Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Pedroia Leads Red Sox to 5weep; Pirates, Ohlendorf Shut Out Marlins
Players of the Day for Monday, April 20, 2009 American League Baltimore and Boston entered the finale of their four game series with identical 6-6 records, though the teams were going in opposite directions. Boston had already won the first three games and were riding a four-game winning streak. By the time it was over, the Red Sox left no unanswered questions with a 12-1 smack-down of the Orioles and a sweep of the series, led by Dustin Pedroia's 4-for-6 performance. Pedroia singled three times and doubled, driving in three runs and scoring three times. The BoSox second baseman hit safely in each of the four wins over the Orioles, going 9-for-18 and raising his batting average from .233 to .281, delighting Red Sox fans and fantasy owners alike. National League There haven't been many down nights for the Florida Marlins as they raced off to a 11-1 record to open the 2009 campaign, but on Monday, they ran into one of the hotter teams in the NL, the Pittsburgh Pirates, who spanked them, 8-0, on the strength of 7 shutout innings from starter Ross Ohlendorf, who allowed just 2 hits and a walk while striking out five. Ohlendorf, who came up with the Yankees in 2007 and was traded to the Pirates in 2008, won for just the second time in 8 career starts. While the Pirates improved to 7-6, a game back in the crowded NL Central, the Marlins, losers for just the second time this season, maintained their lead in the NL East at 4 1/2 games over the Mets.