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|Jayson Werth, PHI||5||STL||Bot 1: 2-2, 2 Outs. 2 on.||Lohse|
|Victor Martinez, BOS||2||LAA||Bot 3: 3-2, 0 Outs. 1 on.||Kazmir|
|Ivan Rodriguez, WAS||1||ATL||Bot 5: 2-0, 1 Out. None on.||Hudson|
|Kelly Johnson, ARI||10||HOU||Top 1: 1-1, 0 Outs. None on.||Rodriguez|
|Justin Smoak, TEX||3||KC||Bot 3: 2-2, 1 Out. 2 on.||Davies|
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THURSDAY'S BEST AND WORST
BESTRoy Halladay, RHP, Phillies
OK, this is getting a little old, putting him in this category almost every time he pitches but he keeps winning. This time Halladay set aside the Cardinals, striking out nine over seven innings in a 7-2 win to improve his record to 6-1 in his move to the NL.
WORSTRandy Wells, RHP, Cubs
Nope, wasn't a good three days in Pittsburgh for the Cubs, who were swept by the Pirates. On Thursday, Chicago was pounded 11-1 in the finale. Starter Wells lasted two innings, giving up five hits, seven runs and three walks for his first loss of the season.
FRIDAY'S TOP MATCHUPS
Yankees at Red Sox, 7:05 p.m. ET
Start your stopwatches. The two teams will go at it again this weekend, and pace of play will be a big topic again. Josh Beckett (1-0, 6.31 ERA) and Phil Hughes (3-0, 1.44 ERA) get things going in the opener.
Cubs at Reds, 7:10 p.m. ET
Royals at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. ET
Maybe this will be the night the Royals decide to give Zack Greinke a little help. He is 0-3, with a 2.27 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. Kansas City has scored three or fewer runs in four of his past five starts.
It seems forever ago that Brandon Wood was one of the top prospects in the game (remember when he hit 43 homers at Class A in 2005?), but his star and the optimism surrounding him have faded with each successive stint in the big leagues. Now out of minor league options, he's down to his last chance to stick with the Angels.While in the minors, Wood looked like a powerful Three True Outcomes player (home runs, walks and strikeouts making up the majority of his plate appearances). But in the majors he has devolved into something more like a 1.5 True Outcomes player, with plenty of strikeouts, very few walks, and a handful of homers. The problem seems to be that he doesn't make adjustments.