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Teixeira, Hughes help Yankees rout White Sox

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira spent Sunday smacking line drives to all parts of Yankee Stadium -- and the balls were dropping in for hits.

It must be May.

Teixeira tied a career high with four hits, including a two-run double, to continue his emergence from an April slump and back another dominant performance by Phil Hughes in the New York Yankees' 12-3 rout of the Chicago White Sox.

"You try to go out there and put together a good season. No one's going to judge me on one month," said Teixeira, who is 6 for 9 in two May games to raise his average to .189.

For the second straight season in New York, Teixeira was a bust on offense in April. He followed a .200 first month in 2009 with an even uglier .136 this year. The slow starts confound manager Joe Girardi.

"I wish I knew" what caused it, Girardi said.

Alex Rodriguez was given the day off after he was lifted for a pinch runner in the ninth inning Saturday, but Girardi said it was just a day of rest.

ESPNNewYork.com, though, reported general manager Brian Cashman said Rodriguez had a "muscle-related" injury to his right leg.

When told of Cashman's assessment, Girardi said, "He's a little bit stiff. That's going to happen to all of our guys. When you play every inning of every game you're going to feel something, but that doesn't mean that he's injured."

Girardi said A-Rod will be in the lineup Monday night against Baltimore.

Robinson Cano had a three-run homer and a double to raise his average to .387, Nick Swisher added a two-run shot and Brett Gardner hit a rare homer to help the Yankees take two of three from Chicago. Nick Johnson added a two-run double as New York set season highs for runs and hits (16).

"It was good to see everyone contribute today," Girardi said. "Tex had four hits, and that's good. Nick hit the ball hard today and that's good -- and that's a great sign."

Hughes (3-0) stymied the White Sox, limiting them to four hits over seven scoreless innings. The right-hander, who won the No. 5 starter job this spring, had not allowed more than three hits in any of his first three starts. He struck out six while walking one.

"The best guy we faced maybe all season long except for the guy in Toronto," manager Ozzie Guillen said, referring to Blue Jays lefty Ricky Romero, who took a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the White Sox. "But Hughes had unusual stuff today. He threw really good."

Gardner started in center field because Curtis Granderson went on the 15-day disabled list before the game with a strained left groin. Girardi said Granderson could be out for a month.

Relief pitcher Mark Melancon was called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He pitched two innings and gave up a long three-run homer to Paul Konerko, his 12th of the season.

The speedy Gardner gave the Yankees their first run when his two-out grounder in the second deflected off the glove of a lunging Konerko at first base and spun away from second baseman Gordon Beckham. The infield single scored Cano, who led off with a double.

In the fourth, Gardner hit his first homer since June 26, 2009, at the Mets, a span of 167 at-bats. It came a batter after Mark Kotsay caught Marcus Thames' drive near the top of the right-field wall.

"That's my one for the year," Gardner said.

The Yankees added three runs against a struggling Mark Buehrle (2-4) in the fifth. After Teixeira and Swisher singled, Cano reached low to pull his ninth homer and make it 5-0.

Swisher, who batted fourth with A-Rod out, followed with a two-run drive off Tony Pena in the sixth, and the Yankees added five runs in the seventh.

"I loved hitting behind Tex -- it's a different month," Swisher said.

Guillen was ejected during Gardner's at-bat in the seventh after a prolonged argument over balls and strikes with plate umpire Dan Iassogna. It was the second time Guillen has been tossed this season and the 21st time in his career.

"I was protecting A.J. [Pierzynski]," Guillen said of his catcher.

Gardner walked after the ejection and the Yankees loaded the bases when shortstop Alexei Ramirez failed to handle Beckham's shovel toss on Ramiro Pena's grounder for an error.

Derek Jeter walked to force in a run, and Johnson and Teixeira had two-run doubles to make it 12-0.

Buehrle has stumbled at the start of the season. He allowed five runs and 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings, and since throwing seven scoreless innings on opening day he hasn't allowed less than four runs in any of his next five starts.

"It's obviously frustrating. It's a combination of things, not making good pitches," Buehrle said.

Notes

  • Beckham is in an 0-for-11 slide with seven strikeouts.
  • Teixeira has had 18 four-hit games. The last came on Sept. 19, 2009.
  • Konerko went 6 for 19 with four homers and 10 RBI on the 2-4 road trip.
  • Guillen told reporters he was up until nearly 3 a.m. watching news of the failed bomb attack that took place just two blocks from the team's hotel in Times Square on Saturday night.
 
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Mark Teixeira is starting to heat up again now that April is done as he knocks four hits on Sunday.  (AP)
Mark Teixeira is starting to heat up again now that April is done as he knocks four hits on Sunday. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

M. Teixeira
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 0
RBI 2
New York

P. Hughes
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 1
K 6
 
Chicago White Sox
Mark Kotsay, RF4020001 .159
Gordon Beckham, 2B4100033 .211
Andruw Jones, CF4110002 .274
Paul Konerko, 1B3113112 .296
Mark Teahen, 3B4000021 .235
Carlos Quentin, DH4000001 .173
A.J. Pierzynski, C4000000 .192
Alexei Ramirez, SS2000000 .215
   a- Jayson Nix, PH-SS1000010 .188
Juan Pierre, LF3020000 .202
Totals3336317  
a-struck out for A. Ramirez in the 8th
Batting
HR - Paul Konerko (12, Melancon)
RBI - Paul Konerko 3 (24)
SB - Juan Pierre (10, 2nd base off Hughes/Posada)
CS - Juan Pierre (4, 2nd base by Hughes/Posada)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - A. Ramirez-Beckham-Konerko
E - Alexei Ramirez 2 (5, Dropped fly)
Chicago White Sox
Mark Buehrle (L,2-4) 4.21055132 5.30
Tony Pena 1.2465201 7.30
Randy Williams 0.2211120 5.06
Sergio Santos 1000020 0.00
HBP - Thames (by Sergio Santos)
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 93-60, Tony Pena 39-24, Randy Williams 26-14, Sergio Santos 21-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 6-6, Tony Pena 4-1
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 26, Tony Pena 11, Randy Williams 5, Sergio Santos 4
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS4121100 .333
    Francisco Cervelli, 3B1000011 .346
Nick Johnson, 1B5112012 .141
Mark Teixeira, DH5242011 .189
Nick Swisher, RF4232101 .282
Robinson Cano, 2B4223112 .387
Jorge Posada, C5120016 .299
Marcus Thames, LF4000002 .458
Brett Gardner, CF4222113 .342
Ramiro Pena, 3B-SS5100014 .071
Totals4112161247  
Batting
2B - Nick Johnson (3, Williams), Mark Teixeira (5, Williams), Robinson Cano (6, Buehrle), Jorge Posada (5, Pena)
HR - Nick Swisher (4, Pena), Robinson Cano (9, Buehrle), Brett Gardner (1, Buehrle)
RBI - Derek Jeter (20), Nick Johnson 2 (7), Mark Teixeira 2 (12), Nick Swisher 2 (15), Robinson Cano 3 (21), Brett Gardner 2 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Swisher 2 (9), Brett Gardner (5)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Ramiro Pena (1, Misplayed grounder)
New York Yankees
Phil Hughes (W,3-0) 7400160 1.44
Mark Melancon 2232011 9.00
WP - Phil Hughes (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Phil Hughes 98-69, Mark Melancon 27-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Phil Hughes 6-8, Mark Melancon 3-3
Batters Faced - Phil Hughes 25, Mark Melancon 9
Game Information
Attendance - 45303
Game Time - 3:06
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Mark Wegner