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Sunday, July 1, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Yankees 4, White Sox 2


WHAT IT MEANS: The old-timers got to play -- then see their former team pick up a win.

Phil Hughes tossed eight innings of two-run ball, Robinson Cano and Eric Chavez both homered and the Yankees topped the White Sox, 4-2, on Old-Timer’s Day at the Stadium in front of their fifth sellout crowd of the season.

New York (48-30) lost the first two games of its four-game series with Chicago, but rebounded to capture the last two.

HUUUUUGHES: Hughes gave up two runs on three hits in the first inning, but settled down from there.

His final line: 8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO

The 25-year-old right-hander (9-6) has won five of his last six starts.

NEW MONTH, SAME RESULT: Cano had 12 homers in June. The All-Star second baseman already has one in July. Cano parked his 20th homer of the season -- a two-run shot -- into right to give the Yankees a 4-2 lead in the third. Cano’s batting average stands at a team-leading .310 after a two-hit day.

CHAVY: Eric Chavez had a big day filling in for Alex Rodriguez, who got the day off. The 34-year-old third baseman had two hits -- including a two-run second-decker in the second, his sixth homer of the season.

UNDER .300: Derek Jeter went 1-for-5 and saw his batting average plummet to .299 -- the first time it’s been under .300 since the third game of the season.

SNUBBED?: The Yankees have four All-Stars -- Cano, Jeter, Curtis Granderson and CC Sabathia. Rafael Soriano, who has filled in admirably as the team’s closer since Mariano Rivera was lost for the season, hurled a scoreless ninth to record his 18th save in 19 opportunities. The 32-year-old’s ERA stands at 1.78. And yes, he untucked his jersey after the game was over.

UP NEXT: The Yankees open up a three-game series in Tampa: Freddy Garcia (2-2, 6.39 ERA) against Matt Moore (4-5, 4.19) on Monday night.