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Bad throws help Yankees edge Rays

Bad throws help Yankees edge Rays

Bad throwing errors gifted New York the only run of the game as the Yankees edged the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 in the American League on Sunday.
Tampa Bay's James Shields (8-7) and New York's C.C. Sabathia (13-4) staged a classic pitchers' duel, matching zeros until the bottom of the seventh inning.
Robinson Cano led off the seventh with a single, and Jorge Posada followed with a popup to shallow center that was gloved on the run by B.J. Upton, who rocketed a throw well over first baseman's head.
Cano scampered to third, and took a big lead off the bag. James Shields (8-7), one of the toughest pitchers to run against in the game, tried to pick him off but the ball went wide and Cano trotted home.
Sabathia got his 12th career shutout as New York won two of three in their final series before the All-Star break.
Angels 4, Mariners 2
In Anaheim, Alberto Callaspo hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning to lift Los Angeles over Seattle.
Angels starter Dan Haren (10-5) and Felix Hernandez dueled through the first seven innings, before Callaspo drove a two-out pitch from David Pauley (5-3) into the gap, scoring two runners.
Mark Trumbo homered in his third straight game for the Angels, who swept the four-game series and remained one game behind similarly streaking Texas atop the AL West standings.
The Mariners have lost five straight.
Blue Jays 7, Indians 1
In Cleveland, Jose Bautista hit a two-run double to help Toronto defeat Cleveland and head to the All-Star break with a three-game winning streak.
Toronto moved within two games of .500 and sent Bautista to the All-Star game as baseball's home run leader with 31, along with 65 RBIs and a .334 average.
Blue Jays starter Brett Cecil (2-4) gave up one unearned run over six innings for his first win since being recalled from the minors. Eric Thames' two-run homer in a five-run third against Carlos Carrasco (8-6) put the visitors ahead.
Carrasco lasted just three innings and was charged with five runs.
Red Sox 8, Orioles 6
In Boston, Marco Scutaro, Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis all homered in the second inning, setting up Boston's victory over Baltimore and its sixth consecutive win.
The Red Sox completed a four-game sweep and stayed one game ahead of the Yankees in the AL East; the sixth time in seven seasons that Boston has led the division at the All-Star break.
Managers Terry Francona of the Red Sox and Buck Showalter of the Orioles both were ejected after pitches hit or came close to their batters. Boston starter Kyle Weiland also was ejected in his major league debut.
Red Sox reliever Alfredo Aceves (4-1) pitched three perfect innings for the win and Jonathan Papelbon got his 20th save.
Baltimore starter Jeremy Guthrie (3-12) allowed only one run in 3 1-3 innings of relief, but was saddled with yet another loss as the Orioles slumped to their seventh straight defeat.
Rangers 2, Athletics 0
In Arlington, Texas, Matt Harrison pitched scorelessly into the eighth inning to guide Texas past Oakland and to a season-best seventh consecutive win.
Harrison (7-7) struck out seven and walked one in 7 2-3 innings.
After Josh Hamilton drew a two-out walk in the sixth, Adrian Beltre sent a pitch from Trevor Cahill (8-7) into the seats in left-center for his 19th homer of the season and his third straight game with a long shot.
Cahill gave up five hits in 7 2-3 innings.
Tigers 2, Royals 1
In Kansas City, Justin Verlander became the first Tigers pitcher to earn his 12th win before the All-Star break in 24 years as Detroit edged Kansas City and took over the lead in the AL Central.
Verlander (12-4) pitched 7 2-3 strong innings in sweltering heat to match Jack Morris' win total in 1987. Striking out the side in the second and sixth, he fanned nine altogether while raising his league-leading strikeout total to 147. He gave up only one unearned run.
Jeff Francis (3-10) pitched six-plus innings for Kansas City, yielding two runs.
Twins 6, White Sox 3
In Chicago, Anthony Swarzak dominated over six innings guiding Minnesota past Chicago, claiming three out of four games in the series.
An RBI single by Drew Butera and run-scoring double by Jason Repko in the fourth put the Twins ahead before they tacked on three more while knocking out Jake Peavy (4-3) in the fifth.
That was more than enough for Swarzak (2-2), who was filling in for the injured Scott Baker and allowed just one run.


Updated : 2021-02-28 06:39 GMT+08:00