Sunday, July 22, 2007

Mauer Crushes Halos; A-Rod Bashes D-Rays; Howard's Homers

American League LA Angels 2 Minnesota 5 - Catchers aren't usually noted for their speed, but the Twins' Joe Mauer (right) proved that he is no ordinary catcher as he whirled around the bases with an inside-the-park home run in the 8th inning, snapping a 2-2 tie and sending the Twins to their second straight win over AL West-leading Los Angeles. With men on first and third, Mauer hit a blast into the left-center alley, just out of the reach of center fielder Gary Matthews Jr. The teams conclude their series on Sunday, with Minnesota looking for the sweep at the Metrodome. Tampa Bay 3 NY Yankees 7 - Tampa Bay 5 NY Yankees 17 - In the opener, Alex Rodriguez went 0-1 with a pair of walks, but stole a base and scored twice. In the nightcap, A-Rod went 3-4 with a pair of doubles, his 33rd home run and 4 RBI, giving him 96 on the season. Despite the heroics of Rodriguez (right), the Yankees picked up on 1/2-game on Boston, and still trail the Sox by 7 1/2 in the division. A-Rod is having a memorable season, however. His home run was number 497, keeping him on pace to be the fastest ever to 500. His RBI total this season may be even more remarkable. He's almost certain to reach the 100 mark by the end of July, which will be the 10th consecutive season he's had more than 100 RBI and his 11th overall. A-Rod is chasing one (or two) of the greatest records of all time, single-season RBI, held in the AL by another Yankee great, Lou Gehrig, who had 184 in 1931. The Major League record is held by Hack Wilson, who knocked in 191 in 1930 with the Chicago Cubs. A-Rod's previous best was his 142 in 2002. Averaging an RBI per game, Alex will actually have to step it up a bit to catch Gehrig or Wilson, though he's got a great shot at besting the most recent AL high of 167 set by Manny Ramirez in 1999. A 4-time AL Home Runs Leader (2001, 2002, 2003 & 2005) and the AL RBI Leader in 2002, Alexander the Great may be on his way to the one of the most spectacular single-seasons ever. Other AL Scores Seattle 0 Toronto 1 - J. Towers, W (5-6), 6 2/3 IP, 3 H, 0 ER Chi White Sox 2 Boston 11 - C. Crisp, 3-4, 5 RBI Kansas City 8 Detroit 10, 10 innings - Tigers lead Indians by 2 games in AL Cent. Cleveland 5 Texas 8 Baltimore 3 Oakland 4 National League Atlanta 14 St. Louis 6 - Willie Harris went 6 for 6 with a pair of triples and drove in 6 runs for Atlanta, which moved to within 2 1/3 games of the Mets in the AL East as New York lost to the Dodgers. Philadelphia 12 San Diego 4 - Ryan Howard (right) went 3-3,with a pair of home runs, scored 3 times and drove in five runs as the Phillies picked up a game on the Mets and kept pace with Atlanta in the AL East race. Philly trails New York by 5 and Atlanta by 2 1/2. Other NL Scores Arizona 3 Chi Cubs 2 Colorado 0 Washington 3 NY Mets 6 LA Dodgers 8 - LA takes 1-game lead in NL West San Francisco 8 Milwaukee 0 - B. Bonds, 0-2 Cincinnati 1 Florida 11 Houston 3 Pittsburgh 7

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