Thursday, August 2, 2007

Cubs Take First Place; Ichiro tops AL Hitters

American League Chi White Sox 1 NY Yankees 8 - The Yankees continued to spank Chicago pitching, putting five balls into the stands on Wednesday after launching 8 the night before. No, A-Rod didn't hit one, but Jorge Posada (right) knocked two out, boosting his batting average to .341, good for 4th among AL hitters. The Yankees climbed to within 2 games of Cleveland in the wild card race. Texas 9 Cleveland 6, 10 innings - The Tigers have lost two straight, and 8 of their last 10, but the Indians, losers of 4 in a row and 7 of their last 10, have not taken advantage, continuing to trail Detroit by one game in the division nobody seems to want. Thanks to the poor performances of the top two teams, the Twins have been able to remain in the race, 6 back. LA Angels 7 Seattle 8, 12 innings - Adrian Beltre scored the game-winner and Ichiro Suzuki went 4-6, boosting himself to the lead in AL batting, at .351. The Mariners took 2 of 3 from the Halos, and trail them by 3 games in the AL West standings. Other AL Scores Toronto 2 Tampa Bay 6 Detroit 2 Oakland 3 Baltimore 4 Boston 5 Kansas City 5 Minnesota 3, 10 innings National League Philadelphia 4 Chi Cubs 5 - Matt Merton trotted home from 3rd base on Brett Myers bases-loaded wild pitch and the Cubs finally made it first place in the NL Central. The Brewers, whom they've been relentlessly pursuing for most of the season, lost earlier to the Mets, 8-5, and the Cubs found themselves .001 on top. The teams are tied in the games behind category, but it's the first time since April anybody other than the Brewers occupied the top spot in the division. Philly dropped into third place in the NL East, trailing the Mets by 4 and Atlanta by 1/2 game. The Cubs have taken 2 of 3 form Philly. The series concludes this afternoon. NY Mets 8 Milwaukee 5 - Recently acquired from the Dodgers, Marlon Anderson started in center field for NY on Wednesday and provided a huge boost, driving in 4 runs with a 3-run homer and a single in 4 at-bats. Anderson boosted the Mets over the drifting Brewers, evening the series - which concludes today - at a game apiece. Arizona 9 San Diego 5, 11 innings - Chad Tracy's 3-run homer capped a 4-run 11th as the Diamondbacks took their second straight in San Diego. The win kept the D-Backs a game ahead of LA and pushed the Padres 2 1/2 back. San Francisco 4 LA Dodgers 6 - Barry Bonds was booed lustily by the partisan Dodger fans and went 0-3 at the plate, finishing the night where he started - stuck at 754 home runs. Bonds is just 1-12 since smacking #753 on July 27. There was, however, a Nomar Garciaparra sighting, as the gritty veteran delivered a two-run, 8th-inning home run to provide the winning margin. Houston 3 Atlanta 12 - Mark Teixeira launched a 3-run homer in his first game as a Brave, as Atlanta slipped past Philly into second place in the NL East. It was the second straight night that los Bravos have posted a dozen on the slumping Astros. Other NL Scores Cincinnati 2 Washington 7 Colorado 3 Florida 4 St. Louis 1 Pittsburgh 15 - Cardinals fall to 50-54, 6 games back

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