Right-hander Cory Wade was unavailable out of the bullpen on Saturday against the White Sox and would likely remain out on Sunday and potentially Monday against the Rays, Girardi said. Wade threw 58 pitches in 3 1/3 innings on Friday, surpassing his previous season high of 42, which he reached on April 10. Girardi said left-hander Clay Rapada might also be unavailable after pitching three days in a row, but the lefty specialist threw only 14 pitches across two-thirds of an inning in that stretch.
On this date in 1977, the Yankees set a franchise record with four home runs in one inning to break open an 11-5 win over Toronto. Cliff Johnson went deep twice in the eighth, and Thurman Munson and Lou Piniella each homered once. The Yankees tied the record in a 20-11 win over Tampa Bay on June 21, 2005, again in the eighth inning. Alex Rodriguez, Gary Sheffield, Jorge Posada and Hideki Matsui each went deep in a 13-run frame that helped New York rally from an 11-7 deficit.
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Saturday's game.