The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"He could go out there one day and just throw all cutters and beat you. He could go out there one day and throw all sinkers and beat you. He could go out there one day and throw all curveballs and beat you. Today, he had all three of them."
-- Minnesota's Michael Cuddyer on Toronto ace Roy Halladay, who improved to 8-0 all time against the Twins.
Roy Halladay did what he does and the Blue Jays' bats went crazy again. Toronto tallied 14 hits against six Twins pitchers while Halladay managed to give up just one run over seven innings. Halladay improved to 3-0; his counterpart, Francisco Liriano remains winless despite allowing just two runs in six innings. Minnesota ran into trouble after Liriano's departure. The Blue Jays teed off on the Twins' bullpen in the seventh inning, cranking out two home runs -- including a grand slam by Kevin Millar -- in a seven-run explosion.
The Yankees opened up new Yankee Stadium in the worst way possible, with an ugly loss. CC Sabathia needed 122 pitches to get through 5 2/3 innings (the Yankees do know he's not a one-year rental, right?) but only gave up one run. Things turned for the Yankees in the seventh inning as two relievers gave up nine runs including a grand slam to Cleveland's Grady Sizemore. The 10 runs were more than enough for the Indians' Cliff Lee, who looked more like a reigning Cy Young winner Thursday, going six innings while allowing just one run for his first victory of the season.
The Angels ended Seattle's six-game winning streak thanks to a strong seven innings out of Joe Saunders who needed only 91 pitches to get the ball to set-up man Jose Arredondo. Saunders allowed just three hits to give Los Angeles its first win since Sunday. Despite the loss, Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki had much to celebrate. With a single in the fourth inning, Ichiro set the record for most hits by a Japanese player with 3,086, breaking the record of Isao Harimoto who 14 years ago told Ichiro that he was the only player that could surpass him.
John Danks struck out eight and got staked to a two-run lead early thanks to a Jermaine Dye home run as the White Sox took the first game of a four-game series against the Rays. Chicago was able to lock up the victory despite going 3 for 13 with runners in scoring position. Tampa Bay had a chance in the ninth inning, loading the bases against White Sox closer Bobby Jenks but couldn't complete the comeback.
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