The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"They should have traded him the other day, and to a National League team."
-- Red Sox Manager Terry Francona joking about the trade rumors surrounding Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay
Roy Halladay did not disappoint in what could have been his final home start as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. Halladay threw his fourth complete game of the season, allowing just six hits against one of the teams rumored to be in the market for the ace right-hander's services. Halladay's effort was enough to best Boston's Jon Lester who gave up three runs on five hits over seven innings but suffered his first loss in a month. Toronto catcher Rod Barajas drove in all three of the team's runs thanks to a two-run double in the second and a sacrifice fly in the sixth.
The Orioles avoided a sweep in Chicago thanks to a bout of wildness from White Sox pitcher Jose Contreras. Two wild pitches in the fifth inning from Contreras led to Baltimore scoring five runs in the inning en route to a romp. The O's also benefited from three walks (two with the bases loaded) and a hit-by-pitch in the game-changing fifth inning that saw Baltimore face three Chicago pitchers. The Orioles also chipped in four runs in the ninth inning to provide the final margin behind a three-run homer from catcher Gregg Zaun. The loss dropped Contreras to 4-8 on the season but it was his first loss in nearly a month.
Ian Kinsler opened and closed out the Rangers' victory Sunday. Kinsler hit a leadoff home run in the first then hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 12th to put away the Twins. In between his long ball heroics, the Texas outfielder struck out three times but managed to come through in the clutch s the Rangers snapped a four-game skid. Minnesota reliever R.A. Dickey took the loss as the knuckleballer got burned for trying to use his fastball with the game on the line.
Oakland rookie Brett Anderson carried a perfect game into the seventh before Bobby Abreu poked a single through the left side of the infield. Despite the solid start, Anderson's eight innings of shutout ball wasn't good enough for the win. Of course, neither were John Lackey's nine scoreless innings as a game knotted at zero was resolved in the top of the 10th inning. Abreu decided breaking up a perfect game wasn't enough as he hit a solo home run off of Athletics reliever Andrew Bailey to give the AL West-leading Angels the victory.
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