Nocturnal Omissions: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"When he hits the ball, usually they're asking for a new ball."
-- Tigers pitcher Zach Miner on teammate Miguel Cabrera who hit two home runs Wednesday.
Detroit put up three runs in the first inning - thanks to the first of two Miguel Cabrera home runs - and never looked back. For the third straight night Brandon Inge also hit a home run for the Tigers. Despite already hitting six homers this year, Wednesday night's victory was the Tigers' first of the season. Last year Detroit didn't win until their seventh game, a woeful start to a surprising last place finish in the AL Central.
Japanese import Koji Uehara won his major league debut as the Orioles again beat the Yankees. New York's Chien-Ming Wang didn't last long in his first start since June 15 of last year as the sinkerballer was pummeled for seven runs in 3 2/3 innings. The Orioles' onslaught was led by right fielder Nick Markakis who went 3 for 3 with a home run and three RBI. The Yankees mounted a late rally, scoring three in the ninth inning but Baltimore closer George Sherrill shut the door.
The last time Scott Kazmir pitched at Fenway Park, he watched as his bullpen let his lead slip away in the ALCS. On Wednesday, the Rays bullpen helped Kazmir get the job done. Kazmir gave up one run over six innings and left with a five run lead to out-duel Boston's Jon Lester. Lester pitched well for the Red Sox up until a disastrous fifth inning that saw him yield four runs to the reigning AL champs. The loss is Lester's first home, regular-season defeat in almost exactly one year, a streak that spanned 16 starts and dated back to April 9, 2008.
The Rangers again do a number on Indians pitching, this time hanging six runs on Cleveland starter Fausto Carmona. Texas put up nine runs against reigning AL Cy Young winner Cliff Lee on Monday. On Wednesday, the Rangers hit three solo home runs, getting two from right fielder Nelson Cruz and one from rookie shortstop Elvis Andrus. Texas catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia had to leave the game in the eighth inning because of inner ear inflammation that caused dizziness and was replaced by Taylor Teagarden.
Carlos Silva was hoping to move past an ugly 4-15 season but instead began the second season of a four-year $48 million deal with a loss in Minnesota. The Twins' Justin Morneau and Denard Span each homered off of Silva who gave up all six runs in just five innings. The Mariners did get a bit of good news Wednesday as they learned Ichiro Suzuki seems to have recovered from a bleeding ulcer and is cleared to play in extended spring training games.
Kansas City's Zack Greinke prevails in a pitchers' duel, allowing just three hits over six innings while striking out seven. The Royals, who are now sporting fauxhawks, were able to get two runs off of Chicago's Gavin Floyd who pitched very well, striking out nine over seven innings in a losing effort. The Royals' bullpen pitched a perfect three innings concluding with Joakim "The Mexicutioner" Soria's first save of the season.
A day removed from tallying 16 hits, the A's churned out 15 more Wednesday but couldn't make a dent in the scoreboard until the final innings, scoring three in both the eighth and ninth innings. Making his second appearance for the Angels, closer Brian Fuentes took the loss. For the second straight night, three Oakland batters tallied three hits with outfielder Ryan Sweeney, catcher Kurt Suzuki and second baseman Mark Ellis leading the hit parade.
April 9, 2009; 9:02 AM ET
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