Friday, May 2, 2008
Cabrera Pounds Yankees for Detroit Sweep; Braun Delivers for Brewers
Players of the Day from Thursday, May 1, 2008 American League The Detroit Tigers got off to a horrible start in '08, but, after completing a sweep of the Yankees with an 8-4 win on Thursday they are just a game under .500 and in the thick of the AL Central race, 1 1/2 games behind the White Sox. Magglio Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera provided most of the offense, as Ordonez went 3-for-5 with two RBI, while Cabrera tripled and homered in four at-bats, driving in three runs and scoring one. It was the ninth straight game in which Cabrera had a hit and his sixth homer of the season. The Tigers have been playing with more purpose of late, winning 12 of their last 17 since April 13. They are currently tied with Cleveland and Minnesota in a logjam behind Chicago. Notes: The A's and Angels ended their 4-game series last night in Anaheim, but despite the A's 15-8 win, the series produced no tangible result. The A's took the opener and the finale, while the Angels won two games in between, leaving the two tied for the AL West lead. The Angels may want to tweak their rotation and bullpen order. In their two wins, they allowed just one run. In the two losses, they gave up 29. National League Down 3-1 entering the 9th inning, the Brewers were in danger of dropping their second straight at Chicago, but a three-run rally, capped by Ryan Braun's bases-loaded double delivered a 4-3 win for Milwaukee and a 2-1 series split over the Cubs. Braun went 3-for-5 at the plate, earlier knocking a solo home run and an inconsequential single. The double in the ninth gave him 3 RBI total, as Ricky Weeks, trying to score from first, was gunned down at the plate. Braun also had a defensive moment, nailing Kosuke Fukudome at home to end a sixth inning threat. Notes: The Dodgers won their 6th straight, dropping Florida, 5-3, and have sliced Arizona's lead down to 5 games in the West. In the NL East, the Phillies assumed the top spot with a 3-2 win over the Padres and are 1/2-game in front of the Mets and Marlins.