|Sunday's AL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Sunday, 05 August 2007 11:26|
The Tigers, who had the best record in baseball on July 21, have lost five in a row and nine of their last 10. They stayed a half game behind Cleveland in the AL Central after Minnesota beat the Indians 1-0.
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said Gavin Floyd might stay in the rotation if he fared well against the Tigers, and the right-hander made a strong case for himself. He gave up seven singles in six-plus innings, but never allowed a baserunner past second.
Floyd (1-1) left the game in the seventh after giving up a leadoff single to Mike Rabelo. Relievers Ryan Bukvich and Boone Logan kept Floyd's line clean in the seventh.
Detroit's Magglio Ordonez homered to dead center off Mike MacDougal in the eighth, but Bobby Jenks finished the ninth for his 32nd save in 37 chances. He's retired 32 straight batters.
Detroit right-hander Jordan Tata (1-1) went five innings and gave up all three runs. He walked four in his second major league start.
Yankees 8, Royals 5
NEW YORK (AP) - Hideki Matsui hit his 100th major league home run and Mike Mussina won his third straight start for the surging New York Yankees.
Bobby Abreu went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Melky Cabrera also went deep for the Yankees, who wrapped up a 5-1 homestand and improved to 18-7 since the All-Star break. They moved 11 games over .500 for the first time this year.
Matsui's homer came one day after New York's Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player in major league history to reach 500. A relaxed A-Rod got a rare start at designated hitter in the series finale and went 0-for-4 with a sacrifice fly.
Mussina (7-7) allowed two runs and nine hits in six-plus innings to earn win No. 246, breaking a tie with Dennis Martinez for the most victories in major league history among pitchers without a 20-win season.
Gil Meche (7-9) gave up six runs, six hits and five walks in four-plus innings for the Royals.
Orioles 11, Devil Rays 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Erik Bedard overcame a slow start to win his career-best eighth consecutive decision, as the Orioles improved to 14-8 since the All-Star break.
Miguel Tejada, Aubrey Huff and Melvin Mora homered for Baltimore.
Bedard (12-4) is 8-0 in his last 10 starts since losing to Colorado on June 10. He allowed three runs in the first three innings but didn't allow another one until leaving with two outs in the seventh. He scattered nine hits and struck out 11, extending his major league-leading total to 192 this season.
Tejada hit a solo homer and Nick Markakis had a two-run single during a six-run fourth off Andy Sonnanstine (1-7) as the Orioles took a 7-3 lead. Brian Roberts added an RBI single and Corey Patterson drove in a run with a double.
Carl Crawford and B.J. Upton homered for the Devil Rays, who are 9-28 since June 25.
Twins 1, Indians 0
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Scott Baker and Alexi Casilla helped the Minnesota Twins gain some more ground on their AL Central rivals.
Baker (6-4) allowed four hits in eight innings, striking out four and walking two. He retired 19 of his last 22 batters as the Twins closed within 4 1/2 games of first place for the first time since May 10. As recently as July 25, Minnesota was 9 1/2 games back.
Joe Nathan finished the five-hitter for his 26th save in 28 chances, allowing a two-out single to Casey Blake before retiring Victor Martinez on a groundout. Cleveland did not get a runner past second base.
Fausto Carmona (13-6), who lost his second straight start after winning five in a row, allowed five hits and five walks in seven innings and struck out five. He had been 2-0 against the Twins this year.
Blue Jays 4, Rangers 1
TORONTO (AP) - Matt Stairs doubled three times and drove in two runs, and Dustin McGowan won his third straight decision as the Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep.
Toronto won its eighth consecutive home game and swept a three-game series from the Rangers for the first time since August 3-5, 2000.
McGowan (8-5) allowed one run and eight hits over eight-plus innings, walking one and striking out six. Jeremy Accardo closed it out for his 20th save in 24 chances.
Brandon McCarthy (5-8) allowed two runs and six hits over six innings to lose for the first time in three starts. He walked two and struck out four.