The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"You're the best. You're damn good."
-- Blue Jays rookie left-handed pitcher Ricky Romero to fellow rookie lefty Brett Cecil in a pep talk before Cecil's major league debut Tuesday. Daniel Larusso may respectfully disagree, however.
The Blue Jays outslugged the Indians in the seventh inning for their fourth win in five games. Cleveland hoped it had put the game out of reach by scoring four runs in the top of the seventh for a 6-3 advantage but Toronto came right back in the bottom half of the inning to score seven runs. Adam Lind hit a three-run homer in the game-altering stanza and Scott Rolen went deep as well as the Blue Jays scored their seven off of four different Indians pitchers.
Koji Uehara pitched a gem of a game - striking out eight over 6 2/3 innings - but in the end it didn't matter as he took the loss against Tampa Bay. The Rays scored six runs against Uehara but only three were earned as Baltimore committed three errors in the game. Matt Garza improved to 6-0 all-time against the Orioles, lasting eight innings while giving up Baltimore's three runs on homers by Brian Roberts and Gregg Zaun.
The Rangers exploded for six runs with two outs in the 10th inning to rout the Mariners on Tuesday. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia led the late charge for Texas, hitting a grand slam off of Seattle reliever Denny Stark as the Rangers collected their fourth straight victory. The final score marred an impressive pitchers' duel as Texas' Vicente Padilla pitching eight innings of one-hit ball while Seattle's Erik Bedard gave up just one run in his seven innings of work.
The Royals rallied back from a four-run deficit to knock off the White Sox for the fourth straight time, a feat Kansas City had not pulled off since 2003. Catcher John Buck hit a single with the bases loaded to drive in the winning run. Chicago didn't do itself any favors by stranding an astonishing 13 runners on base. The White Sox staked starting pitcher Gavin Floyd to the early lead but Floyd was unable to handle the prosperity and allowed six runs over five innings.
Rookie pitcher Rick Porcello shut down the Minnesota Twins as the Tigers cruised Tuesday. Porcello pitched seven innings while allowing just four hits, his Twins counterpart clearly did not fare as well. Nick Blackburn was chased from the game in the fourth inning having given up all nine of Detroit's runs. For Blackburn (2-2), it was the fourth time in six starts that he's allowed four or more runs.
Boston completed a rain-soaked sweep of New York in the team's first trip to the new Yankees Stadium. Josh Beckett did a fine job of bending without breaking, giving up 10 hits in six innings but only allowed three runs to cross the plate to go to 3-2 on the season. Joba Chamberlain, whose mother has been in some legal trouble, struck out 12 but still took the loss, giving up four runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Shane Loux got his second straight victory, allowing just one run in seven innings of work as the Angels notched their third straight win. Los Angeles' top two batters in the lineup, Chone Figgins and Gary Matthews Jr., provided all of the offense as Figgins drove in two runs while Matthews tallied three RBI. Oakland has now lost three straight and four of its last five and at 9-15, has the American League's worst record.
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