The Wrap: AL
With only three games and good quotes from each, I'm busting out the first ever "Quote of the Game." Enjoy your bonus baseball utterances.
Baltimore Orioles 5, Detroit Tigers 1
"I guess Wieters will be here tomorrow, so hopefully we can pie him."
-- Orioles center fielder Adam Jones. The Orioles have hit a player (Jason Berken, Nolan Reimold and now David Hernandez) in the face with a shaving cream pie for three straight days
Break up the Orioles! Baltimore picked up its fourth straight victory and sixth in its last seven games. David Hernandez became the second rookie pitcher in three days to pick up the win in his major league debut, giving up one run and five hits in 5 2/3 innings. Hernandez walked four and worked himself out of a couple jams to keep the Tigers at bay. Luke Scott was Baltimore's hero at the plate, hitting a solo home run in the second and a three-run insurance blast in the eighth. Nolan Reimold also hit a solo home run to homer in three straight games for the first time in his very young major league career.
Cleveland Indians 2, Tampa Bay Rays 1
"He's a lot better than I am."
-- Indians reliever Matt Herges on the Rays' Evan Longoria who, despite the apparent talent discrepancy, Herges struck out to end a Tampa Bay rally.
In one of those random and bizarre streaks that only seems to occur in baseball, the Rays have now lost 17 straight games in Cleveland as they drop the finale of a four game series against the Indians. For Cleveland, it was their first sweep since last July, when they did it to the Rays. The final game of the series was also the lowest scoring as the two teams had combined to score 46 runs in the first three games of the series.
Boston Red Sox 3, Minnesota Twins 1
"Especially knowing that Joe's DHing. I can't get thrown out. I really can't get thrown out."
-- Twins catcher Mike Redmond who got thrown out and caused Minnesota to lose their DH since Joe Mauer had to move from DH in order to catch.
Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek hit two home runs to provide the difference in Boston's win over Minnesota. Varitek's reward for his hot bat was an early exit as he, along with three other players were ejected. Umpire Todd Tichenor, called up from the Class AAA Pacific Coast League, tossed Varitek, Twins catcher Mike Redmond and both managers - Boston's Terry Francona and Minnesota's Ron Gardenhire - all in the seventh inning. Josh Beckett struck out eight over seven innings to pick up the win for Boston.
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