Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tough-luck Weaver; Church a Mets Leader
Players of the Day from Tuesday, May 13, 2008 American League 2008 has not been kind to Angels' starter Jered Weaver, who went 24-9 over the past two seasons, but is off to a 2-5 start this year. Last night in Anaheim was more of the same. Weaver threw 1-hit ball over 7 innings but didn't get a decision as John Danks was shutting out the Angels on 7 hits. Eventually, LA scored a couple runs and beat the White Sox, 2-0, albeit too late for Weaver to get a decision. Scott Shields (2-0) picked up the win and Francisco Rodriguez earned his major league-leading 16th save. Notes: Tampa Bay took over first place in the East with a 2-1, 11-inning win over the Yankees while Boston was dropping a 5-4 decision to Baltimore. Tampa has won six straight; the red Sox have lost three in a row and Tampa leads by 1/2 game. With Florida 1 1/2 up in the NL East, this marks the deepest into a season that both Florida teams lead their respective divisions. National League After he socked 15 homers and drove in 75 runs with the Nationals in 2007, the Mets were expecting good things from Ryan Church, but maybe not this good. On Tuesday night, in the Mets' 6-3 win over Washington, Church drove in four runs with a solo home run, a two-run double and a sac fly, giving him, 30 RBI, second on the team behind David Wright's 32. His 8 homers, .324 batting average and 29 runs all lead the team. Notes: Home Sweet Central: All six teams in the NL Central have winning home records, even last-place Cincinnati, at 10-9. On the flip side, none have winning road records, though the Cubs, Cardinals and Astros are all just a game under .500 away from home.