Youkilis homers in Boston to help White Sox win
BOSTON – Kevin Youkilis drove a full-count pitch over Fenway Park’s famed left-field wall, lowered his head and started to trot around the bases as fans loudly cheered “Yooouk!”
The scene was familiar everywhere in the ballpark except the scoreboard, where Youkilis’ three-run shot was tallied for the visiting White Sox in a 7-5 win over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.
“You never know here, but it’s been great,” Youkilis said of his reception. “Fans have treated me unbelievable, and I can’t thank them enough for all the kind things they keep saying from the stands every day and every inning. Not too many opponents get to come in here and have that opportunity. Usually it’s a little more negative at the opposition.”
Youkilis isn’t just another former Red Sox. He was one of the most popular players on the club for years before the June 24 trade and two games into the Sox-Sox series in Boston, he’s still a fan favorite.
Youkilis had three hits the night before, but the Red Sox won the series opener, 5-1. His eighth home run of the season was his only hit Tuesday and brought him up to 4 for 8 in the series with two doubles, a home run, three RBIs and four runs scored.
“Yeah, he’s just showing off, just rising to the occasion for us and being in big spots,” manager Robin Ventura said. “I think there’s something when you get traded, there’s something to prove and that all goes into it with a lot of people that’s happened to. Coming back here, not that he says anything, but it’s nice for him to get in those situations and come through.”
The White Sox won for the eighth time in 11 games and are 10 games above .500 (50-40) for the fourth time this season.
Philip Humber (4-4) made his first start in a month and settled down after allowing two runs in a shaky first inning, when the Red Sox tagged him for three hits and two runs to tie it after the White Sox went up 2-0 in the top of the first.
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