Saturday, July 10, 2010

Dunn, Strasburg Topple Giants; Teixeira Powers Streaking Yankees

Players of the Day for Friday, July 9, 2010 American League Just in case you haven't noticed, the Yankees are leading Tampa Bay by 3 games and Boston by 5 in the AL East, winning their 7th straight as they storm through the lower half of the Western division, taking their second straight at Seattle, 6-1. Their 55-31 record is the best in the majors. Prior to their trip to the great Northwest, the Yankees swept three games at Oakland after taking the final two games of a three-game series with the Blue Jays. The seven game stretch is the longest current streak in the majors. Center stage for the Yanks in Seattle was Mark Teixeira, who supported Phil Hughes' 7-innings for his 11th win against 2 losses. Teixeira whacked a solo homer in the top of the first inning and bashed another in the 9th. In between, he walked and scored from first base on Robinson Cano's 6th inning triple, as the Yankees broke the game open with 4 runs. Teixeira's two homers gave him 17 on the year, 4 of which have come over the last five games. The burly first baseman has been the driving force for the Yankees' recent success. Over the last seven games, Teixeira has hit safely in all but one, going 10-for-27 (.370), with 4 homers, 4 doubles, 8 runs and 10 RBI. New York plays two more in Seattle prior to the All Star break. National League Amid all the excitement over Stephen Strasburg, fans may not have noticed that the Nationals have fallen back into their usual spot in the NL East standings, last place, 12 1/2 games behind the division-leading Braves, but that hasn't deterred their young starter or their top slugger. Strasberg (left) improved to 3-2, working 6 solid innings against the Giants in an 8-1 Washington win. The rookie hurler allowed just three hits, the only San Francisco run coming when Andres Torres' led off the contest with his 7th home run of the season. Unfazed, Strasburg sliced through the Giants after that, getting the next nine batters in order before walking Freddie Sanchez to open the 4th. Strasburgh finished with 8 Ks and just one walk. throwing 85 pitches before taking a seat. In the meantime, the Nats had forged a 4-1 lead, then turned the game into a laugher with 4 more in the 7th, highlighted by Adam Dunn's (right) second homer of the game, a two-run bomb to left center, giving him a National League best 22 (tied with Joey Votto) on the year. Dunn also doubled and scored in the 6th, going 3-for-4 with 3 runs and 3 RBI. Dunn, who homered three times just two days ago in a 6-5 win over San Diego, is having an awesome year, with 26 doubles, 22 homers, a .963 OPS and a .285 batting average, 31 points over his career mark.

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