Friday, August 8, 2008

Cabrera Keeps Tigers' Hopes Burning; Wright Polishes Off Padres

Players of the Day from Thursday, August 8, 2008 American League If the Detroit Tigers were a hospital patient, they'd be in critical condition, but every time they're ready to pronounce them dead, they seem to rally and hang on for dear life. Such was the case last night, as Miguel Cabrera led the Tigers to an 8-3 win over the 1st place White Sox with a 3-for-3 performance, including a 2-run homer - his 21st - and a run-scoring single. With the win, the Tigers avoided being swept, having lost the last two at Chicago on Tuesday and Wednesday, and are now 7 1/2 behind the AL Central leaders. Minnesota is just 1/2 behind Chicago.
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The prognosis for the Tigers is still quite grim. They are still 2 games under .500, at 56-58, and to reach post-season play, would seemingly have to win the division, as they are a full 10 1/2 behind wild card leader, Boston. Pass the respirator, please. Notes: The Rays lost at Seattle, 2-1, on Raul Ibanez' game-ending home run, but are still 2 1/2 to the good over Boston. The Yankees won, 3-0, over Texas, with Mike Mussina picking up his 15th win and are 5 1/2 out. With 9 more starts likely for Mussina, could this be the year he finally gets 20 wins? Now in his 18th year, Mussina has won 19 twice and 18, three times. He's won 11 or more 17 straight seasons. National League With the Phillies losing, 3-0, to Florida, the NY Mets had an opportunity to pick up a game on the NL East leaders, but found themselves tied, 3-3, with San Diego in the bottom of the ninth. Mets' fans prayers were answered by David Wright, who got his third hit of the night, a two-out, walk-off, two-run homer to give the Mets a 5-3 win and sail to within 2 games of Philly, just 1/2 game behind the Marlins.
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Wright's homer was his 21st of the season, and the 2 RBI gave him 87 on the season, tops on the team and 3rd best in the NL, behind Houston's Carlos Lee and Philly's Ryan Howard, both of whom have 97. Notes: Elsewhere, LA beat back the Cardinals, 4-1, avoiding the sweep, as Manny Ramirez socked his 4th home run - a 2-run blast - since joining the Dodgers a week ago. In seven games with LA, Ramirez has 9 RBI, is batting .585, and has hit safely in every game, with multiple hit games in all but last night's. The Dodgers trail Arizona by 1 1/2, while the Cards are 6 behind the Cubs and 1 game behind Milwaukee.

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