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Yankees 9th Inning Meltdown

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By HOWIE RUMBERG   AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ Dayan Viciedo hit a three-run homer off David
Robertson in the ninth inning after a throwing error, and the
Chicago White Sox rallied past the New York Yankees 4-3 Thursday
night.

Reliever Clay Rapada’s wild toss to second base on a potential
double-play ball set up the AL Central-leading White Sox.
With closer Rafael Soriano not available after pitching the past
two games, the Yankees had their five-game winning streak end.
Derek Jeter almost saved the Yankees in the ninth. But his bid
for a two-out, two-run homer was caught by right fielder Alex Rios
with his back against the wall.

Other than Alejandro De Aza, who homered and had four hits, the
White Sox were unable to muster much against the Yankees’ de facto
ace Ivan Nova into the eighth. Minus Soriano, Chicago improved to
22-14 on the road, third best in the American League.
Mark Teixeira homered off Hector Santiago (2-1) with two outs in
the eighth to make it 3-1.

Rios led off the ninth with a single against Cody Eppley, and
Rapada entered. A.J. Pierzynski bunted back to the mound and
Rapada’s poor throw put runners at first and third. Robertson (0-2)
relieved and Viciedo drove a 1-0 pitch into the left-field stands.
Addison Reed gave up a leadoff single to Dewayne Wise in the New
York ninth. Eric Chavez then hit a fly to left and Wise was caught
way off first base, but Viciedo’s throw to first was offline for a
possible double play. After pinch hitter Andruw Jones struck out
looking, Jeter flied out deep and Reed had his 11th save.

Jeter had singled in the seventh to tie fellow shortstop Cal
Ripken Jr. for 13th place on the career list with 3,184.
De Aza homered off the facing of the suite level in right field
for the game’s first run with two outs in the fifth. That was the
lone run against Nova, who gave his manager reason to be hopeful
about the Yankees’ depleted rotation with an ace-like outing.

The Yankees took the lead right back against rookie Dylan
Axelrod in the bottom half when Curtis Granderson singled with two
outs and Alex Rodriguez followed with a drive to left-center. De
Aza made a long run to track down the ball, but it hit off his
glove as he neared the wall, falling for an RBI double.

Robinson Cano then gave the Yankees the lead with a double to
right-center.

A day after receiving a double whammy of devastating injuries to
the rotation, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he’s not going to
give the remaining three starters any sort of pep talk _ unless he
has to. In the meantime, CC Sabathia is on the disabled list with a
groin strain and Andy Pettitte is out with a broken lower left leg.

Nova gave up six hits, three walks and a wild pitch, leaving
with De Aza on second and one out in the eighth. The crowd of
44,041 gave him a loud ovation when he strolled off the field.

Boone Logan relieved and got Adam Dunn to fly out, advancing De
Aza to third. Eppley relieved and struck out Paul Konerko with a
knee-buckling breaking pitch.

Axelrod was making his third start in place of the injured Phil
Humber and had his longest outing of the year. He allowed six hits
and two runs in seven innings.

Despite wearing a different uniform, Kevin Youkilis was booed as
if he still played for Boston. Acquired over the weekend, he went 0
for 4 for the White Sox.

NOTES: The White Sox take infield practice after BP before the
first game of every series, one of the changes made by new manager
Robin Ventura this year. On Thursday, however, Chicago took a
unique approach to the drills _ they didn’t use a ball. The players
mimed catching the ball and whipping it around the infield, even
turning double plays. Several players left the field with a smile.
… The Yankees purchased the contract of RHP Adam Warren from
Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes/Barre and he’ll start Friday in place of
Sabathia. … The White Sox purchased the contract of left-hander
Leyson Septimo from Triple-A Charlotte and have designated reliever
Will Ohman for assignment.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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