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And much more.
Youkilis, who was part of the fierce Yankees-Red Sox rivalry for years, hit a grand slam Tuesday night and the White Sox came back from an early deficit for the second straight game to beat New York 7-3.
"I think there is a rivalry in the past that I played on and that was blown out of proportion," Youkilis said. "I think here, it's not really that crazy. The fans aren't as crazy into it. They just treat it like every other game."
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But with both the Yankees and White Sox leading their divisions with about five weeks left, it's not just another series. And Youkilis' opposite field grand slam off Ivan Nova was the difference Tuesday night.
"It just depends on the situation. I was trying to drive the ball to the outfield, get a runner in," Youkilis said. "That's what I was trying to do and I was very fortunate it got over the fence."
With the game tied 2-2, the White Sox loaded the bases in the fifth inning on Alexei Ramirez's double, a walk and single by Wise. Youkilis' high fly to right carried over the fence in right for his second grand slam at U.S. Cellular Field this season. He also cleared the bases in April for the Red Sox against the White Sox and Phil Humber.
"Youkilis put a good swing on it. I didn't think that ball was going to go, but the ball carries well here," Yankees catcher Russell Martin said. "That was a big blow."
Since joining the White Sox in June, Youkilis has hit 11 of his 15 homers. He's given Chicago steady fielding at third, power at the plate and a No. 2 hitter who has good at-bats.
"That was a tough spot for us. Third base, even batting second. It's changed that spot, particularly," Chicago manager Robin Ventura said.
"It extends your lineup. He's a tough at-bat. He sees a lot of pitches. All the things you want when a guy goes up there. He's seeing a lot of pitches and he's a good hitter."
Nova (11-7), who is 1-4 in his last eight starts, gave up seven hits and six runs in six innings.
"He's struggled. There's no doubt the second half, he's struggled," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Nova. "He has not located like he did the first half, and his off-speed has not been consistent. You just got to keep working. That's all you can do."
Chicago's Francisco Liriano (5-10) also went six innings, surrendering Derek Jeter's leadoff homer and two runs in the first while allowing six hits and three walks.
"It was touch and go in the beginning, but this team will make you use a lot of pitches," Ventura said. "He did battle through it and got sharper as the game went along. He just made pitches and at least got us to a point where we could go to the bullpen and guys came in and did a good job."
Jeter hit the game's first pitch for his 12th homer, giving him sole possession of 11th place on the career hits list (3,256) and moving him ahead of Eddie Murray. The Yankees then loaded the bases on a single by Nick Swisher and two walks, but ended up with just one more run on Curtis Granderson's fielder's choice grounder as Liriano avoided a big inning.
|Kevin Youkilis hurts his former rivals with a grand slam in the fifth to blow open the game. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|New York Yankees|
|Derek Jeter, SS||5||1||1||1||0||1||2||.324|
|Nick Swisher, RF||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.270|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.302|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||2||0||1||0||2||0||0||.260|
|Andruw Jones, LF||2||0||1||0||1||1||1||.215|
|a- Ichiro Suzuki, PH-LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.271|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||4||0||1||1||0||0||2||.241|
|Jayson Nix, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||2||3||.250|
|b- Eric Chavez, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.295|
|Casey McGehee, DH||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.226|
|c- Raul Ibanez, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.246|
|Russell Martin, C||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.196|
|a-flied out for A. Jones in the 8th|
|b-walked for Nix in the 9th|
|c-hit into fielder's choice for McGehee in the 9th|
|HR - Derek Jeter (12, Liriano), Russell Martin (14, Crain)|
|RBI - Derek Jeter (42), Curtis Granderson (73), Russell Martin (34)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|New York Yankees|
|Ivan Nova (L,11-7)||6||7||6||6||2||3||2||4.92|
|IBB - Dunn by Derek Lowe|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ivan Nova 84-53, Derek Lowe 41-26|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ivan Nova 3-11, Derek Lowe 3-1|
|Batters Faced - Ivan Nova 26, Derek Lowe 12|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Dewayne Wise, CF||5||1||4||0||0||0||0||.299|
|Kevin Youkilis, 3B||4||1||1||4||1||0||3||.241|
|Adam Dunn, DH||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.206|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||4||1||2||1||0||1||4||.315|
|Alex Rios, RF||4||1||1||0||0||1||4||.300|
|A.J. Pierzynski, C||3||1||1||1||0||0||0||.299|
|Dayan Viciedo, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.254|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.260|
|Gordon Beckham, 2B||3||1||2||1||1||1||0||.230|
|2B - Alexei Ramirez (18, Nova)|
|3B - Alex Rios (7, Nova), A.J. Pierzynski (4, Lowe)|
|HR - Kevin Youkilis (15, Nova), Paul Konerko (21, Nova)|
|SF - A.J. Pierzynski (3)|
|RBI - Kevin Youkilis 4 (47), Paul Konerko (58), A.J. Pierzynski (69), Gordon Beckham (45)|
|2-OUT RBI - Gordon Beckham (14)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - A. Ramirez-Beckham-Konerko|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Francisco Liriano (W,5-10)||6||6||2||2||3||7||1||5.12|
|Matt Thornton (H,20)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.53|
|Pitches-Strikes - Francisco Liriano 108-62, Jesse Crain 17-10, Matt Thornton 10-6, Brett Myers 12-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Francisco Liriano 6-4, Jesse Crain 4-0, Matt Thornton 1-1, Brett Myers 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Francisco Liriano 26, Jesse Crain 5, Matt Thornton 2, Brett Myers 4|
|Attendance - 24247|
|Game Time - 2:37|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Mike Muchlinski, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Tim Tschida|