|Monday's AL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 24 September 2007 16:08|
New York still moved closer to a postseason, though, when Detroit lost 2-0 to Minnesota on Monday night. The Yankees will clinch a playoff berth with one more win or a Detroit loss. New York fell two games behind idle Boston in the AL East. The loss was the Yankees' fourth in their last 18 games.
This was a makeup from an April 25 rainout and there were only about 12,000 people in the seats when the game started. Officially, there were 23,567 fans in Yankee Stadium by the end.
Because all 53,281 tickets were sold, this counted as the Yankees' 50th sellout of the year. That brought their season attendance to a record 4,271,356, breaking last year's mark of 4,243,780.
Litsch (7-9), who had lost to the Yankees twice this season, started in place of A.J. Burnett, who left the Blue Jays for a day on what they described as ``personal business.''
Curtis Thigpen and John McDonald sandwiched RBI doubles around a run-scoring groundout by Hector Luna to take a 3-0 lead in the second against Andy Pettitte (14-9).
Alex Rodriguez drove in the Yankees' run with a groundout, his 147th RBI.
Twins 2, Tigers 0
DETROIT (AP) - Minnesota's Carlos Silva shut down Detroit over 7 2-3 innings in a loss that put the Tigers on the brink of being eliminated from the playoff race.
The defending American League champions are one loss, or a New York Yankees' win, from officially being relegated to watching this postseason. The Tigers, who have lost five of their last seven games, trail New York in the AL wild-card race by 5 1/2 games.
Nick Punto's RBI single in the second inning and Jason Kubel's run-scoring single in the ninth was all the offense for Minnesota, which has won five of seven. The Twins had lost seven in a row against the Tigers.
Silva (13-14) gave up six hits without a walk and struck out one.
Glen Perkins got the final out of the eighth, with the potential tying run at second. Joe Nathan allowed two runners on in the ninth but got Ivan Rodriguez on a groundout for his 35th save.
Nate Robertson (8-13) took the loss despite giving up only one run and three hits over seven innings. He struck out six and walked four.
Orioles 3, Royals 2
BALTIMORE (AP) - Nick Markakis hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning and Baltimore completed a season sweep of Kansas City.
The Orioles went 7-0 against the Royals. It's only the sixth time in club history that Baltimore swept a season series from an AL opponent.
The game was a makeup of a rainout on April 15. The announced attendance was 15,769, but there were no more than a few thousand fans in the stands.
Markakis hit his 22nd homer on an 0-1 pitch from Gil Meche (9-13), who allowed seven hits in his first complete game of the season.
Kansas City trailed 2-1 in the eighth before Mark Grudzielanek tied it with his first career pinch-hit home run in 1,682 major league games. The drive came against Jamie Walker (3-2), who was making his club-record 80th appearance.
Chad Bradford pitched the ninth for his second save.
Returning from a six-game suspension, Orioles starter Daniel Cabrera allowed one run and six hits in seven innings and left with a 2-1 lead.