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|Manny Ramirez, LAD||2||SF||Bot 8: 1-2, 1 Out. 1 on.||Romo|
|Miguel Cabrera, DET||3||SEA||Top 3: 0-1, 1 Out. 2 on.||Snell|
|Dan Uggla, FLA||3||PHI||Top 2: 2-1, 0 Outs. None on.||Hamels|
|Jorge Posada, NYY||3||TEX||Bot 7: 3-2, 0 Outs. None on.||Nippert|
|Adam Lind, TOR||3||LAA||Bot 9: 3-2, 2 Outs. None on.||Santana|
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SUNDAY'S BEST AND WORST
BESTMatt Garza, RHP, Rays
Garza did not allow a run over his eight innings in a 7-1 win against the Red Sox, striking out five while scattering four hits. He improves to 3-0 this season and lowers his ERA to 0.75. Opponents are hitting just .175 against him so far this year.
WORSTCarl Pavano, RHP, Twins
Over his first two starts of the year, spanning 13 innings, Pavano gave up 10 hits and two runs while going 0-2. He hadn't served up a homer. In Sunday's loss against the Royals, he gave up 11 hits, seven runs and a homer in 3 1/3 innings of a 10-5 loss.
MONDAY'S TOP MATCHUPS
Rays at Red Sox, 11:05 a.m. ET
The Red Sox will try to avoid the four-game sweep at home against the Rays with the traditional early start on Patriots' Day. Tampa has outscored Boston 16-7 over the first three games of the series. John Lackey tries to stop the slide -- three straight against the Rays, four overall -- and improve to 2-0.
Cubs at Mets, 7:05 p.m. ET, ESPN
Coming off an exhausting 20-inning win Saturday and a disheartening loss Sunday in St. Louis, the Mets return home. They will face Cubs starter Randy Wells, who's pitched well in his first two outings of the year -- he's 1-0 with a 2.92 ERA. Jonathon Niese's season, meanwhile, hasn't started quite as smoothly -- he's 0-1 with a 6.55 ERA.
Tigers at Angels, 10:05 p.m. ET,
Dontrelle Willis finally gets away from the Royals, whom he faced in each of his first two starts of the year. Willis gave up two homers and nine hits over five innings in his most recent outing to push his ERA to 4.91. Joel Pineiro stymied the Yankees his last time out to even his record at 1-1.
The curveball that struck out Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran to end the 2006 National League Championship Series is now considered, statistically speaking, among the best in the game. It was on display Sunday night on ESPN against the Mets.Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright parlayed his success with that pitch into a Cy Young-caliber season in 2009. With help from our Inside Edge databases, the numbers show that he rates significantly better than his peers in terms of his confidence in the pitch and his ability to finish hitters with it: