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Rivera, Yankees top White Sox

Monday, September 15, 2008


AP Baseball Writer

NEW YORK -- Mariano Rivera moved into second place on the career saves list and the New York Yankees put a small crimp in Chicago's postseason plans, beating the White Sox 4-2 on Monday night.

Beginning its final week at Yankee Stadium -- barring an incredible playoff surge -- New York got a two-run homer from Xavier Nady in the second inning and a tiebreaking double by pinch-hitter Wilson Betemit in the seventh.

The White Sox, who still lead the AL Central by 1 1/2 games over Minnesota, wasted six strong innings by Mark Buehrle and DeWayne Wise's two-run shot off Alfredo Aceves. They arrived at their New York hotel about 4 a.m. following a doubleheader sweep of Detroit on Sunday night.

The Twins lost 3-1 Monday night at Cleveland.

Joba Chamberlain struck out two in a scoreless eighth after Phil Coke (1-0) pitched a perfect seventh to win his first major league decision.

Rivera got three quick outs for his 36th save in 37 chances this season and No. 479 of his career, passing Lee Smith for second place.

San Diego closer Trevor Hoffman has the record. He began the night with 552.

Derek Jeter went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, remaining tied with Lou Gehrig for the most hits at Yankee Stadium (1,269). Cameras flashed all around the ballpark before virtually every pitch to Jeter.

The crowd even included St. Louis manager Tony La Russa, who sat next to the third base dugout with White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf. La Russa took advantage of an opportunity to see Yankee Stadium one last time. The Cardinals were off Monday and play in Cincinnati on Tuesday night.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi benched second baseman Robinson Cano again for not hustling after a ball Sunday against Tampa Bay. He was lifted from that game in the fifth and replaced in Monday night's starting lineup by Cody Ransom.

Cano entered as a pinch runner in the eighth and stayed in the game at second base, making a fine, barehanded play on Jim Thome's grounder to start the ninth.

With the score tied at 2, Nady drew a leadoff walk from Ehren Wassermann (1-2) in the seventh and advanced to second on Ransom's sacrifice. Betemit doubled to left off Horacio Ramirez and scored on Johnny Damon's two-out single.

Wise connected in the fourth off Aceves, who tossed six solid innings in his second major league start after beating the Los Angeles Angels 7-1 last week in the first one.


White Sox 1B Paul Konerko (knee) took batting practice indoors and expects to return to the lineup Tuesday night. ... Ken Griffey Jr. made a couple of fine plays in center field for Chicago. ... RHP Phil Hughes is slated to start Wednesday night for the Yankees. ... Wise hit a go-ahead grand slam in eighth inning Sunday night against the Tigers. ... New York is 54-20 when scoring first.

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