Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Teixeira Lead Yankees Past Blue Jays; Sandoval, Giants Hammer Reds
Players of the Day for Tuesday, August 24, 2010 American League At least the Yankees don't have to worry about the Toronto Blue Jays nipping at their heels. But they still have to beat them in order to keep in touch with Tampa Bay in the race for the AL East. The Blue Jays dropped an 11-5 decision and fell 12 1/2 games behind the Bombers, as Mark Teixeira and four of his teammates sent balls over the high walls of the Rogers Centre, temporarily turning the tables on the team that leads the majors in home runs. Teixeira managed to scratch out three additional singles, score twice and drive in two runs as the Yankees built up an 11-1 lead in the first six innings. the homer was Teixeira's 28th of the year, which leads the team. Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Marcus Thames and Jorge Posada also homered. Posada, like Teixeira, collected four hits in the game. The win kept the Yankees tied with Tampa for the lead in the division. Boston is 6 games back. The Yankees and Rays play each seven times in September. New York has six games scheduled with Boston, including the final three games of the season at Fenway Park. National League Pablo Sandoval looks like he's starting to heat up and that could spell trouble for opposing pitchers. Just ask the Reds' hurlers who've been victimized by Sandoval's bat the past two nights. On Monday, Sandoval went 3-for-5 with 3 RBI in an 11-2 win. Tuesday night, he did it again, throwing in his 12th home run of the season for good measure, a solo shot in the 6th inning which completed the Giants' scoring in a 16-5 runaway. Sandoval drove in four runs and scored twice during the rout. San Francisco's second straight win kept them 5 1/2 behind the Padres in the division, but, coupled with losses by the Cardinals and Phillies, have them tied with Philadelphia for the wild card lead with the Cardinals a game behind. Cincinnati still leads St. Louis by 2 1/2 games in the Central.