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Bullpen lets down Sale against Yankees



The facts: 6:05 p.m., Ch. 9, 670-AM, 97.5-FM.

The starters : Erik Johnson (12-3, 1.96 ERA in minors) vs. CC Sabathia (12-11, 4.91).

Updated: September 4, 2013 12:19AM

NEW YORK — This will go down as one of the White Sox’ worst seasons in recent memory, and — with a record of 56-81 with 25 games to play after a 6-4 loss Tuesday to the Yankees — possibly of all time before it’s over.

Little of it will be on Chris Sale’s shoulders. The left-hander was excellent again but had nothing to show for it after the Sox’ bullpen failed in a five-run Yankees eighth.

“Any loss is tough,’’ Sale said. “But crazy things happen in baseball. That’s why it’s never over till the last out is made. Regroup and come back tomorrow.’’

Sale left with a 4-1 lead but left runners on second and third after Derek Jeter singled and Robinson Cano doubled.

Nate Jones (4-5) gave up singles to Alfonso Soriano and Alex Rodriguez, pinch hitter Curtis Granderson singled against Donnie Veal and Eduardo Nunez broke a 4-all tie with a two-run double against Matt Lindstrom.

Two of the three runs charged to Sale were earned. Gordon Beckham and Conor Gillaspie made the Sox’ 97th and 98th errors of the season in the second inning before the Yankees pulled off a double steal for a run.

More rest for starters

The Sox will use a modified six-man rotation down the stretch, allowing the regulars an extra day or two of rest between starts while rookies Erik Johnson, Andre Rienzo and possibly Charlie Leesman gain experience.

Jose Quintana, who pitched one inning Monday because of an almost two-hour rain delay, will open the series in Baltimore on Thursday. He’ll be followed by John Danks, Hector Santiago and Rienzo.

Dunn not done

Adam Dunn, who has said he would walk away from the game when it’s no longer fun, said that he “still is enjoying the competition. It’s just tough losing when you have such high expectations.’’

The topic was revisited in a column by Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal headlined “Dunn may be done after the season.” Dunn repeated that he wouldn’t come back only for the $15 million left on his contract.

“Obviously winning solves everything,’’ Dunn said after the game. “Because the expectations were so high, in the clubhouse for sure, this has been one of the most disappointing years I can remember.’’

The bottom line: Dunn doesn’t want to be part of a total rebuild, which isn’t what the Sox plan to do.


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