Thursday's American League Capsules
Games played July 11, 2013
Thursday, July 11, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter got a hit in his season debut, but made an early exit because of a tight right quadriceps Thursday as the New York Yankees beat Kansas City 8-4.
Sidelined since breaking his left ankle in last year’s playoffs, Jeter returned to the Yankees and got an infield single on the first pitch he saw.
The Yankees captain finished 1 for 4, scored a run and drove in one. Jeter was the designated hitter and was pulled for a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning.
Jeter was set to take a test on his quad. He said it tightened up during his third at-bat.
“I hope it’s not a big deal,” he said.
Andy Pettitte (7-6) settled down after another shaky first inning. Ervin Santana (5-6) took the loss.
ORIOLES 3, RANGERS 1
BALTIMORE (AP) — Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 34th homer to back Miguel Gonzalez, and the Baltimore Orioles beat Texas to earn a split of the four-game series.
Davis snapped an 0-for-17 skid and reached career highs in homers and RBIs (86) with a second-inning solo shot off Ross Wolf (1-2). His 34 home runs are the most in the majors before the All-Star break since 2001, when Barry Bonds had 39 and Luis Gonzalez hit 35.
Brian Roberts also connected for the Orioles.
Gonzalez (7-3) allowed one run, four hits and two walks in 6 2-3 innings. Baltimore has won each of the last 12 games he’s started at Camden Yards.
Jim Johnson worked the ninth for his 31st save in 37 chances.
WHITE SOX 6, TIGERS 3
DETROIT (AP) — Joshua Phegley’s sixth-inning grand slam gave Chris Sale some long-awaited run support, and the Chicago White Sox defeated Detroit in a game that included a bench-clearing incident.
Chicago trailed 3-1 when Phegley connected off Anibal Sanchez (7-6). Luke Putkonen came on and got one out before throwing a pitch behind Alexei Ramirez, who started toward the mound before being restrained.
The benches and bullpens emptied, but the situation didn’t really escalate.
Sale (6-8) allowed three runs in 6 2-3 innings. Addison Reed pitched the ninth for his 23rd save in 27 chances.
Miguel Cabrera hit his 30th homer of the year, a solo shot in the fifth that gave the Tigers a 3-1 lead. Prince Fielder was up next, and Sale threw a pitch high and inside to the Detroit slugger.
RAYS 4, TWINS 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Matt Moore won his 13th game this season, Luke Scott and Evan Longoria consecutive homers and the surging Tampa Bay Rays beat Minnesota for their eighth straight win.
Moore (13-3), who was added to the AL All-Star team after initially being left off, gave up three runs and three hits while striking out 10 over 7 1-3 innings. He won his fifth straight start and setting a team record for victories before the All-Star break.
Jake McGee got his first save pitching a scoreless ninth.
Scott and Longoria hit solo shots in a span of three pitches off Mike Pelfrey (4-7) as the Rays took a 3-1 lead in the sixth.
RED SOX 4, MARINERS 3, 10 INNINGS
SEATTLE (AP) — Daniel Nava hit a two-out single in the top of the 10th inning to score pinch-runner Jackie Bradley Jr., and the Boston Red Sox rallied from a four-run deficit for the second time in a four-game series against Seattle.
Ryan Lavarnway walked to open the 10th against Tom Wilhelmsen (0-3) and was replaced by Bradley. Brock Holt laid down a sacrifice bunt and Nava later singled.
Koji Uehara pitched the 10th for his seventh save as the Red Sox took three of four in the series. Reliever Steven Wright (1-0) allowed three hits in 5 2-3 innings.
INDIANS 4, BLUE JAYS 2
CLEVELAND (AP) — Rookie Danny Salazar pitched six superb innings to win his major league debut, leading the Cleveland Indians past Toronto.
Salazar, who began the season in Double-A, allowed just one run and two hits. The 23-year-old righty didn’t give up a hit until the sixth and struck out seven.
Chris Perez gave up a run in a shaky ninth but got his 11th save.
Asdrubal Cabrera homered in the first off R.A. Dickey (8-10).
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