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Friday Lineup Card: Interleague Play Begins

Derek VanRiper

Derek VanRiper

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

Nationals (Jason Marquis - R) at Orioles (TBD), 7:05
Tigers (Brad Penny - R) at Pirates (Jeff Karstens - R), 7:05
Rangers (C.J. Wilson - L) at Phillies (Roy Halladay - R), 7:05
Mets (R.A. Dickey - R) at Yankees (Freddy Garcia - R), 7:05
Reds (Travis Wood - L) at Indians (Alex White - R), 7:05
Astros (Aneury Rodriguez - R) at Blue Jays (Jo-Jo Reyes - L), 7:07
Cubs (Doug Davis - L) at Red Sox (Jon Lester - L), 7:10
Rays (Andy Sonnanstine - R) at Marlins (Anibal Sanchez - R), 7:10
Rockies (Jason Hammel - R) at Brewers (Zack Greinke - R), 8:10
Cardinals (Chris Carpenter - R) at Royals (Jeff Francis - L), 8:10
Dodgers (Ted Lilly - L) at White Sox (Phil Humber - R), 8:10
Twins (Brian Duensing - L) at D-Backs (Ian Kennedy - R), 9:40
Braves (Tim Hudson - R) at Angels (Ervin Santana - R), 10:05
Mariners (Erik Bedard - L) at Padres (Mat Latos - R), 10:05
Athletics (Trevor Cahill - R) at Giants (Ryan Vogelsong - R), 10:15

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Matt Holliday, OF, STL - (Left Quad) Held out of the starting lineup Thursday and was available to pinch-hit.
Lance Berkman, OF, STL - (Wrist) Did not start Thursday after jamming wrist Wednesday night making a catch.
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN - (Leg) Went 1-for-3 with an RBI on Thursday despite limping Wednesday.
Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL - (Head) Held out of the lineup (third straight day) Thursday. 7-day DL.
Brian Wilson, RP, SF - Pitched through an ankle injury suffered during Wednesday's win over Los Angeles.
Tyson Ross, SP, OAK - Left his start Thursday with a torn oblique.
Shane Victorino, OF, PHI - (Hamstring) Scheduled for MRI on Thursday.
Cameron Maybin, OF, SD - (Knee) Likely will avoid the DL.
Will Venable, OF, SD - (Hand) Took batting practice Wednesday and could return to the lineup Friday.
Aaron Rowand, OF, SF - Left Wednesday's game with a back injury.
Chris Dickerson, OF, NYY - (Head) Being examined in Maryland on Thursday.

Players on the DL
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI - Played a full nine-inning game with Clearwater on Wednesday.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP, BOS - (Elbow) Will be shut down for at least two weeks before being examined again.
Andrew Bailey, RP, OAK - (Forearm) Beginning rehab assignment with Triple-A on Friday.
Magglio Ordonez, OF, DET - (Ankle) No new problems revealed, but no timetable for his return.
Jim Thome, DH, MIN - (Back) Will be activated before Monday's game.
Jose Contreras, RP, PHI - (Elbow) Started rehab assignment with Clearwater on Wednesday.
Clay Hensley, RP, FLA - (Fractured Scapula) May return to Florida bullpen by Sunday.
Dan Wheeler, RP, BOS - (Calf) Should be back for the weekend series against the Cubs.
Jason Bourgeois, OF, HOU - (Oblique) Still a few days away from swinging a bat.
Donnie Murphy, 3B, FLA - (Wrist) Unable to swing without discomfort.
Jason Repko, OF, MIN - (Quad) Will be activated before Monday's game.
Jose Mijares, RP, MIN - (Elbow) Scheduled to begin throwing Saturday.
Brandon Webb, SP, TEX - (Shoulder) Will pitch again at extended spring training early next week.

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

Called Up
Greg Holland, RP, KC
Jairo Asencio, RP, ATL
Troy Patton, SP, BAL
Chris Jakubauskas, RP, BAL

Sent Down
Julio Teheran, SP, ATL
Jarrod Dyson, OF, KC
Sean Green, RP, MIL (outrighted)
Steve Holm, C, MIN (outrighted)

Placed on DL
Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL
Derrek Lee, 1B, BAL
Mark DeRosa, OF, SF

Activated from DL

Closer Watch

St. Louis - Fernando Salas appears to be securing the job for the Cards after striking out a pair in a scoreless ninth Thursday afternoon for his fifth save of the season. Given the instability in the St. Louis bullpen to this point, it's likely that he'll be summoned to work the ninth inning until he gives manager Tony La Russa a reason to consider his alternatives again.

Seattle - Brandon League managed to get back on the horse Wednesday and record his 10th save of the season with a scoreless ninth (one walk) against the Angels. Jamey Wright is waiting in the wings, but League appears to have at least temporarily righted the ship.

