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Game 76: White Sox at Yankees

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YANKEES (46-29)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones DH
Jayson Nix LF
Chris Stewart C

RHP Adam Warren (0-0, 0.00)
This will be Warren’s MLB debut

WHITE SOX (41-35)
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

LHP Jose Quintana (2-1, 1.25)
Quintana has never faced any current Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network

WEATHER: Same as last night: hot and humid. Someone bring me a fan.

UMPIRES: HP Tim Timmons, 1B Jeff Kellogg, 2B Eric Cooper, 3B Marty Foster

WARREN DEBUTS: The 24-year-old Warren will make his MLB debut tonight, becoming the first Yankees pitcher to do so as a starter since Ian Kennedy on September 1, 2007 against the Rays.

RARE HOMER: The home run allowed to Viciedo last night was the first go-ahead home run allowed by a Yankees pitcher in the ninth inning with the Yankees leading since Ichiro hit one off Mariano Rivera on September 18, 2009.

HELLO CAL: With his seventh inning single last night, Jeter tied Cal Ripken Jr. for 13th place on the all-time hits list with 3,184. Jeter is currently tied for the AL lead with 96 hits on the season.

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UPDATE, 7:31 p.m.: The Yankees couldn’t really ask for a better start. Two walks with two outs forced Warren to throw 25 pitches in the first, but he did not allow a run or a hit. In the bottom half of the inning, the Yankees exploded for four runs. Jeter led off with a double down the LF line, passing Cal Ripken Jr. for 13th on the all-time hits list with 3,185. That was followed by a two-run homer from Granderson (his 22nd of the season), and later a two-out, two-run double from Jones.

UPDATE, 7:46 p.m.: Just like that, the White Sox have tied things up. Warren doesn’t look like he’s fooling anyone, as four straight hits to begin the second inning resulted in four runs. Pierzynski hit a solo homer, Beckham added a two-run double, eventually scoring on Youkilis’ RBI groundout. Both Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman admitted that Warren doesn’t have great pure stuff, and it’s showing. His location hasn’t been terrible, but he looks awful hittable. We’re tied at 4-4 halfway through the second.

UPDATE, 8:08 p.m.: Warren is done after 2 1/3 innings. The White Sox were all over him, pounding out eight hits and six runs while making the rookie throw 77 pitches. David Phelps has come into replace him, and I expect to see him be stretched out a bit. He threw 50 pitches in his most recent minor league outing, and Girardi said they’ll let him go for 65-70 if necessary. If he pitches well, I’d expect him to get the start instead of Warren the next time through the rotation.

UPDATE, 8:41 p.m.: The Yankees have rallied back to tie the game at 6-6 thanks to a two-run single from Nix in the bottom of the fourth. Swisher walked and Jones hit his second double leading up to Nix’s big hit.

UPDATE, 8:49 p.m.: Phelps surrenders a solo homer to Pierzynski to leadoff the fifth and give Chicago a 7-6 lead.

UPDATE, 9:14 p.m.: David Phelps is done with two outs in the sixth after giving up an RBI single to Rios, which extended the White Sox lead to 8-6. Phelps seemed to lose a little steam at the end, but he was much better than Warren. He threw 64 pitches.

UPDATE, 9:33 p.m.: Alexei Ramirez just hit a two-run shot off of Cory Wade, and the White Sox have opened this one up a bit. They lead 10-6 in the seventh.