Tuesday, September 1, 2009

8 RBI for Toronto's Lind; Lee Powers Astros Past Cubs

Players of the Day for Monday, August 31, 2009 American League The Toronto Blue Jays got rid of high-priced Alex Rios earlier in the year, tried to unload Roy Halladay and a probably stuck with the multi-million-dollar-dud, Vernon Wells, but in Adam Lind, they have a keeper. Here's a guy who just comes out every day and plays hard, and plays well. Lind was off the charts in Monday's 18-10 hit parade over the Rangers as he drove in 8 runs - the most in the AL in two years and tied for the most in one game in the majors this season with Josh Willingham (July 27), who did it with two grand slams. Lind began his barrage in the 4th inning, extending the Blue Jays' 6-0 lead to 10-0 with a grand slam, his 26th home run of the year. The Rangers, however, fighting for their lives in the middle of the wild card race, cut the lead back to one, scoring 7 in the 5th, 2 in the 6th and 1 in the 7th while the Jays added just one. Looking for some insurance in the top of the ninth, Lind led off with homer #27, a solo shot, and, after his teammates had added a few more, finished off the Toronto scoring with a bases-clearing double which plated three runs. To go with the 27 dingers, Lind has 89 RBI and a .303 batting average. The loss dropped the Rangers 6 behind LA in the AL West and 4 back of idle Boston in the wild card. National League Carlos Lee is a guy who is having another in a series of solid seasons, but, playing in the relative obscurity of cellar-dwelling Houston, doesn't get much recognition. A .308 hitter, Lee also has 22 home runs and 85 RBI on the season, and Monday he may have put the final nail in the Cubs' post-season coffin, singling in two runs in the 3rd inning and knocking a ball over the center field ivy in the 5th for two more runs in the Astros' 5-3 win. The Astros have fallen out of contention for anything long ago, but they want to make sure the Cubs - still in second place in the Central division - don't make their way to any games in October. Just three games behind them in the division standings, the Astros probably wouldn't mind passing Chicago by as the season winds down. The Cubs are 6 games back of the Rockies and Giants in the wild card race and 10 1/2 behind the Cardinals.

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