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Rapid Reaction: White Sox 2, Yankees 1

8/23/2012

CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago White Sox’s 2-1 win over the New York Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field on Wednesday.

How it happened: The White Sox swept the Yankees for the first time at home since 1991 behind the effort of starting pitcher Chris Sale. Sale shut down the Yankees’ lineup, allowing three hits and one run and striking out 13 batters in 7 2/3 innings. Alex Rios broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning with his 20th home run of the season. Kevin Youkilis also drove in a run for the White Sox. Youkilis had five RBIs in the series. Derek Jeter homered for the third consecutive game and provided the Yankees with their lone run. Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes allowed five hits and two runs in seven innings. Addison Reed picked up his 23rd save by pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

What it means: The White Sox remained two games ahead of the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central. The Tigers defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Wednesday.

Outside the box: Adam Dunn struck out his 178th time this season on Wednesday, breaking the White Sox’s record for strikeouts in a single season. Dunn set a new club with 177 strikeouts last season.

Up next: The White Sox have Thursday off before beginning a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday.