Monday, September 1, 2008
Sabathia's 1-Hitter a No Hitter?; Morneau Keeps Twins Ticking
Players of the Day from Sunday, August 31, 2008 American League Justin Morneau Is the big bat in the Minnesota's lineup, and he proved his value with his 21st home run and 4 RBI as the Twins thumped the A's, 12-4. The win kept the Twins 1/2 game back of the white Sox, who finally beat the Red Sox taking the third game of their series with Boston, 4-2, to avoid the sweep. That game also upped the Rays' lead over Boston in the East to 5 1/2 games. Boston's lead in the wild card is down to 2 1/2 over Minnesota. Notes: It's almost officially over for the Yankees. After Roy Halladay and the Blue Jays beat them 6-2 on Sunday, New York is 6 1/2 behind Boston and running out of time with just 25 games left on the schedule. National League C. C. Sabathia has been sensational pitching for the Brewers since July, but on Sunday, he was incredible, but, in the end, a little angry. The only hit (if you can call a 52-foot dribbler to the right of the mound a hit) against him was a ball Sabathia flubbed, never even getting off a throw. The Brewers beat Pittsburgh, 7-0, but have issued an official protest, saying the scorer should have called Andy LaRouche 5th inning hit an error. Whatever the outcome, Sabathia improved to 9-0 with the Brewers, striking out 11 and walking 3 batters. The Brewers closed to within 5 games of the Cubs, who were losing to the Phillies, 5-3, while the Mets were beating Florida, 6-2. The Mets remained a game ahead of Philly. Notes: The Dodgers closed to 2 games behind the Diamondbacks with an 8-1 win over Arizona, roughing up Brandon Webb, who was in search of his 20th win.