Orioles look to close the gap
August 01, 2012 17:52:02 UK
Zach Britton and the Baltimore Orioles go for a three-game sweep of the Yankees in New York on Wednesday after winning 11-5 on Tuesday evening.
Chris Tillman (4-1) struggled in the first inning giving up five runs, one of which was unearned, but picked up the victory after the O's scored seven in the second, highlighted by a Chris Davis grand slam, to rally quickly.
Phil Hughes will get the call for the hosts who have lost four straight and have seen their lead dwindle to five-and-a-half games in the American League East Division.
A game back of the Orioles are the Tampa Bay Rays who resisted the urge to trade James Shields (9-7) at the deadline and are probably glad they didn't as the veteran right-hander tossed a complete game, three-hit shutout of the Oakland Athletics while striking out 11 in an 8-0 rout.
Alex Cobb heads to the mound on Wednesday afternoon at the O.co Coliseum and will face Oakland's seven-game winner Jarrod Parker in the rubber match of the three-game set.
In a bizarre game at Fenway Park, the Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 4-1 in a rain-shortened contest. Josh Beckett left the game with back spasms in the third inning to be replaced by Clayton Mortensen (1-0), who had just been called up from Triple-A Pawtucket, and the visitors had the bases loaded when the game was called.
Aaron Cook and Rick Porcello face off in the finale of the three-game series on Wednesday with the home side looking for a sweep of the Tigers and their fifth consecutive victory.
The Washington Nationals are 301.00 to win the World Series, while the Atlanta Braves can be backed at 301.00, the New York Yankees at 301.00 and the Texas Rangers at 301.00.
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