The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"It's kind of disheartening when we basically lose the game in the second inning and it's basically all on me."
-- Yankees starter Phil Hughes after giving up eight runs in the second inning.
Baltimore Orioles 12, New York Yankees 5
The Orioles torched Phil Hughes for eight runs in the second inning to support starter Adam Eaton and never looked back to top the Yankees. Baltimore sent 13 batters to the plate in the second with Gregg Zaun and Luke Scott each getting two hits in the inning.
Adam Jones, Nick Markakis, Aubrey Huff and Lou Montanez all hit homers in the Orioles win.
Los Angeles Angels 1, Kansas City Royals 0
Zack Greinke finally lost his first game of the season fittingly, he still only allowed one run. Greinke allowed one run on four hits while pitching a full eight but was bested by Los Angeles' Joe Saunders. Saunders got his first ever shutout and second complete game of his career, needing only 101 pitches to finish off his five-hit gem. Two sac flys by the Angels helped score Gary Matthews Jr. for the lone run of the game in the third inning. While Greinke has garnered many of the AL pitching headlines, Saunders has quietly put together a very good start to the season, as the Springfield, Va. native sits at 5-1 with a 2.66 ERA.
Tampa Bay Rays 14, Boston Red Sox 5
Evan Longoria drove in five runs to increase his league-leading total to 44 while going 2 for 4 with three runs to lead Tampa Bay's assault of Boston. Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester bore the brunt of Saturday's beating, giving up eight runs over 4 1/3 innings. The Rays are averaging a little over five runs per game this season but against Boston have been scoring over seven runs per game in eight meetings this year.
Detroit Tigers 4, Cleveland Indians 0
Edwin Jackson pitched seven scoreless innings while relievers Joel Zumaya and Fernando Rodney took care of business down the stretch as the Tigers got their fourth win in a row over the Indians. All of Detroit's production came from the bottom of the lineup as the Nos. 6 through 9 hitters each drove in a run. Cleveland has been outscored 18-3 in its past three games and has now been held scoreless in back to back games as Justin Verlander pitched a complete game shutout Friday for Detroit.
Chicago White Sox 3, Texas Rangers 2
Carlos Quentin drove in a run and scored the winning run in the eighth to push the White Sox past the Rangers. Texas's Kevin Millwood took the loss despite getting his fifth quality start of the season, giving up three runs over seven innings Saturday. Chicago's John Danks rebounded from consecutive starts where gave up five earned runs to give up just two over six innings to go along with 10 strikeouts but did not factor into the decision.
Minnesota Twins 9, Seattle Mariners 6
Francisco Liriano got his second straight win as his Twins offense teed off of the usually reliable Felix Hernandez. Minnesota's Joe Mauer and Michael Cuddyer each drove in three runs and hit homers to send Seattle to its sixth straight loss. Hernandez allowed six runs in four innings in his shortest outing since May 15, 2007 when he only lasted 3 2/3 innings.
Toronto Blue Jays 6, Oakland Athletics 4
Brian Tallet gave up just one run and two hits over seven solid innings to help Toronto avoid its first three game skid of the season. Lyle Overbay homered and drove in three runs to help the Blue Jays polish off the A's. Jason Giambi did the heavy lifting for Oakland in the losing effort, driving in three runs to go along with a solo home run.
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