Sunday, April 20, 2008
Rowand Gets Offensive; Sonnanstine Shines with 3-hit Shutout
Players of the Day for Saturday, April 19, 2008 American League Tampa Bay's Andy Sonnanstine retired 11 of the first twelve batters he faced and finished with an impressive 3-hit complete game shutout as Tampa Bay downed Cleveland, 5-0. Sonnanstine struck out four, walking only one batter and the Rays' infield turned a pair of double plays in support. Notes: Man-Ram on a tear. Unlike last season's somewhat unspectacular regular season, Manny Ramirez is off to a fast start, leading the league with 20 RBI and among the leaders with a .342 batting average. He also clubbed home run #496 on Saturday in a 5-3 win over Texas. National League Aaron Rowand provided all the offense starter Tim Lincecum and a trio of relievers needed in San Francisco's 3-0 triumph over St. Louis. Rowand went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and an RBI single to account for two of SF's three runs. Lincecum, meanwhile, scattered five hits and three walks over seven innings of frustration for the Cardinals. The pitcher improved to 3-0. Notes: Special Ks? The race to be the National League strikeout king is shaping up to be an interesting one with five pitchers bunched between 26 and 29 punchouts at this early date. Johnny Cueto of Cincinnati leads with 29, followed by Johan Santana (28), Jake Peavy and Tim Lincecum (27), and St. Louis' Todd Wellemeyer, with 26.