|Thursday's AL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 27 September 2007 17:08|
By The Associated Press
Yankees 3, Devil Rays 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -A day after the Yankees clinched a playoff berth, Phil Hughes kept alive New York's slim hopes in the AL East.
Hughes (5-3) allowed four hits in seven innings, and Jose Molina delivered a two-run single Thursday night to lead the Yankees over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 3-1.
Joba Chamberlain pitched on consecutive days for the first time, striking out B.J. Upton to escape a jam with runners at first and second in the eighth inning. Jose Veras pitched the ninth, completing a six-hitter for his second career save.
New York went ahead in the seventh against Jon Switzer (0-2). Shelly Duncan singled and Robinson Cano doubled before Molina's grounder through a drawn-in infield put New York ahead 3-1.
Twins 5, Red Sox 4
BOSTON (AP) - Michael Cuddyer and Garrett Jones homered off 20-game winner Josh Beckett in his last start before the playoffs, preventing the Red Sox from closing in on an AL East title.
Boston has already clinched a playoff berth, but it needs two more wins - or Yankees losses - to clinch its first AL East title since 1995.
David Ortiz was 4-for-4 with his 34th homer and his 51st double.
Beckett (20-7) allowed five runs and 10 hits in six innings, striking out six.
Boof Bonser (8-12) allowed three runs and six hits and two walks, striking out two in five innings. Joe Nathan got four outs for his 36th save.
Orioles 8, Blue Jays 5
BALTIMORE (AP) - Luis Hernandez hit his first major league homer in the sixth inning to give Baltimore the lead, and the Orioles beat the Blue Jays to avoid a three-game sweep.
Jay Payton and J.R. House also homered for the Orioles, who blew a four-run lead before coming back.
Toronto led 5-4 before Hernandez hit a two-run drive off Brian Tallet (2-4). Miguel Tejada added a run-scoring grounder in the seventh, and House led off the eighth with his second big league home run.
Jim Hoey (3-4) got the win despite allowing two runs in 1 2-3 innings. Jamie Walker worked the final two innings for his seventh save.
White Sox 10, Royals 0
CHICAGO (AP) - Lance Broadway allowed two hits over six innings for his first major league win and the White Sox defeated the Royals.
Paul Konerko hit a three-run homer for the White Sox, who have won seven of their last 11 games.
Staked to an early 3-0 lead in his first career start, Broadway (1-1) fooled Kansas City hitters with a sharp breaking ball. The 24-year-old right-hander ended his impressive performance by striking out Billy Butler to end the sixth inning. Broadway struck out eight and walked two.
Billy Buckner (1-2) took the loss for Kansas City.