Thursday, June 26, 2008

Crawford Leaves Yard Twice in 15-3 Rays Win; LA's Stultz Shuts Out White Sox 5-0

Players of the Day from Wednesday, June 25, 2008 American League There doesn't seem to be much doubt about which is the best baseball team in Florida (though they're both pretty good) as the Tampa Bay Rays took their second straight from the Florida Marlins, by a whopping 15-3 score Wednesday. Carl Crawford furnished a large share of the damage, belting a pair of home runs - a three-run shot in the 3rd and a solo homer in the 5th. He drove in another run with a ground out later in the 5th to give him 5 RBI on the night. The Rays will be seeking a series sweep when the two teams hit the field this afternoon in Miami. Notes: The Rays continue to dog the Red Sox in the AL East, remaining just one game back as both teams won on Wednesday. National League Getting his second start replacing injured Brad Penny, rookie Eric Stultz fired a complete game 4-hitter at the White Sox, as the Dodgers won, 5-0. Stultz (2-0), threw 116 pitches, striking out 3 and getting 17 outs on fly balls. He also earned his first major league RBI, driving home a run in the 4th inning with a sac fly.
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Penny is due to come off the DL around July 1, so Stultz should get another start on June 30 in Houston against the Astros. After that, his AAA or major league fate largely depends on the overall health of the Dodger pitching staff. Notes: The Dodgers could certainly use solid arms for the next few weeks leading up to the All-Star break. They're within 3 games of the NL West-leading Diamondbacks though still five games under .500 at 36-41. A record just above .500 may be good enough to win the West this season as it appears to be one of the weaker divisions.

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