The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"We have to beat them at some point."
-- Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez looking ahead to the weekend series against the Red Sox who have not lost to New York this season
Johnny Damon and Nick Swisher both his solo home runs to help the Yankees collect a two-game sweep of the Blue Jays and their third straight win overall. New York looks to carry this momentum into a four-game weekend series at home against Boston. Swisher's shot came in a four-run seventh inning that allowed the AL East-leading Yankees to take the lead for good.
Much has been made of Boston's 8-0 mark against New York this season, but quietly, the Rays have won 13 of their last 15 home games over the Red Sox as Tampa Bay completed a two-game sweep. The Rays hit four home runs Wednesday, with three coming against Boston starter Brad Penny. While Penny was getting worked over to the tune of five runs in six innings, Tampa Bay starter David Price allowed just two runs over six innings to pick up his fifth win.
Jeremy Guthrie's rough season continued as the Orioles' opening day starter pitched well enough to win but still took the loss. Guthrie allowed three runs over 7 1/3 innings including his 27th home run of the year, good for tops in the American League. The home run was a solo shot in the sixth inning and Guthrie actually was on the bench while reliever Mark Hendrickson allowed two inherited runners to score. Guthrie was stuck trying to stay afloat because Tigers starter Edwin Jackson was again handcuffing the Orioles. In two starts against the Orioles this season, Jackson has gone a combined 16 innings while allowing a total of two runs, eight hits, three walks and 15 strikeouts. Baltimore got a rally going late, forcing Detroit Manager Jim Leyland to take out Jackson in the ninth, but despite bringing the potential winning run to the plate, Fernando Rodney earned the save.
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