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Paul Bruno

Paul Bruno

Paul is a 22-year veteran of the STATS INC reporter network, scoring play by play for the Blue Jays and Maple Leafs. He is also the creator of the statistical platform which evolved into the NHL's Real Time Scoring System, which was unveiled in 1992. You can also hear him on XM Sirius and nextsportsstar.com, talking hockey and baseball.In addition to all of Toronto's teams, he is also a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys.

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

Red Sox (Jon Lester - L) v. Indians (Mitch Talbot - R) 12:05
Braves (Mike Minor - L) v. Pirates (James McDonald - R) 1:05
Rays (Andy Sonnanstine - R) v. Tigers (Brad Penny - R) 1:05
Blue Jays (Jo-Jo Reyes - L) v. Yankees (Freddy Garcia - R) 1:05
Mariners (Eric Bedard - L) v. Twins (Brian Duensing - L) 1:10
Nationals (Jason Marquis - R) v. Brewers (Zack Greinke - R) 1:10
White Sox (Gavin Floyd - R) v. Rangers (C.J. Wilson - L) 2:05
Dodgers (Ted Lilly - L) v. Astros (Aneury Rodriguez - R) 2:05
Cardinals (Chris Carpenter - R) v. Padres (Mat Latos - R) 6:35
Reds (Travis Wood - L) v. Phillies (Roy Halladay - R) 7:05
Royals (Luke Hochevar - R) v. Orioles (Jake Arrieta - R) 7:05
Mets (Dillon Gee - R) v. Cubs (Casey Coleman - R) 8:05
Diamondbacks (Ian Kennedy - R) v. Rockies (Jason Hammel - R) 8:40
Athletics (Trevor Cahill - R) v. Angels (Ervin Santana - R) 10:05
Marlins (Chris Volstad - R) v. Giants (Madison Bumgarner - L) 10:15

Day After Night: Bos/Cle, Atl/Pit, Tam/Det, Tor/NYY, Sea/Min, Was/Mil, ChW/Tex, LA

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Matt Holliday, OF, STL - (Quadriceps) may return to game action on Friday
Andre Ethier, OF, LAD - (General soreness) made pinch-hit appearance in Monday's game; didn't start Tuesday
Jeff Baker, 2B, CHI-N - (Groin) received treatment on Monday and may play on Wednesday
Todd Helton, 1B, COL - (Back) is stiff still, but hoping that off-day Monday rest will help
Chipper Jones, 3B, ATL - (Hamstring) rest on Monday off-day should help him, too
Howie Kendrick, 2B, ANA - (Hamstring) received cortisone injection and will be off for a few days
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS - (Ankle) after being given day off Tuesday, may return on Wednesday
Michael Cuddyer, OF, MIN - (Hip) left in eighth inning of Monday's game with right hip tightness
Delmon Young, OF, MIN - (Leg) left Monday's game with left leg contusion
Nick Swisher, OF, NYY - (Forearm) sitting last couple of games to help break a slump
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B, OAK - (Groin) took both fielding and batting practice on Monday
Justin Ruggiano, OF, TB - (Illness) stomach illness sidelined him on Monday
Elliot Johnson, 2B, TB - (Knee) left Monday's game with sore left knee
Reid Brignac, SS, TB - (Bereavement) will return to team on Friday
Julio Borbon, OF, TEX - (Hamstring) running drills but won't be coming off DL this week

Players on the DL
Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS - (Elbow) - threw off a mound on Monday, first time since Tommy John surgery
Aaron Cook, SP, COL - (Shoulder/hand) - pitched five innings, allowing four runs and seven hits in rehab start
Brandon Lyon, RP, HOU - (Shoulder) - threw on flat ground for ten minutes on Monday
Jason Bourgeois, OF, HOU - (Oblique) - swung a bat on Monday, first time since going on the DL
Jose Contreras, RP, PHI - (Elbow) - rehab appearance rained out on Monday
Brian Matusz, SP, BAL - (Elbow) - scheduled for one more rehab start; return to majors expected by June 1
Bobby Jenks, RP, BOS - (Arm) - may be activated at the end of Boston's current road trip
John Lackey, SP, BOS - (Elbow) - will throw Tuesday for first time since going on DL
Diasuke Matsusaka, SP, BOS - (Elbow) - seeking a second opinion, not opting for surgery just yet
Marco Scutaro, SS, BOS - (Oblique) - worked out before Monday's game, but still not swinging a bat
Mark Teahan, 3B, CHI-A - (Oblique) - swung off a tee on Monday; soon headed for rehab assignment
Grady Sizemore, OF, CLE - (Knee) - performed agility drills on Monday without any issues
Magglio Ordonez, OF, DET - (Ankle) - will begin light field work on Friday
Joe Mauer, C, MIN - (Leg) - plans to play in extended spring game on Tuesday
Tsyoshi Nishioka, 2B, MIN - (Leg) - headed for 7-10 rehab stint later this week
Andrew Bailey, RP, OAK - (Forearm) - had a scoreless inning in rehab on Monday; may be in Oakland soon
Brandon Webb, SP, TEX - (Shoulder) - started an extended spring game on Tuesday
Adam Lind, 1B, TOR - (Back) - will start an extended spring game on Wednesday

