Jim Thome and the Twins are a perfect fit
John Kruk is an analyst for "Baseball Tonight."
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|Paul Konerko, CHW||30||MIN||Top 2: 2-0, 0 Outs. None on.||Baker|
|Pat Burrell, SF||13||PHI||Top 1: 1-1, 2 Outs. None on.||Oswalt|
|Hunter Pence, HOU||17||NYM||Bot 1: 2-1, 0 Outs. 2 on.||Chamberlain|
|Curtis Granderson, NYY||12||DET||Bot 2: 2-1, 0 Outs. None on.||Verlander|
|Casey McGehee, MIL||19||STL||Top 3: 2-2, 2 Outs. 1 on.||Garcia|
Wednesday's Best Matchups
Rangers at Rays, 1:10 p.m. ET
The Rays' James Shields had a good start to the month, tossing 7 1/3 shutout innings against the Yankees. It's gone downhill for him since. Shields has given up 19 hits and 12 runs in nine total innings of work over his past two starts. Derek Holland makes just his fifth start of the year and sixth appearance of the season for the Rangers.
Giants at Phillies, 7:05 p.m. ET, ESPN
Giants starter Matt Cain has been equally tough on righties and lefties. Right-handers are hitting .229 against him this year; lefties three points worse at .226. Joe Blanton keeps racking up no-decisions; he has seven since June 24.
White Sox at Twins, 8:10 p.m. ET
The White Sox try to recover from Tuesday's tough, 10-inning loss by sending Gavin Floyd out to the mound against Francisco Liriano. Floyd had his three-game winning streak snapped his last time out by the Twins. Liriano beat the White Sox his last time out, and he is 5-0 over his past six starts.
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TUESDAY'S BEST AND WORST
BESTJim Thome, DH, Twins
Thome turned a loss into a win with a two-run shot off the White Sox's Matt Thornton in the bottom of the 10th inning, giving the Twins a 7-6 win and a four-game lead over Chicago in the AL Central. Thome is hitting .346 against the White Sox this season.
WORSTChris Ray, RHP, Giants
Barry Zito put the Giants in a hole, but it got really ugly when Ray came in. He did not get an out, but gave up three hits, four runs and a walk as the Phillies pulled away for a 9-3 win at Citizens Bank Park.