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American league roundup

June 12, 2009

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White Sox 4, Tigers 3

Chicago — Scott Podsednik hit an RBI single off Joel Zumaya with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, giving Chicago a victory over Detroit.

The start of the game was delayed nearly three hours by showers. The Tigers almost made it an even longer day when Curtis Granderson hit a tying, two-run homer off closer Bobby Jenks with two outs in the top of the ninth.

Mariners 6, Orioles 3

Baltimore — Russell Branyan homered and drove in three runs to lead Seattle. Branyan contributed a sacrifice fly during a three-run rally in the third, then capped his night with a 450-foot blast in the seventh.

Red Sox 4, Yankees 3

Boston — J.D. Drew hit an RBI single to spark an eighth-inning rally, then scored the go-ahead run on Mike Lowell’s fly ball to help the Boston beat New York and improve to 8-0 against the Yankees this year. It’s the first time the Red Sox have opened the season with eight straight wins against tNew York since 1912.

Athletics 4, Twins 3

Oakland, Calif. — Rajai Davis slapped a single to right to drive in the winning run in the ninth, and Oakland rallied from a late three-run deficit.

Adam Kennedy hit a tying two-run homer in the three-run eighth for the A’s, who finally solved Minnesota starter Nick Blackburn before splitting the four-game series on a soft hit by Davis.

Brad Ziegler (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings of relief for Trevor Cahill, who gave up an early three-run homer to Minnesota’s Joe Crede.

Jason Giambi drew a leadoff walk in the ninth from Sean Henn (0-2), and Davis eventually drove home pinch-runner Chris Denorfia from third.

Rays 11, Angels 1

St. Petersburg, Fla. — Carlos Pena hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs, and Dioner Navarro homered and had three RBIs. Pena hit his 19th homer of the season off Rich Thompson to make it 11-1 in the eighth. Pena also had a third-inning sacrifice fly.

Rangers 1, Blue Jays 0

Arlington, Texas — Kevin Millwood provided another pitching gem and kept suddenly slumping Texas from being swept.

Millwood threw 72⁄3 scoreless innings Thursday night and Texas beat Toronto for only its fourth 1-0 victory in 16 seasons since moving into Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

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