Sunday, May 9, 2010

Gerut Hits For Cycle; Mark Teixeira Bangs 3 HR as Yanks Bomb Boston

Players of the Day for Saturday, May 8, 2010 American League Notorious for slow starts, the Yankees' Mark Teixeira gave the word "slow" new meaning this season, with a forgettable month of April that ended with the gold glove first baseman hitting an anemic .136, with 2 homers and just 10 RBI. Maybe it's the cold weather or adjusting to new pitchers, but Teixeira is one of those players who don't really get it going until the weather gets a little warm and that's exactly what's happening now that baseball has entered the month of May. Entering Saturday's fray with the Red Sox at Fenway Park, things seemed to be going in the right direction for Teixeira. He'd driven in 3 runs in the past two games and his batting average was up to .181, so when he singled home the first run of the game in the third inning, he was feeling positive. He was just getting started. Teixeira went to the plate four more times and three times came up big, hitting solo homers in the 5th and 7th innings and then belting a two run shot in the 9th. By the time he was done, his line read 4-for-6, 5 RBI, 3 HR, 3 runs, and the Yankees had, for the second straight day, bludgeoned the Red Sox, this time by a bloody 14-3 score. Teixeira joined Lou Gehrig as the only Yankee to hit three home runs in a game versus the Red Sox. The Yankees won Friday night's series opener by a 10-3 score. The finale comes Sunday night at 8:05 pm, National League Jody Gerut is the kind of player that seems to be just hanging onto his major league status. He's one of those guys that gets plugged into a lineup, though not much is expected from him. He's played for the Indians, Cubs, Pirates and, after missing all of 2006 and 2007 was picked up by the Padres, who traded him last season over to the Brewers, where he played 85 games but only batted .236. Entering yesterday's game with Arizona, Gerut had only 30 at-bats and wasn't making much use of them, hitting just .133. Nonetheless, he was inserted into the starting lineup in right field, batting 6th. In his first plate appearance, Gerut hit a solo home run in the 2nd inning, a nice surprise. His 3rd inning single kept a 4-run rally alive. In the 5th inning, he drove in a run with a triple and scored as the Brewers added six more runs. Gerut capped off his remarkable game with a two-run double in the 9th, hitting for the cycle with a 4-for-6 effort, driving in 4 runs and scoring 3 times as the Brewers slaughtered the Diamondbacks, 17-3. Doubling his home run and RBI total (2, and 8) and raising his batting average to .222, Gerut may get a few more starts for the Brewers this season.

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