Saturday, March 10, 2012

Jonathan Lucroy Homers as Brewers Bash Indians; Eric Patterson Goes 4-for-5 with 4 RBI for Tigers

Players of the Day for Friday, March 9, 2012

Grapefruit League
Eric Patterson

In the unlikely case that the Detroit Tigers might need an extra bat in their lineup, they can look to journeyman Eric Patterson as their go-to guy.

Patterson smashed a pair of bombs and rapped out a couple of singles, going 4-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored in Detroit's losing, 7-5, effort against Philadelphia.

Having played for the Cubs, A's Red Sox and Padres from 2007 through last season, Patterson can handle right field and center field, making him a possible replacement for Detroit's regular center fielder, Austin Jackson, who has been criticized for striking out too much in his leadoff spot (181 Ks in 591 at-bats last season).

Patterson's limited career stats (508 at-bats) have yielded just a .217 batting average, but he's swiped 35 bases in 40 attempts.

Jonathan Lucroy
Cactus League

Milwaukee catcher Jonathan Lucroy singled, doubled and homered as the Brewers pounded out 16 hits in a 12-2 battering of the Cleveland Indians.

It was Lucroy's first long ball of the season and he drove in a pair of runs and scored twice as the Brewers went yard four times on the Indians.

Lucroy socked 12 homers in 2011, with 59 RBI, 45 runs and a .265 batting average. As the Brewers' regular backstop, Lucroy played in 138 games last season, his second in the majors.

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