Sunday's American League Capsules
Monday, July 11, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) — James Shields and B.J. Upton made bad throwing errors that let Robinson Cano score the only run, sending CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees to a 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.
A day after Derek Jeter got five hits, including No. 3,000, All-Stars Shields and Sabathia (13-4) staged a classic pitchers’ duel, matching zeros until the bottom of the seventh inning.
Cano led off with a single, and Jorge Posada’s popup to shallow center was gloved on the run by Upton, who wound up and rocketed a throw well over first baseman Casey Kotchman’s head.
Cano moved to third, and took a big lead. Shields (8-7), one of the toughest pitchers to run against in the game, then tried to pick him off.
The ball went wide and a stunned and happy Cano trotted home.
Sabathia finished a four-hitter for his 12th career shutout as New York won two of three against AL East-rival Tampa Bay in their final series before the All-Star break.
Rangers 2, Athletics 0
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Matt Harrison pitched six-hit ball into the eighth inning, Adrian Beltre homered in his third consecutive game and the Rangers extended their winning streak to a season-best seven games.
Harrison (7-7) struck out seven and walked one in 7 2-3 innings, and Neftali Feliz completed the six-hitter by working a perfect ninth for his 18th save in 22 chances.
After Josh Hamilton drew a two-out walk in the sixth, Beltre sent a 1-0 pitch from Trevor Cahill (8-7) into the seats in left-center for his 19th homer.
Cahill gave up five hits and walked two in 7 2-3 innings.
Angels 4, Mariners 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Alberto Callaspo hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning, Dan Haren came within one out of his second straight complete game, and the Angels rolled into the All-Star break with their 14th victory in 17 games.
Mark Trumbo homered in his third straight game for the Angels, who swept the four-game series and remained one game behind similarly streaking Texas atop the AL West standings.
After Haren (10-5) and Felix Hernandez dueled through the first seven innings, Callaspo drove a two-out pitch from David Pauley (5-3) into the gap, scoring Torii Hunter and Howie Kendrick.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia pulled Haren with a runner on second, and All-Star closer Jordan Walden struck out Franklin Gutierrez for his 20th save.
Adam Kennedy hit a two-run single in the first inning for the Mariners, who have lost five straight.
Red Sox 8, Orioles 6
BOSTON (AP) — Marco Scutaro, Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis homered in the second inning, leading Boston to its sixth consecutive victory.
The Red Sox completed a four-game sweep and stayed one game ahead of the Yankees in the AL East, the sixth time in seven seasons that Boston has led the division at the All-Star break.
Baltimore has lost seven straight and 12 of 13.
Managers Terry Francona of the Red Sox and Buck Showalter of the Orioles both were ejected after pitches hit or came close to their batters. Boston starter Kyle Weiland also was ejected in his major league debut.
Alfredo Aceves (4-1) pitched three perfect innings, and Jonathan Papelbon got his 20th save.
Jeremy Guthrie (3-12) allowed one run in 3 1-3 innings of relief, but was saddled with the loss.
Tigers 2, Royals 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Justin Verlander became the first Tigers pitcher to earn his 12th win before the All-Star break in 24 years and Detroit climbed past Cleveland into first place in the AL Central.
Verlander (12-4) pitched 7 2-3 strong innings in the sweltering heat to match Jack Morris’ win total in 1987. Striking out the side in the second and sixth, he fanned nine altogether while raising his league-leading strikeout total to 147. He allowed six hits and was charged with an unearned run.
The Tigers, winners of four of their last five, moved a half-game ahead of Cleveland, which lost to Toronto 7-1.
Jeff Francis (3-10) pitched six-plus innings for Kansas City, yielding two runs and four hits.
The heat index on the concourse of the stadium in the eighth inning was 113.
Twins 6, White Sox 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Swarzak dominated over six innings, and Minnesota won three of four in the series.
The Twins head into the All-Star break with nine wins in 12 games. They shook off a 4-3 loss on Saturday that snapped a nine-game winning streak against Chicago dating to last season, getting an RBI single by Drew Butera and run-scoring double by Jason Repko in the fourth before tacking on three more while knocking out Jake Peavy (4-3) in the fifth.
That was more than enough for Swarzak (2-2), who was filling in for Scott Baker (strained right flexor muscle). The right-hander allowed one run and four hits as Minnesota beat Chicago for the 29th time in 36 games.
Matt Capps worked the ninth for his 15th save in 21 chances.
Blue Jays 7, Indians 1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jose Bautista hit a two-run double to help Toronto head to the All-Star break with a three-game winning streak.
Brett Cecil (2-4) gave up one unearned run over six innings for his first win in three starts since being recalled from the minors June 30. Eric Thames’ two-run homer in a five-run third against Carlos Carrasco (8-6) put the Blue Jays ahead.
Toronto moved within two games of .500 and sends Bautista to the All-Star game as baseball’s home run leader with 31 — along with 65 RBIs and a .334 average.
Cleveland has lost four of six. Carrasco lasted just three innings and was charged with five runs and seven hits.
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