1. Brett Gardner CF
2. Derek Jeter SS
3. Robinson Cano 2B
4. Alfonso Soriano LF
5. Alex Rodriguez 3B
6. Vernon Wells DH
7. Curtis Granderson RF
8. Mark Reynolds 1B
9. Austin Romine C
Phil Hughes RHP
White Sox lineup
1. Alejandro De Aza LF
2. Gordon Beckham 2B
3. Alexei Ramirez SS
4. Adam Dunn 1B
5. Paul Konerko DH
6. Avisail Garcia CF
7. Conor Gillaspie 3B
8. Jordan Danks RF
9. Josh Phegley C
Jose Quintana LHP
Umpires: Mike Everitt HP, Dan Bellino 1B, Bruce Dreckman 2B, Tim Welke 3B
TV/Radio: YES/WCBS 880
Weather: Cloudy, 81 degrees, humid
Fast Finishers: Since Joe Girardi took over in 2008, the Yankees have a .585 regular-season winning percentage (86-61) in September and October, second best in the AL.
Vs. the left: The Yankees are 25-18 vs. lefty starters, including 15-8 at home.
Streaking: The White Sox own a six-game winning streak against the Yankees, with all the wins in Chicago, including a three-game sweep last month. The White Sox are 56-79 and last in the Central, but they have won 10 of 15 and 16 of 26 even after just getting swept over three games in Boston.
Mr. No-Decision: Jose Quintana is 7-4 with a 3.66 ERA and 16 no-decisions, a major-league high and a franchise record. He beat the Yankees Aug. 5, allowing a run and eight hits over 6 2/3.
Claiborne up: The Yankees called up Preston Claiborne from Single-A Tampa before the game for stint No. 4 this year.
Update 1:12: Hughes gets off to a good start, 10 pitches, three balls in the air, three outs.
Update, 1:18: Gardner leads off with ground-rule double to center and Jeter brings him around with a single to left, snapping 0-for-14 slide. 1-0.
Update, 1:30: One out, one on in the top of the second, and now we have a rain delay.
Update, 1:42: I’m sure Hughes is hoping this will pass quickly. He has an excellent track record against the White Sox, 1.38 ERA in 10 games, including six starts, 3-2 record. At Yankee Stadium, he’s 2-0 with a 1.27 ERA against them over five games, including three starts.
Update, 2:05: Still raining, sorry.
Update, 3:04: Lefty warming up in bullpen. I assume it’s Huff, but it’s hard to see from here. The delay has been 1:34 so far. The game will restart around 3:25, according to the announcement we just heard.
Update, 3:05: Grounds crew out for the tarp.
Update, 3:06: It is Huff warming.
Update, 3:08: Rain was unlucky break for Hughes. No chance to snap his career-high winless streak. It will extend to 10 starts unless there’s still a rainout later.
Update, 3:18: Robin Ventura will apparently switch from the lefty Quintana to the righty Dylan Axelrod. Huff takes the mound now. The lefty is 1-0 with a 0.87 ERA in five relief outings since coming up from Triple-A. Sorry, that actually includes one outing in his previous stint here. He had four scoreless outings since the call-up. And he sets down the two batters he faces in the second.
Update, 3:30: Hughes threw 20 pitches, 14 for strikes, allowed no runs, one hit, faced five batters. It’s raining again, by the way.
Update, 3:34: Outside of drilling Reynolds, Axelrod was in charge in the second.
Update, 3:43: Huff gives up a leadoff double to Danks in the third, then strands him at third with two outs.
Update, 3:52: Jeter flies out to the fence in right and Cano singles hard to center, top moments from the last of the third. Still 1-0 Yankees.
Update, 3:59: Huff looking good again, retired eight of nine so far, 1-0 heading for the home fourth.
Update, 4:00: I’ve been away for a few weeks on vacation. Don’t hear boos during A-Rod intros today unlike when I was last here last month.
Update, 4:02: A-Rod hears more cheers after slicing leadoff double to right.
Update, 4:08: Bases loaded, no outs for the Yankees. Reynolds up.
Update, 4:14: Reynolds RBI infield single, Romine two-run single, 4-0.
Update, 4:17: Gardner RBI double, 5-0.
Update, 4:20: Jeter RBI infield hit, ties Eddie Collins for ninth on all-time list at 3,313. It’s 6-0. Still no outs with five runs in.
Update, 4:23: Yankees messing up my scorecard. A-Rod up for second time this inning after Soriano RBI double.
Update, 4:26: A-Rod walks after a dropped foul pop, bases loaded again. Ventura finally pulls Axelrod. Jake Petricka comes on.
Update, 4:32: It’s 9-0, inning still not over.
Update, 4:34: The inning is over. Eight runs scored, six earned.
Update, 4:40: A single off Huff, but that was it in the fifth.
Update, 4:47: Yankees go 1-2-3 in the fifth after sending 13 men up in the fourth.
Update, 4:55: A single off Huff, but that was it in the sixth. 4 2/3, no runs, three hits. Want him to replace Hughes?
Update, 5:01: Yankees go down 1-2-3 again, 9-0 after six.
Update, 5:06: The shutout just flew out to the second deck in left. Konerko solo shot off Huff, 9-1.
Update, 5:08: Cano just turned a sensational catch-and-throw double play to end the inning.
Update, 5:10: David Purcey on for the White Sox.
Update, 5:20: The Yankees are keeping the game moving now. Leadoff walk, then 1-2-3. It’s 9-1 after seven. Cesar Cabral will replace Huff for his major-league debut. Reynolds moves from first to third to replace A-Rod. Lyle Overbay comes on to play first. Huff allowed one run and five hits over 5 2/3 excellent innings.
Update, 5:30: Cabral allows a single and strikes out two. The Yankees have now used 51 players this season, tying the franchise record.
Update, 5:36: J.R. Murphy bats for Cano, major-league debut.
Update, 5:39: Murphy is credited with a single on a hard-hit ball that third baseman Conor Gillaspie fielded but couldn’t hold. Murphy, by the way, was the franchise record setter, 52nd player used.
Update, 5:47: Warren will try to close it out.
Update, 5:55: Yankees win 9-1.