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Aaron Boone is an analyst for "Baseball Tonight."
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"Baseball Tonight" analysts, ESPN.com writers and SweetSpot Network bloggers chatted and gave their in-game opinions throughout the day's games -- all in Baseball Tonight Live.
Touch 'Em All
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|Delwyn Young, PIT||3||WAS||Top 4: 1-0, 2 Outs. 1 on.||Strasburg|
|Ryan Howard, PHI||10||FLA||Bot 3: 0-0, 2 Outs. 1 on.||Volstad|
|Hanley Ramirez, FLA||9||PHI||Top 3: 0-0, 1 Out. 1 on.||Kendrick|
|Ryan Zimmerman, WAS||12||PIT||Bot 1: 0-1, 2 Outs. None on.||Karstens|
|Nick Swisher, NYY||10||BAL||Top 1: 0-0, 0 Outs. 1 on.||Millwood|
Wednesday's Best Matchups
Phillies at Marlins, 7:05 p.m. ET
Like marquee pitching matchups? Well, this is the place for you -- with Roy Halladay facing Josh Johnson. After two consecutive losses, Halladay has come back with two consecutive victories. He leads the NL in innings (93.0) and is third in ERA (2.03). Johnson has allowed two total runs over his past four starts. His 2.10 ERA ranks fifth in the league.
Cubs at Brewers, 8:10 p.m. ET, ESPN
Carlos Zambrano makes his second start since returning from the bullpen. He went only 4 1/3 innings in that first start back, giving up six hits and three runs in a loss against the Astros. Randy Wolf, meanwhile, has lost three of his past four starts.
Cardinals at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. ET
Adam Wainwright has given up two runs in three starts. He won two of those outings, but suffered the loss in a 1-0 defeat against the Padres on May 25. Clayton Kershaw's control has been a bit of an issue in his two most recent outings; he's handed out nine walks 11 2/3 innings.
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TUESDAY'S BEST AND WORST
BESTStephen Strasburg, RHP, Nationals
Amid all the hype, all the expectations, all the pressure, Strasburg delivered in his major league debut. He struck out 14 Pirates hitters over seven unforgettable innings in the Nationals' 4-2 win. Strasburg's only blemish was a two-run homer by Pittsburgh's Delwyn Young.
WORSTMark Hendrickson, LHP, Orioles
Neither the Yankees nor the Orioles pitched well in New York's 12-7 win. In fact, the two staffs combined for 29 hits. The worst line, though, belonged to Orioles reliever Mark Hendrickson. He recorded only one out, but he did give up three hits, four runs and a walk in his 22-pitch appearance.
For your surprising statistic of the day, check out who leads the National League in batting average. Recognize the name on top -- Martin Prado? If you don't, it's not a big deal. Not even the prospect experts at Baseball America noticed Prado's ascension until it was obvious to anyone paying attention. Only now, in the midst of his third straight quality season is the Braves second baseman starting to get his due.Prado, 26, never made a Braves Top 10 Prospects list at Baseball America. When he broke camp with the team in 2008, after cups of coffee during the two previous seasons, he was supposed to be just a utility infielder, someone who could play in place of Chipper Jones at third, Yunel Escobar at short, and Kelly Johnson at second. Yet despite a sprained thumb that kept him out for 59 days, the Braves still managed to get Prado 254 plate appearances in which he hit .320/.377/.461. Those are impressive numbers for anyone, much less a reserve. In 2009 Prado again broke camp as the primary utility man. But when Kelly Johnson started to struggle, Prado found his name on the starting lineup more frequently. By July he was the regular starter at second base. The Braves nearly doubled his playing time in 2009, giving him 503 plate appearances, and hit .307/.358/.464. That's when people started to take notice.