Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Joyce, Cabrera Clobber KC; Loney Leads LA Past Rockies

Players of the Day from Monday, July 21, 2008 American League Miguel Cabrera went 5-for-6 with a pair of doubles and 6 RBI and rookie Matt Joyce knocked a pair of singles, a triple and a homer in six at-bats, driving in 5 and scoring three times as the Tigers humiliated the Royals, 19-4. Coupled with losses by both Minnesota and Chicago, the Tigers stalked to within 5 1/2 games of first place in the Central division, the closest they've been since early April. Minnesota trails the White Sox by 1/2 game. Notes: The Yankees, Red Sox and Rays were all winners on Monday, so nothing changed in the East standings. In the West, the Angels were beaten by Cleveland, 5-2, but the A's lost their 6th straight and fell 1/2 behind Texas, 6-1 winners over Chicago. The now-2nd-place Rangers trail the Angels by 8 1/2 games. National League The Dodgers kept pace with the Diamondbacks as James Loney drove in five runs helping Los Angeles outlast Colorado, 16-10. The game was never close, as the Dodgers scored 8 times in the first inning and made the lead 11-0 by the third. Going 3-for-6, Loney singled in a pair in the first, drove in another with a single in the 2nd, and drove in two more with a triple in the 5th inning. Notes: Tied for first place with the Dodgers in the West, Arizona knocked off the Cubs, 2-0, as Randy Johnson worked 7 strong innings, allowing just 2 hits. Chicago hurler Rich Harden allowed only one hit in his seven inning stint, but it was a solo homer by Alex Romero, and it proved to be the difference-maker. The Cubs' loss allowed Milwaukee, 6-3 victors over St. Louis, to tie the Cardinals just 2 games behind Chicago in the Central. The Brewers, winners of 6 in a row, are percentage points ahead of St. Louis with their sights clearly set on the Cubs, whom they next meet on July 28-31, in a four-game series at Milwaukee. The Mets and Phillies remained tied for the NL East lead as both had the night off in advance of their three-game set which begins Tuesday at Shea Stadium.

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