The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"I didn't think it was gone."
-- The Yankees' Jorge Posada on his pinch-hit home run in the seventh inning that was upheld thanks to the first use of instant replay this season.
Former Yankees flameout and current Indians pitcher Carl Pavano failed to defeat his old team but did probably earn some measure of satisfaction in out-pitching New York's A.J. Burnett. Pavano allowed one run on four hits over six innings but watched as his bullpen let the Yankees off the hook. Burnett has been New York's best pitcher so far this season but struggled with his command Sunday. Burnett, who also collected a no-decision, walked seven batters but did a fine job of minimizing damage, allowing just three runs (courtesy of two home runs) and three hits over the course of 6 1/3 innings. The win allowed the Yankees to put Saturday's throttling behind them and earn a split in the team's first series at their new stadium.
Koji Uehara bounced back from his first truly bad start since joining the Orioles by giving up just two runs over seven innings. Unfortunately for Uehara, Boston's Jon Lester was even better. Lester stymied the Orioles over seven scoreless innings to give Boston it's third straight win over Baltimore and Lester his fifth straight over the O's dating back to last season. Run-scoring singles by Mike Lowell and Dustin Pedroia gave the Red Sox all that they would need as they look to complete a four-game sweep of the Orioles this morning on Patriots' Day.
Toronto proved that it, in fact, could win games without big offense. The Blue Jays have averaged a little over six runs per game through 14 contests and 7.5 runs in their 10 wins but were able to slog through a pitchers' duel for Sunday's win. Ricky Romero provided Toronto with another strong performance as the rookie moves to 2-0 on the season thanks to seven scoreless innings. Kevin Millar scored on a Lyle Overbay single in the second inning to provide the only run of the game as Oakland's Dallas Braden takes the loss despite allowing just five hits over 7 1/3 innings.
Five different Chicago players drove in two runs as the White Sox smothered the Rays to take three of four in Tampa Bay. Chicago got seven strong innings from Gavin Floyd who struck out seven. Tampa Bay's Matt Garza absorbed the brunt of the White Sox' assault, giving up seven runs in less than six full innings of work.
The Twins swept the struggling Angels behind eight impressive innings from Glen Perkins. Perkins, a Minnesota native and University of Minnesota alum got his first win of the season in front of the home crowd. Despite this being his first win of the year, Perkins has pitched well and on Sunday earned the distinction of being the first Twins pitcher since Johan Santana in 2005 to go eight innings in three consecutive starts.
Texas recovered from seeing Kansas City's two-headed pitching monster (Gil Meche and Zach Greinke) in the first two games of the series by taking the finale thanks to Michael Young's walk-off home run off of Royals reliever Kyle Farnsworth. The Rangers hope the dramatic victory will put the team's recent struggles behind them. Texas has won just two games since starting off the season with a lop-sided three-game sweep of Cleveland. Expect to see a lot of crooked numbers in the Rangers' next series, as they will travel north of the border to face the equally offensive-minded Toronto Blue Jays.
Ramon Santiago hit a bases-loaded double into left-center on his way to a career-high five RBI, helping lead Detroit to a series win over Seattle. The win was the first for Tigers rookie Rick Porcello who out-pitched a man nearly a decade older than him, Carlos Silva. Porcello, who won't turn 21 until December, gave up one run and scattered five hits over seven innings as the sinkerballer induced 11 groundouts.
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