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Wang's strong start, Matsui's four RBI help Yanks earn split

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Chien-Ming Wang's pitching led the way on a night the Yankees showed they might be ready to break out of an offensive funk.

"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."

Hideki Matsui drove in four runs, slumping Bobby Abreu had a key RBI single and Derek Jeter added a run-scoring triple. Melky Cabrera and Jorge Posada homered in the ninth.

"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.

In the first game, Chicago rookie lefty John Danks worked out of a couple of tight jams and outpitched veteran Mike Mussina to give the White Sox a 5-3 victory.

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.

Notes

  • 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.
 
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Chien-Ming Wang saves the Yanks in Game 2, allowing six hits and one run over seven innings.  (AP)
Chien-Ming Wang saves the Yanks in Game 2, allowing six hits and one run over seven innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

H. Matsui
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 4
New York

C. Wang
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 1
K 3
 

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New York Yankees
Bobby Abreu, RF5111030 .242
Derek Jeter, SS4211110 .368
Jason Giambi, DH3110201 .280
    Miguel Cairo, PR-DH0100000 .125
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4000103 .311
Hideki Matsui, LF5034010 .287
Robinson Cano, 2B5010003 .234
Melky Cabrera, CF2211100 .232
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B3000012 .225
Wil Nieves, C2000002 .037
   a- Jorge Posada, PH-C2111001 .375
Totals3589856  
a-flied out for Nieves in the 7th
Batting
2B - Hideki Matsui (9, Contreras)
3B - Derek Jeter (1, Contreras)
HR - Melky Cabrera (2, Sisco), Jorge Posada (4, Sisco)
SH - Melky Cabrera (3), Doug Mientkiewicz (4)
RBI - Bobby Abreu (21), Derek Jeter (21), Hideki Matsui 4 (18), Melky Cabrera (13), Jorge Posada (22)
2-OUT RBI - Bobby Abreu (8), Derek Jeter (12), Hideki Matsui 4 (9)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Melky Cabrera 1
DP - Cano-Jeter-Mientkiewicz
New York Yankees
Chien-Ming Wang (W,2-3) 7611130 4.54
Kyle Farnsworth (H,5) 1000200 4.41
Mariano Rivera 1100010 6.59
HBP - Ozuna (by Chien-Ming Wang)
Pitches-Strikes - Chien-Ming Wang 91-59, Kyle Farnsworth 24-11, Mariano Rivera 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chien-Ming Wang 10-6, Kyle Farnsworth 1-2, Mariano Rivera 1-1
Batters Faced - Chien-Ming Wang 27, Kyle Farnsworth 5, Mariano Rivera 4
Chicago White Sox
Darin Erstad, CF4110001 .257
Pablo Ozuna, 2B2010110 .237
Jermaine Dye, DH4010002 .206
Paul Konerko, 1B3000114 .191
Rob Mackowiak, RF3011104 .203
Joe Crede, 3B4000002 .200
Ryan Sweeney, LF4010001 .231
Juan Uribe, SS4010021 .245
Gustavo Molina, C2010000 .056
   a- A.J. Pierzynski, PH-C2000002 .244
Totals3217134  
a-flied out for Molina in the 7th
Batting
RBI - Rob Mackowiak (5)
2-OUT RBI - Rob Mackowiak (2)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Juan Uribe (3, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago White Sox
Jose Contreras (L,3-4) 6.2542360 3.64
Boone Logan 1.1000000 4.35
Andrew Sisco 1444202 6.75
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Contreras 100-58, Boone Logan 23-11, Andrew Sisco 33-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Contreras 10-5, Boone Logan 3-1, Andrew Sisco 2-1
Batters Faced - Jose Contreras 29, Boone Logan 4, Andrew Sisco 9
Game Information
Attendance - 34609
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 46
Umpires - Home - Larry Young, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Mike Muchlinski