|Tuesday's AL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Tuesday, 31 July 2007 16:49|
He stayed stuck at 499 with an 0-for-5 performance. A-Rod is hitless in 16 at-bats since he connected against Kansas City last Wednesday.
Hideki Matsui homered twice, and Jorge Posada, Bobby Abreu, Melky Cabrera, Johnny Damon and Robinson Cano hit one apiece for New York.
The Yankees hit eight in a doubleheader opener at the Philadelphia Athletics on June 28, 1939, Joe DiMaggio and Babe Dahlgren hit two each, and Bill Dickey, George Selkirk, Joe Gordon and Tommy Henrich had one.
Matsui homered in the first and sixth innings, giving him 13 homers in July and 21 this season. Abreu hit a three-run drive and Matsui connected in the first against Jose Contreras (5-14), who has lost his last seven starts and nine of his last 10.
Mike Mussina (6-7) gave up three runs and six hits in six innings.
Orioles 5, Red Sox 3
BOSTON (AP) - Erik Bedard allowed two hits over six innings to win his seventh straight decision, and Baltimore won despite two homers by David Ortiz.
Bedard (11-4) struck out six and walked five to give Baltimore its sixth victory in seven games.
Ortiz hit a two-run homer in the third that accounted for the only runs off Bedard, and a solo shot in the eighth that made it 5-3.
Jamie Walker got the last two outs for his fourth save.
Brian Roberts homered on the first pitch from Josh Beckett (13-5) and added an RBI double in the Orioles' three-run third. Beckett allowed five runs and nine hits, striking out six to lose consecutive starts for the first time this year.
Rangers 3, Indians 1r
CLEVELAND (AP) - Brandon McCarthy won for the first time in more than two months, beating Cleveland and 13-game winner Fausto Carmona.
McCarthy (5-7), who had been winless since May 27 with three losses and four no-decisions, took a shutout into the seventh before Ryan Garko homered.
Carmona (13-5) was unbeaten in five July starts and was bidding to become the majors' second pitcher with 14 wins. He allowed three runs - two earned - and five hits in seven innings.
Nelson Cruz homered for the last-place Rangers, who were baseball's most active wheelers and dealers before the 4 p.m. EST trading deadline. It was the first homer off Carmona in 38 1-3 innings.
Blue Jays 2, Devil Rays 0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Former Tampa Bay bat boy Jesse Litsch threw 6 2-3 shutout innings against his old team.
Litsch (4-4), who worked for the Devil Rays from 2000-02, gave up seven hits in his first pro start at Tropicana Field. He struck out two and walked one.
Toronto won for the seventh time in 10 games. Tampa Bay has lost 26 of 33 since June 25.
Matt Stairs put Toronto up 1-0 with an RBI single in the second. Vernon Wells made it 2-0 with a run-scoring double in the eighth.
Jeremy Accardo pitched the ninth for his 18th save.
Edwin Jackson (2-11) gave up one unearned run and five hits in six innings for the Devil Rays, who were looking for their first three-game winning streak since June 9-12.
Twins 5, Royals 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Torii Hunter homered and Carlos Silva cruised through eight innings as Minnesota won its fourth straight.
Hunter's homer, his 22nd, led off the second against Jorge De La Rosa (8-11). Three hits and two errors later, the Twins had a 4-0 lead.
Silva (9-11) allowed seven hits, including solo home runs to Jason LaRue in the third and Jason Smith in the eighth. Joe Nathan notched his 24th save despite allowing a leadoff homer to Mark Grudzielanek in the ninth.
Grudzielanek had three hits, but made an error and was caught stealing twice.
De La Rosa gave up eight hits and two walks in six innings.