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Saturday's American League Capsules

Saturday's American League Capsules

May 15th, 2011 in News

NEW YORK (AP) - Adrian Gonzalez homered for the fourth consecutive game and Josh Beckett shut down the skidding New York Yankees for the second time this season, sending the Boston Red Sox to a 6-0 victory Saturday on a bizarre night in the Bronx.

Longtime star Jorge Posada asked to be taken out of the New York lineup after the slumping designated hitter was dropped to No. 9 in the batting order. Posada's wife tweeted the five-time All-Star had a stiff back. But a person familiar with the discussion between Posada and the team told The Associated Press that he "refused" to play.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the situation was still not settled.

His teammates weren't much more productive, managing only four singles and two walks against Beckett (3-1) while dropping their fourth straight. It is New York's longest skid since losing four in a row Sept. 22-25.

CC Sabathia (3-3) was battered for six runs in 6 2-3 innings.

Tigers 3, Royals 0

DETROIT (AP) - Brad Penny pitched eight scoreless innings, Detroit scored three runs in the first inning and held on to win its seventh straight game.

Penny (4-3) allowed five hits and no walks in eight innings, striking out two. Jose Valverde struck out two more in a hitless ninth, earning his 10th save.

Jeff Francis (0-5) pitched all eight innings for Kansas City, allowing seven hits and a walk. He struck out four.

Orioles 6, Rays 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Brad Bergesen tossed a four-hitter for his first major league shutout, and Jake Fox hit a two-run homer for the Orioles.

Bergesen (1-4) picked up his first victory since last Sept. 21 at Boston. The right-hander entered 0-5 with a 9.13 ERA in five career starts against Tampa Bay.

Baltimore took a 4-0 lead when Fox hit a two-run shot in the sixth off Wade Davis (4-3). Mark Reynolds also homered for Baltimore, which improved to 18-20 this year. The Orioles didn't reach 18 victories last season until June 15, when their record was 18-47.

Angels 3, Rangers 2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Maicer Izturis hit a two-out RBI single in the ninth inning to spoil another start for Los Angeles right-hander Dan Haren.

Izturis hit a liner to left off Darren Oliver (1-4) that drove home Jeff Mathis, the light-hitting catcher who led off the ninth with a single before a sacrifice bunt by Peter Bourjos.

Jordan Walden worked a perfect ninth for his seventh save in nine chances. Scott Downs (1-0) faced only one batter to get out of the eighth.

Haren wound up without a decision after allowing only two runs in 7 2-3 innings, and is winless (0-2) in his last five starts despite a 1.93 ERA that is second-best in the AL.

Athletics 6, White Sox 2

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - David DeJesus recorded his 1,000th career hit and drove in two runs, and Tyson Ross took a shutout into the sixth inning for the Athletics.

Cliff Pennington, Daric Barton and Kurt Suzuki also drove in runs for the A's, while Josh Willingham - who served a one-game suspension Friday night - added two hits.

Ross (3-2) gave up two runs on six hits over 7 1-3 innings.

Paul Konerko homered and Adam Dunn doubled twice for the White Sox, who lost for the second time in seven games. Gavin Floyd (4-3) allowed five runs in 4 1-3 innings, his shortest start since last Sept. 24 when he hurt his shoulder before throwing a pitch against the A's.

Blue Jays 9, Twins 3, 11 Innings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning as the Blue Jays won their fourth straight game.

Bautista's two-run shot off reliever Jim Hoey broke a 3-all tie. Hoey walked the next two batters and J.P. Arencibia followed with a double off Jose Mijares to help send the Twins to their seventh straight loss.

Bautista's homer came after Glen Perkins (0-1) gave up a leadoff to Corey Patterson.

Former Twins closer Jon Rauch (2-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.