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The Lineup Card: Dealin' Diamondback

As is typically the case on Monday, many teams have the day off. There are also a lot of pitchers with little experience against their opponent, so the hot/cold sections are a little undersized. On to the Card...

Projected Starters - A look at Sunday's matchups:

Cubs (Carlos Silva - R) at Pirates (Dana Eveland - L), 12:35
Padres (Wade LeBlanc - L) at Phillies (Cole Hamels - L), 7:05
Red Sox (Daisuke Matsuzaka - R) at Indians (Fausto Carmona - R), 7:05
Giants (Barry Zito - L) at Reds (Johnny Cueto - R), 7:10
Mariners (Cliff Lee - L) at Rangers (Scott Feldman - R), 8:05
Astros (Wandy Rodriguez - L) at Rockies (Jason Hammel - R), 8:40
Braves (Derek Lowe - R) at Diamondbacks (Dan Haren - R), 9:40
Angels (Scott Kazmir - L) at A's (Ben Sheets - R), 10:05
Cardinals (P.J. Walters - R) at Dodgers (Carlos Monasterios - R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries - A brief look at players that have been missing time with minor ailments and their expected returns

Day-to-Day (includes players expected to make their return from the DL)

Justin Morneau, 1B, MIN (Flu) Did not start but pinch hit on Sunday, likely to return to the lineup on Tuesday following Monday's off day
J.J. Hardy, SS, MIN (Wrist) Did not start but pinch ran on Sunday. A DL stint remains possible, but considered day-to-day for now
Adrian Beltre, 3B, BOS (Knee) Returned to the lineup on Sunday
David Freese, 3B, STL (Ankle) Will miss the next two or three games
Marcus Thames, OF, NYY (Neck) Did not play on Sunday, considered day-to-day
Chipper Jones, 3B, ATL (Finger) Did not play on Sunday, questionable for the Braves' next game on Tuesday
Casey Blake, 3B, LAD (Back) Did not play on Sunday
Jeremy Hermida, OF, BOS (Arm) Did not play on Sunday
Will Venable, OF, SDG (Neck) Did not start but pinch hit on Sunday
Joel Zumaya, RP, DET - (Finger) Blister issues are not expected to linger, was not called upon to pitch on Sunday
Mike Cameron, OF, BOS - (Abdomen) Returned to the lineup on Sunday
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COl - (Finger) Started on Sunday
Jason Giambi, 1B, COL - (Hamstring) Did not start but pinch hit on Sunday, considered day-to-day for now
Mark Reynolds, 3B, AZ - (Wrist) Played for the second straight day on Sunday
Josh Hamilton, OF, TEX - (Knee) Available to pinch hit on Sunday, expects to return to the lineup on Monday
David Robertson, RP, NYA - (Back) Pitched on Saturday for the first time since May 29

Players on the DL

Brandon Webb, SP, AZ - Hopes to throw from a mound next week, but unlikely to return before the All-Star break
Miguel Montero, C, AZ - Will begin rehab assignment on Monday, could return sometime next week
Bud Norris, SP, HOU - (Arm) Will begin rehab assignment on Monday
Huston Street, RP, COL - (Shoulder) Will throw three times this week, could return sometime the following week
Mark DeRosa, 3B, SF - (Wrist) Will likely play a few more games with Triple-A Fresno before being re-evaluated
Homer Bailey, SP, CIN - (Shoulder) Threw bullpen session on Sunday, will either be activated or begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday
Alfredo Aceves, RP, NYA - (Back) Still has yet to resume throwing
Brad Penny, SP, STL - (Back) - Scheduled to throw from a mound late this week, still likely out a few more weeks
Boof Bonser, SP, BOS - (Groin) Threw a scoreless inning with Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday, could be activated early this week

Transactions - Players that have been demoted, called up, traded, released, you name it. We'll cover it here.

Placed on the DL (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Doug Fister, SP, SEA
Todd Coffey, RP, MIL
Orlando Hudson, 2B, MIN

Called Up
Michael Stanton, OF, FLA
Luke French, P, SEA
Danny Worth, 2B, DET
Emilio Bonifacio, 3B, FLA
Rick VandenHurk, P, FLA

Sent Down
Craig Stammen, SP, WAS
Brett Carroll, OF, FLA
Tim Wood, RP, FLA

Signed
Sam Narron, SP, MIL - Assigned to Triple-A Nashville

Designated For Assignment
Adam Everett, SP, DET
Mike Lamb, 3B, FLA

Closer Watch - A closer look at intriguing ninth-inning situations (check out Dave Regan's Closer Grid with the link to the left).

Baltimore - After holding opponents scoreless through his first 25 appearances this season, Will Ohman has given up a combined seven runs over his last four outings. Ohman blew his first save opportunity on Sunday; but fortunately for the Orioles, David Hernandez came in and pitched two scoreless innings to help secure the extra-inning win. Ohman is not exactly entrenched as the Orioles' closer, so don't be surprised to see Hernandez, or possibly Frank Mata, get the call next time.

