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Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com)  - New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi had a 
matter-of-fact  reaction  to watching Chris  Sale blow through his lineup with 
ease. 

"He's  been tough against us for a few years now and we know what he's capable 
of doing," Girardi said. "We weren't able to do much." 

Next to nothing, really. 

Sale  retired the  first 17 batters he  faced coming off the disabled list and 
gave  up just  one hit in six innings,  leading the Chicago White Sox to a 3-2 
win over the Yankees on Thursday night to open a four-game series. 

In  his first start since April 17, Sale (4-0) showed no rust coming back from 
a flexor muscle strain in his pitching arm, which forced the first DL stint of 
his career. 

The  left-hander struck out  10 of the 19 batters he faced and threw 54 of his 
86 pitches for strikes. 

He  was perfect  through 5 2/3 innings  before Zoilo Almonte lined a single to 
center  -- one of only two balls New York hit out of the infield against Sale, 
who  knew he  was on a pitch count  and didn't think they'd let him throw more 
than 90. 

"I  knew I was out after the sixth," he said. "I just tried to be efficient -- 
first-pitch strikes and things like that." 

Mark  Teixeira hit  a two-run single off Ronald Belisario in the ninth inning, 
but  Belisario  struck out  Alfonso Soriano  to end  the game  and pick up his 
second save, preserving the win for Sale. 

The White Sox started  a 10-game homestand after finishing a 4-5 road trip in 
Kansas City on Wednesday. 

The Yankees remained in Chicago after beating the Cubs in 13 innings Wednesday 
to split a two-game series that kicked off a nine-game road trip. 

David Phelps (1-1) took the loss, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk in 
seven  innings. He  struck out eight, but was overshadowed by Sale, who struck 
out the side in the first and third innings and had eight Ks through four. 

The Yankees worked long counts early on -- Almonte struck out to end the third 
inning, but saw nine pitches -- and Sale had 64 pitches through four frames. 

But he needed just eighth pitches to retire the side in the fifth inning, when 
Yangervis  Solarte was the first Yankees player to reach the outfield on a fly 
ball to center. 

Meanwhile,  the White Sox took a 2-0  lead with a two-out rally in the second 
inning  that was sparked by Paul Konerko's double. Konerko scored on Alejandro 
De Aza's ground-rule double and Adam Eaton added an RBI single. 

The  eventual winning run scored on Adam Dunn's two-out RBI single off Alfredo 
Aceves in the eighth inning. 

                                   Game Notes 

Sale  has allowed  three runs or fewer  in each of his five starts this season 
... Eaton had two hits ... The game lasted 2 hours and 45 minutes. 

 
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