Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Dodgers Blast Cards on DeWitt 5-RBI; Dice-K Not Nice to Indians

Players of the Day for Monday, June 7, 2010 American League With the Rays, Blue Jays and Yankees taking a day off, the Boston Red sox took advantage of the opportunity to tighen up the race in the AL East by topping the Cleveland Indians, 4-1, pulling into sole possession of third place, 4 games behind the Rays, but just 1/2 game ahead of Toronto. The Sox amassed only eight hits and four runs off a quartet of Cleveland hurlers, but it was more than enough, as Daisuke Matsuzaka turned in a solid performance, tossing eight scoreless innings at the Indians, allowing just 4 hits and a pair of harmless walks while fanning five. By the time Dice-K was done, all there was left to do was hand the ball over to Daniel Bard, who mopped up what remained of the Indians, but not before Austin Kearns spanked a solo homer in the 9th for the sole Cleveland run. Matsuzaka, who spent all of April on the disabled list, improved to 5-2, lowering his ERA to 4.59, though he's given up just six earned runs over his last four starts (3 wins, 1 loss), a span of 29 1/3 innings. National League While the San Diego Padres were taking care of Philly, 3-1, they may have been looking over their shoulders at the fast-charging Dodgers, winners of 7 of their last 9, who welcomed the St. Louis Cardinals to the West coast with a 12-4 demonstration of the art of hitting. Every position player in the lineup had at least one hit, as LA wrecked a pair of Cardinal hurlers for 14 hits, getting exactly 7 hits, 3 walks and 6 runs off both starter Blake Hawksworth and long reliever P.J. Walters, both of whom worked four innings. Going 2-for-5 with a three-run homer and five RBI was second baseman Blake DeWitt, who also drove in runs with a single and a sac fly. The home run was the first of the season for DeWitt, and the five RBI a career high. DeWitt has had two hits in each of his last three games. The win kept Los Angeles just 1/2 game behind the Padres, who have held first place in the NL West longer than anyone could have imagined at the start of the season.

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