Monday, May 25, 2009

McCann Leads Sweep of Blue Jays; McCarthy's First Shutout Keeps Rangers on Top

Players of the Day for Sunday, May 24, 2009 American League The Texas Rangers retained their 3-game lead in the AL West, getting everything they could out of starter Brandon McCarthy, who threw 124 pitches his his first complete game, 5-0 shutout over Houston. McCarthy scattered nine hits, including 4 from Miguel Tejada, and issued just one walk, pitching out of jams repeatedly. He struck out six, twice ended an inning with runners on second and third bases, and only got the side out in order in the 4th and 8th, improving his record to 4-2. National League The Toronto Blue Jays said goodbye to first place in the AL East Sunday, losing their sixth straight as the Atlanta Braves completed a three-game sweep with a 10-2 win at Turner Field. The Braves won the first two games by one-run margins, but left no doubt in the finale, as Brian McCann led the attack with a pair of homers and four RBI. McCann smacked a solo shot in the first inning, two outs after leadoff hitter Kelly Johnson left the yard, giving the Braves a 2-0 lead. Toronto battled back to tie the game, but the Braves responded with a 7-run 7th, highlighted by McCann's 3-run blast. McCann also singled, finishing 3-for-4, boosting his batting average to .303. NOTES: The Red Sox took over first place in the AL East with a 12-5 thumping of the Mets. They lead the blue Jays by 1/2 game. San Diego won their ninth straight, topping the Cubs - who have lost 7 in a row - 7-2. Only in the NL West can you win nine in a row and just make it to the .500 mark. That's where the Padres reside, at 22-22, in second place, 7 1/2 behind the runaway Dodgers.

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