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|Adam Dunn, WAS||7||NYM||Top 1: 3-0, 1 Out. 2 on.||Niese|
|Jason Varitek, BOS||6||TOR||Bot 2: 2-0, 1 Out. None on.||Eveland|
|Russell Branyan, CLE||1||KC||Top 2: 1-1, 0 Outs. 1 on.||Bannister|
|Cody Ross, FLA||2||CHC||Top 2: 1-2, 2 Outs. 1 on.||Wells|
|Eric Chavez, OAK||1||TEX||Top 5: 0-0, 0 Outs. 1 on.||Lewis|
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TUESDAY'S BEST AND WORST
BESTJohnny Cueto, RHP, Reds
Cueto gave up a single to Ronny Cedeno in the third inning of the Reds' 9-0 win. Why is that important? Well, it's the only baserunner Cueto allowed in a complete-game shutout against the Pirates. He struck out eight and did not issue a walk.
WORSTAdam Lind, DH, Blue Jays
OK, so most of the Blue Jays had trouble against the Red Sox and Daisuke Matsuzaka in a 6-1 loss. Lind, though, had the most. He struck out three times as part of an 0-for-4 day. He has one hit over his past six games, a stretch in which he has gone 1-for-24.
WEDNESDAY'S TOP MATCHUPS
Phillies at Rockies, 3:10, 8:40 p.m. ET
Rain washed away Tuesday's game, setting up Wednesday's doubleheader. Roy Halladay will pitch the first game against Aaron Cook and the ageless Jamie Moyer will go in the nightcap against Jason Hammel.
Yankees at Tigers, 1:05, 7:05 p.m. ET
Yep, more doubleheader action, after weather wiped out Tuesday's game. That delayed the return of the Javier Vazquez experience. He will pitch the opener Wednesday opposite Rick Porcello. Phil Hughes will start the second game against Jeremy Bonderman.
Padres at Giants, 10:15 p.m. ET
Matt Cain has won his past two starts, even toying with a no-hitter for six innings in his most recent start against the Marlins. Over those past two starts, Cain has permitted only five hits and two runs in 15 innings of work. He also has struck out 14 during the two-game run.
Most of the talk on the North Side so far this season has centered around the Cubs' slow start. Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez have stolen headlines with poor starts, the middle relief has been inconsistent at best and Chicago is five games under .500 and already looking way up at the St. Louis Cardinals. But in looking deeper one will find a fantastic start that has been overlooked.Carlos Marmol entered this spring as the Cubs' full-time closer for the first time in his career, not having to compete with the likes of Kerry Wood or Kevin Gregg for the job. So far this season Marmol has not disappointed. He has struck out 30 batters in 14 2/3 innings. Thirty batters! That is a remarkable 18.41 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched or more than two per every inning pitched. To put that in perspective, if you take all pitchers to throw at least 50 innings in a season, the record for strikeouts per 9 innings pitched is 14.98 by Eric Gagne in 2003. That was the season in which Gagne saved 55 games and won the NL Cy Young award. Marmol's current pace blows that mark out of the water.
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