Derek Jeter says farewell to the Cell with 4 hits in White Sox loss
BY TONI GINNETTI Staff Reporter May 25, 2014 4:34PM
Updated: May 26, 2014 12:06AM
The Yankees ended their weeklong stay in Chicago by taking the last two games of a four-game series against the White Sox, capped by the 7-1 victory Sunday behind Derek Jeter’s hitting and Masahiro Tanaka’s pitching.
Jeter had a season-high four hits in his U.S. Cellular Field farewell, including a triple — his first since Aug. 25, 2011. He scored a run and drove in two for Tanaka (7-1), who limited the Sox to one run and five hits in 62/3 innings.
‘‘[Tanaka] does a lot of things with the ball — slider, split — but the command he has is the impressive part,’’ Sox manager Robin Ventura said.
‘‘[Tanaka has] good stuff,’’ Gordon Beckham said. ‘‘I thought we should have hit him a little better, but he was keeping us off-balance.’’
The Yankees scored four runs off Andre Rienzo (4-1) in the second inning, then added runs in the fourth, sixth and eighth. The last run was Brian Roberts’ home run off reliever Scott Carroll.
‘‘It seemed Rienzo was working from behind all day and not as sharp as he’s been in previous outings,’’ Ventura said.
The largest crowd of the season (39,142) gave Jeter standing ovations in his five at-bats.
‘‘He deserves it for what he’s done over the course of his career and how he’s done it,’’ Ventura said.
Ventura, who played with Jeter for two seasons with the Yankees, said the pregame tribute to Jeter was fitting ‘‘but weird. He’s not dying — he’s just retiring.’’
Beckham was hitless against Tanaka but singled in his last at-bat against reliever Adam Warren to extend his hitting streak to seven games.
‘‘When he first came back, there was a bit of rust getting back into the season,’’ Ventura said of Beckham, who missed the first several weeks of the season with a strained oblique.
‘‘I see a different person. I saw it in spring training, but once you lose that playing time from what you gained in spring training, you have to get it back. Mentally, he’s more secure in who he is and how he belongs and all those things he was the first two years I was here.
‘‘He knows he’s a good hitter. He knows how to hit. I don’t think any of the stories of ‘we have a bunch of minor-league second basemen’ has bothered him. He knows he’s a good player, and he’s just going to continue to play. That’s part of him having the confidence he has this year that he didn’t have the last couple of years.’’
Beckham is hitting .393 (11-for-28) during the streak, .398 in his last 11 games and .289 overall.
— The Sox’ injury bug is spreading to the minor leagues. Top prospect Micah Johnson was put on the disabled list Sunday at Class AAA Charlotte with a left hamstring injury. The second baseman is hitting .273 for the Knights.
— Paul Konerko, who went 0-for-3, played in his 2,300th career game.
— The Sox traded minor-league catcher Hector Gimenez to the Blue Jays for cash.