Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Slowey Shuts Out Sox; Lee's Bat Keys Cubs Win

Players of the Day from Monday, July 27, 2008 American League Minnesota's Kevin Slowey (7-7) tossed his third complete game and second shutout of the season, downing the first place White Sox, 7-0. Slowey allowed just 6 hits and one walk, striking out 5. The Twins' win tightened the race in the AL Central to 1 1/2 games, with the Tigers lurking, 6 1/2 back, as they dropped a 5-0 decision at Cleveland.
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Notes: The Rays, Red Sox and Yankees all lost, so the AL East standing stayed the same as on Sunday, with the Rays 1 up on Boston and 3 ahead of the Yankees. California's lead in the West bulged to 11 1/2 games as they topped Boston, 7-5, and both the Rangers and A's lost. National League Derrek Lee made the most of his 5 at-bats on Monday, rapping two singles and a go-ahead double in the 9th, driving in three runs as the Cubs topped the Brewers, 6-4, in the opener of their 4-game series at Milwaukee. Lee and the Cubs have been aided by the return of leadoff hitter Alfonso Soriano, winning four of six since he came off the DL, July 23. Soriano was 2-for-4 with a double and a solo homer. He scored three runs. The Cubs earned some breathing room with the win, upping their lead over the Brewers to 2 games with St. Louis 4 games back. Notes: Florida topped the Mets, 7-3, while the Phillies were idle, leaving New York with a 1/2 game lead over the Phillies and 1 ahead of the Marlins. Arizona, LA and Colorado all lost on Monday, leaving the standings unchanged.

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