Sunday, April 29, 2012

Lucas Duda, David Wright Even Series with Rockies; Chris Davis Leads O's into AL East First Place

Players of the Day for Saturday, April 28, 2012

American League

Manager Buck Schowalter has his young Orioles just about where he wants them: tied for first place in the AL East with Tampa Bay. While the Rays were losing to Texas, 7-2, on Saturday, the O's were taking batting practice against the A's, banging out 14 hits in a 10-1 win at Camden Yards.

Chris Davis
The Orioles struck early, scoring five times in the second inning, adding a single run in the third, three in the fifth and another run in the seventh on Chris Davis' fourth home run of the season.

Davis had already inflicted some pain on the A's staff, driving in a run in the second and two more in the fifth with a pair of singles. His homer capped a 3-for-4 outing with four RBI and two touches of home plate.

Coming to the Orioles by way of the Rangers, Davis is getting regular playing time at first base, David is making the most of it, batting .313 with four homers and 11 RBI.

The O's and A's wrap up their three-game set with the rubber game Sunday afternoon in Baltimore.

National League

After being pounded, 18-9, by the Rockies on Friday, the Mets got their share of revenge, evening the series at a game apiece with a 7-5 win in Colorado.

David Wright
Lucas Duda
With the two through five hitters going a combined 11-for-18, the Mets knocked out 13 hits. Lucas Duda snapped a 4-4 tie in the fifth inning with a two-run single after David Wright had knotted the score with an RBI single. Wright and Duda accounted for six of the Mets' seven RBI.

Wright went 3-for-4, with a double and two singles, drove in three runs and scored twice, raising his team best batting average to a robust .385. Duda socked his fourth homer of the year in the second inning - a two-run shot that got the Mets on the board. He went 2-for-4 with four RBI.

The Mets and Rockies will complete their three-game series Sunday afternoon at Coors Field.

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