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|Ryan Howard, PHI||11||PHI||Top 3: 0-1, 0 Outs. None on.||Burnett|
|Justin Upton, TB||11||BOS||Top 2: 1-0, 1 Out. 1 on.||Lester|
|Robinson Cano, NYY||14||PHI||Bot 2: 2-2, 1 Out. None on.||Moyer|
|Adam Dunn, WAS||15||DET||Top 1: 1-0, 2 Outs. None on.||Verlander|
|Vernon Wells,||16||PHI||Top 6: 0-0, 0 Outs. None on.||Correia|
Thursday's Best Matchups
Rockies at Twins, 1:05 p.m. ET
Easily the day's best pitching matchup, with baseball's best so far this season, Ubaldo Jimenez, against the resurgent Francisco Liriano. The numbers for Jimenez remain staggering -- he carries with him a 1.16 ERA and 0.97 WHIP. Opponents are hitting just .180 against him. Liriano, meanwhile, has been streaky. He opened the season 4-0, lost his next three decisions and has now won his past two.
Phillies at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. ET
The three-game set wraps up with Andy Pettitte going to the mound. The lefty is 3-0 over his past four starts. It's been hard scoring against him; in his last seven outings, Pettitte has permitted more than two runs just once. Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick has faced only one current Yankee. Mark Teixeira is 1-for-12 against Kendrick.
Rays at Braves, 7:10 p.m. ET
It hasn't been a good few weeks for Rays starter James Shields. The righty has lost each of his past four starts. His most recent one was his worst; Shields gave up nine hits, 10 runs and three walks in 3 1/3 innings of a 14-9 loss against the Mariners. On May 20, after he beat the Yankees, Shields' ERA rested at 3.08. It now stands at 4.55.
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WEDNESDAY'S BEST AND WORST
BESTJamie Moyer, LHP, Phillies
Yes, that would be the same Moyer who gave up nine hits and nine runs in one inning of work his last time out against the Red Sox. Against the Yankees, Moyer went eight innings, allowing three hits and two runs. He became the oldest pitcher ever, at age 47, to beat the Yankees.
WORSTMitch Talbot, RHP, Indians
The Mets had no trouble hitting Talbot in an 8-4 win over the Indians. Talbot gave up 13 hits and eight runs in 5 2/3 innings of work. Every Mets starter had at least one hit, with Angel Pagan's 3-for-5, three-RBI day pacing New York in its sixth consecutive win.
Tuesday night offered baseball fans a rare opportunity: not only the chance to see a rematch of last year's World Series participants, the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees, but also the chance to see each team send its respective ace to the Yankee Stadium mound, Philly's Roy Halladay and New York's CC Sabathia.Unfortunately, no pitchers' duel materialized. Halladay conceded three home runs, Sabathia wasn't exactly at his sharpest (walking three in seven innings) and the Yankees won by a distinctly unduelish score of 8-3. Meanwhile, in a less publicized (and considerably less attended) affair, C.J. Wilson of the Texas Rangers and Josh Johnson of the Florida Marlins gave us the game we might have expected from Halladay and Sabathia, allowing only six hits and three runs between them over 13 collective innings. Yet, despite the cosmetic difference in run total (11 on the one hand, five on the other), these two games help demonstrate that simple runs-allowed numbers are hardly the best way to determine whether a pitcher has truly "shut down" the opposition.