Players of the Day for Saturday, February 26, 2011
Seven Detroit pitchers combined for a 4-0 shutout over the Toronto Blue Jays, all started by two innings of solid work by Phil Coke, who allowed one hit, struck out a batter and didn't issue any walks. The Blue Jays failed to record a hit after the fifth inning.
Primarily a reliever in two seasons with the Yankees and one (2010) with the Tigers, Coke is attempting to convert to a starting role this season.
Pablo Sandoval singled home a run in the second inning and blasted a two-run homer in the 4th, leading the Giants to an 8-3 win over the LA Dodgers.
Sandoval was largely a disappointment for the Giants in 2010, hitting just 13 homers while maintaining a .268 batting average. Slimmed down, Sandoval is attempting to rectify the shortcomings of his 2010 season, which resulted in just three World Series at bats for the erstwhile slugger.