The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"I'm just glad she didn't read me my rights."
-- Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez joking about his brief run in with the Canadian law while chasing down a foul ball
Jorge Posada went 4 for 5 with four RBI to help power the Yankees to their seventh win in a row. Posada's two-run homer in the ninth inning was his 20th of the season, which made him the seventh member of the team to reach that homer plateau this year. Only three other teams - the 1996 Orioles, 2000 Blue Jays and 2005 Rangers - had previously accomplished the feat. If Derek Jeter, who is nine hits shy of passing Lou Gehrig for the franchise hits record, can muster three more homers that would make this year's Yankees the first team to have eight players hit 20 homers in a year. New York has tallied at least five runs in each game during their winning streak. The Yankees picked up the victory despite a short outing from starting pitcher Chad Gaudin who failed to make it through the fourth inning.
Ryan Raburn scored from third on a Placido Polanco sacrifice fly to give the Tigers a three-game sweep of the Indians. Detroit now leads the AL Central by five games after picking up the half-game against the idle Minnesota Twins. Nate Robertson pitched six scoreless innings in his second start of the season but collected a no-decision. Robertson had missed two months of the season after undergoing surgery on his pitching elbow in June. Cleveland's Fausto Carmona also failed to factor into the decision despite delivering his fourth quality start in his past seven starts.
The Red Sox picked up their first series victory at Tropicana Field since late September 2007 while also doing some damage to the Rays' playoff hopes. Clay Buchholz allowed three runs over six innings to pick up the win, his third straight. Tampa Bay's David Price - who seemed to own Boston during last year's postseason - fell to 7-7 on the year after allowing four runs in 5 1/3 innings. The Rays are stuck in third place in the AL wild-card race, six games back of the leading Red Sox.
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