Adding two more playoff spots would spice up baseball's final month
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By Peter Gammons, ESPNAll things considered, baseball has done a remarkable job holding the means.
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|
|Prince Fielder, MIL||41||Wells||Bot 2: 1-1, 0 Outs. None on.|
|Adam Dunn, WAS||38||Kuroda||Bot 3: 2-1, 2 Outs. 1 on.|
|Derrek Lee, CHC||35||Smith||Top 4: 0-1, 2 Outs. None on.|
|Aaron Hill, TOR||33||Hendrickson||Bot 3: 2-2, 1 Out. None on.|
|Raul Ibanez, PHI||32||Badenhop||Top 8: 2-2, 1 Out. None on.|
|Dan Uggla, FLA||30||Moyer||Bot 2: 3-2, 0 Outs. None on.|
|Michael Cuddyer, MIN||29||Danks||Top 6: 0-0, 0 Outs. None on.|
ON DECK: WEDNESDAY'S BEST MATCHUPSTigers at Indians, 7:05 p.m. ET With the Tigers and Twins winning Tuesday, Detroit remains 2½ games ahead in the AL Central. The Tigers send Eddie Bonine out for only his third start of the season and the eighth of his career. Bonine was called up Sept. 1 and is 0-0 with a 5.96 ERA in eight big league appearances this season. Twins at White Sox, 8:11 p.m. ET The Twins have had little trouble with the White Sox lately, going 8-2 in the past 10 meetings. And just how good is Brian Duensing, who pitches Wednesday, been this month? Well, he's 2-0 with a 1.07 ERA in four September starts. Giants at Diamondbacks, 10:10 p.m. ET, ESPN Jonathan Sanchez is 0-2 in his past four starts, but he has been more a victim of the San Francisco offense than anything else. Three times in those four starts the Giants have scored no more than one run. Still, in his two most recent starts, Sanchez has exited early, lasting 4 1/3 innings in consecutive outings against the Dodgers. For the rest of Wednesday's schedule, click here.
BBTN ON THE AIR: WEDNESDAY
|1 a.m. ET
|Host: Karl Ravech
Analysts: Buster Olney, Fernando Vina
BBTN MINUTE: REYNOLDS RESETS K's RECORD
ESPN researcher Mark Simon digs deep, looking for the night's best baseball numbers.Tonight, he looks at the homer-happy Yankees offense, which helped the Bronx Bombers clinch a playoff berth Tuesday:
|Most homers in a season
|1961||240||Won World Series|
|2003||230||Lost World Series|
TUESDAY'S BEST AND WORST
|• The Marlins-Phillies doubleheader produced a pair of similarly strong pitching performances. In the first game, the Phillies' Joe Blanton tossed seven shutout innings of two-hit ball in a win. In the nightcap, the Marlins' Anibal Sanchez, tossed eight shutout innings of two-hit ball. Blanton struck out nine; Sanchez whiffed seven.||WORST|
|• Mark Reynolds is having a huge season at the plate; he has 43 homers and 100 RBIs. But he struck out three more times in a 10-8 win against the Giants, breaking his own single-season strikeout record. The old total was 204; his three whiffs Tuesday raised the mark to 206 and counting.|
NUMBERS TO KNOWScott Kazmir has impressed in his first four starts with the Angels after being acquired from the Rays. The lefty is only 1-1, but he has a 1.42 ERA and the Angels are 3-1 in games he started. His numbers have been better across the board since making the move to Los Angeles, thanks in large part to his fastball's being more effective since he switched teams. He is throwing it for strikes more often for the Angels, and opponents' batting average against it has been close to 100 points lower.
|Kazmir's fastball (2009)|
FANTASY: PREVIEW OF WEDNESDAY'S GAMES
Adam Madison examines the 15 games on Wednesday's slate.Madison ranks the pitchers scheduled to take the mound, and supplies loads of other information that could help shape your roster for Wednesday. Daily Notes
HUNT FOR OCTOBERHere's the latest in the wild-card races:
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