Thursday, May 21, 2009
Upton's Dual Bombs Down Marlins; Dye's Slam Dumps Twins
Players of the Day for Wednesday, May 20, 2009 American League Detroit is leading the AL Central by two games, but the White Sox are the kind of team likely to be heard from before long. In Wednesday's 7-4 thumping of division rival Minnesota, the Sox not only caught the Twins in the standings, but won their second straight over the Twins, pulling themselves to within 5 1/2 games of the Tigers. After taking the lead in the bottom of the 4th inning, 3-2, Jermaine Dye pretty much sealed the deal with a grand slam off Twins' starter Francisco Liriano, sending him to an early exit. Dye's homer was his 10th of the season for the White Sox, 1/4 of the team's total. National League The Arizona Diamondbacks will have to step it up if they hope to catch the Dodgers in the NL West, the most lopsided division in baseball. Los Angeles, the only team in the division with a winning record, leads San Francisco by 8 1/2 games. The Diamondbacks are in 4th place, 12 games off the pace. The Diamondbacks have been getting improved performance from right fielder Justin Upton, who homered twice in Arizona's 11-9, 13-inning win at Florida on Wednesday. Upton went 4-for-7 in the marathon event, belting a pair of 3-run homers - one in the 3rd inning and one in the 13th, the game winner - driving in 6 runs and scoring 3 times. Besides the homers, Upton delivered a pair of singles and stole his 4th base of the season. Upton's stats are more than solid: 9 Homers, 26 RBI and a .313 batting average.