Alfonso Soriano Puts On A Show in the Bronx

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Alfonso Soriano is putting on his own show on Broadway this week in the Bronx for Yankee fans. A night after going 3-for-6 with two home runs and six RBI, Soriano had an even better night against Jered Weaver and the Angels on Wednesday. Soriano went  3-for-3 with two more home runs and seven RBI, including a grand slam in the first inning. He added a solo home run and a two-run double and he drew a walk. Soriano is known for his hot streaks and his long droughts at the plate, but by collecting 13 RBI in the past two games of this series, Soriano became just one of three players to have at least six RBI in consecutive games. Enjoy this ride fantasy owners, but don't be surprised if an 0-15 slump for Soriano is right around that corner.  

 NEWS & NOTES

  •  Francisco Liriano threw a one-run complete game in St. Louis to help end a four game losing streak by for the Pirates. Liriano needed just 94 pitches and was in complete control all night. After his disastrous outing at Coors Field last Friday, Liriano made easy work of the Cardinals for his second complete game of the season.
  • Jim Johnson blew his third straight save opportunity on Wednesday as the Orioles lost again to the Diamondbacks. Johnson now has nine blown saves this season and has only given up three runs in the past month. However, the problem is that all three runs have resulted in blown saves.
  • Jordan Zimmerman allowed one run over seven innings and earned his 14th win this season as the Nationals barely held on to beat the Giants 6-5 on Wednesday. Zimmerman left the game with a 6-1 lead, but the Nats bullpen issues almost blew it and would have if Denard Span did not make an incredible catch to end the game.
  • Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-6 and his RBI double in the bottom of the 12th inning scored Yasiel Puig as the Dodgers won their 8th straight game. His 30-homer seasons may be gone, but Gonzalez is still one of the top first baseman.
  • Andre Ethier (calf) was not in the lineup for the second straight game on Wednesday night, but his pinch hit two-run home run tied the game at 4-4 and the Dodgers went on to win again. With an off day today, Ethier may be back in the Dodgers lineup on Friday night in Philadelphia.
  • Erick Aybar (calf) is back in the Angels lineup for today's game in the Bronx this afternoon. Aybar sat out Wednesday night, but is ready to go so be sure to get him in your lineup.
  • Matt Kemp (ankle) was still walking with a slight limp during agility drills before Monday's game. Kemp was running at 60 to 70 percent according to manager Don Mattingly. Kemp has insisted that he would return this month, but it may time to adjust expectations to an early-September return.
  • Jarred Cosart threw six shutout innings in a no-decision against the A's on Wednesday. The rookie scattered just three hits, walked one and struck out four. He's allowed two runs or less in all six of his starts with the Astros.
  • Juan Francisco crushed two homers off Matt Garza on Wednesday, finishing with four RBI in another Brewers loss.