Monday, August 4, 2008

Nady Drives in 6 for Yankees; Ramirez Leads Dodgers over D-Backs

Players of the Day from Sunday, August 3, 2008 American League It appears that the LA Dodgers got what they bargained for in Manny Ramirez, who led the team to a split with Arizona in the Dodgers' 9-3 trouncing of Arizona. Ramirez was a hitting machine, going 4-for-5, with a double, home run and 3 RBI. Since joining the Dodgers, Manny has been Manny, going 8-for-15 with two homers, a double, 5 RBI and 4 runs scored. Sunday's win moved the Dodgers back to within 1 game of the Diamondbacks. Notes: The Phillies won, 5-4, at St. Louis, extending their slim margin in the NL East to 2 1/3 games over the Marlins - who lost to Colorado, 3-2 - and 3 games better than the Mets, swept 4 straight by Houston, concluding with a 4-0 whitewash on Sunday.
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In the Central, the Cubs continue to roll right along, with an 8-5 win at Pittsburgh. With the Brewers and Cardinals both suffering Sunday losses, the Cubs all of a sudden have a 5 game bulge over Milwaukee, with the Cards a game further back. National League Xavier Nady drove in 6 runs as the Yankees salvaged a split with the LA Angels, winning the last two of their four game set, taking a wild one, 14-9. Nady went 4-for-5, and keyed the Yankees' comeback from a 5-0 deficit with a 2-run double in the sixth, a 2-run homer in the 7th, and capped the night off with a 2-run single in the 8th. Notes: The Rays and Red Sox both won, so the Yankees remain 5 1/2 behind Tampa, while the Sox are 3 off the pace. In the Central, Francisco Liriano returned to the Twins just in time to throw 6 shutout innings and help Minnesota to a 6-2 win and first place in the division. The White Sox lost their second straight at KC, being hammered 14-3, in a game marred by a bench-clearing brawl. Meanwhile, the Tigers dropped their 4th in a row and were swept by Tampa Bay, dropping a 6-5, 10 inning decision. At 7 behind, the Tigers' hopes are fading fast. The Angels are still 11 1/2 in front of Texas in the West, despite losing two in a row.

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