Ex-Sox Nick Swisher Hits One Of Three Homers Off John Danks; Sox Lose

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Sox Hit Three Homers, But Yankees Have Four In 12-9 New York Win

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Rookie Eduardo Nunez hit his first career home run and drove in a total of four runs, as the New York Yankees outlasted the Chicago White Sox, 12-9, in the second test of a three-game set from U.S. Cellular Field.

Marcus Thames homered twice for the Yankees, who remained tied atop the American League East standings with the Rays, who defeated the Red Sox on Saturday. Nick Swisher hit a two-run homer and knocked in a total of three runs.

CC Sabathia (18-5) went seven innings in the start, allowing five runs on nine hits to pick up his fifth straight win. The left-hander also struck out nine and walked one.

Paul Konerko, Alexei Ramirez, and Andruw Jones each homered for the White Sox, who now sit 4 1/2 games behind Minnesota in the AL Central standings after the Twins beat the Mariners on Saturday.

John Danks (12-9) lasted just 4 1/3 frames, giving up eight runs on six hits to suffer the loss. He also fanned five batters and walked four.

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Erick Threets To Have Tommy John Surgery

The Chicago Breaking Sports link in the previous update has been updated to include the following info:

The White Sox bullpen took another hit when lefty Erick Threets elected to undergo Tommy John surgery on his left elbow, which he injured during Friday’s victory over the Yankees. The already have relievers J.J. Putz and Matt Thornton on the disabled list.

“Very, very sad moment,” manager Ozzie Guillen said of Threets’ injury, which takes up to 18 months to heal. “He was throwing the ball very well.”

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Sox Put Erick Threets On DL, Recall Carlos Torres

Via tweet from InsideTheSox’s Scott Reifert:

RHP Carlos Torres recalled by #WhiteSox; LHP Erick Threets to DL.

An unconfirmed report says that the injury that forced Threets from last night’s game is a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.

UPDATE: Injury above confirmed by Chicago Breaking Sports

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Sox Look For Second Straight Over Yankees With Sabathia In Their Path

(Sports Network) - The Chicago White Sox will do battle with the New York Yankees today in the second of three straight meetings at U.S. Cellular Field.

Once again, Yankees ace CC Sabathia is in the thick of the race for the Cy Young Award in the American League. The ace is 17-5 with a 3.02 ERA, having figured in the decision of all but five of his starts to date. Sabathia, who has 151 strikeouts in 187 2/3 innings, is coming off a victory over Seattle on Sunday. In that tilt, the big lefty blanked the Mariners for six innings, allowing just three hits.

Sabathia has found great success in 28 career starts against the White Sox, posting a 15-4 record and 3.72 ERA with 177 strikeouts in 179 innings.

Slated to oppose Sabathia is John Danks, who enters this tilt with a 12-8 overall record and a 3.31 ERA. The 6-2 lefty has 130 strikeouts in 168 1/3 innings and did not figure in the decision against Kansas City on Sunday despite a solid showing. Danks allowed just two earned runs on five hits in six innings against the Royals.

Danks is 2-1 against the Yankees in his career with a 5.48 ERA.

A.J. Pierzynski and Omar Vizquel both knocked in two runs to support a solid outing from Freddy Garcia on Friday, as the White Sox beat New York, 9-4.

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.

"[Garcia] threw the ball great," Pierzynski said of his battery mate. "He made pitches when he had to and got double-play balls."

Chicago still finds itself 3 1/2 games back of first-place Minnesota in the American League Central standings after the Twins defeated Seattle on Friday.

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.

A waiver claim for Manny Ramirez has been awarded to the White Sox, but general manager Ken Williams avoided discussing the issue after last night's game, fearing a tampering charge.

New York took two of three games from Chicago in the Bronx earlier this season, but lost three of four to the Sox in its lone visit to U.S. Cellular Field in 2009.

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