With David Cook's bio on American Idol in the background, I checked the evening's boxscores and noted the number of HRs hit. The AL had gone deep seven times with one game yet to start. The NL had gone deep eleven times with two games yet to begin.
Despite #3 hitter Derek Jeter's 0-4 with two ks, the New York Yankees managed to eke out a 2-1 win over the 1st place Tampa Bay Rays behind an excellent pitching effort by Mike Mussina. In 6.1 innings, he allowed just five hits while striking out five and walking just one. Mussina is now 6-3 with a 3.99 ERA.
2006 MVP Ryan Howard hit his 8th HR of the season against Braves' lefty Royce Ring. Did his previous 0-3 mark the nadir of his 2008 season?
C.C. Sabathia shutout the Oakland A's on his way to completely eradicating any memory of his 2008 start. Another eleven Ks against just two walks also makes sure no memory of that start remains.
With a quarter of the season gone, Chicago Cubs' rookie catcher has left no doubt that his 2007 breakthrough seasonw as not a fluke. He his his 7th HR of the season and drove in RBIs # 27, 28 and 29. The only question is how close to Victor Martinez he comes in next season's catcher rankings.
|2008 - Geovany Soto||36||127||17||40||13||1||6||26||24||33||0||0||.315||.421||.575|
|2008 - Victor Martinez||32||117||9||39||7||0||0||14||9||11||0||0||.333||.383||.393|
|2008 - Brian McCann||36||132||19||40||12||1||7||21||15||11||0||0||.303||.372||.568|
|2008 - Russell Martin||38||126||20||38||6||0||3||15||29||21||3||3||.302||.433||.421|
|2008 - Joe Mauer||34||121||25||40||9||1||0||15||18||10||0||1||.331||.414||.421|