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Archive for Wednesday, April 30, 2008

American League Roundup: Lester outduels Halladay

Red Sox sneak by Blue Jays and their ace, 1-0

April 30, 2008

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Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 0

Boston - Kevin Youkilis lined a run-scoring single to center field in the ninth, ending a brilliant pitching duel between Roy Halladay and Jon Lester.

Halladay (2-4) retired the first two batters in the inning before walking David Ortiz. Manny Ramirez looped a single to center, sending Ortiz to second, and Youkilis hit a ball in front of center fielder Vernon Wells that he couldn't handle.

Jonathan Papelbon (1-0) retired the side in the ninth.

Orioles 7, Rays 4

Baltimore - Garrett Olson took a shutout into the seventh inning, and Baltimore ended Tampa Bay's six-game winning streak in a surprising duel for first place in the AL East.

Aubrey Huff homered, and Melvin Mora had two RBIs for the Orioles.

Tigers 6, Yankees 4

New York - Gary Sheffield and Curtis Granderson homered in the third inning, helping old pro Kenny Rogers and Detroit beat road-weary New York.

Mariners 7, Indians 2

Cleveland - Adrian Beltre hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in Seattle's five-run ninth inning, making a winner of Mark Lowe.

Jose Lopez singled to start the inning off Rafael Betancourt (1-1) and took second on a soft single by Raul Ibanez. Beltre then hit an 0-1 pitch for his fifth homer and a 5-2 lead.

Twins 3, White Sox 1

Minneapolis - Boof Bonser picked up Minnesota's beleaguered starting rotation with the group's first win in 10 days.

Bonser (2-4) gave up a homer to Joe Crede among six hits and struck out eight. He mixed a sharp curveball and a sneaky slider with a fastball in the low 90s to keep the first-place White Sox off balance.

Angels 2, Athletics 0

Anaheim, Calif. - Joe Saunders outpitched Greg Smith to remain undefeated in six starts, and Los Angeles climbed back into a first-place tie with the Athletics in the AL West.

Saunders (5-0) combined with Francisco Rodriguez on the Angels' second shutout victory this season, scattering four hits over eight innings.

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