Sometimes a team’s best players don’t make the All-Star team. Here are the American League’s mid-season team MVPs.
Thanks to Ricky Nolasco, the Minnesota Twins didn’t need to use their tired bullpen. Thanks to Ubaldo Jimenez, their batters were dormant, too. Jimenez struck out a season-high 10 over seven-plus scoreless innings for his first win with Baltimore.
J.J. Hardy homered against the team that traded him in the offseason, Zach Britton won for the first time in 10 weeks and the Baltimore Orioles snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Minnesota Twins 4-1 on Monday night.