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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night

"I tried it all. I was about to hit right-handed"

-- Left-handed Red Sox DH David Ortiz after finally hitting his first home run of the season.

Boston Red Sox 8, Toronto Blue Jays 3

David Ortiz hit his first home run of the season and was part of a four-home run, six-run fifth inning that propelled the Red Sox past the Blue Jays and put them just a half-game back of Toronto for the lead in the AL East. Ortiz ended a 149 at-bat homer-less stretch (the longest of his career) and came out of the dugout for a curtain call at Fenway Park. Kevin Youkilis returned to the Red Sox lineup after being on the disabled list with an oblique strain and went 3 for 5 with a run.

New York Yankees 11, Baltimore Orioles 4

Nick Swisher, Robinson Cano and Melky Cabrera hit back-to-back-to-back home runs - each with two strikes against them - in the second inning off of Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie to lead the Yankees' rout. Phil Hughes struck out a career-high nine batters to get his second win of the season and a measure of revenge against a Baltimore lineup that tagged him for eight runs earlier this month. The Yankees have now won eight straight. Orioles rookie Nolan Reimold hit the first home run of his career as the team hit three of their own with Adam Jones and Ty Wigginton also hitting solo shots.

Detroit Tigers 5, Texas Rangers 3

Justin Verlander failed in his bid to become the first Tigers pitcher to strike out 10 or more in four straight games but did strike out eight over six innings to get his fourth win in a row. Verlander has a 1.02 ERA over his last five starts. Detroit was able to overcome hitting into the majors' third triple play of the season in the fourth by scoring four runs in the sixth. Designated hitter Wilkin Ramirez and third baseman Brandon Inge each homered in the sixth to give the Tigers their fifth straight win.

Oakland Athletics 7, Tampa Bay Rays 6

Scott Kazmir's disastrous start to his season continued Wednesday, allowing seven runs on eight hits in just 4 1/3 innings. Kazmir has allowed six or more earned runs in five of his nine starts this year. The Rays attempted to rally late, twice bringing the winning run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth but A's closer Brad Ziegler was able to shut the door and preserve Brett Anderson's first career victory.

Cleveland Indians 6, Kansas City Royals 5

For a change, it was Cleveland that was exploiting an opposing team's bullpen. The Indians scored four runs against Royals relievers to rally and end a four-game skid. Kansas City's Sidney Ponson (once a starter for the team this season) took the loss, allowing two runs in the eighth inning. Mark DeRosa was the hero for Cleveland, going 3 for 4 and driving in the winning run. The Indians bullpen still managed to keep things interesting as closer Kerry Wood walked the bases loaded with two outs left in the game before getting consecutive strikeouts to end it.

Chicago White Sox 7, Minnesota Twins 4

John Danks got his first win since April 22 in managing to be slightly better than Francisco Liriano on Wednesday night. Danks wasn't especially sharp, giving up four runs in 5 2/3 innings but was more effective that Minnesota's Liriano who gave up all seven of Chicago's runs in a disastrous fourth inning. Jermaine Dye hit a grand slam in the fourth and Paul Konerko chipped in with a two-run shot of his own as the White Sox handed the Twins their sixth straight loss.

Seattle Mariners 1, Los Angeles Angels 0

Ken Griffey Jr. singled in Ichiro Suzuki in the bottom of the first inning for the game's only offense. Ervin Santana took the loss in his second start of the season but clearly pitched well, allowing just the one run and five hits over 6 2/3 innings. Seattle's Chris Jakubauskas was even better, though, pitching six innings of two-hit ball for his third win of the season while ending the Mariners' two-game slide.

By CJ Holley  |  May 21, 2009; 7:54 AM ET
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Comments

Such mixed feelings - Cecil is one of my fantasy pitchers in my AL-only roto league. Even with the drubbing, his ERA is only 4.38.

I really do have a loyalty issue with my fantasy team. I have Sabathia, Bedard, Tallet, and Cecil, with reserves of Duscherer, Kelvim Escobar, and CM Wang. That looks like 4 starters from divisional rivals and a 5th from a playoff contender. At least I have R. Ramirez and Okajima.

Tell Dave that for one of his lists, he ought to do "Great Dumpster Dives of '09" featuring the best rookies picked up from Indy leagues, rule 5, or otherwise undrafted US players. Jakubauskas would have to be on the list.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | May 21, 2009 8:19 AM | Report abuse

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