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Thames powers Yankees past White Sox

Aug 29, 2010 - 4:24 AM CHICAGO(AP) -- CC Sabathia has picked up the Yankees several times this season with dominant performances on the mound.

This time, New York's bruising lineup did most of the work.

Sabathia became the majors' first 18-game winner, Marcus Thames hit two of New York's four homers and the Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox 12-9 on Saturday night.

Eduardo Nunez hit his first career homer and drove in four runs for New York, which remained tied with Tampa Bay for the AL East lead. Nick Swisher connected for a two-run drive and Robinson Cano had three hits.

Nunez was called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre when Lance Berkman went on the disabled list Aug. 19. He has made five starts at third base in place of ailing Alex Rodriguez and is batting .333.

"He was the star of the night, going 3 for 4, pretty much saving us," Sabathia said.

Sabathia (18-5) struck out nine, but allowed five runs and nine hits. The big left-hander has won five consecutive starts and is 14-2 with a 2.55 ERA in his last 17 outings.

Sabathia had to navigate the White Sox lineup with an ineffective changeup.

"I just tried throwing fastball in a little more," he said. "I still have to throw my changeup, it's one of the pitches I use a lot. I just try to throw in and get them off the plate a little bit."

It was a much-needed victory for New York, which was coming off an ugly 9-4 loss in the series opener and had dropped three of four overall.

"This was a big game. This has been a trip where we had some tough losses," manager Joe Girardi said. "CC did a nice job, he gave up a couple of home runs on changeups then he settled down nicely and got us through the seventh."

But the Yankees also lost Mark Teixeira after two innings to a bruised right thumb. The Gold Glove first baseman fielded Gordon Beckham's routine grounder and slowly stepped on first for the final out of the second, then was taken down for a pinch hitter in the third.

Teixeira said he injured his thumb on Friday while making a diving stop.

"I tried to take BP today and I thought maybe adrenaline would kick in and I would be all right for the game, but I had nothing, I swung with one hand," he said. "I'm going to get here early tomorrow and get some treatment and see it how feels."

Paul Konerko hit his 32nd homer and finished with four RBIs for the White Sox, who had won three of four. Chicago fell 4 1/2 games back of AL Central-leading Minnesota, which beat Seattle 1-0.

Konerko hit an RBI single off David Robertson in the ninth to cut it to 12-9, but Mariano Rivera closed it out for his 26th save in 28 opportunities.

"They score 12 runs and we come back and make those guys bring in the best closer in the game," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said.

After Carlos Quentin grounded into a double play, Rivera yielded a single to Ramon Castro and walked Andruw Jones before Mark Teahen lined out to second to end the game.

The Yankees got off to a fast start against John Danks (12-9), belting two-run homers in each of the first three innings to build a 6-1 lead. Swisher hit his 24th in the first, connecting for the second straight day against his former team. Nunez got his first one in the second and Thames went deep in the third.

"You score five runs off of CC Sabathia, you have to find a way to win that game," Danks said. "I have to take full responsibility for this one."

Konerko and Jones each hit a two-run shot to get Chicago within one, but the Yankees responded with four runs in the fifth. Posada hit a two-run double off Tony Pena and Nunez singled in a pair to make it 10-5.

Alexei Ramirez also homered for Chicago, which finished with 16 hits. Jones went 3 for 3 and scored twice.

Thames also connected in the ninth, helping Sabathia improve to 16-4 in his career against the White Sox.

NOTES: LHP Andy Pettitte (strained left groin) will throw another bullpen session on Sunday. Rodriguez (strained left calf) may take swings on Monday, according to Girardi. Berkman (right ankle sprain) is going to try to run Sunday and if all goes well he may begin a rehab assignment Monday. ... The White Sox placed reliever Erick Threets on the 15-day disabled list with a torn ligament in his left elbow. Threets will miss the remainder of the season. RHP Carlos Torres was promoted from Triple-A Charlotte and allowed two runs and six hits over 3 1-3 innings against New York.






