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New York at Chicago

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N.Y. Yankees (67-42) «42700041018230
Chi. White Sox (52-57)1005100007140

Yankees torment Floyd, White Sox with 18-run effort

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Brett Gardner started it off with a perfectly placed bunt single. Derek Jeter liked it so much that he followed with a bunt hit of his own. Robinson Cano homered, and the rout was on.

These days, the New York Yankees can beat you in several different ways.

Jeter had five hits, Curtis Granderson drove in five runs and the surging Yankees pounded Gavin Floyd and the Chicago White Sox 18-7 on Wednesday night.

"Guys are having good at-bats, hitting balls hard, finding holes," Jeter said. "It's not too often during a course of a season where it seems like everyone is swinging the bat well at the same time, but it's been the case for us the last few days."

Cano and Eric Chavez each had three hits and four RBI for the Yankees, who have won six straight and nine of 11. Gardner scored four times and Mark Teixeira drove in three runs in New York's highest-scoring game of the season.

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The Yankees are averaging 7.8 runs over their past 13 games, including a pair of 17-run outbursts.

"It can be anybody. That's the way this team has been winning games,' Granderson said. "It's not just one guy we're relying on in the lineup."

Cano capped the Yankees' four-run first with a three-run drive to right for his 17th homer. Granderson added a two-run triple in the second and New York chased Floyd (9-10) during its seven-run third inning.

Carlos Quentin hit a three-run homer and a sacrifice fly for the slumping White Sox, who have lost five straight and are in danger of falling out of the AL Central race. Detroit beat Texas 5-4 to increase its lead over third-place Chicago to 6½ games.

"Every game we lose is embarrassing," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I think you get to the point where it's like what's going to happen next."

Chicago was again without first baseman Paul Konerko, who is sidelined with a bruised left calf and could return for the finale of the four-game series on Thursday.

The Yankees, used to a bit of controversy at this point, brushed off the news before the game that injured third baseman Alex Rodriguez is being investigated by Major League Baseball for his alleged involvement in illegal poker games.

"I don't really have any comment on that," manager Joe Girardi said. "Let baseball handle those things."

Cano led off the third with a fly ball to center but the next six batters reached. Nick Swisher singled and Chavez followed with a drive to right for his first homer since May 11, 2010, for Oakland at Texas. Jorge Posada doubled and Russell Martin walked before Floyd was replaced by Will Ohman.

New York kept on rolling after Floyd left; Jeter hit a two-run single, Teixeira drove in two more with a triple that skipped by center fielder Alex Rios, and Cano added an RBI single.

Floyd was charged with nine hits and a career-high 10 runs. He was 3-0 with a sparkling 0.81 ERA in his previous three starts.

"I wasn't sharp with everything," Floyd said. "A couple of things weren't working for me. Just try to make pitches, try to throw strikes, try to get some outs. They were just hitting."

The Yankees staked A.J. Burnett to a 13-1 lead, but he still wasn't able to able to snap a six-start winless streak. The right-hander gave up seven runs and 13 hits in 4 1-3 innings.

"I need to be better," said Burnett, who is 2-6 with a 5.29 ERA in his past 11 starts. "I'm going to be better."

Cory Wade (2-0) followed Burnett with 1 1/3 scoreless innings to get the victory.

Jeter moved past Lou Brock and into 23rd on the career list with 3,027 hits by matching his career best for a single game, accomplished four times. He also scored four runs and drove in a pair.

"He just played hard," Granderson said. "He continues to set the bar even higher."

Notes

  • Konerko hit in the batting cage and ran on an underwater treadmill before the game.
  • Girardi says the plan is for RHP Phil Hughes to start Tuesday against the Angels. Girardi also left open the possibility of New York continuing to employ a six-man rotation, which would include RHP Ivan Nova.
  • Nova (9-4, 4.01 ERA) is scheduled to start Thursday night against the White Sox. Nova was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday and threw seven solid innings in New York's 17-3 victory over Baltimore in the nightcap of a day-night doubleheader.
  • RHP Phil Humber will oppose Nova in the series finale. Humber is 1-4 with a 5.20 ERA in his past five starts.
  • The White Sox honored former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley during a pregame ceremony.
 
