Yankees and White Sox spar again as New York win 7-5

On a steamy afternoon as Josh Donaldson and the White Sox got dusty again, DJ LeMahieu hit an early grand slam and the New York Yankees defeated Chicago 7-5 in a controversial game Saturday.

A week after they were demolished in Chicago when Tim Anderson objected to a hard tag from Donaldson, the two stars are sparring again. This time, White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal also joined the fray.

In the third inning, Donaldson had rounded second base after the last out and started chewing with Anderson as the teams came off the field. Donaldson, a former AL MVP in his first season with the Yankees, was escorted from the field by manager Aaron Boone and Anderson, an All-Star shortstop, was led by third base coach Joe McEwing.

In the fifth, Grandal rose from his haunches and Donaldson began to chew as he approached the board. The barking continued as the relievers rushed in from the bullpens, emptying the benches, while Chicago manager Tony LaRussa also yelled at Donaldson.

Anderson continued to yell at Donaldson as he was stopped by José Abreu and infielder Gavin Sheets. After a few minutes, umpires gave warnings to both sides and Donaldson struckout.

It was the second incident of the season between Donaldson and Anderson, who also exchanged words after a third-place pick-off play on May 13 in Chicago. Donaldson appeared to get on his knees and push Anderson as he applied the tag, Anderson responded with a shove and both players exchanged words resulting in the clearing of the benches and bullpens.

Last season at Minnesota, Donaldson got into an argument with the White Sox when he appeared to yell “no more tacky” — a reference to grip-enhancing fabrics pitchers use to control the ball — after hitting a homer against Chicago ace Lucas Giolito.

Before the extracurricular activities, LeMahieu capped a five-run second from Dallas Keuchel (2-4) by hitting a 341-foot drive into the short porch on the right. It was his second Grand Slam career and the first since August 27, 2018.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled home a run, Donaldson had an RBI groundout and Anthony Rizzo raised a sacrifice fly when the Yankees improved to 29-10. It’s their best 39-game start since the 1998 team opened 30-9 and tied for the third-best start in the team’s history.

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Abreu hit a three-run homer off Nestor Cortes as the White Sox lost to the Yankees for the 10th time in 12 games. Anderson singled twice and reached base three times.

Cortes, who came in with an MLB-best 1.35 ERA among qualified pitchers, gave up three runs and six hits in five innings. It was the 17th straight start that he allowed three runs or less – the second longest streak in the team’s history.

Keuchel gave up six runs and six hits in four innings.

Michael King gave up RBI doubles to Leury García and Josh Harrison, but stranded two in the sixth. Jonathan Loáisiga struckout three with two on in the seventh.

Miguel Castro and Clay Holmes tied for a scoreless eighth. Holmes also threw the ninth for his fourth save.

TRAINERS ROOM:

White socks: 3B Yoán Moncada (right leg pain) was scraped out of the line-up and struckout as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. … Abreu (upper respiratory tract infection) made his eighth start at DH this year. … RHP Lance Lynn (right knee) pitched a simulated game on Friday and is expected to pitch another next week. … RHP Aaron Bummer (right knee) threw a simulated game on Friday and could be activated for Sunday’s doubleheader.

Yankees: RHP Chad Green (overextended right elbow) was placed on the injured list and required surgery. … RHP Luis Gil (elbow) will have Tommy John surgery on Tuesday. … FROM Tim LoCastro (left crossbar tension) rocked the cage for the second day in a row.

NEXT ONE:

The teams will play a single-admission doubleheader on Sunday. RHP Johnny Cueto (0-0, 0.00 ERA) starts the opener for Chicago and RHP Michael Kopech (0-1, 1.54) starts the nightcap. RHP Jameson Taillon (4-1, 3.28) and RHP Luis Severino (3-0, 3.63) will pitch for the Yankees.

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