Monday, May 7, 2007

Peavy Fans 10 for 4th Win; Monroe, Tigers Hammer KC

Sunday's Peak Performers and Fabulous Flops American League On Sunday, the Detroit Tigers did what most teams have been doing to Kansas City pitchers, abusing them. The Tigers roughed up starter Zack Greinke and three relievers for 16 hits and 13 runs in a 13-4 rout in KC. Much of the damage was done by left fielder Craig Monroe, who cranked out a 2-run home run and delivered RBIs with a single and double in 5 at-bats. In addition to the 4 ribbies, Monroe also scored 3 times. The NY Yankees employed five pitchers in a 5-0 win over visiting Seattle. Darrell Rasner evened his record at 1-1 with 5 2/3 innings of 3-hit work. With pitching at a premium for the Bombers, the front office announced on Sunday - via a giant scoreboard video - that Roger Clemens would return to the team in three to four weeks. The Rocket agreed to a $28 million, one-year contract, just enough to lure any 45-year old, future hall of famer out of retirement ...again. Trot Nixon went 5-5, drove in 4 runs and scored twice in Cleveland's 9-6 win at Baltimore. The Orioles' Ramon Hernandez tried to keep pace, going 4-5 with 4 RBI and a stolen base, but like the O's, fell just short. The Texas Rangers completed a 3-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays with a 3-2 win sending the visitors away losers of 6 straight.
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The Rangers runs all came via the long ball as Kenny Lofton, Mark Teixiera and Michael Young each sent balls into the stands, with Young's 8th inning dinger being the game winner. Other AL Scores Oakland 5 Tampa Bay 3 Chicago White Sox 4 LA Angels 3, 10 innings Boston 4 Minnesota 3 - C. Schilling (W, 4-1), T. Hunter, 21-gm. hit streak National League Prince Fielder knocked a solo homer in the 2nd inning, a 2-run shot in the 4th, and singled and scored the go-ahead run in Milwaukee's 6-4 win over Pittsburgh, taking 3 of 4 from the Pirates in Milwaukee. The homers were Fielder's 8th and 9th of the season and the 3 RBI gave him 26, close to the NL leaders. The win kept Milwaukee 5 games ahead of the charging Cubs, who have won 5 straight. Francisco Cordero pitched a hitless 9th inning, tying Detroit's Todd Jones for the most saves in the majors, with 12. Jake Peavy (right) was on the road and on top of his game, shutting down the Florida Marlins on 1 hit though 7 innings while striking out 10 in a 2-1 San Diego victory. Florida's lone run of the game came in the 6th inning when Hector Ramirez reached on third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff's throwing error and scored on Dan Uggla's triple, ending both Peavy's shutout and no-hit bid. Otherwise, it was Jake's world and everyone else was just along for the ride as the Padres' hurler improved to 4-1 and increased his major league-leading strikeout total to 56. Peavy's been brilliant in his last three outings, striking out 10, 16 and 10 again, each a 7 inning performance. Over the last 21 innings, Peavy has allowed just 9 hits and 3 earned runs. Carlos Lee went 1 for 3 to extend his hitting streak to 14 games and Alfonso Soriano got a single in 5 at-bats to boost his hitting streak to 15 as the Cubs won their 5th straight, with a 4-3, 10-inning win over the visiting Washington Nationals.
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Lee's batting average dropped a couple of digits, from .416 to .414. Other NL Scores Atlanta 6 LA Dodgers 4 - Braves take 2 of 3 in LA Arizona 3 NY Mets 1 - L. Hernandez (W, 3-1) Cincinnati 9 Colorado 3 St. Louis 3 Houston 1 - B. Looper (W, 4-2) Philadelphia 8, San Francisco 5 - C. Hamels (W, 4-1), R. Howard, HR (5)

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