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Projected Starters – A look at Sunday's matchups (all times Eastern)

Rangers (C.J. Wilson – L) at Indians (Mitch Talbot – R), 1::05
Dodgers (Chad Billingsley – R) at Reds (Travis Wood – L), 1:10
Brewers (Chris Narveson – L) at Marlins (Anibal Sanchez – R), 1:10
Phillies (Roy Halladay – R) at Pirates (John McDonald – R), 1:35
Blue Jays (Jo-Jo Reyes – L) at Orioles (Jeremy Guthrie – R), 1:35
Athletics (Brett Anderson – L) at Red Sox (John Lackey – R), 1:35
Twins (Brian Duensing – L) at Royals (Jeff Francis – L), 2:10
Tigers (Brad Penny – R) at White Sox (Jake Peavy – R), 2:10
Cubs (Carlos Zambrano – R) at Cardinals (Chris Carpenter – R), 2:15
Yankees (Bartolo Colon – R) at Angels (Joel Pineiro – R), 3:35
Rockies (Jason Hammel – R) at Giants (Ryan Vogelsong – R), 4:05
Nationals (Jason Marquis – R) at Diamondbacks (Ian Kennedy – R), 4:10
Rays (Wade Davis – R) at Mariners (Erik Bedard – L), 4:10
Astros (Jordan Lyles – R) at Padres (Mat Latos – L), 6:35
Braves (Tim Hudson – R) at Mets (R.A. Dickey – R), 8:05

Day game after a night game: TOR, BAL, TEX, CLE, MIN, KC, DET, CHW, PHI, PIT, MIL, FLA, NYY, LAA, WAS, ARI, HOU, SD

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

Day-to-Day (includes players expected to make their return from the DL)
Dan Haren, SP, LAA – (Back) Should make next start Tuesday
Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS – (Back) Isn’t at risk to miss time
Paul Konerko, 1B, CHW – (Wrist) Underwent procedure to remove a loose bone piece, but could return to lineup Saturday
Casey Kotchman, 1B, TB – (Ankle) Is back in the lineup Saturday
Juan Miranda, 1B, ARI – (Neck) Expects to return Saturday
Jordan Schafer, OF, ATL – (Face) Will likely sit out a few days
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, CHC – (Face) Is not in the lineup Saturday
Brandon Belt, 1B, SF – (Wrist) Will not start Saturday’s game
Ross Gload, 1B, PHI – (Personal) Will be on paternity leave for a few days

Players on the DL
Vernon Wells, OF, LAA – (Groin) Starting a rehab assignment Saturday, could return in a couple games
Derrek Lee, 1B, BAL – (Oblique) Should return Saturday or Sunday
Justin Duchscherer, SP, OAK – (Hip) Could start a rehab assignment in a couple weeks
Marco Scutaro, SS, BOS – (Oblique) Could return in a couple games
Darnell McDonald, OF, BOS – (Quad) Not guaranteed to return to Boston when done with his rehab
Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP, BOS – (Elbow) Will undergo surgery and be out for a year or more
Eric Chavez, 3B, NYY – (Foot) Will start baseball activities next week
Tsuyoshi Nishioka, 2B, MIN – (Leg) Isn’t ready for a minor league rehab assignment yet
Joe Mauer, C, MIN – (Leg) Should begin a rehab assignment in the next week
Scott Kazmir, SP, LAA – (Back) Continues to struggle with control at Triple-A
Mark Teahen, 3B, CHW – (Oblique) Should return sometime in the coming week
Phil Coke, SP, DET – (Ankle) Should return and start Wednesday
Magglio Ordonez, OF, DET – (Ankle) Should return to the Tigers on Monday
Ike Davis, 1B, NYM – (Ankle) May not return until July
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS – (Abdomen) Will start a rehab assignment Sunday
Aroldis Chapman, RP, CIN – (Shoulder) No timetable for his return yet
Homer Bailey, SP, CIN – (Shoulder) May not have to go on a rehab assignment before return
Nick Hundley, C, SD – (Oblique) Will be activated sometime in the coming week
David Wright, 3B, NYM – (Back) Will not resume baseball activities for another three weeks
Matt Garza, SP, CHC – (Elbow) Should return and start Monday
Alfonso Soriano, OF, CHC – (Quad) Should return in mid-June
Wandy Rodriguez, SP, HOU – (Elbow) Aiming to return June 16
Alberto Arias, RP, HOU – (Shoulder) Underwent another operation and may miss the rest of the season
Steven Pearce, 1B, PIT – (Calf) Remains week-to-week
David Freese, 3B, STL – (Hand) Could return at the end of June
Rafael Furcal, SS, LAD – (Oblique) Placed on the 15-day DL Saturday
Esmil Rogers, SP, COL – (Back) Remains over a week from returning
Matt Daley, RP, COL – (Shoulder) Will be placed on the 15-day DL

