CHICAGO (AP) -- The biggest crowd of the year at Comiskey Park
saw the New York Yankees do what they do best -- win.
Bernie Williams homered, doubled and drove in four runs as the
Yankees had another big night with the bats, beating the Chicago
White Sox 10-6 Monday. The crowd of 43,781 was the biggest ever at new Comiskey for the
Yankees, and many of the fans rooted for the Bronx Bombers. ''It's still very exciting to play in front of large crowds. Our
motivation still goes up,'' Williams said. New York manager Joe Torre, whose club has won 16 of 20, said
there are Yankees fans everywhere. ''We draw a crowd wherever we go. We have guys, like (Derek)
Jeter and (Jason) Giambi, who people want to see,'' Torre said. Nick Johnson hit a three-run homer, and Rondell White had three
hits and two RBI as New York scored in double digits for the
second straight game. The Yankees hit six home runs in a 14-5
victory at Boston on Sunday night. ''We're not trying to hit homers,'' Williams said. ''In my mind,
we're still trying to win with pitching and defense. The home runs
are just a bonus.'' Mike Thurman (1-0), pitching in place of injured Orlando
Hernandez, made his first AL start a success, allowing two runs on
seven hits in seven innings. It was Thurman's first major league appearance of the season
after making 26 starts for Montreal last season.
''It's all the big leagues,'' said Thurman, who went 9-11 with a
5.33 ERA for the Expos last season. ''I just had to stay focused
like it was a scoreless game.''
Robin Ventura went 0-for-4 with a sacrifice fly and an error in
his first game at Comiskey Park since leaving Chicago as a free
agent. He played for the White Sox from 1989-98. Frank Thomas hit a two-run homer for Chicago, but Dan Wright
(5-5) could not follow up on two good starts and was in trouble
from the first pitch. Jeter doubled to start the game and scored on an RBI double by
Williams, who finished 3-for-4. White added a two-run single, and
Johnson's eighth home run made it 6-0 after the first inning. ''It was a long inning,'' Wright said. ''It was just a matter of
making bad pitches. You can't make those mistakes in the big
leagues.'' The first three batters reached against Thurman in the bottom
half, but backup catcher Alberto Castillo threw out Kenny Lofton
trying to steal second, and Paul Konerko grounded into a double
play. Wright got two outs in the second before Williams went the
opposite way to left for his 10th homer. Jeff Liefer hit an RBI single in the second, and Thomas had a
run-scoring single in the third to make it 7-2 -- after Konerko hit
into another double play. Ventura's sacrifice fly came in the fifth, and White, who has
eight hits in his last 16 at-bats, followed with a single to chase
Wright. Wright, who beat the Red Sox in his last start, allowed eight
runs on eight hits in 4 1-3 innings. Williams, who reached base four times, added a two-run single
off Bob Howry in the sixth. Thomas hit his 11th homer off Sterling Hitchcock in the eighth.
The Yankees scratched 2B Alfonso Soriano from the lineup
because of a stiff left hip flexor. Soriano, who said he slipped in
his hotel room shower Monday morning, will probably be given
Tuesday off as well. Enrique Wilson went 0-for-4 in his place. ...
A seven-minute video tribute was shown honoring the popular
Ventura, who watched it from the Yankees dugout and later tipped
his cap when the Comiskey fans gave him a standing ovation. ... The
Yankees have 49 homers in their last 24 games. ... Thurman made 85
starts in the NL for the Expos. ... White Sox third baseman Jose
Valentin left in the third inning after injuring his right ankle.
In pursuit of a popup, he stepped on a hose near the fence down the
left-field line. Valentin said he is day-to-day. ... Lofton banged
his knee on the center-field wall making a nice running catch in
the ninth. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the bottom half, but
is expected to be ready to play Tuesday.