Jeter Gets 4 Hits; Yanks Beat White Sox 7-1
Derek Jeter had four hits and Masahiro Tanaka rebounded nicely from his first major league loss, leading the New York Yankees to a 7-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
Brett Gardner had a big two-run single in New York’s four-run second inning as the Yankees closed out an extended stay in Chicago with a pair of wins against the White Sox. Brian Roberts added a solo homer in the eighth in his return to the lineup after missing a game with a sore right knee.
Tanaka (7-1) pitched into the seventh inning as New York improved to 3-3 on its unusual nine-game trip to Chicago and St. Louis. The Yankees split two games against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, and then had another split in their four-game set on Chicago’s South Side.
Conor Gillaspie had two hits and drove in a run for the White Sox, who had won eight consecutive home games against New York before Saturday’s loss. Andre Rienzo (4-1) struck out seven in five innings, but allowed four earned runs and seven hits.
Jeter once again heard loud cheers throughout the day in what likely was his final game in Chicago. The 13-time All-Star plans to retire after the season.
The White Sox honored the captain of the Yankees with a pregame video and presented the 39-year-old shortstop with three gifts: a baseball-themed bench made by former White Sox and Yankees player Ron Kittle, enclosed infield clay from the shortstop area at U.S. Cellular Field and a $5,000 donation to Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation.
Jeter waved to the sellout crowd of 39,142 after he received the gifts from White Sox slugger Paul Konerko, who also plans to retire after the season. He also acknowledged the home dugout, where the White Sox applauded the pregame ceremony from the top step.
Once the game started, it was all business for Jeter.
He drove in Roberts with his second single in the second. He tripled past diving center fielder Adam Eaton in the fourth and scored on Rienzo’s wild pitch, and then added another run-scoring single in the sixth.
The crowd gave Jeter a standing ovation when he batted for the last time in the eighth, and then applauded again when he struck out swinging to end the inning. It was Jeter’s first four-hit game since a 9-6 loss at the White Sox on Aug. 20, 2012.
New York’s 10-hit attack was more than enough for Tanaka, who allowed one run and five hits in 6 2-3 innings. The Japanese right-hander struck out six and walked two in his 10th major league start.
Tanaka was coming off a 6-1 loss to the lowly Cubs on Tuesday that ended his unbeaten streak at 42 regular-season starts. He had been 34-0 in Japan and North America the last two seasons, though he did drop Game 6 of the Japan Series last year before earning the save in Game 7.
NOTES: It was Jeter’s first triple since New York’s 22-9 victory over Oakland on Aug. 25, 2011. … Yankees RHP Michael Pineda is scheduled to pitch two innings in an extended spring training game on Tuesday. Pineda was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 6 with a shoulder muscle injury. … RHP Frank Francisco, who was designated for assignment when the White Sox activated Chris Sale on Thursday, declined his minor league assignment and became a free agent. … The White Sox traded minor league C Hector Gimenez to Toronto for cash. … Yankees slugger Carlos Beltran will attempt some dry swings in New York on Monday. Beltran is out with a bone spur in his right elbow that could require surgery. … The White Sox host Cleveland on Monday in the opener of a three-game series. The Yankees travel to St. Louis to begin a three-game set against the Cardinals.