It wasn’t pretty, enjoyable to watch, or even fun, but the Yankees got their hands dirty during their 12-9 win tonight. CC Sabathia started the game for the Yanks, but wasn’t the CC of the past month, scattering nine hits over seven innings. However, Sabathia gave the Yanks a chance to win, going seven innings and striking out nine en-route to his 18th victory. The Yankee bats really flexed their muscles tonight, crushing four home runs including two from Marcus Thames! Unfortunately for Yankee fans, Mark Teixeira left the game with a bruised thumb (more on that below).

Coupled with a Tampa Bay win over Boston, the Yankees and Rays are still tied for the AL East lead.

Initial Reaction:

What a wild game. In roughly five hours of baseball, the Yankees and White Sox combined for seven home runs, 22 runs, and 30 total hits. Both lefty starters (John Danks and CC Sabathia) both brought sub 3.50 ERAs into this contest, but both were touched up for eight and five runs respectively. The ball seemed to really flying out to left field tonight. Let’s see if that trend continues tomorrow.

The Yankee bullpen, sporting a 1.92 ERA in August, had a few scary moments. Joba Chamberlain and David Robertson both gave up two earned runs. However, things always seem better when Mariano Rivera comes in to close the door. Rivera notched his 26th save of the season tonight.

Positives From The Game:

3’s Company: Both Eduardo Nunez and Robinson Cano collected three hits tonight. Nunez also hit his first Major League home run tonight, a second inning, two-run blast off of Danks.

Dos Equis: Jorge Posada, Nick Swisher, and Marcus Thames each had two hits tonight. Both of Thames’ hits exited stage left.

CC: Even though Big C did not have his best stuff tonight, he did what other Yankee pitchers have not done this season: limit the damage. He did strike out nine White Sox hitters while yielding those runs, but he didn’t go AJ on us and completely melt down. This is why the man has 18 wins. With 33 games to go and six more starts to make, CC is almost a shoo-in for 20 wins.

Negatives From The Game:

Can’t Teix?: Mark Teixeira left the game with an apparent brusied thumb. Let’s hope it’s nothing serious as the Yanks will need their slugging first baseman for the stretch run.

Austin Light Power: Right fielder, Austin Kearns, completely lost a fly ball in the light tonight. Granted, it was the ninth inning and the Yanks had a five-run lead, but c’mon man!

Interesting Facts:

9 for 18: Nick Swisher’s line against his ex-mates

.234: Derek Jeter’s batting average on the road this year. Yuck.

.314: Derek Jeter’s batting average at home this year.

What’s Next?:

The Yanks will look to win this series tomorrow afternoon and finish with a 3-3 road trip.

Sunday, 2:05 PM, YES: Ivan Nova (0-0, 2.16 ERA) vs. Gavin Floyd (9-10, 3.91 ERA)

Last Start:
Nova: ND, 5 1/3 innings, two earned runs, three strikeouts (at Toronto)
Floyd: Win, seven innings, two earned runs, six strikeouts (vs. Baltimore)

**Nova looked very impressive in his first career start against the Blue Jays.
**Floyd is 1-0 with a 4.94 ERA in four starts against the Yanks.