Major Leagues: American League roundup
The American League roundup …
BALTIMORE ó On an emotional night at Camden Yards, Mark Reynolds and J.J. Hardy homered in a six-run second inning against A.J. Burnett, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 12-5 Friday for their fifth straight victory.
Matt Wieters also connected for the last-place Orioles, whose five-game run matches a season high.
It was Baltimore’s first home game since former Orioles pitcher Mike Flanagan took his own life Wednesday. Moments before the first pitch, there was a moment of silence in honor of the 1979 Cy Young winner, who died at age 59 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Flanagan’s No. 46 was displayed on the right field scoreboard from batting practice to the end of the game. For the rest of the season, the Orioles will wear a black circular patch on their right jersey sleeves with the word “FLANNY” written in white.
Rays 6, Blue Jays 1
TORONTO ó James Shields pitched his major league-leading 10th complete game, Evan Longoria hit a pair of solo home runs, and the Rays beat the Blue Jays.
Indians 2, Royals 1
CLEVELAND ó Jim Thome went hitless but was warmly welcomed in his Cleveland homecoming after nearly a decade away and the Indians stopped their slide in the AL Central.
Thome went 0 for 4 and struck out twice in his first game back since 2002
Athletics 15, Red Sox 5
BOSTON ó Scott Sizemore and Josh Willingham each hit two-run homers during a six-run fourth inning that carried the Athletics to a win over the Red Sox, denying Tim Wakefield’s bid for his 200th win.
Tigers 8, Twins 1
MINNEAPOLIS ó Delmon Young had three RBI singles in his return to Target Field and Victor Martinez knocked in four runs to lead the Tigers to a win over the Twins.
Rangers 11, Angels 7
ARLINGTON, Texas ó Slumping Nelson Cruz had two long homers among his four hits and drove in six runs as the AL West-leading Rangers stretched their advantage to three games.