Monday, May 11, 2009
Cecil Gets 1st ML Win; Tejada, Lee Stone Padres
Players of the Day for Sunday, May 10, 2009 American League Toronto's Brett Cecil got his first major league win with a dandy, 5-hit, 8-inning shutout effort. The Pitching-rich Blue Jays took the final two games of their three-game set at Oakland with an easy 5-0 win. They head back home with the best record in the AL and a 1-game lead over Boston in the heady AL East. Cecil, acquired by the Blue jays in the 2007 supplemental draft, had a solid outing in his first ever major league start on May 5, going 6 innings and giving up 6 hits and 1 earned run, though he didn't receive a decision in the 10-6 Blue Jay win. The rookie left no doubt, however, on Sunday, walking just 2 batters while fanning 6 and getting another 12 outs on ground balls. National League The Houston Astros won their third straight Sunday, with a 12-5 pounding of San Diego - a team with a record worse than Houston's sub-par 14-17. Carlos Lee (left) and Miguel Tejada (right), had nearly identical stats on the night. Both had three hits, including a homer, drove in four runs and scored twice, Lee doing his damage in 4 at-bats, while Tejada took five. Tejada's first-inning, two-run blast was his second of the year, while Lee's 8th-inning, two-run homer was his sixth. Ivan Rodriguez also went 4-for-4 with a solo home run in the rout, which completed a weekend three-game sweep of the Padres, who trail Los Angeles in the NL West by 8 1/2 games. Houston is in 5th place in the Central, 5 1/2 back of St. Louis.