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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night

"I started to see them coming, I'll be honest. I actually swallowed one when I was walking around the mound to start (the eighth)."

-- Yankees starting pitcher Joba Chamberlain on seeing the midges again in Cleveland

New York Yankees 5, Cleveland Indians 2

Joba Chamberlain had the longest outing of his career, going eight innings and allowing two runs and five hits in that span. New York broke up a 1-1 tie in the seventh inning by knocking in four runs against Cleveland reliever Greg Aquino as Nick Swisher and Alex Rodriguez each drove in two. New York only had six hits but benefited from the 11 free passes the Indians pitching staff gave up. Not only did the Yankees get the win Monday night, they also set a new major league record by not committing an error for the 18th straight game. The Boston Red Sox set the previous record of 17 in 2006. Though Chamberlain cruised, he was reminded of some past troubles as he again served as Cleveland's Doctor Dolittle. A flock of birds parked themselves in short right-center during one inning and the midges returned again (seriously) to pester the New York starter.

Baltimore Orioles 1, Seattle Mariners 0

On Monday, the Orioles did something they hadn't done since 2007: win a 1-0 game. Adam Jones scored from third on an Aubrey Huff sacrifice fly in the sixth inning to provide the game's only offense and reward Baltimore starter Rich Hill who gave up two hits over seven innings of work to pick up his second win of the year. Jarrod Washburn pitched well but took the loss as he fell to 3-4 on the season despite a sub-4.00 ERA. The Orioles will face Erik Bedard in Game 2 of the series who was the starter in 2007 for Baltimore's last 1-0 victory.

Chicago White Sox 6, Oakland Athletics 2

Jim Thome's three-run homer in the eighth inning helped boost the White Sox past the Athletics. Chicago scored a total of four runs in the inning to give the team its fourth win in a row. Oakland, on the other hand, has dropped five of its last six games and failed to capitalize on getting two runs in the top of the first inning. Matt Holliday provided the early cushion for the A's by hitting a two-run shot off of White Sox starter Gavin Floyd.

By CJ Holley  |  June 2, 2009; 7:56 AM ET
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