Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez LF
Eric Chavez 3B
Chris Stewart C
RHP Ivan Nova (9-2, 4.25)
Nova vs. White Sox
WHITE SOX (40-35)
Alejandro De Aza CF
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Adam Dunn DH
Paul Konerko 1B
Alex Rios RF
A.J. Pierzynski C
Dayan Viciedo LF
Alexei Ramirez SS
Gordan Beckham 2B
RHP Dylan Axelrod (0-1, 4.85)
Axelrod has never faced any current Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: It’s hot and humid. My car said it was 100 out on the way here, and it doesn’t feel like it’s cooled down much.
UMPIRES: HP Marty Foster, 1B Tim Timmons, 2B Jeff Kellogg, 3B Eric Cooper
BEST OF THE BEST: Entering tonight’s game, the Yankees own the best record in MLB at 46-28. It marks the Yankees’ best record after 74 games since 2010. The last time the Yankees had a better record at this point of the season was 2004.
SWEEP MASTERS: With yesterday’s sweep of the Cleveland Indians, the Yankees have now swept seven series this season. More impressively, they’ve swept four of their last six series.
ONE WIN AWAY: With one more win in the month of June, the Yankees will have won 20-or-more games in a month for the second time since 2004. In 2009, the Yankees went 21-7 during the month of August.
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UPDATE, 7:52 p.m.: We’ve gotten through three innings pretty quickly, and we’re still scoreless. Nova has allowed two hits and two walks while striking out two (37 pitches). Axelrod has allowed one hit and one walk while striking out two (44 pitches). As we’ve seen in the past, the Yankees tend to struggle against pitchers that they haven’t seen before.
UPDATE, 8:12 p.m.: Wasted opportunities for each team in the fourth. Despite hitting a few balls right on the screws, the White Sox never came up with a run after putting runners on the corners with no outs to begin the inning. And after back-to-back walks loaded the bases for the Yankees with two outs, Chavez weakly grounded out to third. We’re still scoreless heading into the fifth.
UPDATE, 8:21 p.m.: De Aza just launched one into the right field seats to give Chicago a 1-0 lead in the fifth. He’s 3 for 3 tonight.
UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: Nice two-out rally from the Yankees in the bottom of the fifth to take a 2-1 lead. For the second time this game (which I tweeted about earlier), A-Rod smoked a first pitch double. That scored Granderson, which was followed by an RBI double from the red-hot Cano. Amazingly, neither run was scored via the long ball.
UPDATE, 9:32 p.m.: The Yankees ended up getting 7.1 IP of one-run ball from Nova, who is on pace for his team-leading 10th win of the year. The Yankees were also on pace for their second win of the season in which they didn’t homer, but Tex just ended that possibility with a homer to LF in the eighth. It’s 3-1.