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2009-09-18 22:31:04

Brett Carroll's pinch-hit RBI double capped a four-run ninth Friday, boosting the Florida Marlins to a 4-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Before Carroll's game-winner, Jorge Cantu and John Baker sandwiched run-scoring singles around an RBI groundout by Dan Uggla. The rally erased a 2-0 Florida deficit. Cantu had two of the nine hits for the Marlins, who have won three of four. The winner was Brendan Donnelly (3-0). Closer Leo Nunez gave up a pinch-hit solo homer to Juan Francisco before...

2009-09-18 00:24:29

Kurt Suzuki's three-run homer in the third gave Oakland a five-run lead Thursday and vaulted the Athletics to a 5-2 victory over Cleveland. Oakland has won four in a row and has allowed just three runs during its winning streak. Clayton Mortensen (2-2) picked up the win in his fourth major league start. He gave up both Cleveland runs on four hits over five innings. Four relievers combined to give up two hits over the final four frames. Andrew Bailey worked the ninth for his 25th save. Oakland...

2009-09-16 22:12:47

Trevor Cahill and two relievers combined on a one-hitter Wednesday, bringing Oakland a 4-0 win over the slumping Texas Rangers. Cahill gave up a lead-off single to Marlon Byrd in the second inning and the Rangers managed only two base runners the rest of the way. Texas has lost four straight games and has been shut out in three of them. The Rangers were six games behind the American League West-leading Los Angeles Angels when play began Wednesday and they were trailing Boston by 5 1/2 games...

2009-09-16 21:48:05

Fernando Rodney finished off a scoreless four-inning effort from the relief corps Wednesday and Detroit rallied to edge Kansas City 4-3. The Tigers overcame a 3-0 deficit and stayed 4 1/2 games in front of Minnesota in the American League Central. The Twins have made a race of it in the division, thanks to a four-game winning streak. Detroit trimmed its deficit to 3-2 in the fourth on an RBI single by Curtis Granderson and a run-scoring double by Adam Everett. A single by Granderson and a...

2009-09-16 00:19:59

Rajai Davis drove in four runs and scored once Tuesday to lead Oakland in a 6-1 romp over the Texas Rangers. Kurt Suzuki also drove in a run for the Athletics, who have won seven of their last nine games. Oakland starter Edgar Gonzalez lasted four-plus innings and Craig Breslow (7-7) picked up the win in relief. David Murphy went 2-for-4 and supplied the Rangers' only run with a solo home run in the fourth inning after Oakland had racked up a 4-0 lead. Davis drew a bases-loaded walk in the...

2009-09-15 18:39:18

Michael Young was in the Texas Rangers lineup Tuesday against Oakland after being out two weeks with a strained left hamstring. Young was injured when he grounded out to end the third inning in the second portion of a doubleheader on Sept. 1. Normally playing third base, Young was the designated hitter Tuesday. He admitted prior to the game that he is not yet at full strength and is taking a risk by coming back to the lineup so soon. An All-Star this season, Young is batting .322 with 22...

2009-09-13 17:28:34

Joe Mauer, Orlando Cabrera and Michael Cuddyer each drove in a pair of runs Sunday in the Minnesota Twins' 8-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics. Mauer hit an RBI single and a solo homer. Cabrera hit a two-run double. And Cuddyer had three hits -- one a two-run single. Denard Span had two hits and an RBI. A run scored on Delmon Young's first-inning double-play groundout for the Twins, who avoided a three-game sweep. Winner Brian Duensing (3-1) scattered eight his over seven innings with...

2009-09-12 22:35:51

Aaron Hill's late two-run homer Saturday boosted the Toronto Blue Jays to an 8-6 win over the slumping Detroit Tigers. The homer, Hill's only hit, came with two outs in the top of the ninth, and was his 32nd this season. One of two hits by Rod Barajas was a two-run homer. Marco Scutaro had three hits, one a solo homer, and two RBI. Vernon Wells had three hits and an RBI, and a run scored on Brandon Lyon's eighth-inning wild pitch for the Blue Jays, who have won three straight. Winner Brandon...

2009-09-12 17:20:53

Brett Anderson and two relievers held the Minnesota Twins to two runs and five hits Saturday, leading Oakland to a 4-2 victory. Anderson (9-10) avoided a big rally in seven innings with no walks and 11 groundouts in 108 pitches. Michael Wuertz hurled a scoreless eighth and closer Andrew Bailey earned his 24th save with a scoreless ninth. Cliff Pennington led Oakland with three hits and one RBI. Rajai Davis, Kurt Suzuki and Eric Patterson each added one RBI for the Athletics, who had only six...

2009-09-11 22:47:14

Mark Ellis and Daric Barton led a home run barrage Friday that sent Oakland rolling to a 12-5 blasting of Minnesota. The Athletics hit five homers and took a 12-1 lead into the ninth inning, preventing the Twins from gaining ground in the chase for the American League Central pennant. Division-leading Detroit also lost Friday, leaving the Tigers 5 1/2 games in front of the Twins. Jack Cust opened the assault with a solo homer in the second and Cliff Pennington had another in the third. Ellis...