It's been a month since they managed to get one with CC Sabathia on the mound.
Sabathia attempts to begin shaking out of his worst stretch with the Yankees and help them avoid being swept in this three-game set with the last-place Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.
New York (57-55) has lost both games since Rodriguez made his season debut hours after being hit with a 211-game suspension for violating baseball's drug agreement and labor contract. The Players Association has formally appealed his suspension, and Rodriguez is allowed to keep playing until his grievance is heard by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, who isn't expected to rule until November or December at the earliest.
The three-time AL MVP has managed a hit in each his two contests, and he reached base three times in Tuesday's 3-2 loss at Chicago. He continued to be booed by the fans at U.S. Cellular Field, except for when he was hit by a pitch in the third inning - which drew a large roar from the crowd.
"There's something wrong with that," manager Joe Girardi said.
The same could be said of Sabathia (9-10, 4.78 ERA), who is one defeat short of matching his career high set in 2002 and matched in 2006 with Cleveland.
The left-hander hasn't made it through six innings in his last four starts, going 0-3 with a 10.07 ERA. Opponents are hitting .398 against him in that span, which most recently featured Sabathia allowing a season high-tying 11 hits and five runs in Friday's 7-2 loss at San Diego."I feel like it's going to turn," he said. "It just hasn't yet. It's baseball. It has to. And I want it to."
The Yankees are 10 1/2 games behind AL East-leading Boston and six out of the second wild-card spot, and Sabathia is aware of his importance to the race.
"I'm not saying that I'm better than anybody else, but I feel like I need to be strong," he said. "We're battling, and I'm not helping us. I've expressed that. We've been through a lot this year. And me not being able to help is killing us."
Perhaps a meeting with the White Sox (42-69) can help him turn the corner. He's 10-1 with a 3.25 ERA in 16 career meetings on the South Side, though the most recent came in August 2011.
Chicago, though, finally is showing some signs of life at the plate with 11 runs and 24 hits in this series. The team hit .213 and totaled 18 runs during its 10-game skid prior to the Yankees' arrival.
Gordon Beckham has four hits in this series, giving him a .382 career average in 15 home meetings with New York. He's also 7 for 17 versus Sabathia.
Hector Santiago (3-7, 3.28) would certainly love some help from the offense since he's been backed by a total of seven runs over his last six starts. He's 0-2 in that stretch despite a 2.75 ERA, going at least six innings in five of those outings.
The offense let the left-hander down again Friday, when he yielded two runs with seven strikeouts in seven innings of a 2-1 loss at Detroit.
"That was one of Hector's best games all year," manager Robin Ventura said. "He usually has an inning or two in the middle where he gets out of sync, walks a few guys and gives up some runs. That didn't happen, and that's an important step forward for him."
Santiago has given up four runs and two homers in four innings over two relief outings versus the Yankees.
He struck out Rodriguez in their only meeting.
|New York Yankees|
|August 03, 2013||Derek Jeter||15-Day DL||Strained right calf|
|August 03, 2013||Derek Jeter||Day-to-Day||Calf|
|July 27, 2013||Travis Hafner||15-Day DL||Strained right rotator cuff|
|July 23, 2013||Luis Cruz||15-Day DL||Sprained right knee|
|July 20, 2013||Zoilo Almonte||15-Day DL||Sprained left ankle|
|July 19, 2013||Zoilo Almonte||Day-to-Day||Left game - left ankle sprain|
|Chicago White Sox|
|August 05, 2013||Dayan Viciedo||Day-to-Day||Jammed left thumb|
|July 30, 2013||Alex Rios||Day-to-Day||Left foot contusion|
|July 21, 2013||Gordon Beckham||Day-to-Day||Strained ligament, left wrist|
|July 03, 2013||Paul Konerko||15-Day DL||Strained lower back|
|July 03, 2013||Paul Konerko||15-Day DL||Strained lower back|
|July 02, 2013||Jesse Crain||Day-to-Day||Right shoulder tightness|
CHICAGO (AP) -- Hours after Alex Rodriguez dug in for a fight, the New York Yankees looked like they might be down for the count.