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

Called Up
Kam Mickolio, P, ARI
Adam Wilk, SP, DET

Sent Down
Robbie Weinhardt, P, DET (DFA'd)

Placed on DL
Matt Garza, SP, CHC (elbow)
Sam Demel, RP, ARI (shoulder)
Phil Coke, SP, DET (ankle)
Jonathan Broxton, RP, LAD (elbow)

Activated from DL
Josh Hamilton, OF, TEX
Nelson Cruz, OF, TEX

Closer Watch

Oakland A's - Brian Fuentes is quickly losing his grip on the closer role in Oakland after a recent string of appearances. He has actually been tagged with losses in each of his last four appearances and news of Andrew Bailey's continued success with his minor league rehab may mean that Fuentes will give away this role very soon, especially after Fuentes' comments about manager Bob Geren following Monday's loss.

Boston - Daniel Bard was thought to be in position to push Jonathan Papelbon, when this season began, but, he has stumbled out of the gate and was tagged with his fourth loss and second blown save of the season on Monday night in Cleveland. Meanwhile Papelbon, who is in the final year of his current contract, has a record of 2-0, 2.29 ERA and eight saves in nine opportunities to solidify his hold on the closer job here.

L.A. Dodgers - Kenley Jansen gave up three earned runs in his second save opportunity of the season as he surrendered three ninth-inning runs and took the loss on Monday night. With incumbent closer Jonathan Broxton going on the DL, this has opened the door for a wide-open competition at the back of the Dodgers' bullpen. With second option Vicente Padilla also on the DL, look for a bullpen by committee including Matt Guerrier, Mike MacDougal and Jansen to share this responsibility until one of them rises to the role.

L.A. Angels - Jordan Walden has converted 9-of-12 save opportunities and seems to have overtaken a struggling Fernando Rodney, who brushed aside whispers of arm troubles, indicating that he was having mechanical difficulties. For his part, Walden seems up to the task of late, earning his most recent save with a three-up, three-down inning in his 10-pitch effort Monday.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Orlando Cabrera - SS CLE vs BOS
5/25 12:05 PM
Jon Lester 6-18 .333 0 2 4 3 1 .444 .429 .873
Jack Hannahan - 3B CLE vs BOS
5/25 12:05 PM
Jon Lester 6-12 .500 0 0 2 0 4 .500 .500 1.000
Jose Molina - C TOR @ NYY
5/25 1:05 PM
Freddy Garcia 8-20 .400 0 1 1 0 4 .450 .381 .831
Ryan Braun - OF MIL vs WAS
5/25 1:10 PM
Jason Marquis 8-18 .444 0 3 1 2 1 .611 .524 1.135
Craig Counsell - SS MIL vs WAS
5/25 1:10 PM
Jason Marquis 11-33 .333 1 4 2 4 2 .545 .405 .950
Prince Fielder - 1B MIL vs WAS
5/25 1:10 PM
Jason Marquis 4-19 .211 1 4 6 4 3 .526 .346 .872
Corey Hart - OF MIL vs WAS
5/25 1:10 PM
Jason Marquis 7-17 .412 1 3 3 0 3 .765 .412 1.177
Justin Morneau - 1B MIN vs SEA
5/25 1:10 PM
Erik Bedard 10-24 .417 2 4 11 1 3 .750 .423 1.173
Jay Bruce - OF CIN @ PHI
5/25 7:05 PM
Roy Halladay 3-11 .273 1 2 2 0 5 .636 .273 .909
Joey Votto - 1B CIN @ PHI
5/25 7:05 PM
Roy Halladay 3-11 .273 1 2 2 1 3 .636 .333 .969
Dexter Fowler - OF COL vs ARI
5/25 8:40 PM
Ian Kennedy 5-14 .357 0 2 2 2 3 .571 .438 1.009
Carlos Gonzalez - OF COL vs ARI
5/25 8:40 PM
Ian Kennedy 3-13 .231 1 3 1 1 3 .615 .286 .901
Todd Helton - 1B COL vs ARI
5/25 8:40 PM
Ian Kennedy 5-14 .357 0 2 1 1 3 .500 .412 .912
Seth Smith - OF COL vs ARI
5/25 8:40 PM
Ian Kennedy 4-17 .235 1 4 3 2 5 .588 .316 .904
Mike Fontenot - 2B SF vs FLA
5/25 10:15 PM
Chris Volstad 5-14 .357 1 3 3 1 1 .714 .400 1.114
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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XBH
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RBI
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BB K Opp
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Roy Halladay PHI @ CIN
5/25 7:05 PM
Reds Batters 42-139 .302 3 12 14 2 30 .440 .308 .749

