The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"Walkoffs here are like base hits and bunts."
-- Yankees starting pitcher Chad Gaudin on what amounted to New York's 13th walk-off win of the season
Nick Swisher hit two home runs for New York, a solo shot in the second inning and a walk-off blast in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Yankees past the reeling Rays. New York has now won 12 of its past 15 games while Tampa Bay has lost seven straight and eight of its last nine. Derek Jeter struck out three times, going hitless again as he remains stuck three hits shy of tying Lou Gehrig for most hits in Yankees history.
After being held scoreless for 15 innings (and dropping two straight to lowly Baltimore), the Rangers found their bats and clubbed Cleveland in a doubleheader. Texas tallied 31 hits between the two games and gained a half-game on the Boston Red Sox to sit two games back in the wild-card standings. Marlon Byrd combined to go 7 for 9 with a home run and three RBI to lead the Rangers' assault.
Two years and seven days after no-hitting the Orioles as a rookie in a 10-0 Red Sox victory, Boston pitcher Clay Buchholz flirted with the possibility again before settling for another 10-0 decision. Buchholz had a no-hitter midway through four, but by that point it didn't matter as Boston had already staked its young starter to an 8-0 lead. Baltimore rookie starter David Hernandez lasted just 2 2/3 innings, giving up six runs on two walks and four hits, those four hits just happened to all be home runs. The loss clinched the Orioles' 12th straight losing season. Thankfully for Baltimore they do not have the longest streak of futility as the Pittsburgh Pirates are closing in on two decades of disgrace having notched their 17th consecutive losing campaign.
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