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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Rapid Reaction: White Sox 7, Yankees 3

By Scott Powers



CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 7-3 win over the New York Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field on Tuesday.

How it happened: White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis may have changed uniforms since leaving the Boston Red Sox, but he showed he can still torment the Yankees. Youkilis hit his third career grand slam Tuesday to break a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning. White Sox starter Francisco Liriano had trouble with the Yankees in the first inning, allowing two runs, but he settled down to pick up the win. He allowed six hits, two runs, three walks and struck out seven in six innings. Paul Konerko also homered for the White Sox, giving them 37 home runs in August, and Dewayne Wise had a career-high four hits. Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter hit a home run on the game’s first pitch.

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 on Tuesday.

Outside the box: With Tuesday’s win, the White Sox clinched the season’s series with the Yankees. The last time they accomplished that was in 2003.

Up next: The White Sox will start Chris Sale (14-4, 2.72) against Yankees starter Phil Hughes (12-10, 4.23) in the series finale on Wednesday.