Red Sox? Rays? How about the Rangers for the AL wild card?
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By Peter Gammons, ESPNThe Texas Rangers have gone into Anaheim twice and won a series against the Angels, and they sit a half-game behind Boston for the American League wild card, four back of the Angels and in position to stun the world and make October in Texas mean something other than Sooners-Longhorns.
TOUCH 'EM ALLWho went deep? Keep track of all the home runs hit each day on "Baseball Tonight" and on the Baseball Tonight Clubhouse page. For more, check out the Home Run Tracker page.
|Home Run Tracker|
|Jason Bay, BOS||23||Lambert||Bot 2: 0-0, 0 Outs. 2 on.|
|Troy Tulowitzki, COL||22||Ohlendorf||Bot 2: 0-2, 0 Outs. None on.|
|Hideki Matsui, NYY||17||Carlson||Bot 8: 3-2, 0 Outs. None on.|
|Mike Cameron, MIL||16||Richard||Bot 1: 2-2, 1 Out. None on.|
|Miguel Olivo, KC||16||Duensing||Top 3: 2-2, 0 Outs. None on.|
|Chipper Jones, ATL||15||Clippard||Bot 7: 2-0, 0 Outs. None on.|
|Jorge Posada, NYY||15||Carlson||Bot 8: 2-1, 0 Outs. None on.|
ON DECK: WEDNESDAY'S BEST MATCHUPSBlue Jays at Yankees, 1:05 p.m. ET Ricky Romero and A.J. Burnett come in with nearly identical numbers. How close are they? Well, Burnett is 10-5 with a 3.67 ERA. Romero is 10-5 with a 3.66 ERA. They also hold the exact same WHIP: 1.37. Dodgers at Giants, 3:45 p.m. ET The Dodgers haven't beaten Tim Lincecum this year -- losing both times he pitched, with Lincecum getting the win in one -- but that doesn't mean they haven't fared pretty well. The Dodgers have 12 hits and seven runs in 13 innings against him this year; the 4.15 ERA is Lincecum's highest this year against any team he's faced more than once. Phillies at Cubs, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN Pedro Martinez makes his debut with the Phillies. Last year, with the Mets, Martinez did not go more than six innings in any of his final six starts. His last start of 2008, oddly enough, came against the Cubs. For the rest of Wednesday's schedule, click here.
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BBTN MINUTE: PEDRO'S READY TO GO
ESPN researcher Mark Simon digs deep, looking for the night's best baseball numbers.Tonight, he looks at just how rare Adrian Gonzalez's 6-for-6 night against the Brewers on Tuesday really was.
|First basemen with 6-hit game
Expansion Era (since 1961)
TUESDAY'S BEST AND WORST
|• Well, that would have to be the guy with six hits, right? Adrian Gonzalez singled five times and doubled once as the Padres pounded out 23 hits in a 13-6 win against the Brewers. What does a six-hit night do for the batting average? It raises it from .251 to .262.||WORST|
|• Twins starter Nick Blackburn didn't get to see the third inning against the Royals. No, he was gone after 1 2/3 innings of work. He gave up six hits and six runs in his time, then the bullpen coughed up eight more after he exited in a 14-6 loss.|
NUMBERS TO KNOWPedro Martinez starts for the Phillies on Wednesday night against the Cubs (8 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN360.com), taking the place of Jamie Moyer in Philly's rotation. While Pedro was not his Hall of Fame self the past two seasons, replacing Moyer is not that big a task this season. Here's a look at where Martinez will make a difference:
|Pedro Martinez vs. Jamie Moyer
Past three seasons
|Martinez 2007-08||Moyer 2009|
|SLG vs. curve/change||.308||.542|
|Walk pct. with curve/change||3.7||6.3|
|Miss pct. with curve/change||32.4||29.2|
|K pct with changeup||25.7||20.9|
|HR pct. of fly balls||7.14||8.46|
FANTASY: PREVIEW OF WEDNESDAY'S GAMES
Tristan Cockcroft examines the 15 games on Wednesday's slate.Cockcroft ranks the pitchers scheduled to take the mound, and supplies loads of other information that could help shape your roster for Wednesday. Daily Notes