Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Sheffield's Yard Work Downs O's; D-Backs Take NL West Lead

Monday's Peak Performers and Fabulous Flops American League Gary Sheffield only had two official at-bats in Detroit's 8-4 home win over Baltimore, but he made the most of them, smacking a 2-run homer, stealing a base and scoring 3 runs. Sheffield has struggled in his first season as a Tiger, thus far only hitting 2 home runs and accounting for just 8 RBI with a .200 batting average. The former Yankee has scored 22 runs, however, tying him for 3rd best in the AL. Roy Halladay pitched his 2nd complete game of the season, shutting down the Texas Rangers, 6-1 on 5 hits, no walks and 8 Ks. Halladay improved to 4-0 on the season though he's pitched well enough to win all of his six starts, lasting at least 6 innings every time and allowing no more than 3 earned runs in any game.
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With Monday's win - his career 99th - Halladay lowered his ERA to 2.28 and his WHIP to an outstanding 0.89. Other AL Scores LA Angels 3 Kansas City 1 - LA, 2-gm AL West lead; KC, 8-18 worst in majors National League Rookie Chris B. Young (right) went 3-5, delivering solo homers in the 1st and 7th innings and a run-scoring single in the 8th to support the 4-hit pitching of Brandon Webb, who cruised through 7 innings allowing just 1 earned run. With the 9-1 win over the Dodgers, the Diamondbacks made it six straight and wrestled control of the NL West by 1/2 game over LA. Either Arizona or the Dodgers will end up in first as the teams play out the 3-game series Tuesday and Wednesday in Los Angeles. Other NL Scores Atlanta 5 Philadelphia 2 - A. Jones, 2-4, 3-run HR (5), 3 RBI; Atl. 1/2-game lead NL East Milwaukee 7 St. Louis 1 - J. Suppan (W, 4-2), CG San Francisco 9 Colorado 5 Pittsburgh 3 Chicago Cubs 2 Florida 9, NY Mets 6 - M. Cabrera, 2-5, .360

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