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|Chipper Jones, ATL||1||CHC||Bot 8: 3-1, 1 Out. 1 on.||Grabow|
|Ryan Howard, PHI||2||WAS||Top 5: 1-0, 0 Outs. 1 on.||Marquis|
|Evan Longoria, TAM||2||BAL||Bot 8: 1-0, 1 Out. None on.||Meredith|
|Nelson Cruz, TEX||2||TOR||Bot 4: 0-0, 0 Outs. None on.||Tallet|
|Hanley Ramirez, FLA||1||NYM||Top 5: 0-0, 0 Outs. None on.||Maine|
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WEDNESDAY'S BEST AND WORST
BESTVernon Wells, CF, Blue Jays
Wells had a busy night at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two homers, three RBIs, four runs scored and one walk in Toronto's 7-4 win over the Rangers. In two games, Wells is 5-for-7 with three homers and six RBIs.
WORSTJeff Fulchino, RHP, Astros
Fulchino came in and got one out against the Astros. He also gave up four hits, four runs, a homer and a walk in the ninth inning of a 10-4 loss against the Giants.
THURSDAY'S TOP MATCHUPS
Cubs at Braves, 7:10 p.m. ET
Tommy Hanson went 11-4 with a 2.89 ERA last year in 21 starts. Can he make 30 starts? Win 20 games? Contend for a Cy Young award? We'll find out, starting Thursday night at home against the Cubs.
Marlins at Mets, 7:10 p.m. ET
Nate Robertson will make his second career start for the Marlins. His first one, by the way, came in 2002. Robertson spent the past seven seasons in Detroit before Florida reacquired him in March.
Orioles at Rays, 7:10 p.m. ET
Brian Matusz, a popular preseason choice for AL Rookie of the Year honors, makes his season debut. In eight starts last season for the Orioles, the lefty went 5-2 with a 4.63 ERA. He faced the Rays once last year, picking up the win in spite of a so-so outing -- he allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Pedroia vs. Cano (162-game avg.)