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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night

"It's either going to tailspin or get better. Hopefully it gets better."
-- Orioles closer George Sherrill who hopes a winning streak is around the corner for a Baltimore team that has lost 13 of its last 16 games.

Toronto Blue Jays 5, Baltimore Orioles 4 (11)

It was again a familiar sight for the Orioles who got an early lead then watched it fade away. Baltimore took a 1-0 lead in the first inning and was tied at 3 following the third inning, which is how the game stood going into the 10th inning. Nick Markakis scored in the top of the 10th to give the Orioles another lead, which closer George Sherrill promptly gave up in the bottom of the inning as Aaron Hill hit his sixth home run of the season. Brian Bass came on in the 11th inning and took the loss as catcher Rod Barajas came around to score for Toronto on a single by Hill.

Kansas City Royals 10, Minnesota Twins 7 (11)

The Royals tag Twins reliever Craig Breslow for three runs in the top of the 11th inning to put away Minnesota. Catcher Miguel Olivo led the Royals' attack, driving in three while five other Kansas City players each had one RBI. Playing in just his second game of the season, Joe Mauer continued to make things look way too simple, going 4 for 6 for Minnesota as he returns from the disabled list. Joe Crede, Michael Cuddyer and Delmon Young all also had multi-hit games for the Twins in the losing effort.

Detroit Tigers 9, Cleveland Indians 7

The back end of Detroit's bullpen may finally be rounding in to form (and it only took about two years) as Joel Zumaya pitches 1 2/3 innings of one-hit ball and was followed by Fernando Rodney who allowed two hits to collect his fifth save of the season. The Tigers took a 5-0 lead in the fourth inning but starting pitcher Zach Miner gave back all five in the subsequent inning. A three-run eighth inning put the Tigers ahead for good thanks to Curtis Granderson who hit a two-run homer in the frame. For the Cleveland Indians, it was the third straight time that they followed a win with a loss.

Los Angeles Angels 8, New York Yankees 4

CC Sabathia held on to an early one-run lead before running into trouble in the sixth and seventh innings and falling to 1-3 on the season. Sabathia allowed six runs (five earned) in 6 2/3 innings as the Angels scored all of their runs in the game's final four innings to end the Yankees' four-game winning streak. Matt Palmer, 30, earned just the second win of his career (both have come this season) and retired 14 straight batters after giving up a run in the first inning and finished by going 6 1/3 innings and giving up just the lone run on three hits.

Boston Red Sox 10, Tampa Bay Rays 6

Boston's Tim Wakefield improved to 20-5 all-time against Tampa Bay, giving up five runs while striking out five in five innings to collect his third win of the season. Kevin Youkilis and Nick Green each drove in three runs for the Red Sox who ended a four-game losing streak against the Rays. Jeff Niemann took the loss for Tampa Bay as he got knocked out after three innings for allowing six runs in that stretch.

Texas Rangers 9, Chicago White Sox 6

Texas piled on six runs in the fourth inning - without the aid of a single home run - to batter Chicago starter Jose Contreras. The Rangers batted around in the inning while tallying seven hits in the game-changing frame. Contreras is now 0-4 on the season and saw his ERA swell to 8.31. The White Sox attempted to claw back into the game, scoring four runs in the sixth inning off of Rangers reliever Luis Mendoza.

Oakland Athletics 3, Seattle Mariners 2

Oakland scored one run in both the eighth and ninth innings to push past Seattle for the win. David Aardsma, the Mariners' presumed new closer with Brandon Morrow headed to the DL, took the loss, as Bobby Crosby scored from second base on a Gregorio Petit single to right. Seattle placed Morrow on the disabled list with bicep tendinitis but the team is considering this more of a precautionary measure.

By CJ Holley  |  May 3, 2009; 7:57 AM ET
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CJ - a couple of closers went lost jobs in the AL this weekend. Morrow to the DL, Sherrill to the closer by committee. In Baltimore, Ray has not been so good so far, Baez has spit the bit whenever he has clsoed in the past, and Walker is nothing more than a loogy. Aarsdma will get he first chance, in Seattle, but he too has been shakey in his past, and Batista has thrown well. Meanwhile, Fuentes looks like Fuentes of '07, and Percival is Troy Percival, even if there is an imposter posing as Grant Balfour.

Is it time for the first "Washington Post closer speculation and update" featuring the insights of the learned insiders?

Those of us with Brandon Morrow as their AL fantasy closer want to know.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | May 3, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

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