Friday, July 27, 2007

Ramirez Rocks for Sox; Pujols Power

American League Boston 14 Cleveland 9 - Manny Ramirez (right) socked a pair of homers, drove in four runs and scored four times as the Red Sox took three of four at Cleveland. The homers gave 35-year-old Ramirez 487 for his career, making him yet another player who could attain a milestone this season. The Red Sox have won six of their last seven and lead the 2nd-place Yankees by 7 1/2 games. NY Yankees 0 Kansas City 7 - The Royals snapped New York's 6-game win streak and recorded their second shutout win of the season, as Jorge De La Rosa (8-10) allowed six hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings with 5 strikeouts. It was the 6th time the Yankees have been struck out this season. Other AL Scores Tampa Bay 7 Baltimore 10 - O's sweep; D-Rays worst record in MLB, 38-63, 16-35 on road Detroit 3 Chi White Sox 4 - Tigers 1 1/2 ahead of Cleveland in Central Oakland 6 Seattle 2 - Mariners lose 7th straight National League Milwaukee 5 Cincinnati 6, 10 innings - Ken Griffey Jr. added another homer to his total, giving him 25 on the season and 588 for his career, and Javier Valentin singled home Adam Dunn with the game-winner in the 10th, sending Milwaukee to their 2nd straight loss and 5th in their last 7. The Reds stayed 1/2 game out of last place, but took 3 of 4 from the struggling NL Central leaders. Milwaukee retained its 2-game lead on the Cubs, who lost at St. Louis. Chi Cubs 1 St. Louis 11 - Albert Pujols isn't having an MVP season, but he's not far off. Pujols (right) socked his 23rd home run and drove in 5, giving him 65 total. He's also batting a very respectable .316, but his Cardinals are still 8 games back of Milwaukee and 6 games under .500. Their win on Thursday allowed them to escape the sweep by the Cubs. Washington 7 Philadelphia 6 - The Phillies lost the game, but also learned that they will miss All-Star 2nd baseman, Chase Utley, for a time. Utley was hit by a pitch, but played out the game, though X-rays later revealed that he had a broken bone in his right hand. Utley said he expected to miss less than a month, though the extent of his injury was not readily apparent. Ryan Howard socked his 29th home run, putting him just one behind NL leader Prince Fielder. His 2 RBI gave him the outright lead in that category, with 85. Florida 4 Arizona 7 - Eric Byrnes unknotted a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the 9th with a 3-run walk-off home run that moved the Diamondbacks into sole possession of 2nd place in the NL West. Arizona is 1 1/2 behind the Dodgers, with San Diego 2 back and Colorado 5 1/2 off the pace. Other NL Scores Pittsburgh 8 NY Mets 4 Atlanta 2 San Francisco 4 San Diego 1 Houston 7 LA Dodgers 5 Colorado 4 - B. Penny, W (13-1)

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