The New York Yankees lost their third straight game, 3-2 against the Chicago White Sox, to fall 10 games behind the American League East-leading Boston Red Sox.
Alex Rodriguez, who batted third as the designated hitter in his second game this season, singled, walked, lined out to center and advanced to first after being hit by pitcher Chris Sale at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago last night.
The crowd booed Rodriguez, who was suspended two days ago without pay for 211 games through the 2014 season by Major League Baseball for using performance-enhancing drugs, except when he was struck by Sale in the third inning.
Rodriguez, who returned to the Yankees two nights ago for the first time since January hip surgery, can keep playing as he appeals the ban. In his season debut, he went 1-for-4 with a single in an 8-1 loss to the White Sox. Rodriguez was the only one of 13 players banned Aug. 5 for their involvement with the defunct Biogenesis of America LLC clinic in Miami to appeal his punishment.
Sale (7-11) allowed one run on five hits and struck out six in 7 1/3 innings. Addison Reed got his 27th save after giving up one run on two hits and striking out two in the ninth inning.
Alfonso Soriano scored for the Yankees in the first inning on Sale’s wild pitch, while Brett Gardner sent home Ichiro Suzuki with a single in the ninth.
Hiroki Kuroda (10-7) surrendered three runs on nine hits and struck out four in seven innings.