The Yankees finished off their odd one-week six-game, two-stadium, one hotel stay in Chicago the way they needed to, with a nice 7-1 win over the White Sox on Sunday afternoon to give them a split of this four-game series with the Sox.
Masahiro Tanaka held the White Sox to just one run on five hits, throwing a season-high 118 pitches before being removed with two outs in the 7th inning.
The White Sox honored Derek Jeter before the game, giving him a miniature Yankees bench made out of bats, balls and bases, some U.S. Cellular Field shortstop dirt in a glass container with legendary shortstops' names on it, and a $5,000 check made out to Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation. In return, Jeter collected four hits, including a triple, in five at-bats in, likely, his final game at US Cellular Field.
The Yankees jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the 2nd inning against rookie starter Andre Rienzo. Yangervis Solarte singled to kick-off the inning, then Ichiro single with one out to put runners on first and second. Brian Roberts walked to load the bases, then Brett Gardner singled to score a pair of runs. Jeter followed with an RBI single for the third run, then Jacoby Ellsbury pushed the lead to 4-0 with a sac-fly to center field.
Rienzo lasted five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits, while walking two and striking out seven in his first loss of the season after starting 4-0.
The four-run lead gave Tanaka enough room to work comfortably throughout the game. He hit Paul Konerko in the 3rd inning to end any chance of a perfect game, and took a no-hitter into the 4th inning, and that ended on a one-out single off the bat of Conor Gillaspie.
Tanaka would take a shutout into the 6th inning, where it came to an end after Tyler Flowers doubled to open the inning, then scored on a two-out single by Gillaspie.
The White Sox were threatening to score again in the 7th inning when Adam Dunn walked and Alexi Ramirez singled to set up runners on first and second with nobody out. But Konerko hit a sharp linedrive to Jeter, who tossed the ball quickly over to second base to double up the big Dunn for the double play. Tanaka followed up by walking Alejandro De Aza, his second walk of the inning, and 10th of the year, ending his day.
Adam Warren took over and quickly struck out Flowers on a 95 mph fastball up in the zone. Warren worked around a Gordon Beckham single in the 8th inning to pass the ball to Matt Daley, who closed out the 9th, giving up just a Dunn double.
Jeter scored the Yankees' 5th run of the game on a wild pitch in the 5th, then made it a 6-0 game with a single in the 6th. Roberts drove in the Yanks' final run with his second homerun of the year, a solo shot that carried to right field in the 8th.
The Yankees will now head off to St. Louis for a three-game series with the Cardinals before heading back home at the end of the week. First pitch for the Memorial Day afternoon game is scheduled for 4:05 PM ET. Chase Whitley will get the start against Michael Wacha.