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Friday Lineup Card: Buster's Busted

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

Pirates (Kevin Correia - R) at Cubs (Doug Davis - L), 2:20
Red Sox (Tim Wakefield - R) at Tigers (Rick Porcello - R), 7:05
Padres (Clayton Richard - L) at Nationals (John Lannan - L), 7:05
White Sox (Mark Buehrle - L) at Blue Jays (Kyle Drabek - R), 7:07
Phillies (Roy Oswalt - R) at Mets (Chris Capuano - L), 7:10
Indians (Josh Tomlin - R) at Rays (David Price - L), 7:10
Reds (Sam LeCure - R) at Braves (Tommy Hanson - R), 7:35
Royals (Nate Adcock - R) at Rangers (Colby Lewis - R), 8:05
Diamondbacks (Daniel Hudson - R) at Astros (Brett Myers - R), 8:05
Angels (Tyler Chatwood - R) at Twins (Scott Baker - R), 8:10
Giants (Tim Lincecum - R) at Brewers (Shaun Marcum - R), 8:10
Cardinals (Jake Westbrook - R) at Rockies (Ubaldo Jimenez - R), 8:40
Orioles (Chris Tillman - R) at Athletics (Gio Gonzalez - L), 10:05
Yankees (A.J. Burnett - R) at Mariners (Michael Pineda - R), 10:10
Marlins (Javier Vazquez - R) at Dodgers (Jon Garland - R), 10:10

Day Game After a 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)

NL
R.A. Dickey, SP, NYM (heel) - Left Thursday's start after falling en route to covering first
Homer Bailey, SP, CIN (shoulder) - Had a spasm while batting and left Thursday's game
Hanley Ramirez, SS, FLA (foot) - Out Thursday
Rod Barajas, C, LAD (wrist) - Will return this weekend
Juan Miranda, 1B, AZ (hand) - As of this writing, may return Thursday night
Ross Gload, 1B, PHI (hip) - Has labral tissue tear
Jeff Baker, 2B, CHC (groin) - Being avoided until Saturday
Orlando Hudson, 2B, SD (groin) - Left Wednesday's game

AL
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B, OAK (groin) - Still not ready to come back
J.D. Drew, OF, BOS (hamstring) - Supposed to be short-term nick-up

Players on the DL

NL
Buster Posey, C, SF (leg) - Possibly out for the year
Shane Victorino, OF, PHI (hamstring) - Will start rehab assignment Saturday
Darren Ford, OF, SF (ankle) - Placed on DL
Mike Fontenot, 2B, SF (groin) - DL too
Matt Maloney, RP, CIN (oblique) - To the DL with ye
Geoff Blum, SS, AZ (knee) - Expected out another 4-5 weeks
Jeff Keppinger, 2B, HOU (foot) - Missed rehab game with stomach virus, but may still be on track to return Friday
Joe Blanton, SP, PHI (elbow) - Had positive Dr. Andrews visit - no structural damage, but being shut down for 3-4 weeks
Geovany Soto, C, CHC (groin) - Expected to be activated Saturday
Josh Johnson, SP, FLA (shoulder) - May be held out past June 1
David Wright, 3B, NYM (back) - Resuming core exercises
Aaron Cook, SP, COL (shoulder) - Will start Saturday
Bobby Parnell, RP, NYM (finger) - Poor pitching could result in optioning after rehab assignment ends

AL
Howie Kendrick, 2B, LAA (hamstring) - Placed on DL, backdated to May 20
Jose Mijares, RP, MIN (elbow) - Will have minor league rehab start in Single-A
Darnell McDonald, OF, BOS (quad) - Placed on DL
Mark Teahen, 3B, CHW (oblique) - Felt good after hitting live pitching
Philip Hughes, SP, NYY (shoulder) - Shifted to 60-day DL
Adam Rosales, 2B, OAK (foot) - Cleared to run bases in extended ST
Scott Feldman, SP, TEX (knee) - Still tiring early in rehab starts
Tommy Hunter, SP, TEX (groin) - Threw "tentative" bullpen, so seemingly still not close
Bobby Jenks, RP, BOS (arm) - Threw side session and getting closer to rehab assignment
Vernon Wells, OF, LAA (groin) - Doing light jogging and agility drills
Andrew Bailey, RP, OAK (forearm) - Will make one more rehab appearance before activation

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

Called Up
Josh Reddick, OF, BOS
Brandon Belt, 1B, SF
Brandon Crawford, SS, SF
Chris Stewart, C, SF

Sent Down
David Herndon, RP, PHI

Placed on DL
Darnell McDonald, OF, BOS
Matt Maloney, RP, CIN
Howie Kendrick, 2B, LAA
Buster Posey, C, SF
Darren Ford, OF, SF
Mike Fontenot, 2B, SF

Activated from DL
Jose Contreras, RP, PHI

Signed
Russell Branyan, 1B, LAA

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

Cincinnati - Francisco Cordero blew his second save of the year Wednesday in Philadelphia, leading to a six-hour, 19-inning affair in which starting second baseman Wilson Valdez got the win. So that's cool. Cordero isn't threatened at this time, though.

