David Price has grown from phenom to ace
Tim Kurkjian is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine and an analyst for "Baseball Tonight."
Touch 'Em All
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|David Ortiz, BOS||31||BAL||Bot 4: 1-0, 1 Out. 2 on.||Millwood|
|Vernon Wells, TOR||29||SEA||Bot 4: 2-2, 0 Outs. None on.||Pauley|
|Corey Hart, MIL||29||CIN||Bot 3: 0-0, 0 Outs. 1 on.||Harang|
|Kosuke Fukudome, CHC||13||SF||Bot 3: 3-1, 0 Outs. None on.||Sanchez|
|Carlos Beltran, NYM||5||FLA||Top 4: 2-1, 0 Outs. None on.||Sanabia|
Thursday's Best Matchups
Rays at Yankees, 7 p.m. ET
Perhaps a game that will decide the AL Cy Young race? Perhaps a preview of Game 1 of the ALCS? Whatever it is, it should be interesting, with the Rays' David Price and the Yankees' CC Sabathia taking the mound. Price is 2-0 with a 1.55 ERA so far in September; Sabathia is 2-1 this month and 7-2 since the beginning of August.
Giants at Cubs, 7:05 p.m. ET
It's a good bet there will be a shutout in this one. The first two games of this series have been shutouts. Plus, the past three times Thursday's starter for the Giants, Madison Bumgarner, has taken the hill, it's been a shutout. The past two times, he's lost. The time before that, he was on the winning side.
Padres at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. ET
The Padres' Mat Latos has been hit in his past two starts, giving up 16 hits and 13 runs in 5 2/3 innings. His most recent start, at St. Louis, lasted only 1 1/3 innings, a loss in which he gave up nine hits and eight runs. The Dodgers' Hiroki Kuroda has struggled against San Diego this year; he's 0-2 with a 6.30 ERA.
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WEDNESDAY'S BEST AND WORST
BESTJose Lopez, 3B, Mariners
Lopez had three hits in the Mariners' 6-3 win over the Blue Jays. All of them were homers. Lopez hit a solo shot in the third and then belted another in the sixth. In the eighth, with Ichiro Suzuki aboard, he capped off his three-homer night with a two-run shot. Before Wednesday, Lopez had hit seven homers this season -- in 565 at-bats.
WORSTJohnny Cueto, RHP, Reds
The Reds were down 11 runs against the Brewers then the fifth inning started. Cueto got Cincinnati in trouble early, and it never got better in the blowout loss. Cueto gave up eight hits, eight runs and three walks in 1 1/3 innings before handing the game over to the bullpen to finish up.