Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Rios 5-for-6 in White Sox Win; Heyward Powers Braves as Kuroda Stops Phillies

Players of the Day for Monday, August 30, 2010 American League Obtaining the rights to Manny Ramirez, the White Sox figure to put the former Indian, Red Sox and Dodger player into the DH spot, but judging by the ferocity of Chicgo's bats in their 10-6, 11-inning win over the Indians, there isn't a player who wants to be replaced by the newcomer. Paul Konerko was the DH in Monday's conquest, but there's no way Big Paul will be ousted from the day-to-day lineup. The players most affected are going to be Andruw Jones and Carlos Quentin, both of whom played a bit in right field on Monday. Jones is the odd-man out, so it seems, as Quentin carries a more productive bat. The big slugger in for the White Sox was Alex Rios, who's recently broken out of a month-long slump in which his batting average fell from .311 to .288. Rios had five hits in six at-bats, socked a solo homer (his 19th), scored three times, drove in four runs and stole his 28th base of the season. Rios may not reach the hallowed 30-30 mark for homers and steals, though he may drive in 100 runs (currently at 78). Winning over the tribe pushed the White Sox to 4 games behind idle AL Central division leader, Minnesota. The Sox face the Indians Tuesday and Wednesday while the Twins host the Tigers. National League By beating up on the struggling Mets, 9-3, the Atlanta Braves picked up another game on second-place Philadelphia as Hiroki Kuroda (left) took a no-hitter into the 8th inning in a 3-0 Dodger win. Kuroda was lifted with two outs in the 8th after allowing the only Philly hit of the night to Shane Victorino. Hong-Shih Kuo came on to record the final four outs for his 7th save of the season. The Braves got a huge night from rookie Jason Heyward (right), who went 4-for-5 with a 3-run homer, four RBI and three runs. Heyward was originally considered a shoo-in for the NL Rookie of the Year, but he's got plenty of company in the likes of Chicago's Starlin Castro, San Fran's Buster Posey and others. Heyward is batting .278 with 16 homers and 62 RBI, and is currently riding a five-game hitting streak. Atlanta leads Philadelphia by three games in the NL East.

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