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Archive for Friday, May 18, 2007

Carmona outduels Santana

May 18, 2007

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— Fausto Carmona's sinker dropped, it dipped, it dived, and it devastated the Minnesota Twins.

"It's not normal," Torii Hunter said of Carmona's go-to pitch. "He's not even human. It was so scary, I thought I was hung over."

Throwing sinkers and almost nothing but sinkers, Carmona pitched a four-hitter for his first career shutout and beat Johan Santana for the second time in less than a month as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Twins, 2-0, to finish off a three-game sweep.

"That dude is filthy," Hunter said. "We've been struggling, but even if we had been playing good, we wouldn't have beaten him. If you've never played the game, listen to me, I'm a hitter. Right-handers have no chance unless they get lucky and get a hit on a broken bat."

White Sox 4, Yankees 1

Chicago - Jon Garland limited New York to a run and six hits over seven innings, and Jermaine Dye homered and had four RBIs for the Chicago White Sox.

Red Sox 2-4, Tigers 1-2

Boston - Eric Hinske slammed his chin into the ground making a spectacular, run-saving catch and hit a go-ahead homer two innings later to help Boston complete a doubleheader sweep of the Detroit Tigers.

Boston won the opener behind starter Julian Tavarez's most effective game of the season.

Angels 7, Mariners 3

Seattle - Vladimir Guerrero homered for the first time in 12 games and drove in three runs, and Bartolo Colon stayed undefeated as the Angels beat former teammate Jarrod Washburn.

Devil Rays 8, Rangers 6, 10 innings

Kissimmee, Fla. - Delmon Young's second homer of the night, a two-run shot in the 10th inning, helped the Devil Rays extend their season-high winning streak to four games.

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