Monday, June 23, 2008
Ordonez Keeps Tigers Winning; Teixeira Blasts 3 Homers in 8-3 Victory
Players of the Day from Sunday, June 22, 2008 American League While the White Sox were busy being swept by the Cubs, the Tigers continued to make progress, taking two of three from San Diego. On Sunday, Magglio Ordonez provided key offense with a two-run homer and an RBI double in Detroit's 5-3 win over the Padres. The Tigers have now won 12 of their last 15 games and are within 5 games of the White Sox and the lead in the AL Central. Also ahead of them are the Twins, winners of 6 straight, 1 1/2 behind the Sox. Ordonez, who finished a strong second in RBI to last season's AL MVP, Alex Rodriguez (139-156), notched his 13th home run and 48th RBI. Notes:The Yankees continue to keep pace in the AL East, remaining 5 behind Boston as both teams won on Sunday. The Rays took an unexpected loss at Houston, but are still only 1 1/2 behind the BoSox. National League With Chipper Jones out of the lineup, responsibility for driving in runs fell primarily to Mark Teixeira, and he responded in style, with 3 home runs in Atlanta's 8-3 beating of Seattle. Jones, who has had to take time off to repair what's described as a "small tear in the right quad" was out of the starting lineup on Saturday and Sunday and will likely sit on Monday as well. The injury has affected his fielding as well as his hitting. Jones' league-leading batting average has fallen from .419 on June 11, to .393 on Saturday. Teixeira, with his three blasts, now has 13 homers, and his 4 RBI gives him 55, ten behind league leader, Adrian Gonzalez. Notes: Philly Foibles: The Phillies probably can't wait for interleague play to be over so they can get back to beating up on National League teams again. The Phillies are one of only four NL teams to have posted winning records against each division. The others are the Cubs, the Cardinals and the Marlins. Meanwhile, the Phillies have lost five straight to AL division leaders, including a three-game sweep by the Angels which concluded with Sunday's 3-2 loss. The Phils won their opener against Boston at the start of the week, but dropped the next two. They'll get some class relief this week, but have to travel to Oakland, and then to Texas a pair of three-game series with the A's and Rangers. Their lead over the Marlins has dwindled to just one game.