Tigers 4, Rangers 0
Dontrelle Willis made a triumphant start, holding Texas to 1 hit over 6 and 1/3 innings, walking two and striking out 5. It was Willis’ first win on the mound in 20 months. Miguel Cabrera collected two hits and an RBI and is now hitting .381 for the season. Texas gathered only one hit in the ballgame. The Tigers win over the 1st place Rangers has them comfortable in first in the AL Central.
Yankees 9, Orioles 1
The Yankees did some bullying, with CC Sabathia going 7 strong innings and earning his 4th win of the year. Alex Rodriguez and Mark Texeira homered for the 2nd straight ballgame. The Yankees have now won 7 games in a row to qualify as baseball’s hottest team. Johnny Damon had 2 more hits and an RBI to raise his average to .327 for the season.
Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 1
Tim Wakefield went 8 innings, allowing only 1 run to improve his record to 5-2 on the year. Brian Tallet picks up the loss for the Blue Jays. Toronto’s only run came on a Kevin Millar (yes he’s still in the big leagues) home run. The Red Sox got two scrap runs in the bottom of the seocnd inning that held up. Papelbon throws a scoreless 9th for save #11.
Cardinals 3, Cubs 0
The Cubs mustered only three hits off Joel Piniero who threw a complete game shutout. Piniero struck out 5 hitters. The big offensive blow for the Cardinals was a two run homer by Colby Rasmus. Ted Lilly picks up the loss as the Cardinals stay a game in front of the Cubs for 2nd place in the NL Central.