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|Jason Kubel, MIN||3||NYY||Top 8: 1-0, 2 Outs. Grand Slam.||Rivera|
|Scott Rolen, CIN||7||STL||Bot 1: 2-1, 2 Outs. 1 on.||Penny|
|Dan Uggla, FLA||9||NYMC||Bot 5: 0-0, 1 Out. None on.||Takahask|
|Luke Scott, BAL||7||CLE||Bot 9: 3-2, 2 Outs. None on.||Westbrook|
|Troy Glaus, ATL||5||ARI||Bot 8: 0-0, 0 Outs. None on.||Howry|
Monday's Best Matchups
Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. ET, ESPN
The Red Sox have to face arguably the best pitcher in the American League to open the series. CC Sabathia? Nope. A.J. Burnett? Nope. Try Phil Hughes, who enters 5-0 with a 1.38 ERA and 0.92 WHIP, both tops in the AL.
Brewers at Reds, 7:10 p.m. ET
The Reds now stand atop the NL Central, and they send Johnny Cueto to the mound against the struggling Brewers. All Cueto did his last time out was toss a complete-game, one-hit, eight-strikeout, zero-walk shutout against the Pirates.
Giants at Padres, 10:05 p.m. ET
First signs of the Padres coming back to earth? They were swept by the Dodgers, scoring four runs in three games, including only one in the final two games. And now they get the Giants, with Matt Cain and Jonathan Sanchez lined up for the first two games of the series.
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WEB GEMS LEADERBOARD
SUNDAY'S BEST AND WORST
BESTMartin Prado, 2B, Braves
Tim Hudson pitched well against the Diamondbacks, but he certainly had help, mostly from Prado in the 13-1 rout. Prado went 4-for-6 with two homers and three RBIs to raise his batting average to .323. Before Sunday, Prado had one homer all month.
WORSTAdrian Gonzalez, 1B, Padres
Padres starter Wade LeBlanc and the San Diego bullpen gave up just two hits against the Dodgers -- and lost 1-0. The Padres scored one run in the final two games of the series. In those two losses, Gonzalez went 0-for-8. In Sunday's loss, he saw a total of eight pitches.
Adam Wainwright pitched 233 innings during the 2009 season while posting a 2.63 ERA and a 3.11 FIP and earning himself a fair share of Cy Young Award votes. It would have been perfectly acceptable and understandable if Wainwright's performance took a step back this season as hitters adjusted and Wainwright's ERA increased. Yet the 28-year-old hasn't taken a step back, and so far, he's actually taking a step forward by pitching well enough in his first seven starts to record an ERA of 2.08 and a FIP of 2.55.Seemingly the only change in Wainwright's approach is an increase in the amount of breaking balls used. Earlier this season on TMI, Mark Simon noted how frequently Wainwright was using his curve last year, and he is even more reliant on his breaking stuff this season. Throughout his career, about half of the pitches Wainwright threw were fastballs. This season he's throwing his heater less than 42 percent of the time and instead focusing on his always excellent slider and curve. FanGraphs' linear weights based on pitch type give run values for each offering, and for his career, Wainwright's curve is worth 45.2 runs above average and his slider 35.3 runs. It's a stark contrast from the minus-7.6 runs his fastball is valued at, or the plus-3.9 run value of his changeup.