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The Lineup Card: Second Helpings

Ryan Eisner

Ryan Eisner

Ryan has been writing for Rotowire since 2007. He currently writes about baseball and covers the White Sox.

Projected Starters - A look at Tuesday's matchups (all times Eastern):

Marlins (Ricky Nolasco - R) at Pirates (Zach Duke - L), 7:05
Mariners (Luke French - L) at Orioles (Kevin Millwood - R), 7:05
Giants (Barry Zito - L) at Phillies (Roy Oswalt - R), 7:05
Tigers (Justin Verlander - R) at Yankees (CC Sabathia - L), 7:05
Nationals (Scott Olsen - L) at Braves (Mike Minor - L), 7:10
Rangers (Rich Harden - R) at Rays (Matt Garza - R), 7:10
Angels (Jered Weaver - R) at Red Sox (Clay Buchholz - R), 7:10
Mets (Johan Santana - L) at Astros (Nelson Figueroa - R), 8:05
Padres (Jon Garland - R) at Cubs (Randy Wells - R), 8:05
White Sox (John Danks - L) at Twins (Scott Baker - R), 8:10
Indians (Jeanmar Gomez - R) at Royals (Zack Greinke - R), 8:10
Brewers (David Bush - R) at Cardinals (Jaime Garcia - L), 8:15
Reds (Bronson Arroyo - R) at Diamondbacks (Dan Hudson - R), 9:40
Blue Jays (Brandon Morrow - R) at Athletics (Dallas Braden - L), 10:05
Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin - R) at Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw - L), 10:10

Day game after a night game: None

Injuries - A brief look at players who have been missing time with injuries and their expected returns

Day-to-Day (includes players expected to make their return from the DL)
Derrek Lee, 1B, CHI-N – (Back) Expected to miss a few days with a bulging disc
Francisco Rodriguez, P, NY-N- (Thumb) Tore a ligament in his thumb during his familial “encounter” last week and is done for the season
Jason Heyward, OF, ATL – (Knee) Returned to Monday's starting lineup
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI – (Thumb) Could come off DL Tuesday
Ross Gload, 1B, PHI – (Groin) Could be ready to play Tuesday
Ronny Cendeno, SS, PIT – (Shoulder) Could land on DL
Joaquin Arias, SS, TEX – (Back) Came off DL Monday, should see time at second base
Bobby Jenks, P, CHI-A – (Back) DNP over the weekend, could be placed on the DL Tuesday
Lance Berkman, 1B, NY-A – (Ankle) DNP Monday after leaving Sunday's contest
Jose Valverde, P, DET – (Abdomen) Could return to action soon
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS – (Foot) Should return to Boston's lineup Tuesady after a two-game rehab stint

Players on the DL
Tommy Manzella, SS, HOU – (Finger) May not retake his starting role once activated
David Freese, 3B, STL – (Thumb) Transferred to 60-day DL, done for the season
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI – (Ankle) Probably won't come off DL Tuesday
Dan Runzler, P, SF – (Knee) Threw 2 K's in a rehab inning Saturday, should return soon
Jeremy Affeldt, P, SF – (Oblique) Threw two innings Sunday, should return soon
Martin Prado, 1B, ATL – (Finger) Slated to play for Triple-A Monday, could return to ATL Tuesday
Jason Berken, P, BAL – (Shoulder) Landed on 15-day DL Monday with rotator cuff fraying, could avoid surgery
Nelson Cruz, OF, TEX – (Hamstring) Landed on the DL Monday, his third trip there
Gabe Kapler, OF, TB – (Ankle) Placed on 15-Day DL Monday
Hideki Okajima, P, BOS – (Hamstring) Threw 35 pitches in the bullpen Sunday, two more sessions on tap
John Buck, C, TOR – (Thumb) Will play at Double-A New Hampshire and come off the DL Friday
Andrew Bailey, P, OAK – (Oblique) May not need a rehab assignment, could return this week

