The national media flocked to the ballpark prior to the game as the announcement of Rodriguez’s suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal came down on the same day he returned to the Yankees’ lineup for the first time this season.
The Sox welcomed the distraction from their losing streak as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, recording five straight singles off Yankees’ left-hander Andy Pettitte. Alexei Ramirez scored first on an Alex Rios single to right field. Jeff Keppinger and Alex Rios also scored.
In the top of the first Dayan Viciedo threw out Robinson Cano when he was trying to stretch a single into a double, and jammed his left thumb in the process. Viciedo was replaced by Alejandro De Aza in the bottom of the inning and is listed as day-to-day.
In one of the most anticipated at-plate appearances in recent memory at U.S. Cellular Field, Alex Rodriguez led off the second with a single on a fly ball to shortstop Ramirez, deflected by left fielder Casper Wells. Vernon Wells doubled on a line drive to Casper Wells before Jose Quintana popped up Granderson and struck out Suzuki and Eduardo Nunez to get the Sox out of the jam.
The Sox added two more in the second with a Josh Phegley led off single to left, Keppinger doubled and Rios singled to center to score them both.
After giving up seven runs and 11 hits, striking out four and one walk in 2 2/3 innings Pettitte was pulled in the third as Preston Claiborne entered.
Ramirez brought the Sox lead to 8-0 in the sixth off an RBI double to score De Aza. The Yankees’ scored their lone run on the evening off a Brett Gardner sacrifice fly to center off Jose Quintana to score Eduardo Nunez.
Quintana went 6 2/3 innings with eight hits and one run against his former team.
The Sox will have Chris Sale (6-11, 2.92 ERA) take the hill against the Yankees’ Hiroki Kuroda (10-6, 2.38 ERA) on Tuesday night on the Southside at 7:10 p.m. CT (WGN, WSCR 670)