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Archive for Thursday, September 25, 2008

American League Roundup: Twins edge closer to Chisox

September 25, 2008

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Twins 3, White Sox 2

Minneapolis - Nick Blackburn fought through five innings, and the maligned Minnesota bullpen didn't flinch, pitching the Twins past Mark Buehrle and the White Sox to pull within a half-game of Chicago in the AL Central.

Making up for Javier Vazquez's flop in a 9-3 loss the night before, Buehrle (14-12) gave the White Sox the big game performance they needed after he fell behind 3-1 in the second inning. He didn't have much help, though, beyond a homer and two RBIs by Ken Griffey Jr.

Red Sox 5, Indians 4

Boston - Pinch-hitter Jeff Bailey tripled and scored on Mark Kotsay's double to break an eighth-inning tie. One game after the Red Sox clinched a playoff berth, they jumped on Fausto Carmona for four runs in the first.

Angels 6, Mariners 5

Seattle - Mark Teixeira's home run with two outs in the eighth inning capped Los Angeles' comeback against Seattle.

Rangers 14, Athletics 4

Arlington, Texas - Hank Blalock homered in his fourth straight game, Matt Harrison became the first Texas rookie left-hander to win nine games, and the Rangers won their home finale.

Harrison (9-3) struck out seven over six innings. The only AL starters with more victories than Harrison since he made his major league debut July 8 are Cleveland's Cliff Lee (11) and Toronto's A.J. Burnett (10).

Rays 11, Orioles 6

Baltimore - Tampa Bay rallied from a six-run deficit to beat the Baltimore Orioles 11-6, but Boston's win over Cleveland left the Rays' magic number to clinch their first division title at one.

Yankees 6, Blue Jays 2 (10)

Toronto - Bobby Abreu hit a grand slam in the 10th inning, and New York won its seventh straight game. Jose Veras (5-2) worked one inning for the win.

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