Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Choo Leads Indians Past White Sox; Reds' Taveras Goes 5-for-5

Players of the Day for Monday, May 11, 2009 American League Just one game in the AL on Monday, so the POTD comes from the Cleveland Indians, who pounded the White Sox, 9-4. The guy who got things going for the Indians was Shin-Soo Choo, who singled in a run in the first inning and knocked home two more with a single in the Indians' 4-run 4th inning. With a six-run lead, all the Sox could do was chip away, but it wasn't nearly enough. Choo, Cleveland's regular right fielder this season, is batting .278 with 17 RBI. National League Cincinnati trounced Arizona, 11-5, on Monday, putting the Reds into a second place tie with Milwaukee, 2 games behind the NL Central-leading Cardinals. The Reds have been a pleasant surprise in 2008, with an 18-14 record thus far. In Monday's mashing, the offense was led by leadoff hitter Willy Taveras, who came to the Reds in the off-season after spending a couple of years with the Rockies. Taveras went 5-for-5 (all singles), scored four runs and drove in a pair. He also stole his 8th base of the season and extended his hitting streak to 12 games. NOTES: Speaking of hitting streaks, Washington's Ryan Zimmerman extended the season's longest streak to 28 games with a pair of homers and two singles. Zimmerman's 4 RBI wasn't enough for the Nats, however, as they dropped an 11-7 decision at San Francisco.

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