Sunday, May 17, 2009
Teixeira Lead Yanks to 11-inning Win; Beltran Takes NL Batting Lead
Players of the Day for Saturday, May 16, 2009 American League The Yankees rallied for a 6-4, 11-inning win over the Twins on Alex Rodriguez's 2-run homer, but it was the man on base that kept the Yankees in the game - slugging Mark Teixeira, who went 4-for-4, cracked a 3-run homer in the 3rd inning, singled home the tying run in the 8th and scored the game-winner after walking to lead off the 11th. Along with the homer, Teixeira added a pair of singles and a double, collected 4 RBI and scored twice. National League Carlos Beltran singled and doubled twice in five at-bats, driving in three runs and scoring three times in the Mets' 9-6 victory at San Francisco. Beltran, hitting the quietest .379 imaginable, currently leads the NL in batting and has helped the Mets gain and maintain their 1 1/2-game lead in the NL East over the Phillies. The Mets remain red-hot on their coastal road trip, taking their third straight from the Giants on Saturday, and will be seeking the four-game sweep on Sunday.