Monday, July 6, 2009
Jeter Leads Yanks to 10th Win in Last 11; Nolasco Slices Up Pirates
Players of the Day for Sunday, July 5, 2009 American League The Yankees, who trail Boston by just one game, are doing their part to make the AL East race an interesting one, winning 10 of their last 11 games including Sunday's 10-8 win over the Blue Jays - thier third straight over Toronto, with the series finale Monday night in NY. Leading the way for the Yanks, and making his first appearance in 2008 as player of the day, was team captain Derek Jeter, who went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer and three singles, scored 3 times and drove in two. Also going 4-for-5 in the game was catcher Jorge Posada, who doubled in the final run of the game and also stroked three singles, scored twice and drove in three. Jeter is batting .316 with 10 home runs, 34 RBI, 52 runs and 17 steals in 19 attempts. He is headed for his 10th All-Star game next week and will be the starting shortstop as the leading vote-getter in the AL. National League Often the brunt of jokes among fantasy league enthusiasts, Marlins' starter Ricky Nolasco doesn't get much respect, but after Sunday's 8 innings of shutout ball over the Pirates and the resulting 5-0 win, some people may be taking a closer look down the stretch, especially if the Marlins stay in the hunt in the NL East. With last night's win, Florida trailed Philly by just one game, with the Braves and Mets both losing and falling 4 games behind. Nolasco made life easy for the Marlins, allowing 3 hits and 2 walks over his 8 dominant innings. He fanned a season-high 12 and got 9 more of his 24 outs on ground balls. At 6-6, with an ERA of 5.42, the Marlins' patience with Nolasco may be finally paying off. He's won each of his last four starts and has allowed just 3 earned runs over his last 28 innings. Fantasy managers in need of starting pitching should take note.