Monday, June 9, 2008
Swisher Swats Twins; Ramirez' 2 HR Lead Florida Past Reds
Players of the Day from Sunday, June 8, 2008 American League Nick Swisher cracked a three-run homer in the second inning and doubled home another and scored in the fifth as the White Sox buried Minnesota, 12-2. It was the third straight game in which the Sox scored 10 or more runs against the Twins, having won 10-6 on Friday and 11-2 on Saturday. The four-game series concludes Monday in Chicago. Notes: Joe Crede continues to swing a hot bat for the White Sox. After homering twice in each of the first two games of the series, he singled and doubled in 4 at-bats Sunday, driving in two and scoring twice. In his last four games, Crede is 10-for-12 with 5 homers and 12 RBI. His power burst has helped the White Sox to six straight wins and a 5 1/2-game lead over Minnesota in the Central. National League Hanley Ramirez went 3-for-5 with a pair of 2-run homers in Florida's 9-2 romp past the Reds. Ramirez, who bats leadoff for the Marlins and plays shortstop, boosted his batting average to an even .300. The Marlins remain 3 1/2 behind the first-place Phillies in the NL East. Notes: Ken Griffey Jr. continues to experience frustration at the plate as no pitcher wants to serve up the 600th gopher ball for Junior. In Sunday's game he went 0-1 with a pair of walks before being pulled in the 7th for a rest. Griffey has been at 599 and counting since May 31. The Reds conclude a four-game series at Florida on Monday before returning home for a three-game set with the Cardinals, Tuesday through Thursday. If Griffey doesn't get #600 in one of those games, Cincinnati fans may be in for a treat as the Boston Red Sox come to town on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the second round of interleague play.