The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"I saw the birds. I've seen them for weeks and been worried maybe 200 of them would be flying and one would get hit when I was trying to field a ball. Then what would I do?"
-- Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo who drove in the winning run by singling off a bird in the 10th inning.
Shin-Soo Choo singled in Mark DeRosa by hitting a ball off a seagull (Pedro Cerrano was nowhere to be found) in the bottom of the 10th inning to lead Cleveland past Kansas City. Royals ace Zack Greinke continued to look mortal, giving up three runs over 7 1/3 innings while picking up a no-decision. After giving up just 10 earned runs through the first two months of the season, Greinke has now allowed eight runs in his last two starts - both Kansas City losses. The much-maligned Indians bullpen pitched five innings in relief of Jeremy Sowers and gave up just one run on three hits to help give Cleveland a chance to pick up the win.
The Orioles jumped all over former Baltimore starter Garrett Olson, scoring two runs in the first inning but after a short rain delay, everything changed. Olson worked into and out of trouble to get his first win of the season while Koji Uehara, who was activated from the disabled list prior to the game, gave up three runs in the second inning after the game resumed. Russell Branyan led the Mariners' offense, driving in three runs while hitting a solo home run. Luke Scott batted clean up for the O's and delivered with a two-run homer in the first inning.
Curtis Granderson hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth to pull the Tigers into a 3-3 tie but the White Sox came right back in the bottom half of the inning as Scott Podsednik singled in the winning run. Gavin Floyd threw eight innings of one-run ball to outpitch Detroit's Edwin Jackson. Jackson entered the game with the second lowest ERA in the American League (2.16) but scuffled through five innings (two runs, five hits and four walks) for his shortest outing since an April 23 loss to the Angels.
Oakland was held off the scoreboard until the eighth inning when the A's got to Minnesota start Nick Blackburn for three runs then scored the game winner in the bottom of the ninth. Adam Kennedy helped the Athletics' cause by hitting a two-run homer in the eighth as Oakland denied Blackburn his first ever shutout victory. With the win, Oakland was able to end its two game skid while making sure Minnesota didn't win three straight road games for the first time this season.
Tampa Bay throttled Los Angeles starter Ervin Santana for six runs in just 4 2/3 innings. Rays pitcher David Price was nearly unhittable in his outing, which was partly due to his six strikeouts but also due to the six walks he issued in just 4 1/3 innings; as a result he was not in line to win despite allowing just one run on two hits and leaving with a 4-1 lead. Carlos Pena drove in four runs and hit a three-run homer while Evan Longoria, Dioner Navarro and Carl Crawford each chipped in solo shots.
The Red Sox remain undefeated against the Yankees this season, improving to 8-0 after rallying in the eighth inning. Boston got all four of its runs against CC Sabathia but two of the three runs charged against him were runners he left on after exiting in the eighth. The Red Sox got six scoreless innings out of Brad Penny but couldn't get him the win. David Ortiz hit his fourth home run of the season and third in five games, hitting a solo shot in the second inning.
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington is known for being a launching pad. The Rangers and Blue Jays are both in the top 10 in runs scored. Of course the logical outcome of a game between these two teams in this stadium is a 1-0 decision. For Texas, it was just the fourth time in the 16-year existence of the stadium that they'd won a 1-0 game. Marlon Byrd singled in Nelson Cruz in the second inning to account for the game's entire offense. Kevin Millwood gave up only five hits over 7 2/3 innings to pick up the win and saddle Toronto rookie Ricky Romero with the hard-luck loss as he threw 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball.
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