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Chi. White Sox (84-66) «0013001106120
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Konerko helps White Sox beat Yankees in return to lineup

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Gavin Floyd refused to give in to Jason Giambi as the Yankees' slugger fouled off pitch after pitch with the bases loaded in the fifth inning. Eighth pitch, ninth pitch, 10th, Floyd kept thinking to himself, "I'm going to get him."

And he did. Floyd struck out Giambi on the 12th pitch of the at-bat, the highlight of a gritty seven-inning performance that helped the AL Central-leading White Sox beat New York 6-2 on Tuesday night to open a 2½-game lead in the AL Central over Minnesota, which lost at Cleveland.

"I think that's when this kid started to become a man," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said of his 25-year-old ace in the making. "Every time we are bleeding this guy gives us a chance to win the game."

Derek Jeter passed Lou Gehrig for most career hits at the soon-to-close Yankee Stadium with his 1,270th, a sharp first-inning single past third baseman Juan Uribe, who was playing on the edge of the infield grass. The crowd of 52,558 gave Jeter a sustained standing ovation and he responded with a wave of his helmet while a bat boy retrieved the milestone ball.

"It's kind of hard to enjoy it because we lost the game," Jeter said. "But this is something that is pretty special. I mean, I'd be lying to you if I said it wasn't. Records are made to be broken, but this one at least will never be broken."

Alexei Ramirez homered and Juan Uribe had three hits and drove in two runs for Chicago. Ken Griffey Jr. had an RBI single and Brian Anderson added an run-scoring double for the White Sox.

Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano returned to the starting lineup after being benched Monday as punishment for not hustling on a fielding play Sunday and went 0-for-4.

Floyd (16-7) put runners in scoring position in four of his seven innings but gave up only two runs for his first victory in three starts this month.

He gave up nine hits, including Giambi's 31st home run in the fourth, and struck out three without walking a batter. In only his second big league season, Floyd threw a career-high 116 pitches.

"I was just trying to battle, to just keep making pitches," Floyd said. "I think I'm getting better every start, learning from my mistakes."

Matt Thornton pitched the eighth and Bobby Jenks worked a perfect ninth for Chicago.

Paul Konerko, who was injured on Sept. 9, singled in the second and drove in a run with a double off Andy Pettitte in a three-run fourth. His return is big for the White Sox, who are playing without MVP candidate Carlos Quentin (broken wrist) and Joe Crede (back). The White Sox improved to 7-7 in September as they try to lock up their first division title since 2005, when they won the World Series.

"I felt good," Konerko said. "I just tried to get going early. My swing felt all right."

Manager Joe Girardi moved Pettitte back a day so he could start what should be the final game at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. The honor completes a turnaround for Pettitte, who was named in the Mitchell Report last winter.

But the lefty made a heartfelt apology during spring training for using human growth hormone and fans have recognized him throughout the season for his accomplishments as a core member of the group that won four World Series titles in five years from 1996-2000.

"I'm looking forward to it. That's all I can tell you," Pettitte said. "I'm so disappointed, you know that, the way that this stretch has gone for me. But I am so excited to be pitching that last game here. I'm thankful that they have lined me up to get it and hope I can go out and give us a good outing and get us a win in that game."

While he's 94-42 in his career at the ballpark -- second to Ron Guidry, who had 99 victories, since the ballpark was remodeled in the mid-1970s -- Pettitte (13-14) dropped to 5-8 at home this year. His 14 losses are a career high, and he has never had a losing season.

Pettitte dropped to 1-7 in 10 starts since July 26 and has lost five consecutive starts for the first time in his career. He walked in a run in the fourth.

"For Andy, I know this is killing him, and he's giving us everything he's got," Girardi said.

Pettitte left after six innings having struck out four, bringing his career total to 1,999.

Johnny Damon had one of the Yankees two hits in 12 at-bats with runners in scoring position. He hit an RBI double in the third. Alex Rodriguez had the other. He had an infield single in the fifth to load the bases.

