Tim Anderson’s HR silences the Yankees, 5-0, in a double sweep

NEW YORK (AP) — Tim Anderson hit a three-run homer then put a finger to his lips to silence booing fans, capping a tumultuous weekend at Yankee Stadium and helping the Chicago White Sox beat New York 5-0 on Sunday in a doubleheader sweep.

A day after Anderson, who is black, accused Yankees slugger Josh Donaldson, who is white, of making a racist comment, the All-Star shortstop did not play in the first game. AJ Pollock hit a tiebreaking home run off Aroldis Chapman in the ninth inning as the White Sox won 3-1.

Anderson was booed during pregame introductions and before each at-bat in the night cup. He had already singled twice when he homered over the right-field wall with two outs in the eighth.

Anderson broke into a slow jog and put his hands to his lips in a gesture of silence as he circled the bases. He clapped his hands several times as he crossed home plate and pointed skyward before making a silencing motion again.

There seemed to be no remnant on the field in any of the games from the anger and tension of the previous afternoon when the benches and bullpens were emptied. Donaldson acknowledged Saturday that he called Anderson “Jackie,” a reference to pioneering baseball icon Jackie Robinson that drew criticism from both coaches.

Before the eighth of five runs, the story was White Sox starter Michael Kopech, who retired the first 17 batters he faced on just 60 pitches before Rob Brantly doubled to left field.

Kopech (1-1) allowed just one hit and two walks while striking out six in seven innings.

Yankees starter Luis Severino scattered eight hits in seven shutout innings. Jonathan Loaisiga (1-2) lost in the relay.

Donaldson sat out the end after going 0-for-4, but was within a few feet of a much bigger day in Game 1. With two and two out in the first, Donaldson lined out to third base, where Yoan Moncada, inserted into the lineup in Anderson’s place, saved a run by catching the ball on the top of his shoes. In the fourth, Donaldson flied to the wall in left field.

With two on and one out in the eighth, he flew onto the floor at right center.

White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal, who faced Donaldson on Saturday, came out to speak with reliever Kendall Graveman as the Yankees third baseman approached the batter’s box. Donaldson stepped back out of the box as Grandal returned to the plate.

White Sox manager Tony La Russa called Donaldson’s comment “racist” after Saturday’s game, a 7-5 Yankees win. New York manager Aaron Boone said Sunday that he believed Donaldson meant nothing wrong with his words, but he thought using that term was “…a place he shouldn’t go.”

Aaron Judge’s eighth-inning home run off Graveman cost Johnny Cueto the victory in Game 1. The resurgent 36-year-old right-hander allowed six hits, walked two and struck out five in his second major league start of the season.

Liam Hendriks, who used a swear word earlier Sunday to describe how he didn’t believe Donaldson’s explanation that he made the “Jackie” reference as part of an inside joke with Anderson, struck out two in a perfect ninth to preserve Graveman’s win. (1-1).

Hendriks raised his fist and yelled loud enough to be heard three levels away after knocking down Jose Treviño for his 13th save.

Yankees starter Jameson Taillon allowed one run on five hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in a season-high seven innings. Chapman (0-2) took the loss.

TOUCH OF MONCADA

Moncada, who was inserted into the lineup in the leadoff spot when Anderson was eliminated, recorded a double bunt for the White Sox’s first hit with two outs in the third inning. The bunt skidded along the third base line as Taillon and Donaldson watched, but stayed well past the base. Moncada has just three sacrifices in his seven-year career, none since 2019.

COACHES ROOM

White Sox: LHP Aaron Bummer (right knee strain) was activated from the 15-day disabled list and served as the 27th man for the doubleheader. … Cueto got dizzy in the sixth inning and got a couple of drinks, one water, one sports drink, from a trainer. He spent the time between games hydrating. … Graveman also had a visit from the coach after feeling fatigued in the eighth but was able to complete the inning.

Yankees: RHP Chad Green (elbow), long one of the Yankees’ best setup men, will undergo Tommy John surgery. Green was injured while pitching against Baltimore on Thursday night. He has a 3.17 ERA, 11 saves and 494 strikeouts in 383 2/3 innings for the Yankees since 2016.… OF Joey Gallo and C Kyle Higashioka were each placed on the COVID-19 disabled list. Boone said neither player has tested positive, but both are showing symptoms of the coronavirus. None of the players attended the annual welcome home dinner on Saturday night.

UNTIL NEXT TIME

White Sox: After a day off Monday, RHP Dylan Cease (4-1, 3.09 ERA) is scheduled to start against the Boston Red Sox as the White Sox begin a five-game homestand.

Yankees: RHP Gerrit Cole (4-0, 2.89 ERA) takes the mound Monday in Game 1 of a three-game series against the visiting Baltimore Orioles.

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