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|David Wright, NYM||14||MIN||Bot 5: 1-2, 1 Out. 1 on.||Baker|
|Paul Konerko, CHW||20||CHC||Bot 6: 1-1, 0 Outs. None on.||Dempster|
|Albert Pujols, STL||16||KC||Top 5: 3-1, 2 Outs. None on.||Chen|
|Vernon Wells, TOR||19||PHI||Bot 3: 0-0, 2 Outs. 1 on.||Moyer|
|David Ortiz, BOS||16||SF||Top 1: 3-2, 2 Outs. None on.||Lincecum|
Monday's Best Matchups
Nationals at Braves, 7:10 p.m. ET, ESPN2
A big-time pitching matchup will play out, with Stephen Strasburg facing Tim Hudson. Strasburg's first four starts have been impressive -- and much talked about. He is 2-1 with a 1.78 ERA. Hudson, meanwhile, has quietly strung together a 7-3, 2.54 ERA start. Hudson has lost two of his past three starts, but the Braves scored a total of four runs in those three outings.
Mets at Marlins (in San Juan, Puerto Rico), 7:10 p.m. ET
R.A. Dickey tries to continue his perfect season. In his 6-0 run to open the year, Dickey has given up only two homers, and both of those came in one game on May 30 against the Brewers. Dickey is coming off his best performance in this impressive stretch, an eight-inning, four-hit, zero-run outing against the Tigers.
Dodgers at Giants, 10:10 p.m. ET
Barry Zito has lost his past two starts; he did go eight innings and give up only three runs against the Blue Jays but still was defeated 3-2. He has already faced the Dodgers once this season, tossing 7 1/3 effective innings in a no-decision. The Giants lost that game, a 2-1 defeat on April 18.
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That's not easy
WEB GEMS LEADERBOARD
SUNDAY'S BEST AND WORST
BESTJon Lester, LHP, Red Sox
The Red Sox have been hit by injuries this week -- Dustin Pedroia and Victor Martinez both broke bones -- so Boston could use some good fortune. And Lester provided a stellar effort, tossing a complete-game, nine-strikeout gem in a 5-1 win against the Giants. After beginning the year 0-2, Lester is 9-1 from April 28 on.
WORSTTommy Hanson, RHP, Braves
Hanson was roughed up for a second consecutive outing, this time battered by the Tigers in a 10-4 loss. Hanson gave up six runs on eight hits over 3 2/3 innings. This comes after he gave up 13 hits and nine runs against the White Sox in an equally brief appearance Tuesday.
With less than a week before All-Star voting closes, let's take a look at some players having historic first halves to the season. Can they keep up the pace going into the break?• Arthur Rhodes' 0.24 ERA would be the second lowest going into the break (min. 30 IP) in the past 50 years. In 1989, Bill Landrum took a 0.23 ERA into the break for the Pirates (but was not an NL All-Star) before finishing the season at 1.69. • Likely to make three more starts before the break, Ubaldo Jimenez (13-1) has a shot at being the first pitcher with 16 wins before the break since Wilbur Wood (16-11) in 1974 for the White Sox. However, Wood did it in 27 starts, whereas Jimenez will have made only 18. The last pitcher to win 15 before the break was David Wells in 2000. • Jaime Garcia's 1.79 ERA would be the lowest at the break for a qualifying rookie since Mark Fidrych's 1.78 in 1976. He started the All-Star Game for the AL that season.