The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"It's just kind of mind-boggling to have my name next to his."
-- Yankees second baseman Derek Jeter on tying Lou Gehrig for the franchise's hit record
Derek Jeter went 3 for 4 with a walk to tie Lou Gehrig for the most hits in Yankees history and New York rallied for a four-run eighth inning to top Tampa Bay. While Jeter was making history, Jorge Posada helped the Yankees get the win, hitting a three-run homer off of Rays reliever Lance Cormier. The pairing of the players seems fitting as the two have been teammates for their entire careers, both breaking into the majors with New York in 1995.
Victor Martinez delivered a three-run pinch-hit double to lead the Red Sox past the Orioles in Boston. Reliever Billy Wagner struck out two in a perfect seventh inning to pick up the win, his first with the Red Sox and first ever in the AL. The win allowed Boston to remain two games ahead of the Texas Rangers in the wild-card standings. Baltimore tallied 12 hits in the loss, but also stranded 12 base runners as the Orioles fell to the Red Sox for the 13th time this season.
Texas seems to have shaken out of its offensive funk. The Rangers tallied over 10 runs for the third straight game as Texas wrapped up a three-game sweep of Cleveland by scoring a combined 31 runs in the series. While their offense was clicking on all cylinders (five players had multi-hit games lead by Esteban German's 5-for-5 performance), Scott Feldman was dealing for Texas, allowing five hits over seven scoreless innings to pick up his 16th win of the year.
Chicago's Nos. 1-4 hitters went a combined 10 for 23 (.435) and drove in all four runs to lift the White Sox past the A's. A.J. Pierzynski (batting fourth) drove in Alexei Ramirez with a double in the bottom of the 13th inning to clinch the White Sox victory. Chicago has now won six of its last eight games but is still in third place in the AL Central, 6½ games behind Detroit.
The Twins scored three of their runs over the final two innings to defeat Roy Halladay for the first time, ever. Halladay took a complete game loss, striking out nine while allowing nine hits as he fell to 8-1 all time against Minnesota. Carl Pavano picked up the victory for the Twins, giving up one run over 7 1/3 innings and leading me to wonder if anyone honestly thought Pavano would ever outduel Halladay at any point this season.
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