Phillies armed for this stretch run
Eduardo Perez is an analyst for "Baseball Tonight".
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|Paul Konerko, CHW||37||MIN||Bot 3: 0-0, 2 Outs. None on.||Pavano|
|Hideki Matsui, LAA||20||CLE||Top 7: 0-2, 1 Out. None on.||Carmona|
|Mike Napoli, LAA||25||CLE||Top 7: 2-2, 2 Outs. None on.||Carmona|
|A.J. Pierzynski, CHW||8||MIN||Bot 6: 2-0, 0 Outs. None on.||Pavano|
|Delmon Young, MIN||18||CHW||Top 5: 0-0, 2 Outs. 1 on.||Buehrle|
Friday's Best Matchups
Nationals at Phillies, 7:05 p.m. ET
Since joining the Phillies, Roy Oswalt has lowered his ERA from 3.42 to 2.94. He is 6-0 over his past seven starts. He had won six games in 20 starts with Houston before being dealt to Philly. During his 6-0 run, four times he's not given up a run.
Padres at Cardinals, 8:15 p.m. ET
Mat Latos was hit hard in his most recent outing, giving up five runs in four innings for his first loss since Aug. 3. The Padres, after being handcuffed in the series opener, get a shot at Kyle Lohse, who hasn't gone more than 5⅓ innings since May 17.
Brewers at Giants, 10:15 p.m. ET
Madison Bumgarner lost a 1-0 game last time out, but the start was the latest in an impressive string. He has given up only one run over his past three outings, spanning 20⅓ innings. Randy Wolf pitched well against San Francisco earlier this year -- seven innings, one run -- but was saddled with the loss.
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|Tampa Bay||88-57||--||99.6 pct.|
|NY Yankees||88-58||0.5||97.3 pct.|
THURSDAY'S BEST AND WORST
BESTJonathan Sanchez, LHP, Giants
With the Padres losing, the Giants needed a win to move into first place. Sanchez took care of that. He struck out 12 over seven innings in an easy win over the Dodgers. He gave up one earned run. Over his past four starts, Sanchez has given up just two earned runs in 27 innings.
WORSTAlex Rios, CF, White Sox
The Twins pretty much put away the White Sox in the AL Central with a three-game sweep at U.S. Cellular Field. Rios wasn't much help. He went 1-for-13 in three games, including an 0-for-5 day in Thursday's finale.