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    Yankees 12, White Sox 9  FinalAug 30 12:09 AM


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    D Jeter ss 5 1 1 0 1 2 5 .272
    R Pena 3b 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .220
    N Swisher rf-1b 5 2 2 3 1 0 3 .294
    M Teixeira 1b 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .257
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    R Cano 2b 5 2 3 0 0 0 3 .323
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    Aug 28 10:39 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY PAUL KONERKO SCORED ALEX RIOS
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, P KONERKO ON FIRST, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 12
    CHI WHITE SOX 9 BOTTOM,9TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: C QUENTIN (.240, 1-FOR-4)

    Yankees 12, White Sox 9  Bot 9, 0 OutsAug 28 10:29 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ALEXEI RAMIREZ (15) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 9TH OFF DAVID ROBERTSON.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 12, CHI WHITE SOX 8
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: A RIOS (.289, 0-FOR-4)

    Yankees 12, White Sox 8  Bot 9, 0 OutsAug 28 10:23 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MARCUS THAMES (8) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    9TH OFF CARLOS TORRES.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 12, CHI WHITE SOX 7
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: J POSADA (.257, 2-FOR-3, BB, 2 RBI)

    Yankees 12, White Sox 7  Top 9, 0 OutsAug 28 10:03 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY GORDON BECKHAM SCORED ANDRUW JONES
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, G BECKHAM ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 11
    CHI WHITE SOX 7 BOTTOM,8TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: J PIERRE (.284, 2-FOR-4)

    Yankees 11, White Sox 7  Bot 8, 0 OutsAug 28 9:58 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY MARK TEAHEN SCORED CARLOS QUENTIN
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A JONES ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 11
    CHI WHITE SOX 6 BOTTOM,8TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: G BECKHAM (.249, 0-FOR-3)

    Yankees 11, White Sox 6  Bot 8, 0 OutsAug 28 9:55 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY NICK SWISHER SCORED EDUARDO NUNEZ
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, N SWISHER ON FIRST, D JETER ON SECOND, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 11
    CHI WHITE SOX 5 TOP,8TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: C GRANDERSON (.246, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Yankees 11, White Sox 5  Top 8, 0 OutsAug 28 9:42 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY EDUARDO NUNEZ SCORED AUSTIN KEARNS AND JORGE
    POSADA
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, E NUNEZ ON FIRST, B GARDNER ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 10
    CHI WHITE SOX 5 TOP,5TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: D JETER (.272, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Yankees 10, White Sox 5  Top 5, 0 OutsAug 28 8:47 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JORGE POSADA SCORED ROBINSON CANO AND NICK
    SWISHER
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J POSADA ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 8
    CHI WHITE SOX 5 TOP,5TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: A KEARNS (.274, 0-FOR-2)

    Yankees 8, White Sox 5  Top 5, 0 OutsAug 28 8:39 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY ANDRUW JONES (18) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 4TH OFF CC SABATHIA SCORED RAMON CASTRO.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 6, CHI WHITE SOX 5
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: B LILLIBRIDGE (.291, 0-FOR-1)

    Yankees 6, White Sox 5  Bot 4, 0 OutsAug 28 8:18 PM
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    Yankees 6, White Sox 3  Bot 4, 0 OutsAug 28 8:16 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY PAUL KONERKO (32) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 3RD OFF CC SABATHIA SCORED ALEXEI RAMIREZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 6, CHI WHITE SOX 3
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: C QUENTIN (.239, 0-FOR-1)

    Yankees 6, White Sox 3  Bot 3, 0 OutsAug 28 8:06 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY MARCUS THAMES (7) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 3RD OFF JOHN DANKS SCORED ROBINSON CANO.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 6, CHI WHITE SOX 1
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: J POSADA (.252, 0-FOR-1)

    Yankees 6, White Sox 1  Top 3, 0 OutsAug 28 7:50 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY EDUARDO NUNEZ (1) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 2ND OFF JOHN DANKS SCORED BRETT GARDNER.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 4, CHI WHITE SOX 1
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: D JETER (.273, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Yankees 4, White Sox 1  Top 2, 0 OutsAug 28 7:34 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY PAUL KONERKO SCORED JUAN PIERRE
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, P KONERKO ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 2
    CHI WHITE SOX 1 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: C QUENTIN (.240, 24 HR, 80 RBI)

    Yankees 2, White Sox 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 28 7:25 PM


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    CHI WHITE SOX 0 0 0 (BOT 1)


    CURRENT PITCHERS: NYY - CC SABATHIA
    CHA - JOHN DANKS

    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: J PIERRE (.282, 1 HR, 35 RBI)
    A RAMIREZ (.285, 14 HR, 54 RBI)
    A RIOS (.291, 18 HR, 74 RBI)

    Yankees 2, White Sox 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 28 7:16 PM