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Game 109: Yankees at White Sox08.03.11

YANKEES (66-42)
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C

RHP A.J. Burnett (8-9, 4.23)
Burnett vs. White Sox

WHITE SOX (52-56)
Juan Pierre LF
Omar Vizquez 2B
Carlos Quentin DH
Adam Dunn 1B
Alexi Ramirez SS
A.J. Pierzynski C
Alex Rios CF
Alejandro De Aza RF
Brent Morel 3B

RHP Gavin Floyd (9-9, 3.96)
Floyd vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 8:20 p.m., YES Network / ESPN

WEATHER: It’s officially hot in the midwest. It’s in the 80s, but feels hotter. Clear blue sky all afternoon, with no real chance of rain.

UMPIRES: HP Brian Runge, 1B Marvin Hudson, 2B Tim McClelland, 3B Ted Barrett

BLAME IT ON THE RAIN: According to Elias, the last Yankees pitcher — before Phil Hughes last night — to be credited with a shutout despite not pitching nine innings was Sam McDowell in 1973. That was also against the White Sox. McDowell threw only six innings in the second game of a doubleheader at the original Yankee Stadium that was halted by rain.

ON THE RUN: Curtis Granderson got his 20th stolen base last night. He’s reached that mark three times in his career (26 stolen bases in 2007 and 20 in 2009).

OFFICIALLY (RE)SCHEDULED: The Yankees’ makeup game against the Rays on Thursday, September 22 has been scheduled for a 7:05 first pitch. That’s the makeup for a July 8 rainout.

UPDATE, 8:21 p.m.: My friend Tony, the only White Sox fan I know, just sent me this text message: “Seriously? To start off the game with the 2 most perfect bunts I’ve ever seen in my life?”

UPDATE, 8:23 p.m.: A follow-up text from Tony: “There’s 1-0… game over.”

Must be nice to be a White Sox fan these days.

UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: Bunt singles by Gardner and Jeter. Bloop single to no-man’s land by Granderson. Sac fly by Teixeira. Three-run homer by Cano. It’s just that easy to take a 4-0 lead.

UPDATE, 8:54 p.m.: With two outs, Gardner HBP, Jeter single and Granderson two-run triple. Top of the order is getting it down tonight. It’s 6-1 in the middle of the second.

UPDATE, 9:00 p.m.: The Yankees didn’t get the double play, but Burnett still managed to get out of the second inning with runners stranded at the corners.

UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: Eric Chavez’s first homer of the season is a two-run show in the third inning, giving the Yankees an 8-1 lead. They’ve made seven outs and scored eight runs.

UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: Can this game end after six and a half innings, too? It’s 13-1 in the middle of the third. Derek Jeter already has three hits. Brett Gardner has reached base three times without getting the ball out of the infield. Russell Martin is the only Yankees starter without a hit, and he’s walked and scored a run.

UPDATE, 9:58 p.m.: Take the good with the bad, I guess. The Yankees still have a comfortable lead, but Burnett just struggled through a five-run fourth inning and the White Sox have cut the lead to 13-6.

UPDATE, 10:00 p.m.: Jeter is 4-for-4, batting average up to .279.

UPDATE, 10:15 p.m.: Given a 13-1 lead, Burnett couldn’t last long enough to get the win. That’s brutal. Here’s Cory Wade with the score 13-7 in the fifth.

UPDATE, 10:44 p.m.: Gardner looked safe to me. Bruney disagreed, he’s been ejected and the Yankees are in position to build on their lead in the seventh.

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Game 20: Yankees vs. White Sox04.26.11

YANKEES (12-7)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Brett Gardner LF
Gustavo Molina C

RHP Ivan Nova (1-2, 7.63)
Nova vs. White Sox

WHITE SOX (9-14)
Juan Pierre LF
Alexei Ramirez SS
Carlos Quentin RF
Paul Konerko 1B
Adam Dunn DH
Alex Rios CF
A.J. Pierzynski C
Gordon Beckham 2B
Brent Morel 3B

RHP Gavin Floyd (2-1, 4.00)
Floyd vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., MY9 / MLB Network

WEATHER: The weather just keeps getting better. Tonight is better than last night. Hoping the trend continues.

