Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Eric Chavez 3B
Raul Ibanez LF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chris Stewart C
RHP Freddy Garcia (7-5, 4.68)
Garcia vs. White Sox
WHITE SOX (65-55)
Dewayne Wise CF
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Adam Dunn DH
Paul Konerko 1B
Alex Rios RF
A.J. Pierzynski C
Dayan Viciedo LF
Alexei Ramirez SS
Gordon Beckham 2B
RHP Gavin Floyd (9-9, 4.43)
Floyd vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: It was raining earlier, but now it’s settling in as a nice night for a game.
UMPIRES: HP Tim Tschida, 1B Jeff Nelson, 3B Mike Muchlinski, 3B Bill Welke
BY THE DOZEN: With Hiroki Kuroda’s win last night, the Yankees now have three pitchers each with at least 12 wins (also Phil Hughes and CC Sabathia) prior to Sept. 1 for the first time since 2006 when Chien-Ming Wang, Randy Johnson and Mike Mussina accomplished the feat. A win from Ivan Nova on Tuesday would give the staff four 12-game winners prior to Sept. 1 for the first time since 2003 (Clemens, Mussina, Pettitte and Wells).
GOOD START: The Yankees are 27-12 (.692) in series openers this season, the best winning percentage in series openers in the Majors in 2012. The Yankees have won nine of their last 12.
ROAD TRIPPIN’: The Yankees are 33-25 (.569) on the road, the third-best winning percentage in the Majors behind Washington (41-23, .641) and Atlanta (34-22, .607).
UPDATE, 8:21 p.m.: Teixeira’s first at-bat back in the lineup is an RBI single for a 1-0 Yankees lead in the first.
UPDATE, 8:32 p.m.: Wild first inning for Gavin Floyd becomes a 2-0 lead for the Yankees.
UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: That’s a big and gutsy play by Stewart to throw out Dunn, even with a runner at third base. That ends the bottom of the first, and Girardi came to the top of the dugout just to fist-bump Stewart as he came off the field.
UPDATE, 8:52 p.m.: Very good throw by Rios, but still…. Cano was out by 10 feet with red-hot Chavez coming to the plate. It’s a 3-0 Yankees lead because they got one run on the Granderson single.
UPDATE, 9:04 p.m.: The Freddy Garcia magic act continues (and I say that as a good thing). He once again put runners at the corners and once again got out of it, this time with a strikeout.
UPDATE, 9:49 p.m.: Now Freddy’s just striking out everyone. He’s struck out six of the past eight White Sox.
UPDATE, 9:57 p.m.: The umpires got this one right in the end, but of course it’s a complete debacle.
UPDATE, 10:02 p.m.: I honestly can’t remember which of my fellow beat writers said it, but when the White Sox lineup was available in the press box, someone said: “You just know Wise is going to have a big hit or a home run or something.” Sure enough, Wise just hit a two-run homer to pull the White Sox within 3-2 in the fifth.
UPDATE, 10:15 p.m.: Garcia was absolutely rolling, and then — suddenly — he wasn’t. After striking out seven of nine, Garcia’s next five batters were a single, home run, single, walk, walk. Now the bases are loaded, it’s a one-run game and Eppley is looking for a double play ball.
UPDATE, 10:22 p.m.: Good grief, this game has really turned around in a hurry. RBI single by Pierzynski has pushed the White Sox in front 4-3 in the fifth. At this rate, we’re going to be here past midnight, so get comfortable.
UPDATE, 10:40 p.m.: Derek Jeter’s next home run will tie him with Joe Torre on baseball’s all-time list.
UPDATE, 10:43 p.m.: RBI single by Teixeira and it’s a 5-4 Yankees lead. This really is a very odd game. (So odd, in fact, that it’s actually 5-5)
UPDATE, 10:50 p.m.: Big pinch hit single for McGehee who drives in Cano and puts the Yankees back in front (for real this time) 6-5. This is a three-run sixth for the Yankees.
UPDATE, 10:56 p.m.: Chamberlain gives up a homer and it’s 6-6.
UPDATE, 11:25 p.m.: Two-run homer off Logan and the White Sox are up 8-6. This game has really become a mess.