Get the brooms out, Yankees fans. New York (75-64) survived a poor relief outing from David Robertson in the eighth inning and defeated the Chicago White Sox (56-82) 6-5. CC Sabathia pitched 7.1 strong innings, but gave way to Robertson with two men on base.
Both men scored at the hands of Robertson, and Chicago cut the Yankees lead down to one. Robertson exited the game in favor of Mariano Rivera, who shut the door and recorded a four-out save.
Despite trailing early, New York evened things up after Robinson Cano's first inning solo home run off rookie pitcher Erik Johnson, who was making his major league debut. The game remain tied at 1-1 until the fourth inning, when the Yankees exploded for four more runs. The inning was highlighted by a two-run triple off the bat of Brett Gardner.
Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is finished in the Bronx after a terrific outing. After giving up a run in the first inning, CC was lights out until the eighth inning. He exited the game with two men on and one out and was replaced by David Robertson, who allowed an RBI single to Avisail Garcia (his second of the night).
Robertson then allowed a two-run single to Josh Phegley, which made the score 6-4. Marcus Semien followed with an RBI single of his own to make the score 6-5. Girardi pulled Robertson in favor of Mariano Rivera. Rivera struck out Alejandro De Aza to end the threat.
New York added another run in the bottom of the seventh inning off rookie pitcher Daniel Webb to increase their lead to 6-1. CC Sabathia will head back out to start the eighth inning despite having 94 pitches.
Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia has cruised through the last six innings after a rocky first. He has posted six straight scoreless innings as New York has built a 5-1 lead highlighted by Robinson Cano's solo home run and Brett Gardner's two-run triple. Rookie pitcher Erik Johnson made his major league debut for Chicago and lasted six innings despite giving up five runs (three earned). Johnson exited the game after six innings and was replaced with rookie Daniel Webb, who is also making his major league debut.
CC Sabathia is out to start the seventh inning and will be guarding a 5-1 lead. Rookie Erik Johnson has been inconsistent and has pitched into and out of trouble, but surrendered four runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by Brett Gardner's two-run triple.
New York is holding on to a 5-1 lead against the Chicago White Sox. After falling behind early, Robinson Cano slugged a solo home run in the bottom of the first off rookie pitcher Erik Johnson and then New York exploded for four runs in the fourth, highlighted by Brett Gardner's two-run triple. CC Sabathia has cruised since the first inning and has thrown 73 pitches through the first five innings.
The Yankees have blown the game open in the fourth inning despite trailing the White Sox 1-0 earlier in the game. Robinson Cano slugged a solo home run in the bottom of the first off rookie pitcher Erik Johnson and then New York exploded for four runs in the fourth, highlighted by Brett Gardner's two-run triple. New York has given CC Sabathia a 5-1 lead to work with as the game heads in to the fifth inning.
Pitching has taken over in the Bronx. After the Yankees and the White Sox each scored a run in the first inning, CC Sabathia and rookie Erik Johnson have both posted zeroes for back-to-back innings.
The Yankees and the White Sox are tied at 1-1 through two innings. Chicago struck first in the opening frame after an opposite-way RBI single from Avisail Garcia off CC Sabathia, but Robinson Cano evened things up with a solo home run off rookie pitcher Erik Johnson.
The Yankees responded in the bottom half of the first inning and tied the game up at 1-1 after Robinson Cano's solo home run to right field. The Yankees loaded the bases with two outs, but rookie pitcher Erik Johnson recovered and struck out Ichiro Suziki to end the inning. 1-1 game heading to the top of the second.
The Chicago White Sox lead the Yankees 1-0 after the first half-inning of the game. Yankee starter CC Sabathia walked two batters and surrendered an RBI single to Avisail Garcia. Rookie Erik Johnson is set to make his MLB debut against Gardner, Jeter and Cano.
The New York Yankees (74-64) will host the Chicago White Sox (56-81) as they attempt to sweep Chicago in a three-game series. After winning the first two games, New York will send CC Sabathia to oppose rookie pitcher Erik Johnson, who will be making his major league debut.
The White Sox starting lineup will consist of 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) and Marcus Semien (3B).
The Yankees lineup include Brett Gardner (CF), Derek Jeter (SS), Robinson Cano (2B), Alfonso Soriano (DH), Curtis Granderson (LF) Alex Rodriguez (3B), Ichiro Suzuki (RF), Lyle Overbay (1B) and Austin Romine (C).
First pitch in the Bronx is scheduled for 7:05. Stay tuned for updates and commentary throughout the game.