Yankees pummel rookie Dylan Covey in 9-1 rout of White Sox

Dylan Covey's first career start last week ended with a shower of assorted beverages as the White Sox celebrated a solid showing in the team's victory over the Twins.

His second career start five days later ended with a splash of reality as the Yankees pummeled the 25-year-old right-hander for eight runs in five innings.

Covey gave up three home runs — including Aaron Judge's 448-foot shot that left Yankees players throwing their hands up in awe — in a 9-1 loss at Yankee Stadium. It was a rude New York awakening for the Rule 5 draft pick who never had pitched above Double A before Friday.

He also never had been in New York City or Yankee Stadium before, but he said he had two days to take in his surroundings and didn't think the atmosphere was a factor.

"Obviously today didn't go the way I wanted, but you kind of have to take it like it is and learn from the mistakes," Covey said. "I'll come back the day after tomorrow and put work in to get better. Just get better with all my pitches."

After two batters Wednesday, Covey already was in a 2-0 hole when Brett Gardner lead off with a double and scored on Chase Headley's home run.

The Yankees pushed the lead to 4-0 in the second after three hits to open the inning. Covey settled down after that, pitching two scoreless innings and recording the first two outs of the fifth.

But the Yankees put together four straight hits, capped by their first back-to-back homers of the year from Starlin Castro and Judge, to pull to an 8-1 lead. Aaron Hicks hit an eighth-inning home run off reliever Michael Ynoa.

"We've been pitching Judge sort of backward the whole series," Covey said. "I kind of left it over the middle of the plate, but ... I was trying to get a strikeout basically. He got ahold of it."

After allowing one earned run over 5 1/3 innings in his first start, he gave up 10 hits and walked two Wednesday. Sox manager Rick Renteria said he expects to send Covey out again for another start, but he added he would let the media know if that changes.

"This club swings the bat very, very well and they jumped on him early," Renteria said. "All in all another growing experience for Covey. Hopefully he can take away some of the positives. It was another big performance in terms of being on the big stage here at Yankee Stadium."

The Sox had one run on six hits against Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka over his seven innings, going 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

A day after halting the Yankees' eight-game winning streak, the Sox completed their nine-game trip 5-4 and head home 7-7 overall, a respectable showing thus far for a rebuilding team nobody predicted to compete.

"We can't control what people say outside the team," Jose Abreu said through a team interpreter. "But what we can control is what we think and what we're trying to do every day — that's to play hard and to win some games. That's the mentality that Ricky and I think everybody here has right now."

The Sox have a day off Thursday before opening a three-game series against the Indians at home. Renteria said he hopes to will regain the services of third baseman Todd Frazier, who missed his sixth game Wednesday while recovering from the flu.

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