Aroldis Chapman about to frustrate NL hitters
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|Ryan Dempster, CHC||1||CHC||Bot 6: 1-1, 2 Outs. 2 on.||Coffey|
|Troy Tulowitzki, COL||10||SF||Bot 6: 2-2, 2 Outs. None on.||Bautista|
|Alex Rodriguez, NYY||17||TOR||Bot 1: 2-0, 2 Outs. 1 on.||Marcum|
|Chipper Jones, ATL||9||NYM||Bot 3: 0-1, 2 Outs. None on.||Pelfrey|
|Pedro Alvarez, PIT||8||CIN||Bot 9: 1-2, 0 Outs. None on.||Masset|
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WEDNESDAY'S BEST AND WORST
BESTVicente Padilla, RHP, Dodgers
Padilla flirted with a no-hitter, taking one into the seventh against the Padres. He didn't finish the no-no, but he did toss a complete-game, two-hit, nine-strikeout shutout in the Dodgers' 9-0 win.
WORSTLaTroy Hawkins, RHP, Brewers
Hawkins' time pitching for the Cubs wasn't all that pleasant. This experience at Wrigley Field, with the Brewers, wasn't pleasant, either. In relief, he recorded one out but gave up four hits, three runs and one homer in Milwaukee's 15-3 loss to the Cubs.
THURSDAY'S BEST MATCHUPS
Twins at Rays, 12:10 p.m. ET
Rays starter Wade Davis has been, well, a bit streaky. After losing all five of his starts in June, Davis enters this outing having won four in a row. Kevin Slowey has won his past two starts and in fact has not lost since June 25, going 3-0 in seven appearances. Mark Buehrle, meanwhile, is coming off his best month of the season -- he went 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA in July.
Giants at Braves, 7:10 p.m. ET
The Giants have won five in a row with Tim Lincecum on the mound; the righty himself picked up three of those victories, with the bullpen taking the other two. Jair Jurrjens feels quite a bit more comfortable at home, where he is 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA. Away from home, he is 0-4 with a 7.63 ERA.
Phillies at Marlins, 7:10 p.m. ET
Roy Oswalt and the Phillies hope his second start with the club goes better than the first. He gave up seven hits and five runs over six innings in an 8-1 loss against the Nationals. Oswalt's last start with Houston was even worse; he gave up nine hits and six runs in five innings of a 7-0 defeat against Cincinnati.