Yankees Edge ChiSox in Series Opener

A.J. MartelliSenior Analyst ISeptember 15, 2008

The New York Yankees defeated the Chicago White Sox Monday night by a score of 4-2. Alfredo Aceves got the nod for New York. He turned in a quality start, going six innings, gave up two earned runs on five hits, walked one, and struck out three. Mark Buehrle went for the White Sox. He lasted six innings, gave up two earned runs on six hits, walked none, and struck out six.

The Yankees got on the board in the bottom of the second. Xavier Nady launched a two-run homer to straight away center field, his 24th homer of the year and 11th as a Yankee, and the Bombers took a 2-0 lead.

The White Sox managed two runs in the top of the fourth. Dewayne Wise smashed a two-run homer into the short porch in right, his fourth homer on the season, and the ChiSox tied the game, two all.

The Yankees took the lead in the bottom of the seventh. Wilson Betemit hit a ground rule double to score Nady, Johnny Damon singled to score Betemit, and the Yankees took a 4-2 lead. In the top of the ninth, Mariano Rivera came in and slammed the door, giving the Yankees a series-opener win over the White Sox.

Phil Coke captured the win and is now 1-0. Ehren Wassermann took the loss and is 1-2. Joba Chamberlain recorded his 15th hold and Rivera notched his 36th save of the year. With the save, Rivera now has 479 career saves and moves into second place ahead of Lee Smith on baseball's all-time saves list.

Derek Jeter will have to wait until tomorrow to pass Lou Gehrig for all-time hits leadership at the current Yankee Stadium, as Jeter went 0-4 with two strikeouts tonight. Tomorrow night at 7:05 ET, Andy Pettitte (13-13, 4.52 ERA) is scheduled to pitch against Gavin Floyd (15-7, 3.77 ERA)