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|Kevin Youkilis, BOS||5||LAA||Bot 2: 2-0, 0 Outs. None on.||Saunders|
|Matt Wieters, BAL||3||NYY||Top 2: 2-2, 0 Outs. None on.||Sabathia|
|Jayson Werth, PHI||4||STL||Bot 7: 0-1, 0 Outs. None on.||McCllelan|
|Jose Bautista, TOR||5||CLE||Top 2: 0-1, 1 Out. 1 on.||Talbot|
|Michael Cuddyer, MIN||4||DET||Bot 1: 2-1, 1 Out. 2 on.||Scherzer|
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MONDAY'S BEST AND WORST
BESTBrett Cecil, LHP, Blue Jays
The lefty flirted with a no-hitter against the Indians. In fact, he toyed with perfection, retiring the first 19 hitters he faced before offering up a pair of walks and a single. But that hit, an RBI single by Jhonny Peralta, was the only hit he allowed over eight innings of a 5-1 win. He also struck out 10, which is even more impressive since he struck out 11 in his two previous starts combined.
WORSTMatt Palmer, RHP, Angels
Hard to pick one, since the Angels offered up so many choices while giving up 17 runs in a loss against the Red Sox. There was starter Joe Saunders, who gave up nine hits, seven runs and four walks in four innings. And reliever Brian Stokes, who coughed up four runs in 1 1/3 innings. But Palmer claims the dishonor by giving up five hits, six runs, a walk and a homer in 1 2/3 innings.
TUESDAY'S TOP MATCHUPS
Cardinals at Phillies, 7:05 p.m. ET
Adam Wainwright has given up more than six hits in a game just once through five starts. He is also in the top 10 in the NL in wins (third with four), innings pitched (third with 38), WHIP (fifth at 0.89) and complete games (second with two).
Giants at Marlins, 7:10 p.m. ET
Tim Lincecum looks to improve to 5-0. He won his first four starts and is coming off an impressive no-decision against the Phillies. In that start, he struck out 11 and walked just one over 8 1/3. He gave up two runs in a game the Giants eventually lost 7-6.
Rays at Mariners, 10:10 p.m. ET
The Rays' fast start has been aided by a strong showing from James Shields. The righty, after a pair of no-decisions to start the season, has won three in a row. His most recent win was a 12-strikeout gem against the A's.
Despite immense talent, B.J. Upton has had a mostly disappointing career. Not bad, mind you, but disappointing. Early on, finding him a position on the field was difficult, and it hampered his development. Then, shoulder problems sapped his power.We received a glimpse of Upton's potential in 2007 when he hit .300/.386/.508 (batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage). In 2010, he's now another year removed from his November 2008 shoulder surgery and has made some tweaks to his swing, and it looks as if Upton's power has finally returned. His .242/.330/.440 line won't blow you away, but there are reasons to be bullish about the Tampa Bay Rays' 25-year-old center fielder. Late last year, TMI contributor R.J. Anderson wrote a post over at the DRaysBays blog in which he broke down Upton's swing. He noticed that Upton was swinging with his shoulder flying open, which hurt him on outside pitches and prevented him from driving the ball to the opposite field.
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