Red Sox still trying to hang around playoff race
Eduardo Perez is an analyst for "Baseball Tonight."
Touch 'Em All
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|Pat Burrell, SF||11||CHC||Bot 4: 2-1, 0 Outs. None on.||Wells|
|Pat Burrell, SF||12||CHC||Bot 5: 2-0, 1 Out. Grand Slam.||Wells|
|Casey McGehee, MIL||18||ARI||Bot 5: 0-0, 1 Out. None on.||Lopez|
|David Ortiz, BOS||25||TOR||Top 5: 3-2, 1 Out. None on.||Mills|
|Jose Bautista, TOR||36||BOS||Bot 9: 3-2, 0 Outs. None on.||Lackey|
Friday's Best Matchups
Phillies at Mets, 7:10 p.m. ET
It's been a volatile few days for the Mets, who now welcome the Phillies for the weekend. Cole Hamels has yet to win in the second half, but it's not really his fault. He is carrying around a 2.38 ERA in five starts after the All-Star break. R.A. Dickey was roughed up by the Phillies in his most recent start, giving up six runs and two homers in only three innings of work.
Dodgers at Braves, 7:35 p.m. ET
Hiroki Kuroda has a 3.65 ERA, but still is walking around with 10 losses, fourth-most in the NL. Braves starter Tim Hudson has won his past four starts, allowing two total runs in those outings, which spanned 28 2/3 innings. He has lowered his ERA to 2.24, good for third in the NL.
Padres at Giants, 10:15 p.m. ET
The Padres will try to avoid what happened to the Reds earlier in the week, when Cincinnati struggled in a statement series against the Cardinals. San Diego's Clayton Richard has given up 15 hits and nine runs in nine innings in two August starts. Jonathan Sanchez is 0-2 in three starts against the Padres this season.
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WEB GEMS LEADERBOARD
THURSDAY'S BEST AND WORST
BESTJohan Santana, LHP, Mets
Santana told Mets manager Jerry Manuel before the game he had no intention of coming out against the Rockies. He didn't. Santana tossed a complete-game, four-hit, 10-strikeout shutout in a 4-0 win against the Rockies, giving a Mets bullpen depleted by the legal troubles of Francisco Rodriguez a rest. The lefty has not allowed a run over his past two starts.
WORSTJonathan Papelbon, RHP, Red Sox
Papelbon couldn't close against the Blue Jays. He recorded only one out, but gave up four hits, one walk and three runs as Toronto scored four times in the ninth to turn a 5-2 Boston lead into a 6-5 Red Sox loss. It was Papelbon's sixth blown save of the year.