Brett Gardner hit his third home run of the year to start a six-run fifth inning for the New York Yankees, who clobbered the Chicago White Sox 12-3 Thursday night at Yankee Stadium.Winning pitcher C.C. Sabathia (2-1) tossed seven quality innings, allowed just three earned runs and stuck out six for the Yankees, who salvage a split in the four-game series.
Outfielder Nick Swisher had an impressive outing going 3-for-4 with a homer, three runs and four RBI, including one in the lopsided fifth for the Yankees (14-8). Gardner finished 2-for-3 with three runs, RBI and a stolen base. Shortstop Eduard Nunez, who filled in for captain Derek Jeter, who was given a night off, also went 2-for-3 with three runs. Center fielder and leadoff hitter Curtis Granderson, second baseman Robinson Cano, third baseman Alex Rodriguez and catcher Russell Martin each collected hits and RBI.
Losing pitcher, Edwin Jackson (2-3), gave up six earned runs and was chased after four innings. Chicago catcher Ramon Castro finished the game 2-for-4, while shortstop Alexi Ramirez went 2-for-5.
On Friday, the Yankees schedule features the beginning of a three-game home series against the Toronto Blue Jays, which starts at 7:05 p.m. Ricky Romero (1-3, 3.00 ERA) will start for the Blue Jays (12-13), while Freddy Garcia (1-0, 0.69 ERA) is on the bump for New York. Saturday will matchup New York's A.J. Burnett (3-1, 3.52 ERA) against Kyle Drabek (2-0, 3.30) at 4:05 p.m. Sunday will showcase the Yankees' Ivan Nova (1-2, 5.82 ERA) against Jesse Litsch (2-1, 3.86) at 1:05 p.m.
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