Sunday, August 22, 2010

Bell Rings up a Pair as O's Win; Carpenter Keeps Giants Quiet

Players of the Day for Saturday, August 21, 2010 American League Since Buck Schowalter took over as manager of the Baltimore Orioles, there have been signs of life in Charm City. The O's are 12-7 with Buck at the helm and part of the reason for their success is that he allows players to play for extended stints, rather than constantly adjusting the lineup. One such player getting a chance is rookie third baseman Josh Bell, who pounded a pair of homers in Baltimore's 8-6 win over the Texas Rangers. Bell cracked a two-run shot in the 3rd inning and a three-run jack in the 4th, which put the O's up 7-2, and they never looked back. Bell has played in just 24 games this season, and is batting .244 with 2 homers (both hit on Saturday) and 9 RBI. National League With San Diego and Cincinnati both losing, the Cardinals and Giants each had equal opportunity to gain ground on their respective division leaders. The problem was that they were playing each other, and the Cardinals had ace starter Chris Carpenter on the mound. Carpenter did his thing, allowing just 5 hits and one earned run over 7 1/3 innings in a 5-1 St. Louis victory. Carpenter improved to 14-4 on the year, and the Cardinals moved back to within 3 1/2 games of the Reds. The loss kept the Giants five games behind the front-running Padres.

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