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Yankees Blown Away In Windy City

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Kevin Youkilis (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images Sport)

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By RICK GANO
AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO (AP) _ Kevin Youkilis hit a grand slam, Paul Konerko
homered and Dewayne Wise had four hits Tuesday night as the Chicago
White Sox rallied for the second straight game to beat the New York
Yankees 7-3.

Chicago, which fell behind 3-0 in Monday night’s opener before
winning 9-6, trailed 2-0 after one inning Tuesday in the matchup of
division leaders.

Wise, designated for assignment by the Yankees in July, had four
singles from the leadoff spot and has played well while filling in
for the injured Alejandro De Aza.

With the game tied 2-2, the White Sox loaded the bases in the
fifth inning on Alexei Ramirez’s double, a walk and single by Wise.
Youkilis connected off Ivan Nova for his second grand slam at U.S.
Cellular Field this season. He also cleared the bases in April for
the Red Sox against the White Sox and Phil Humber.

Since joining the White Sox in a June trade with Boston,
Youkilis has hit 11 of his 15 homers.

Nova (11-7), who is 1-4 in his last eight starts, gave up seven
hits and six runs in six innings.

Chicago’s Francisco Liriano (5-10) also went six innings,
surrendering Derek Jeter’s leadoff homer and two runs in the first
while allowing six hits and three walks.

Jeter hit the game’s first pitch for his 12th homer, giving him
sole possession of 11th place on the career hits list (3,256) and
moving him ahead of Eddie Murray. The Yankees then loaded the bases
on a single by Nick Swisher and two walks, but ended up with just
one more run on Curtis Granderson’s fielder’s choice grounder as
Liriano avoided a big inning.

Chicago got one back in the second on Alex Rios’ triple and A.J.
Pierzynski’s sacrifice fly and then tied it on Konerko’s 21st homer
in the fourth.

Russell Martin hit his 14th homer, a solo shot off Jesse Crain,
in the seventh. Gordon Beckham had a two-out RBI single in the
eighth to restore the four-run lead.

Notes: Yankees ace CC Sabathia threw 38 pitches in a bullpen
session and said he expects to return to the rotation Friday
against Cleveland. He’s been on the DL with an inflamed elbow. …
OF Jordan Danks returned to the White Sox after a short stint in
the minors as Chicago put De Aza on the DL with sore ribs.

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

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