Friday, September 25, 2009
Ortiz Heating Up for October; Rollins Leads Phillies Over Brewers
Players of the Day for Thursday, September 24, 2009 American League If there's one single player the Red Sox need swinging the bat well in the post-season, it's David Ortiz, and, from the looks of what he's been doing lately, "Big Papi" is getting ready to launch balls out of any yard. Boston moved closer to clinching the wild card - they lead Texas by 8 games with only 10 remaining - with a 10-3 win over the Royals as Ortiz blasted his 26th home run of the season, doubled, singled and drove in three runs. It was the second straight game in which Ortiz has homered. In Wednesday's game he left the park with his 25th and drove in four. National League Another player who appears ready for some October baseball is Philly's Jimmy Rollins, who belted his 20th home run of the year - a three run shot - to cap off a 6-run Philadelphia uprising in the 5th inning of their 9-4 win over Milwaukee. Rollins, who got off to a very slow start, has picked up his game over the course of the last three months while remaining one of the steadiest defensive shortstops in the game. Despite a batting average (.246) that is nearly 30 points below his career mark (.274), Rollins has quietly contributed to the Phillies' success, with 30 steals, 94 runs, 75 RBI and those 20 dingers. The win moved Philly closer to the NL East crown. Their magic number is now 4.