Thursday, September 6, 2007

A-Rod's A-Bombs; D-Backs take back 1st

American League Seattle 2 NY Yankees 10 - Just hand the MVP trophy to Alex Rodriguez. Even if he stopped right here, he'd still be deserving of the AL's top honor. Against Seattle on Wednesday, A-Rod (right)belted two homers to lead an 8-run, 7th-inning uprising, driving in three runs. Through last night, his numbers: .312 batting average (12th), 48 home runs (1st), 134 RBI (1st), 127 runs (1st). The Yankees improved their post-season positioning by dropping Seattle 3 back in the wild card standings. There's still an outside chance that they'll catch Boston in the division - they're 6 behind - as the two teams meet next weekend for a 3-game series in Boston and the Yanks close out the season with 13 games against Toronto, Baltimore and Tampa Bay, with 6 of those against the horrid O's. Baltimore 2 Tampa Bay 17 - Speaking of the Orioles, since their 30-3 loss to Texas, they haven't even resembled a major league team. Since that massive loss, they're 2-12, and have been outscored 119-63. Add in that game and the numbers are 2-13, outscored by 149-66. Ugly. Other AL Scores Cleveland 6 Minnesota 2 - F. Carmona (W, 15-8) Oakland 6 LA Angels 2 Toronto 6 Boston 4 Chi White Sox 1 Detroit 2, 11 innings Kansas City 2 Texas 3 National League LA Dodgers 2 Chi Cubs 8 - Ted Lilly (14-7) kept the Cubs 1/2 game to the good over Milwaukee in the NL Central with a 6-hit, 2 earned run performance over 7 2/3 innings. After dropping the first two games of this series to the Dodgers, the Cubs can get the split this afternoon in Chicago. Houston 2 Milwaukee 14 - The Brewers were taking no prisoners last night, banging out 5 homers, including Prince Fielder's 3-run blast, his league-leading 41st, keeping Milwaukee 1/2 game behind the Cubs. While the Brewers and Cubs don't meet again this season, the Brewers will have their work cut out for them down the stretch with a 3-game series at Atlanta followed by a 7-game home stand - 3 against St. Louis and 4 against the Padres. San Diego 6 Arizona 9 - Arizona took back 1st place in the NL West, taking their second straight over the Padres and concluding their series with a 2-1 edge. Catcher Miguel Montero blasted a pair of homers to help send Jake Peavy (16-6) to the showers after just 4 innings. The Diamondbacks lead the Padres by 1 game, and San Diego owns a 3-game bulge over Philly in the wild card chase. Other NL Scores NY Mets 0 Cincinnati 7 Philadelphia 8 Atlanta 9 Florida 4 Washington 6 Pittsburgh 8 St. Louis 2 San Francisco 5 Colorado 3

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