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

Called Up
Rick VandenHurk, P, BAL
Jesse Carlson, P, TOR
Dan Schlereth, P, DET
Travis Buck, OF, OAK

Sent Down
Jeff Frazier, OF, DET
Jose Morales, P, MIN
Chris Carter, OF, OAK
Jeff Larish, 1B, OAK

Activated from the DL
Carlos Pena, 1B, TB
Joaquin Arias, SS, TEX
Conor Jackson, OF, OAK

Placed on DL (15-day unless otherwise noted)
David Purcey, P, TOR (retroactive to Aug. 13)
Gabe Kapler, OF, TB (retroactive to Aug. 15)
Jason Berken, P, BAL (retroactive to Aug. 13)
Nelson Cruz, OF, TEX (retroactive to Aug. 15)

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

OAK: Andrew Bailey (oblique) should come off the DL at some point this week and retake the closer role from the tandem of Michael Wuertz and Craig Breslow.

NY-N: Francisco Rodriguez is done for the season after tearing a ligament in his thumb in last week's altercation with a relative, so the Mets will probably use Bobby Parnell and/or Pedro Feliciano during save chances.

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
Hanley Ramirez v Zach Duke – 6-for-12 (.500/.500/.917), 0 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1:0 K:BB
Dan Uggla v Zach Duke – 5-for-11 (.455/.500/.545), 1 2B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 1:1 K:BB
Ichiro Suzuki v Kevin Millwood – 30-for-74 (.405/.443/.581), 3 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 7:5 K:BB
Casey Kotchman v Kevin Millwood – 7-for-22 (.318/.348/.727), 0 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 3:0 K:BB
Jimmy Rollins v Barry Zito – 5-for-13 (.385/.385/.615), 0 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1:0 K:BB
Placido Polanco v Barry Zito – 9-for-13 (.692/.733/.769), 1 2B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0:1 K:BB
Juan Uribe v Roy Oswalt – 6-for-13 (.462/.467/.692), 0 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2:1 K:BB
Derek Jeter v Justin Verlander – 7-for-18 (.389/.450/.389), 0 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 4:1 K:BB
Miguel Cabrera v CC Sabathia – 7-for-11 (.636/.667/1.273), 1 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 3:1 K:BB
Gerald Laird v CC Sabathia – 7-for-15 (.467/.529/.800), 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1:2 K:BB
Matt Diaz v Scott Olsen – 12-for-31 (.387/.406/.903), 4 2B, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 8:1 K:BB
Omar Infante v Scott Olsen - 5-for-14 (.357/.400/.357), 0 2B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 3:1 K:BB
Carl Crawford v Rich Harden – 6-for-18 (.333/.333/.611), 0 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3:0 K:BB
Carlos Pena v Rich Harden – 3-for-10 (.300/.300/.600), 0 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3:0 K:BB
Michael Young v Matt Garza – 5-for-19 (.263/.300/.632), 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3:1 K:BB
Vladimir Guerrero v Matt Garza – 3-for-10 (.300/.417/.700), 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3:1 K:BB
David Ortiz v Jered Weaver – 7-for-23 (.304/.370/.609), 1 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 5:3 K:BB
J.D. Drew v Jered Weaver – 6-for-17 (.353/.389/.529), 0 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2:1 K:BB
Hideki Matsui v Clay Buchholz – 5-for-12 (.417/.500/.500), 1 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1:2 K:BB
Maicer Izturis v Clay Buchholz – 4-for-10 (.400/.500/.600), 2 2B, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 2:2 K:BB
Carlos Lee v Johan Santana – 11-for-35 (.314/.385/.657), 3 2B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 8:3 K:BB
Marlon Byrd v Jon Garland – 5-for-13 (.385/.429/.385), 0 2B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 1:0 K:BB
Xavier Nady v Jon Garland – 4-for-11 (.364/.417/.727), 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 0:1 K:BB
Michael Cuddyer v John Danks – 20-for-41 (.488/.523/.951), 4 2B, 5 RBI, 12 RBI, 6:3 K:BB
Joe Mauer v John Danks – 14-for-39 (.359/.432/.436), 3 2B, 0 HR, 6 RBI, 6:4 K:BB
Denard Span v John Danks – 9-for-29 (.310/.429/.483), 1 2B, 2 3B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 4:6 K:BB
Paul Konerko v Scott Baker – 9-for-30 (.300/.364/.633), 1 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 3:3 K:BB
Mark Teahen v Scott Baker – 10-for-29 (.345/.367/.448), 3 2B, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 4:1 K:BB
Asdrubal Cabrera v Zack Greinke – 11-for-24 (.458/.519/.667), 3 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 1:3 K:BB
Matt Holliday v David Bush – 6-for-14 (.429/.467/.786), 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2:0 K:BB
Skip Schumaker v David Bush – 7-for-18 (.389/.450/.389), 0 2B, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 4:2 K:BB
Yadier Molina v David Bush – 5-for-18 (.278/.350/.778), 0 2B, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 0:1 K:BB
Ryan Church v Bronson Arroyo – 5-for-13 (.385/.429/.538), 2 2B, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 3:1 K:BB
Kelly Johnson v Bronson Arroyo – 3-fof-10 (.300/.417/.500), 2 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2:2 K:BB
Brad Hawpe v Clayton Kershaw – 4-for-13 (.308/.400/.846), 1 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 5:2 K:BB\

