"We've had pretty good pitching, but we haven't been able to mount any kind of offense," Yankees manager Joe Torre said after Wednesday night's 8-1 win over the Chicago White Sox earned a split in their day-night doubleheader.
"Hopefully this starts something, because we're certainly capable."
"Wang did what he usually does. We swung the bats a little better," Jeter said. "We've just been scuffling. We needed one of these games, but we need it to continue."
Wang (2-3) allowed six hits and a run over seven innings. He beat Jose Contreras (3-4), who gave up five hits and four runs -- two earned -- in 6 2/3 innings on a 46-degree night at U.S. Cellular Field.
The second game was delayed at the start for one hour, 15 minutes by rain.
Matsui hit a two-out, two-run double in the third inning of the nightcap when Chicago center fielder Darin Erstad apparently had trouble reading the ball and couldn't retreat fast enough as it sailed over his head. The inning was aided by shortstop Juan Uribe's error on Jeter's grounder.
Erstad scored Chicago's run in the sixth after leading off with single. Pablo Ozuna was hit by a pitch and two outs later, Rob Mackowiak delivered an RBI single to end Wang's shutout bid. But the rally fizzled when Ozuna was thrown out at third by center fielder Cabrera.
"We had a chance. We had a couple of men on base with no outs. We couldn't get something going," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He (Wang) threw the ball really good and we couldn't make anything happen."
The Yankees tacked on two runs in the top of the seventh on a two-out RBI single by Abreu, who'd struck out his first three at-bats. Jeter followed with an RBI triple to right center as Erstad hit the fence chasing the drive.
Cabrera and Posada homered and Matsui hit a two-run, bases-loaded single off Andrew Sisco in a four-run ninth to make it 8-1.
- Rodriguez went 0-for-8 in the doubleheader and is in a 2-for-25 slump. He made several nice defensive plays at third.
- Mussina is 15-16 in his career against the White Sox -- the most lifetime losses against the White Sox by any active pitcher.
- Guillen said he's leaning toward bringing Contreras back on three-days rest to start the series finale Sunday against the Cubs.
- The White Sox optioned backup catcher Gustavo Molina to Triple-A Charlotte after the second game and are expected to activate Toby Hall off the disabled list Thursday.