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Touch 'Em All
Who went deep? Keep track of all the home runs hit each day on "Baseball Tonight" and the Baseball Tonight Clubhouse page. For more, check out the Home Run Tracker page.
|Miguel Cabrera, DET||10||LAD||Top 1: 0-1, 1 Out. 1 on.||Kuroda|
|Alfosno Soriano, CHC||9||TEX||Top 1: 0-2, 1 Out. 1 on.||Wilson|
|Kevin Youkilis, BOS||9||PHI||Top 6: 3-2, 0 Outs. None on.||Halladay|
|Troy Tulowitzki, COL||4||KC||Top 6: 1-0, 1 Out. None on.||Bullington|
|Kendry Morales, LAA||10||STL||Top 2: 0-2, 0 Outs. None on.||Carpenter|
Monday's Best Matchups
Red Sox at Rays, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
After a productive final two days in Philadelphia -- Daisuke Matsuzaka nearly threw a no-hitter and the Red Sox beat up Roy Halladay -- Boston heads off to play baseball's best. Wade Davis pitched well in his five innings of a no-decision earlier this year against Boston. Clay Buchholz did not give up an earned run -- four unearned did cross -- in a loss against the Rays on April 17.
White Sox at Indians, 7:05 p.m. ET
After opening the year 3-0, John Danks has lost each of his past three starts. It hasn't been entirely his fault, considering the White Sox's offense has scored a total of four runs in those three outings. Justin Masterson (0-4, 5.65 ERA) still is searching for that first victory.
Pirates at Reds, 7:10 p.m. ET
The Reds' start to the season has been a surprise. What makes it even more surprising is they are 25-19 and just a half-game out of first without much help from Opening Day starter Aaron Harang. The righty is 2-5 with a 6.02 ERA and has gone longer than six innings just twice all year.
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WEB GEMS LEADERBOARD
SUNDAY'S BEST AND WORST
BESTCody Ross, CF, Marlins
Ross was one of many Marlins to tee off on White Sox pitching in Florida's 13-0 win. He connected on a pair of homers as part of his 3-for-4 day. He drove home three runs on a day when the Marlins pounded out 18 hits to snap a three-game losing streak.
WORSTZack Greinke, RHP, Royals
Could have easily handed this to the White Sox's pitching. After all, somebody had to give up 13 runs and 18 hits. But Greinke was rocked by Colorado, giving up nine hits and eight runs in only 3 1/3 innings of work. He falls to 1-5 and his ERA jumped from 2.72 to 3.57.
At the time Alfonso Soriano signed his eight-year, $136 million contract in 2006, it was the fifth-largest contract ever. Behind such stalwarts as Alex Rodriguez (10 years, $252 million), Derek Jeter (10 years, $189 million), Manny Ramirez (eight years, $160 million) and Todd Helton (11 years, $141.5 million), Soriano was expected to be a key centerpiece for a team that had finished dead last in the National League (66-96 in 2006).To say that Soriano's arrival in the Chicago has been a mixed bag is quite an understatement. In between All-Star selections in 2007 and 2008, Soriano has also spent considerable time on the disabled list and his been chided for his defensive lapses and baserunning gaffes. Cubs fans either love him or hate him, depending on the day. One thing Cubs fans have to agree on, though: He owns the month of May. In his career, Soriano has more hits (304), runs (183), RBIs (171), stolen bases (51) and home runs (66) in May than in any other month. While no longer much of a threat on the basepaths (19 steals in a season is his Cubs high), Soriano has continued to have success in the power department, hitting the eighth-most home runs (24) in May since 2007.