American League Mid-Season Team MVPsSometimes a team's best players don't make the All-Star team. Here are the American League's mid-season team MVPs.
Correia Even With Tanaka, Then Twins Slip To Yanks Kevin Correia was in trouble from the start, and that was a tough way to begin against Masahiro Tanaka and the New York Yankees. Yet Correia wiggled out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the first inning and managed to stay even with prized pitcher from Japan. The Minnesota bullpen didn't do nearly as well, and Twins slipped 3-1 Saturday for their seventh loss in nine games.
Tanaka Wins Again, McCann Sends Yankees Past TwinsMasahiro Tanaka shut down Joe Mauer and the other Minnesota hitters while lowering his AL-leading ERA to 2.08, and Brian McCann lined a go-ahead double in the eighth inning Saturday that sent the New York Yankees over the Twins 3-1. Tanaka (8-1) permitted only an unearned run in eight innings. The heralded rookie from Japan gave up four singles, just two leaving the infield.
Tanaka Not At His Best In Yankees' Win Over TwinsMasahiro Tanaka struggled a bit in one of his final tuneups for the regular season, allowing three runs while pitching into the sixth inning, but the New York Yankees still beat the Minnesota Twins 5-4 victory Saturday.