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Headline(s) of the Day: AL East, Tiger Woods and Rogers Cup

Posted by Daniel Aldarondo on August 15, 2009

Victor Martinez is putting on some show in Boston.  Last night with two outs and runners on second and third, Martinez lined a 2-2 pitch down the right field line off of closer Frank Francisco to give the Red Sox a 4-3 lead.  They would tack on an additional four runs and increase their lead over the Texas Rangers in the AL Wild Card standings to 1.5 games.

– Not to be outdone by their rivals, Mark Teixeira broke a 2-2 tie with the Mariners, crushing a home run deep into right field to lead off the ninth inning.  The home run was Teixeira’s 30th, and the win put the Yankees at 30 games over .500 for the first time this season.  Mariano Rivera, amidst talks of  shoulder soreness, pitched a one-two-three bottom half of the ninth.

– More AL East News?!?! Felix Pie (pee-Ay, not Pie) hit for the cycle yesterday for the Baltimore Orioles.  This may be the last time the Orioles make an appearance on this blog.

Tiger Woods is leading at the PGA Tour Championships.  Surprise, surprise.  Shooting at 7-under-par for the first two days, the rest of the field will have to try and put a blemish on Woods’ 8-0 record when leading after 36-holes in a major championship.  Coming in second includes his partner for the first two days Padraig Harrington and US Open Lucas Glover.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal both saw their tournament end early yesterday at the Rogers Cup in Montreal. 
The top eight players in the world competed yesterday, with Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and Juan Martin Del Potro upsetting the number one and two ranked players in the world, respectively.  Federer had the win in his grasps, but sloppy play became his undoing as he went from being up 5-1 in the third set to losing in the final tie breaker.  In his first tournament since the French Open, Nadal couldn’t keep up with Del Potro’s hot play.  In the semifinals, it will be Tsonga against Andy Murray in the matinee, and Del Potro will take on Andy Roddick, who knocked off the only other grand slam winner in the last four years in Novak Djokovic, in the evening.

(Note: With Rafa’s loss, Andy Murray has a chance to take the number two rank in the world if he reaches the finals of the Rogers Cup.  It’s been a tough couple months for the Spaniard, who has already seen his French and Wimbledon titles taken away by Federer along with his number one ranking.)


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