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|Bobby Abreu, LAA||14||KC||Bot 10: 1-1, 1 Out. None on.||Chavez|
|Hanley Ramirez, FLA||16||WAS||Top 2: 0-2, 0 Outs. None on.||Olsen|
|Brian McCann, ATL||17||HOU||Top 10: 2-0, 1 Out. Grand Slam.||Fulchino|
|Ryan Raburn, DET||4||TB||Bot 6: 1-0, 1 Out. 1 on.||Garza|
|Bill Hall, BOS||14||TOR||Top 2: 3-2, 0 Outs. None on.||Marcum|
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Behind the back
WEB GEMS LEADERBOARD
WEDNESDAY'S BEST AND WORST
BESTBrad Bergesen, RHP, Orioles
Bergesen kept the Orioles rolling in the Buck Showalter era. He permitted only two hits and one run in a complete-game, 3-1 win over the Indians. How unexpected was this outing? Well, Bergesen had not won since May 12, a stretch of 15 outings. He did, however, lose seven times during that span.
WORSTDavid Wright, 3B, Mets
Wright came to the plate four times in the Mets' 6-2 loss against the Rockies. All four times he walked back to the dugout after a strikeout. Yep, 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. Over his past three games, Wright is 0-for-11 with seven strikeouts. He has not driven home a run this month.
THURSDAY'S BEST MATCHUPS
Red Sox at Blue Jays, 12:37 p.m. ET
John Lackey is coming off consecutive losses, and control has been an issue. Lackey walked eight in losses against the Indians and the Yankees as he gave up 11 runs in 11 1/3 innings of work. The Blue Jays' Brad Mills makes his third start of the year.
Dodgers at Phillies, 7:05 p.m. ET
The Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw has not had a good start to August, going 0-2 with a 5.54 ERA. Los Angeles' ailing offense shouldn't mind seeing Joe Blanton. Opponents are hitting .299 this year against the Phillies' starter. Righties especially have had their way; right-handers are hitting .324 against Blanton.
Twins at White Sox, 8:10 p.m. ET
The two teams have split the first two games of the series. The Twins send Francisco Liriano to the mound for this one. He is 4-0 over his past five starts. The Minnesota offense has helped him out, scoring at least six runs in four of those outings. Gavin Floyd has been just as good; he's 3-0 over his past four starts, allowing only three runs in 28 innings.