Blue Jays' power gives them presence
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|Troy Glaus, ATL||9||PHI||Bot 1: 2-1, 1 Out. 2 on.||Hamels|
|Curtis Granderson, NYY||3||BAL||Bot 5: 3-2, 0 Outs. None on.||Matusz|
|Scott Rolen, CIN||12||STL||Top 1: 1-1, 1 Out. 2 on.||Walters|
|Prince Fielder, MIL||8||FLA||Top 6: 0-1, 1 Out. None on.||Nolasco|
|Shin-Soo Choo||8||DET||Top 6: 2-2, 1 Out. None on.||Bonderman|
Wednesday's Best Matchups
Phillies at Braves, 1:05 p.m. ET
The Phillies' free fall continued with another loss to the Braves on Tuesday. Philadelphia has lost eight of its past 10 games. Kyle Kendrick tries to get the Phillies a win. He tossed eight shutout innings against Atlanta in late April, though he walked away with a no-decision in a game the Phils lost 4-3.
Rays at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. ET
Toronto tries to recover from Tuesday's crushing loss. Shaun Marcum (5-1, 2.59 ERA) has the task of getting things back on track after the Jays sacrificed a 5-0 lead in a 7-6 loss. David Price (7-2, 2.57) takes the ball for the Rays. Price tossed a complete-game, four-hit shutout against Toronto on April 25.
Cubs at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. ET
The Carlos Zambrano-to-the-bullpen experiment officially comes to a close as the right-hander returns to the rotation. Zambrano last started April 14 against the Mets. He was 1-2 with a 7.45 before being jettisoned to a relief role. The Pirates' Zach Duke gave up 12 hits and seven runs in 5 1/3 innings in his last outing, a loss against the Braves.
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TUESDAY'S BEST AND WORST
BESTVictor Martinez, C, Red Sox
Martinez went 5-for-5 with -- count 'em --- four doubles in the Red Sox's win against Oakland. He entered the game with a .257 batting average and exited with it standing at .279. No, not a bad day of work for a guy who has six multihit games in his past nine games.
WORSTTyson Ross, RHP, A's
Ross didn't record an out in his relief appearance against the Red Sox. That doesn't mean he wasn't on the mound long enough to do damage. He gave up two hits, two walks and two runs and suffered the loss in the A's 9-4 defeat at Fenway.
Before the start of the season, the buzz around Jason Heyward was as much about his plate discipline as his power potential. Every few years we come across a rookie who makes an immediate impact with his power, but it typically takes a few years to develop discipline in the batter's box.Yet Heyward looked mature beyond his years in spring training, walking 11 times in 22 games and posting a .423 on-base percentage. The stage was set for what is shaping up to be one of the most impressive rookie seasons we've seen in quite some time. Heyward has followed up his spring performance by showing off his discipline in the majors. He enters Tuesday with a .410 on-base percentage and has walked 29 times in 195 plate appearances. But could Heyward's discipline actually be hurting him? Let's investigate. On April 28, when Heyward was 1-20 in his previous seven games, the Atlanta Journal Constitution quoted Bobby Cox as saying "He's taking way too many pitches for strikes. [As a result] he's getting one pitch to swing at right now."