Sunday, April 29, 2007

Igawa Stops Yankees Slide at Seven; 5-5 Cabrera Lifts Marlins

Saturday's Peak Performers and Fabulous Flops American League The NY Yankees ended their 7-game losing streak as Kei Igawa (right) pitched 6 innings of 2-hit ball, leading the Bombers to a 3-1 win over Boston at Yankees Stadium. Igawa, called on when starter Jeff Karstens was struck on the right leg on his first pitch by Julio Lugo's line drive. Karstens, who suffered a cracked fibula, pitched to the next batter, Kevin Youkilis, who singled. That's when Igawa came in and produced, getting David Ortiz to ground into a double play and, after walking Manny Ramirez, striking out J. D. Drew to end the threat. Igawa struck out 6 and walked 4, improving to 2-1. Mariano Rivera came in to work the 9th, and got his first save of the season, and first for the Yankees, who were the only team in the majors which had not recorded a save. The Yankees tied a major league mark,
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having used at least 5 pitchers in each of their last 9 games. Derek Jeter went 3-5, extending his hitting streak to 16 games, the longest active streak in the AL, while raising his batting average to .348, tying him for the team lead with Alex Rodriguez. Other AL Scores Oakland 12 Tampa Bay 5 - D. Haren (W, 3-2) Minnesota 11 Detroit 3 - J. Mauer, 3-5, .388 leads AL LA Angels 3 Chicago White Sox 0 Texas 9 Toronto 8, 10 innings Kansas City 8 Seattle 3 Baltimore 7 Cleveland 4 National League Miguel Cabrera (right) went 5-5, including his 7th home run, as the Marlins dusted the Phillies, 11-5, in Philadelphia. Cabrera only drove in one run, but scored 3 times in support of the pitching of Dontrelle Willis, who became the NL's first 5-game winner despite an ERA of 5.35. Willis, who allowed 9 hits and 4 earned runs, struck out 7, improving to 5-1. Jacque Jones singled, doubled, tripled, scored once and drove in 4 runs in 4 at-bats as the Cubs hammered out an 8-1 win at St. Louis. After toiling in the relative obscurity as a middle reliever in the Reds' bullpen, Matt Belisle is emerging as a solid starter in Cincy's rotation. The 6'3" righty from Austin, Texas, threw the first complete game of his career Saturday at Pittsburgh, ending the Pirates' 5-game win streak with an 8-1 win. Belisle scattered 5 hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out 5, improving to 3-1 in 5 starts this season. Other NL Scores Arizona 5 San Francisco 4 - B. Bonds, HR (8), J. Valverde, S (10) NY Mets 6 Washington 2, 12 innings Houston 10 Milwaukee 1 - Astros snap 7-game losing streak Atlanta 6 Colorado 2 - M. Holliday, 11-game hit streak, .398 leads NL San Diego 3 LA Dodgers 2 - J. Pierre, SB (10)

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