The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"Anybody who starts believing on how good they are is crazy, 'cause the baseball gods will bite you."
-- Tigers Manager Jim Leyland after his first-place team got swept by the Royals
Sometimes things don't make sense. Case in point: the Royals (30 games under .500) completed a three-game sweep of the Tigers (11 games over .500). Despite having dropped three straight, Detroit remains 5½ games ahead of the Minnesota Twins for the AL Central lead. Alberto Callaspo and Yuniesky Betancourt both drove in two runs as Kansas City has now won four games in a row for the first time since June.
John Lackey tossed a complete game shutout, allowing five hits and one walk while striking out seven for his 10th win of the season. This was Lackey's first shutout of the year but eighth of his career and four of those have come against the Mariners. Ichiro Suzuki came into the game with 26 hits against Lackey but went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. Ryan Rowland-Smith was the hard luck loser, allowing three runs over seven innings in defeat.
The Blue Jays took three of four from the Twins as Minnesota failed to capitalize on the Detroit Tigers' swoon. Jose Bautista went 2 for 2 with a fourth-inning solo home run to lead Toronto's offense. Rookie (and University of Maryland alum) Brett Cecil picked up the win for Toronto, allowing two runs over six innings.
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