Thursday, April 9, 2009
Ramirez Drives in 4 for Cubs; Cabrera Bangs 2 Homers in Tiger Win
Players of the Day for Wednesday, April 8 American League It's a good thing the Detroit Tigers picked up Miguel Cabrera last season, because he was one of the few bright spots on this aging roster. Last season, Cabrera batted .292 with 37 homers and 127 RBI, the homers and ribbies were tops for the team. Cabrera is picking right up where he left off, blasting a pair of homers in Wednesday's 5-1 win over Toronto, accounting for all but one of the Tigers' runs. With a three run shot in the first inning and a solo blast in the 5th, Cabrera single-handedly grounded the Blue Jays, and got the Tigers their first win in three tries this season. He also added a single, going 3-for-4, upping his batting average to .700, with 7 hits in 10 at-bats. National League Scoring 4 runs in each of the first two innings, the Chicago Cubs were well on their way to an 11-6 win over Houston and a 2-1 record in the NL Central, tied for first with the Pirates (you won't see that very often this year). Aramis Ramirez, who contributed to the outburst with RBI singles in the first and second, added a couple more in the 5th, when he doubled home Alfonso Soriano and Kosuke Fukudome, making the score 10-4. Ramirez added another single, going 4-for-5 with 4 RBI on the night.