Monday, May 3, 2010

Teixeira 4-for-5 in Yankee Win; Victorino Slams Santana, Mets; Ethier on Triple Crown Tear

Players of the Day for Sunday, May 2, 2010 American League The Yankees keep winning, but so does Tampa Bay. Even though the Yanks clobbered the White Sox, 12-3, on Sunday, they weren't able to gain any ground on the first-place Rays, who dropped the Royals, 1-0. New York remains 1 1/2 games off the AL East lead. Notable in the Yankees' win was the effort of Mark Teixeira, who has gotten off to a very slow start this season. Teixeira banged out 4 hits in 5 at-bats - 3 singles and a double - drove in a pair of runs and scored twice as New York took two of three from the White Sox. Slow might be overstating the kind of beginning Teixeira has had to open the 2010 campaign. Prior to his 4-hut outburst, he was batting just .157 with 2 homers and 10 RBI. He now has his batting average up to .189. National League Baseballs were flying over stadium walls with regularity on Sunday, as three players had two apiece in their games. Andre Ethier (left) hit a two-run shot and a solo variety, adding an RBI single for a 3-for-5 day with 4 RBI, as the Dodgers sliced up the Pirates, 9-3. Ethier is leading the league in hitting (.365), RBI (26) and his 9 homers are tied with Mark Reynolds and Kelly Johnson for the NL lead. Hanley Ramirez blasted a pair of 2-run shots and added a single, also going 3-for-5 with 4 RBI in the Marlins' 9-3 win over Washington, pushing the two teams into a tie for 3rd place in the NL East, 1 1/2 behind the Phillies. Chicago beat Arizona, 10-5, thanks largely to Alfonso Soriano's two 2-run homers. Soriano added a double to complete a 3-for-4 effort with 4 RBI. But in Philadelphia, Shane Victorino (right) hit only one homer, but his was a 4th-inning grand slam off Johan Santana, that turned a 5-4 Mets lead into an 8-5 Phillies advantage. Two batters later Chase Utley delivered a 2-run homer, sending the Mets' ace to an early exit. It was the worst out of the Santana's career, allowing 8 hits, 2 walks and 10 earned runs in just 3 2/3 innings. Victorino added a single to go 2-for-5 for the night as the Phillies took back first place in the NL East with an 11-5 win. His 5th homer accounted for 4 RBI, pushing his total to 22 on the year, which isn't too bad for a guy who's been batting in the leadoff spot much of the season.

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