Cheating in baseball has forced many to pay a price
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By Orel Hershiser, ESPNWhen you are a part of the game, naturally you protect the game and your teammates.
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|
|A. Pujols, StL||13||Pit||Duke||Top 1: 3-1, 2 Outs. None on.|
|J. Thome, CWS||5||Cle||Sowers||Top 1: 1-0, 2 Outs. 1 on.|
|A. Jones, Bal||7||TB||Sonnanstine||Bot 1: 2-2, 1 Outs. None on.|
|J. Nix, CWS||2||Cle||Sowers||Top 3: 2-2, 0 Outs. None on.|
|A. Jones, Bal||8||TB||Sonnanstine||Bot 2: 3-1, 2 Outs. 2 on.|
ON DECK: WEDNESDAY'S BEST MATCHUPSWhite Sox at Indians Mark Buehrle and Cliff Lee have swapped roles this year. A year ago, Buehrle limped to a 1-5 start to the season while Lee began a year that would end with a Cy Young Award. This year, Buehrle is 5-0 while Lee is 1-5. The two square off Wednesdsay. Tigers at Twins Dontrelle Willis makes his season debut. He has been out all year with an anxiety disorder. Willis appeared in only eight games with the Tigers a year ago, going 0-2 with a 9.38 ERA in just 24 innings. Yankees at Blue Jays The Blue Jays got off to a good start in this series, winning the opener Tuesday. But that was with Roy Halladay pitching. Well, on Wednesday, Toronto sends out Scott Richmond, who has gotten off to a strong start, posting 4-1 record with a 3.29 ERA over six starts. For the rest of Wednesday's schedule, click here.
BBTN ON THE AIR: WEDNESDAY
|10 p.m. ET
|Host: Karl Ravech
Analysts: John Kruk, Steve Phillips, Chris Singleton
|12 a.m. ET
|Host: Steve Berthiaume
Analysts: Steve Phillips, Chris Singleton
BBTN MINUTE: ZIMMERMAN'S HIT STREAK
ESPN researcher Mark Simon digs deep, looking for the night's best baseball numbers.Tonight, he looks at Roy Halladay, who picked up a complete-game win against the Yankees on Tuesday. Halladay has tossed an awful lot of those since 2003.
|Most complete games, active pitchers|
|CG||CG since 2003|
TUESDAY'S BEST AND WORST
|• Ryan Zimmerman continues his march toward Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak. By going 2-for-5 against the Giants, Zimmerman upped his hitting streak to 30 games. Zimmerman has had a hit in every game for the Nationals but one this season, and that came on an 0-for-5 night on April 7 against Florida.|
|• Normally, when you think of speed and the Phillies, Jimmy Rollins or Shane Victorino comes to mind first. Well, start considering Jayson Werth, who stole four bases in a 5-3 win against the Dodgers. Werth's four stolen bases tied a team record, which was last accomplished by Garry Maddox in 1978.||WORST|
|• Mark Lowe will probably want to forget his relief appearance from Tuesday. He gave up all six runs in the seventh inning of the Mariners' 7-1 loss against Texas. Lowe's line -- two-thirds of an inning, five hits, six runs and a homer.|
|• Mark Lowe isn't the only one who'd like to forget Tuesday. Andy Sonnanstine lasted just two innings in the Rays' 7-5 loss against the Orioles. In his short time, he gave up nine hits and seven runs and his ERA jumped from 5.79 to 7.27 in one night.|
NUMBERS TO KNOW
New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera entered play Tuesday with six saves, but with a 3.65 ERA (his highest since 1995, when he started 10 games) and having surrendered four home runs, as many as he did each of the past two seasons. So what has gone wrong? His trademark cutter has not been as effective this season against righties as it had been in years past.Rivera's cutter has long given American League hitters nightmares, and they had never hit him for an average higher than .248 since he went to the bullpen in 1996. This season, however, righties are punishing the pitch for a .375 batting average. They are also swinging and missing more and chasing the pitch out of the strike zone far less, especially the one in the upper third of the zone. They chased the pitch out of the zone at least a third of the time in each of the past two seasons, but righties are going after it only 6.7 percent of the time this season. Rivera and the Yankees play again Wednesday. Rivera has collected 37 career saves against Toronto, the fourth most he has totaled against any team.
|Righties vs. Rivera fastball|
FANTASY: PREVIEW OF WEDNESDAY'S GAMES
Tristan H. Cockcroft examines the 15 games on Wednesday's slate.
Cockcroft ranks the pitchers scheduled to take the mound and supplies loads of other information that could help shape your roster for Wednesday. Daily Notes