What Dallas Braden did, now that was cool
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|Hanley Ramirez, FLA||7||WAS||Top 6: 1-1, 0 Outs. None on.||Hernandez|
|Shane Victorino, PHI||7||ATL||Bot 7: 2-2, 1 Out. None on.||Kawakami|
|Carlos Lee, HOU||2||SD||Bot 6: 2-0, 2 Outs. None on.||Mujica|
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|Prince Fielder, MIL||4||ARI||Top 2: 1-0, 0 Outs. None on.||Kennedy|
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THURSDAY'S BEST AND WORST
BESTDallas Braden, LHP, A's
C'mon, could it have been anyone else? Braden tossed baseball's 19th perfect game, and instantly became known for more than being the guy caught in a feud with Alex Rodriguez. Braden struck out six and threw 109 pitches, 77 for strikes in forever etching his name into baseball history.
WORSTBobby Jenks, RHP, White Sox
He came in with the White Sox up 7-5 in the ninth. He gave up four hits and four runs -- including a three-run homer by Fred Lewis -- and did not record an out in Chicago's 9-7 loss. The outing could cost him his job as closer.
MONDAY'S TOP MATCHUPS
Yankees at Tigers, 7:05 p.m. ET, ESPN
The Yankees leave Boston behind and head on to Detroit, where Dontrelle Willis will be waiting. Willis has been consistent so far this season, and has not allowed more than four runs in a start. He's allowed two or fewer in four of six outings.
Nationals at Mets 7:10 p.m. ET
Anybody think these two teams would come into this game with identical records, and those records would be three games over .500? Well, here they are, both at 17-14, tied for second in the NL East, two games behind the Phillies.
Rays at Angels, 10:05 p.m. ET
• Dallas Braden's perfect game was the 19th in MLB history.
• With a 22-8 record entering the game, the Tampa Bay Rays had the highest winning percentage of a team that fell victim to a perfect game.
• The last Athletics no-hitter was thrown by Dave Stewart on June 29, 1990, at the Blue Jays. (Fernando Valenzuela threw one on the same day.)
• The only previous perfect game in Athletics history was thrown by Catfish Hunter on May 8, 1968 (42 years ago yesterday).