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CHICAGO (AP)—While many of New York’s marquee hitters have struggled, Jorge Posada has powered the Yankees.

“He’s been a savior for us,” Alex Rodriguez said Wednesday night after he and Posada homered to send the Yankees to a 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox.

Rodriguez tied it with an opposite-field solo shot in the sixth, just his second homer with the Yankees.

Posada hit a two-run shot in the seventh to put New York ahead, and Javier Vazquez pitched eight strong innings.

Posada leads the team in homers with seven and RBIs with 18 and is hitting .298. He’s not sure why he’s swinging his bat so well and isn’t interested in figuring it out.

“I don’t know. I just keep doing it, whatever. I don’t know what I’m doing, so don’t ask me,” Posada said.

But he’s certainly given the Yankees a lift during their slow start.

“We’re getting guys on base and making sure we get good at-bats, not throwing any at-bats away,” Posada said. “It helps when you score and get guys on and put a little pressure on the pitcher.”

Vazquez (2-1) allowed five hits in eight innings—retiring his final 10 batters as New York won its second straight after losing three of four at Fenway Park.

Gary Sheffield singled in the seventh off Jon Garland (1-1) before Posada drove a pitch high and far over the fence in right-center.

“I thought it was a good pitch,” Garland said. “I don’t know if I could’ve thrown a better curveball.”

Garland allowed just two hits in the first five innings—a bunt single to leadoff hitter Bubba Crosby and another single to Sheffield when Carlos Lee trapped his fly ball in left.

Garland struck out the first two batters in the sixth and had Rodriguez in an 0-2 hole before the AL MVP drove the next pitch over the fence in right.

“I didn’t actually know where the ball was. I thought I fouled it off,” Rodriguez said.

“But it’s a good indication I kept my head down. When I do my best work, it’s to right, right center and up the middle. The last few days that’s been much better.”

Rodriguez, who entered the series with just eight hits in 50 at-bats, went 1-for-3 and is 4-for-9 in the series. He struck out in his final at-bat in the eighth and slammed his bat to the ground in disgust because he didn’t hit a pitch he thought he should. His homer increased his season RBI total to four.

Rodriguez’s first homer with the Yankees came at Tampa Bay on April 6.

“I don’t even think he knew he hit it,” Garland said. “He is struggling right now so I’m not going to give him too much to hit. I’m not taking anything away from him, but I think he ran into it.”

Lee put Chicago up with a leadoff homer in the fourth, but the White Sox could muster little against Vazquez. He also beat them in New York’s home opener, allowing just three hits in eight innings.

This time, Vazquez struck out six and walked two, and credited Posada’s performance behind the plate.

“When I’m pitching he’s in control. I don’t know the American League. He puts down the fingers and I throw the ball. He knows the hitters,” Vazquez said.

Garland allowed just five hits in seven innings, but two of the hits accounted for all of the runs.

“What we do have with this lineup is that if somebody is pitching a good game, all of a sudden a home run,” Yankees manager Joe Tore said. “We have the capability up and down the lineup to do that. It’s a distinct advantage.”


Yankees OF Bernie Williams got the night off. He went 1-for-5 Tuesday and had trouble with several balls in center field, including one that fell off his glove and was ruled a hit. Crosby got the start in center. … Chicago slugger Frank Thomas sat out again with a sore hamstring but was available for pinch-hitting duties. … As he rounded the bases on his homer, Posada nearly passed a trotting Sheffield between third and home. … Jason Giambi went0-for-4 and failed to reach base for the first time all season.

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