The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"That's a terrible stat."
-- White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, who may not be a sabermatrician, but certainly recognizes that being shut out five times at home already this season is not a good thing.
Chicago was shut out for the eighth time this year as Oakland got a solid outing from rookie pitcher Brett Anderson. The White Sox have been blanked five times at home in the hitter-friendly U.S. Cellular Field and now twice with Mark Buehrle on the mound. With Anderson's start on Thursday, the A's have thrown out rookie pitchers for four consecutive starts - all against Chicago - and have gone 3-1 in that span. Oakland got a three-run homer from Jason Giambi in the sixth inning and a two-run drive from Aaron Cunningham in the top of the ninth.
Jason Kubel hit two three-run homers to power the Twins past the Indians in the finale of a four-game set. Minnesota tagged Cleveland starter Fausto Carmona for seven runs in just two innings to help give Scott Baker the win. The Twins also got homers out of Justin Morneau (two-run blast) and Denard Span (solo shot) as Minnesota collected its third win in four games.
Howie Kendrick scored the go-ahead run by scoring on a double play in the ninth inning to give the Angels the win. The run helped pull Kendrick out of a 1-for-17 slump and gave Los Angeles consecutive wins for the first time in two weeks. The Angels jumped on Blue Jays starter Brian Tallet early, scoring three runs in the first inning. John Lackey picked up the win, allowing two runs over seven innings.
Chien-Ming Wang allowed five runs in 4 2/3 innings in his return to the Yankees' rotation following a stint on the disabled list after struggling earlier in the season. How bad had he been this year? The 4 2/3 innings made Thursday's start Wang's longest of the year. Wang was able to escape without picking up a decision thanks to the struggles of Texas starter Brandon McCarthy who gave up six runs over four innings. The hero of the game ended up being Melky Cabrera who hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to put the Yankees ahead for good. New York and Texas - the league's two best slugging teams - combined to hit four home runs in the game. Mark Teixeira was back in the Yankees lineup after sitting out a game with a bruised ankle and doubled twice to drive in three runs.
Jason Bay's bases-loaded double in the third helped Boston pick up a three-game sweep of Detroit. The Tigers took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning but Dontrelle Willis couldn't make it stand up, allowing five of the Red Sox' six runs in the fourth. Willis only lasted 2 1/3 innings to lose his third straight start since earning his first win as a Tiger on May 19. Jonathan Papelbon picked up his 14th save to tie the Angels' Brian Fuentes for the American League lead.
Tampa Bay went 0 for 13 with runners in scoring position but still managed to pull out the victory thanks to a two-run homer from B.J. Upton in the bottom of the eighth. The Rays' other run came on a solo shot from Carl Crawford in the previous inning. The win gave Tampa Bay a three-game sweep over the reeling Kansas City Royals who have now lost their last seven in a row. Royals starter Gil Meche pitched well in the loss, going six innings and getting taken out of the game after being taken out of the park by Crawford. James Shields collected his fifth win of the season by giving up two runs over eight innings.
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