Roy vs. Tim makes Wednesday a Halladay
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|Troy Tulowitzki, COL||1||WAS||Top 2: 3-1, 0 Outs. None on.||Olsen|
|Vernon Wells, TOR||4||KC||Bot 4: 0-1, 1 Out. None on.||Davies|
|Joey Votto, CIN||2||LAD||Bot 4: 1-0, 2 Outs. 1 on.||Ortiz|
|Travis Hafner, CLE||2||MIN||Top 2: 0-0, 0 Outs. None on.||Slowey|
|Carl Crawford, TB||2||CHW||Top 1: 0-0, 1 Out. None on.||Danks|
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TUESDAY'S BEST AND WORST
BESTDarnell McDonald, CF, Red Sox
McDonald was called up earlier Tuesday, and all he did later that night was hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the eighth inning to tie the Red Sox's game with the Rangers and then drill a game-winning single off the Green Monster in the bottom of the ninth for a 7-6 Boston win.
WORSTRyan Madson, RHP, Phillies
So many choices. The Dodgers fell behind 9-3 in the first four innings against the Reds. Then came back and tied the game. Then lost. So plenty of choices there. And the Rockies scored eight times in the third against the Nats. But the Phillies' bullpen earns the dishonors. Up 3-0 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Madson gave up back-to-back homers to send the game into extra innings. Then Jose Contreras served up a homer to Nate McLouth to lead off the 10th for a 4-3 Braves win.
WEDNESDAY'S TOP MATCHUPS
Phillies at Braves, 7:05 p.m. ET, ESPN
Ten current members of the Braves have faced Roy Halladay. So they've seen him before. That's the good news. The bad news for Atlanta is they are hitting .222 against him, going 22-for-99. Troy Glaus is 4-for-11 (.364). After that, nobody with more than two career at-bats against Halladay is better than .205.
Indians at Twins, 8:10 p.m. ET
Francisco Liriano is coming off a gem against the Red Sox. He tossed eight shutout innings in an 8-0 win. More importantly, he found his control after handing out five walks in six innings of his first outing of the season against the White Sox.
Cardinals at Diamondbacks, 9:40 p.m. ET
After serving up five homers over his first two starts, Chris Carpenter settled in Friday against the Mets, when he went seven homerless innings. He permitted just one run in a 4-1 win to improve to 2-0 over his first three starts.
Kosuke Fukudome wasted no time winning Cubs fans hearts in 2008, hitting a game-tying three-run home run in his major league debut, and blistering the baseball in his first month in the majors. At the end of his first April, he was hitting .327/.436/.480 and looked like a star.The rest of the season didn't go quite as well. Fukudome hit .241/.340/.355 from May through September, showing little power and earning a late-season benching. In 2009 we saw much of the same. In his 89 April plate appearances, Fukudome hit .338/.461/.592, an improvement even over his hot April 2008. The rest of the way he hit .245/.360/.393, again a bit better than 2008 but still a disappointment after another torrid start. He's again off to a good start -- he's hitting .297 -- yet Cubs fans have been conditioned to expect much worse once the calendar turns to May. Why has he hit so much better in April than the rest of the year? It is tough to assign a cause to such a small sample. However, we can see a discrepancy in his batted ball types in April compared to the rest of the season. In the first month of the year, Fukudome hits the ball in the air and drives it with some regularity.
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