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-- Boston's Adrian Gonzalez was 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI as the Red Sox pulled out a 6-4 win over the Minnesota Twins yesterday at Fenway Park.
(Boston, MA) -- Boston's Adrian Gonzalez was 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI as the Red Sox pulled out a 6-4 win over the Minnesota Twins yesterday at Fenway Park.
Minnesota made things interesting in the ninth, scoring three runs off home runs by Josh Willingham and Ryan Doumit, but Alfredo Aceves finished off the game to pick up his 23rd save. Twins starter Nick Blackburn fell to 4-7.
The Twins kick off a three-game series against the Cleveland Indians this evening in Ohio. Scott Diamond gets the nod opposite Zach McAllister in the opener.
The Twins traded third baseman Danny Valencia to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for minor league outfielder Jeremias Pineda yesterday. The Red Sox optioned Valencia to Triple-A Pawtucket. Valencia hit just .198 in 34 games with the Twins this season. Pineda is hitting .421 with nine doubles and three triples in rookie ball.
The Minnesota Twins called up infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka from Class AAA Rochester yesterday and he is expected to be with the team in Cleveland tonight. He takes the roster spot of Danny Valencia, who was traded to Boston prior to yesterday's 6-4 loss to the Red Sox. In 84 games in Rochester this year, Nishioka is hitting .245 with one home run and 24 runs driven in.
Detroit's Miguel Cabrera smacked a walk off two-run home run to cap off an incredible 10-8 comeback win for the Tigers as they shocked the Indians in the bottom of the 10th inning yesterday in the Motor City. Cleveland built the three-run lead in the top of the 10th on back-to-back solo homers by Travis Hafner and Ezquiel Carrera, plus a RBI double by Lou Marson. Cleveland closer Chris Perez blew his third save of the season to drop to 0-3. The Indians try to end a nine-game losing streak tonight when they host the Twins.
The Cleveland Indians designated veteran outfielder Johnny Damon for assignment on Friday. Damon, signed by the Indians on April 17, hit .222 with four home runs and 19 RBI in 64 games. The 38-year-old has played in 2,490 career games with seven teams including the Yankees and Red Sox, batting .284 with 235 home runs and 1,139 RBI.
Former Twin and current White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski blasted a pinch-hit two-run home run to help the White Sox beat the Angels 4-2 yesterday in the Windy City. Pierzynski has homered in five straight games.
Former Twin and current Mets pitcher Johan Santana made a rehab start for the Brooklyn Cyclones yesterday. Santana allowed a hit and a walk in three scoreless innings. The Mets expect to activate Santana from the disabled list on Saturday.