The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"The pain was bad. I wanted to throw up, but I took the x-ray and there was no break on there and hopefully there isn't."
-- Orioles starting pitcher Brad Bergesen who was hit in the shin by a ball off the bat of Billy Butler
Seven is generally considered a lucky number but while picking up his seventh win by giving up seven hits over seven innings in a 7-3 win, Orioles starter Brad Bergesen was drilled in his left shin by a comebacker. Bergesen immediately hit the deck while Matt Wieters made the throw to first to end the inning. Bergesen collected himself to hobble/hop his way into the dugout and down into the tunnel under his own power. X-rays were negative for a broken bone but swelling will have to go down before it can be determined if he has a hairline fracture. Bergesen's injury marred a day in which the Orioles bats came alive to earn a home split against Kansas City. Aubrey Huff drove in three runs and was one of three Baltimore players (Felix Pie and Ty Wigginton being the others) to tally two hits.
Last week DeWayne Wise was a hero because of his glove, last night he was a hero because of his bat, driving in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to lead the White Sox past the Yankees. Wise's single off of reliever Phil Hughes scored Scott Podsednik from second base after New York had tied the game in the top half of the inning on a Nick Swisher solo home run. Gavin Floyd dominated the Yankees, striking out 10 over 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball but failed to factor into the decision.
David Ortiz put aside the revelation that he tested positive for steroids in 2003 by hitting a game-changing three-run homer in the seventh inning to help push Boston past Oakland. Ortiz went 2 for 3 with a walk and a double in addition to his home run off of reliever Craig Breslow that put the Red Sox ahead for good. Boston starter Jon Lester struggled, failing to make it through six innings while giving up four runs on seven hits.
Rangers starter Derek Holland (who seems to be of no relation to Offspring lead singer Dexter Holland) came within one out of throwing his first career complete game, allowing one run on two hits while striking out 10. Texas hit five home runs to back Holland's gem, knocking out Seattle starter Garrett Olson after 3 2/3 innings and four runs. Holland seemed an unlikely candidate for such a strong outing, having entered Thursday night with a 6.13 ERA and a 3-6 record in his rookie season.
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