The New York Yankees continued their ten-game home stand on Monday by beginning a three-game set with the last place Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium in a Labor Day matinee.
Phil Hughes took the mound for the Yankees but he really didn't have a chance to screw things up for the team, as he only pitched 1.1 innings. He never came back into the game when play resumed from the very lengthy rain delay, as David Huff took over in relief.
In the bottom of the first inning, Derek Jeter got the Yankees on the board with an RBI single to go up 1-0.
After the rain cleared and the sun came back out, the Yankees offense unloaded on the White Sox pitching. Mark Reynolds' RBI single made it 2-0, Austin Romine's two-run single made it 4-0.
Later in the inning, Brett Gardner's RBI double made it 5-0, Jeter's RBI single made it 6-0, Alfonso Soriano's RBI double made it 7-0 and both Jeter and Soriano scored on Adam Dunn's throwing error, which made it 9-0.
With a 9-0 lead, Huff came in and pitched 5.2 innings of relief, allowing just one run on five hits, walked none and struck out three and continues to pitch extremely well for the Yankees since getting called back up to the team.
The only offense the White Sox mustered up was a solo home run by Paul Konerko in the top of the seventh inning against Huff; but that was all. Ceasar Cabral and Adam Warren pitched scoreless innings for the Yankees, as they cruised to a 9-1 victory.
Huff picked up the victory for the Yankees and improved to 2-0; Jose Quintana took the loss despite only pitching in the bottom of the first inning.
On Tuesday, the two teams will continue their three-game set, as Hiroki Kuroda (11-10, 2.89 ERA) will go for the Yankees while the White Sox will counter with their ace Chris Sale (10-12, 2.99 ERA.)
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