Rockies making magic out of thin air
John Kruk is an analyst for "Baseball Tonight"
Touch 'Em All
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|Joey Votto, CIN||34||ARI||Bot 3: 2-1, 1 Out. None on.||Enright|
|Corey Hart, MIL||28||HOU||Top 4: 1-1, 0 Outs. None on.||Myers|
|Chase Utley, PHI||14||FLA||Top 3: 2-0, 2 Outs. None on.||Miller|
|Jack Cust, OAK||11||KC||Top 6: 2-2, 1 Out. None on.||Bullington|
|Edwin Encarnacion, TOR||14||BAL||Top 6: 1-1, 0 Outs. None on.||VandenHurk|
Tuesday's Best Matchups
Yankees at Rays, 7:10 p.m. ET
It'll be nearly impossible to top the pitching duel from Monday, when CC Sabathia and David Price went toe-to-toe. But Ivan Nova and Matt Garza will try. In his limited time -- Nova's pitched only 24 2/3 innings in the majors this year -- he has struggled against left-handers, who are hitting .313 against him. Righties, meanwhile, are hitting only .240. Garza has faced the Yankees just once this season, and walked away with a no-decision on July 31.
Twins at White Sox, 8:10 p.m. ET
The Twins could put away the White Sox once and for all in this series or the White Sox could scrape back into the AL Central race. Minnesota holds a six-game lead in the division. Francisco Liriano will try to make it seven. He's 2-0 against Chicago already this season; John Danks is 2-1 against Minnesota.
Dodgers at Giants, 10:15 p.m. ET
After a day off, the Giants resume their pursuit of the Padres in the NL West. Will this be the moment Barry Zito rises up and ends his slide? He is 0-8 in 12 starts since July 21, and he has lost each of the past six times he's gone to the mound. Clayton Kershaw's struggles don't look as bad in comparison, but the picture still isn't good -- he is 0-3 over his past four starts and 1-5 over his past eight.
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WEB GEMS LEADERBOARD
HUNT FOR OCTOBER
NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST
|San Diego||81-62||--||46.4 pct.|
|San Francisco||81-63||0.5||59.6 pct.|
MONDAY'S BEST AND WORST
BESTDerek Lowe, RHP, Braves
The Braves needed a big effort from Lowe, what with being locked in a neck-and-neck race in the NL East with the Phillies. All Lowe did was provide a career-high 12 strikeouts over eight shutout innings of a 4-0 win over the Nationals. Lowe didn't issue a walk in picking up his second consecutive win, which followed a streak in which he'd lost three consecutive decisions.
WORSTAndrew Miller, LHP, Marlins
It wasn't a real good night for Miller, who gave up nine hits, seven runs, three walks and three homers in five innings in the Marlins' 11-4 loss against the Phillies. It was the second straight time he was routed by the Phillies; five days earlier he was pounded for 11 hits and seven runs in four innings of a 10-6 loss.