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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night

"I always think positive. Colon will be real fresh for his next start."

"I hope Peavy didn't watch the scoreboard today. He might say no."

-- A fine double play from White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen after his team got obliterated by 19 runs.

Minnesota Twins 20, Chicago White Sox 1

Bartolo Colon gave up eight runs in two innings -- on the bright side, only one of them was earned -- to get the ball rolling on what became an avalanche of Twins runs. Joe Mauer hit a grand slam, Michael Cuddyer and Matt Tolbert each hit three-run bombs and Joe Crede chipped in a solo shot as Minnesota did a fine job of blasting its way out of a six-game skid. Mauer had a career day, driving in six runs against a White Sox team that hadn't allowed 20 runs since 2007 when they lost to the same Minnesota Twins club, 20-14, in the first game of a doubleheader. After Thursday afternoon's debacle, Chicago swung and missed on landing San Diego Padres starter Jake Peavy who vetoed a trade that would have sent the talented right-hander to the South Side.

New York Yankees 7, Baltimore Orioles 4

This game may have been Adam Eaton's Swan Song as the embattled Orioles starter coughed up four runs in the first inning and never gave his team much of a chance to win. Eaton gave up four doubles in the first inning. Baltimore seemed to have a leg up on New York in the first as an Adam Jones liner hit Joba Chamberlain near his right knee forcing the Yankees starter to leave after retiring only two batters. New York took a 6-0 lead on Baltimore after the first two innings but the Orioles put up a valiant effort before being swept out of the Bronx and handed their fourth straight loss.

Detroit Tigers 4, Texas Rangers 3

Rangers pitcher Kevin Millwood and Tigers pitcher Edwin Jackson both threw eight fine innings with Millwood giving up one fewer hit while Jackson, more importantly, gave up one fewer run. In giving up three runs on seven hits, Jackson earned his fourth win of the season, something he didn't accomplish until mid-June last year. Jackson gave up two runs in the top of the eighth inning to tie the game but Miguel Cabrera got a run back for Detroit by hitting an RBI single in the bottom half of the inning. Detroit also got a two-run homer out of Curtis Granderson and a solo jack from Clete Thomas in the first as the Tigers swept Texas for the second time this year.

Cleveland Indians 8, Kansas City Royals 3

The Cleveland Indians may have figured out the secret to getting past Zack Greinke -- get to his bullpen. Greinke collected his first no-decision of the year, giving up two runs and a season-high eight hits while striking out eight. Greinke remains 7-1 on the season but saw his ERA slowly climb up to 0.82. Carl Pavano managed to get the win after allowing three runs over six innings. The Indians scored twice in the seventh and blew the game open with a four-run eighth inning. Victor Martinez drove in three runs while Shin-Soo Choo and Asdrubal Cabrera each had two RBI. Cabrera finished the game 4 for 5 as the Indians won consecutive games against the same team for the first time this year.

Tampa Bay Rays 6, Oakland Athletics 5

Oakland took a 5-3 victory in the ninth inning but the A's bullpen couldn't keep Tampa Bay down as the Rays rallied in the bottom half of the inning to get the win. Ben Zobrist tied the game with a two-run, pinch-hit home run and Carl Crawford sealed Tampa Bay's victory by singling in the winning run. Zobrist is drinking closer's coffee, as he has become a pinch hitter extraordinaire this season, hitting three home runs and driving in nine runs while batting .333 when coming off the bench.

Boston Red Sox 5, Toronto Blue Jays 1

The Red Sox leapt out to a 3-0 lead after the first inning and kicked it into cruise control. Jon Lester gave up one run over 6 1/3 innings to earn his first win in over two weeks. Jason Bay keyed Boston's hot start, hitting a two-run homer off of Toronto rookie Robert Ray who was coming off of his first career win.

Los Angeles Angels 3, Seattle Mariners 0

Mariners pitchers made three mistakes and they all came back to bite them. Seattle starter Erik Bedard gave up two solo home runs and reliever Garrett Olson gave up a solo shot of his own (hey, former Orioles helping each other lose!) as the Mariners dropped three of four to the Angels. Joe Saunders was stellar for Los Angeles, pitching seven scoreless innings to get his sixth win of the season and saw the league's second-worst bullpen manage to keep it all together.

By CJ Holley  |  May 22, 2009; 7:58 AM ET
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There's nothing quite like a fresh Colon.

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