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Another Dust-Up With Donaldson and Another White Sox Loss

The White Sox tangled with the Yankees and Josh Donaldson once again during Saturday’s series-opening 7-5 loss.

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Photo: NBC Sports Chicago

It was an eventful day in the Bronx as the New York Yankees topped the Chicago White Sox by a score of 7-5. DJ LaMahieu hit a grand slam in the second inning and tensions flared between Josh Donaldson and Tim Anderson throughout the game.

The Tim Anderson/Josh Donaldson Incident

The Pale Hose have a sordid history with Donaldson. It all started in 2018 with a whistling incident involving Sox first base coach Darryl Boston. Things escalated last season when Donaldson yelled “not sticky anymore,” referring to grip-enhancing substances that MLB was cracking down on. This was as he crossed home plate after homering against White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito.

Most recently, a dust-up occurred a week ago in Chicago when Anderson sounded off to Donaldson following a hard tag. It appeared Donaldson used his knee to push Anderson off the base, drawing a shove from Anderson that led to them exchanging pleasantries.

They almost came to blows again Saturday when Donaldson began jawing with Anderson after the third inning. Yankees manager Aaron Boone walked Donaldson back to their dugout. White Sox third base coach Joe McEwing did the same with Anderson.

In the fifth inning, Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal gave Donaldson a piece of his mind. The two jawed at each other at home plate and the benches and bullpens eventually emptied. Chicago skipper Tony La Russa was yelling in Donaldson’s direction as Jose Abreu and Gavin Sheets restrained Anderson. Umpires then issued warnings to both teams.

TLR Calls Out Donaldson

Yankees Jump Out to Early Lead

The Yankees opened the scoring with a five-run second inning. Isiah Kiner-Falefa got his team on the board with an RBI single, New York’s third single of the inning. White Sox starter Dallas Keuchel walked Aaron Hicks to load the bases with two outs. DJ LeMahieu then cleared the bases with a grand slam to right field to cap off the inning.

The Yankees added insurance runs in the third and sixth innings via a sac fly and an RBI fielder’s choice.

Pito Power

The White Sox didn’t wait long to retaliate. In the third inning, two runners reached on singles and with two outs Jose Abreu took Nestor Cortes out to left. The 380-foot bomb on Cortes’ 2-2 offering got the White Sox within two runs at the time.

The South Siders continued to claw their way back in the sixth. AJ Pollock, who is continuing to heat up, doubled to center. Leury Garcia followed with a double of his own. After Adam Engel struck out swinging, Josh Harrison added the third double of the inning to make the score 6-5. But the rally fell short as those strikes proved to be the White Sox’s final runs of the game. Six of the White Sox’s final nine outs came via strikeouts.

Keuchel earned the loss, pitching four innings while allowing six earned runs on six hits. He issued three free passes and didn’t record a strikeout. Cortes picked up the win as he allowed three runs on six hits. The Yankees improved to 29-10 with this series-opening victory.

Notes

New York drew six walks, three of which scored, against White Sox pitching.

The Yankees matched the third-best start in franchise history with this win.

Yoan Moncada was a late scratch from the lineup and struck out as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning.

Lance Lynn and Aaron Bummer threw simulated games on Friday. Bummer could be ready for Sunday’s doubleheader.

What’s On Tap Next?

Due to Friday’s postponement, the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees will play a doubleheader on Sunday. Johnny Cueto makes his second start of the year in the opener and Michael Kopech will pitch the nightcap. Jameson Taillon and Luis Severino will take the hill for New York. Game 1 will air on NBC Sports Chicago beginning at 2:05 PM CT. The twin bill and series finale is ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcast, which will begin no earlier than 6:05 PM CT.

Tune in to the Sox On Tap podcast for postgame reaction and further White Sox commentary all season.

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