White Sox 9, Yankees 4: Burnett Bombs For New York

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Burnett Knocked Out In Fourth Inning

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – A.J. Pierzynski and Omar Vizquel both knocked in two runs to support a solid outing from Freddy Garcia, as the Chicago White Sox beat New York, 9-4, in the opener of a three-game series between playoff contenders at U.S. Cellular Field.

Juan Pierre had two hits and scored twice for the White Sox, while Garcia (11-5) limited the Yankees to five hits and two runs — one earned — over seven innings.

Chicago finds itself three games back of first-place Minnesota in the American League Central standings. The Twins are currently playing in Seattle.

New York starter A.J. Burnett (9-12) gave up nine runs — eight earned — on eight hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings. Sergio Mitre allowed one hit over 4 2/3 innings in relief of the ineffective Burnett, who has lost his last four decisions.

Despite the loss, the Yankees remain tied with Tampa Bay atop the AL East after the Rays were beaten by Boston on Friday.

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Girardi: 'My Focus Is Here'

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi tried Friday to diffuse talk about the possibility of him leaving the Yankees to manage the Chicago Cubs next season.

“If you love this game it’s flattering to hear your name mentioned as a big-league manager – no matter what you’re doing,” Girardi said. "I was flattered to be mentioned for the Yankees, I was flattered to be mentioned for the Marlins; if you love the game and you love what you do like I do, it’s nice.

“But my focus is here,” he continued. “I have a responsibility to the Steinbrenners, who have treated me and my family great, to Brian Cashman and his staff, to the guys in that (clubhouse), and to the entire organization and our fan base to do whatever I can to help us get No. 28.”

Nice try, Joe. You know, though, that this will be a topic of conversation until you sign a new for 2011 in one place or the other.

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Rookie Pitcher Ivan Nova Investigated By MLB

From the New York Post.

Major League Baseball is investigating Yankees pitcher Ivan Nova and minor league hurler Wilkin De La Rosa for allegedly injecting each other with B-12 shots last season when they were teammates in Trenton (Double-A), The Post has learned.

Though B-12 isn’t on the list of baseball’s banned substances, only licensed physicians are allowed to inject medication. And MLB wants to make sure that the shots were indeed B-12.

Hopefully, the two Yankee youngsters will not be found guilty of any wrongdoing. If anything, sounds like they might be guilty of stupidity.

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