Sunday, June 1, 2008

Manny Ramirez Cracks #500; Webb is Majors' 1st 10-Game Winner

Players of the Day from Saturday, May 31, 2008 American League The earth didn't move and it was his only hit of the night, but Manny Ramirez' home run in the 8th innings was his 500th - a line shot to right-center field in Baltimore's Camden Yards. Manny's solo shot off Chad Bradford accounted for the final run in Boston's 6-3 win over the Orioles and was his 10th dinger of the season. Ramirez becomes the 24th member of the 500-home-run club and joins active players Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez, Jim Thome and Frank Thomas. There's no doubting Manny's HOF credentials. In addition to the 500 homers, he's driven in 1639 runs and should also crack the 500 doubles mark. He currently has 484, to go with his 2268 hits and lifetime .312 batting average. Notes: It's over! The longest losing streak in the majors came to an end last night as the Kansas City Royals beat Cleveland 4-2, ending their 12-game skein. Amazingly, the Royals are 11-11 against AL Central opponents. National League Brandon Webb became the first 10-game winner in the majors and he did it with style, pitching his first shutout of the season in a 6-hit, 4-0 blanking of the Washington Nationals. Webb struck out 8, didn't walk a batter, allowed only singles and no runner made it past second base. Webb is also among the leaders in other statistical categories with 72 strikeouts, 2.69 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. In 83 innings this season he's allowed just 4 home runs. Notes: We are pleased to report that Ken Griffey Jr. has broken out of his 0-for-30-games home run drought, cranking HR #599 in the first inning of the Reds' 8-7 win over Atlanta.

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