The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"You go out there and get 45 straight guys out, and then today, I can't get two guys out in a row."
-- White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle who got pounded by Melky Cabrera and the Yankees
The matchup between CC Sabathia and Mark Buehrle was supposed to provide an impressive pitchers' duel, instead Melky Cabrera stole the show. Cabrera hit for the cycle Sunday, finishing the night 4 for 5 with four RBI and three runs as the Yankees made Buehrle look less than perfect. Buehrle gave up seven runs and 12 hits over 4 1/3 innings of work to take the loss. Sabathia wasn't his usual self either, but still earned the win despite allowing five runs over seven innings. Cabrera's cycle was the 15th in Yankees history and the first for the storied franchise in 14 years.
The Red Sox completed a fairly demoralizing sweep of the Orioles by pounding out 18 runs and 23 hits. Boston chased Baltimore starter Jason Berken after six earned runs and 1 1/3 innings. After going down 7-0, the Orioles got within 7-6 before the Red Sox pulled away for good. Boston had eight players register multi-hit days with the recently acquired Victor Martinez leading the way, going 5 for 6 with four RBI. Adam Jones and Nick Markakis each drove in three runs in the losing effort.
Tampa Bay starter James Shields carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning and everything unraveled from there. Shields took the loss as Kansas City scored twice in both the eighth and ninth innings to pull out the victory. The win was the Royals' first against the Rays this season while also ending a four-game skid.
Kendry Morales drove in a career-high six runs thanks to a pair of three-run homers to lead the Angels' rout of the Twins and to a three-game sweep. Los Angeles now has the best record in the American League at 63-40 and has won 13 of its last 15 despite Torii Hunter and Vladimir Guerrero being on the disabled list. Glen Perkins bore the brunt of the Angels' assault, giving up nine runs in just four innings of work. Jered Weaver picked up his 11th win of the season, a mark he has now reached in each of his four years in the majors.
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