Transactions – Players who 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)
Rafael Furcal, SS, LAD
Jon Garland, SP, LAD

Activated from DL
Adam Lind, 1B, TOR
Zach Braddock, RP, MIL
Jason Bourgeois, OF, HOU

Called Up
John Ely, SP, LAD
Ivan De Jesus, RP, LAD
John Mayberry, OF, PHI

Sent Down
Mike McClendon, RP, MIL
Eric Thames, OF, TOR

Released
Bill Hall, 2B, HOU

Closer Watch – A closer look at intriguing ninth-inning situations (also check out our Closer Grid)

Florida – Leo Nunez has blown two of his last three save opportunities, but those are the only blown saves he’s had all season. Michael Dunn would be the most likely bullpen guy to get save opportunities if Nunez’ struggles were to persist.

New York Mets – Francisco Rodriguez was brought into a tied game Friday and gave up three runs to collect the loss. He’s not at risk of losing his job, but the Mets could be looking to trade him to a contender later in the season. Jason Isringhausen is next in line for saves in the Mets’ pen.

Oakland – Andrew Bailey has been named the Athletics’ closer. Brian Fuentes and Grant Balfour are candidates to be dropped now in most leagues.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Fred Lewis - OF CIN vs LAD
6/5 1:10 PM
Chad Billingsley 4-11 .364 0 0 0 2 3 .364 .500 .864
Scott Rolen - 3B CIN vs LAD
6/5 1:10 PM
Chad Billingsley 5-12 .417 0 1 2 2 1 .500 .500 1.000
Joey Votto - 1B CIN vs LAD
6/5 1:10 PM
Chad Billingsley 7-16 .438 0 2 4 1 2 .563 .471 1.034
Corey Hart - OF MIL @ FLA
6/5 1:10 PM
Anibal Sanchez 4-10 .400 1 2 2 0 2 .800 .400 1.200
Daric Barton - 1B OAK @ BOS
6/5 1:35 PM
John Lackey 8-26 .308 1 5 3 2 0 .577 .357 .934
Jose Bautista - 3B TOR @ BAL
6/5 1:35 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 6-21 .286 1 5 2 2 7 .667 .348 1.015
Edwin Encarnacion - 3B TOR @ BAL
6/5 1:35 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 6-17 .353 2 4 3 1 1 .824 .400 1.224
Carlos Quentin - OF CWS vs DET
6/5 2:10 PM
Brad Penny 5-12 .417 1 3 2 2 0 .833 .533 1.366
Alexis Rios - OF CWS vs DET
6/5 2:10 PM
Brad Penny 9-15 .600 0 4 2 2 1 .867 .647 1.514
Wilson Betemit - 3B KC vs MIN
6/5 2:10 PM
Brian Duensing 6-13 .462 1 2 2 0 2 .769 .462 1.231
Tyler Colvin - OF CHC @ STL
6/5 2:15 PM
Chris Carpenter 3-11 .273 2 2 4 0 3 .818 .273 1.091
Aramis Ramirez - 3B CHC @ STL
6/5 2:15 PM
Chris Carpenter 20-60 .333 2 7 6 2 8 .517 .355 .872
Lance Berkman - 1B STL vs CHC
6/5 2:15 PM
Carlos Zambrano 11-69 .159 4 4 7 14 18 .333 .301 .634
Albert Pujols - 1B STL vs CHC
6/5 2:15 PM
Carlos Zambrano 18-66 .273 5 10 14 10 11 .576 .359 .935
Skip Schumaker - 2B STL vs CHC
6/5 2:15 PM
Carlos Zambrano 11-33 .333 1 4 3 4 1 .545 .405 .950
Bobby Abreu - OF LAA vs NYY
6/5 3:35 PM
Bartolo Colon 4-15 .267 2 2 4 2 3 .667 .333 1.000
Torii Hunter - OF LAA vs NYY
6/5 3:35 PM
Bartolo Colon 7-24 .292 2 6 5 1 3 .708 .320 1.028
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY @ LAA
6/5 3:35 PM
Joel Pineiro 9-14 .643 1 4 4 2 0 1.071 .688 1.759
Nick Swisher - OF NYY @ LAA
6/5 3:35 PM
Joel Pineiro 11-29 .379 0 4 5 3 7 .552 .441 .993
Mark Teixeira - 1B NYY @ LAA
6/5 3:35 PM
Joel Pineiro 11-41 .268 2 8 13 5 8 .561 .348 .909
Aubrey Huff - 1B SF vs COL
6/5 4:05 PM
Jason Hammel 7-15 .467 2 4 2 2 3 1.000 .529 1.529
Freddy Sanchez - 2B SF vs COL
6/5 4:05 PM
Jason Hammel 5-15 .333 1 2 2 0 1 .600 .333 .933
Miguel Montero - C ARI vs WAS
6/5 4:10 PM
Jason Marquis 3-10 .300 2 3 6 1 1 1.000 .333 1.333
Chris Young - OF ARI vs WAS
6/5 4:10 PM
Jason Marquis 5-19 .263 3 4 6 0 2 .789 .263 1.052
Jason Bay - OF NYM vs ATL
6/5 8:05 PM
Tim Hudson 5-15 .333 1 2 3 5 4 .600 .524 1.124
Carlos Beltran - OF NYM vs ATL
6/5 8:05 PM
Tim Hudson 19-61 .311 4 7 13 8 7 .574 .391 .965
Angel Pagan - OF NYM vs ATL
6/5 8:05 PM
Tim Hudson 8-15 .533 0 1 2 0 1 .600 .533 1.133
 
