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American League Game Capsules (Monday, September 26th)
Final Score: Baltimore 6, Boston 3
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - The Boston Red Sox have been in free fall for the season's final month, but now they're locked in full-on crisis mode. Robert Andino's three-run, inside-the-park home run capped a four-run sixth inning as Baltimore downed Boston, 6-3, in the opener of a three-game series from Camden Yards. Coupled with Tampa Bay's 5-2 victory over the New York Yankees, the Rays and Sox are tied atop the AL wild card standings with identical 89-71 records. Each team has two games remaining. Chris Davis added two hits and drove in a pair of runs for the Orioles, who have won five of seven. Troy Patton (2-1) turned in 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief for the win. Jed Lowrie homered and Dustin Pedroia posted two hits and an RBI for the reeling Red Sox, who have dropped 19 of 25 games in September. Josh Beckett (13-7) was charged in defeat with seven hits and six runs over six full frames.
Final Score: Detroit 14, Cleveland 0
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Delmon Young's three-run home run was part of an eight-run eighth inning as the Detroit Tigers dominated the Cleveland Indians, 14-0, in the opener of a season-ending series. The AL Central- champion Tigers are still fighting for positioning in the upcoming playoffs and remain one game behind Texas, which beat the Angels on Monday, for the second spot in the upcoming American League playoffs. Alex Avila and Andy Dirks each drove in three runs while Ryan Raburn brought home two for the Tigers, who have won three of four. Doug Fister (11-13) went eight innings to win his fifth straight game and seventh consecutive decision. He gave up just three hits and struck out nine. Ubaldo Jimenez (4-4) was tagged for six runs on nine hits over just five innings for the Indians, who need to win one more to guarantee at least a .500 season.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 5, New York 2
St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Rays keep doing their part to win the AL wild card, but their fate is also riding on games being played 1,000 miles away. Like it has so many times over the past few weeks, everything went their way again. The Rays tied Boston for the wild card lead Monday night, beating the New York Yankees 5-2 behind eight-plus innings from James Shields and a couple of hits from B.J. Upton, including a two-run double. Tampa Bay entered the game trailing Boston by one game for the AL wild card lead and pulled even after the Red Sox lost to the Orioles in Baltimore. Indeed, on the same day Major League Baseball worked out what would happen in the event of a tie for the AL and NL wild card, the Rays and Red Sox conspired to give them exactly that.
Final Score: Texas 4, LA Angels of Anaheim 3
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Adrian Beltre hit a two-run home run to lead the Rangers to a 4-3 win over the Angels, as Texas eliminated Los Angeles from postseason contention. The loss dropped the Angels three games back of the wild card lead, which is tied between Boston and Tampa Bay. The Angels will miss the playoffs for the second year in a row. The AL West champions meanwhile, stayed one game ahead of Detroit, which pounded Cleveland, 14-0, on Monday, for the second seed in the upcoming American League playoffs. Elvis Andrus went 4-for-5 with a run scored while Michael Young drove in a run and scored once for the Rangers, who have won four straight and eight of nine. C.J. Wilson made a brief two-inning start as he will rest for the next three days before starting the playoff opener on Friday. He gave up just two walks and two hits while Mark Hamburger (1-0) got the first win of his career after giving up just one run on two hits in 3 2/3 innings. Peter Bourjos, Mike Trout and Bobby Abreu each drove in a run for the Angels, who have lost four of five. Dan Haren (16-10) was touched for four runs -- three earned -- along with nine hits and a walk while striking out eight in eight innings.
Final Score: Chicago 4, Toronto 3
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - The White Sox won the opener of their final series of the season, 4-3, against Toronto, but the bigger story is about Chicago's manager. Ozzie Guillen has just managed his last game with the White Sox and the Chicago Sun-Times reported that he will become the manager of the Florida Marlins. Earlier on Monday, interim Marlins manager Jack McKeon said he would not return for next season and before the game at U.S. Cellular Field, Guillen confirmed that he met with Reinsdorf. Guillen said that he left the meeting with "nothing" and the Sun-Times said that Guillen and the Marlins are in the final stages of a deal. After the game, it was announced that Guillen had been released from his contract by the White Sox. Guillen had managed the White Sox for the past eight seasons to a record of 678-617 and won a World Series with them in 2005. He played shortstop for the team for 13 seasons. This season, the White Sox have posted a record of 78-82 and currently sit in third place in the American League Central Division. Meanwhile, Tyler Flowers hit a three-run home run to help the White Sox take Monday's win. Dayan Viciedo drove in the other run while Dylan Axelrod (1-0) pitched six scoreless innings and gave up just three hits for his first career win for the White Sox, who came into the set having lost three of four. David Cooper had a pinch-hit, two-run double in the ninth while Adam Lind brought in the other run for the Blue Jays, who have lost three straight. Dustin McGowan (0-2) gave up three runs on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts over four innings.
Final Score: Kansas City 7, Minnesota 3
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Salvador Perez collected two hits and drove in two runs as Kansas City downed Minnesota, 7-3, in the opener of a three- game set. Mike Moustakas homered, while Billy Butler and Alcides Escobar both recorded a pair of hits and an RBI for the Royals, who have won three of their last four. Felipe Paulino (4-6) worked six innings for the win, allowing six hits and three runs with nine strikeouts. Michael Cuddyer hit a two-run homer for the Twins, who fell to 4-20 in September. Kevin Slowey (0-8) was tagged in defeat for 10 hits and five runs in 5 2/3 frames.
Final Score: Seattle 4, Oakland 2
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Jason Vargas pitched eight strong innings and retired 14 straight batters at one point, boosting Seattle to a 4-2 win over Oakland in the start of a season-ending three-game series. Vargas (10-13), who allowed five hits and had a career-best 10 strikeouts, won his final three decisions of the season to reach double-digit victories for the first time in his career. Justin Smoak belted a three-run homer in the sixth inning off Brandon McCarthy (9-9), while Miguel Olivo added a solo shot in the fifth to help the Mariners end a four-game skid.