Thursday, April 16, 2009
Kinsler's Cycle, 6 Hits Lead Rangers; Cameron Unloads on Reds
Players of the Day for Wednesday, April 15, 2009 American League There are outstanding single-game performances and then there's the truly extraordinary, like the one Texas Ranger Ian Kinsler had in Texas' 19-6 win over Baltimore. Kinsler went 6-for-6, hit for the cycle with 2 singles, 2 doubles a triple and a home run, scored 5 times, drove in 4 runs and stole a base. It was the kind of game that players usually only dream of, but for Kinsler, leadoff hitter for the power-packed Rangers, multiple hit games are the norm rather than the exception. After 9 games, Kinsler leads the AL in hits (18), RBI (13) and is second in batting average at .474. National League Some guys get lost in the shuffle, but often deserve more credit than they get. Such is the case with 15-year veteran Mike Cameron, who has bolstered the rosters of six different teams, the latest being the Milwaukee Brewers. On Wednesday, Cameron was more than a tough out, he was impossible to get out, mashing two solo homers and a double in three official at-bats. He scored 3 times and drove in the same number of runs as the Brewers topped the Reds, 9-3, taking two of three games at Milwaukee. In his only other plate appearance, he was wisely issued a free pass to first base. Mike is batting .370 thus far in 2009, with an on-base percentage of .500.