Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Buehrle Shuts Down Indians; Polanco Slams for Phillies
Players of the Day for Monday, April 5, 2010 American League The Chicago White Sox opened their 2010 campaign in sharp fashion, getting 7 scoreless innings from starter Mark Buehrle while putting up 6 runs against division rival Cleveland for the 6-0 win in their home opener. Buehrle was in command from the get-go, limiting the Indians to just three hits, walking one and fanning three. Buehrle, who was 13-10 last season with the Sox, threw 95 pitches, 63 of them for strikes. Reliever J.J. Putz worked the 8th and Matt Thornton mopped up with a hitless 9th. The White Sox are seeking to return to the top of the AL Central, a position they held at the end of the 2008 season, but failed to repeat in 2009. National League After losing the World Series to the Yankees last season, one thing the Phillies needed to do was replace Pedro Feliz at third base with a more consistent - and potent - bat, so they shopped around and plucked Placido Polanco from the Tigers, an infielder who can play second or third base and a career .303 batting average. Polanco made an immediate impact in Monday's opener at Washington, going 3-for-5 with 6 RBI, 4 of which came on a 7th inning grand slam that put away the lowly Nationals by an 11-1 score. His 2 other RBI came on a sacrifice fly in the Phillies' 5-run 4th and a run-scoring single in the 6th. Roy Halladay picked up the win, his first for the Phillies and first career NL victory.