CHICAGO - The Rocket was nowhere in sight. Matt DeSalvo was there in his place - but not for long.
And whatever good vibe the New York Yankees created over the weekend quickly disappeared as Jon Garland and the struggling Chicago White Sox knocked out DeSalvo in the second inning on their way to a 6-4 victory Monday night.
DeSalvo, starting because Roger Clemens pushed back his 2007 debut after experiencing some groin pain, left with one out in the second after the White Sox scored three times to take a 3-1 lead.
Garland (4-3) pitched into the ninth inning, allowing seven hits while striking out three and walking three for Chi-cago, which won for just the second time in nine games.
Jim Thome hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning, and Paul Konerko added a solo shot in the seventh. Konerko and Tadahito Iguchi had three hits each.
DeSalvo (1-3) simply didn't have it, and the defense didn't help.
DeSalvo allowed three runs - two earned - on four hits. He walked one batter and hit Rob Mackowiak after Kon-erko led off the second with a single.
After Juan Uribe singled to load the bases, Joe Crede sent a slow roller toward third baseman Alex Rodriguez - who stepped on the base but bounced the throw to first. Konerko scored the first run, and the second came in when first baseman Josh Phelps threw the ball into left field trying to start a double play on Jerry Owens' grounder.
Iguchi then drove in Crede with a single to right-center that made it 3-0, and Yankees manager Joe Torre decided he had seen enough of DeSalvo.
Thome made it 5-1 when he hit the 480th homer of his career and his eighth this season. Konerko added his eighth with one out in the seventh.
The Yankees rallied in the ninth, getting an RBI single from Phelps to make it 6-2. Bobby Jenks came on to close and gave up a sacrifice fly to Melky Cabrera, scoring Robinson Cano, and in infield single to Johnny Damon that scored Miguel Cairo. Jenks then got Derek Jeter to ground out for his 16th save in 17 chances.
For the Yankees, the only good news came on the medical front.
Clemens' MRI exam on Monday in Tampa, Fla., revealed some disrupted scar tissue - nothing that should prevent The Rocket from starting Saturday against Pittsburgh. And Andy Pettitte felt better after leaving Sunday's start with a stiff lower back. He expects to pitch Friday against the Pirates.
Chicago was looking for a jolt after going 1-6 on a trip to Minnesota and Toronto. So manager Ozzie Guillen dropped Konerko to sixth and Crede to ninth in the batting order.
Notes: Yankees RHP Carl Pavano is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Tuesday. … The Yankees placed 1B Doug Mientkiewicz on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right wrist. … The White Sox shook up their struggling bullpen Monday, optioning Mike MacDougal and David Aardsma to Triple-A Charlotte while purchasing the contracts of pitchers Ryan Bukvich and Bret Prinz from the minor league club. They also transferred utility player Pablo Ozuna from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. He has a fracture in his lower right leg and a shoulder injury.
White Sox option MacDougal, Aardsma
The Chicago White Sox shook up their struggling bullpen Monday, optioning Mike MacDougal and David Aardsma to Triple-A Charlotte while purchasing the contracts of pitchers Ryan Bukvich and Bret Prinz from the minor league club.
Chicago also transferred utility player Pablo Ozuna from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. He has a fracture in his lower right leg and a shoulder injury.
Aardsma, 2-1 with a 6.18 ERA in 22 appearances, was sent down following Sunday's 4-3 loss at Toronto. The White Sox optioned MacDougal, 1-3 with a 7.13 ERA, and called up Bukvich and Prinz before Monday's game against the New York Yankees.
The White Sox are coming off a 1-6 trip, and they're getting no help from their relievers. The bullpen was 2-6 with a 9.06 ERA and five blown saves in its past 22 games following Sunday's loss.
Prinz is 5-4 with nine saves and a 4.77 ERA in 98 major-league appearances with Arizona (2001-03), the Yankees (2003-04) and Dodgers (2005). Bukvich is 2-0 with a 6.94 ERA in 48 appearances with Kansas City (2002-04) and Texas (2005).