Friday, July 13, 2007
Sox, Mets Go Back to Work with Wins
American League Toronto 4 Boston 7 - The All-Star break behind them, Boston wasted no time at all getting back to business, as their power hitters, David Ortiz (right) and Manny Ramirez combined for 5 RBI. Ortiz was 3-5 with 2 runs driven in, while Manny went 2-4 and knocked home 3. NY Yankees 7 Tampa Bay 3 - The Yankees know that now is the time to begin making up ground on Boston and at least get themselves into position to challenge for the AL East title. To that end, Alex Rodriguez smacked his 31st home run of the season, sandwiched between solo shots by Derek Jeter and Bobby Abreu, all in the 4th inning. The homers broke a 1-1 tie and propelled the Yanks to the .500 mark at 43-43. New York's next 26 games are all against teams with losing records - Tampa Bay, Toronto, Baltimore, Chicago and Kansas City. During the same span, Boston, while playing some of the same teams, will also be tangling with Cleveland, Seattle and Los Angeles. Oakland 2 Minnesota 6 - Michael Cuddyer went 4-4 with a double, triple and a pair of singles. The win keeps the Twins in the hunt, 7 games back of Detroit in the Al Central, while sending the A's below .500 (43-44) with their 4th straight loss, 9 1/2 behind the Angels in the West. Detroit 2 Seattle 3 - The Mariners got all of their runs in a decisive 5th inning, and J.J. Putz notched his 25th save, temporarily moving Seattle to within 2 games of the idle LA Angels. Other AL Scores Chi White Sox 9 Baltimore 7 National League Cincinnati 2 NY Mets 3 - Jose Reyes (right) and Ruben Gotay led off the game with back-to-back homers off Bronson Arroyo, and Orlando Hernandez held the Reds to 2 runs on just 3 hits over 6 innings for the win.