ST. PETERSBURG, Fla Chris Sale struck out 15 batters and the Chicago White Sox edged the Tampa Bay Rays 2 – 1 at Tropicana Field in St.
Petersburg. sale pitched into the eighth giving up one run, three hits as he walked two and finished one short of the team record for strikeouts in a
game. Jack Harshman struck out 16 against Boston on July 25, 1954.
On the other side of the field rookie Rays starter Matt Moore struck out 10 and walked just one. however, one of the four hits he allowed was a two run
home run by Adam Dunn. That proved to be all the runs that the White Sox would need.
“That’s two of the best young pitchers that have come through in a long time,” Dunn said. “You had to kind of focus and not get caught up in what they
were doing. Those two guys are something special, man. For sure.
Rays skipper Joe Maddon concurred, “You know what, that guy could have punched out a lot of teams 15 times,” Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon
said. “His stuff was that good. The entire package, what he did, was good. A lot of awareness out there.”
American League Recaps
BOSTON – Felix Doubront pitched six innings of four-hit ball, Ryan Sweeney had three hits after being activated from the disabled list and Jarrod
Saltalamacchia homered for Boston to a 7-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia left the game in the fifth inning
with a jammed thumb. “He’ll probably have some tests,” Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. “Right now I don’t think he could play tomorrow, if I
was a betting man. But don’t bet on it.
MINNEAPOLIS – Justin Morneau’s tying double in the eighth inning set up Matt Capps for another dramatic save in the ninth, and the Twins rallied past
Oakland for a 5-4 victory on Monday, a season-high sixth straight loss for the Athletics.
CLEVELAND – Jason Kipnis had three hits and two RBIs, Jose Lopez drove in three runs and Lonnie Chisenhallhomered in his first at-bat after being
recalled from the minors as reinforcement to help the Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 8-5 Monday. Closer Chris Perez earned his 17th save with
a three up, three down ninth-inning
TORONTO — Rookie Right-hander Drew Hutchison struck out a career-high nine in seven shutout innings, Edwin Encarnacion andKelly Johnson
backed him with home runs and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-2 Monday night, snapping a five-game losing streak. Hutchison
seemed to find a new gear for his fastball. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen 95 out of him,” Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. “When he’s at that velocity,
he’s almost a different type of pitcher, for sure.”
ARLINGTON, Texas – Matt Harrison pitched eight strong innings and was backed by home runs by Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli to lead the Texas
Rangers to a victory over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night 4-2. The Rangers (31-18) have the best record in the American League, but only one
winning streak longer than four in a row — an eight-gamer in April.
ANAHEIM, Calif the Los Angeles Angels overcame an injury to starter Jered Weaver in the first inning to beat the New York Yankees 9-8 in what turned
out to be a slugfest . Mark Trumbo ended the game connecting on the final pitch from Cory Wade in the bottom of the ninth for the walkoff victory. Mike
Trout homered and Albert Pujols had two hits for the Angels, who got a hit from every batter.