Series: Game 1 of 3

New York leads 1-0 (as of 5/27)

Game 1: Monday, May 27
New York 10Final
Chicago 6
Game 2: Tuesday, May 28
New York 4Final
Chicago 2
Game 3: Wednesday, May 29
New York 6Final
Chicago 3

Yankees 10

(34-18, 18-10 away)

White Sox 6

(28-23, 17-9 home)

    8:05 PM ET, May 27, 2002

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: M. Thurman (1-0)

    L: D. Wright (5-5)

    Williams drives in four with homer, double

    CHICAGO (AP) -- The biggest crowd of the year at Comiskey Park saw the New York Yankees do what they do best -- win.

    Bernie Williams

    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.

    Game notes

    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.

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