The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"It was just nice to get to the ballpark, give the guys a hug and do what I do best."
-- Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez on making (and homering in) his season debut after being sidelined with a hip injury.
New York Yankees 4, Baltimore Orioles 0
Jeremy Guthrie made one mistake in six innings of work, unfortunately for him and the Orioles it was against Alex Rodriguez and Rodriguez was ready to capitalize. Rodriguez took the first pitch he saw of the season and launched it for a three-run home in the first inning that propelled New York to victory. The win ended a five-game losing streak for the Yankees who got a stellar performance out of CC Sabathia. Sabathia pitched his first complete game of the season, allowing just four hits to earn the shutout in an economical 112 pitches.
Detroit Tigers 1, Cleveland Indians 0
Justin Verlander got the best of Cliff Lee for the second time in a week. Verlander struck out 11 this past Sunday to topple Lee in a 3-1 Tigers win. Coincidentally, Verlander struck out 11 again Friday and allowed just two hits in a complete game shutout. Lee was pretty darn good himself, allowing one run and seven hits over eight innings but still took the loss. Verlander has really turned it over his last three starts, allowing just one run in that stretch to go with 31 strikeouts. Lee, the league's reigning Cy Young winner, has been just as good of late, having allowed a grand total of seven earned runs in his last five outings but has just one win to show for it.
Boston Red Sox 7, Tampa Bay Rays 3
A five-run sixth inning propelled the Red Sox past the Rays on Friday night. For Boston it was almost déjà vu as the Red Sox scored five runs in the sixth inning before recording an out. On Thursday, the Red Sox ran up 12 runs in the sixth against Cleveland before recording an out. Jason Bay led the charge for Boston, hitting a three-run homer in that inning. The loss ended Tampa Bay's three-game win streak.
Minnesota Twins 11, Seattle Mariners 0
Scott Baker finally got his first win of the season, pitching seven scoreless innings while watching his offense thrash the Mariners pitching staff. Seattle starter Chris Jakubauskas got battered for nine of the runs over 4 1/3 innings. The Mariners, who at one point were leading the AL West, have now lost five in a row and have scored only nine runs over those 45 innings.
Texas Rangers 6, Chicago White Sox 0
Jose Contreras continues his season of awful starts as the White Sox pitcher failed to make it out of the fourth inning for the second straight game and both times have been against Texas, oddly enough. Contreras got knocked around for five runs (three earned) in his 3 2/3 innings of work. On the other side, Rangers starter Matt Harrison cruised through a complete game shutout, allowing four hits while needing just 111 pitches to finish what he started. For comparison's sake: Contreras blew threw 81 pitches in his less than four innings of work.
Los Angeles Angels 4, Kansas City Royals 1
Howie Kendrick hit a two-run, inside-the-park home run to lead the Angels past the Royals. Angels starter Matt Palmer allowed just two hits and one run in 5 1/3 innings to improve to 3-0 on the season. Los Angeles has now won 8 of its last 11 games and put a halt to the Royals' six-game winning streak. Friday night's loss was just Kansas City's second since April 28.
Oakland Athletics 5, Toronto Blue Jays 3
All of the scoring in this game was done in the third inning as Toronto got three in the top of the inning for a very shot-lived lead in the series opener between the two teams. Scott Richmond was handed his first loss of the season thanks to his one bad inning but pitched a full eight innings. The A's used four different pitchers to get their second win in a row. Conversely, the Blue Jays have now lost back-to-back games for just the second time this season.
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