Beginning EndRamirez and Ortiz homered in the same game for the 12th time, setting a new club record (11 for Ted Williams/Jimmie Foxx in 1940 and Jim Rice/George Scott in 1977). ... Curt Schilling threw 7 innings, retiring his last 11 batters without allowing the ball to be hit out of the infield. He has not walked a batter in his last five starts. ... Scott Williamson pitched the 9th inning, walking one batter, striking out one and getting two groundouts; he threw 7 balls and 7 strikes. His velocity was only in the high 80s, but I'm assuming he wasn't pushing himself to the limit.
Damon cf Kapler cf
Bellhorn 2b Reese ss
Ramirez lf Hyzdu lf
Ortiz dh Ortiz dh
Varitek c Nixon rf
Millar 1b Mientkiewicz 1b
Cabrera ss Gutierrez 2b
Mueller 3b Youkilis 3b
Roberts rf Mirabelli c
Elsewhere: The Yankee pitching staff melted down in Baltimore last night and New York lost 14-8. Vazquez couldn't get out of the third inning -- issuing two walks and a HBP, all with the bases loaded -- as the Orioles scored 8 times. Loaiza was also hit hard in relief. The lead in the East is back down to 2½. ... Anaheim beat the White Sox 7-5 to remain 5 games back in the wild card race. They also moved to within one game of first place in the West because Oakland lost to Cleveland 4-3 in 12 innings. ... Texas beat Toronto, but I'm going to leave them out of my playoff picture because they are 5 games behind in the West and 9 games back in the wild card.
Cleveland (Sabathia 11-9, 3.98) at Oakland (Harden 9-6, 3.98), 4:05 pm
Yankees (Hernandez 7-0, 2.62) at Baltimore (Ponson 10-13, 5.37), 4:35 pm
White Sox (Grilli 1-1, 6.48) at Anaheim (Sele 8-2, 4.77), 10:05 pm
Boston (Arroyo 8-9, 4.23) at Seattle (Moyer 6-10, 4.87), 10:05 pm