Friday, May 30, 2008
Barajas' 3 doubles lead Jays 12-0 romp; Wright's Pair Drops Dodgers
Players of the Day from Thursday, May 29, 2008 American League The Toronto Blue Jays have quietly slipped into third place in the AL East, winning 7 of their last 10, and made some noise last night, hammering the A's, 12-0. Catcher Rod Barajas stroked three doubles in four at-bats to lead the attack and also directed starter Jesse Litsch to his 7th win against just one loss. Barajas raised his batting average to .301. Notes: The AL East is turning into an interesting 3-team race, with the Tampa Bay Rays a game in front of the Red Sox and Toronto just 3 back. The Yankees lurk in last place, 5 1/2 off the pace. National League David Wright and the Mets spoiled Joe Torre's return to New York and roughed up starter Brad Penny, sending the Dodgers to their 4th straight loss with an 8-4 win in New York. Wright connected for a pair of 2-run homers off Penny in the 3rd and 4th innings with Luis Castillo - who went 3-for-4 - aboard for both trips. The Mets have won three straight and have reached the .500 mark at 26-26, but still trail the Marlins by 4 games in the East, with the Phillies and Braves also ahead of them in the standings. Notes: Randy Johnson tied Roger Clemens for second place on the career strikeout list, fanning 9 Giants in Arizona's 4-3 home loss. San Francisco completed a three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks by scoring single runs in the 8th and 9th innings, after Johnson had left the game with a 3-2 lead. It was Arizona's 4th straight loss, though they continue to lead the NL West as the 2nd-place Dodgers have also dropped 4 in a row. Johnson, who had taken second place on the strikeout list last season only to see Roger Clemens pass him while he sat on the disabled list, was unimpressed by the feat. Clemens, now retired, and he both have 4672 Ks with no chance of ever catching all-time leader Nolan Ryan, who struck out an amazing 5714.