Saturday, June 7, 2008

Crede goes 4-for-4 in ChiSox Win; Kuroda 4-hits Cubs

Players of the Day from Friday, June 6, 2008 American League The Chicago White Sox continue the domination over Central Division teams, leading the Twins by 3 1/2 games after Joe Crede socked a pair of solo homers in a 10-6 win over Minnesota. Crede also singled twice and scored three times, going 4-for-4 on the night. His two RBI gave him 33, though he's far behind teammate Carlos Quentin, who blasted his 16th home run and drove in 3 runs, for a season total of 53, second in the AL. Notes: The White Sox have won four straight, while out in the West, the Angels won their sixth straight, a 3-1 win over 2nd place Oakland, which boosted their lead in the division to 4 1/2 games. In the East, Boston's 3-game win streak was snapped by Seattle, as the Mariners handcuffed the BoSox, 8-0. Boston leads Tampa Bay by 1/2 game. National League Nobody expected Hiroki Kuroda to last through the 6th inning, much less pitch a complete game, 4-hit shutout last night, stopping the Central division-leading Cubs, 4-0. Kuroda, who was last seen leaving the mound after just 2 2/3 innings after allowing 7 hits and 6 runs to the Mets in New York. On Friday, however, the rookie starter was a different pitcher, throwing 77 of 112 pitches for strikes, fanning 11 in the process, including Alfonso Soriano and Derreck Lee twice each. He also did not issue any walks. Kuroda, who hasn't pitched badly for the most part, sports a 3.49 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP, to go along with his 3-5 record. Notes: There's plenty of good pitching to go around in the NL West. Besides the solid starters for the Dodgers and Padres, there's a guy in Arizona named Brandon Webb, who became the first 11-game winner in the majors with a 3-1 win over the punchless Pirates. Webb allowed 3 hits and one earned run over 7 innings without walking a batter. He struck out 3 while improving to 11-2.

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