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Yankees 2, White Sox 5: Yankees hit into four double plays

Decent outing by Sabathia, but the offense couldn't pick him up.

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This series against the White Sox got off to a promising start last night, after the Yankees finally beat Chris Sale, who had a sub-1.00 ERA in five starts against them. In a tight race for the division, the Yankees needed to win this game to stay close to the Blue Jays, but it was one of those nights where the offense couldn't get anything going at the plate. The game was tied for a few innings until the White Sox went ahead in the seventh and never looked back.

CC Sabathia made his fourth start since coming off of the disabled list, and it was a decent one. After a clean first inning, the White Sox got on the board in the second after Melky Cabrera singled and Alexei Ramirez doubled. They added another run in the third, when Avisail Garcia singled with two outs. The run scored, but Garcia was caught in a rundown between first and second that was poorly executed by the Yankees. Garcia actually made it all the way back to first, but overran the bag and was called out to end the inning.

By the time the fourth inning rolled around, the Yankees had zero hits, along with two batters (Brian McCann and Brett Gardner) who had been hit by pitches. The Yankees first hit of the night came in the fourth, win Gordan Beckham was fooled by a single off the bat of McCann. Beckham broke left initially, then went right, but the ball found the grass. Chris Young followed with a single, Rob Refsnyder drew a walk, and Didi Gregorius singled to make it a tie game. Chase Headley grounded into a double play to end the inning. The Yankees had a good chance to score in the sixth, when Refsnyder doubled with one out, but Brett Gardner grounded into a double play to end the inning. Alex Rodriguez and Chris Young also grounded into double plays in the seventh and eighth innings, so it definitely wasn't a memorable night for the offense.

It was a tie game until the seventh inning, when Mike Olt and Gordan Beckham both hit solo home runs off of Sabathia. He hadn't given up a single home run in his three previous starts since coming off of the disabled list. Andrew Bailey took over for an inning and a third without giving up a single hit, which was his best outing since being called up. Nick Rumbelow worked two quick outs in the ninth inning before giving up back-to-back singles. With few decent options available in the bullpen, Joe Girardi brought in Chasen Shreve who immediately gave up an RBI single to Adam Eaton. Chris Martin was able to get the final out, after intentionally walking Jose Abreu to load the bases.

David Robertson made his first appearance at Yankee Stadium since his departure last year and unfortunately he did not blow the save, but there's always tomorrow. Adam Warren will start tomorrow's game against John Danks at 4:05 EST.

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