Well, that’s done. Up next, Boston.
Tonight’s 6-5 win against the White Sox was much closer than it should have been, but it finished off a three-game series sweep, gave the Yankees five or six to start this home stand, and shifted attention to a pivotal four-game series against the Red Sox. CC Sabathia walked four but delivered his best start in nearly two months. Of course, it was nearly undone by a rare Dave Robertson stumble, but the Yankees went to Mariano Rivera for four outs to finish off the win. It was the Major League debut for White Sox pitching prospect Erik Johnson, and the Yankees let him off the hook in the first inning. Robinson Cano homered that inning, but Ichiro Suzuki struck out to leave the bases loaded. It was a different story in the fourth inning. With the game tied at 1, Johnson allowed a leadoff single, then made a throwing error to let Ichiro reach base. Lyle Overbay followed with a go-ahead double, Brett Gardner hit a two-run triple, and Cano had a two-out, RBI single. The kid made a mistake, and the Yankees made sure it cost him the game.
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