Los Angeles Angels - Jordan Walden struggled in the first half of this month, giving up runs all over the place and blowing three saves, but Wednesday's outing against Oakland gave him 10 saves on the year and three in a row, which should help with the ol' job security.


KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Brandon Inge - 3B DET vs BOS
5/27 7:05 PM
Tim Wakefield 8-28 .286 2 4 6 0 5 .571 .300 .871
Victor Martinez - C DET vs BOS
5/27 7:05 PM
Tim Wakefield 6-15 .400 1 2 3 3 2 .667 .500 1.167
Ramon Santiago - SS DET vs BOS
5/27 7:05 PM
Tim Wakefield 5-11 .455 1 1 6 1 0 .727 .462 1.189
Jorge Cantu - 3B SD @ WAS
5/27 7:05 PM
John Lannan 4-14 .286 1 3 4 0 1 .643 .286 .929
Brad Hawpe - OF SD @ WAS
5/27 7:05 PM
John Lannan 4-12 .333 1 1 3 0 0 .583 .333 .916
Jose Bautista - 3B TOR vs CWS
5/27 7:07 PM
Mark Buehrle 4-16 .250 1 2 2 4 4 .500 .400 .900
Corey Patterson - OF TOR vs CWS
5/27 7:07 PM
Mark Buehrle 7-20 .350 1 3 4 1 2 .600 .381 .981
Carlos Beltran - OF NYM vs PHI
5/27 7:10 PM
Roy Oswalt 9-24 .375 1 3 7 2 6 .583 .407 .990
Chris Young - OF ARI @ HOU
5/27 8:05 PM
Brett Myers 3-10 .300 1 2 3 1 2 .700 .364 1.064
Russell Branyan - 1B LAA @ MIN
5/27 8:10 PM
Scott Baker 4-13 .308 0 3 2 2 5 .538 .400 .938
Ryan Braun - OF MIL vs SF
5/27 8:10 PM
Tim Lincecum 6-18 .333 2 2 7 1 4 .667 .400 1.067
Prince Fielder - 1B MIL vs SF
5/27 8:10 PM
Tim Lincecum 4-14 .286 0 2 3 5 5 .429 .474 .903
Rickie Weeks - 2B MIL vs SF
5/27 8:10 PM
Tim Lincecum 4-15 .267 1 2 2 3 5 .533 .421 .954
Aubrey Huff - 1B SF @ MIL
5/27 8:10 PM
Shaun Marcum 5-11 .455 1 3 1 3 3 .909 .600 1.509
Miguel Tejada - SS SF @ MIL
5/27 8:10 PM
Shaun Marcum 10-22 .455 3 6 8 1 3 1.000 .478 1.478
Jason Giambi - 1B COL vs STL
5/27 8:40 PM
Jake Westbrook 5-12 .417 2 2 4 5 1 .917 .588 1.505
Chris Coghlan - OF FLA @ LAD
5/27 10:10 PM
Jon Garland 4-16 .250 2 2 2 0 3 .625 .250 .875
Omar Infante - 2B FLA @ LAD
5/27 10:10 PM
Jon Garland 17-42 .405 0 6 3 2 2 .571 .432 1.003
Chone Figgins - 2B SEA vs NYY
5/27 10:10 PM
A.J. Burnett 6-15 .400 0 2 1 1 2 .600 .438 1.038
Ichiro Suzuki - OF SEA vs NYY
5/27 10:10 PM
A.J. Burnett 8-18 .444 0 1 1 2 4 .500 .500 1.000
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
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OBP
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Doug Davis CHC vs PIT
5/27 2:20 PM
Pirates Batters 13-66 .197 1 5 6 9 18 .317 .303 .620
John Lannan WAS vs SD
5/27 7:05 PM
Padres Batters 14-66 .212 2 5 10 4 10 .338 .257 .595
Brett Myers HOU vs ARI
5/27 8:05 PM
Diamondbacks Batters 20-97 .206 3 11 9 8 26 .421 .274 .695
Ubaldo Jimenez COL vs STL
5/27 8:40 PM
Cardinals Batters 25-107 .234 0 5 5 12 21 .281 .314 .595
Javier Vazquez FLA @ LAD
5/27 10:10 PM
Dodgers Batters 26-108 .241 2 6 11 4 21 .338 .275 .613

