Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Rookie Boesch Rattles Yankees; 5 RBI by Prado Rallies Braves
Players of the Day for Monday, May 10, 2010 American League Rookie Brennan Boesch has been lighting it up for the Tigers of late, batting .340 with 14 RBI in just 47 at-bats, so it didn't come as much of a surprise to the Tiger faithful when the left fielder socked a triple in the 7th inning, knocking in teammate Miguel Cabrera, to put the Tigers ahead by a 5-2 score over the visiting Yankees, en route to a 5-4 win. Boesch had already singled home a couple of runs in the 1st inning, getting the Tigers off to a 2-0 lead. Following Boesch's 7th-inning triple, the Yankees rallied for a couple of runs in the 8th, but could not come all the way back, as reliever Jose Valverde truck out the side in the 9th for his 9th save of the season. Boesch fnished with 2 hits in 3 at-bats, with 3 RBI, looking - at this early juncture - very much like a viable candidate for AL Rookie of the Year. National League Things haven't been going too well for the Atlanta Braves early on, but they got a little bit of a lift from second baseman Martin Prado, who followed up a 5th-inning RBI with a 6th-inning grand slam to help the Braves knock off the Brewers, 8-2. Never one to be accused of swinging for the fences too often, the slam was the first of Prado's short career and only his 16th home run in just over 900 at-bats. The second baseman is a solid hitter, however, garnering an average of .302 last season and being promoted to the #2 spot in the lineup recently as the Braves have suffered from a lack of production. Unlike many of his teammates, Prado is off to a steady start in 2010, batting .315 with 14 RBI. He's scored 20 runs. The Braves have slumped to last place in the NL East, 6 games off the pace.