The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"He was tremendous. Hopefully we can build on that."
-- Tigers Manager Jim Leyland, taking a page out of Herm Edwards's book of motivation (WE CAN BUILD ON THIS!) in discussing starting pitcher Dontrelle Willis.
Detroit Tigers 4, Texas Rangers 0
Dontrelle Willis got his first win as a member of the Tigers (yes, it's been that long) as he allowed just one hit over 6 1/3 impressive innings. At one point, Willis retired 17 straight to keep Texas in check. The Tigers bullpen picked up where Willis left off as four relievers combined to pitch 2 2/3 innings of no-hit ball to end the Rangers' seven-game winning streak.
New York Yankees 9, Baltimore Orioles 1
Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira each homered for the Yankees as they extended their winning streak to seven games. CC Sabathia allowed one run on three hits and struck out seven over seven innings to win his third straight start. Orioles rookie pitcher Brad Bergesen, (sporting a new number: 35) was impressive for the better part of the game, giving up Rodriguez's homer in the first inning but settling down thereafter. Bergesen became the first Baltimore starter to record an out in the seventh inning in two weeks by going 6 1/3 innings. After getting the first batter out in the seventh, Bergesen walked the next two and watched as reliever Chris Ray allowed both to score and then let another five cross the plate.
Oakland Athletics 4, Tampa Bay Rays 1 (11)
Matt Holliday hit just his fifth homer of the season but made it count, blasting a three-run homer in the top of the 11th inning to lift Oakland. Josh Outman and James Shields both had scoreless outing for the A's and Rays, respectively with Outman going six innings and Shields going 8 1/3 but neither factored into the decision. All of the offense came in the final frame as Willie Aybar hit his own home run in the bottom of the 11th inning but his solo shot proved to be too little, too late.
Boston Red Sox 2, Toronto Blue Jays 1
The ageless Tim Wakefield had his knuckleball dancing, giving up just one run on five hits over eight innings to get his fifth win of the season. Boston scored both their runs in the second inning off of Toronto's Brian Tallet. The Blue Jays' lone run came courtesy of ex-Red Sox player Kevin Millar who hit a solo home run in the fifth inning. Tuesday's game was the first of the season between the top two teams in the AL East.
Kansas City Royals 6, Cleveland Indians 5
The Indians bullpen again imploded as closer Kerry Wood blew a three-run lead by allowing four runs in the bottom of the ninth. Mike Jacobs and Mark Teahen hit back-to-back homers off Wood who saw his ERA balloon to 8.31. As a unit, the Cleveland bullpen has blown nine saves in 16 chances. Cliff Lee pitched another unrecognized gem, allowing two runs and eight hits over eight innings. Lee has now pitched seven or more innings in each of his last six starts and allowed a combined eight runs in that stretch but only has one win to show for it.
Chicago White Sox 6, Minnesota Twins 2
Mark Buehrle gave up two runs and scattered eight hits over seven innings to earn his sixth win of the season. The White Sox got home runs out of Paul Konerko and Jermaine Dye to lead the attack and jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning to help end a five game skid. The Twins have now lost five straight and are just 4-13 away from the Metrodome this season.
Los Angeles Angels 6, Seattle Mariners 5
The Angles pounded Mariners ace Felix Hernandez for six runs and 11 hits over 5 2/3 innings for their second win in a row. Despite Los Angeles's hot bats, Seattle was right with them through the game as there was scoring in five of the game's first six innings before the bullpens took charge and kept the final three innings scoreless. Hernandez has allowed 17 earned runs in his last four games.
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