Saturday, July 3, 2010

Young Delivers Gibson's 1st AZ Win; Max Scherzer Tops Mariners

Players of the Day for Friday, July 2, 2010 American League There were some swell pitching performances around the majors Friday, but none better than Max Scherzer's 8 innings in Detroit's 7-1 win over Seattle. After allowing Seattle an early lead on Frankin Gutierrez's solo homer in the top of the 2nd, the Tigers responded with four runs in the bottom of the frame, allowing Scherzer to settle into a rhythm and slice through the Seattle lineup. Scherzer allowed just two hits after the Gutierrez homer, fanning seven and walking two, earning him his fifth victory against six losses. More importantly, the win allowed Detroit to keep pace with the Minnesota Twins, 2-1 winners over Tampa Bay. The Tigers remained a game behind the AL Central leaders. Third place Chicago is just two games out. National League On Thursday, Arizona fired GM Josh Byrnes and manager A.J. Hinch. On Friday. new manager Kurt Gibson recorded his his major league win, as the Diamondbacks hitters erupted with a 12-5 win over the Dodgers. One of the first things the new skipper did was put center fielder Chris Young into the leadoff spot, a move that paid immediate dividends as Young singled and scored Arizona's first run of the game in a three-run first inning. The D-Backs put up 3-spots in each of the first three innings, with Young plating two with a double in the 3rd, then stole third and scored his second run of the game. Starter Edwin Jackson allowed four runs over six innings, good enough to earn the victory, and Young made sure of it by blasting a 3-run homer in the 7th inning, his 13th of the season, tying his personal best of five RBI in a game. Young finished 3-for-5, with a homer, five RBI, three runs and a steal. Oddball: There were five games in which one team did not score a run on Friday, but none of the games were traditional complete game shutouts.

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