Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Vernon Wells RF
Mark Reynolds 1B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Chris Stewart C
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (11-10, 2.89)
Kuroda vs. White Sox
WHITE SOX (56-80)
Alejandro De Aza LF
Gordon Beckham 2B
Alexei Ramirez SS
Adam Dunn DH
Paul Konerko 1B
Avisail Garcia CF
Conor Gillaspie 3B
Jordan Danks RF
Josh Phegley C
LHP Chris Sale (10-12, 2.99)
Sale vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: It was raining earlier today, but it looks like we’re good to go for tonight.
UMPIRES: HP Dan Bellino, 1B Bruce Dreckman, 2B Tim Welke, 3B Mike Everitt
PLAYOFF PUSH: The Yankees are 15-7 in their last 22 games, which has thrust them back into the playoff hunt in the American League. Entering tonight’s game, they sit two and a half games back of Tampa Bay for the final AL wild card spot.
SHORT GAME: The Yankees scored eight runs in the fourth inning of Monday’s 9-1 win over the White Sox despite not hitting any homers. It marked their most runs scored in an inning without the aid of a home run since the bottom of the seventh of a 9-3 win on 5/22/11 against the Mets.
END GAME: The Yankees bullpen allowed just one earned run in 7.2 innings in Monday’s win after the rain delay. Over their last 17 games, the bullpen has a 1.86 ERA, which is the second-best in the majors over that stretch (Kansas City has a 1.16 ERA over that stretch).
(I’ll be updating what’s going on in the game here every so often, but I’ll be much more active on Twitter. Follow me @vzmercogliano to join in the conversation!)
UPDATE, 7:26 p.m.: Kuroda got himself into trouble in the first inning, but managed to limit the damage. After giving up an RBI single to Dunn, he got Garcia and Gillaspie to strike out with the bases loaded. 1-0 White Sox with the Yankees coming to bat.
UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: Want to know what Joe Girardi thinks of Stewart’s offensive game at this point? He called for a double steal with runners on the corners and two outs in the second, and it worked. Wells stole home to tie the game at 1-1, and Nunez successfully swiped second. Then, Stewart promptly grounded out to third. Good call from the skipper.
UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: The White Sox have taken a 3-1 lead in the fifth on a two-run triple from Ramirez. Soriano certainly helped make that play a triple by playing it poorly in the left field corner.