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Yankees Highlights: Paxton bounces back, Gardner and Romine drive in four each to down Chicago

James Paxton’s best start in weeks, combined with a fistful of strong performances at the bottom of the lineup, helped the Yankees split the series in Chicago.

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After a shaky stretch of play that saw the Yankees drop eight of 11 games and fall out of first place, the Bombers could have started to panic. Instead, they responded by salvaging the final two games of their four-game set with the White Sox, ending this road trip on a positive note and retaining first place ahead of an important three-game series with the second-place Rays. With reinforcements on the way, hopefully this marks the start of a strong positive push for New York.

Winner of the Game

This was another balanced team effort in which no one stellar performance powered the Yankees; rather, several solid games led them to victory. We’d do well to highlight a pair of four-RBI games, though, courtesy of Austin Romine and Brett Gardner. Both recorded a pair of hits in accounting for the bulk of the Yankee runs. Gio Urshela also has to come out of this game feeling a little better, hopefully showing signs of breaking his slump with a single and a double.

Honorable mention: Cameron Maybin hit a homer as he states his case to not get designated for assignment in the next week, and James Paxton took a step in the right direction with six innings of two-run ball.

Loser of the Game

Not easy to chose a loser when every member of the starting lineup reaches base and the pitching staff yields just three runs. The worst hitting performance of the day belonged to Mike Tauchman, who merely walked in five plate appearances, and the worst pitching performance came from David Hale, who allowed a solo home run in the eighth inning. Tough draw, guys.