Thursday, April 3, 2008

Redding Stops Phillies, Sizemore Shines for Tribe

Wednesday's Players of the Day American League The Cleveland Indians took their second straight from the White Sox, 7-2, on Wednesday, propelled to the win by starter Fausto Carmona, who worked seven innings, allowing just 4 hits and 1 earned run, and leadoff hitter Grady Sizemore, who tripled and singled twice, drove in three runs and scored twice in four at-bats. Sizemore got things going in the bottom of the second, driving in a pair, drove in another run with a single in the 6th, and tripled and scored Cleveland's final run in the 8th. National League Leading the NL East with a 3-0 record are none other than the Washington Nationals, who began the season by opening their new ballpark with a 3-2 win over Atlanta, and since have gone on the road, winning two straight over last year's division champions, the Philadelphia Phillies. On Monday, their bats did the talking in an 11-7 win, but Wednesday's matchup between Phillies' ace Cole Hamels and Washington's Tim Redding (right) turned into a wicked pitcher's duel, with Redding allowing only one hit over seven innings. Redding was lifted after completing the seventh as Ryan Zimmerman had given the Nats a 1-0 lead with his second homer of the season, and that's how it ended, as Luis Ayala and Jon Rauch worked perfect 8th and 9th innings for Washington. Redding (1-0) walked 3 and struck out two, throwing 94 pitches. The only hit for the Phillies was a harmless second inning single by Pedro Feliz. Redding was an equal opportunity hurler, getting 9 outs on fly balls and 10 on grounders.

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