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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night

"Every night we go to a major league game we might see something we've never seen before."
-- ESPN analyst Tim Kurkjian in 2007 excitedly talking about the insanity that was Texas's 30-3 victory over Baltimore. We saw something similar to that happen again Wednesday between the same two teams. Yes, this was also an excuse to trot out that audio link.

Texas Rangers 19, Baltimore Orioles 6

Well, that was a filthy beating. Ian Kinsler hit for the cycle while going 6 for 6 with five runs, four RBI and a staggering 13 total bases in a game that conjured up memories of the 30-3 shellacking the Rangers gave to the Orioles in 2007. The Rangers scored eight unearned runs to give Kris Benson his first win since 2006 against the team whose jersey he wore at the time. Benson appeared to be on the ropes early, giving up four runs in the first three innings but settled down to make it through six innings. Orioles starter Mark Hendrickson saw nine runners cross the plate on his watch but only two were earned runs. Meanwhile relievers Radhames Liz and Matt Albers were rudely welcomed back to the bigs as each gave up four runs on the same day they were both recalled from Class AAA Norfolk. Despite the Wednesday night waxing, Baltimore won its third series in a row while also grotesquely botching a chance to sweep for the third time this season.

Seattle Mariners 11, Los Angeles Angels 3

Ken Griffey Jr. hit his first home run since returning to Seattle (a solo shot off Jered Weaver) and Ichiro Suzuki hit a grand slam in his season debut as the Mariners dropped the Angels for their sixth straight win. Griffey's homer was the 613th of his career and 400th in a Seattle uniform and he is the league's active leading home run hitter. Ichiro's grand slam came on a full count and put him in a tie with Isao Harimoto for the most hits ever by a Japanese player at 3,085.

Detroit Tigers 9, Chicago White Sox 0

The Tigers pummeled the White Sox to close out their rain-shortened series against Chicago. Detroit's Armando Galarraga pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings while striking out five. Placido Polanco led the Tigers' attack with three RBI. Chicago's Jose Contreras gave up five runs over 5 1/3 innings and things continued to spiral out of control when the White Sox brought in Mike MacDougal in the sixth inning. In two innings of work, MacDougal gave up four runs, three walks and uncorked two wild pitches.

Cleveland Indians 5, Kansas City Royals 4

This game was a classic case of strong starting pitching getting let down by porous relief work. Cleveland's Aaron Laffey gave up two runs on three hits while Kansas City's Sidney Ponson gave up his two runs on six hits as both pitched into the sixth inning. And that's when things went terribly wrong. Indians reliever Jensen Lewis walked three straight batters in the bottom of the seventh inning but still managed to get the win. Thanks in large part to Royals reliever Kyle Farnsworth who gave up three runs in one third of an inning and caught the loss.

Boston Red Sox 8, Oakland Athletics 2

Oakland pitcher Brett Anderson was a hard-luck loser Wednesday as his bullpen let him down (I'm sensing a theme here), allowing the score to get out of hand. Anderson pitched seven innings and gave up two runs but his A's teammates couldn't muster much offense against Tim Wakefield's knuckleball. Wakefield pitched a complete game and gave up just four hits. Things truly unraveled for Oakland in the eighth as Boston scored six runs off two different Athletics relievers.

New York Yankees 4, Tampa Bay Rays 3

Derek Jeter scored the game-tying run in the eighth inning and delivered the game-winning hit for the Yankees in the top of the ninth for their second victory in a row against the Rays after an embarrassing series opener. Andy Pettitte still refuses to age, tossing 7 1/3 innings and giving up three runs while scattering six hits but ended up not factoring into the decision. Conversely, the Rays had to trot out six different pitchers as starter Andy Sonnanstine continues to struggle with his command in the early going of the season. With this momentum, New York finally heads home to open up new Yankees Stadium.

Toronto Blue Jays 12, Minnesota Twins 2

The Blue Jays Bombers were back in full effect as the majors' best offense hit four home runs against Minnesota's Scott Baker who took the loss in his season debut. While Baker was busy watching the sky, Toronto's Scott Richmond (a native Canadian) was on cruise control, giving up just four hits and one earned run in 6 1/3 innings of work.

By CJ Holley  |  April 16, 2009; 7:59 AM ET
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Dang! I tuned into both MASN channels in the early innings last night to see what was running after the Nats were rained out. Sounds like I turned away too quickly. hehe.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 16, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

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