Rolen provides Reds with solid presence
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|Hanley Ramirez, FLA||12||NYM||Bot 3: 2-1, 2 Outs. Grand Slam.||Takahashi|
|David Ortiz, BOS||17||TB||Bot 5: 0-0, 2 Outs. 2 on.||Shields|
|Prince Fielder, MIL||16||HOU||Bot 3: 0-0, 2 Outs. 1 on.||Myers|
|Alfonso Soriano, CHC||12||PIT||Bot 4: 0-0, 2 Outs. None on.||Karstens|
|Yovani Gallardo, MIL||1||HOU||Bot 3: 0-0, 1 Out. None on.||Myers|
Wednesday's Best Matchups
Tigers at Twins, 1:10 p.m. ET
Andrew Oliver makes his second career start. His first outing, against the Braves, went well even though he walked away with the loss. Oliver allowed five hits and two runs over six innings at Atlanta, but the Tigers' offense could muster only one run against Kris Medlen and four Braves relievers.
Mets at Marlins (in San Juan, Puerto Rico), 7:10 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Mets starter Mike Pelfrey (10-2, 2.74 ERA) enters this game second in the NL in wins and ninth in ERA. Pelfrey, for the record, won 10 games all of last season, in 31 starts. He's made only 15 so far this year. Since June 7, the Marlins' Chris Volstad (4-7, 4.40 ERA) is 1-5 in nine starts.
White Sox at Royals, 8:10 p.m. ET
When June opened, Jake Peavy was 4-4 with a 6.23 ERA. He enters his final start of the month a much different pitcher, one who owns a 7-5 mark with a 4.71 ERA. This month, he is 3-1 with a 1.20 ERA, striking out 24 against six walks in 30 innings. Zack Greinke has won his past two decisions to improve to 3-8 with a 3.72 ERA.
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WEB GEMS LEADERBOARD
TUESDAY'S BEST AND WORST
BESTAlbert Pujols, 1B, Cardinals
Arizona's Dontrelle Willis might want to reconsider throwing strikes to Pujols. Willis gave him a pitch to hit in the third, and Pujols drilled a two-run homer. He gave him another one in the fifth, and Pujols connected on another two-run shot as part of a 3-for-4, five-RBI day in the Cardinals' 8-0 win.
WORSTJames Shields, RHP, Rays
Shields would rather just forget June. After giving up seven hits and five runs in five innings of an 8-5 loss against the Red Sox, Shields closed a month in which he went 1-5. Before June began, Shields had lost his previous two starts, bring his total run to 1-7 over his past eight starts.
On April 12, the Minnesota Twins claimed possession of first place in the AL Central with a 5-2 win against the Boston Red Sox. Since then, the Twins had been in sole possession of first for 76 days and tied for one. For the first time since then, Minnesota is no longer atop the Central after losing to the Detroit Tigers, 7-5, on Monday night. Although the Twins battled back to within a run in the eighth inning, Twins ace Francisco Liriano's four-run, first-inning meltdown was simply too much for the Twins to recover from.Liriano started the inning by hitting Austin Jackson with a pitch. It was downhill from there, as the game log shows. It certainly doesn't appear that Liriano was getting burned by dribblers through the infield. Three of the five hits in the inning were classified as line drives by Baseball Info Solutions. Another, Miguel Cabrera's double, was a deep fly ball. It also doesn't appear that Liriano's velocity was down in the first inning, either. He threw 13 fastballs in the inning, averaging 93.8 mph. That's almost exactly in line with his fastball velocity on the year.