Friday, September 4, 2015

Kendrys Morales Sparks Royals 15-7 Win over Tigers; Ryan Zimmerman Drives in Four for Nationals

Players of the Day for Thursday, September 3, 2015

American League

Zimmerman: 3-3, 4 RBI
Morales: 4-5, 4 RBI
Despite 14 hits and seven runs, the Detroit Tigers lost badly to the Kansas City Royals, who dominated their AL Central foes with a 15-7 triumph.

The Royals totaled 20 hits, led by Kendrys Morales' four hits in five at-bats. Kansas city took the three-game series, two games to one.

Morales singled thrice and doubled, driving in four runs and scoring three.

In his first season with the Royals, Morales, always a solid run producer, has 98 RBI on the season, second in the AL. He's batting .293 with 17 home runs.

With the AL's best record (82-51), the Royals have a 13-game lead over second place Minnesota in the division and can begin counting down toward their second straight playoff appearance, this time with the division crown in hand. Their magic number for clinching outright is 17.

Detroit has seen better days. After finishing atop the Al Central for four straight seasons, the Tigers have slumped to last place in the division, 21 games out.

Kansas City opens a three-game series with the visiting White Sox Friday.

National League

In Washington's 15-1 trouncing of the Atlanta Braves, Bryce Harper recorded a baseball's odyssey, scoring four times without a hit or even an official at-bat.

Harper walked all four times he appeared at the plate and managed to come around to touch home plate every time. In addition, he was credited with an RBI in the second inning, when he walked with the bases loaded, scoring starter Jordan Zimmermann.

Meanwhile, Ryan Zimmerman went 3-for-3 with two doubles, driving in four runs and scoring twice.

With the Mets idle, the Nationals closed to within six games of first place with their second straight win. With Atlanta in town for three more games this weekend, the Nats have an opportunity to gather momentum for a showdown with the Mets when the New Yorkers visit Washington for a three-game set beginning Monday.

Atlanta is 54-80 and has lost nine straight.

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