Saturday, April 8, 2017

Nomar Mazara Leads Rangers With Grand Slam; Yangervis Solarte Drives In 4 For Padres

Players of the Day for Friday, April 7, 2017

Mazara: GS, 6 RBI
American League

After dropping their first three games of the season at home to the AL champion Cleveland Indians, the Texas Rangers registered win numero uno with a solid offensive attack, defeating the visiting Oakland A's by a score of 10-5 Friday night.

Accounting for more than half of the Rangers' total runs scored was right fielder Nomar Mazara, who drove in a run on a ground out in the first, socked a grand slam in the second and finished up with an RBI single in the sixth inning to complete the scoring for Texas.

A second-year player for Texas, Mazara hit 20 homers and batted .266 last season, but is off to a blazing start this year, batting .588 after four games, going 10-for-17 with two doubles, a pair of homers and nine RBI. Mazara currently leads the majors in batting and RBI.

Solarte: 3-5, 4 RBI
The victory came in the first of a three-game series with Oakland. Game two is slated for an 8:05 pm ET start on Saturday.

National League

Predicted by many in the baseball punditry to be the worst team in the majors, the San Diego Padres and their youthful lineup may have plans to make those writers and broadcasters eat their words.

Opening a three-game home series with the Giants - considered the class of the NL West - the Padres racked up a 7-6 victory, thanks to a pair of solo homers by leadoff hitter Manuel Margot and a three-hit night by second baseman Yangervis Solarte.

A former Yankee farmhand, Solarte has spent the last two seasons with the Padres, batting .270 in 2015 and .286 last season, despite playing only 109 games in 2016.

In the win over the Giants, which improved the Padres to 2-3 on the season, Solarte singled twice and doubled in five at-bats, driving in single runs with both of his singles, and getting home two with his seventh-inning double, which put the Pardres ahead, 6-5. Later in the inning, Solarte scored what turned out to be the game-winner on a safety squeeze by catcher Austin Hedges.

Game two of the three game series between the Padres and Giants is slated for a Saturday start at 8:40 pm ET.

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