Postseason will offer barometer on Derek Jeter
Karl Ravech is a host for "Baseball Tonight."
Baseball Tonight Live
"Baseball Tonight" analysts, ESPN.com writers and SweetSpot Network bloggers chatted and gave their in-game opinions throughout the day's games -- all in Baseball Tonight Live.
Touch 'Em All
Who went deep? Keep track of all the home runs hit each day on "Baseball Tonight" and the Baseball Tonight Clubhouse page. For more, check out the Home Run Tracker page.
|Paul Konerko, CHW||35||KC||Bot 1: 0-1, 2 Outs. 1 on.||O'Sullivan|
|Paul Konerko, CHW||36||KC||Bot 3: 1-2, 1 Out. 1 on.||O'Sullivan|
|Mike Stanton, FLA||20||WAS||Top 3: 1-2, 1 Out. 1 on.||Zimmermann|
|Raul Ibanez, PHI||14||NYM||Top 7: 0-1, 0 Outs. None on.||Niese|
|Brandon Inge, DET||11||BAL||Bot 8: 3-1, 2 Outs. 1 on.||Simon|
Monday's Best Matchups
Yankees at Rays, 7:10 p.m. ET
An AL East showdown begins, with the Yankees trying to build on their slim half-game lead while the host Rays hope to take over the top spot. And the series opens with a marquee pitching matchup, with CC Sabathia (19-6, 3.14 ERA) against David Price (17-6, 2.87 ERA). Sabathia is 1-1 against the Rays this season; Price is 1-1 against the Yankees, but has given up 10 runs in 12 2/3 innings.
Phillies at Marlins, 7:10 p.m. ET
The Phillies' Joe Blanton hasn't lost since July 21, but that is mostly because he's been involved in a host of no-decisions. He is 3-0 in that stretch with six no-decisions. In those nine starts, though, the Phillies are 7-2.
Padres at Rockies, 8:40 p.m. ET
The Rockies are in the midst of their seemingly annual end-of-year push. Colorado has won 10 in a row and enters trailing San Diego by only 1½ games in the NL West. Jeff Francis tries to keep the roll going for the Rockies. He is coming off the disabled list and will make his first start since Aug. 11.
BASEBALL TONIGHT ON THE AIR
|9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2|
Host: Karl Ravech|
Analysts: John Kruk, Nomar Garciparra, Bobby Valentine, Tim Kurkjian
No glove necessary
WEB GEMS LEADERBOARD
HUNT FOR OCTOBER
NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST
|San Diego||80-62||--||47.3 pct.|
|San Francisco||81-63||--||60.0 pct.|
SUNDAY'S BEST AND WORST
BESTRoy Oswalt, RHP, Phillies
Tough to ignore Paul Konerko and his two homers in the White Sox's win against Kansas City, but Oswalt continues to roll. He tossed a complete-game shutout against the Mets, scattering four hits and a walk to go with six strikeouts. Oswalt is 6-0 in his past seven starts. In four of those outings, he didn't give up a run.
WORSTPhilip Humber, RHP, Royals
Sean O'Sullivan wasn't good from the start against the White Sox, giving up five runs in three innings. The guy who followed him, Humber, was even worse. He gave up five hits and four runs in 2 1/3 innings and was saddled with the loss in the Royals' 12-6 defeat.