Behind the strong pitching of Masahiro Tanaka, the Yankees got back on track Wednesday, beating the White Sox, 9-1, at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
Tanaka kept the White Sox in check for most of the evening, allowing just one run on six hits while striking out six in seven innings of work. The only real damage came in the fourth when Jose Abreu brought in Tim Anderson with an RBI double.
Chase Headley kept his hot start going with his third home run of the year, a two-run shot in the first inning.
The Yankees also brought out the power bats in the fifth with back-to-back home runs from Starlin Castro and Aaron Judge. Castro belted a three-run homer and Judge followed with a solo blast.
Each Yankee in the starting lineup finished the day with at least one hit.
I suggested after Tuesday's loss, the Yankees needed to turn the page and they did it with four home runs, pacing the offense that was missing yesterday. The Yankees won their third straight series and leave the Bronx after an outstanding 8-1 homestand.
The Yankees received fantastic starting pitching, plenty of offense and solid bullpen work during the three series and have thrust themselves into a battle for first place in the American League East. The Yankees are surprising many around the game with their fine all around play since getting off to a dismal 1-4 start. The team already has ten wins this month, a far cry from last season's April in which the team went 8-14.
Beyond the team's excellent performance it is abundantly clear this squad - a mix of young budding stars and key veterans - is gelling into a unit of players who believe they are as good as they are playing.
The Yankees have Thursday off and then come back Friday to start a series with the Pirates in Pittsburgh at 7:05 p.m.