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American League Previews from The Sports Network



Wednesday, August 29th (All times eastern)

TORONTO BLUE JAYS (57-71) AT NEW YORK YANKEES (75-54), 1:05 P.M.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Toronto - J.A. Happ (2-1, 4.15) New York - CC Sabathia (13-3, 3.44)

(Sports Network) - CC Sabathia tries to pitch the New York Yankees to a series win on Wednesday when they wrap up a three-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.

Sabathia was terrific in his return from the disabled list on Friday in Cleveland, as he allowed a run and four hits in 7 1/3 innings. He also struck out nine and won his sixth straight decision to run his record to 13-3, while lowering his ERA to 3.44.

"I felt pretty good. I was excited to get out there today," said Sabathia, who had been sidelined since Aug.8 because of elbow soreness.

Sabathia tossed six scoreless innings to beat the Jays the last time he faced them and is an impressive 13-3 lifetime against them with a 3.00 ERA in 17 starts.

New York bounced back from a loss in Monday's opener on Tuesday, as Phil Hughes pitched seven strong innings and Rafael Soriano rebounded from a blown save in the opener to help the Yankees eke out a 2-1 win.

Ricky Romero (8-12) pitched well enough to get his first win since June 22, but Toronto's offense was limited to four hits, a night after the Blue Jays rallied for an 8-7 win in 11 innings.

Romero allowed five hits and the two runs over seven innings, while fanning six batters, but lost his 11th straight decision over a 12-start span.

"I've been working hard all week, the guys, everyone has kind of been helping me out through this," Romero said of his struggles. "I'm just going to build off of this."

Hughes (13-11) fanned five and the AL East leaders got perfect innings out of David Robertson and Soriano to win for third time in their last eight contests.

The Blue Jays, who snapped an eight-game road skid on Monday, got a homer from Adeiny Hechavarria in the fifth inning. It was the first long ball of his major league career, but Toronto lost for the eighth time in its last nine overall.

To make matters worse the Jays announced on Tuesday that two-time defending AL home run champion Jose Bautista will have season-ending left wrist surgery next week. He is expected to be ready for spring training.

Toronto will rely on lefty J.A. Happ in Wednesday's finale. Happ did not get a decision on Thursday in Detroit, but pitched well, surrendering a run and four hits in 7 1/3 frames. He also struck out seven and walked three in the 3-2 loss.

Since being acquired from the Astros, Happ is 2-1 with a 4.15 ERA in eight games (4 starts).

Happ beat the Yankees back on Aug. 12 and is 1-0 in two starts against them with a 4.63 ERA.

The Yanks have won six of 10 from the Jays this season.

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American League Preview from The Sports Network



Wednesday, August 29th (All times eastern)

Oakland Athletics (71-57) at Cleveland Indians (55-74), 7:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Oakland - Travis Blackley (4-3, 3.52) Cleveland - Corey Kluber (0-2, 5.32)

(Sports Network) - The Oakland Athletics seek a fifth straight win on Wednesday when they continue a four-game set with the hapless Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.

After losing their first two games this season to Cleveland, the A's have rattled off six straight wins versus the Tribe. That trend continued on Tuesday, as Brandon Moss hit a two-run home run and drove in three while Tom Milone pitched six strong innings to power the Athletics to a 7-0 win.

Milone (11-9) gave up seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts while Chris Carter went 3-for-5 with a solo homer, two RBI and two runs scored for the A's, who won the opener, 3-0, and have blanked the Indians three straight times.

"He's pitched several games this year in the fashion he did tonight," said Oakland manager Bob Melvin about Milone. "When we need him to make good pitches, he usually does it."

Oakland remained tied with the Baltimore Orioles for the AL wild card lead.

Zach McAllister (5-5) was touched for five runs on nine hits over just 4 1/3 innings to take the loss. Carlos Santana had two of the eight hits for the Indians, who have lost three straight and 12 of 13.

"Offensively we just couldn't do much," said Cleveland manager Manny Acta. "We couldn't put the ball in play when we had guys on base and that will always hurt you."

Hoping for another gem on Wednesday, the A's turn to lefty Travis Blackley, who makes a spot start. Blackley has appeared in 18 games (11 starts) for the A's this season and is 4-3 with a 3.52 ERA.

"We just felt like we're better off going with a guy who's more stretched out at this point," Melvin said. "He's been really good for us in a number of roles. Not only that, but he probably deserves the start."