UMPIRES: HP Greg Gibson, 1B Todd Tichenor, 2B Gerry Davis, 3B Sam Holbrook

COMING BACK: The Yankees are 18-4 in games immediately following shutout losses since ht start of 2008.

BEATING THE CENTRAL: The Yankees have no lost any of their past 10 series against American League Central teams. That goes back to May of last year. In that span they are 9-0-1 in series against the Central. The Yankees are 27-16 in games against the Central since the start of 2010.

FIVE SHY: Robinson Cano’s 13-game hitting streak ended last night. He was five games away from his career-high. During the streak he hit .345 with six doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI.

UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: Sharp first two innings from Ivan Nova, who seems to be keeping his fastball down for soft ground balls. The only base runner he’s allowed was thrown out trying to steal.

UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: Towering home run by Cano. It’s 1-0 Yankees.

UPDATE, 8:08 p.m.: So far so good for Nova, but he’s out for the fifth, and that inning always seems to be tricky for him. It’s still just a 1-0 game, so this could be a big inning.

UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: Odd top of the fifth for the Yankees and an unexpected bottom half. The Yankees seemed to retire Alex Rios twice — Granderson nearly made a nice catch, then Molina seemed to throw him out stealing before Cano dropped the ball — but he ultimately came around to score.

In the bottom half, it was Gardner of all people who went deep to put the Yankees back in front 2-1.

UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Nova did his job, and after a one-out walk in the seventh, Dave Robertson is coming in from the bullpen. Nova was at 92 pitches and it’s the 8-9 hitters coming to the plate, but I actually like the decision by Girardi. It’s a one-run game, and Soriano-Rivera are almost certainly going to handle the eighth and ninth no matter what happens here. Make the safe decision here, then put the game in the hands of the late-inning guys. Nova gets a much deserved standing ovation, and there’s no risk of him suddenly imploding (which isn’t, you know, out of the question with him).

UPDATE, 9:19 p.m.: Well there goes that. Soriano gives up a two-run bomb and now the White Sox are in front 3-2 in the eighth. The feeling in this stadium just took a significant turn, as you can imagine.

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From Jeter to Lee to Greinke to…12.19.10

Who’s next? Derek Jeter took his turn as the most discussed player of the Yankees offseason. Then Cliff Lee. Then Zack Greinke. So who’s next in the center of trade speculation and free agent guesswork? Five candidates:

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For those not looking for pie-in-the-sky scenarios, Floyd might be the reasonable alternative. Fausto Carmona or Matt Garza might also fit into this category. Floyd could legitimately help the Yankees rotation, and he’s currently with a team that might actually have reason to trade him.

Felix Hernandez
Joel Sherman has already made the case that the Yankees should immediately do whatever it takes to land the Mariners ace. Seattle, predictably, seems against the idea of trading him, but I don’t think that will stop anyone from wondering and dreaming.

Andy Pettitte
He’s so far been in the background. Every time Pettitte’s situation has nearly bubbled to the surface, it’s been overshadowed by some other move or potential move. Throughout the Winter Meetings he was secondary to Lee, then the Mariano Rivera signing became official, then Russell Martin signed, then Greinke came to the front of the trade market. Could be time for the Pettitte discussion to take center stage.

Rafael Soriano
Adrian Beltre isn’t a fit for the Yankees, so Soriano seems to be the top remaining free agent who could make a significant difference next season. The cost would surely be extreme — the Yankees are going to have to battle with closer money — and it’s still unclear whether Soriano would be open to taking a setup gig.

Carlos Zambrano
He might be leader in the clubhouse because — whether legitimate or not —  Zambrano already seems to have generated some Yankees speculation this winter. The pros are obvious (been an elite pitcher in the past, familiar with Larry Rothschild), but the cons are just as obvious (massive contract, unreliable at best).

Associated Press photo

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Game 130: Yankees at White Sox08.29.10

YANKEES (79-50)
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Austin Kearns RF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Francisco Cervelli C

RHP Ivan Nova (0-0, 2.16)
Nova has not faced the White Sox

WHITE SOX (70-59)
Juan Pierre LF
Omar Vizquel 3B
Alex Rios CF
Paul Konerko 1B
Andruw Jones RF
A.J. Pierzynski C
Alexei Ramirez SS
Mark Teahan DH
Gordon Beckham 2B

RHP Gavin Floyd (9-10, 3.91)
Floyd vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 2:05 p.m. / YES Network and TBS

UMPIRES: HP Tim Tschida, 1B Bob Davidson, 2B Alfonso Marquez, 3B Tim Timmons

WEATHER: It got a little bit hot on the last day in Chicago. Should get into the 90s with about a 30 percent chance of rain in the late innings.