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
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Brett Anderson OAK @ BOS
6/5 1:35 PM
Red Sox Batters 10-90 .111 0 1 0 4 23 .120 .149 .269
Jason Hammel COL @ SF
6/5 4:05 PM
Giants Batters 29-91 .319 9 13 18 4 15 .670 .357 1.027
Erik Bedard SEA vs TB
6/5 4:10 PM
Rays Batters 12-65 .185 2 4 8 6 13 .305 .253 .559

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Brandon Phillips - 2B CIN vs LAD
6/5 1:10 PM
Chad Billingsley 3-19 .158 1 1 1 1 6 .316 .200 .516
Edgar Renteria - SS CIN vs LAD
6/5 1:10 PM
Chad Billingsley 1-12 .083 0 0 1 1 3 .083 .143 .226
Prince Fielder - 1B MIL @ FLA
6/5 1:10 PM
Anibal Sanchez 1-14 .071 0 0 1 0 2 .071 .071 .142
Carl Crawford - OF BOS vs OAK
6/5 1:35 PM
Brett Anderson 2-10 .200 0 0 0 0 2 .200 .200 .400
David Ortiz - DH BOS vs OAK
6/5 1:35 PM
Brett Anderson 1-10 .100 0 0 0 0 2 .100 .100 .200
Dustin Pedroia - 2B BOS vs OAK
6/5 1:35 PM
Brett Anderson 1-10 .100 0 0 0 1 1 .100 .182 .282
Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C BOS vs OAK
6/5 1:35 PM
Brett Anderson 1-13 .077 0 0 0 0 2 .077 .077 .154
Kevin Youkilis - 1B BOS vs OAK
6/5 1:35 PM
Brett Anderson 2-13 .154 0 0 0 1 6 .154 .214 .368
Coco Crisp - OF OAK @ BOS
6/5 1:35 PM
John Lackey 5-28 .179 2 2 2 2 2 .393 .233 .626
Cliff Pennington - SS OAK @ BOS
6/5 1:35 PM
John Lackey 1-14 .071 0 0 0 0 1 .071 .133 .204
Kurt Suzuki - C OAK @ BOS
6/5 1:35 PM
John Lackey 6-31 .194 1 4 3 0 5 .419 .188 .607
Jose Molina - C TOR @ BAL
6/5 1:35 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 2-10 .200 0 0 0 0 3 .200 .200 .400
Adam Dunn - 1B CWS vs DET
6/5 2:10 PM
Brad Penny 6-28 .214 2 3 6 2 14 .464 .267 .731
Miguel Cabrera - 1B DET @ CWS
6/5 2:10 PM
Jake Peavy 2-22 .091 0 0 0 2 10 .091 .167 .258
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET @ CWS
6/5 2:10 PM
Jake Peavy 2-14 .143 0 2 1 0 3 .286 .143 .429
Billy Butler - 1B KC vs MIN
6/5 2:10 PM
Brian Duensing 1-12 .083 1 1 1 1 3 .333 .154 .487
Alex Gordon - OF KC vs MIN
6/5 2:10 PM
Brian Duensing 3-12 .250 0 0 0 0 6 .250 .250 .500
Brayan Pena - C KC vs MIN
6/5 2:10 PM
Brian Duensing 2-10 .200 0 1 1 0 0 .300 .200 .500
Kosuke Fukudome - OF CHC @ STL
6/5 2:15 PM
Chris Carpenter 2-17 .118 0 0 0 4 1 .118 .286 .404
Yadier Molina - C STL vs CHC
6/5 2:15 PM
Carlos Zambrano 7-35 .200 1 1 5 3 4 .286 .268 .554
Colby Rasmus - OF STL vs CHC
6/5 2:15 PM
Carlos Zambrano 3-12 .250 0 1 1 1 6 .333 .286 .619
Curtis Granderson - OF NYY @ LAA
6/5 3:35 PM