Blackley lost his only other start against the Indians back in 2004.

Cleveland, meanwhile, will counter with rookie Corey Kluber, who is 0-2 with a 5.32 ERA. Kluber did not get a decision against the New York Yankees on Friday, but pitched well, as he allowed a run and six hits in five innings. He also struck out six and walked a pair in the 3-1 loss.

He has received one run of support in 13 1/3 innings over his last three starts.

Kluber lost to the A's two starts ago, surrendering four runs in five innings.

Oakland's streak against Cleveland is its best since posting eight straight wins in the series in 1998.

CHICAGO WHITE SOX (71-57) AT BALTIMORE ORIOLES (71-57), 7:05 P.M.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Dylan Axelrod (1-2, 5.63) Baltimore - Joe Saunders (0-0, 0.00)

(Sports Network) - Joe Saunders makes his Baltimore debut on Wednesday when the Orioles continue a four-game series with the Chicago White Sox at Camden Yards.

Saunders was acquired from Arizona on Sunday for reliever Matt Lindstrom and a player to be named later. The left-hander had been 6-10 with a 4.22 ERA in 21 starts for Arizona this year and was banged around for nine runs in his last start back on Aug. 20.

Over eight seasons with the Angels (2005-10) and Diamondbacks (2010-12), though, Saunders owns a 75-62 record with a 4.17 ERA in 182 starts.

"We just like his experience," executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said. "I think he complements our starting rotation, which has three rookies."

Saunders is 4-3 with a 3.63 ERA in eight career starts against the White Sox.

Baltimore continued to get the job done on Tuesday, as Chris Tillman tossed seven scoreless innings in the Orioles' 6-0 win.

Tillman (7-2) allowed just one hit and fanned five while walking four to pick up his second straight win. Brian Matusz gave up one hit over the final two innings.

"Every game is big," Tillman said. "To score those runs off the kind of pitcher they had out there tonight was impressive."

Nick Markakis banged a three-run double, while Adam Jones hit his 100th career home run. Lew Ford also homered in the Orioles' fourth consecutive victory, as they remained 3 1/2 games behind the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East.

Baltimore, which hasn't reached the postseason since 1997, is still tied with Oakland for the wild card lead.

Chris Sale (15-5) was knocked around for four runs on six hits and three walks in just four innings, as the AL Central leaders lost for the second straight night on the heels of a six-game winning streak. The White Sox are still two games ahead of Detroit for the division lead.

Getting the call for Chicago on Wednesday will be righty Dylan Axelrod, who was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte after Gavin Floyd was placed on the disabled list.

Axelrod has appeared in 10 games (6 starts) for the White Sox this season and is 1-2 with a 5.63 ERA. This will be his first start since back on July 16 in Boston when he matched a career-high with eight strikeouts in a no-decision.

"I'm looking forward to another opportunity," Axelrod said. "I know we're in the thick of it here in the race. I (want to) try to contribute."

Baltimore is 5-1 this season against the White Sox.

OAKLAND ATHLETICS (71-57) AT CLEVELAND INDIANS (55-74), 7:05 P.M.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Oakland - Travis Blackley (4-3, 3.52) Cleveland - Corey Kluber (0-2, 5.32)

(Sports Network) - The Oakland Athletics seek a fifth straight win on Wednesday when they continue a four-game set with the hapless Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.

After losing their first two games this season to Cleveland, the A's have rattled off six straight wins versus the Tribe. That trend continued on Tuesday, as Brandon Moss hit a two-run home run and drove in three while Tom Milone pitched six strong innings to power the Athletics to a 7-0 win.

Milone (11-9) gave up seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts while Chris Carter went 3-for-5 with a solo homer, two RBI and two runs scored for the A's, who won the opener, 3-0, and have blanked the Indians three straight times.

"He's pitched several games this year in the fashion he did tonight," said Oakland manager Bob Melvin about Milone. "When we need him to make good pitches, he usually does it."

Oakland remained tied with the Baltimore Orioles for the AL wild card lead.

Zach McAllister (5-5) was touched for five runs on nine hits over just 4 1/3 innings to take the loss. Carlos Santana had two of the eight hits for the Indians, who have lost three straight and 12 of 13.

"Offensively we just couldn't do much," said Cleveland manager Manny Acta. "We couldn't put the ball in play when we had guys on base and that will always hurt you."

