Twins’ Hunter Out, Boston Fans Boo Ramirez
BOSTON (AP) _ With trade rumors about Manny Ramirez swirling around Fenway Park and the fans booing the outfielder every time he stepped to the plate, the Boston Red Sox proved once again they can win under duress.
John Olerud hit a grand slam and Boston scored three runs after a single by Johnny Damon, as the Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 8-5 Friday night for their third straight win.
Minnesota Gold Glove center fielder Torii Hunter sprained a tendon in his left ankle trying to scale the outfield wall in the first inning and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher. X-rays taken at Fenway Park showed no fracture, and Hunter will remain with the Twins through the weekend then go to Minnesota on Monday for an MRI. The injury could be a huge blow to Minnesota’s postseason hopes.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, and that Minnesota is unsure how long Hunter will be out.
``It was pretty scary. We know it’s not good, but we’ll hope for the best,″ Gardenhire said.
Ramirez went 0-for-3 with a strikeout and a walk in his first game at Fenway Park since it was reported he asked Red Sox management to trade him. Following the game David Ortiz, one of Ramirez’s closest friends on the team, expressed dismay at the fan’s treatment of the mercurial slugger and said he couldn’t picture the Red Sox without him.
``It’s a crazy situation, but I don’t think what our fans did today to Manny was fair, at all,″ Ortiz said.
``His numbers are always there every year, and this town should never feel that way about Manny Ramirez,″ Ortiz said. ``If Manny’s out of here, it’s going to be hard on everybody. It’s as simple as that. ... How are you going to replace a guy like that?″
Bronson Arroyo (9-6), the subject of persistent trade rumors over the past two weeks, held Minnesota scoreless for six innings before allowing Joe Mauer’s solo homer. He allowed three runs and five hits in 7 1-3 innings in one of his best outings of the season.
With the Red Sox leading 4-3 in the eighth, Olerud put the game out of reach with Boston’s club record 10th grand slam of the season. The home run was the 250th of Olerud’s career.
Mike Myers started the ninth for the Red Sox and allowed a one-out, two-run homer to Jacque Jones and an infield single to Justin Morneau before being relieved by Curt Schilling. Schilling retired the final two batters for his fourth save in five opportunities.
The Red Sox made it 3-0 in the fifth on Damon’s single and two Minnesota errors on the play.
Bill Mueller scored from second when Jones’ throw from right was misplayed at the plate by Mauer. Minnesota starter Carlos Silva, who was backing up the plate, then threw wide past Mauer while trying to throw out Tony Graffanino, who had come around from first. Damon then took off for the plate, and was given home after third baseman Luis Rodriguez hit him in the back of the head with the throw. Mauer and Rodriguez were charged with errors and Damon was given an RBI.
Angels 4, Yankees 1
NEW YORK (AP) _ Garret Anderson hit a two-run homer and Bengie Molina added a solo shot in the second inning as Los Angeles ended a four-game losing streak and beat the Yankees for the sixth time in eight meetings this season.
Los Angeles was coming off an 18-inning loss in Toronto on Thursday night, and didn’t arrive in New York until 4 a.m. Ervin Santana (6-4), who warmed up in the bullpen during the 18th against Toronto, won for the first time this season on the road, allowing six hits in 6 1-3 innings. Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his 25th save. He is 5-for-5 in save chances against New York this season.
The second-inning homers were off Mike Mussina (10-6).
White Sox 7, Orioles 2
BALTIMORE (AP) _ Chicago’s Paul Konerko and Carl Everett both homered and drove in three runs to back a strong pitching performance by Orlando Hernandez.
During the game, the Orioles traded outfielder Larry Bigbie to Colorado for outfielder Eric Byrnes.
Konerko put the White Sox up 4-1 with a three-run drive off Erik Bedard (5-3) in the third, and Everett made it 6-2 with a two-run shot off Todd Williams in the seventh.
Hernandez (8-3) gave up two runs and seven hits in six innings in his first win in three starts since returning from the disabled list.
Miguel Tejada went 4-for-4 with an RBI for the Orioles, who have lost 11 of 13 to fall to .500 (51-51) for the first time since April 10.
Athletics 8, Tigers 4
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Mark Ellis hit a two-run homer in a four-run second inning and Oakland won for the ninth time in 10 games and improved to 12-3 since the All-Star break.
Rich Harden (9-4) allowed a career-high 12 hits and four runs while laboring through 5 1-3 innings. In the third, he allowed his first earned run at home in a stretch of 24 innings since May 13.
Six A’s drove in a run while building an early 7-1 lead against Sean Douglass (3-1), who couldn’t escape the third inning in his first loss since joining the Tigers last month.
Placido Polanco had four hits and drove in two runs for the Tigers, who had 15 hits but stranded 12 runners.
Rangers 4, Blue Jays 1
TORONTO (AP) _ John Wasdin and three relievers combined on a six-hitter as Chan Ho Park’s replacements for Texas. Park was scratched just before his scheduled start because the Rangers planned to trade him to the San Diego Padres for slugger Phil Nevin, a deal that awaited approval from the commissioner’s office.
Wasdin allowed one run and four hits in 4 2-3 innings. Doug Brocail (4-2) got the win, pitching 2 1-3 perfect innings. Kevin Gryboski allowed two hits in the eighth, and Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth for his 25th save.
Gary Matthews Jr. led off the game with a homer, the sixth time Texas has done that this year.
Corey Koskie had an RBI double in the fourth for the Blue Jays, who had won three straight.
Indians 10, Mariners 5
SEATTLE (AP) _ Victor Martinez singled, doubled and hit a three-run homer in his first three at-bats to lead Cleveland’s 17-hit attack.
Kevin Millwood (5-9) pitched into the seventh for the Indians before he was ejected for hitting Yuniesky Betancourt in the hip with his first pitch of the inning. Shigetoshi Hasegawa had plunked Cleveland’s Grady Sizemore in the top of the seventh and was ejected by plate umpire Chris Guccione. The Indians lost another pitcher when David Riske hit Ichiro Suzuki in the back in the ninth and was ejected.
Sizemore led off the game with a solo homer, tripled to center in the fourth and singled to right in the fifth. Martinez drove in four runs and Sizemore had two RBIs.
Seattle starter Aaron Sele (6-12) lost his seventh straight start.
Devil Rays 6, Royals 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) _ Casey Fossum took a shutout into the eighth inning and Aubrey Huff homered and drove in four runs for Tampa Bay.
Fossum (6-8) held the Royals scoreless until David DeJesus _ his last batter of the game _ hit a one-out RBI double in the eighth. The left-hander allowed two runs and six hits in 7 1-3 innings.
Huff hit a three-run shot off D.J. Carrasco (5-5) during a four-run first. The other run in the inning scored on Jonny Gomes’ single.
Huff made it 5-0 with an RBI single in the seventh. Danys Baez pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save in 27 opportunities.