Games from the 7th:
Oakland A's 5 - Tampa Bay Rays 4
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted third. He went 1-for-5: ground out to third, ground out to third, 2-run homer (11) to right, ground out to second, fly out to center. Matsui also extended his hitting streak to 15 games.
Chicago White Sox 7 - Minnesota Twins
Tsuyoshi Nishioka started at short and batted ninth. He went 1-for-3: single to left, fly out to left, strikeout swinging. Nishioka has now hit safely in 5 straight games.
Reliever Hisanori Takahashi appears to be the leading candidate to replace struggling right-hander Joel Pineiro in the rotation, with triple-A right-handers Trevor Bell and Jerome Williams and double-A right-hander Garrett Richards also in the mix.
Manager Mike Scioscia said he has settled on a replacement starter, who would pitch Wednesday night in Yankee Stadium, but he would not reveal his choice Friday.