CHICAGO -- With their 3-2 loss to the lowly White Sox, the Yankees are on the verge of being swept by one of the worst teams in baseball. Chicago entered this series having lost 10 in a row. Only the Astros have a worse winning percentage than the White Sox.
A-ROD UPDATE: Alex Rodriguez finished the night 1-for-2. Against tough lefty Chris Sale, Rodriguez walked in his first at-bat. In his second at-bat, he got hit on the side, near his surgically repaired left hip -- he was fine, but made a funny face. In his third plate appearance in the sixth with two men on, he lined out to center. Leading off the eighth, he singled to left, but was stranded.
ANOTHER WASTED START: What's new? Hiroki Kuroda threw solid ball and did not get much support. He took the loss, despite going seven innings and allowing three runs. He is now 10-7 with a 2.45 ERA.
SOX TAKE THE LEAD: In the bottom of the sixth with runners on first and third and one out, Paul Konerko hit a bouncer down the third-base line. It was not a really difficult play, but Jayson Nix needed to start a double play to prevent the go-ahead run from scoring. He made it quickly and fired a strong throw to second, but Robinson Cano's relay was a tad late. The hustling Konerko was able to beat the throw and give the White Sox the lead for good.
SLIDE! In the third, Cano stroked a two-out single to left. Racing around from second, the speedy Brett Gardner tried to beat a throw from Alejandro De Aza. It was a very close play as catcher Josh Phegley caught the ball as Gardner was approaching home. Instead of sliding, Gardner just stepped on the plate. Umpire Alan Porter ruled Gardner out. It was a very tight call, but if Gardner had slid it might have been more apparent that he was safe.
A RUN, NO HIT: The Yankees got on the board in the first without a hit as the White Sox showed why they are one of the worst teams in baseball. After a walk to Gardner and a fielder's choice, Alfonso Soriano was on first. With A-Rod up, Soriano stole second. It was his 11th theft of the season. He would score from second when a wild pitch got by Phegley and the catcher could not locate the ball.
IN THE NINTH: The Yankees got the tying run to first. Ichiro Suzuki, who had singled and moved to second on indifference, scored on a Gardner RBI single. Soriano struck out to end the game.
A GOOD READ: If you haven't read it yet, check out my colleague Wallace Matthews' column on A-Rod.