|Tuesday's AL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Tuesday, 25 September 2007 18:18|
By The Associated Press
BOSTON (AP) -Manny Ramirez returned to the Boston lineup and went 1-for-2 with a walk as the Red Sox saw their magic number to clinch the AL East title cut to three with a 7-3 victory over Oakland on Tuesday night.
Boston also benefited from New York's 7-6, 10-inning loss to Tampa Bay.
After being sidelined for 24 games by a strained muscle in his left side, Ramirez singled and scored Boston's first run in the first inning, then walked to start a two-run fifth.
Curt Schilling also had plenty of rest and it paid off with his first win since Aug. 24.
Pitching for the first time in nine days so manager Terry Francona could arrange his rotation for the playoffs, Schilling (9-8) allowed one run and six hits and left after six innings with a 3-1 lead.
The Red Sox, who had lost six of nine, stretched their lead over New York in the division to three games. With five games left, the Red Sox had already clinched a wild-card berth.
The only run Schilling allowed was Daric Barton's third homer of the season in the first.
The Red Sox scored three runs in the eighth on Bobby Kielty's sacrifice fly and David Ortiz's two-run homer, his 33rd.
Devil Rays 7, Yankees 6, 10 innings
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Jorge Velandia hit a grand slam for his first career homer and Dioner Navarro added a solo shot in the 10th inning as Tampa Bay prevented New York from clinching a playoff berth.
Coupled with Boston's victory over Oakland, New York fell three games behind the first-place Red Sox in the AL East with five games to play. The Yankees lead Detroit by 4 1/2 games in the wild-card race, and their magic number to clinch a playoff berth for the 13th consecutive year remained at one.
Velandia's grand slam off Brian Bruney finished a six-run sixth and offset a grand slam by Alex Rodriguez that gave New York a 5-0 lead in the third. Navarro, who had a RBI double in the sixth, hit the winner on a 2-0 pitch from Jeff Karstens (1-4).
Rodriguez's homer was his major league-leading 53rd and first in 55 at-bats.
Gary Glover (6-5) pitched one scoreless inning for the victory for the last-place Devil Rays, who improved to 8-8 against New York.
Tigers 8, Twins 0
DETROIT (AP) - Magglio Ordonez homered and doubled and Yorman Bazardo threw seven innings for Detroit, which stayed alive in the playoff race.
To stay in contention, the defending AL champions needed to win the rest of their games this week and have New York lose all of its to force a one-game playoff for the AL wild card. The Yankees lost 7-6 in 10 innings at Tampa Bay.
Ordonez's double in the three-run sixth marked the Tigers' 2,550th total base, surpassing the previous franchise record set by the 1987 team that went to the AL championship series.
His 28th homer gave him a career-high 136 RBIs and put Detroit ahead 6-0 in the seventh.
Curtis Granderson hit his major league-leading 23rd triple, the most by a Tigers player since Ty Cobb had 24 in 1917.
Bazardo (2-1) gave up six hits and three walks in his second major league start. The Twins were shut out for the 14th time, most in the majors.
Matt Garza (4-7) gave four runs and nine hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Blue Jays 11, Orioles 4
BALTIMORE (AP) - Frank Thomas went 4-for-4, including his 513th home run, and drove in three runs to lead Toronto.
Thomas gave the Blue Jays a 6-0 lead in the third inning with a three-run drive off Brian Burres. The 39-year-old designated hitter scored three runs, and his four hits matched a season high.
Aaron Hill hit his 17th homer for the Blue Jays, matching Roberto Alomar's 1993 club record for a second baseman.
A.J. Burnett (10-7) gave up four runs and 10 hits in 6 2-3 innings. He is 5-0 in six career starts against Baltimore.
Miguel Tejada had three hits for the Orioles, who have yielded at least 10 runs in 17 games this season - including nine of the last 34.
Burres (6-7) allowed seven runs and eight hits in 3 1-3 innings.
Rangers 3, Angels 1
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Hank Blalock singled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning for Texas.
Texas trailed 1-0 when Ian Kinsler led off the sixth with his third single of the game. Kinsler advanced on a fielder's choice, took third on Marlon Byrd's infield hit and scored on a balk by Darren Oliver (3-1).
Blalock then lined a single to right that scored Byrd for a 2-1 lead. David Murphy added another run-scoring single in the sixth.
Jamey Wright (4-5) pitched four scoreless innings in relief.
The Angels, who clinched the AL West on Sunday, rested Vladimir Guerrero and Garret Anderson.
Royals 9, White Sox 5
CHICAGO (AP) - Light-hitting Tony Pena homered and tied a career-high with four hits for Kansas City, which scored eight unanswered runs.
Ross Gload hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the seventh to break a 5-all tie and dump the White Sox into a last-place tie in the AL Central with the Royals. Gload added another sacrifice fly in the ninth.
Paul Konerko hit a two-run double for the White Sox that gave them a 5-1 lead.
Pena's solo shot in the fifth, his second of the year, started the rally. Mark Teahen's RBI single tied it at 5. Gload followed with a sacrifice fly.
Brandon Duckworth (3-5) pitched two scoreless innings of relief for the victory.