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Game 108: Yankees at White Sox08.02.11

YANKEES (65-42)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones DH
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Brett Gardner LF

RHP Phil Hughes (1-3, 8.24)
Hughes vs. White Sox

WHITE SOX (52-55)
Juan Pierre LF
Omar Vizquel 3B
Carlos Quentin DH
Adam Dunn 1B
Alexi Ramirez SS
A.J. Pierzynski C
Alex Rios CF
Alejandro De Aza RF
Gordon Beckham 2B

LHP John Danks (4-8, 3.79)
Danks vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 8:10 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Wind blowing left to right, but that’s not what you notice here today. It’s really hot (heat index well over 100) and the clouds are starting to roll in (good chance of storms tonight).

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

WHAT’S LEFT: The Yankees are 23-9 against left-handed starters this season, and they’ve won 11 of the last 13 – and 18 of their last 20 – against lefties. They are batting .281 against left-handed pitching this season, which is the second-highest in the Majors behind Cincinnati-.290. Their 43 homers off LHP is tied with Arizona for most in the Majors.

PHIL HAS ONE OF THOSE: Yankees starters have combined to account for 52 of the team’s 65 victories this season. That’s 80 percent. It’s the most wins by a starting staff in the Majors this season.

ROAD RELIEF: Yankees relievers in their past six road games: 12.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 20 K.

UPDATE, 9:23 p.m.: A guy named Mike just showed up, tried to fix my wireless internet, decided it was broken beyond repair, and gave me a ethernet cord that appears to stretch about 20 feet to the wall behind me. Whatever it is, it’s actually working now.

So, here’s the situation that matters: The Yankees are up 2-0 in the top of the third. They got there because Russell Martin homered in the second and Robinson Cano had an RBI double in the first. Most significant is the fact Phil Hughes’ fastball has been 93-95 through the first two innings, with a lot of 94s and 95s.

UPDATE, 9:28 p.m.: Make that 4-0 Yankees on a two-run homer by Mark Teixeira.

UPDATE, 9:56 p.m.: Hughes is clearly not going to give up his rotation spot without a fight. This has been quite the display through four innings. He’s allowed two hits, walked none and struck out four.

UPDATE, 10:39 p.m.: That’s the 12th time in his career that Mark Teixeira has homered from both sides of the plate in the same game. That’s a new Major League record. He has 31 homers this season. It’s a 5-0 game.

UPDATE, 10:52 p.m.: As soon as the Yankees wrapped up a two-run top of the seventh, the rain started falling and the tarp came immediately onto the field. We’re in a rain delay, and if not for the completely unnecessary rain delay at the beginning of the game, we’d be done by now.

By the way, after a long top of the seventh and now a rain delay, Hughes might be finished. If he is, that’s six scoreless innings, all of them very impressive.

UPDATE, 11:14 p.m.: The rain has finally died down a little, but for a while there, it was raining as hard as I’ve ever seen. Pretty impressive really. The fact that it’s “died down” and is still raining really hard says a lot.

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Game 129: Yankees at White Sox08.28.10

YANKEES (78-50)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Jorge Posada C
Austin Kearns LF
Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez 3B

LHP CC Sabathia (17-5, 3.02)
Sabathia vs. White Sox

WHITE SOX (70-58)
Juan Pierre LF
Alexi Ramirez SS
Alex Rios CF
Paul Konerko 1B
Carlos Quentin DH
Ramon Castro C
Andruw Jones RF
Brent Lillibridge 3B
Gordon Beckham 2B

LHP John Danks (12-8, 3.31)
Danks vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m. / YES Network

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

WEATHER: Another perfect day in Chicago.

GRAND IDEA: Curtis Granderson has been hitting pretty well lately, and has been playing even against lefties, but he’s out of the lineup tonight. Why? It could be his career .048 batting average in 21 career at-bats against John Danks. Granderson has one hit, no walks and three strikeouts against him. That is …. not good.

GOOD MATCHUP: CC Sabathia is 15-4 in 28 career starts against the White Sox. According to Elias, Sabathia is one of only two pitchers in Major League history with at least 25 starts and four-or-fewer losses against the White Sox. The other is George Pipgras, a Yankees pitcher from 1923-24 and again from 1927-33 who went 19-4 in 28 starts against the White Sox.

WHITE SOX MOVE: No, not Manny. Erick Threets, the reliever who was hurt in last night’s ninth inning, has been placed on the disabled list and replaced by Triple-A call-up Carlos Torres, who ranked second in the International League in strikeouts and innings and was ninth in ERA.

UPDATE, 7:11 p.m.: Well that was quick. Jeter draws a walk. Swisher goes deep. The Yankees have a 2-0 lead.

UPDATE, 7:29 p.m.: An infield single made the difference in the bottom of the first. After Juan Pierre reached, a ground out and RBI single were enough to get the White Sox on the board, 2-1.

UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: For just a second I was thinking Ramiro Pena was starting at third base today, so you can imagine my surprise. Instead it’s Eduardo Nunez who just went deep, his first major league home run for a 4-1 Yankees lead.

UPDATE, 7:50 p.m.: No clue what’s going on with Teixeira, but he’s out and Granderson is in. I assume Swisher will come in to play first base.

UPDATE, 7:51 p.m.: On an 0-2 pitch, Marcus Thames just hit what feels like his 30th home run of the month. It’s a 6-1 Yankees lead, all of the runs on two-run homers.

UPDATE, 7:56 p.m.: As expected: Granderson to center, Gardner to left, Kearns to right and Swisher to first. Still no work on Teixeira.

UPDATE, 8:08 p.m.: Konerko just tied Yogi Berra for 73rd on baseball’s all-time home run list. It’s a two-run shot to pull the White Sox within 6-3.

UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: What a shock, another two-run homer in this game. This time it’s Andruw Jones making it a one-run game at 6-5.

UPDATE, 8:39 p.m.: Big hand clap from Jorge Posada at second base. His two-out, two-run double has boosted the Yankees lead to 8-5.

UPDATE, 8:44 p.m.: Bruised right thumb on Teixeira.

UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.: This Nunez kid might be able to hit a little bit. That’s a two-out, two-run double giving him four RBI for the night and giving the Yankees a 10-5 lead.

UPDATE, 10:00 p.m.: Eventually Sabathia and the bullpen were going to have one of these nights, but the Yankees have scored more than enough runs and still have a four-run lead even after a two-run White Sox eighth.

UPDATE, 10:03 p.m.: Make that a five-run lead after Thames went deep for the second time tonight. It’s 12-7 in the top of the ninth.

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