August 31: Kansas City 6, Texas 3 (13 inn.)
September 1: Kansas City 5, Texas 2
September 2: Kansas City 6, Texas 5
The Royals pulled off their second straight series sweep, after which they found themselves with a half-game lead atop the Expansion Division. Game one was a doozy. DH Willie Aikens crushed a home run in his first plate appearance of the season, and then added another dinger in the sixth to boost KC to a 3-2 lead. Jeff Montgomery got two quick outs in the bottom of the ninth for KC, but a pinch-hitting Al Oliver doubled and Julio Franco knocked him in to send the game to extras. In the top of the 13th, Kevin Seitzer and Willie Wilson started things with back-to-back walks, and later in the inning Danny Tartabull, Hal McRae, and Jose Offerman knocked three hits in a row. Aikens added a double and another homer later in the series. The Royals are streaking, having won 11 of their last 13, and it looks like a two-horse race in the Expansion Division between KC and Seattle. Third-place Texas is 10 games out of first.
August 31: Boston 7, Oakland 4
September 1: Boston 4, Oakland 1
September 2: Oakland 2, Boston 0
It was a big series in Oakland as the top two teams in the Original Division met with just two games separating number one Boston from the A’s. Oakland got out to a 4-2 lead in the first game (Jimmie Foxx homered for both teams), but Ted Williams slammed a three-run dinger in the top of the eighth to put Boston up for good. Boston ensured they would be remaining alone in first after the series by taking game two as well. Smoky Joe Wood was wicked for Boston, holding Oakland to one run, which was Wood’s 11th straight start without allowing more than three runs. Oakland’s Chief Bender and Rube Walberg handled most of the mound duties in the finale as the A’s kept the Sox off the scoreboard. Boston flew out of Oakland with a three-game lead.
August 31: Minnesota 8, Cleveland 4
September 1: Minnesota 2, Cleveland 1 (11 inn.)_
September 2: Cleveland 10, Minnesota 1
The Twins had their aces Johan Santana and Walter Johnson going in the first two games and took advantage with wins. The Minnesota bats backed Santana with 14 hits in the first game. Johnson and Corey Kluber dueled magnificently in the second game. Both pitchers had allowed one run through nine innings, which was the end of the line for Kluber. In the top of the 11th, Stan Spence doubled against Doug Jones and Mickey Vernon knocked him home with a single. Johnson went the full 11 innings for Minnesota and lowered his ERA to 2.65.
August 31: Anaheim 1, Seattle 0
September 1: Seattle 7, Anaheim 4
September 1: Anaheim 6, Seattle 5
September 2: Anaheim 4, Seattle 2
The first-place Mariners visited last-place Anaheim for four games, a golden opportunity to stave off the hot Royals, but the Angels have been a much-improved team of late and Seattle dropped three of four.
Anaheim’s Rod Carew led off the bottom of the first with a walk and came around to score the game’s only run. Starters Freddy Garcia and Jered Weaver battled tooth and nail.
The Mariners claimed game two in large part thanks to multi-run homers by Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano in the fifth.
Cruz homered again in the third game, which was knotted at five runs apiece after eight and a half innings. Brian Downing ended the contest with a solo jobby in the bottom of the ninth off Michael Jackson. Game four was tied through seven and a half innings until Tim Salmon drove a two run bomb.
August 31: New York 5, Baltimore 3
September 1: Baltimore 5, New York 3
September 2: New York 8, Baltimore 5
August 31: Detroit 9, Chicago 3
September 1: Detroit 10, Chicago 3
September 2: Chicago 4, Detroit 3
August 31: Houston 2, Toronto 1
August 31: Toronto 4, Houston 3
September 1: Toronto 6, Houston 3
September 2: Toronto 7, Houston 2
Ray Halladay and Mike Cuellar dueled in the opener. Josh Donaldson collected three hits that included a triple in his debut.
In the second game, Carlos Correa knocked a two-run homer in his debut Rhubarb plate appearance. For Toronto, Carlos Delgado walked in his first four plate appearances and then homered in his fifth and final PA, which came in the ninth and put the Jays up by a run. Shawn Green later homered in the ninth to give the Jays a two-run cushion that they ended up needing after Craig Biggio led off the bottom of the ninth with a solo jack of his own. Morgan Ensberg made it to third base as the tying run, but Tom Henke closed out a two-inning save for Toronto.