Monday, August 25, 2008
Feliz Heroic for Phillies; Cano Continues Second Half Surge
Players of the Day from Sunday, August 24, 2008 American League Robinson Cano singled, doubled twice and hit a game-winning solo homer in the 7th inning to lead the Yankees to an 8-7 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Cano, who has raised his batting average from .246 to .269 since the All Star break, scored twice and drove in 2 runs as the Yankees remained 5 games behind the Red Sox in the wild card race. The Rays lost, 6-5, to the White Sox, pulling Boston to within 4 1/2. While the Angels were knocking off Minnesota, 5-3, Chicago regained 1st place in the Central by 1/2 game. Notes: Texas lost their third straight and trail the Angels by 17 games. LA's magic number is down to 16. National League Maybe he should have started. Pedro Feliz, who came on as a defensive replacement for 3rd baseman Greg Dobbs with two outs in the top of the 7th, delivered in the clutch as the Phillies knocked off the Dodgers, 5-2, in 11 innings. Feliz singled home the tying run in the bottom of the 9th, then ended the proceedings with a 3-run homer in the 11th. After the Mets lost to Houston in extra innings earlier in the day, Philly's win tightened the NL East race to just 1/2 game. The Marlins won, 5-2, at Arizona, and continue to lurk in third place, 5 games back. Notes: The Cubs, Brewers and Cardinals all won, so the standing remain the same: Chicago leads Milwaukee by 4 1/2 and St. Louis by 8. Arizona leads LA by 3 games in the West.