New York at Chicago

N.Y. Yankees
W: J. Vazquez (11-6) L: M. Mussina (13-5)
S: B. Jenks (31)
HR: NYY - J. Giambi (33), M. Cabrera (7)   CHW - None

Opportunistic White Sox take series from Yankees

CBS wire reports

CHICAGO -- Alex Rodriguez rushed another throw and in a hurry, the New York Yankees were in trouble.

The Chicago White Sox took advantage of two key errors and beat the Yankees 5-4 Thursday night, and winning two of three from the AL East leaders.

"It's good," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Every series for us is big. Hopefully, we'll win it. That's our wish. That's what we're working for. Hopefully, we'll continue to do that."

The Yankees tried to rally in the ninth inning, putting two runners on with two outs. Bobby Jenks got Johnny Damon on a groundout for his 31st save in 33 chances.

Javier Vazquez got his 100th career win in a game that started after a rain delay of nearly 1½ hours.

Tadahito Iguchi had his second straight three-hit game and Scott Podsednik broke a 1-for-14 slump with RBI singles in the second and sixth innings. The Yankees had their chances, too, but left nine runners in scoring position.

Rodriguez, recently plagued by wild throws, made his 19th error of the season and left fielder Melky Cabrera let a ball get past him, helping the White Sox score four times in the second inning.

"It's just frustrating," Rodriguez said. "You can't give those guys extra outs."

Chicago moved into second place in the AL Central, a half-game ahead of Minnesota and 8½ behind Detroit, which visits U.S. Cellular Field this weekend.

"We have (10) games against the Tigers," Vazquez said. "I know they're playing great, but we can't concentrate on them. We know that if we play good baseball from here on, we might have a chance."

The Yankees' Jason Giambi hit a two-run homer in the third after missing Wednesday's game with a bruised right elbow. Cabrera added a two-run homer in the seventh.

Damon led off the game with a double down the left-field line and made a sliding catch on Paul Konerko's line drive to end the bottom half. He left Wednesday night's game with a stiff right groin.

Vazquez (11-6) struggled through five innings after striking out a season-high 13 against Toronto in his previous start. He allowed two runs and six hits, threw 111 pitches, struck out eight and walked a season-high six.

Reliever Neal Cotts left after Bobby Abreu's single put runners on first and third with one out in the sixth. Brandon McCarthy came in, and Rodriguez popped to Alex Cintron in shallow left.

Cintron then tossed the ball to third baseman Joe Crede, who fired the ball to first trying to double off Abreu. Umpire Eric Cooper called him safe, Guillen came out of the dugout and was quickly ejected. Fans chanted "Ozzie! Ozzie!" as the White Sox manager vehemently protested. Guillen also stopped to have words with plate umpire Bill Miller on his way to the dugout.

McCarthy struck out Giambi to end the inning, and the White Sox made it 5-2 in the bottom half on Brian Anderson's two-out double and Podsednik's second RBI single.

Mike Mussina (13-5) lost his second in a row after winning five consecutive decisions, allowing five runs (three earned) and eight hits in six innings.

Mussina didn't help his cause when he hit Jermaine Dye in the right hand leading off the second inning, but the defense faltered, Podsednik singled in a run, and just like that the White Sox had a 4-0 lead.

"It's tough with a team that good to give them that many outs," Mussina said. "Nothing good is going to happen when you give them four, five outs like that."

Dye moved to second when A.J. Pierzynski singled, and the defense unraveled from there.

Crede hit a grounder to third base, but Rodriguez hurried his throw to second and the ball sailed into right field. That allowed Dye to score the game's first run and put runners on the corners.

Crede and Pierzynski scored when Cabrera misplayed Cintron's single, allowing the ball to roll to the corner. Cintron took second and scored the fourth run on Podsednik's one-out single.

"I just tried to get two," Rodriguez said. "Looking back on it, I probably should have gotten the one."


  • Abreu stole his 15th consecutive base -- and 24th this season -- when he swiped second in the third inning.
  • With Juan Uribe out of the lineup for the fifth straight game with a stiff lower back, Cintron started at shortstop for the White Sox.
  • Guillen's ejection was the eighth of his career and third this season.
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Those aren't stock tips Ozzie Guillen's sharing with ump Eric Cooper. The Sox skipper is tossed in the 6th.  (AP)
Those aren't stock tips Ozzie Guillen's sharing with ump Eric Cooper. The Sox skipper is tossed in the 6th. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

M. Cabrera
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

S. Podsednik
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0

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Derek Jeter, SS4010124
Bobby Abreu, RF3110200
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Jason Giambi, DH4112125
Jorge Posada, C5000023
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SB - Bobby Abreu 2 (, 2nd base off Vazquez/Pierzynski, 2nd base off McCarthy/Pierzynski), Melky Cabrera (, 2nd base off Vazquez/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 15
E - Melky Cabrera (, ), Alex Rodriguez (, )
New York Yankees
Mike Mussina (L,-) 6853160
Mike Myers 0.1100000
Scott Proctor 1.2000030
HBP - Dye (by Mike Mussina)
WP - Mike Mussina ()
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Mussina 99-65, Mike Myers 5-4, Scott Proctor 20-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Mussina 7-5, Mike Myers 1-0, Scott Proctor 2-0
Batters Faced - Mike Mussina 28, Mike Myers 2, Scott Proctor 5
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF4022000
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B4030002
Jim Thome, DH4000014
Paul Konerko, 1B4000022
Jermaine Dye, RF3110021
A.J. Pierzynski, C4110011
Joe Crede, 3B3100100
Alex Cintron, SS4111012
Brian Anderson, CF3110021
2B - Tadahito Iguchi (, Mussina), Brian Anderson (, Mussina)
RBI - Scott Podsednik 2 (), Alex Cintron ()
2-OUT RBI - Scott Podsednik ()
SB - Jermaine Dye (, 2nd base off Mussina/Posada)
CS - Scott Podsednik (, 2nd base by Mussina/Posada)
Team LOB - 6
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Brandon McCarthy (H,) 1.1222031
Matt Thornton (H,) 1.1100000
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Javier Vazquez 1-6, Matt Thornton 3-1, Bobby Jenks 2-1
Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 27, Neal Cotts 3, Brandon McCarthy 6, Matt Thornton 5, Bobby Jenks 5
Game Information
Attendance - 39289
Game Time - 3:26
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Brian Gorman