GOOD START: Eduardo Nunez is the first Yankee to have a four-RBI game within his first 10 games since Shelley Duncan in 2007. Only four other Yankees have done it since 1967: Duncan, Andy Phillips (2005), Hideki Matsui (2003) and Brian Dayett (1983).

MORE NUNEZ: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Nunez became the fifth player in franchise history to have his first homer and first stolen base in the same game: Willie Randolph (1976), Roy White (1966), Gil McDougald (1951) and Wally Pipp (1915).

SWISH VS. SOX: Nick Swisher seems like the right guy to fill in as the No. 3 hitter. He’s batting .409 (9-for-22) against the White Sox this season. he has homered in each of his past four games against the White Sox, and three of his past five games at U.S. Cellular Field.

CHASING 20: According to Elias, CC Sabathia is the first Yankees starter to reach 18 wins before August 28 since David Con in 1998. Cone finished that season 20-7. Sabathia is already one away from his career high of 19.

UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.: Marcus Thames is some kinda hot right now. He just took Gavin Floyd deep for a 1-0 Yankees lead in the second inning. He’s positively crushing the ball right now. Good call by Girardi to keep his bat in the lineup, even against a right-hander.

UPDATE, 2:37 p.m.: All-around impressive play up the middle for the White Sox. Double play gets them out of the second inning.

UPDATE, 3:25 p.m.: So far so good for Nova. He really looks in control through four innings, and the Yankees have given him a 2-0 lead on Thames’ home run and an RBI single by Brett Gardner. Whatever decisions Girardi has to make about his rotation, Nova seems to be making one decision easy.

UPDATE, 3:35 p.m.: The Yankees have needed Nova this afternoon, because Gavin Floyd has settled in to pitch pretty well. He’s allowed some base runners, but not many hard-hit balls and it’s still a 2-0 Yankees lead through four and a half.

UPDATE, 3:47 p.m.: The White Sox tied it on back-to-back two-out hits. We’re even at 2.

UPDATE, 4:00 p.m.: Another impressive start for Ivan Nova, who turns the game over to Boone Logan with two outs in the sixth. Nova leaves with the game tied, so he won’t get his first big league win, but he’s given the Yankees two good starts. Hard to imagine him losing his spot in the rotation just yet.

UPDATE, 4:04 p.m.: I’m just the messenger: The scorer here in Chicago ruled that a single for Pierzynski. If Pierre were running? Fine. But that wasn’t Pierre.

UPDATE, 4:13 p.m.: Bases loaded, Kerry Wood finally gets out of the sixth inning with a ground ball to first. Yankees up by one.

As you might have noticed, I got totally screwed up earlier thinking the White Sox had tied the game with that run in the fifth. Happens a lot covering a game. Sounds crazy, but you spend so much time writing during the course of a game, it’s pretty easy to get yourself mixed up. Sorry about that. It’s 2-1.

UPDATE, 4:42 p.m.: Omar Vizquel works a walk on a tough at-bat, and now Joba Chamberlain is in for Wood with two outs in the seventh. Fly ball to center field ends the inning, still 2-1.

UPDATE, 5:02 p.m.: Jenks just wiggled out of a bases-loaded eighth. Missed opportunity for the Yankees, and still a 2-1 game.

UPDATE, 5:06 p.m.: Francisco Cervelli just picked up Eduardo Nunez, throwing out pinch runner Lillibridge to erase Nunez’s error. That’s a big out in this situation.

UPDATE, 5:18 p.m.: Through the eighth inning with a one-run Yankees lead. You know who’s getting loose in the bullpen.

UPDATE, 5:24 p.m.: It would be a real shame to come all the way to Chicago and not see Ozzie get ejected. No sense arguing that call. Gardner was safe. Cervelli went pretty far out of his way on the takeout slide, but not enough to change the call.

UPDATE, 5:28 p.m.: Not a good defensive game for Nunez, so Ramiro Pena is in to play third base in the ninth.

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