Doubleheader heaven: Wood, Prior

Originally Published: April 13, 2005
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

1:05 p.m. ET Kerry Wood draws the short straw in the Padres-Cubs doubleheader, getting the matchup against Jake Peavy. Mark Prior has been bumped to the second game, to work against Brian Lawrence.

1:05: The Marlins have owned the Phillies the last few years, but Philadelphia sends Cory Lidle to the mound with a chance to take the third game in this series. Dontrelle Willis works his leg kick against the left-handed hitting Bobby Abreu and Jim Thome.

7:05: Yankees. Red Sox. A-Rod. Schilling.

7:10: Roger Clemens tries to stop the Mets, who have two straight wins and counting, after their rough start.

8:05: The Rangers' Chan Ho Park is pitching and the Angels are hitting, but it's not as bad as it sounds – he allowed four hits in 5.2 innings in his first start.

10:05: The Blue Jays, averaging 6.5 runs per game, go for a sweep of the Oakland Athletics.

The Good, Bad and Ugly from Tuesday
The Good: Brandon Webb of the D-Backs worked eight good innings against the Rockies in Arizona's 4-2 victory, averaging 11.8 pitches per inning.

The Bad: Jason Kendall is hitting .219, Eric Chavez .214, Erubiel Durazo .185. Those were Oakland's 3-4-5 hitters Tuesday night. Tough to win with that kind of collective slump.

The Ugly: Benitez, Kolb and Percival went down on Tuesday, after a week in which Hoffman, Rivera and Foulke struggled. The closer works without a safety net.

Buster Olney | email

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine

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