Sunday, August 15, 2010
Rodriguez Blasts Three Homers in KC; Halladay Blanks Mets
Players of the Day for Saturday, August 14, 2010 American League With the pressure off Alex Rodriguez since cracking his 600th career home run back on August 4, the Yankees' slugger has been more fluid and relaxed at the plate, able to concentrate on winning games rather than reaching milestones. The Yankee third baseman was in all star form on Saturday, smacking three homers and driving in five runs in an 8-3 win at Kansas City. Rodriguez singled in the second inning, but really didn't get going until the 6th, when he launched a leadoff homer to dead center field. He followed that up with a pair of two-run shots, one in the 7th and another in the 9th, going 4-for-5 for the game and raising his RBI total to 97, which was enough to skip past Miguel Cabrera (94) and into the AL lead. A-Rod needs 9 more home runs and just 3 RBI to have 30 homers and 100 RBI in 13 straight seasons. The Yankees maintained their two game lead over Tampa Bay in the division with the win. National League Frustrated at Citi Field, where they've been shut out four straight times, the Phillies finally turned the tables on the NY Mets by bringing their their very own shutout master, Roy Halladay. Halladay even helped out in the hitting department, going 1-for-3 and scoring the Phillies' first run. He was his usual magnificent self on the mound, blanking the Mets over 8 innings while his teammates scored three more times for a 4-1 win, breaking the schneid while picking up a game on the NL East leaders, Atlanta, 2-1 losers to the Dodgers. The Phillies trial Atlanta by two games. Halladay allowed just 4 hits while striking out 7 in his 8 innings of work, improving to 15-8 on the year.