Hoping for another gem on Wednesday, the A's turn to lefty Travis Blackley, who makes a spot start. Blackley has appeared in 18 games (11 starts) for the A's this season and is 4-3 with a 3.52 ERA.

"We just felt like we're better off going with a guy who's more stretched out at this point," Melvin said. "He's been really good for us in a number of roles. Not only that, but he probably deserves the start."

Blackley lost his only other start against the Indians back in 2004.

Cleveland, meanwhile, will counter with rookie Corey Kluber, who is 0-2 with a 5.32 ERA. Kluber did not get a decision against the New York Yankees on Friday, but pitched well, as he allowed a run and six hits in five innings. He also struck out six and walked a pair in the 3-1 loss.

He has received one run of support in 13 1/3 innings over his last three starts.

Kluber lost to the A's two starts ago, surrendering four runs in five innings.

Oakland's streak against Cleveland is its best since posting eight straight wins in the series in 1998.

TAMPA BAY RAYS (70-59) AT TEXAS RANGERS (77-52), 7:05 P.M.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Tampa Bay - Alex Cobb (8-8, 4.32) Texas - Matt Harrison (15-7, 3.04)

(Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Rays haven't been swept in over two months, but that could happen Wednesday night in the finale of a three-game series against the Texas Rangers at the Ballpark in Arlington.

The Rays last suffered a sweep from June 25-27 against the Kansas City Royals and have dropped the first two meetings with Texas. After a 6-5 loss on Monday, the Rays were handed a 1-0 setback last night. Rays starter James Shields made one mistake in the fourth inning by giving up a leadoff home run to Ian Kinsler and lasted seven innings on the hill.

Shields struck out eight and walked two batters.

"We gotta get better, we gotta be able to win those games," Shields said. "We gotta get better towards the end of the game there and try to scratch some more runs and pitch better. It's frustrating."

Sam Fuld had three of the Rays' seven hits.

Tampa Bay has dropped a season high-tying four in row and will also visit Toronto for four games on this road trip. The club is five games in back of New York for AL East bragging rights and 1 1/2 games off the Wild Card lead.

Alex Cobb has the luxury of trying to pitch the Rays out of their slump tonight and he is 4-0 in his past five starts. He tossed a four-hit shutout in a 5-0 win over Oakland on Thursday, striking out eight and walking two, and improved to 8-8 in 17 starts with a 4.32 earned run average.

Cobb is 4-3 in eight road appearances this season and did not record a decision the only time he faced the Rangers in a 5-4 win last May 31, when he was reached for three runs in 6 1/3 innings.

Texas has won four straight series and is aiming for the sweep tonight.

The AL West-leading Rangers received a dominant showing from rookie starter Yu Darvish in last night's victory, as he fired seven shutout innings and struck out 10 batters. Mike Adams and Joe Nathan each threw a scoreless inning of relief, with Nathan posting his 27th save.

"He was outstanding, he really was, especially after the second, got into the third and he began to execute his pitches," Rangers manager Ron Washington said of Darvish. "I think he showed what he's made of."

Kinsler had the big hit in the fourth inning for Texas, which won for the ninth time in 11 tries and sits 5 1/2 games ahead of Oakland for the division lead.

Texas will begin a 10-game road trip Friday against the Indians, Royals and Rays, and hopes Matt Harrison can pitch the club to a series sweep Wednesday. Harrison has won two straight starts and three of his past four decisions, including an 8-0 win over Minnesota on Friday. He only allowed two hits through eight scoreless innings and pushed his record to 15-7 in 25 starts to go along with a 3.04 earned run average.

Harrison, a left-hander, lost to the Rays back on April 27 and is 1-1 with a 3.79 ERA in five career games (2 starts) against them.

The Rays took two of three from Texas in that April series in Arlington, and will host the Rangers for three games Sept. 7-9 at Tropicana Field.

DETROIT TIGERS (69-59) AT KANSAS CITY ROYALS (57-71), 8:10 P.M.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Detroit - Anibal Sanchez (7-10, 4.38) Kansas City - Bruce Chen (9-10, 5.41)

(Sports Network) - Veteran lefty Bruce Chen can reach double-digit wins for the third straight season - and fourth in his career - when the Kansas City Royals host the Detroit Tigers for the second test of a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium.

