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American League Game Capsules (Tuesday, September 27th)
Final Score: Boston 8, Baltimore 7
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Ryan Lavarnway hit his first two career home runs and totaled four RBI as the Boston Red Sox temporarily put the brakes on a September swoon with an 8-7 decision over Baltimore in the middle test of a three-game series. Marco Scutaro and Jacoby Ellsbury each hit a two-run homer for the Red Sox, who kept pace with Tampa Bay in a tie atop the AL wild card standings with one game remaining. The Rays downed the Yankees, and both clubs remained tied with identical 90-71 records.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 5, New York 3
St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - A triple play in the sixth inning kept the Rays from getting too far behind, and Matt Joyce's seventh-inning homer put them in front. Both plays likely saved their season. Joyce's three-run blast was the difference as Tampa Bay defeated the New York Yankees, 5-3, to stay tied on top of the race for the American League wild card berth. Because of Boston's 8-7 defeat of Baltimore on Tuesday, the Rays and Red Sox remained even for the lead with one game to go. A September-long slump by the Red Sox allowed the Rays to erase a nine-game deficit and have a chance to make the postseason. If the teams finish tied, there would be a one-game playoff Thursday at Tropicana Field.
Final Score: Detroit 9, Cleveland 6
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Delmon Young had three hits, including a homer and knocked in three, as the Tigers used another big offensive showing to down Cleveland, 9-6, at Comerica Park. Detroit had 18 hits in a 14-0 win on Monday. One night later, the Tigers pounded out 12 hits to support Max Scherzer in his 15th win of the season. Magglio Ordonez knocked in three runs and Wilson Betemit and Miguel Cabrera went deep for Detroit, which remained a game behind Texas for the second- best mark in the American League and home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Rangers beat the Angels Tuesday night. The Tigers need a win and a Texas loss Wednesday to steal home- field advantage away from the Rangers. Detroit would win the tiebreaker thanks to beating Texas in the season series.
Final Score: Texas 10, LA Angels of Anaheim 3
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Mike Napoli went deep twice against his former team, and Adrian Beltre homered for a fourth straight contest in a 10-3 Texas win over the Angels. Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz also homered for the Rangers, who are one game ahead of Detroit for the second-best mark in the American League and home- field advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Tigers beat Cleveland Tuesday. Since Texas doesn't hold the tiebreaker against the Tigers, the Rangers need either a win Wednesday or a Detroit loss to host a Division Series contest Friday against either Boston or Tampa Bay. Colby Lewis (14-10) allowed three hits and a pair of runs over six innings for the AL West champions, who have won five in a row. The 95 wins by the Rangers ties the most in club history. They had the same amount in 1999.
Final Score: Chicago 2, Toronto 1
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - On the first night without manager Ozzie Guillen, pitcher Mark Buehrle dazzled in what may be his last start as a White Sox. Buehrle pitched seven shutout frames to lead Chicago past Toronto, 2-1, in the second of three games at U.S. Cellular Field. Guillen was let out of his contract and coached his last game on Monday, paving the way for first interim manager Joey Cora and then Don Cooper to take over for the last two games. Cora was named interim manager on Monday, but after consultation with general manager Kenny Williams, Cooper was given the role for the final two games. Guillen is reportedly set to become the Marlins manager and will reportedly bring Cora with him to south Florida.
Final Score: Minnesota 7, Kansas City 4
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Rene Tosoni's sixth-inning grand slam proved to be the difference as Minnesota downed Kansas City by a 7-4 count in the second of three between the clubs. Chris Parmelee added a solo shot, and both Denard Span and Ben Revere knocked in a run for the Twins, who momentarily avoided their first 100-loss season since 1982.
Final Score: Oakland 7, Seattle 0
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Trevor Cahill tossed seven scoreless innings on Tuesday, leading the Oakland Athletics to a 7-0 thrashing of the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Cahill (12-14) scattered four hits while striking out seven and issuing only one walk. Craig Breslow pitched a perfect eighth and Jerry Blevins worked a 1-2-3 ninth to preserve the shutout. Josh Willingham crushed a three-run homer and Scott Sizemore chipped in with a two- run shot for the A's, who dropped the series opener on Monday.