The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"It's almost PlayStation stuff, watching him throw the ball exactly where he wants to - with movement, velocity, the works."
-- White Sox starting pitcher John Danks on his Wednesday night opponent Justin Verlander
Justin Verlander threw his second complete game of the season and struck out nine to lead Detroit past Chicago and pick up his first win ever at U.S. Cellular Field. Since giving up a combined 21 earned runs in his first four starts, Verlander has allowed just eight in his past nine outings. During this dominant stretch Verlander is 7-0 with a 1.10 ERA. Adam Everett hit a solo home run in the sixth inning and Ryan Raburn worked a bases-loaded walk to drive in Magglio Ordonez in the seventh to account for Detroit's scoring. Lost in the shuffle may be the fine performance of Chicago's John Danks who took the loss despite giving up just two runs and five hits in 7 1/3 innings for his best outing since May 9.
Seattle second baseman Jose Lopez hit two home runs off of Baltimore starter Jeremy Guthrie to lead the Mariners past the Orioles. Lopez hit a solo shot in the second inning and a two-run homer in the sixth. Lopez's second drive quelled any hopes of a Baltimore come back as the O's had closed the Mariner's lead to 2-1 in the previous inning. Despite taking the loss, Guthrie's outing Wednesday (four runs, six innings) went far better than his previous appearance last weekend in Oakland where he failed to get out of the first inning.
Toronto Blue Jays at Texas Rangers
Postponed due to rain.
The Royals plowed Indians starting pitcher Carl Pavano for nine runs and 11 hits over 4 2/3 innings. It was Pavano's first loss since May 16 and his shortest outing since his season debut where he gave up nine runs in one inning. Kansas City tagged Cleveland for three home runs including a fifth-inning grand slam from second baseman Alberto Callaspo. Gil Meche picked up his first victory since May 3, lasting seven innings before giving way to the bullpen. The win marked the fifth time the Royals have shut out an opponent this year but just the second time that the winning pitcher wasn't Zack Greinke (Brian Bannister earned a 2-0 win over the Indians on April 22).
A five-run second inning helped catapult the Rays past the Angels. Tampa Bay pounded Los Angeles pitcher John Lackey for nine runs over five innings. Lackey had dominated the Rays, winning nine of his previous 10 starts against the franchise heading into last night's game. Tampa Bay starter Jeff Niemann saw his day end earlier than Lackey's giving up all five of the Angels runs and lasting just 3 2/3 innings but managed to get a no-decision. Willy Aybar and Carlos Pena each hit home runs to lead the Rays' offense.
Chien-Ming Wang's struggles continued Wednesday night as the embattled Yankees starter gave up four runs in 2 2/3 innings to fall to 0-4 on the season. The Red Sox, conversely, are now 7-0 against New York in a season for the first time in franchise history yet hold just a one-game lead over their rivals in the AL East. Boston's Tim Wakefield picked up his eighth win of the season, giving up three runs over six innings. The Yankees mounted a rally in the seventh inning, as Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira hit back-to-back solo home runs off of Red Sox reliever Ramon Ramirez but couldn't tie the game.
Minnesota scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning against Oakland closer Andrew Bailey to pick up the win. Jason Kubel hit a solo home run in the eighth inning to tie the game then the Twins took charge in the final frame. Delmon Young and Brendan Harris each hit RBI singles in the ninth and two wild pitches by Bailey pushed a third run across the plate. The Twins are now 3-3 while in the midst of a 10-game road trip.
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