Yankees 16, Royals 8 – Lost in the scuffle of Barry’s 755th is A-Rod being the youngest to ever hit 500 homers. He got it out of the way early against Kyle Davies, who got lit up, but the Royals actually came back in this one. Robinson Cano’s four hits and Bobby Abreu’s four runs scored (including a homer) helped the Yanks pull away.
Red Sox 4, Mariners 3 – Dice-K works his way out of jams and the new combo of Gagne and Papelbon manages to bend, but not break in the 8th and 9th to seal the victory.
Padres 3, Giants 2 (F/12) – Barry’s record-tier seems to get grouped in with a lot of his home runs lately in the sense that they come in Giant losses. Khalil Greene drives in the game winning run in extras off Randy Messenger.
Cuibs 6, Mets 2 – Moises Alou is back from the DL and hitting it up, with two homers. Problem is, those homers were the only runs the Mets got, as the Cubs lineup pinged John Maine. Jacque Jones had three hits in the Cubbie win.
A’s 2, Angels 1 – Joe Blanton and Kelvim Escobar go toe to toe, and the difference winds up being a Travis Buck single in the 8th.
Brewers 6, Phillies 5 – Hail to the Prince, who nails a two-run smash in the eighth to make the difference, but also hail Corey Hart, who steals a home run from Tad Iguchi to save the game.
Devil Rays 9, Orioles 2 – Scott Kazmir picks up his third straight win at home with one run over seven innings. Carlos Pena goes yard and Delmon Young drives in three for the run support.
Diamondbacks 8, Dodgers 7 – Arizona just busted up Derek Lowe early, but they almost managed to give it away late in the game. Eric Byrnes and Miguel Mordero hit two run homers, but the D-backs set-up men threatened to give it away, letting the Dodgers get back to within one in the seventh and eighth until Roberto Valverde came in for the save.
White Sox 7, Tigers 5 – The Pale Hose are taking their shots at Detroit lately, getting yard shots from Jim Thome and A.J. Pierzynski that usually go to the Tiger offense. Javier Vazquez remains the second bright light in the White Sox bullpen with Mark Buerhle, picking up his ninth win on the season.
(Photo: AP/Frank Franklin II)