Sunday, August 26, 2012

Ian Kinsler Leads Rangers over Twins; Andre Ethier Goes 4-for-4 in Second Straight Game

Players of the Day for Saturday, August 25, 2012

American League

Multi-hit and multi-homer games are all the rage in Texas, ever since Adrian Beltre smashed three homers in one game and, two days later, hit for the cycle.

Ian Kinsler
Saturday was Ian Kinsler's turn at the plate, and the scrappy second baseman came within a double of hitting for the cycle himself.

Kinsler led off the Texas half of the first inning with his 15th home run of the season, cleared up a bases-loaded situation in the third with a triple and later singled. He finished 3-for-5 with four RBI and a run scored, giving him 88 runs on the year, good for second in the AL behind LA's amazing rookie, Mike Trout, who leads the league with 99.

Texas won its fourth straight, a 9-3 Ranger romp over Minnesota, and will be looking for the sweep in their four game series with the downcast Twins when they host them in the finale Sunday afternoon. It's been pretty one-sided for the home team. Texas has outscored the Twins 27-9 in the first three games and continue lead the AL West by six games over the A's.

National League

Ethier: 10 straight hits
Seemingly unconcerned about being dropped to sixth in the Dodger lineup, Andre Ethier continued to demonize opposing pitchers, going 4-for-4 in LA's 9-3 win over Miami.

It was the second straight win over the Marlins and the second game in a row in which Ethier was 4-for-4 with a home run. Ethier had two hits in his final two at-bats in Thursday's loss to the Giants, giving him 10 straight, tying a club record set in 1919 by first baseman Ed Konetchy.

Being moved down in the batting order is not a worry for either Ethier or the Dodgers, since he's batting right behind a pair of newcomers: Hanley Ramirez, whom them Dodgers acquired in late July, and Adrian Gonzalez, who was traded to the Dodgers from Boston on Saturday and hit a three-run homer in his first game for LA.

The win allowed LA to pick up a game on the Giants, who lead the NL West by just two games over the Dodgers. LA will be looking for the series sweep Sunday afternoon when they host the Marlins.

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