White Sox snap 10-game losing streak with 8-1 win over Yankees; A-Rod goes 1-for-4
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org August 5, 2013 10:58PM
Updated: August 6, 2013 12:11AM
The New York Yankees have plenty of worries, and not just with the troubles hanging over Alex Rodriguez’s head.
But their struggling on-field fortunes were a tonic for the White Sox, who broke out of their own malaise Monday with a hitting barrage.
The Sox pounded out 14 hits in their 8-1 victory, ending a 10-game losing streak on a night they weren’t even the biggest story in their own ballpark. The 10-game streak was their longest since 1976.
‘‘I would say we’re the only team in the league who could have benefitted from this,’’ Sox manager Robin Ventura said of the Rodriguez affair, which drew media from across the country.
Yankees starter Andy Pettitte (7-9) lasted only 2 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs on 11 hits as the Yankees lost for the sixth time in their last nine games.
Alex Rios drove in four of the Sox first five runs in the first two innings. Alexei Ramirez, Jeff Keppinger and Gordon Beckham also had multlihit games.
The bigger story to many was Rodriguez’ first appearance of the year after undergoing two hip surgeries — and his response to MLB’s decision to impose an unprecedented 200-plus game suspension for his alleged involvement in the Biogenesis drug scandal.
Rodriguez addressed the media before the game, expressing joy at returning to the game, but declining to give details on his appeal. ‘‘We’ll have a forum to discuss all that and we’ll talk about it then,’’ he said of the process.
Rodriguez batted clean-up and had a bloop single in his first at-bat in the second inning. He was greeted with boos when he name was announced in the pre-game lineup and each time he batted.
He finished the game 1-for-4, taking a called third strike in his last at-bat in the eighth.
Manager Joe Girardi said the boos directed at his returning third baseman won’t be a distraction.
‘‘As long as I’ve been with Alex, he’s been booed. Players who put up big numbers are booed in opposing stadiums,’’ he said. ‘‘Tonight might have been for a different reason, but the Yankees are a team that people either love or hate. It’s nothing new for us.’’
Rodriguez was one of 13 players suspended Monday, but he will be allowed to play in the three-game series because he will appeal his suspension on Thursday. He is likely to play the rest of the season since the arbitration process is expected to take several months to complete. A final decision from an arbitrator isn’t likely until the end of the year.
The players’ union is backing Rodriguez appeal, with Players Association executive director Michael Weiner saying Monday the lengthy suspension is unwarranted for a player who has never been proven to have violated baseball’s drug policy.
Commissioner Bud Selig said the penalty is lengthy because Rodriguez allegedly attempted to interfere with the investigation.
Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun, who failed a drug test in 2011 but was cleared because his sample was ruled to have been improperly handled, accepted a 65 game suspension last month as part of the Biogenesis probe.
A crowd of 27,948 attended Monday’s game, some cheering the Yankees but drowned out by the boos showered on the Yankees third baseman each time he batted.
Sox starter Jose Quintana (6-3), a former Yankees minor leaguer, held the Yankees to one run on eight hits in 6 2/3 inning, walking one and striking out five.