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|Matt Kemp, LAD||13||SF||Top 5: 3-1, 2 Outs. None on.||Sanchez|
|Jay Bruce, CIN||10||PHI||Bot 8: 0-0, 0 Outs. 1 on.||Halladay|
|Milton Bradley, SEA||8||NYY||Top 2: 0-2, 0 Outs. None on.||Vazquez|
|Justin Morneau, MIN||16||DET||Bot 6: 0-0, 0 Outs. None on.||Oliver|
|Adam Jones, BAL||13||OAK||Bot 2: 0-0, 0 Outs. 1 on.||Sheets|
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WEDNESDAY'S BEST AND WORST
BESTFelix Hernandez, RHP, Mariners
The Mariners have a bullpen; they just haven't had to use it the past two nights. Not to be outdone by Cliff Lee's complete game Tuesday night, Hernandez tossed one of his own in a 7-0 win against the Yankees. Hernandez allowed only two hits and struck out 11 to improve to 6-5 on the year.
WORSTJeff Francis, LHP, Rockies
Francis got himself in trouble early against the Padres in the Rockies' 13-3 loss. He gave up two runs in the first. Not bad, but it got worse. He gave up one more in the third and five of the first six San Diego scored in the fourth. His final line -- three innings, seven hits, eight runs, three walks and 80 pitches.
THURSDAY'S TOP MATCHUPS
Mariners at Yankees, 1:05 p.m. ET
No, this does not set up well for the Mariners. CC Sabathia has won his past five starts and, in the most recent two, has given up one run in 16 innings. Ryan Rowland-Smith, well, he hasn't been quite that good. He stands 1-7 on the season with a 6.18 ERA.
Rays at Twins, 8:10 p.m. ET
Carl Pavano has tossed consecutive complete games, allowing only one run in road wins against the Mets and Phillies. All told, he's won his past four starts, dropping his ERA from 4.11 to 3.33. After starting the season 6-0, Rays starter Jeff Niemann is 0-2 over his past three starts.
Giants at Rockies, 8:40 p.m. ET
Madison Bumgarner makes his second start of the season and third of his career. He's still looking for that first career win. In his first outing this year, he gave up five hits and four runs in seven innings of a 4-2 loss against the Red Sox. The Rockies haven't scored more than three runs in any of Aaron Cook's past four starts.
While everyone is talking about who's going to make the All-Star team, here are five players we can be sure won't be spending July 12-14 in Anaheim, unless they're paying their own way. Starting with Matt Kemp, here are 2010's biggest disappointments.Matt Kemp: After signing a two-year extension in the offseason and hobnobbing with a Hollywood hottie, Kemp has put together a poor 2010. After hitting close to .300 last year, Kemp is hitting just .258 with a .316 on-base percentage. And his fielding has been even worse. While UZR may not be the most reliable in small samples, his mark of minus-16.5 is by far the worst of any center fielder in baseball, and it's not even close. Chone Figgins, Mariners: Figgins reached base nearly 40 percent of the time last season, but his OBP has dropped down to .337 this year. Some of this may stem from losing his line-drive stroke, but he's also striking out far too often. Figgins has taken the walk of shame 17.5 percent of the time over his entire career but is striking out five percent more often this season. For a player who doesn't have power and relies heavily on speed, he needs to put the ball in play a lot more often. Adam Lind, Blue Jays: Lind made huge strides in 2009 but has regressed to his previous levels of performances. After swinging at about 25 percent of pitches outside of the zone in 2009, Lind is chasing pitches at a 32 percent rate. He is even swinging at more pitches inside the zone and is making far less contact overall. This has led to his strikeout rate rising almost 9 percent compared to last year, and he's hitting just .204/.265/.344 on the year.
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