Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Romero Tosses Complete Game Win over Yanks; Angel Sanchez Strokes Six RBI for Hot Astros

Players of the Day for Tuesday, August 3, 2010 American League In the first inning, Toronto starter Ricky Romero didn't look like he was going to last five innings, but after walking leadoff batter Derek Jeter and giving up a two-run homer to Mark Teixeira, he settled into one of his best pitching performances of the season. Romero allowed the Yankees only one more hit and went the distance in an 8-2 win. He set down 11 straight after the Teixeira homer and, after Marcus Thames led off the 5th with a single, put down the next 15 batters to close out the game. Romero didn't issue a walk other than to Jeter, struck out four and needed only 116 pitches. He also didn't allow Alex Rodriguez to even come close to swatting his 600th home run. A-Rod has now gone 46 at-bats without a homer over 12 games and hasn't had a hit in his last 17 at-bats. The Jays pounded out four homers against the Yanks, including Jose Bautista's major-league leading 33rd, a two-run blast in the 9th. Toronto has taken the first tow of the three-game series in New York but still are 11 1/2 games off the AL East pace. The Yankee's loss dropped them into second place behind the Rays, who hold a slim, one-game lead. National League Not many people know the name Angel Sanchez, but the St. Louis Cardinals surely won't forget him. Sanchez went 4-for-6, including a double and a triple and drove in six runs as the Astros won their 7th straight by the mind-boggling score of 18-1 at St. Louis. The rookie shortstop has played only 25 games, but has hit safely in 18 of them. His big night Tuesday brought his batting average up to a crisp .303. Houston continues to climb the standings in the NL Central, but are still well back, 12 games behind the Reds, but only two behind third place Milwaukee. The Cardinals' loss dropped them into second place, 1/2 game behind Cincy. The Reds and Cardinals have been swapping first and second place in the division since early June and the duel doesn't look to be ending any time soon.

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