BASEBALL TONIGHT EXTRA

Road sweet road


The theme for this weekend in baseball was road sweeps, as there wasn't much of a homefield edge in the sport over the last three days.

Several bats that were hot stayed hot, such as those belonging to Ichiro and Kevin Youkilis, who are both on major hitting tears. The Angels shut down the Yankees, sending them further into a seasonlong funk, but the Mets made it a good weekend for New York sports fans by sweeping the Marlins in Florida. That, coupled with the Phillies' sweep of the Braves, put some distance between the top teams in the National League East. And a couple teams looking to hang in races had much-needed success as both the Rockies and Mariners posted three-game sweeps.

There's one possible sweep that could be completed on Monday. The Pirates will look to make it four straight over the Reds, who are in about as deep a funk as any team in baseball and would surely tell you that this past weekend was one to forget.

ROAD SWEEPS
• Rockies over Giants
First road sweep vs. Giants since: ever
Key player: Matt Holliday: .429 BA, 6 H, 6 RBI
Key note: Barry Bonds passed Babe Ruth on the all-time home run list on the day of the 2006 Indianapolis 500. He passed Ruth on the career hit list on the day of the 2007 Indy 500.

• Red Sox over Rangers
First road sweep vs Rangers since: 1973
Key player: Youkilis: .429 BA, 6 H, 4 R. He has a 19-game hitting streak and a 7-game multi-hit streak.
Key note: The Red Sox have won 34 straight games in which they've scored at least five runs. That includes a 27-0 mark this season.

• Phillies over Braves
First road sweep vs Braves since: 1995
Key player: Greg Dobbs: .333 BA, HR, 5 RBI
Key note: The only category of significance in which the Braves outdid the Phillies in this series was ejections. The Braves had four (including Bobby Cox twice), while the Phillies had none.

• Angels over Yankees
First road sweep vs Yankees since: 2004
Key player: Mike Napoli: .273 BA, 5 RBI. Napoli has a hit and a run scored in 10 straight games. He's the first Angels player to do that since Jim Edmonds in 1997.
Key note: Angels third baseman Chone Figgins had more RBI (three) than Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (one).

• Mets over Marlins
First road sweep vs Marlins since: 2005
Key player: Carlos Delgado: .462 BA, 2 HR, 6 RBI. He has 17 RBI in 13 games at Dolphin Stadium since joining the Mets in 2006.
Key note: The Mets have won seven straight games in Florida and with the sweep extended their NL East lead from 1½ to 4½ games.

• Mariners over Royals
First road sweep since: 2005
Key player: Ichiro: .417 BA, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R. He has a 20-game hitting streak overall and a 21-game hitting streak against the Royals.
Key note: This was the first sweep of a three-game series by the Mariners this season. They had failed to get a sweep in their previous 21 series' of at least three games, dating back to last season.

• Indians over Tigers
First road sweep since: 2005
Key player: Casey Blake: .300 BA, 2 HR, 3 RBI. He has seven RBI in his last five games.
Key note: The Indians are 25-11 since being swept by the Yankees in the series that culminated with Alex Rodriguez's walk-off home run off Joe Borowski on April 19.

FORWARD THINKING: MONDAY
• Braves at Brewers, 2:05 p.m. ET: Chuck James (4-4, 4.13) will get the start for the Braves. The lefty has allowed three or fewer runs in each of his last five starts, but he has just one win in those five outings. He'll be opposed by Chris Capuano (5-3, 4.13), who is winless in his last three starts and has a 9.45 ERA in that span.

Johan Santana
Santana

• White Sox at Twins, 2:10 p.m. ET: The White Sox will go with rookie left-hander John Danks (3-4, 3.78). He's unbeaten in his last three starts, the first of which was a win over the Twins as he allowed one run on three hits in 6 2/3 innings. He'll face Johan Santana (5-4, 3.05), who has recorded double-digit strikeout games in each of his last two outings.

• Indians at Red Sox, 7:05 p.m. ET Left-hander Cliff Lee (2-1, 5.93) will get the start for the Indians. He was roughed up by the Royals in his last start as he gave up eight runs on 10 hits, including three home runs, in 4 1/3 innings. He'll be opposed by Curt Schilling (4-2, 3.94), who is winless in his last three starts and has allowed a combined 12 runs and 29 hits in that time.

• Monday's complete list of probable starters

ANGELS TAKE DOWN YANKEES
K-Rod and the Angels hold off the Yankees.
IN THE ZONE
Ryan Howard Ryan Howard went 3-for-4 and hit two home runs -- a two-run blast in the first inning and a two-run shot in the eighth -- in the Phillies' 13-6 win over the Braves.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
AP Photo/Jeff Lewis
Russell Martin falls into the stands while catching a foul ball during the seventh inning of the Dodgers' 2-1 win over the Cubs.
NOTEWORTHY PERFORMANCES
GOOD
Jake Peavy Jake Peavy tossed seven shutout innings, striking out eight while allowing just two hits in the Padres' 3-0 win over the Brewers. Peavy is now 7-1 with a 1.47 ERA in 11 starts this season.
BAD
Mark DeRosa Mark DeRosa went 0-for-5 in the Cubs' 2-1 loss in 11 innings to the Dodgers. DeRosa is now hitless in his last eight at-bats.
UGLY
Kirk Saarloos Kirk Saarloos failed to retire a batter -- giving up five hits while walking two -- before being pulled in the top of the first inning. Saarloos was charged with allowing five runs and the Reds went on to lose to the Pirates, 14-10.
BONDS SNAPS HOME RUN DROUGHT
Barry Bonds hits career home run No. 746.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
"There's no question. We've had an absolutely awful, rotten, no-good, lousy week."
-- Astros manager Phil Garner, whose team has lost eight straight games
NEWS AND NOTES
Joe Mauer • Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said C Joe Mauer could be activated from the 15-day disabled list before the team's homestand concludes on Wednesday. Mauer has been inactive since May 5 with a strained left quadriceps.

• Giants 2B Ray Durham, injured on Saturday night, had an MRI exam on his strained abdominal muscle and could be headed for the disabled list.


 

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