Spinners Round-Up

Yesterday was another big day for former Spinners in the Major Leagues.

  • Jonathan Papelbon – RP, Boston: Records Major League Leading seventh save. Papelbon still has yet to allow a run to cross the plate while on the mound.
  • Hanley Ramirez – SS, Florida: In the best performance of his short Major League career, leadoff hitter Hanley Ramirez belted two home runs, going 3-for-6 with four RBI. The 2002 Spinner boosted his batting average to .364, and his 15 runs scored tie him for fifth-best in the Major Leagues.
  • Kevin Youkilis – 1B, Boston: Has two hits in each of the Red Sox last two games, and has keyed last-inning heroics for the team in both games. Youk, a Spinner in 2001, is now batting .318 with a .426 OBP. His five doubles are tied for the most on the Red Sox.
  • Casey Fossum – SP, Tampa Bay: Former Spinner Casey Fossum started against the Red Sox last night and turned in a decent performance, lasting 6.1 innings while allowing only two earned runs.
  • Freddy Sanchez – 3B, Pittsburgh: Slick-fielding Freddy Sanchez went 0-for-1 as a defensive replacement in Pittsburgh's 12-4 win over the Cardinals last night.
  • Josh Hancock – RP, St. Louis: In his longest outing of the year, the 1998 Spinner allowed only one hit, but it was a Jack Wilson homerun.
  • Shea Hillenbrand – DH, Toronto: Hillenbrand, the most recent Dick Berardino Alumni Award winner, went 1-for-4 en route to a Blue Jays 10-5 win over the Yankees.
  • Adam Everett – SS, Houston: Everett boosted his batting average to .327 after last night's 3-for-4 showing in a 13-12 squeeker over Milwaukee. Everett, a Spinner in '98, has now recorded multiple-hits in the Astros last four games.
  • Lew Ford – OF, Minnesota: Ford scored two runs and belted two hits last night, including a double. He also stole a base. Ford is batting .333 in limited action this season.
  • Matt Murton – OF, Chicago (NL): Manning left-field for the Cubs, Murton went 1-for-4. The most recent former Spinner to make the Majors, Murton has become a mainstay in Chicago's lineup, racking up the second-most at-bats on the team.

It was a busy day for former Spinners. Who do you think had the better day?

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