NEW YORK -- How, exactly, did the Yankees get swept by these White Sox in early August?
On Monday, the Yankees scored eight runs in the fourth inning and routed the White Sox -- just as they should’ve about a month ago -- 9-1 at the Stadium.
The game was delayed for 1 hour, 53 minutes in the top of the second inning due to rain.
WHAT IT MEANS: The Yankees (73-64) rebounded from a bad loss to Baltimore on Sunday -- and manager Joe Girardi may want to give David Huff a start. The left-hander was very economical following the delay, needing just 62 pitches to navigate through 5 2/3 scoreless innings. He gave up five hits, one run, walked none and struck out three. He threw strikes and worked quickly. Hard not to like that. New York is currently three games back in the wild-card standings, pending the results of later games.
LUCKY 13: During the fourth, which took 33 minutes, the Yankees sent 13 batters to the plate. The first seven of them reached base -- six on hits. There were also two errors. I'm surprised White Sox manager Robin Ventura didn’t blow a gasket. Guess he’s used to this kind of baseball.
GOT A LITTLE CAPTAIN IN YOU: Derek Jeter snapped out of an 0-for-14 slump by collecting two hits and two RBIs on Monday. Jeter’s second hit of the game was the 3,313th hit of his career, tying Eddie Collins for ninth place on the all-time list.
POUR PHIL: Phil Hughes, 1-9 at home this season, retired four of the first five batters he faced before the game was delayed by rain. His line: 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO. Hughes, who has had a terrible year, was pushed back so he could start against the lowly White Sox. If you count Monday’s outing -- and you really shouldn’t -- Hughes has now had two starts of no runs allowed (May 4 versus Oakland).
DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Brett Gardner has recorded four doubles in his past two games. With his first double Monday, Gardner became the first Yankees center fielder with 30-plus doubles and eight-plus triples in a season since Mickey Rivers in 1976, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
A-ROD WATCH: Alex Rodriguez doubled and scored in three at-bats before being replaced at third base in the eighth inning.
DEBUTANTES: Southpaw Cesar Cabral made his major league debut in the eighth. J.R. Murphy got his first MLB at-bat and hit in the bottom of the eighth. Cabral and Murphy became the 51st and 52nd players used by the Yankees this season, a new franchise record.
TOO EASY: Robinson Cano makes baseball look so easy. His over-the-shoulder catch and off-balance throw to first to complete an inning-ending double play in the seventh was about as good as it gets.
NICE GRAB: A YES Network producer caught a foul ball with his left hand in the broadcast booth in the eighth.