Sunday, July 25, 2010
YDelmon Young 4-for-4 in Twins Win; Johnny Cueto Pitches Reds Back Into First
Players of the Day for Saturday, July 24, 2010 American League Along with Detroit, Minnesota continues to pursue the first place White Sox in the AL Central, and the Twins got a little bit closer Saturday as the Sox lost to Oakland, 10-2, while the Twins produced a 7-2 win at Baltimore. As he's been doing over the past few weeks, Delmon Young provided the spark with a 4-for-4 effort, including a two-run homer and a sac fly for 3 RBI in the win. Young has been on a tear, picking up the slack for the injured Justin Morneau. His home run was his 12th of the season, and he's moving up the leader board in RBI, with 73. He's had multiple hits in seven of his last ten games. The Twins closed the gap on the White Sox to two games. With the Tigers dropping a 3-2 decision to Toronto, the Twins took over second place by 1/2 game. National League When the Astros and Reds took the field Saturday in Houston, a lot of eyes were trained on Roy Oswalt, but once the action got started, Houston hitters were frustrated trying to locate Reds' starter Johnny Cueto's sliders and sinkers. With the trade deadline just a week on the horizon, a number of teams are looking at Oswalt as a possible addition, but he was roughed up by the Reds, who banged out nine hits and scored six runs in just five innings off the Houston hurler. Cueto, meanwhile was mowing down the Astros, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out six over 8 innings, improving his record to 10-2 and pushing the Reds back into first place in the NL Central with a 7-0 win. The Cardinals lost their third straight, a 6-5 decision to the Cubs, to fall 1/2 game behind the Reds.