Johan Santana v Houston – The Astros are typically a cushy fantasy matchup for pitchers, but Tuesday's matchup figures to be extra sweet with Johan Santana on the mound. The only Astro to have a modicum of historical success against Santana has been Carlos Lee (1.042 OPS), and he has had a historically bad season in 2010. Santana has yet to face the 'Stros in 2010, but their current group of batters has a measley .207 collective batting average over 150 at-bats and a .250 OBP in 161 plate appearances.

Cold
Chris Snyder v Ricky Nolasco – 2-for-11 (.182), 1 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 3:1 K:BB
Chone Figgins v Kevin Millwood – 6-for-43 (.140), 0 2B 1 3B, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 12:5 K:BB
Raul Ibanez v Barry Zito – 8-for-47 (.170), 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 8:0 K:BB
Mike Sweeney v Barry Zito – 6-for-28 (.214), 0 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3:2 K:BB
Aaron Rowand v Roy Oswalt – 3-for-17 (.176), 0 2B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2:2 K:BB
Pat Burrell v Roy Oswalt – 3-for-15 (.200), 0 2B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 4:2 K:BB
Jose Guillen v Roy Oswalt – 1-for-15 (.067), 0 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 5:0 K:BB
Nick Swisher v Justin Verlander – 7-for-38 (.184), 2 2B, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 14:5 K:BB
Mark Teixeira v Justin Verlander – 1-for-14 (.071), 0 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 6:3 K:BB
Jorge Posada v Justin Verlander – 3-for-13 (.231), 2 2B, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 2:1 K:BB
Alex Rodriguez v Justin Verlander – 3-for-13 (.231), 0 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1:2 K:BB
Brandon Inge v CC Sabathia – 7-for-50 (.140), 0 2B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 14:6 K:BB
Johnny Damon v CC Sabathia – 5-for-21 (.238), 0 2B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2:0 K:BB
Ryan Raburn v CC Sabathia – 3-for-15 (.200), 2 2B, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 5:0 K:BB
Troy Glaus v Scott Olsen – 2-for-14 (.143), 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1:2 K:BB
Josh Hamilton v Matt Garza – 2-for-12 (.167), 0 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 4:2 K:BB
Jorge Cantu v Matt Garza – 1-for-11 (.091), 0 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 4:0 K:BB
Adrian Beltre v Jered Weaver – 8-for-39 (.205), 3 2B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 8:0 K:BB
Juan Rivera v Clay Buchholz – 2-for-10 (.200), 0 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 3:1 K:BB
Erick Aybar v Clay Buchholz – 0-for-10 (.000), 0 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0:0 K:BB
Pedro Feliz v Johan Santana – 4-for-28 (.143), 1 2B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 7:0 K:BB
Jason Michaels v Johan Santana – 1-for-23 (.043), 1 2B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 7:1 K:BB
Jeff Keppinger v Johan Santana – 3-for-13 (.231), 1 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 7:1 K:BB
Alfonso Soriano v Jon Garland – 4-for-19 (.211), 2 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 4:0 K:BB
Aramis Ramirez v Jon Garland – 2-for-10 (.200), 0 2B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2:0 K:BB
Miguel Tejada v Randy Wells – 1-for-10 (.100), 0 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0:0 K:BB
