Jeremy Giambi looked like the American League's MVP against the Minnesota Twins.
Doing a pretty fair imitation of his older brother, Jason, Jeremy Giambi drove in a career-high six runs, going 4-for-4 as the Oakland A's beat Minnesota 7-2 Wednesday night for their fourth straight win. Not surprisingly, he gave some of the credit to his sibling.
"Batting in front of Jason, they've been coming after me, and I've had a chance to drive in some runs and do some things," Jeremy said.
Has he ever. The Athletics' designated hitter had the third four-hit game of his career. He has hit safely in all seven games since the All-Star break, going 14-for-30.
Jeremy set the tone for his big night by working the Twins' Brad Radke (10-6) for 12 pitches before getting an RBI infield single in the first inning.
RANGERS 6, BALTIMORE 4: Hours before the train derailment, Frank Catalanotto went 4-for-4 and scored twice for Texas.
Ivan Rodriguez had three hits and two RBIs for the Rangers, who built a 6-1 lead in the fourth inning against Sean Douglass in his major league debut.
Jeff Conine and Tony Batista hit solo homers for the Orioles, who have lost 11 of 13 to fall a season-high 12 games under .500.
YANKEES 8-4, TIGERS 5-12: It was big day for Rogers in Detroit.
Roger Clemens (13-1), pitching on three days' rest, became the AL's first 13-game winner in the opener, despite Roger Cedeno's three stolen bases in the first game. Clemens volunteered to pitch after scheduled starter Adrian Hernandez grew ill.
Cedeno homered twice and drove in six runs in the second game. Cedeno, who had his first multihomer game, hit a leadoff home run in the first off Ted Lilly (3-3), a three-run shot in the second inning, a double in the fifth and a two-run triple in eighth. The six RBIs are a career high.
INDIANS 9, WHITE SOX 4: Jim Thome's three-run homer keyed a five-run fourth inning, and Roberto Alomar added a two-run shot for the visitors.
Rookie C.C. Sabathia (9-3) was helped when center fielder Kenny Lofton reached over the wall to rob Carlos Lee of a home run.
RED SOX 5, BLUE JAYS 4: Trot Nixon hit a game-tying single in the seventh and a go-ahead double in the ninth at Toronto.
Billy Koch (1-3) hit Darren Lewis with a pitch leading off the ninth. Koch argued the ball hit Lewis' bat on a checked swing, but both plate umpire Jim Wolf and first-base umpire Matt Hollowell ruled otherwise. Replays showed the ball hit Lewis' bat.
Two outs later, Nixon doubled to give Boston the lead.
MARINERS 2, ROYALS 0: Bret Boone's RBI single off Roberto Hernandez (2-3) with two outs in the top of the 10th broke a scoreless tie.
Dan Wilson singled with one out in the 10th and went to second on Mark McLemore's two-out single. Boone then slapped an opposite-field single for his league-leading 89th RBI. David Bell added an RBI single, and Jeff Nelson (4-1) won it. Kazuhiro Sasaki finished for his 31st save.
ANGELS 2, DEVIL RAYS 1: David Eckstein went 4-for-4 and Ismael Valdes (6-5) pitched six shutout innings, limiting the host Devil Rays to two singles.
Joe Kennedy (3-4) allowed one run and eight hits in six innings.