Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Lind's 5 RBI Leads Jays; Victorino Goes 4-5 in Win Over Cards
Players of the Day for Tuesday, May 5, 2009 American League The Toronto Blue Jays continue to confound the rest of the AL East, leading the division by a game over Boston, at 19-10. The Blue Jays have gotten solid pitching and timely hitting from the likes of Adam Lind, who has been knocking around with Toronto since 2006 but has become a mainstay at DH this season. In Toronto's 10-6 win over Cleveland Tuesday, Lind was an integral part of the winning formula, singling twice and smacking a three-run homer in the 7th inning to crack open a game tied at 6-6. Lind drove in five runs to give him 29 on the year, with 6 home runs and a .333 batting average. National League After a month of trying, the Phillies have finally caught and passed the Marlins in the NL East, taking a 1/2 game lead in the division. Winning their third straight and second straight over the Cardinals, Philly topped St. Louis in a 10-7 slugfest, their 8th road win against just two losses. Keying the victory was diminutive Shane Victorino, the hitting star of last year's world series, who got the Phillies started with a solo home run in the first inning, a pair of singles, a double, three runs and three RBI. His 4-for-5 evening was marred only by being thrown out trying to steal second base in the fifth inning. NOTES: Absolutely average on the road at 8-8, the LA Dodgers are unbeatable at home, compiling a 12-0 record at Chavez Ravine to open the 2008 campaign. Their even dozen wins tied the major league mark for consecutive home wins to open a season set in 1911 by the Detroit Tigers. The Dodgers won their sixth straight overall and, at 20-8, have the best record in the majors and lead the NL West with a 5 1/2-game bulge. LA goes for 13 straight Wednesday night, when they host the league's worst team, the Washington Nationals, who will enter the game with a 7-17 mark.