The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"It took batting stance No. 10 for me to break out of it for a day."
-- White Sox outfielder Jermaine Dye who hit his first two home runs of the month Wednesday
The Twins knocked around Mark Buehrle for five runs (four earned) over 3 1/3 innings to complete a three-game sweep in Chicago. The win allowed Minnesota to remain 2½ games behind the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers, who also won. Five Twins players had multi-hit games to allow rookie Brian Duensing to improve to 5-0 in seven starts. Jermaine Dye, who entered the game batting just .168 since the all-star break, hit two two-run homers in the loss.
A.J. Burnett struck out 11 to pick up just his second win since the beginning of August as the Yankees return home after taking two of three against the Angels. The series victory was New York's first in Los Angeles since May 2004. All three of the Yankees' runs came in the fourth inning with Robinson Cano driving in two and scoring the third. Scott Kazmir took the loss for the Angels, despite having now turned in a quality start in each of his five appearances since being traded by Tampa Bay.
The Blue Jays handed the Orioles their season-high seventh straight loss, rallying back from an early two-run deficit. Baltimore held leads in each of the three games in Toronto but managed to take the loss in each. Jeremy Guthrie picked up his league-leading 16th defeat of the season, giving up seven runs (five earned) and eight hits (including his 32nd homer of the year - second worst in the majors) over seven innings. Jose Bautista and Travis Snider both had two hits and drove in two runs for Toronto. The only bright spot for the Orioles of late has been the play of rookie Matt Wieters who went 6 for 13 in the series and entered the game with a .358 batting average in September.
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