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Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano combine for eight hits, six runs and six RBI in the Yankees' rout of Chicago.  (AP)
Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano combine for eight hits, six runs and six RBI in the Yankees' rout of Chicago. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

D. Jeter
AB 6
R 4
H 5
HR 0
RBI 2
New York

C. Granderson
AB 6
R 2
H 4
HR 0
RBI 5
 
New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, LF-CF5430010 .280
Derek Jeter, SS6452002 .280
Curtis Granderson, CF6245023 .278
    Eduardo Nunez, 2B0000000 .271
Mark Teixeira, 1B5113014 .255
Robinson Cano, 2B5234000 .299
    Andruw Jones, LF1010000 .235
Nick Swisher, RF5110132 .267
Eric Chavez, 3B6134011 .298
Jorge Posada, DH-1B5110003 .235
Russell Martin, C4210110 .226
Totals4818231829  
Batting
2B - Derek Jeter (17, Crain), Curtis Granderson (18, Crain), Jorge Posada (13, Floyd), Russell Martin (11, Bruney)
3B - Curtis Granderson (9, Floyd), Mark Teixeira (1, Ohman)
HR - Robinson Cano (17, Floyd), Eric Chavez (1, Floyd)
SF - Mark Teixeira (5)
RBI - Derek Jeter 2 (38), Curtis Granderson 5 (84), Mark Teixeira 3 (85), Robinson Cano 4 (74), Eric Chavez 4 (12)
2-OUT RBI - Curtis Granderson 3 (21), Mark Teixeira 2 (28), Robinson Cano (30), Eric Chavez 2 (5)
SB - Brett Gardner (33, 2nd base off Thornton/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Nunez-Posada
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
A.J. Burnett 4.11377031 4.54
Cory Wade (W,2-0) 1.2000000 1.89
Luis Ayala 2100000 1.56
Rafael Soriano 1000010 4.76
WP - A.J. Burnett (14)
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 85-59, Cory Wade 22-15, Luis Ayala 15-13, Rafael Soriano 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 5-5, Cory Wade 3-2, Luis Ayala 3-2, Rafael Soriano 2-0
Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 26, Cory Wade 5, Luis Ayala 6, Rafael Soriano 3
Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF5221004 .277
Omar Vizquel, 2B5010012 .255
Carlos Quentin, DH4114010 .259
Adam Dunn, 1B4010001 .166
   a- Tyler Flowers, PH1000000 .143
Alexei Ramirez, SS4110012 .270
A.J. Pierzynski, C4121010 .289
Alex Rios, CF3010002 .207
   b- Brent Lillibridge, PH-CF1000000 .252
Alejandro De Aza, RF4140000 .357
Brent Morel, 3B4111004 .250
Totals39714704  
a-grounded out for Dunn in the 9th
b-flied out for Rios in the 7th
Batting
2B - Juan Pierre (10, Burnett), A.J. Pierzynski 2 (20, Burnett, Burnett)
HR - Carlos Quentin (21, Burnett)
SF - Carlos Quentin (4)
RBI - Juan Pierre (27), Carlos Quentin 4 (66), A.J. Pierzynski (34), Brent Morel (18)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Quentin 3 (28)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Dunn-A. Ramirez-Santos
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gavin Floyd (L,9-10) 2.191010122 4.56
Will Ohman 3.2633050 4.10
Brian Bruney0222000 5.79
Matt Thornton 1322100 3.65
Jesse Crain 1211010 2.66
Sergio Santos 1100010 2.91
HBP - Gardner (by Gavin Floyd)
WP - Matt Thornton (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 54-35, Will Ohman 59-44, Brian Bruney 9-5, Matt Thornton 34-19, Jesse Crain 19-14, Sergio Santos 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 2-3, Will Ohman 1-5, Matt Thornton 1-2, Jesse Crain 1-1, Sergio Santos 1-0
Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 18, Will Ohman 17, Brian Bruney 2, Matt Thornton 7, Jesse Crain 5, Sergio Santos 3
Game Information
Attendance - 23873
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Ted Barrett