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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night

"I think you throw that pitch to anybody else in the league and they are going to strike out on it."

-- Blue Jays Manager Cito Gaston on the curveball Ichiro Suzuki of the Mariners hit to drive in the game winning run.

Seattle Mariners 4, Toronto Blue Jays 3

Seattle snapped a four-game skid as Ichiro Suzuki drove in Rob Johnson in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Mariners past the Blue Jays. Seattle starter Jarrod Washburn allowed just one run and five hits over seven innings but failed to get a decision as his bullpen failed him, giving up the tying two runs in the eighth inning. Ichiro finished the day 3 for 4 with two runs scored and his first walk-off hit while Jack Hannahan also chipped in three hits for the Mariners.

Kansas City Royals 4, Baltimore Orioles 3 (11)

Jason Berken's second quality start of his career was likely good enough to help retain his job even if it couldn't get the Orioles a win. John Buck singled in Mark Teahen (who reached base on a swinging bunt) in the top of the 11th to push the Royals to their second straight win. Kansas City had not won two in a row in over three weeks. A lack of clutch hitting doomed Baltimore as the team went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position Tuesday night.

Oakland Athletics 9, Boston Red Sox 8 (11)

Nick Green's two throwing errors in the ninth inning helped the Athletics score three runs in the inning and ultimately push past the Red Sox for the victory as Jonathan Papelbon was charged with his third blown save of the season. Oakland strung together 21 hits against Boston (led by Adam Kennedy's 5-for-7 evening) and scored twice in the top of the 11th to edge past the Red Sox on Tuesday night.

Minnesota Twins 5, Chicago White Sox 3

Mark Buehrle picked up where he left off after throwing a perfect game last Thursday, carrying another perfect game into the sixth inning Tuesday night and retiring a major league-record 45 consecutive batters in the process. Despite the impressive streak, Buehrle was still saddled with the loss as the Twins rallied past the White Sox. Buehrle was responsible for all five of Minnesota's runs, allowing one to score in the sixth and four in his seventh and final inning as bloop hits ruined his evening.

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By CJ Holley  |  July 29, 2009; 7:58 AM ET
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If you are KC's GM, then do you think of trading Joakim Soria? Is Soria a luxury to a team that does not get save opportunities except when they play the Os? What would he be worth to a team in contention?
- He's clearly better than Papelbon right now,
- JP Howell is effective but without killer stuff,
- Soria would allow Hughes to start and be a successor to Mo the Godfather,
- Rodney is shakey Zumaya constantly hurt, and Perry has not established himself
- He's better than Fuentes.

Let's say with Aardsma and the kids behind him Seattle should not deal, that Nathan and Jenks / Thornton / Dotel /Linebrink make Minnesota and Chicago unlikely, too.

If you are Texas, do you deal an outfield prospect like Borbon for the chance to have a lock down bullpen of Soria, Fransisco, and Wilson? Is Hughes to the rotation more sensible than moving him, plus Montero, plus Austin Jackson for a year and half of Halladay, especially when a Halladay trade reopens your 8th innning hole? If the Red Sox see Papelbon on the decline, can they afford to go into the playoffs with him or Daniel Bard as their options?

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | July 29, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

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