Game 110: Yankees vs. White Sox

CHICAGO — It can’t be easy to stay in the moment when considering what’s coming up.

The Yankees, winners of six straight, have already wrapped up a series win over the White Sox by taking the first three. And tomorrow, they’ll be in Fenway for a critical three-game weekend series against the Red Sox — a team they’re 1-8 against this season and they trail by only one game in the American League East.

Joe Girardi openly talked pregame about the importance of that series, even though they have over 50 regular-season games left.

But he wants to keep the focus on today.

“You want to just focus on tonight and continue to play well as we’re going into Boston,” Girardi said. “Don’t get too far ahead of yourself because wins are important, and tonight’s an important game.”

In tune with Joe’s advice, we’re going to keep our focus on the present, too. So, here are tonight’s lineups for the series finale against the White Sox — in what is no doubt a big start for Ivan Nova

YANKEES (67-42)
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

Pitching: RH Nova (9-4, 4.01 ERA)

WHITE SOX (52-57)
Juan Pierre, LF
Alexei Ramirez, SS
Paul Konerko, DH
Adam Dunn, 1B
Carlos Quentin, RF
A.J. Pierzynski, C
Gordon Beckham, 2B
Alejandro De Aza, CF
Brent Morel, 3B

Pitching: RH Phil Humber (8-7, 3.44 ERA)

Some slugs from earlier today …

* Girardi and Guillen — the ying and the yang of baseball managers

* A-Rod has first workout

* MLB to interview A-Rod over gambling issue

And here are some slugs from last night …

* Yankees romp despite Burnett’s struggles

* Yankees Notebook, on Jeter, Tex and the 6-man rotation

* Nova focused on White Sox, not future role

Alden 

14 Comments

It’s a pipe dream if anyone thinks a team will take BUSTnett with his huge contract and struggles as a pitcher.

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It’s not a surprise that BUSTnett is struggling after the All-Star break. He has always done poorly in the second half since joining the Yankees, this year is no different. The only thing that has saved his neck from two more losses this season is the Yankee offense. Last start should have been a cake walk for him after getting him a huge lead, but he struggled.

I don’t think the Yanks will rest or send Colon to the pen, if anything it could be one of these three who goes to the pen or has a turn skipped, Nova, Hughes or BUSTnett. IT might be Hughes who most likely will be sent to the pen since he has the experience. Preferably, I would like to see BUSTnett in the pen or even better, Siberia!!!

BUSTnett isn’t a BUST? Pffffffftttttttt!!!!!!!!!

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Do not understand why there is even a discussion on the 5 man rotation. Look at the record, ERA and stats. Girardi should NOT even consider what this team is paying AJ. The guy is NOT doing the job and continues NOT to do the job he is paid VERY well for. Fact is I bet he makes more $$$$ than Colon, Garcia, Hughes and Nova COMBINED. I can’t be this stupid about baseball. The rotation is CC, Colon, Garcia, Nova and Hughes. The Ed Whitson clone goes to the pen.

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Heyman: MLB unlikely to suspend A-Rod
By Mike Axisa
http://riveraveblues.com/2011/08/heyman-mlb-unlikely-to-suspend-a-rod-53763/

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD 8/5/2011
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Louisville (Reds) @ SCRANTON/WB 7:05 PM
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TRENTON @ Altoona (Pirates) 7:00 PM
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TAMPA @ Clearwater (Phillies) 6:30 PM
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Savannah (Mets) @ CHARLESTON 7:05 PM
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Brooklyn (Mets) @ STATEN ISLAND 7:00 PM
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GCL Braves @ GCL YANKEES 12:00 PM

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD 8/4/2011
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Louisville (Reds) 3 @ SCRANTON/WB 2
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Akron (Indians) 7 @ TRENTON 4
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TAMPA 4 @ Clearwater (Phillies) 8
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CHARLESTON 4 @ Asheville (Rockies) 5 (10)
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STATEN ISLAND 0 @ Mahoning Valley (Indians) 4
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GCL Pirates 8 @ GCL YANKEES 3
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A version of this with BOX links is available directly. Please E-mail a request to me as below. You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com/post/category/minor-leagues-2/box-score-minor-leagues for BOX details.

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Kramer,
I can only watch games on ESPN, MLB, or TBS. I got most of my updates reading this blog @ work or watching Baseball Tonight. I wonder if IP Kennedy would’ve been better in NY than Burnednet? As for MLB wasting time on A-Rod’s alleged gambling, they can kiss my rear. Go do something more productive.

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Killer,
I may be able to suggest other sites for your lunch time. When is it?
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And please don’t use just Kramer, I consider that rude.

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One thing for sure tonight’s game shows again that Nova belongs in the starting rotation. Unfortunately, the Yankees are paying so much $$$$ for the clone of Carl Pavano (otherwise known as AJ) so I doubt Nova replaces him. If Girardi has any guts he’ll set his rotation as CC, Colon, Freddie, Nova and Hughes. Let’s see if he has any guts.

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The Yanks shelled out serious cheddar on Igawa & that chump is a career minor-leaguer. There’s no reason Bustnutt can’t be sent down no matter how much he’s getting paid.

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My guess is Colon goes to the pen or gets skipped a lot! We just don’t know if that shoulder will last!

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The game tonight is a bit of a drag after the fireworks of last night. Always a concern the game after a big offensive game. I don’t know why the Yankees can’t hit this guy Humber. he lost his last three games and his ERA was 9. Yankees don’t hit a pitcher they haven’t seen very much. Last time he pitched against the yankees he got a win. It would be good to sweep the series going into the weekend against the Sux. Hopefully the Indians can beat them tonigh.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD 8/4/2011
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Louisville (Reds) @ SCRANTON/WB 7:05 PM
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Akron (Indians) 7 @ TRENTON 4
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TAMPA @ Clearwater (Phillies) 7:00 PM
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CHARLESTON @ Asheville (Rockies) 7:05 PM
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STATEN ISLAND @ Mahoning Valley (Indians) 7:05 PM
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GCL Pirates 8 @ GCL YANKEES 3

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD 8/3/2011
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Akron (Indians) 3 @ TRENTON 2
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CHARLESTON 3 @ Asheville (Rockies) 7
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STATEN ISLAND 5 @ Mahoning Valley (Indians) 13
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GCL YANKEES 8 @ GCL Pirates 5
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A version of this with BOX links is available directly. Please E-mail a request to me as below. You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com/post/category/minor-leagues-2/box-score-minor-leagues for BOX details.

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