The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
- Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira while celebrating the team's clinching of the AL East title
Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira each had two hits and Hideki Matsui drove in two runs as the Yankees completed a three-game sweep of Boston and clinched the AL East. The victory and the division crown were even sweeter for New York after having missed the playoffs last year. The Red Sox, despite being swept out of New York, enter the final week of the season with a comfortable six-game lead in the wild-card standings.
Carlos Quentin hit a three-run home run, part of a four-run eighth inning, as the White Sox pushed past the Tigers. The win marked the first time in Chicago's past 11 games that someone other than Jake Peavy picked up a victory. The winning pitcher for the White Sox was rookie Daniel Hudson who was making just his second major league start, allowing two runs over six innings for the first win of his career. Tigers pitcher Edwin Jackson took the loss, giving up five runs in seven innings, it was the sixth time in his past seven starts that he's allowed three runs or more.
The Twins failed to capitalize on Detroit's loss and remain two games back in the race for the AL Central title heading into a four-game showdown with the Tigers in Detroit. The win was credited to Zack Greinke, the Cy Young candidate's 16th of the season. Greinke struck out eight over seven innings in what was somehow his first start against the division-rival Twins this year. While Greinke was padding his Cy Young resume, Francisco Liriano continued to look lost, last just 1 2/3 innings after giving up three runs, three hits and three walks in that frame to take his 13th loss of the year.
The Orioles continued to pad their AL-worst record, losing their 10th straight after being swept in Cleveland. Baltimore rookie pitcher Chris Tillman closed out his rookie campaign with the worst start of his young career, getting knocked around for six runs in just two innings to take the loss. Tillman had lasted at least five innings in all but one of his previous 11 starts, that one start being his first - not the best book ends to a season. The Indians racked up 11 hits and got three RBI from both Asdrubal Cabrera and Kelly Shoppach. Rookie David Huff threw eight scoreless innings, allowing five hits for his 11th win of the year.
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