Chen, a Panama native who turned 35 in June, debuted in the majors in 1998 and won twice in four decisions with the Atlanta Braves.

He subsequently pitched for six teams and maxed out at seven wins in a season before finally breaking through with the Baltimore Orioles in 2005, when he went 13-10 with a 3.83 earned run average in 34 appearances.

Chen was then winless in 2006 and 2007 and out of the majors in 2008 before returning with Kansas City for a single win in 17 games in 2009.

Since then, however, he's been a consistent winner, earning 12 victories in both 2010 and 2011 and getting to win No. 9 this year with a 9-4 defeat of the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 18.

In 15 career meetings with the Tigers, he's 4-5 with a 6.10 ERA.

Detroit counters with Venezuelan righty Anibal Sanchez, a midseason acquisition from Miami in a deal that involved five players and two draft picks.

The 28-year-old was 5-7 in 19 starts with the Marlins with a 3.94 ERA in 121 innings, and has since won two of five outings with the Tigers while posting a 6.33 ERA in 27 American League innings.

He picked up his second Detroit win in his last start on Aug. 22, allowing an earned run on five hits in 6 2/3 innings of a 3-2 triumph over Toronto.

Sanchez has never faced the Royals.

On Tuesday, Mike Moustakas had three hits, including the go-ahead RBI double in the eighth inning, as the Royals edged the Tigers, 9-8.

Moustakas finished with three RBI, while Billy Butler went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a run scored. Alex Gordon added a pair of hits and drove in two runs for the Royals, who snapped a two-game skid. Alcides Escobar and Salvador Perez also drove in runs.

Moustakas' go-ahead hit made a winner of Aaron Crow (3-1), who surrendered the game-tying home run to Jhonny Peralta in the top of the eighth inning. Greg Holland allowed the tying run to reach third in the top of the ninth, but escaped to record his eighth save of the season.

Delmon Young clubbed a two-run home run and Prince Fielder added a two-run double for the Tigers, who had their brief two-game winning streak snapped.

Brayan Villarreal (3-4) allowed a run on two hits over 1 2/3 innings behind starter Justin Verlander, who gave up eight runs on 12 hits over 5 2/3 innings.

"Clearly I wasn't good enough," Verlander said. "I missed location a little bit. I feel like most of the balls they hit hard were in that first inning just because I missed location."

Detroit won seven of the first eight games between the teams in 2012, including a sweep of a three-game set at Comerica Park from July 6-8. Kansas City last won the season series in 2008.

SEATTLE MARINERS (63-67) AT MINNESOTA TWINS (52-77), 8:10 P.M.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Seattle - Jason Vargas (13-8, 3.75) Minnesota - Samuel Deduno (4-2, 4.24)

(Sports Network) - After two strong performances from Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma, the Seattle Mariners turn to Jason Vargas Wednesday in the third installment of a four-game series against the Minnesota Twins.

Vargas is 6-1 in his last seven decisions and hasn't factored in the outcome in each of his previous two starts. He would like to put his most recent start in the rearview mirror after he lasted a season-low four innings in a 9-8 setback against the Chicago White Sox in which he surrendered six runs and seven hits.

The left-handed Vargas is 13-8 in 27 starts with a 3.75 earned run average this season and 9-5 in 16 road outings. He tossed 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball in a 3-2 win versus Minnesota on Aug. 18 and is 2-1 with a 3.79 ERA in seven career games (6 starts) in this series.

Seattle can record a series victory with a win tonight and made it two wins in a row behind Iwakuma, who yielded just one unearned run and one hit in six innings. Tom Wilhelmsen got the final out of the game for his 20th save.

"Iwakuma did it the hard way," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "He was just getting by all night long. But we've seen him do that before. He just didn't have the same command of his fastball and he had to rely more on his secondary stuff, but he really went out and competed."

Iwakuma was backed by a three-run homer from Dustin Ackley, while Brendan Ryan ended 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. Kyle Seager had two hits and two runs batted in for Seattle, which is nine games off the Wild Card lead and won for the 10th time in the past 13 tries.

The Mariners have homered in 11 straight games, the longest streak since an 11-game run back in 2009. They are 2-3 on a seven-game road trip since ripping off eight wins in a row and four games under .500.

Meanwhile, Minnesota continued its slide and has dropped 16 of its last 19 games. Twins starter Scott Diamond, who is currently appealing a suspension, was saddled with the loss for giving up five runs and seven hits in seven innings of work.