Joel Pineiro 2-17 .118 0 0 1 2 3 .118 .200 .318
Jorge Posada - C NYY @ LAA
6/5 3:35 PM
Joel Pineiro 4-20 .200 1 2 3 1 6 .400 .217 .617
Alex Rodriguez - 3B NYY @ LAA
6/5 3:35 PM
Joel Pineiro 5-34 .147 0 1 2 1 9 .176 .194 .370
Kelly Johnson - 2B ARI vs WAS
6/5 4:10 PM
Jason Marquis 2-12 .167 1 1 2 2 0 .417 .286 .703
Xavier Nady - OF ARI vs WAS
6/5 4:10 PM
Jason Marquis 3-19 .158 1 1 3 1 3 .316 .200 .516
Johnny Damon - OF TB @ SEA
6/5 4:10 PM
Erik Bedard 3-20 .150 0 1 1 2 1 .200 .227 .427
B.J. Upton - OF TB @ SEA
6/5 4:10 PM
Erik Bedard 4-23 .174 1 1 3 2 8 .304 .240 .544
Eric Hinske - OF ATL @ NYM
6/5 8:05 PM
R.A. Dickey 2-16 .125 0 1 0 2 2 .188 .222 .410
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL @ NYM
6/5 8:05 PM
R.A. Dickey 0-10 .000 0 0 1 0 2 .000 .000 .000
Ronny Paulino - C NYM vs ATL
6/5 8:05 PM
Tim Hudson 2-11 .182 0 0 0 1 2 .182 .250 .432
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Chad Billingsley LAD @ Cin
6/5 1:10 PM
Reds Batters 32-105 .305 2 7 16 9 22 .412 .356 .769
Brad Penny DET @ CWS
6/5 2:10 PM
White Sox Batters 39-127 .307 4 15 16 9 19 .497 .354 .851
Carlos Zambrano CHC @ StL
6/5 2:15 PM
Cardinals Batters 52-218 .238 11 20 30 32 40 .435 .333 .768
Jason Marquis WAS @ Ari
6/5 4:10 PM
Diamondbacks Batters 20-85 .235 8 12 20 9 11 .588 .313 .901
 

Recommended Pickup

Adam Kennedy, 2B, SEA – Kennedy has seen time at first and second this season. He’s starting for the third straight day Saturday and is generally playing more than he is sitting. Through 137 at-bats this season, he’s posted a .299 average with five home runs, 17 RBI, and five steals. If you need held at middle infield, Kennedy is a quality bat that’s available in most leagues. He has the potential to steal 20 bags and hit over 10 homers over the course of a full season.

Other recent recommendations: Brian Matusz, Ben Revere, Jon Jay, Chris Iannetta, Eric Young Jr.


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Recommended Lineup:

C – Miguel Montero, ARI ($7,495)
1B – Albert Pujols, STL ($7,987)
2B – Freddy Sanchez, SF ($5,739)
3B – Edwin Encarnacion, TOR ($4,731)
SS – Troy Tulowitzki, COL ($6,998)
OF – Chris Young, ARI ($8,124)
OF - Carlos Beltran, NYM ($7,641)
OF – Ryan Raburn, DET ($1,802)
UTIL – Aubrey Huff, SF ($6,103)
UTIL – Robinson Cano, NYY ($8,071)
SP – Erik Bedard, SEA ($12,993)
SP – Brett Anderson, OAK ($9,464)
RP – Craig Kimbrel, ATL ($3,819)
P – Tim Hudson, ATL ($7,733)

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