CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 18: Carlos Pena # 22 of the Chicago Cubs (C) after hitting a 2-run home run gets high fives from Reed Johnson against the New York Yankees in the fourth inning on June 18, 2011 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Yankees Rout Cubs In Series Finale

Cubs score early,Yankees score often as New York takes rubber match.

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Yankees Bats Erupt Sunday To Take Series From Cubs

You knew it had to happen eventually. The Yankees in the first two games of their weekend series with the Cubs scored a combined five runs and hit no homeruns. That all changed Sunday. The Yankee offense scored ten runs and it took one batter to end their homerless streak when Brett Gardner lead off the game with a bomb to the bleachers.

The Cubs would answer the Yankees early run. They scored one in the bottom of the first and then took the lead in the third thanks to a three-run homer by Alfonso Soriano. The Cubs wouldn’t score again as the Yankees won the finale 10-4.

Randy Wells started for the Cubs but didn’t figure in on the decision. Wells went six innings and allowed four runs on five hits. The bullpen couldn’t keep things close as four relievers gave up six runs over the final three innings.

CC Sabathia got the win for the Yankees Sunday. Sabathia rebounded from a shaky start to go seven innings and gave up four runs on eight hits. The lefty improved to 9-4 on the season.

Sunday’s crowd was the largest ever at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs will now head South. The South Side that is. The Cubs and White Sox will start the Crosstown Classic Monday at US Cellular Field.


Cubs Look To End Successful Homestand With Series Win

The Cubs and Yankees are two of the most popular franchises in all of sports. Both have nationwide fan bases and diehard fans who will stick with their team through both good and bad. With how entertaining this series has been this weekend, it's a shame the two teams don't face off more often.

Randy Wells (1-1, 5.63 ERA) will get the start Sunday looking to keep the Yankee bats quiet.  The Yankees lead all of baseball with 103 homeruns, but have yet to hit one at Wrigley this weekend.  Cubs pitchers have held the prolific Yankee lineup to just five runs combined in the first two games of the series. This will be the first time Wells has faced the Yankees.

The Yankees will send their ace CC Sabathia to the mound in the series finale. Sabathia is 8-4 on the season with a 3.28 ERA. The big lefty has dominated interleague play in his career, but hasn't faired quite as well against the Cubs. Sabathia is just 1-2 with a 5.76 ERA in his previous four starts against the Cubs. This will be his second start at Wrigley Field. Alfonso Soriano. Reed Johnson, and Aramis Ramirezhave all hit Sabathia hard in their careers.

The forecast at the time of first pitch is temps near 80 with a slight chance of storms. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 CST. The game can be seen on ESPN.

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