The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"The thing that he showed is that he's human. He gave up an earned run."
-- Royals Manager Trey Hillman on staff ace Zack Greinke who saw his ERA balloon from 0.00 to 0.50 Wednesday while moving to 5-0 on the season.
Good pitching + good hitting = wins. It's a simple formula but one that's been missing for the better part of a decade in Kansas City but Wednesday night they got it all, even if Zack Greinke wasn't flawless. Greinke gave up his first earned run (two, in fact) in 43 innings but still struck out eight over seven innings to pick up his major-league leading fifth win. The Royals offense woke up from its slumber to pound out 11 runs over 15 hits - tagging hapless Toronto starter Brian Tallet for 10 of them in four innings. Greinke joined former Dodgers phenom Fernando Valenzuela as the only pitchers since the early 20th Century to not give up an earned run in their first four starts of a season.
Baltimore squandered chances to score in the first and second innings and wasted another solid outing by Koji Uehara as Los Angeles's Shane Loux earned his first win since 2003. Making matters worse for the Orioles was Uehara sustaining a bruised sternum after being hit in the chest with a comebacker in the seventh inning shortly after giving up back-to-back home runs to Torii Hunter and Kendry Morales.
Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers
Postponed due to rain.
Boston rallied past Cleveland by knocking around Indians reliever Rafael Betancourt for three runs in the eighth inning to ultimately force extra innings. In the 10th, the Red Sox' Jonathan Van Every, making his second plate appearance of the season, delivered a game-winning home run as Boston bounced back from its first loss in two weeks. The home run was Van Every's first of the season and he had his first hit of the year as part of the eighth inning rally that was aided by a Mark DeRosa error.
The bullpen continues to be a big problem for the Yankees but on Wednesday that didn't affect the outcome, just simply made things more interesting. Jonathan Albaladejo (8.18 ERA) got slapped around for four runs in the ninth inning, leading to an appearance by Mariano Rivera who also gave up a run but managed to preserve what should have been a much easier New York victory. The Yankees bats did most of their damage in the fourth inning, scoring seven runs in the frame while chasing Detroit starter Rick Porcello and giving Joba Chamberlain his first win of the season.
Minnesota jumped all over Tampa Bay starter Scott Kazmir early and never looked back, scoring four runs in the first inning on their way to a sweep of the reigning American League champions. Kazmir struggled all game, giving up all eight of the Twins' runs over four innings. Minnesota's 1-2-3 hitters Denard Span, Brendan Harris and Justin Morneau each had three hits and scored two runs to lead the Twins' attack.
Slumping Chicago sluggers Carlos Quentin and Jermaine Dye showed signs of life Wednesday as they hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning to help lift the team past Seattle. The Mariners blew a 3-1 lead after starting pitcher Erik Bedard left the game following five innings of six-hit ball. Bedard exited before recording an out in the sixth inning and saw two of the runners he allowed on to score courtesy of reliever Shawn Kelley who also gave up the back-to-back homers in the seventh.
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