Rapid Reaction: Yankees 4, Sox 2

July, 1, 2012
7/01/12
4:35
PM CT
By ESPNChicago.com
ESPNChicago.com


A quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 4-2 loss to the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.

How it happened: The White Sox gave starter Gavin Floyd an early lead with a pair of first-inning runs, but that would be all for the Sox offense. Alejandro De Aza opened the game with a double and came home on Kevin Youkilis' RBI single. Youkilis scored two outs later on Alex Rios' hit into left center. The Yankees struck back quickly on Floyd, scoring twice in the second inning and twice in the third on homers from Eric Chavez and Robinson Cano. Leyson Septimo pitched 2 1/3 innings of hitless relief for the White Sox, striking out two. The Sox managed just six hits of Yankees starter Phil Hughes, who got the win.

What it means: The White Sox and Yankees split the series, a battle of two first-place teams.

Outside the box: Three White Sox learned before the game that they’d been selected to the American League All-Star team. Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko and Chris Sale will represent the White Sox on July 10 in Kansas City. Jake Peavy remains in the running for the team via the Final Vote. Peavy will learn his fate when online voting ends Thursday.

Up next: After a day off on Monday, the White Sox will return home Tuesday for a three-game set against the Texas Rangers, who have the best record (50-29 heading into play Sunday) in the major leagues. Probable starters for the 7:10 CT start are Sale (9-2, 2.27) for the Sox and Roy Oswalt (2-0, 4.26) for the Rangers.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jose Abreu
BA HR RBI R
.299 31 83 56
OTHER LEADERS
HRJ. Abreu 31
RBIJ. Abreu 83
RJ. Abreu 56
OPSJ. Abreu .981
WC. Sale 10
ERAC. Sale 1.88
SOC. Sale 122