Saturday, April 19, 2008
D-Backs Blank Padres behind Haren, Jackson; Crosby Leads A's Hit Parade
Players of the Day for Friday, April 18, 2008 American League Oakland's Bobby Crosby broke out the hardwood in the A's 13-2 trouncing of Kansas City with a two-run double in the 6th inning which gave Oakland the lead and a 3-run homer in the 8th which finished the scoring blitz. Crosby also singled, scored three times and tallied five RBI. Notes: Where were they hiding him? Cleveland's Cliff Lee improved to 3-0 with a 2-hit shutout over 8 innings at Minnesota last night as the Indians won 4-0. Lee, who's actually been with Cleveland since 2002, has a career record of 57-36 from 128 starts. He's off to a great start in 2008 with these numbers: 22.2 innings, 8 hits, 1 earned run, 20 Ks, 2 BB, 0.40 ERA, 0.44 WHIP. National League Improving to 3-0, Dan Haren (left) shut down San Diego on 3 hits over seven innings, while Conor Jackson (right) singled, tripled twice and homered, drove in four runs and scored three times in five at-bats as the Arizona Diamondbacks blanked the Padres, 9-0, improving their record against NL West teams to 11-2, while maintaining a 4-game lead over Colorado. Notes: Elsewhere, Chipper Jones continued his hot streak, knocking two more homers and picking up 4 RBI in Atlanta's 6-1 win over the Dodgers. Jones has 7 hits in his last nine at-bats, including 4 homers over his last two games. He is leading the majors with a .455 batting average.