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Felipe Lopez - 2B TB @ DET
5/25 1:05 PM
Brad Penny 2-11 .182 0 0 0 0 3 .182 .182 .364
Corey Patterson - OF TOR @ NYY
5/25 1:05 PM
Freddy Garcia 4-16 .250 0 0 0 0 4 .250 .250 .500
Juan Rivera - OF TOR @ NYY
5/25 1:05 PM
Freddy Garcia 1-11 .091 0 0 0 0 3 .091 .091 .182
Delmon Young - OF MIN vs SEA
5/25 1:10 PM
Erik Bedard 2-17 .118 0 1 0 0 6 .176 .118 .294
Orlando Hudson - 2B SD vs STL
5/25 6:35 PM
Chris Carpenter 1-10 .100 0 0 1 2 3 .100 .286 .386
Brandon Phillips - 2B CIN @ PHI
5/25 7:05 PM
Roy Halladay 4-14 .286 0 2 2 1 4 .429 .333 .762
Justin Upton - OF ARI @ COL
5/25 8:40 PM
Jason Hammel 2-12 .167 1 1 4 2 5 .417 .286 .703
Troy Tulowitzki - SS COL vs ARI
5/25 8:40 PM
Ian Kennedy 3-17 .176 1 2 3 2 2 .412 .250 .662
Bobby Abreu - OF LAA vs OAK
5/25 10:05 PM
Trevor Cahill 2-14 .143 1 2 3 4 4 .429 .333 .762
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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HR
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XBH
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RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Freddy Garcia NYY @ Tor
5/25 1:05 PM
Blue Jays Batters 26-81 .321 3 6 5 5 15 .506 .356 .862
Jason Marquis WAS vs Mil
5/25 1:10 PM
Brewers Batters 44-133 .331 3 18 18 15 17 .533 .401 .935
Ian Kennedy ARI vs Col
5/25 8:40 PM
Rockies Batters 27-98 .275 4 15 14 10 18 .521 .339 .860
Trevor Cahill OAK vs LAA
5/25 10:05 PM
Angels Batters 25-97 .258 1 7 7 11 8 .363 .339 .702
 


Recommended Pickup

Allen Craig, INF/OF, STL - Craig has made a very favorable impression as a fill-in for Skip Schumaker at second base in recent games. In the past week alone, he has posted three multi-hit games and has also added two homers in his last five games. For the season, he is now hitting .314 in 70 at-bats. He has also posted a .395 OBP and a .500 slugging percentage-all numbers which should lead to more playing time for a guy who can play almost anywhere on the field defensively (albeit, and a very mediocre level). For those in deeper leagues, this is the type of player you want in a utility role as you can plug him in anywhere.

Other recent recommendations: Josh Outman, Chris Denorfia, Brendan Ryan, Juan Rivera

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Our Draft Sheet Lineup

C - Jonathan Lucroy, MIL ($6,216)
1B - Justin Morneau, MIN ($3,882)
2B - Ben Zobrist, TB ($5,782)
3B - Jack Hannahan, CLE ($5,121)
SS - Jimmy Rollins, PHI ($6,789)
OF - Ryan Braun, MIL ($10,170)
OF - Josh Hamilton, TEX ($8,960)
OF - Carlos Gonzalez, COL ($8,624)
UT - Corey Hart, MIL ($7,339)
UT - Jordan Schafer, ATL ($2,499)
SP - Zack Greinke, MIL ($13,543)
SP - Chris Carpenter, STL ($9,112)
RP - Craig Kimbrel, ATL ($2,838)
P - Dillon Gee, NYM ($9,071)

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