The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"I hate to be that guy, but someone had to take a stand and say we're tired of it. You go after our best guy. Well, we'll make some noise, too, and that's what happened."
-- Rays pitcher Matt Garza admitting to intentionally throwing at Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira as a form of retaliation
Joba Chamberlain pitched eight shutout innings will giving up just three hits to lead the first-place Yankees past the Rays. New York hit three solo home runs (two in the ninth inning) as George Steinbrenner looked on from a luxury box at Tropicana Field. Chamberlain was strong throughout but did create some drama after throwing a pitch near the head of Evan Longoria. In a clear act of retaliation (and one he'd later fess up to), Tampa Bay starter Matt Garza came back the next inning and hit Mark Teixeira.
The Orioles kept afloat against Royals ace Zack Greinke then did most of their damage against the beleaguered Kansas City bullpen, scoring five runs after Greinke's exit before the seventh inning. Adam Jones homered in the first inning for the third straight game to give Baltimore the early lead but rookie pitcher Chris Tillman couldn't hang on to it. Making his major league debut, Tillman gave up three solo home runs in 4 2/3 innings to get a no-decision and become the first Baltimore starter this season to not win in his major league debut. The Royals, meanwhile, made history in their loss, becoming just the sixth team in major league history and the first since the 1997 Cincinnati Reds to go an entire game without recording an assist.
Mariners starter Ryan Rowland-Smith carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning to outduel Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay. Rowland-Smith finished the night having given up two runs on three hits in seven innings while his bullpen tossed two no-hits innings of relief. Halladay allowed three runs and 11 hits over seven innings and suffered his third defeat in his last four decisions. There was talk that Halladay would be a late scratch as he was expected to be traded to Philadelphia but the Phillies landed Cleveland's Cliff Lee instead.
The A's came out swinging, scoring five runs in the first inning and then hanging on to win its second straight game at Fenway Park. Oakland knocked around Boston starter Brad Penny for seven runs over five innings. Mike Lowell attempted to keep Boston in the game early, hitting a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning to cut the Athletics' lead to just two but the Red Sox couldn't get any closer than that. Brett Anderson picked up the win for Oakland, his first since July 6 - a complete game shutout that also came on the road in Boston.
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