Notes

  • Guillen named Clayton Richard (2-4) as their starter Wednesday.
  • Jeter moved past Gehrig for second in at-bats when he singled in the first with 8,002.
  • In the middle of the fourth inning the Yankees public address announcer implored fans to treat Yankee Stadium "respectfully over the final five games, and warned that anyone caught trying to take momentos from the ballpark would be arrested and prosecuted." The Yankees will have extra police, including federal officers, in the stands Sunday.
  • Olympic silver medalist Dara Torres threw out the ceremonial first pitch, and Henry Kissinger, North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams and Hillary Duff were at the game.
 
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Making a quick recovery from a knee injury, Paul Konerko gets two hits in his return. (AP)
Making a quick recovery from a knee injury, Paul Konerko gets two hits in his return. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

J. Damon
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Chicago

J. Uribe
AB 3
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Chicago White Sox
Orlando Cabrera, SS5110014 .279
Brian Anderson, CF4111110 .234
Jermaine Dye, RF3110200 .294
Ken Griffey Jr., DH5121032 .245
    Jason Bourgeois, PR-DH0000000 .000
Paul Konerko, 1B4021000 .247
    Nick Swisher, 1B1000012 .219
A.J. Pierzynski, C4110003 .284
Alexei Ramirez, 2B3111101 .300
Juan Uribe, 3B3032100 .258
Jerry Owens, LF4000026 .214
Totals36612658  
Batting
2B - Orlando Cabrera (29, Veras), Brian Anderson (12, Veras), Paul Konerko (18, Pettitte), A.J. Pierzynski (29, Giese), Juan Uribe (21, Giese)
HR - Alexei Ramirez (18, Pettitte)
RBI - Brian Anderson (25), Ken Griffey Jr. (67), Paul Konerko (51), Alexei Ramirez (66), Juan Uribe 2 (38)
2-OUT RBI - Brian Anderson (9), Juan Uribe (16)
CS - Jerry Owens (1, 2nd base by Veras/Molina)
Team LOB - 8
Chicago White Sox
Gavin Floyd (W,16-7) 7922041 3.73
Matt Thornton 1000110 2.60
Bobby Jenks 1000010 2.57
Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 116-83, Matt Thornton 32-20, Bobby Jenks 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 9-8, Matt Thornton 2-0
Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 30, Matt Thornton 4, Bobby Jenks 3
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, DH5031001 .308
Derek Jeter, SS3020001 .306
Bobby Abreu, RF4000016 .298
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4010013 .304
Jason Giambi, 1B3111115 .252
Xavier Nady, LF4000001 .311
Robinson Cano, 2B4000011 .258
Jose Molina, C3000010 .216
   a- Wilson Betemit, PH1000010 .263
Brett Gardner, CF4120000 .185
Totals3529216  
a-struck out for Molina in the 9th
Batting
2B - Johnny Damon (27, Floyd), Brett Gardner (3, Floyd)
HR - Jason Giambi (31, Floyd)
SH - Derek Jeter (7)
RBI - Johnny Damon (64), Jason Giambi (93)
SB - Brett Gardner 2 (10, 2nd base off Floyd/Pierzynski, 3rd base off Floyd/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Cano-Jeter-Giambi, Jeter-Cano-Giambi
New York Yankees
Andy Pettitte (L,13-14) 6644341 4.57
Jose Veras 1311110 3.64
Dan Giese 1211000 3.16
David Robertson 1100130 6.08
IBB - A. Ramirez by Andy Pettitte
WP - David Robertson (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Pettitte 77-46, Jose Veras 22-11, Dan Giese 26-19, David Robertson 29-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Pettitte 9-3, Jose Veras 1-0, Dan Giese 2-1
Batters Faced - Andy Pettitte 25, Jose Veras 6, Dan Giese 5, David Robertson 5
Game Information
Attendance - 52558
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Chuck Meriwether, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Brian Runge