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By JAY COHEN  AP Sports Writer
CHICAGO (AP) _ Derek Jeter had five hits, Curtis Granderson
drove in five runs and the surging New York Yankees pounded Gavin
Floyd and the Chicago White Sox 18-7 on Wednesday night.
Robinson Cano and Eric Chavez each had three hits and four RBIs
for the Yankees, who have won six straight and nine of 11. Leadoff
hitter Brett Gardner scored four times and Mark Teixeira drove in
three runs in New York’s highest-scoring game of the season.

Cano capped the Yankees’ four-run first with a three-run drive
to right for his 17th homer. Granderson added a two-run triple in
the second and New York chased Floyd (9-10) during its seven-run
third inning.

Carlos Quentin hit a three-run homer and a sacrifice fly for the
slumping White Sox, who have lost five straight and are in danger
of falling out of the AL Central race. Detroit beat Texas 5-4 to
increase its lead over third-place Chicago to 6 1/2 games.

Chicago was again without first baseman Paul Konerko, who is
sidelined with a bruised left calf and could return for the finale
of the four-game series on Thursday.

The Yankees, used to controversy at this point, brushed off the
news before the game that injured third baseman Alex Rodriguez is
being investigated by Major League Baseball for his alleged
involvement in illegal high-stakes poker games.
“I don’t really have any comment on that,” manager Joe Girardi
said. “Let baseball handle those things.”
Cano led off the third with a fly ball to center but the next
six batters reached. Nick Swisher singled and Chavez followed with
a drive to right for his first homer since May 11, 2010, for
Oakland at Texas. Jorge Posada doubled and Russell Martin walked
before Floyd was replaced by Will Ohman.

New York kept on rolling after Floyd left; Jeter hit a two-run
single, Teixeira drove in two more with a triple that skipped by
center fielder Alex Rios, and Cano added an RBI single.
Floyd was charged with nine hits and a career-high 10 runs. He
was 3-0 with a sparkling 0.81 ERA in his previous three starts.

The Yankees staked A.J. Burnett to a 13-1 lead, but he still
wasn’t able to able to snap a six-start winless streak. The
right-hander gave up seven runs and 13 hits in 4 1-3 innings.
Cory Wade (2-0) followed Burnett with 1 1-3 scoreless innings to
get the victory.

NOTES: Konerko hit in the batting cage and ran on an underwater
treadmill before the game. … Girardi says the plan is for RHP
Phil Hughes to start Tuesday against the Angels. Girardi also left
open the possibility of New York continuing to employ a six-man
rotation, which would include RHP Ivan Nova. … Nova (9-4, 4.01
ERA) is scheduled to start Thursday night against the White Sox.
Nova was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday
and threw seven solid innings in New York’s 17-3 victory over
Baltimore in the nightcap of a day-night doubleheader. … RHP Phil
Humber will oppose Nova in the series finale. Humber is 1-4 with a
5.20 ERA in his past five starts. … The White Sox honored former
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley during a pregame ceremony. … Jeter
matched his career high for hits for the fourth time.
___

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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