Nick Punto v John Danks – 4-for-24 (.167), 0 2B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 1:2 K:BB
Orlando Hudson v John Danks – 3-for-13 (.231), 2 2B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 3:3 K:BB
Alexi Casilla v John Danks – 2-for-15 (.133), 0 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1:1 K:BB
Alexei Ramirez v Scott Baker – 3-for-18 (.167), 1 2B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 2:1 K:BB
Carlos Quentin v Scott Baker – 2-for-12 (.167), 0 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 5:1 K:BB
Mark Kotsay v Scott Baker – 2-for-12 (.167), 0 2B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2:0 K:BB
Jayson Nix v Zack Greinke – 1-for-10 (.100), 1 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 6:0 K:BB
Felipe Lopez v David Bush – 4-for-22 (.182), 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 9:1 K:BB
Randy Winn v David Bush – 3-for-17 (.176), 1 2B, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 5:0 K:BB
Aaron Miles v David Bush – 0-for-10 (.000), 0 RBI, 0:1 K:BB
Ryan Braun v Jaime Garcia – 2-for-10 (.200), 0 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1:0 K:BB
Adam LaRoche v Bronson Arroyo – 4-for-20 (.200). 0 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2:2 K:BB
Kurt Suzuki v Brandon Morrow – 2-for-12 (.167), 0 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3:0 K:BB
Ryan Sweeney v Brandon Morrow – 2-for-10 (.200), 0 2B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 3:2 K:BB
Troy Tulowitzki v Clayton Kershaw – 4-for-20 (.200), 0 2B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 7:3 K:BB
Clint Barmes v Clayton Kershaw – 3-for-16 (.188), 0 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3:2 K:BB

John Danks v Minnesota – The White Sox need a big start out of Danks Tuesday to remain competitive for the AL Central crown, and chances are he won't deliver. Michael Cuddyer (five home runs), Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau have three of the best track records against Danks in all of baseball, and two of those three will be in the Twins' lineup Tuesday. He has gone 2-1 in his four starts against them this year, but he posted a 6.23 ERA and a 8:5 K:BB in his two starts at Target Field, which will be the site of Tuesday's contest.

Recommended Pickup

Eric Young, 2B, COL - When the Rockies recalled Young from Triple-A Colorado Springs Saturday to replace Jeff Francis, it was largely assumed that Young's stay would end when the Rockies addressed their rotation needs Tuesday. But Young provided enough energy from the leadoff spot Saturday and Sunday that the Denver Post reports that the team is now leaning toward keeping Young around and hosting him in the lineup's top spot for the long haul. Should he stay, Young would probably start regularly at second over Clint Barmes (assuming the Rockies don't create an injury that forces Barmes to the DL) as well as getting a start or two in the outfield. Young already has six stolen base attempts in 41 major-league at-bats, and was successful in all 10 of his attempts at Colorado Springs. Depending on your league depth and format, you might want to put off your add until the Rockies decide they will keep him around, but he has the ability to post double-digit steals the rest of the way out.

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