Texas - It wasn't pretty, but Mark Lowe held on in the 11th inning Wednesday for his first save of the year. We'd be surprised if Neftali Feliz gets replaced after one rough outing, but it's a least a slight vote of confidence that Lowe may be inching closer to a key setup role after his early-season demotion to Triple-A.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Mark Reynolds - 3B BAL vs WAS
5/20 10:05 PM
Jason Marquis 4-13 .308 1 2 3 1 2 .615 .357 .972
Luke Scott - DH BAL vs WAS
5/20 10:05 PM
Jason Marquis 5-20 .250 2 4 9 1 3 .650 .286 .936
Carlos Beltran - OF NYM @ NYY
5/20 10:05 PM
Freddy Garcia 7-15 .467 2 3 6 3 0 .933 .526 1.459
Curtis Granderson - OF NYY vs NYM
5/20 10:05 PM
R.A. Dickey 3-10 .300 0 2 1 1 3 .500 .364 .864
Lyle Overbay - 1B PIT vs DET
5/20 10:05 PM
Brad Penny 4-11 .364 0 2 0 1 2 .636 .417 1.053
Endy Chavez - OF TEX @ PHI
5/20 10:05 PM
Roy Halladay 5-13 .385 0 1 0 1 1 .462 .429 .891
Ian Kinsler - 2B TEX @ PHI
5/20 10:05 PM
Roy Halladay 6-19 .316 1 1 4 0 1 .474 .381 .855
Michael Napoli - C TEX @ PHI
5/20 10:05 PM
Roy Halladay 3-10 .300 1 1 2 1 4 .600 .333 .933
Carlos Lee - OF HOU @ TOR
5/20 10:07 PM
Jo-Jo Reyes 4-10 .400 0 1 2 1 0 .500 .455 .955
Carlos Pena - 1B CHC @ BOS
5/20 10:10 PM
Jon Lester 10-34 .294 5 6 12 5 11 .765 .395 1.160
Jason Giambi - 1B COL @ MIL
5/20 11:10 PM
Zack Greinke 6-18 .333 4 4 10 2 3 1.000 .400 1.400
Jeff Francoeur - OF KC vs STL
5/20 11:10 PM
Chris Carpenter 4-12 .333 1 1 2 1 2 .583 .385 .968
Torii Hunter - OF LAA vs ATL
5/20 1:05 AM
Tim Hudson 8-20 .400 1 2 5 0 4 .600 .400 1.000
Jorge Cantu - 3B SD vs SEA
5/20 1:05 AM
Erik Bedard 10-26 .385 0 2 3 2 5 .500 .429 .929
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Roy Halladay PHI @ Tex
5/20 10:05 PM
Rangers Batters 36-127 .283 3 12 18 4 25 .441 .312 .753
Zack Greinke MIL @ Col
5/20 11:10 PM
Rockies Batters 22-91 .242 5 8 14 4 16 .447 .274 .721

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Willie Harris - OF NYM @ NYY
5/20 10:05 PM
Freddy Garcia 3-12 .250 0 0 0 0 3 .250 .250 .500
Raul Ibanez - OF PHI vs TEX
5/20 10:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 2-19 .105 0 1 2 1 6 .158 .150 .308
Chris Snyder - C PIT vs DET
5/20 10:05 PM
Brad Penny 2-10 .200 0 0 1 2 1 .200 .357 .557
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX @ PHI
5/20 10:05 PM
Roy Halladay 5-27 .185 0 2 3 1 4 .296 .214 .510
Michael Young - 3B TEX @ PHI
5/20 10:05 PM
Roy Halladay 12-43 .279 1 3 7 1 12 .419 .295 .714
Jose Lopez - 3B COL @ MIL
5/20 11:10 PM
Zack Greinke 4-24 .167 1 1 1 0 4 .292 .167 .459
Ty Wigginton - 3B COL @ MIL
5/20 11:10 PM
Zack Greinke 2-14 .143 0 1 0 1 2 .214 .200 .414
Jason Bartlett - SS SD vs SEA
5/20 1:05 AM
Erik Bedard 2-13 .154 0 1 2 0 5 .308 .154 .462
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Recommended Pickup

Brad Hawpe, 1B, SD -- The plate discipline still isn't pretty (5:15 BB:K in 52 May at-bats), but Hawpe has turned things around recently with a .365/.431/.558 line since flipping the calendar from April to May. Anthony Rizzo is the future at first base for the Padres, but for those in deeper formats where a viable corner-infield stopgap can be utilized to fill in for an injured Derrek Lee, Ike Davis or Adam Lind, you could certainly do worse than giving Hawpe a spin in the short term. Cheap power and RBI opportunities are the aim here, as Hawpe continues to get most of his at-bats in the middle-third of the Padres' order.

Other recent recommendations: Coco Crisp, Jon Jay, Cameron Maybin and Jason Bartlett

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