Thursday, August 1, 2013

Torii Hunter 4-for-5 in Tigers' 11-1 Rout of Nationals; Freddie Freeman 4-for-4 in Atlanta's 9-0 Win over Rockies

Players of the Day for Wednesday, July 31, 2013

American League

Torii Hunter
At age 38, Torii Hunter is enjoying one of his finest seasons of his 15-year major league career, batting .316 with 11 home runs and 53 RBI after going 4-for-5 in Detroit's 11-1 rout of the Washington Nationals.

After doubling and being stranded in the first inning, Hunter socked his 11th home run of the season - and fourth in his last seven games - in the second inning, a solo shot, singled in another run and scored in the fourth and doubled home one more run in the seventh, driving in three runs and scoring a pair.

Batting in the second spot in Detroit's lineup most of the season, Hunter has solidified an already-powerful Tiger batting order.

Detroit's win was their fifth straight, though they've had a hard time expanding their lead in the division because second place Cleveland has won seven straight while third place Kansas City has strung together eight wins in a row.

The Tigers lead the Indians by 2 1/2 games. The Royals are seven games out.

National League

Freddie Freeman
The Colorado Rockies will be more than happy to depart from Atlanta after the conclusion of their four-game series on Thursday.

That's because the Braves have taken them to the woodshed, winning the first three games by a combined score of 29-11, including Wednesday's 9-0 bashing.

After crushing a pair of homers on Tuesday, Freddie Freeman continued his hot hitting, going 4-for-4 (all singles) against Colorado hurlers in Wednesday's win.

Freeman drove in two runs and scored a pair, improving his RBI total to 71, fifth best in the National League. In the three games against the Rockies, Freeman has gone 7-for-13 at the plate, driving in six runs and scoring six.

The Braves have won six in a row and will be looking for the sweep of the Rockies, Thursday night at 7:10 pm EDT.

Today's Trivia: Who led the AL in triples four straight years (1991-1994) and then led the NL in triples in 1996? (answer tomorrow)

Yesterday's Answer: As far as three-baggers were concerned, it was no contest. Lou Brock tripled 141 times in 19 seasons, while Rickey Henderson has just 66 triples in his 25-year career.

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