Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Derrek Lee at .406; Jeter Hit Streak Reaches 18

Tuesday's Peak Performers and Fabulous Flops American League Travis Hafner got Cleveland started with a 2-run shot in the 3rd, then Jhonny Peralta (right) doubled home two more and cracked a 3-run homer in the 5th - his 5th - to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 12-4 win over visiting Toronto. Trott Nixon had a 3-run homer in the eighth, added a single and scored 3 times as the Tribe maintained a 1 1/2 game lead over Minnesota and Detroit in the AL Central. C.C. Sabathia improved to 4-0, allowing just 3 earned runs - all on solo homers - on 4 hits while fanning 9. Sabathia worked 6 innings and did not walk a batter. The woes for the Yankees continue even when they win. On Tuesday, rookie Phil Hughes worked a no-hitter into the 7th at Texas, but was forced to leave with a pulled hamstring. Mike Myers and Luis Vizcaino finished what Hughes started though Myers allowed a run as the Yankees won, 10-1.
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Most of the NY offense came from the 6 and 7 hitters, as Jorge Posada singled, doubled twice, drove in a pair and scored 3 times, while right behind him in the lineup, Robinson Cano had 2 singles and 2 doubles in 5 at-bats, drove in 3 and scored twice. Shortstop Derek Jeter extended his major league-leading hitting streak to 18 games with a single in the 3rd inning. The Yankees also ended a streak of 10 games in which they used 5 or more pitchers. With a 4-2 lead at Fenway, Boston's usually reliable Jonathan Papelbon entered in the top of the 9th, looking to put away the Oakland A's for the night. Bubba Crosby and rookie Travis Buck had different ideas, as Crosby singled to open the inning and Buck followed with a bomb to right field, tying the game. In the 10th, the A's finished off the comeback against Brendan Donnelly, as Dan Johnson doubled home Mike Piazza. Huston Street pitched a hitless bottom of the inning for his 7th save and the 5-4 A's win Other AL Scores Detroit 5 Baltimore 4 - P. Polanco, 4-5, GW RBI Minnesota 9 Tampa Bay 1 - S. Ponson (W, 2-3), T Hunter, 16-gm hit streak LA Angels 7 Kansas City 5 - V. Guerrero, 1st inn. GS HR (8), F. Cordero, S (10) National League Matt Holliday extended his NL-leading hitting streak to 14 games as his visiting Colorado Rockies stoned the Giants, 9-6. Holliday singled, doubled and rocked his 4th homer of the season, drove in 4 runs and scored twice, improving his batting average to a red-hot .395. While Holliday is hot, the Cubs' Derrek Lee (right) is hotter... Lee went 3-4 in a suspended game at Pittsburgh - which will resume at 12:35 p.m. EDT on Wednesday - to boost his MLB-best batting average to .406. Lee had a pair of doubles and a single though he didn't figure in the scoring. The game was suspended due to rain with the Cubs clinging to a 6-5 lead with the Pirates due to bat in the bottom of the 7th. Ken Griffey Jr. homered, singled twice, scored 2 and had 2 RBI in 3 at-bats and teammate Adam Dunn was 2-4 with a double, and a 3-run homer (7). Dunn scored 3 times and also stole his 5th base of the season as the visiting Reds routed Houston 11-2. San Diego starter Chris Young improved to 3-2 on the season with a commanding 3-hit, 3-0 shutout over the visiting Washington Nationals. Young walked 3 and struck out 8 in 8 innings. Trevor Hoffman worked the 9th for his 7th save. J. J. Hardy went 4-5 with a pair of doubles, drove in 2 and scored twice as the Milwaukee Brewers kept Cincy and Pittsburgh (pending the result of last night's suspended game) 4 games back in the NL Central with a 12-2 thumping of the slumping St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday night. The Brewers have had their way with the Cards, beating them 7-1 on Monday and can sweep the 3-game series with a win this afternoon in Milwaukee. The Cardinals have lost 4 straight and are tied for last place in the division with Houston, 6 1/2 back. Other NL Scores Seattle 5 Chicago White Sox 2 - R. Sexson, HR (4) Florida 5 NY Mets 2 - C. Delgado, career RBI 1300 Philadelphia 6 Atlanta 4 - C. Hamels (W, 3-1) LA Dodgers 2 Arizona 1 - B. Penny, 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, no dec.; LA 1/2-gm. NL West lead

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