The New York Yankees have overtaken the Detroit Tigers for the best record in baseball's American League.
The Yankees edged past the Tigers with a 9-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday. The New Yorkers' star shortstop and team captain, Derek Jeter, extended his hitting streak to 20 games.
The Tigers had the best winning percentage in the major leagues for much of this season, but their 12-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins Sunday dropped their record over the past 10 games to 3-7. Detroit holds a narrow two-game lead over the Twins in the American League Central division.
Cleveland's Victor Martinez hit a tiebreaking home run in the ninth inning to give the Indians a 5-2 win over the Chicago White Sox. The Oakland Athletics beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 9-7. The Los Angeles Angels edged the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-3, and the Boston Red Sox thumped the Kansas City Royals, 9-3. The Texas Rangers got by the Seattle Mariners, 4-2, after Michael Young drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning.
In the National League, pitcher Dontrelle Willis of the Florida Marlins tossed a three-hitter and struck out a career-best 12 batters in a 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. The Milwaukee Brewers eclipsed the Houston Astros, 4-0, and the Los Angeles Dodgers crushed the major league-leading New York Mets, 9-1. The Cincinnati Reds defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-2. The Atlanta Braves eked out a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Colorado slugger Todd Helton hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the seventh inning to lead the Rockies to a 13-9 win over the Washington Nationals. The Arizona Diamondbacks used two solo homers in the bottom of the eighth inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 9-7. And, the San Diego Padres destroyed the San Francisco Giants, 10-2.
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