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A-Rod's latest milestone helps Yankees drop White Sox

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez did his part to help make New York's final homestand at Yankee Stadium milestone week.

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Rodriguez became the first player with 35 home runs and 100 RBI in 12 seasons -- one more than Babe Ruth -- and the New York Yankees slowed the Chicago White Sox's pursuit of the AL Central crown with a 5-1 victory Wednesday night.

"Anytime you can do something like that in a Yankee uniform is special," said Rodriguez, who connected off Scott Linebrink in the eighth.

A day earlier, Derek Jeter set the career hits record at Yankee Stadium, and Mariano Rivera passed Lee Smith for second on the saves list on Monday.

That's about all Yankees fans have had to root for as the club plays out the final week at Yankee Stadium with the likelihood they will be eliminated from the playoffs for the first time since 1993 before Sunday's finale at the House that Ruth Built.

"Obviously you come into each and every season to win a World Series," Rodriguez said. "We have a lot of work to do."

Phil Hughes gave New York something positive to think about heading into the offseason, pitching four solid innings in his first start for the Yankees since April 29.

"Obviously, when a player comes back up he wants to show you what he can do. The big thing is being able to relax, and in the tough situations he made the big pitches," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Jermaine Dye had an RBI groundout off Hughes in the third, but that was all the White Sox could muster against the 22-year-old right-hander and four relievers. The White Sox maintained their 2½-game lead over Minnesota, which lost to Cleveland.

"We didn't hit well today. We got a couple of men on second base with no outs and didn't hit them over," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "If we want to win we've got to score more than one run. We've got to be better out of the bullpen if we want to win this thing."

With his home run in the eighth inning, A-Rod became the first player to have at least 35 in 11 consecutive seasons (1998-2008), snapping a tie with Sammy Sosa (1995-2004).

Rodriguez has 101 RBI this year.

Ruth, who also had 12 seasons with 35 home runs, had at least 35 homers and 100 RBI for the Yankees 11 times in the 1920s and 1930s.

"The 11 years in a row means more than the numbers," said Rodriguez, who struck out in five of his previous 10 at-bats before the home run.

Johnny Damon hit a two-run homer, Robinson Cano had three hits and Xavier Nady had a tying RBI single, scoring Rodriguez, in the seventh inning. Nady then scored on a wild pitch as New York rallied against rookie Clayton Richard.

Guillen said he would keep Richard, who came in 2-4 with a 6.94 ERA, on a very short leash, and the 25-year-old rookie Richard earned every inning.

He induced double-play grounders in the first, after a leadoff walk, and in the third, after a leadoff single, and struck out Jeter in the fifth after giving up two singles to start the inning.

"He was doing some funky things with the ball and we couldn't figure him out," Damon said of Richard.

But Guillen left him in a batter too long. After a visit to the mound that left Richard with a big smile, the rookie gave up a tying single to Nady. Cano followed with a double down the right-field line to end the rookie's night.

"It was definitely a step in the right direction individually," Richard said. "Late in the game there were a couple of pitches left up. I just didn't get the job done."

Mike MacDougal relieved and threw a wild pitch that allowed Nady to score and give the Yankees a 2-1 lead.

Damon hit a two-run homer in the eighth off Linebrink and Rodriguez lined his 553rd homer to right field two batters later for a 5-1 lead.

Hughes' return to the mound was cut short after only four innings. Considered a future ace by the Yankees, Hughes earned a spot on the staff out of spring training. But he went 0-4 with a 9.00 ERA before sustaining a stress fracture in a rib, and he hadn't pitched since April 29. Girardi was hoping to see him show better command of his fastball Wednesday.

Wearing glasses instead of contacts and No. 65 -- his old number -- instead of 34, which he wore to start this season, Hughes needed 33 pitches to get out of the first inning. He threw 89 pitches -- 57 strikes -- overall and gave up a run on four hits and two walks. He struck out four.

"A little bit of jitters, exciting, it's been so long, but it was a good feeling," said Hughes, who will pitch in the Arizona Fall League to build his innings.

The Yankees bullpen pitched five scoreless innings in relief. Phil Coke pitched two-plus innings, Brian Bruney came on with a runner on second in the seventh and induced three consecutive outs. Joba Chamberlain worked the eighth before Edwar Ramirez recorded the final three outs.

Notes

  • White Sox left-fielder Carlos Quentin had the soft cast removed from his broken right wrist, and began range of motion exercises. He is scheduled to join the team in Kansas City on Friday, where he will swing a bat.
  • A-Rod had struck out in five of his previous 10 at-bats before the home run.
 
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In the last days of The House That Ruth Built, A-Rod eclipses one of the Babe's mighty feats.  (US Presswire)
In the last days of The House That Ruth Built, A-Rod eclipses one of the Babe's mighty feats. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
New York

A. Rodriguez
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Chicago

O. Cabrera
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Chicago White Sox
Orlando Cabrera, SS4120001 .281
Dewayne Wise, LF3010001 .300
Jermaine Dye, RF4001012 .292
Jim Thome, DH3000110 .245
Paul Konerko, 1B4000022 .244
A.J. Pierzynski, C4010000 .283
Ken Griffey Jr., CF3020110 .248
Alexei Ramirez, 2B3000004 .298
Juan Uribe, 3B3000024 .255
Totals3116127  
Batting
2B - Orlando Cabrera 2 (31, Hughes, Hughes), Ken Griffey Jr. (28, Coke)
SH - Dewayne Wise (3)
RBI - Jermaine Dye (89)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Uribe-A. Ramirez-Konerko, Cabrera-A. Ramirez-Konerko
Chicago White Sox
Clayton Richard (L,2-5) 6.2522250 6.26
Mike MacDougal 0.1000000 1.84
Scott Linebrink 1333012 3.14
WP - Mike MacDougal (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Richard 88-56, Mike MacDougal 7-5, Scott Linebrink 24-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Richard 8-5, Mike MacDougal 1-0
Batters Faced - Clayton Richard 25, Mike MacDougal 1, Scott Linebrink 6
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, LF3112112 .308
    Brett Gardner, CF0000000 .185
Derek Jeter, SS4000013 .304
Bobby Abreu, RF4000020 .296
Alex Rodriguez, 3B3211120 .305
Jason Giambi, 1B3000000 .250
    Cody Ransom, 1B1000000 .348
Xavier Nady, DH3111000 .311
Robinson Cano, 2B3030000 .262
Ivan Rodriguez, C3010002 .279
Melky Cabrera, CF-LF3110003 .243
Totals3058426  
Batting
2B - Robinson Cano (31, Richard)
HR - Johnny Damon (15, Linebrink), Alex Rodriguez (35, Linebrink)
RBI - Johnny Damon 2 (66), Alex Rodriguez (101), Xavier Nady (91)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rodriguez (34), Xavier Nady (40)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Jeter-Ransom
New York Yankees
Phil Hughes 4411240 7.96
Phil Coke 2100000 0.00
Brian Bruney (W,3-0) 1000000 2.03
Joba Chamberlain (H,16) 1100010 2.53
Edwar Ramirez 1000020 3.98
Pitches-Strikes - Phil Hughes 89-57, Phil Coke 28-19, Brian Bruney 6-5, Joba Chamberlain 10-8, Edwar Ramirez 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Phil Hughes 3-5, Phil Coke 2-4, Brian Bruney 2-1, Joba Chamberlain 1-0, Edwar Ramirez 1-0
Batters Faced - Phil Hughes 18, Phil Coke 7, Brian Bruney 3, Joba Chamberlain 3, Edwar Ramirez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 52671
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Brian Runge, Third Base - Chuck Meriwether