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|Scott Rolen, CIN||14||WAS||Top 9: 2-2, 1 Out. 1 on.||Capps|
|Vernon Wells, TOR||15||NYY||Bot 6: 0-2, 2 Outs. 1 on.||Vazquez|
|Paul Konerko, CHW||17||CLE||Bot 1: 2-0, 2 Outs. 1 on.||Westbrook|
|Adrian Gonzalez, SD||11||PHI||Top 1: 3-2, 1 Out. 1 on.||Blanton|
|Dan Uggla, FLA||13||NYM||Top 4: 0-2, 0 Outs. None on.||Takahashi|
Monday's Best Matchups
Padres at Phillies, 7:05 p.m. ET, ESPN
Phillies starter Cole Hamels should be well rested. The lefty pitched only two-thirds of an inning his last time out thanks to an early rain delay against the Braves. The start was, however, long enough for him to earn his second consecutive loss. In two-thirds of an inning, he allowed two hits, two walks and three runs.
Giants at Reds, 7:10 p.m. ET
The Reds' Johnny Cueto is coming off his worst start of the year. After four consecutive wins, Cueto gave up 10 hits and eight runs against the Cardinals, but he snuck off with a no-decision. The righty has not lost since April 24, going 5-0 with a pair of no-decisions.
Cardinals at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. ET
Carlos Monasterios has slipped into the fifth spot in the Dodgers' rotation, and he has handled himself nicely in three starts. Over his past two starts, he has permitted only two runs over 10 innings, winning one game and getting a no-decision in the other. The Dodgers won both games, the second a 1-0 victory at home against the Diamondbacks.
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SUNDAY'S BEST AND WORST
BESTJohn Jaso, DH, Rays
Jaso went 3-for-5 with a homer, five RBIs, two runs scored and a walk in the Rays' 9-5 win over the Blue Jays. Batting leadoff, Jaso had gone four games without a hit before breaking out Sunday for three hits, which raised his batting average back to .307 after it had dipped to .292.
WORSTJayson Werth, RF, Phillies
Werth struck out three times in an 0-for-5 day in an extra-inning loss at home against the Padres. Werth is 3-for-30 since May 25, and his batting average has taken a dive, falling from .327 to .284. He has struck out at least three times in three of his past nine games, and one of those was a four-strikeout day against the Marlins.
As Tim Kurkjian writes in his column, Chipper Jones is a unique player. Not only has he starred for the team that drafted him No. 1 overall but he has stayed with that team for his entire career. And isn't that what you're looking for with the first pick, a player to build your franchise around? So this got us wondering, is Jones the "truest" franchise player? In other words, of all the No. 1 picks of all time, has he delivered the most value to the team that drafted him? Let's find out.To figure this out, we are going to add up the total number of wins above replacement (WAR) each No. 1 pick produced for the team that drafted him. Adrian Gonzalez, for example, has been a very valuable player, but he has produced almost all his value for the Padres, not the Marlins, the team that drafted him. With that in mind, here are the five players who have produced the most WAR for the club that drafted them. 5. Harold Baines, 30.3 WAR, Chicago White Sox, No. 1 pick in 1977
Baines was a consistently above-average hitter, as his wOBA never dipped below .333 in either of his first two stints with the White Sox. For a time, he was a decent defensive right fielder, but never great, and he spent the last 10 years of his career primarily as a DH. As such, he topped 5.0 WAR in a season only once, in 1984, when he hit 29 HRs with a .304/.361/.541 line. He was a lock for between 2.0 and 4.0 WAR for 10 years. As a consistently above-average player, Baines was quite valuable to the White Sox, but his age and lack of defensive value hurt him later in his career, when he split time between Chicago as well as Texas, Oakland and Baltimore.
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