The Los Angeles Angels have brought some fun back to Angel Stadium. Jefry Marte hit a three-run homer and the Angels shut down a late rally by the AL West-leading Texas Rangers in a 7-4 win Wednesday night that gave Los Angeles a three-game sweep. It was the second straight sweep for the Angels, who won their season-best sixth in a row and moved out of last place in the AL West.
Hanley Ramirez told his Red Sox teammates in the dugout that he wasn't going to swing for the fences in his final at-bat. ''I don't hit homers when I try to hit homers,'' he explained to reporters after Boston's 11-7 victory over the San Francisco Giants. Ramirez homered three times to drive in a career-high six runs and also helped the Red Sox with some nifty fielding on Wednesday night as Boston moved into first place in the AL East.
Jedd Gyorko is taking that to extremes. Gyorko homered for the fifth straight game off San Diego pitching, connecting twice with all three RBIs in a 3-2 victory that gave the St. Louis Cardinals a doubleheader sweep Wednesday night. ''The kind of tear he's on, not many people do something like that,'' manager Mike Matheny said.