Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Pettitte Socked Around

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Pettitte Socked Around

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CHICAGO - Even on his better nights, Andy Pettitte must often navigate through a start with heavy traffic on the bases.

But on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field, the parade of White Sox hits only ceased upon Pettitte's exit in the third inning. Thanks to the Yanks' lefty, the White Sox would soon snap a 10-game losing streak.

Alex Rodriguez's return to the Yankees made no impact in Chicago's 8-1 victory before 27,948 fans who heartily booed the slugger - just hours after A-Rod appealed a 211-game ban by MLB for his part in the Biogenesis PEDs scandal.

Rodriguez, who went 1-for-4 in his 2013 debut at third base, was suspended through 2014, but is likely to play the remainder of this season awaiting the appeal.

"I thought he looked OK,'' manager Joe Girardi said. "His swing looked more explosive to me [than it did last October]. I think he moved OK [on the bases and in the field].''

Pettitte (7-9) yielded seven runs on 11 hits - 10 of them singles - while Chicago lefty Jose Quintana held the Yankees (57-54) to one run in 6 2/3 innings.

"It's frustrating,'' Pettitte said. "We're trying to win series - - and for me to give up three in the first and not to get through the game with us struggling -- it's so disappointing."

Historically, Pettitte hasn't pitched well at Chicago. He now owns a 6.99 ERA in 13 career starts on the South Side, and it didn't take long for things to go badly Monday night. In just 2 2/3 innings, Pettitte matched his season high for hits allowed in a game.

"I could literally tell their guys what was coming, and they couldn't get 11 hits in 2 2/3 innings,'' Pettitte said. "Everything that could possibly go wrong is going wrong right now."

After the first four White Sox reached on singles for a 1-0 lead, Adam Dunn drove a 3-0 pitch to the right-field warning track for a sacrifice fly - missing a grand slam by mere feet.

Gordon Beckham's RBI single made it a three-run first inning for Chicago, and Pettitte surrendered two more runs in the second on Alex Rios' two-run single. …

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