D-Rays 3, Oakland 1. The bullpen didn’t suck last night. We have to admit that when the A’s had 1st and 3rd with one out in the 8th and when Shawn Camp gave up the leadoff single in the 9th and Joe Maddon brought in Tyler Walker, our first reaction was, “here we go again.” Three batters later, Walker had his 2nd save and and Scott Kazmir had earned his 4th win. Kazmir (4-2) did not have his best stuff last night, but good pitchers find a way to win even when they don’t have their best stuff. Kazmir also managed to do what most other members of the rotation have failed to do this year. He protected an early lead. The Rays scored two in the first inning and that was all they needed as Kazmir scattered 9 hits and 2 walks over 5.2 innings. Julio Lugo batted leadoff and went 1-5 in his first action since opening day in Baltimore. Aubrey Huff in his first game back from the DL went 1-4 and scored a run.
Boston 6, Baltimore 3. Curt Schilling improved to 5-1 and Jonathan Paplebon earned his 12th save in 12 opportunities as the Red Sox keep pace with the Yankees. The Sox and the Spankees are beginning to a put a little distance between themselves and the rest of the division.
New York 8, Texas 7. The Bronx Roiders almost blew the game and an outstanding performance by Mike Mussina. Up 8-1 in the 8th, three Yankees relievers gave up 6 runs before Mariano Rivera finally stopped the bleeding. New York and Boston are tied atop the division, 2 games ahead of Toronto.
Toronto 13, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Near Disney World 3. The world is still round, Toronto is still scoring lots of runs and winning pitcher Gustavo Chacin still has no body hair…Seriously…none.