The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"He is a different cat right now."
-- Rays Manager Joe Maddon on resurgent Mariners starting pitcher Jarrod Washburn (3-0), whom Maddon used to coach in Anaheim.
Seattle's Jarrod Washburn continued his early season dominance, striking out nine and giving up two runs over seven innings to put an end to the Mariners' two-game skid. Washburn is 3-0 to start a season for the first time since 1998 when he started 4-0 for the then-Anaheim Angels. The Mariners took the lead in the fourth thanks to three runs charged against Rays starter Andy Sonnanstine who remains winless on the season.
This game was important to the Orioles for many reasons. First, they ended a five-game losing streak. Second, they did it against an above-average club. Third, they got a solid pitching performance from their starter. Fourth, that starting pitcher was Brad Bergesen, the first in what the team hopes is a steady stream of young talent coming up from the minors. Bergesen, 23, gave up three runs (one earned) in 5 2/3 innings to go along with four strikeouts in his major league debut. Bergesen received a standing ovation from the Camden Yards crowd after being pulled in the sixth inning. The Orioles also got strong offensive production in the win, teeing off of the ancient Jose Contreras (six earned runs) and two relievers (combined four runs allowed). Aubrey Huff hit two two-run homers to lead the attack while Nick Markakis went 4 for 4 with three runs and two RBI and Luke Scott went 3 for 4.
Minnesota Twins at Boston Red Sox
Postponed due to rain.
The Indians had this one in the bag; that was until their bullpen got involved. Cleveland starter Aaron Laffey allowed just one run over seven innings and left the game with a comfortable 6-1 lead. The Indians' bullpen decided to make things a bit more interesting as relievers Joe Smith and Masa Kobayashi combined to give up four runs without recording an out. They eventually gave way to Jensen Lewis, who pitched one perfect inning of relief. With a three-run lead, Cleveland turned to closer Kerry Wood, who then gave up two runs before finally closing the door on the Royals.
Andy Pettitte collected his second win of the year, giving up just two runs to the punchless A's and giving the Yankees a win in their first night game at the new stadium. New Yankee Stadium had been allowing home runs at an alarming rate but only one homer was given up Tuesday (a Johnny Damon solo shot).
Apparently good pitching does beat good hitting. The Rangers and Blue Jays have combined to score 176 runs already this season but thanks to solid performances out of Rangers starter Brandon McCarthy and Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay, fans seeking fireworks had to settle for sparklers. Halladay was not his usual dominant self, allowing five runs in eight innings (though he did have nine strikeouts) of work. Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler made Halladay pay for a couple of mistakes as each hit two-run homers.
The Angels snapped a three-game losing streak with a close win over Detroit. Gary Matthews provided Los Angeles with the key swing, hitting an RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning to help out pitcher Jered Weaver who delivered the Angels their eighth quality start of the season. Curtis Granderson hit two solo home runs for Detroit in the losing effort.
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