Major Leagues: American League roundup
The American League roundup …
NEW YORK (AP) ó Sergio Mitre shook off the rust and pitched sharply before getting struck by a line drive in the seventh inning, combining with Chad Gaudin on a one-hitter as the New York Yankees routed the slumping Chicago White Sox 10-0 Saturday.
Working for the first time since a relief outing eight days ago, Mitre (3-1) was perfect until Jim Thome ripped a bad-hop double past Gold Glove first baseman Mark Teixeira with one out in the fifth.
That was Chicago’s only hit. Mitre left with a bruised right forearm after being nailed by A.J. Pierzynski’s liner, and Gaudin closed with 2 2-3 hitless innings.
Alex Rodriguez hit his 576th homer, and Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano each got three of New York’s 14 hits.
The White Sox lost for the sixth time in seven games. Jose Contreras (5-13) fell behind 8-0 in the fourth and leads the AL in losses.
Rays 3, Tigers 1DETROIT (AP) ó David Price had the longest outing of his young career, lasting 7 1-3 innings and allowed a run and five hits.
Price (7-6) struck out four and walked one. J.P. Howell pitched the ninth for his 16th save in 23 chances.
Price worked out of a jam in the third inning, striking out Curtis Granderson and getting Placido Polanco to pop out with runners on second and third. Price also struck out Miguel Cabrera with a runner on second to end the sixth.
Nate Robertson (1-1) made his first appearance after coming off the disabled list Friday.
Rangers 3, Twins 0MINNEAPOLIS (AP) ó Scott Feldman gave the Rangers another strong start, holding Minnesota scoreless into the sixth inning and helping Texas keep pace in the wild-card chase.
First-inning RBIs by Josh Hamilton and Ian Kinsler put the Rangers in front right away against Carl Pavano (11-10). For insurance, Ivan Rodriguez went deep in the top of the ninth ó his first homer since rejoining the Rangers 11 days ago.
Feldman (14-4) walked four and gave up four hits in 5 2-3 innings, and the bullpen backed him up. Frank Francisco picked up his 19th save with a perfect ninth, preventing the second-place Twins from gaining any ground in the AL Central on Detroit. The Tigers, who lost to Tampa Bay, are 41/2 games ahead of Minnesota.
Texas, in range of its first trip to the postseason in 10 years, is 21/2 games behind Boston in the wild-card race.
Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 2BOSTON (AP) ó Clay Buchholz allowed just three singles in 8 1-3 innings, and Alex Gonzalez and Dustin Pedroia’s RBI singles made up for a Boston offense that sputtered in the early innings.
The Red Sox won for fifth time in six games and maintained their 21/2 game lead over Texas in the AL wild-card chase. The Rangers beat Minnesota, 3-0, on Saturday.
Buchholz (3-3) gave up one run, struck out nine and walked two three days before the two-year anniversary of his no-hitter over the Baltimore Orioles in his second big-league start.
Ricky Romero (11-6) gave up three runs on seven hits in 5 1-3 innings.
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