The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"I feel like a gorilla with a bunch of kids, maybe a family of five, is off my back."
-- Royals starting pitcher Bruce Chen on getting his first win since October 2005
The Yankees finally got their first win of the season over the Red Sox and, in doing so, extended their lead in the AL East to 3½ games. Jorge Posada and Melky Cabrera both hit three-run homers as New York knocked around Boston starter John Smoltz. Smoltz fell to 2-5 on the year after giving up eight runs over 3 1/3 innings. Joba Chamberlain wasn't great but was good enough to get the win, allowing four runs over six innings while walking a career high seven.
While the future of the Orioles may be bright, the present still seems pretty dark. The Tigers rocked rookie David Hernandez early as he got tagged with five runs over three innings while throwing 81 pitches. Brandon Inge hit a two-run shot in the second inning and Curtis Granderson drove in two runs of his own to lead the Detroit attack. Alex Avila, the son of Tigers assistant general manager Al Avila, collected an RBI in his major league debut.
The Royals clubbed Mariners starter Jason Vargas with five runs in the first inning to help starter Bruce Chen pick up his first win since October 2, 2005. In the years between, Chen went 0-7 for Baltimore in 2006, came out of the bullpen in Texas in 2007 and missed all of 2008 with elbow surgery. Mark Teahen drove in three runs for Kansas City and the team's 3-4-5 hitters each tallied two hits for the Royals' second win in its past nine games.
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