Monday, July 21, 2008

Cards Win on Miles' Walk-off Slam; KC's German Drops Sox

Players of the Day from Sunday, July 20, 2008 American League Esteban German had an eventful day for the Kansas City Royals, In four trips to the plate, German singled, doubled twice, walked, stole a base, scored a run and drove in the tying and winning runs in the 8th innings as the Royals topped the White Sox, 8-7. German also contributed in the field, playing both 3rd base and left field. Notes:Chicago's loss was their second straight, but Minnesota also lost, 1-0, as Vicente Padilla limited the Twins to 3 hits over seven innings. The Twins are 1/2 game back. Detroit finally picked up a game with a 5-1 win at Baltimore and are 6 1/2 back.
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The battle between potential post-season combatants Boston and LA ended in a lopsided fashion, with the Angels completing the sweep of the three-game series with a 5-3 comeback win. That result gave the Angels a 9-game bulge in the West over the A's, who were themselves being swept by the Yankees. In the East, Tampa Bay retained its 1 1/2 game lead over Boston, but New York continues to gain. The Yankees are just 4 1/2 out. National League Aaron Miles played a huge part in St. Louis' 9-5 win over the Padres on Saturday. Miles went 3-for-4 and scored three times, but his biggest hit came with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning and the score tied at five all. Miles unloaded for just his third homer of the year, a walk-off grand slam that kept the Cardinals just two behind the Cubs in the tightening NL Central race. The Cardinals have won 5 straight. Notes: Milwaukee remained a game behind the Cardinals with a 7-4 win at San Fran. In the East, as well as the West, there are first-place ties. The Mets and Phillies hold a 1/2 game edge over the Marlins in the East, while Arizona and the Dodgers are knotted at 48-50 in the West. Colorado, winners of 4 straight, lurks just 6 games back.

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