Willis still has long way to go, but there is hope
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By Orel Hershiser, ESPNI think there is some hope for Dontrelle Willis to bounce back and become a top-of-the-rotation pitcher again.
TOUCH 'EM ALLWho went deep? Keep track of all the home runs hit each day on "Baseball Tonight" and on the Baseball Tonight Clubhouse page. For more, check out the Home Run Tracker page.
|Home Run Tracker|
|K. Millar, Tor||2||CWS||Richard||Bot 2: 3-1, 1 Outs. None on.|
|J. Thome, CWS||7||Tor||Carlson||Top 8: 0-1, 2 Outs. 1 on.|
|M. Teixeira, NYY||9||Min||Perkins||Bot 1: 2-0, 0 Outs. 2 on.|
|A. Rodriguez, NYY||4||Min||Perkins||Bot 1: 3-2, 0 Outs. None on.|
|C. Monroe, Pit||3||Was||Detwiler||Top 3: 1-1, 1 Outs. 2 on.|
ON DECK: TUESDAY'S BEST MATCHUPSRangers at Tigers A pair of unlikely division leaders start a series. Dontrelle Willis isn't the only pitcher on the mound Tuesday struggling to find a groove. Brandon McCarthy, though 3-1, is toting a 5.92 ERA so far this season. Blue Jays at Red Sox The Blue Jays haven't blinked yet this season, and now face another test on the road to proving they are here to stay in the AL East. After a rough start to the year, Toronto's Brian Tallet (2-1, 4.68) enters coming off three consecutive solid outings. Phillies at Reds The day's best pitching matchup, with Johnny Cueto and Cole Hamels meeting. Cueto is 4-0 over his past six starts and has given up one run or fewer in five of those outings. Cole Hamels has been just as good his past three starts, giving up three runs over 17 1/3 innings. For the rest of Tuesday's schedule, click here.
BBTN ON THE AIR: TUESDAY
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BBTN MINUTE: BLUE JAYS VISIT BOSTON
ESPN researcher Mark Simon digs deep, looking for the night's best baseball numbers.Tonight, he looks at the big nights from guys named Jason. No, it wasn't Friday the 13th, but these Jasons had big efforts on Monday:
|Good to be Jason
What these Jasons did Monday
|Jason Kendall||Jason Bartlett||Jason Marquis|
|Achievement||2,000th career hit||Drove home five runs||Beat former team|
|Notable because||Eighth catcher to reach||Established a career high||Entered w/ 11.45 ERA vs. ATL|
|Season highlights||Back-to-back multihit games||Now hitting .384 on year||Improved to 5-3; 3-1 on road|
MONDAY'S BEST AND WORST
|• Pirates shortstop Jack Wilson had a busy day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with two RBIs, three runs scored and a walk. Wilson had a single, two doubles and a triple, falling only a homer short of the cycle. How much did his performance help his batting average? It went up 39 points, from .254 to .293.||WORST|
|• Oakland's pitching has been awful lately. How bad? The A's staff has given up 47 runs over the past four games, all losses. Sean Gallagher had one of the uglier lines of the season -- 2 1/3 innings pitched, three hits, nine runs (seven earned) and five walks.|
NUMBERS TO KNOW
Johnny Cueto has been dynamite for the Cincinnati Reds this season. After a rough first start on April 11 against the Pirates, the right-hander has gone 4-0 and given up only six earned runs in 40 2/3 innings.Cueto's success stems from his ability to get batters out with any of his pitches. Since that one rough outing, all of his pitches have been tough to hit. Cueto got his revenge on Pittsburgh by tossing eight shutout innings in a 5-0 win on May 3. He faces the Phillies' Cole Hamels on Tuesday.
|Johnny Cueto's BA against by pitch|
FANTASY: PREVIEW OF TUESDAY'S GAMES
Adam Madison examines the 15 games on Tuesday's slate.
Madison ranks the pitchers scheduled to take the mound and supplies loads of other information that could help shape your roster for Tuesday. Daily Notes