|Saturday's AL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Saturday, 07 July 2007 14:05|
Cairo, subbing at first for ailing Andy Phillips, made three of New York's five errors, its most in nearly five years. Cairo singled in the bottom of the 13th and reached third with one out, but Francisco Rodriguez (2-2) struck out Melky Cabrera and retired Derek Jeter on a close forceout with runners at the corners.
Fittingly, Clemens was in top form on Old-Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium. The Rocket, who will turn 45 next month, was older than five of the former players in attendance, including first-timer Paul O'Neill.
Clemens went pitch-for-pitch with Lackey, who matched his career high with 11 strikeouts. Both pitchers left after eight innings with the score tied at 1.
Howie Kendrick doubled off Luis Vizcaino (4-2) to start the 13th before Jose Molina, who entered at catcher in the 11th, failed on two attempts to bunt the runner over.
Molina stayed alive - throwing his bat to foul off one pitch - and hit a grounder to the right of Cairo. He made a diving stop, fumbled the ball and then made an errant toss behind Vizcaino.
The ball rolled all the way to New York's dugout, allowing Kendrick to score. Cairo was charged with two errors on the play - he also botched a grounder in the 10th.
Mariners 4, Athletics 0
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Felix Hernandez held Oakland scoreless for a second straight start and Adrian Beltre homered for the third time in two games for Seattle.
Coming off a 5-for-5, two homer night Friday, Beltre helped Seattle make short work of Rich Harden in his return to the Oakland rotation by hitting a three-run homer in the second inning. Harden (1-2) couldn't make it out of the third, leaving with a 4-0 deficit after intentionally walking Beltre.
That was more than enough for Hernandez (5-4), who allowed two hits, two walks and struck out two in eight innings to extend his scoreless streak to 16 innings against the A's.
Harden, the immensely talented but injury-prone pitcher, had not started a game since April 15 against the Yankees. He spent two months on the disabled list because of a shoulder injury and had pitched out of the bullpen since returning June 21. He allowed four runs and five hits in 2 2-3 innings, throwing 66 pitches.
Indians 9, Blue Jays 4
TORONTO (AP) - Casey Blake hit a three-run homer and Fausto Carmona won back-to-back starts for the first time in almost two months for Cleveland.
Blake's homer, his second in as many days, was one of four by the Indians, who also got solo shots from Victor Martinez, Grady Sizemore and Trot Nixon.
Carmona (10-4) allowed three runs and eight hits over 5 1-3 innings, walking three and striking out five. He won consecutive starts for the first time since May 12 and 17.
Toronto starter Shaun Marcum (4-3) lost for the first time in 11 starts since joining the rotation May 13. Marcum allowed eight runs and nine hits over 3 1-3 innings. He walked one and struck out two.
After Travis Hafner's RBI double in the first, Cleveland scored five more in the second. Josh Barfield had an RBI single, Blake hit a three-run homer and Martinez followed with a solo blast.
White Sox 3, Twins 1
CHICAGO (AP) - Mark Buehrle pitched eight shutout innings to cool off Minnesota's sizzling offense and Paul Konerko hit a two-run homer for Chicago.
The White Sox's victory came a day after they were pummeled in a day-night doubleheader by the Twins, losing 20-14 and 12-0 - the most runs they'd given up in back-to-back games since 1930.
Buehrle (6-4), the subject of trade speculation, allowed six hits to a Twins team that had 36 hits in the two games Friday, including eight homers. He also benefited from four double plays.
Bobby Jenks allowed a run in the ninth on a Torii Hunter sacrifice fly. Jenks got pinch-hitter Jason Kubel to ground out with a runner on second for the final out to pick up his 23rd save in 26 chances.
Boof Bonser (5-6) allowed four hits in seven innings, three in Chicago's three-run fourth.