:36 p.m.: Strikeout, throw out. Pierre is gunned down and Nova is through six, still a 2-1 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 9:51 p.m.: RBI single by Posada, sac fly by Martin, and the Yankees lead is 4-1 in the seventh. No one currently getting loose in the Yankees bullpen. If Nova can give them one more, then it’s Robertson and Rivera to close out the win and send this team to Boston.
UPDATE, 10:30 p.m.: Robertson gets the last out of the eighth, and the Yankees still have a 4-1 lead heading into the ninth. Meanwhile, the Red Sox are losing in the ninth.