Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano DH
Curtis Granderson LF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Austin Romine C
LHP CC Sabathia (12-11, 4.91)
Sabathia vs. White Sox
WHITE SOX (56-81)
Alejandro De Aza CF
Gordon Beckham 2B
Alexei Ramirez SS
Paul Konerko DH
Avisail Garcia RF
Jeff Keppinger 1B
Dayan Viciedo LF
Josh Phegley C
Marcus Semien 3B
RHP Erik Johnson (Major League debut)
Johnson in the minors
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: I was off the past couple of games, but it looks like I picked the right night to get back in the press box. It’s a really nice night out here. Little bit of wind blowing right to left, but mostly just calm and comfortable.
UMPIRES: HP Bruce Dreckman, 1B Tim Welke, 2B Mike Everitt, 3B Dan Bellino
“MO”-MENTUM: Mariano Rivera has 40 saves, reaching the plateau for the ninth time and tying Trevor Hoffman for the most such seasons all time.
SHORT LIST: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, with Eduardo Nunez’s game-winning, two-run, eighth-inning in double last night, he became the first Yankees shortstop other than Derek Jeter to record a game-winning RBI in the eighth inning or later since Randy Velarde on September 21, 1995 against Toronto.
LONG AND THE SHORT OF IT: Since August 11, the Yankees are 14-1 when hitting at least one homer. They are 52-22 this season when hitting at least one home run, but they have won each of their last two games without hitting any homers. They’d previously gone 1-9 in their previous 10 games in which they failed to hit one out.
UPDATE, 7:19 p.m.: Sabathia walked two, allowed an RBI double, and got out of the first inning only after Jeter made a nice play behind him. Not a great start in a game that the Yankees badly need to win heading into this upcoming four-game series.
UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: He doesn’t run out every ground ball, but there are also plenty of times when Robinson Cano doesn’t hit a ground ball. There’s a solo shot to tie the game at 1.
UPDATE, 7:37 p.m.: The kid loaded the bases with two outs, but he got Ichiro swinging to end the inning with the Yankees having missed a huge opportunity.
UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: Overbay with the big double. This is the chance to really get in Johnson’s head. The kid just made an error, and if the Yankees can make him really pay for that, you have to think he could unravel.
UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: Gardner does with a two-run triple to left. Not a lot of guys who can triple on a ball to left field — even left center, like that one was — but Gardner got there without a play. It’s a 4-1 Yankees lead with Jeter at the plate. Only needs a sac fly to get the run in.
UPDATE, 9:42 p.m.: Sabathia left to a big ovation, but now Robertson is having one of his rare stumbles here in the eighth.
UPDATE, 9:49 p.m.: That’s the first time Rivera’s come into the eighth inning this season. Obviously not ideal using him going into this Red Sox series, but this thing was getting WAY out of control. Bad night for Robertson has made it 6-5.