It'll be hard to pick themselves up after this.
Alejandro De Aza's game-winning triple in the 12th rallied the Chicago White Sox to a 6-5 win over the Yankees on Wednesday night, after Rodriguez appealed his suspension earlier in the day.
The Rodriguez story took another turn, two days after he was hit with a 211-game punishment following MLB's investigation into Biogenesis of America, a defunct Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.
The players' union formally appealed the suspension, sending the case to an independent arbitrator.
Then, the Yankees fell for the 14th time in 20 games after Mariano Rivera blew the lead in the ninth and Robinson Cano hit a go-ahead homer in the 12th.
They're 11 1/2 games out of first place, a stunning number for a team that hadn't been 10 or more games off the lead since Sept. 17, 2008
"We're battling," Rivera said.
The White Sox rallied with two out in the bottom half against Adam Warren (1-2).
Tyler Flowers singled off the pitcher's glove and moved to third on a single by Alexei Ramirez . De Aza followed with a triple to right-center, giving the White Sox their third straight win after a 10-game losing streak.
The Yankees looked like they were going to come away with the win when Cano broke out of a 6 for 43 slump by driving a pitch from Dylan Axelrod (4-8) 431 feet to right-center. The home run - his 22nd - was his first since July 10.
The Yankees built an early 4-0 lead and were up one going into the ninth, but Rivera couldn't hold it.
Baseball's all-time saves leader, came in to a standing ovation and retired the first two batters before Gordon Beckham doubled.
A pinch-hitting Adam Dunn then drove a single just to the left of a diving Rodriguez at third on an 0-2 pitch to tie it at 4.
The blown save was just the third in 38 opportunities for Rivera, who allowed one run over two innings. And it denied CC Sabathia his first win in more than a month after he pitched into the eighth.
"You don't expect to tie it up off the greatest closer ever, but I guess with our team that makes perfect sense," Chicago's Paul Konerko said, smiling.
Rodriguez picked up a single and walked in his third game back after having hip surgery in January. He also had a chance to drive in the go-ahead run with two out in the 11th but grounded out with a runner on third. Then, he was replaced in the field in the bottom half.
Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run homer off Hector Santiago and scored twice. Eduardo Nunez went deep and collected three hits, and Sabathia was in line for his first win since July 3 before things turned.
He gave up three runs and five hits, including a towering homer to Beckham in the fifth.
The White Sox pulled within 4-3 in the seventh on an RBI double by Konerko and fielder's choice grounder by Beckham, and Sabathia left after Conor Gillaspie grounded out leading off the eighth.
David Robertson came in and struck out Tyler Flowers looking on a 3-2 pitch, drawing an argument from the White Sox player and an ejection for pitching coach Don Cooper in the dugout.
Alexei Ramirez then singled and stole second, but De Aza grounded out to end the inning.
Santiago struggled, allowing four runs and seven hits over 5 2-3 innings, but the bullpen kept the White Sox in the game.
As for A-Rod, Rodriguez was 1 for 5 after going a combined 2 for 6 the previous two nights. He was also back at third base after serving as the designated hitter on Tuesday.
The fans' reaction was about the same as it was in his first two games - loud boos. It'll be interesting how the crowd at Yankee Stadium reacts when New York opens a weekend series against Detroit on Friday.
"I'm not sure," Rodriguez said.
How would he like them to react?
"Same way you would like them," Rodriguez said. "Again, I'm just super excited to come home, put on the pinstripes and play for the greatest fans in baseball."
NOTES: Austin Romine started his second straight game at catcher for the Yankees. Girardi said there is nothing wrong with Chris Stewart . ... Dayan Viciedo was back in the White Sox's lineup as the designated hitter - not the left fielder - after missing a game because of a jammed left thumb. ... Both teams are off Thursday. ... The White Sox have a day-night doubleheader against Minnesota on Friday, with LHP John Danks starting the first game and LHP Charlie Leesman making his major league debut in the nightcap. ... RHP Ivan Nova starts Friday for the Yankees, with RHP Rick Porcello pitching for Detroit.