Rays rolling, but will it be enough in loaded AL East?
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By Peter Gammons, ESPNRoy Halladay failed to complete seven innings for the first time all season Monday. Hey, when you're playing the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays 50-something times a season, these things will happen.
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|
|B. Upton, TB||7||Tor||Richmond||Top 1: 0-0, 0 Outs. None on.|
|K. Youkilis, Bos||13||Bal||Hill||Top 1: 1-2, 1 Outs. 1 on.|
|P. Konerko, CWS||13||Cle||Lee||Top 1: 1-2, 0 Outs. 1 on.|
|C. Crawford, TB||8||Tor||Richmond||Top 3: 2-1, 1 Outs. None on.|
|T. Hafner, Cle||8||CWS||Richard||Bot 2: 2-1, 2 Outs. None on.|
|D. Wright, NYM||5||Mil||Burns||Top 1: 2-0, 1 Outs. 1 on.|
|J. Ellsbury, Bos||4||Bal||Hill||Top 4: 1-1, 0 Outs. None on.|
|I. Kinsler, Tex||19||LAA||Saunders||Bot 1: 2-2, 0 Outs. None on.|
|M. Byrd, Tex||6||LAA||Saunders||Bot 1: 1-2, 0 Outs. 1 on.|
ON DECK: WEDNESDAY'S BEST MATCHUPSRays at Blue Jays, 1:07 p.m. ET Ricky Romero is coming off a solid June. The rookie left-hander went 3-1 with a 2.36 ERA in June. He is coming off his best performance, when he tossed seven two-hit innings against the Phillies in a 6-1 win. Red Sox at Orioles, 1:35 p.m. ET Josh Beckett is on a roll, having won seven of his past eight decisions, but Brad Bergesen has been even a bit better. He has won his past four decisions and, since May 24, has dropped his ERA from 5.49 to 3.77. Giants at Cardinals, 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN Matt Cain had his seven-game winning streak snapped his last time out when he was hit hard by the Brewers. He already has beaten the Cardinals once, winning 4-2 on May 29. Adam Wainwright got plenty of help in June; in three of his five starts, St. Louis scored at least 11 runs. For the rest of Wednesday's schedule, click here.
BBTN ON THE AIR: WEDNESDAY
|10 p.m. ET
|Host: Karl Ravech
Analysts: Buster Olney, Fernando Vina, John Kruk
|12 a.m. ET
|Host: Steve Berthiaume
Analysts: Fernando Vina, Buster Olney, John Kruk
BBTN MINUTE: PUJOLS' BIG NIGHT
ESPN researcher Mark Simon digs deep, looking for the night's best baseball numbers.Tonight, he looks at Dan Haren, who allowed one run and struck out nine in seven innings for a win over the Reds. The performance has become rather common for Haren:
|Haren's past seven starts|
TUESDAY'S BEST AND WORST
|• Yes, Albert Pujols went deep twice, arriving at 30 homers for the season. But the Rangers' Elvis Andrus accomplished something just as impressive. Andrus stole four bases -- the first AL rookie to do so since 2000 -- in Texas' 9-5 win over the Angels.||WORST|
|• The Red Sox's bullpen gave up 10 runs over the final two innings, coughing up a 10-1 lead in an 11-10 loss on the road against the Orioles. Justin Masterson gave up five runs in the seventh inning, then Hideki Okajima gave up the first four in the eighth, recording just one out.|
NUMBERS TO KNOWThe San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals meet Wednesday, and they'll be starting two of the winningest pitchers in the NL this season: Matt Cain (nine wins) for the Giants and Adam Wainwright (eight wins) for the Cardinals. When these two pitchers meet, it'll be a contrast in styles. Cain prefers to use his fastball predominantly, but Wainwright appears to use his fastball only to set up his breaking pitches, which are among the best in baseball. Wainwright poses a problem for the Giants, who are hitting .199 against right-handed breaking pitches this season, the fourth-lowest total in the majors. The Cardinals are right around the league average against right-handed fastballs this year. They're hitting .284 with a 12.8 miss percentage (league averages are .282 and 14.5, respectively).
Stats by pitch type (2009)
|Miss pct. against||20.2||20.6||33.9|
Stats by pitch type (2009)
|Miss pct. against||7.8||33.2||28.1|
FANTASY: PREVIEW OF WEDNESDAY'S GAMES
AJ Mass examines the 15 games on Wednesday's slate.Mass ranks the pitchers scheduled to take the mound, and supplies loads of other information that could help shape your roster for Wednesday. Daily Notes