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|Mark Teixeira, NYY||6||DET||Top 3: 2-0, 1 Out. 1 on.||Thomas|
|Troy Glaus, ATL||3||MIL||Top 6: 2-2, 0 Outs. None on.||Davis|
|Ryan Zimmerman, WAS||6||NYM||Top 3: 0-1, 1 Out. None on.||Maine|
|Johnny Damon, DET||2||NYY||Bot 5: 0-0, 1 Out. None on.||Mitre|
|Jose Bautista, TOR||7||BOS||Top 5: 1-1, 2 Outs. 1 on.||Lackey|
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MONDAY'S BEST AND WORST
BESTTommy Hanson, RHP, Braves
The Braves' righty breezed through the Brewers' lineup, tossing eight shutout innings in an 8-2 win. He struck out eight, allowed one walk and scattered four hits to improve his record to 3-2. Of course, it helped that quiet Atlanta offense awoke, scoring six times in the sixth inning.
WORSTBrandon Morrow, RHP, Blue Jays
Morrow looked and looked, but he just couldn't find home plate against the Red Sox. Morrow walked five batters, a team record, in one inning of a 7-6 loss against Boston. Morrow walked six in all, but most of the damage came when he passed out five in a four-run second inning.
TUESDAY'S TOP MATCHUPS
Yankees at Tigers, 7:05 p.m. ET
The latest in the Javier Vazquez experience. The Yankees skipped him once, and this will be his first outing since May 1. He's lasted a total of 6 2/3 innings in his past two starts, giving up 12 hits, 10 runs and seven walks.
Phillies at Rockies, 8:40 p.m. ET
While the Yankees wonder what they'll get from Vazquez, the Phillies have been pretty certain what they're going to get each night from Roy Halladay. He's given up two or fewer runs in all but one start so far.
Padres at Giants, 10:15 p.m. ET
Barry Zito carries his perfect 5-0 record out to the mound against Wade LeBlanc, who is 2-0 himself in four starts. LeBlanc has given up three runs in 23 1/3 innings of work. Zito has given up seven runs in 42 1/3 innings.
Behind every perfect-game pitcher is a good defense, and Dallas Braden's perfect game on Sunday was no different. Kevin Kouzmanoff made a few nice plays in support of his pitcher, including one foul catch that led him right into the third base dugout. Similarly, Mark Buehrle can thank DeWayne Wise for turning in the top Web Gem of 2009, robbing a Gabe Kapler home run to preserve the perfect game in the ninth last July 23.Wouldn't it be great if we could take an objective look at the defense played in each of these two games? Fortunately, we have the Plus/Minus system to do just that. (I took you inside the Plus/Minus and Runs Saved systems on this blog last week, if you want a refresher.) In his perfect game, Mark Buehrle struck out six batters, and induced 11 ground balls, four fly balls, four fliners and two line drives. Based on the Plus/Minus system, the White Sox's defense totaled +4.3 plus/minus points on the day. In other words, with average defensive play we'd expect an average of 4.3 of these 21 balls in play to fall in for hits. The White Sox were a below-average defense last year (totaling -9 runs saved), but for whatever reason they stepped it up that day.
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