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John Kruk is an analyst for "Baseball Tonight."
Baseball Tonight Live
Baseball Tonight analysts, ESPN.com writers and SweetSpot Network bloggers chatted with fans and gave their in-game opinions throughout Sunday's games -- all in Baseball Tonight Live.
Touch 'Em All
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|Nelson Cruz, TEX||1||TOR||Bot 7: 2-2, 1 Out. 2 on.||Marcum|
|Jason Heyward, ATL||1||CHC||Bot 1: 2-0, 1 Out. 2 on.||Zambrano|
|David Wright, NYM||1||FLA||Bot 1: 1-0, 1 Out. 1 on.||Johnson|
|Placido Polanco, PHI||1||WAS||Top 7: 1-0, 2 Outs. Grand Slam.||Bergmann|
|Stephen Drew, ARI||1||SD||Bot 4: 2-2, 2 Outs. 1 on.||Garland|
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WHAT A DAY!
Heyward homers in first at-bat
WEDNESDAY'S BEST AND WORST
BESTAlbert Pujols, 1B, Cardinals
What will likely be the first of many appearances in this spot for Pujols, who homered twice as part of his 4-for-5 day in the Cardinals' 11-6 thumping of the Reds.
WORSTCarlos Zambrano, RHP, Cubs
The right-hander's ERA stands at 54.00. That's what happens when you permit eight runs in 1 1/3 innings of work. Zambrano allowed six hits and two homers -- one to Jason Heyward -- as the Cubs were pounded by the Braves in Atlanta.
TUESDAY'S TOP MATCHUPS
Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. ET
Offense was the name of the game in Sunday night's season opener, which the Red Sox won 9-7. A.J. Burnett and Jon Lester will try to turn the attention to the pitching. Burnett went 0-2 with an 8.85 ERA in four starts against the Red Sox last year; Lester was 1-1 with a 4.43 ERA in four starts against the Yankees.
Giants at Astros, 8:05 p.m. ET
Twins at Angels, 10:05 p.m. ET
Joe Mauer hit most teams well last season, but he really hurt the Angels. Mauer batted .419 with a 1.229 OPS, homering three times and driving home nine runs in 31 at-bats against the Angels.
There has been some discussion regarding a possible contract extension for Nationals slugger Adam Dunn. After finding a fairly chilled market for him after the 2008 season, Dunn signed with the downtrodden Nationals for two years and $20 million -- $8 million in 2009 and $12 million in 2010. Dunn delivered exactly what should have been expected, with his .267/.398/.529 actually an improvement on his career numbers entering 2009 (.247/.381/.518).All that being said, Dunn's defense continues to be a serious problem. In fact, despite contributing a .928 OPS and 38 homers, Dunn was worth less than two wins above replacement according to Fangraphs.com. While Dunn remains a player worth having even if he has to play the field, he's entering his age 30 season and does not fit in with the Nationals' long-term core, namely Ryan Zimmerman (25) and Stephen Strasburg (21).
Adam Dunn, past 4 seasons
|2009||1.8||$7.5 mil||$6.7 mil|
|2008||2.8||$10.1 mil||$11.7 mil|
|2007||1.3||$13.0 mil||$5.7 mil|
|2006||1.3||$8.0 mil||$5.7 mil|