Bill Chuck - Managing Editor | Friday, September 21, 2012 at 1:53PM
- Adrian Beltre hit a tiebreaking two-run 9th inning homer off Angels closer closer Ernesto Frieri as the Rangers topped the Angels, 3-1, and got the fat lady starting to warm up her voice for the Halos this season.
- Texas is now 89-60 and the Angels are now 81-69 and 4.5 games behind the A’s (85-64) who are 4 games behind Texas after clobbering Detroit (79-70), 12-4.
- The A’s got bad news when they found that pitcher Brett Anderson will miss the rest of the season, due to an oblique injury.
- The Tigers did not lose ground in the AL Central as the division leading White Sox (81-68) lost to the Royals, 4-3, on an Eric Hosmer walkoff single. The ChiSox have a 2 game lead in the division despite going 6-12 against the Royals this year.
- The Yankees (86-63) increased their AL East lead to a full game by winning their fifth in a row as Nick Swisher grand slammed and Ichiro Suzuki was simply grand again in a 10-7 win over the increasingly blue Jays.
- In the sweep of Toronto, Ichiro was 9 for 12 with three doubles, a homer, four RBI and four steals. He’s now hitting .321 as a Yankee including batting .362 against lefties. The Yanks matched their season high of 23 games over .500.
- The Yankees lead the AL East by one over Baltimore (85-64) who were idle yesterday and by 6.5 over Tampa (80-70) who scored six in the bottom of the 9th including a three-run walkoff homer by B.J. Upton to top the pitiful Red Sox, 7-4.
- By splitting the four games with Boston, Tampa Bay remained 5.5 games back of Oakland and Baltimore who are tied for the two AL wild-card slots.
- The A’s now have 13 walkoff wins and four walkoff losses.
- The Orioles now have seven walkoff wins and no walkoff losses.
- The Rays now have seven walkoff wins and six walkoff losses.
- The Tigers now have seven walkoff wins and seven walkoff losses.
- The White Sox now have seven walkoff wins and seven walkoff losses.
- The Rangers now have five walkoff wins and five walkoff losses.
- The Angels now have four walkoff wins and six walkoff losses.
- The Yankees now have two walkoff wins and six walkoff losses.