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Mariano slams the door as Yanks sweep ChiSox

IN TWO PARAGRAPHS: That one almost went off the script, didn’t it? CC Sabathia pitched into the eighth inning and seemed to be in control of the White Sox lineup, but he fatigued a bit in the eighth and yielded to David Robertson, who was completely ineffective. Robertson allowed two inherited runs to score and two of his own as Chicago enjoyed a four-run eighth, but Mariano Rivera recorded a four-out save to preserve a 6-5 Yankees victory.

It was Mo’s first four-out save since July 24, 2011, and completed a three-game sweep of the White Sox for the Yanks, who have won nine of their last 10 home games going into a crucial four-game series with the Red Sox. Robinson Cano homered and Brett Gardner dropped a two-run triple into left field that supported Sabathia, who has won four of his last five starts.

MANAGER’S TAKE: “We brought in guys that have done the job all year, and they eventually got it done. But it probably got a little closer than all of us liked.” – Joe Girardi

QUOTES…

“In some situations, I have to do that. Tonight was one of them. It doesn’t matter, as long as we get it done. You get a win tonight, and we had the lead and we just had to hold it.” – Rivera, on four out saves

“That’s definitely what I don’t want to do. I don’t want to come into a game like that, turn around and make it to where it’s a one-run ballgame. I stunk out there and Mo had to come pick me up. It happens. You pitch in 65, 70 games a year, you’re going to have a couple bad ones. Tonight was one of them.” – Robertson

“It’s important. Doesn’t matter who you’re playing, we’ve got a lot of games coming up against teams in our division, teams that we’re fighting against to make the playoffs. It’s a big time of the year, and hopefully we can keep playing good baseball.” – Gardner

“I mean, right now we’re behind the Red Sox and some other teams. We’ve just got to forget about them and win games. You’ve just got to go out and play hard and give everything you’ve got. Let’s see what happens at the end of the month.” – Cano

NOTES…

Sorry, Erik Johnson. The Yankees won for the fifth straight time when facing a starting pitcher making his Major League debut. They’re 8-8 in such games since 2000 … This was Sabathia’s longest outing since Aug. 7, also against the White Sox and also 7 1/3 innings … Cano’s homer was the 203rd of his career, surpassing Bill Dickey for 15th place on the franchise all-time list … seven of Gardner’s last 10 hits are for extra bases … Robertson had retired his last 25 batters faced with the bases before Josh Phegley’s eighth-inning single.

ON DECK

It’s a showdown in the Bronx as the Red Sox come to town for a four-game series. Ivan Nova (8-4, 2.88) has the ball for the Yanks, opposite Jake Peavy (11-5, 3.91), with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET on YES and MLB Network.

Quick hits: Hughes disappointed but not surprised

Here are the early notes as the Yankees (74-64) and White Sox (56-81) prepare to meet here at Yankee Stadium. Left-hander CC Sabathia (12-11, 4.91) has the ball for the Bombers, and right-hander Erik Johnson — Chicago’s No. 2 prospect according to MLB.com — is making his Major League debut for the Pale Hose.

There was a large group around Phil Hughes‘ locker this afternoon seeking reaction after Joe Girardi’s announcement that David Huff will start on Saturday against the Red Sox, bumping Hughes to the bullpen. Girardi wasn’t exactly clear about how he plans to use Hughes, saying that it could come in a long relief or short relief role, and Hughes said that he couldn’t be blindsided by the demotion considering how his season has gone.

“It’s always disappointing,” Hughes said. “I was looking forward to having a good September in the rotation, but obviously that’s not in the plans, so I’ll turn my attention to doing the best job out of the bullpen that I possibly can in whatever role that is. That’s it. That’s all I can do.”

Asked if he had given any thought to that – with free agency approaching – this may be his last month as a Yankee, Hughes replied, “I don’t really think about that. I’m just kind of more worried about the day to day and doing whatever I can to help this team. Hopefully, it’s a good September we have and we have some more baseball after that.”

Look who’s the AL Pitcher of the Month — it’s Ivan Nova.

The Yankees are going for the sweep of the White Sox tonight, and as Girardi said the last time they had a chance for a sweep, this is when you get greedy. They’re 16-7 in their last 23 games since Aug. 11, and enter tonight 10 games over .500 for the first time since June 11, when they were 37-27.

What gives Girardi confidence that Sabathia can turn around his slide?

“I’ve seen a lot of good innings,” he said. “It seems that at times it’s one inning that gets away from him a little bit, but I think his sinker has been better, his changeup has been better, his velocity has actually increased a little bit, and I’ve seen some really good innings out of him. We need to see that.”

This is a good note from the Elias Sports Bureau: with his game-winning, two-run, eighth-inning in double in Tuesday’s win, Eduardo Nunez 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 9/21/95 vs. Toronto (RBI-single).

My Beat The Streak pick tonight: Robinson Cano, though of course none of the Yankees have seen Johnson before. The streak is currently at four games after Jeter went 2-for-3 yesterday. (Yes, I made my picks even though there were no blog posts while I was off this weekend).

Yankees keeping an eye on Danks

The Yankees have been linked to White Sox left-hander John Danks for some time, with little movement on the situation. Meanwhile, Brian Cashman has been talking about how he’s made his calls, but some teams seem to be asking for too much from New York’s farm system.

This could be an example. Jon Heyman tweets that the White Sox asked the Yankees for both catcher Jesus Montero and left-hander Manny Banuelos in exchange for the 26-year-old Danks. The Yankees weren’t interested at that price, but they will keep listening with regard to Danks, who was 8-12 with a 4.33 ERA in 27 starts this year for Chicago.

Girardi: Yankees’ rotation may be set

Yankees manager Joe Girardi tells the New York Daily News that he expects to go into the 2012 season with a rotation that includes CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, Phil Hughes, Freddy Garcia and A.J. Burnett.

“I think we’ll look at maybe possibly adding some more depth to it, but I feel pretty good about these guys,” Girardi told the newspaper in a Tuesday telephone interview. “Our pitching was really overlooked last year, I thought. We threw the ball well all year long. Will we try to add one more veteran arm? It’s possible, but I feel pretty good about the guys we have in camp right now.”

Girardi does not seem to be expecting a big free agent along the lines of C.J. Wilson, Mark Buehrle or Edwin Jackson to be arriving in the Bronx.

“I think our club is starting to try to develop a little bit more,” Girardi said. “Sometimes you feel that you can overpay for pitching and it can cost you.”

The Daily News indicates the Yankees may be interested in trading for the Cubs’ Matt Garza, but are unwilling to move blue chip prospects like Jesus Montero or Manny Banuelos for him. The New York Post also notes that the Yankees could consider dealing Dellin Betances to the White Sox for John Danks.

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 

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