"It's frustrating and it's obviously not where we want to be," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "This time of year you want to play better the last month and have something to build on, but it feels like we've taken a step backwards."

Ben Revere and Ryan Doumit each drove in a run for the Twins.

Samuel Deduno gets the nod for Minnesota and has lost back-to-back starts to the Mariners and Texas Rangers. Deduno faced Seattle for the first time in a 5-1 loss on Aug. 19 at Safeco Field, where he gave up two runs in six innings. He then allowed seven runs and 11 hits in five innings of an 8-0 loss at Texas on Friday.

Deduno is 4-2 with a 4.24 earned run average in nine starts this season, going 2-0 in three outings at Target Field.

Minnesota has lost seven in a row to the Mariners and is 1-7 in the season series so far.

BOSTON RED SOX (62-68) AT LA ANGELS OF ANAHEIM (67-62), 10:05 P.M.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Boston - Zach Stewart (1-2, 6.00) LA Angels - C.J. Wilson (9-9, 3.83)

(Sports Network) - In the midst of a playoff race, the LA Angels of Anaheim could take a step back with C.J. Wilson scheduled to start this evening's second test of a three-game home series versus the Boston Red Sox.

The Angels are 4 1/2 games off the lead in the American League Wild Card standings, but are sending a struggling Wilson to the mound at the Big A. Wilson is 0-5 with a 6.09 earned run average in his last 11 starts and hasn't prevailed since June 26 at Baltimore. His previous home win was versus San Francisco on June 19.

Wilson has recorded back-to-back no-decisions and was banged around in Thursday's 14-12 win at Boston in which he allowed seven runs, six of which were earned, and eight hits in five innings. He is 9-9 with 3.83 ERA in 27 starts in his first season with Anaheim and 3-5 in 11 home outings. Wilson has enjoyed success against the Red Sox in his career, going 4-1 in 18 games (6 starts), and is 4-0 in the past six meetings with Boston since 2010.

Angels ace Jered Weaver was gunning for his 17th win of the season in last night's 6-5 win, but did not factor in the outcome after he was reached for five runs -- four earned -- in seven innings. Reliever Kevin Jepsen posted the win with a scoreless ninth inning.

Jepsen was the winner after Mike Trout's RBI single and Torii Hunter's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning. Trout ended 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI, while Albert Pujols returned to the lineup and finished with two hits, including a home run. Pujols was sidelined since last Wednesday because of right calf inflammation suffered in a 7-3 win at Boston.

"Every game is big for us," Trout said after the Angels ended a four-game home slide. "We just have to take it one game at a time and push this race to the playoffs."

The 21-year-old Trout became the youngest player ever with at least 25 homers and 40 steals in a season. Cesar Cedeno (1973) was the only player in history to do so before turning 23 years old.

Boston is not helping its cause right now and opened a nine-game road trip last night on a down note. The club is 10 games off the lead in the Wild Card race and entered Tuesday's game having won two straight and three of four.

Alfredo Aceves was back in action for the Red Sox after serving a three-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team, but allowed both runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. Clay Buchholz tossed the first seven innings and permitted four runs and six hits.

"I thought we played a good game. We scored enough runs to win, but we couldn't hold on tonight," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI, while Jacoby Ellsbury had two hits and scored twice in defeat. Ellsbury has two or more hits in six straight games.

The Red Sox will also visit Oakland and Seattle on their nine-day trek, and Zach Stewart can provide some relief when he takes the mound Wednesday. Stewart will make his Boston debut after he was acquired from the Chicago White Sox in part of the Kevin Youkilis deal, and spent the past two months with Triple-A Pawtucket.

Stewart went 3-5 with a 3.94 earned run average in 11 starts with Pawtucket and was 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA in 18 games (1 start) with Chicago before heading to the AL East. He last pitched in the majors during a 12-3 pounding by the Cubs on June 18 and was tagged for six runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.

The right-hander lost his only appearance to the Angels in an 8-0 defeat last Aug. 24, when he gave up seven runs in six innings.

The Angels recently swept the Red Sox in three games at Fenway Park from Aug. 21-23, and halted a seven-game home losing streak in this series last night. It was Boston's first loss at Angel Stadium since May 14, 2009.

08/29 11:09:41 ET

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