Thursday, April 23, 2009

Haren's Solid Seven Leads D-Backs; Bannister Keeps Royals Tied for 1st

Players of the Day for Wednesday, April 22, 2009 American League Kansas City's Brian Bannister made his first start of the season a good one, blanking the Cleveland Indians for 6 innings on 4 hits and 2 walks for a 2-0 Royals win. The 6'2" righty out of USC is in his 4th season in the majors and the Royals are looking forward to many more outings like Wednesday night's. Bannister's excellent six inning stint and 3 innings of 1-hit relief behind him helped the Royals stay tied with the White Sox and Tigers atop the AL Central at 8-6. National League Dan Haren earned his first win of the season with a solid seven innings of shutout ball against the visiting Colorado Rockies. The Arizona ace allowed 6 hits and a pair of walks while tying his season-high 9 whiffs. Relievers Tony Pena and Chad Qualls worked the eighth and ninth innings, Qualls picking up his 4th save of the season, as the Diamondbacks slipped past the Rockies by a 2-0 score. Haren has been espeically prone to tough luck and a lack of support, taking losses in his first three outings, even though allowing just 4 earned runs over 19 innings. The starts for Haren prior to Wednesday produced losses of 3-0, 2-1 and 2-0. Dan Haren has the oddest stats of any starter in either league: an ERA of 1.38, WHIP at 0.88 and a 1-3 record.

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