Friday, May 9, 2008
Webb Goes to 8-0; Navarro Slams Jays in 13th
Players of the Day from Thursday, May 8, 2008 American League Tampa Bay catcher Dioner Navarro missed much of April due to injury, but he's making up for lost time in a hurry. On Thursday night, he put the Blue Jays away with a 13th inning grand slam, as the Rays topped Toronto, 8-3. The homer was Navarro's first of the season, and it was his third hit of the night. He went 3-for-6, including a double, scored twice and drove in four, improving his batting average to .368. He's hit safely in 12 of the 15 games he's started this season. The win kept the Rays in second place, 3 1/2 behind the Red Sox. Notes: Stride for stride in the West. The A's and Angels are still locked into an early-season death grind for the top spot in the AL West. Neither team saw action on Thursday, so they remain tied at 22-14. The Angels travel to Tampa for a 3-game series with the Rays, while the A's start a three-game set in Texas tonight. National League For Brandon Webb, the season could not have started any better. Webb improved to a major league-best 8-0 last night, pitching his first complete game of the season, as Arizona dumped Philadelphia, 8-3, increasing their own lead in the NL West over the Dodgers to 3 1/2 games while dropping the Phillies out of a first place tie with the Marlins in the East. The two teams spilt their 4-game series, 2-2. Webb had his usual assortment of unhittable stuff, allowing 6 hits and two earned runs. It was the first time this season he didn't walk a batter. Additionally, he was keeping the ball well down in the strike zone, which accounted for his getting 18 outs on grounders. In his sixth full season, Webb has never won 20 games, though he's been on the verge of it. In 2006 he went 16-8 and in 2007 he compiled an 18-10 record. Notes: The Diamondbacks are scoring runs when Webb is on the mound. They've put up 48 in his 8 starts - 6 per game on average - slightly better than their total average of 5.43. They've scored 18 runs in his last two outings.