Even with Hiroki Kuoroda on the mound, the Yankees could beat the lowly White Sox tonight. The Yankees need a win on Wednesday just to avoid a three-game sweep against one of the worst teams in the American League. Granted, Chris Sale is awfully good, but still. This series — just like the San Diego series — was a good chance to beat up on a beatable team, and the Yankees are instead falling apart.
A few quick notes before we get to The Associated Press for some details of tonight’s game:
• Although he’s still suspended, there’s good news on Francisco Cervelli: It seems he will not need surgery on his sore throwing elbow.
• Not such good news on Vidal Nuno, who’s not likely to pitch again this season. He had a PFP injection for his injured groin last month, and Brian Cashman said it’s likely Nuno is lost for the year. The Yankees rotation depth has taken a pretty significant hit these past few days.
• The Chicago crowd cheered when Alex Rodriguez was hit by a pitch tonight. Not surprisingly, Joe Girardi didn’t like that too much.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chris Sale allowed one run while outpitching Hiroki Kuroda in to the eighth inning, and the Chicago White Sox beat the New York Yankees 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Alex Rodriguez singled, walked, was hit by a pitch and lined out to center field after going 1 for 4 in his season debut Monday. The Yankees lost for the 13th time in 19 games after scoring a run in the ninth against closer Addison Reed.
A-Rod was on deck when Alfonso Soriano struck out to end it with a runner on first.
Reed gave up a single to a pinch-hitter Ichiro Suzuki, who took second on defensive indifference and came around on Brett Gardner’s two-out single. But Reed finished for his 27th save in 32 chances.
Adam Dunn singled and scored tying run in the fourth, and Chicago took a 2-1 lead in the sixth when Paul Konerko beat the relay throw on a force to deep third, allowing Alexei Ramirez to score after he led off with a single.
Doubles by Gordon Beckham and Alejandro De Aza in the seventh off Kuroda (10-7) made it a two-run game, sending the White Sox to their second straight win after dropping 10 in a row.
Victimized by poor run support this season, Sale (7-11) got the win after going 1-9 over his previous 11 starts. He allowed five hits and left with one out in the eighth after Rodriguez led off with a single and Robinson Cano lined out.
Nathan Jones struck out Curtis Granderson and Lyle Overbay before the Yankees rallied against Reed.
Kuroda took the loss after going 3-0 in his previous five starts. He gave up three runs and nine hits, but the Yankees came out flat again after getting pounded 8-1 on Monday.
They’re hoping Rodriguez can provide a spark and boost their fading playoff hopes, but he’s coming off hip surgery and has a long suspension hanging over him after Major League Baseball lowered the hammer on Monday.
Rodriguez, who’s appealing the 211-game punishment that stretches from Thursday through the 2014 season for violations of its drug agreement and labor contract. Hours after the suspension was handed out, he made his season debut and got booed every time his name was announced.
It was the same way on Tuesday. The only time he heard cheers was when Sale hit him with a pitch near the belt in the third inning.
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