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Tuesday's American League Capsules

Tuesday's American League Capsules

July 18th, 2012 in News

DETROIT (AP) - Mike Trout had another four-hit game for Los Angeles, including a 430-foot homer that was part of an early power show in the Angels' 13-0 rout of the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.

Trout, Mark Trumbo and Albert Pujols all homered off Jacob Turner in the first two innings, and Alberto Callaspo and Kendrys Morales went deep later in the game. It was the fourth four-hit game of Trout's spectacular rookie season.

The Tigers were shut out for the first time in 159 games, a franchise record that began last July 17 - exactly a year ago.

Garrett Richards (3-1) allowed three hits in seven innings, easily outdueling Turner (0-1) in a matchup of top pitching prospects. The Detroit right-hander lasted only two innings, giving up seven runs and six hits on a 100-degree night.


BOSTON (AP) - Kevin Youkilis hit his first homer at Fenway Park as a visitor, driving a three-run shot over the Green Monster to lead Chicago to its eighth win in 11 games.

It's been less than a month since Boston traded one of its most popular players to Chicago and the Fenway fans cheered "Yooouk!" loudly for the second straight night - even as he rounded the bases to put Chicago up 6-2 with his homer off of Jon Lester (6-6) in the fourth inning.

The White Sox are 10 games above .500 (50-40) for the fourth time this season.

Philip Humber (4-4) made his first start in a month and settled down after allowing two runs in a shaky first inning.


NEW YORK (AP) - CC Sabathia carried a shutout into the seventh inning during his sparkling return from the disabled list and New York got an early three-run homer from Andruw Jones to move a season-best 22 games over .500 and the best record in the majors.

Sidelined since June 24 because of a groin strain, Sabathia (10-3) silenced a Toronto lineup minus All-Star slugger Jose Bautista, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list earlier in the day with a wrist injury he sustained Monday that isn't as severe as initially feared.

Sabathia's successful return overshadowed an encouraging outing by Brett Cecil (2-2), who entered with a 6.75 ERA in five major league starts this year. The 26-year-old lefty held the Yankees in check for six innings and retired his final eight batters. He struck out five and walked two.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Carlos Pena and Luke Scott gave Tampa Bay an early lead and Matt Moore won despite control issues.

Moore (6-6) allowed two runs and three hits, but walked five in five-plus innings. The rookie left-hander was coming off a five-walk - in 4 2-3 innings - loss at Cleveland on July 7.

Pena hit a two-run homer and Scott had an RBI triple off Josh Tomlin (5-6) to give the Rays a 3-0 first-inning lead.

Tomlin gave up four runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Justin Smoak and Michael Saunders hit two-run homers, Jesus Montero went 3 for 4 and drove in two runs and Seattle got at least one hit from every starter.

Smoak homered with Montero aboard in the three-run first inning. It was the second straight game Smoak homered in the first. Montero's double scored Casper Wells with the first run.

Saunders homered in the fifth inning off Vin Mazzaro after Miguel Olivo singled.

The Mariners scored three more runs in the second inning to chase left-hander Ryan Verdugo (0-1), who yielded six runs on eight hits and two walks in 1 2-3 innings in his big league debut.

Blake Beaven (4-6) worked six-plus innings, allowing five runs on seven hits after being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma, He logged his first victory since May 30 after going 0-2 with a 15.43 ERA in two June starts.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Joe Mauer had three hits and an RBI and Minnesota got 4 2-3 innings of scoreless relief from its bullpen.

Mauer had two singles, a double and a walk to improve his batting average to .333, second in the AL behind the Angels' Mike Trout. Ryan Doumit added two hits and two RBIs for the Twins, who have taken the first two games of the series against the slumping Orioles.

Adam Jones hit a three-run homer for Baltimore, but Zach Britton gave up four runs on six hits with a career-high six walks in four innings as the O's dropped their third in a row to fall 10 games behind the Yankees in the AL East.

Alex Burnett (3-2) pitched an inning for the win and Luis Ayala (2-3) gave up two runs on five hits in 2 2-3 innings for the loss.