Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Holliday Blasts A's Back to Win; Ibanez Helps Phils Win 9th Straight

Players of the Day for Monday, July 20, 2009 American League Oakland's Matt Holliday broke through with a grand slam in the 7th inning, tying the Minnesota Twins at 13-13, and then Jack Cust delivered the game-winner with a solo shot for the comeback 14-13 win. The Twins had led the game 12-2 in the 3rd inning, but starter Nick Blackburn and the Minnesota bullpen could not contain the A's attack. Holliday doubled twice and homered twice, driving in six runs and scoring four times in 5 at-bats. Minnesota's Justin Morneau drove in 7, with a pair of homers, one a grand slam. National League The Phillies won their 9th straight as Raul Ibanez belted his 25th home run, a 3-run, first-inning shot, to lead Philadelphia to a 10-1 win over the Cubs. The win pushed the Phillies to a 6 1/2 game lead over the Braves. The Cubs remained 2 games beind the St. Louis Cardinals, who lost to Houston, 3-2. NOTES: Apologies for the scant coverage lately. My father, Nick Gagliano, 84 years of age, passed away on Thursday and I have been dealing with the funeral and other matters as best as possible. Thanks for your understanding during this trying time. The burial is today, July 21. -- Rick Gagliano

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