Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Pena Blasts Yankees; Duke Humbles Struggling Astros
Players of the Day for Monday, April 13, 2009 American League The Yankees sure miss Alex Rodriguez, but their pitching staff better figure out what to do with Carlos Pena, as the Tampa Bay first baseman went 3-for-6 last night with a pair of doubles, a grand slam and 6 RBI as the Rays stunned the Yanks, 15-5. Pena already has three homers on the year, to go with his 9 RBI. He's only walked 3 times, which seems like an option for Yankee hurlers as they continue with the second of their three-game series at Tampa, Tuesday. National League Pittsburgh's Zach Duke blanked the helpless Astros on 4 hits for a complete-game win, his second of the season, in a 7-0 Pirate win. The Astros have not scored a run since putting up a pair in the 9th inning of an 11-2 loss to the Cardinals on Saturday. Since then, Houston is 0-for-the-last-18-innings, and are 1-6 overall. Duke allowed just one run in his first 2009 start, going 6 1/3 against the Cardinals, which puts him in elite company, having an ERA (0.59) lower than his WHIP (0.89). Duke went 5-14 last season for Pittsburgh, but looks much improved in 2009.