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Saturday, August 21, 2010
Yankees are A-OK without A-Rod

The New York Yankees have placed Alex Rodriguez on the disabled list. However, they improved to 11-0 without him this season with Saturday's win over the Seattle Mariners. Russell Branyan homered for the third time in his last two games and each of his last five hits have been HR. His seven career HR at the new Yankee Stadium are tied with Victor Martinez for the most by a visiting player.

Mariano Rivera notched his 25th save. It's the 14th time he's had at least 25 saves in a season, tied with Trevor Hoffman for most all-time.

Rangers ace Cliff Lee allowed a career high four HR vs the Baltimore Orioles. Seven of the 13 HR he has allowed this season have come in his two starts against Baltimore. Lee also matched his career high by allowing 8 runs and pitched fewer than six innings for the first time this season.

Josh Bell hit two HR and had five RBI batting ninth for the Orioles. He's the first Oriole to do that since 1920, when RBI became an official statistic. He's just the second batter with at least two HR and five RBI batting ninth this season, joining the Rays' Reid Brignac.

The Cubs snapped their five-game losing streak with a win over the Braves. Tommy Hanson is now 0-4 in his last 9 starts.

Brooks Conrad nearly hit his third pinch-hit grand slam of the season, but settled for a 2-run double. He now has 10 pinch-hit RBI this season with the bases loaded. That is twice as many as any other player in baseball.

The Angels defeated the Twins and rookie Peter Bourjos was the hero. He had two hits (HR, triple) and recorded a career-high four RBI in his 15th big-league game. Bourjos becomes the second player this season to have his first career HR and triple come in the same game (Starlin Castro was the other on May 7). Bourjos and Bobby Abreu hit back-to-back HR. Abreu now has 15 or more HR in 13 consecutive seasons.