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Ronny Cedeno - SS PIT @ CHC
5/27 2:20 PM
Doug Davis 2-15 .133 0 1 1 0 4 .200 .133 .333
Matt Diaz - OF PIT @ CHC
5/27 2:20 PM
Doug Davis 1-10 .100 0 1 2 1 3 .200 .250 .450
Ryan Doumit - C PIT @ CHC
5/27 2:20 PM
Doug Davis 2-14 .143 0 0 1 1 4 .143 .200 .343
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET vs BOS
5/27 7:05 PM
Tim Wakefield 4-21 .190 1 2 4 1 6 .381 .227 .608
Chase Headley - 3B SD @ WAS
5/27 7:05 PM
John Lannan 1-11 .091 0 1 2 1 2 .182 .167 .349
Ryan Ludwick - OF SD @ WAS
5/27 7:05 PM
John Lannan 2-10 .200 0 0 0 2 1 .200 .333 .533
Cameron Maybin - OF SD @ WAS
5/27 7:05 PM
John Lannan 1-11 .091 0 0 0 1 5 .091 .167 .258
Aaron Hill - 2B TOR vs CWS
5/27 7:07 PM
Mark Buehrle 3-18 .167 1 2 1 2 3 .389 .250 .639
John McDonald - 2B TOR vs CWS
5/27 7:07 PM
Mark Buehrle 4-20 .200 0 0 1 0 2 .200 .200 .400
Scott Hairston - OF NYM vs PHI
5/27 7:10 PM
Roy Oswalt 3-24 .125 0 2 0 1 8 .208 .160 .368
Ronny Paulino - C NYM vs PHI
5/27 7:10 PM
Roy Oswalt 2-13 .154 0 1 0 1 2 .231 .214 .445
Henry Blanco - C ARI @ HOU
5/27 8:05 PM
Brett Myers 1-11 .091 0 0 1 1 4 .091 .167 .258
Kelly Johnson - 2B ARI @ HOU
5/27 8:05 PM
Brett Myers 4-26 .154 1 2 1 1 8 .308 .214 .522
Bobby Abreu - OF LAA @ MIN
5/27 8:10 PM
Scott Baker 1-10 .100 0 0 0 1 4 .100 .182 .282
Albert Pujols - 1B STL @ COL
5/27 8:40 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 2-12 .167 0 1 3 2 3 .250 .267 .517
Skip Schumaker - 2B STL @ COL
5/27 8:40 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 1-17 .059 0 0 0 3 2 .059 .200 .259
Vladimir Guerrero - DH BAL @ OAK
5/27 10:05 PM
Gio Gonzalez 4-21 .190 0 1 1 1 3 .238 .227 .465
Gaby Sanchez - 1B FLA @ LAD
5/27 10:10 PM
Jon Garland 1-11 .091 0 0 0 0 6 .091 .091 .182
Rod Barajas - C LAD vs FLA
5/27 10:10 PM
Javier Vazquez 2-19 .105 0 0 1 1 6 .105 .190 .295
Jack Cust - DH SEA vs NYY
5/27 10:10 PM
A.J. Burnett 2-19 .105 1 1 3 2 10 .263 .190 .453
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
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OBP
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OPS
Tim Wakefield BOS @ Det
5/27 7:05 PM
Tigers Batters 27-93 .290 5 11 20 6 17 .519 .339 .859
Scott Baker MIN vs LAA
5/27 8:10 PM
Angels Batters 22-79 .278 3 7 11 14 15 .437 .384 .821
A.J. Burnett NYY @ Sea
5/27 10:10 PM
Mariners Batters 25-78 .320 1 6 5 7 18 .427 .376 .803
 

Recommended Pickup

Brandon Belt, 1B, SF - Fantasy owners (including yours truly) and the Giants gave up on Belt early in the year, as he struggled to the tune of a .192 average and just one homer in 17 games, but he went down to Triple-A, raked (.337, four homers, three steals, .995 OPS), and now is back thanks to the Giants' myriad injuries. As we all know, Belt has talent in loads, and if he's up, he'll definitely get his shot at plenty of playing time again.

Other recent recommendations: Chris Denorfia, Brendan Ryan, Juan Rivera, Allen Craig, Mike Minor

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Be sure to come back to RotoWire's Daily Lineup Card on Friday for all the analysis you need to dominate the competition and take home cash on DraftStreet.

Recommended Lineup

C - Carlos Santana, CLE ($4,925)
1B - Adrian Gonzalez, BOS ($8,956)
2B - Ian Kinsler, TEX ($6,390)
3B - Evan Longoria, TB ($6,777)
SS - Starlin Castro, CHC ($6,410)
OF - Ichiro Suzuki, SEA ($6,048)
OF - Carlos Beltran, NYM ($6,811)
OF - Carl Crawford, BOS ($6,528)
UTIL - Paul Konerko, CWS ($6,254)
UTIL - Albert Pujols, STL ($6,075)
SP - David Price, TB ($11,900)
SP - Roy Oswalt, PHI ($10,459)
RP - Carlos Marmol, CHC ($2,342)
P - Josh Tomlin, CLE ($10,008)

Total: $99,883

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