Houston - Matt Lindstrom allowed two hits in the ninth inning on Sunday to put the tying run at the plate, but he got Chicago's Tyler Colvin to ground into a double play to pick up his 13th save of the season. Lindstrom has been a little shaky lately (three BS since May 27), but he has converted his last two save opportunities and still has a firm grip on the closer's job for the time being.

Key Matchups - Spotlight on hitters and pitchers with favorable matchups against their opponent on a particular day (generally, individual matchups with fewer than 10 at-bats are not included). *Check Status

Hot

Scott Hairston v. Cole Hamels - 4-for-10 (.400), 2 HR, 3 RBI, 0:2 BB:K (.400 OBP)
Marco Scutaro v. Fausto Carmona - 7-for-18 (.389), 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0:2 BB:K (.389 OBP) **good average, low production
Michael Young v. Cliff Lee - 10-for-27 (.370), 0 HR, 2 RBI, 3:8 BB:K (.433 OBP)
Ian Kinsler v. Cliff Lee - 8-for-16 (.500), 0 HR, 5 RBI, 0:2 BB:K (.500 OBP)
Todd Helton v. Wandy Rodriguez - 11-for-22 (.500), 0 HR, 5 RBI, 3:4 BB:K (.560 OBP)
Stephen Drew v. Derek Lowe - 15-for-31 (.484), 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1:4 BB:K (.500 OBP)

Scott Feldman v. Mariners - In seven career starts against the Mariners, Feldman is 3-1 with a 2.67 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. No player on the Mariners' current roster has ever homered against him, which will be key considering the game is being played in Arlington. Feldman has allowed at least four runs in eight of his last nine starts; but though he has struggled recently, his best start of the season came back on April 11 against the Mariners (7 IP, 1 ER in a win). If Feldman hopes to turn things around, there's not a better time to start than Monday.

Derek Lowe v. Diamondbacks - A quick glance at the 'cold' section below should tell you all you need to know about Lowe against the Diamondbacks. Lowe has allowed just 41 hits in 163 at-bats against the current Diamondbacks roster (.252), and 22 of those have come from Stephen Drew (above) and Mark Reynolds. The Diamondbacks are unlikely to put many runners on base against Lowe, so though he's just 1-4 against Arizona, he'll be in position to win the game as long as he keeps the ball in the park and minimizes the situations with runners in scoring position.

Cold

Bobby Crosby v. Carlos Silva - 5-for-26 (.192), 0 HR, 4 RBI, 0:3 BB:K (.192 OBP)
Orlando Cabrera v. Barry Zito - 3-for-29 (.103), 0 HR, 1 RBI, 3:2 BB:K (.206 OBP)
Chone Figgins v. Scott Feldman - 6-for-31 (.194), 0 HR, 3 RBI, 3:5 BB:K (.286 OBP)
Ichiro Suzuki v. Scott Feldman - 6-for-22 (.273), 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2:1 BB:K (.333 OBP) **average is not terrible, but no significant production
Chris Young v. Derek Lowe - 4-for-24 (.167), 0 HR, 2 RBI, 2:8 BB:K (.222 OBP)
Conor Jackson v. Derek Lowe - 3-for-18 (.167), 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2:0 BB:K (.250 OBP)
Chris Snyder v. Derek Lowe - 3-for-16 (.188), 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2:4 BB:K (.278 OBP)
Adam LaRoche v. Derek Lowe - 1-for-13 (.077), 1 HR, 4 RBI, 0:3 BB:K (.071 OBP)
Kelly Johnson v. Derek Lowe - 0-for-11 (.000), 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1:2 BB:K (.083 OBP)
Kurt Suzuki v. Scott Kazmir - 2-for-13 (.154), 0 HR, 2 RBI, 1:3 BB:K (.250 OBP)

Dan Haren v. Braves - Though Haren is 3-2 against the Braves in his career, he owns a 6.44 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP against them in his career; and in Haren's first start against the Braves this season, he gave up seven runs, six earned, in just 4.1 innings. No one on the Braves' roster has hit Haren at a particularly high clip, but he has given up seven home runs to six batters in just 93 at-bats. Haren was very sharp his last time out (8 IP, 0 ER, 7:0 K:BB), but be aware that he could get knocked around a bit on Monday if he does not have his best stuff.

Recommended Pickup

Edwin Jackson, SP, AZ - When Jackson's ERA stood at 7.43 after his first eight starts this season, some quickly questioned whether or not his performance last season was a fluke. However, a look at his peripherals shows he's striking out almost a batter more per game, inducing a lot more ground balls, and also getting pretty unlucky - his career-low .621 strand rate is much lower than his .716 major league average. Jackson was due for an improvement, and improved he has. After giving up eight home runs in his first eight starts, he has only allowed two over his last four. In that span, Jackson is 2-1 with a 2.27 ERA and a 34:10 K:BB ratio, which has helped lower his ERA over two full runs. Jackson is still available in nearly half of Yahoo! leagues, so snag him up now before the other owners in your league notice the turn around too.

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