The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"I just have to remember that I am strong and my will could will the ball out."
-- Yankees outfielder Johnny Damon doing his best Stuart Smalley impersonation in talking about his home run hitting abilities
New York hit four home runs off of Tampa Bay starter Andy Sonnanstine to put away the Rays and take the series. Mark Teixeira, Johnny Damon and Derek Jeter all hit solo homers while Nick Swisher chipped in a two-run shot to edge the Rays who got all three of their runs in the fourth inning. Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria went 0 for 3 with a walk in his return to the Rays' starting lineup after missing a week due to an injured hamstring.
Brandon Inge singled in Marcus Thames in the top of the ninth inning to lead the Tigers past the White Sox in the first game of a doubleheader. Monday's nightcap saw two pitchers making returns to their teams. Jose Contreras returned from Class AAA to toss eight scoreless innings while allowing just one hit to pick up his first win in nearly a year for Chicago. Detroit welcomed back starting pitcher Jeremy Bonderman who has been sidelined since last year after having surgery to correct a condition that had caused a blood clot in his pitching arm. Bonderman's return was far less successful as he gave up six runs over four innings including three home runs to take the loss.
Texas' Scott Feldman was tagged with his first loss of the season after giving up two home runs to Adam Lind. Lind hit two two-run homers, one in the second and one in the fourth, to lead the Blue Jays to a win in the opener of a four-game series. Marco Scutaro and Scott Rolen each tallied three hits to help Toronto pitcher Casey Janssen pick up his second win of the season.
Jack Cust's solo home run in the fifth inning lifted Oakland to its seventh straight victory. Josh Outman picked up the win for the A's, giving up three runs and four hits over six innings. Minnesota's three runs all came in the fourth inning but Twins rookie pitcher Anthony Swarzak gave them all back in the bottom of the inning to tie the game up and set the stage for Cust's homer in the following inning.
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