Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Eddie Rosario Socks 3 HRs, Twins Batter Mariners, 20-7; Ryan Zimmerman Socks Two HRs In Nationals' Win

Players of the Day for Tuesday, June 13, 2017

American League
Rosario: 3 HR, 5 RBI

After dropping the opener of their four-game series with the visiting Mariners by a 14-3 score on Monday, the Minnesota Twins delivered some payback in game two on Tuesday, setting a franchise record with 28 hits in a lopsided, 20-7, romp.

All of the starters had at least one hit, and all but Joe Mauer had at least two. Kennys Vargas was 4-for-6, Eduardo Escobar was 5-for-6, Jason Castro was 4-for-5, but Eddie Rosario, batting in the ninth spot in the order, went 4-for-5 with three home runs, three runs and five RBI.

The game took only 3:04 to play, though it was completely out of hand by the third inning, when the Twins had established an 11-3 lead. Seattle starter, Christian Bergman, lasted just 2 2/3 innings, allowing nine runs on 10 hits.

Minnesota, with the victory in hand, continues to lead the AL Central by two games over the Indians. Game three of the series, which has already seen 44 runs scored, starts Wednesday, 8:10 pm ET at Target Field.

National League

Zimmerman Leads NL
in AVG, HRs
Starting with his .372 batting average, Ryan Zimmerman is having a stats-busting season.

Not only is the Washington first baseman leading the league in batting by 20 points over Buster Posey (.352), but he leads the league in home runs after belting a pair in the Nationals' 10-5 win over the Braves.

Zimmerman socked a solo homer in the first and a two-run shot in the sixth, the second belt giving the Nats a 6-5 lead. In the seventh, he singled and scored on Daniel Murphy's double. Zimmerman went 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBI. He is fifth, league-wide in RBI, with 52. Arizona's Jake Lamb leads with 57.

Washington increased its lead in the NL East to 9 1/2 games over the Mets, as the Cubs downed the New Yorkers, 14-3.

The rubber game of the Atlanta-Washington series is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, 4:05 pm ET.

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