Javier Vazquez’s struggles continued today. He gave up five earned runs on seven hits and four walks.

Center fielder Curtis Granderson left the game in the 6th after injuring his groin.

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Initial Reaction:

It was another rough start for Javier Vazquez. He gave up five earned runs in only three innings, raising his ERA to 9.71. Vazquez left the game with the White Sox holding a 5-1 advantage. The Yankees were able to battle back by scoring five runs in 6th inning to earn a 6-5 advantage. However, Yankee reliever Damaso Marte gave up a two-out, two-run double to catcher, AJ Pierzynski, handing the lead back to the White Sox.

Positives From The Game:

Brett Gardner: I feel like a broken record, but this guy is igniting rallies. He singled in the 3rd to start the team’s first rally. And had an RBI single in the 6th inning. He stole his league leading eleventh base in the 6th inning as well.

Nick Swisher: Swisher has been struggling at home this year. Coming into this game, he was 1 for 24 in home games. However, he hit a 6th inning two-run home run, his first at home this season.

Mark Teixeira: After having the most disappointing month of his career (.136 batting average), Teixeira started May off by going 2 for 4.

Negatives From The Game:

Curtis Granderson: After drawing a 6th inning walk, Curtis Granderson was going from 1st base to 3rd on a Brett Gardner RBI single and came up limp. He apparently hurt his groin muscle. Mike Axisa of RaB hears that Granderson is probably going to the disabled list. I don’t know how much of Randy Winn I could stomach…

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Andruw Jones: Jones signed with the White Sox this off-season. I’ve never liked the guy and he furthered proved why he’s a jerk today. He nonchalantly caught at least three different pop-ups. Jones would look away before the ball hit his glove. To make matters worse, he hit two home runs off Vazquez today.

Javier Vazquez: I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but he has only given the Yankees one decent performance in five starts. I’ve given him the benefit of the doubt and still back him, but he has to get it together. Luckily, the Yankees four other starters have been picking up the pace (2.41 collective ERA). His next scheduled start is Friday night in Boston, however, the Yankees have the option of skipping him in the rotation. They finish their series off with Chicago tomorrow and then the Orioles come to town for three games. They have Thursday off, so they have option of starting Phil Hughes instead of Vazquez Friday night in Boston. I think they should leave Vazquez in the rotation. Sitting him or doing extra bullpen work is not going to help. Who knows, maybe a solid start in Boston next weekend will help him regain form.

Damaso Marte: Marte gave the lead right back to the White Sox in 7th on AJ Pierzynski’s two-RBI double. Pierzynski’s hit gave the White Sox a 7-6 lead, a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Prior to Pierzynski’s hit, manager Joe Girardi opted to walk the right-handed Carlos Quentin with right-handed pitcher, David Robertson in the game in order to match up the lefty Pierzynski with the lefty Marte. It just didn’t work out in the Yankees favor this time around.

Interesting Facts:

11: Brett Gardner leads baseball with 11 stolen bases.

9.71: Javier Vazquez’s 2010 ERA.

What’s Next?: Tomorrow is the rubber game of this three game set. The Yankees will be looking to take their seventh series in eight chances.

Sunday 1:05 PM, YES/TBS: Mark Buerhle (2-3, 4.68 ERA) vs. Phil Hughes (2-0, 2.00 ERA)

Career Stats:
Buerhle: 1-6, 6.31 ERA
Hughes: 0-1, 1.64 ERA