Thursday, August 21, 2008

Dunn's Blast Helps Boost D-Backs; Mora Rips Red Sox

Players of the Day from Wednesday, August 20, 2008 American League Here's a guy that doesn't get nearly the credit he deserves. Playing for the Baltimore Orioles, Melvin Mora doesn't get much notice, but his 95 RBI are 5th best in the AL. On Wednesday, Mora hit a three run homer (21), drove in another run with a sac fly, stole a base and drove in four runs total as the Orioles knocked down the Red Sox, 11-6.
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Mora's been on a tear of late, going 20-for-39 (.513) over his last 9 games, with 4 homers and 16 RBI. The loss wasn't a killer for Boston, as the Rays were being beaten by the Angels, 5-4, and remain 4 1/2 in front in the AL East. Notes: The Yankees won, 5-1, over Toronto, and are 10 back of the Rays and 5 1/2 behind the Red Sox in the wild card. There are still people who believe the Yankees have a chance at making the post-season via the wild card route, but unless Boston and either the White Sox or Twins collapse, it's not going to happen. The White Sox and Twins both won on Wednesday, so the Central has Chicago up by one game over the Twins, who are currently 1/2 behind Boston for the wild card. It all adds up to mission impossible for the Yankees. National League Adam Dunn is providing the big bat the Diamondbacks have been seeking. In Wednesday night's 8-6 win over San Diego, Dunn launched his 34th home run of the season, a 3-run, first inning shot off Padres' starter Jake Peavy, which helped as the D-Backs rallied from a 4-0 deficit. By the end of the second, Arizona was ahead 6-4 and never trailed again, adding a game on 2nd place Los Angeles, losers to Colorado, 4-3, now 2 back in the West standings. Dunn's homer was his second in as many nights and gave him the NL lead over Philly's Ryan Howard (33).
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Notes: The Brewers picked up a game on the Cubs and now trail by 5 in the Central, but have a 2 1/2 game edge over St. Louis in the wild card race. The Mets and Phillies were both winners, so the Mets remain 1 1/2 ahead of Philadelphia in the East. Florida lost to San Francisco, 6-5, and have fallen 5 off the pace.

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