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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 Thursday's matchups (all times Eastern):

Blue Jays (Ricky Romero - L) v. Royals (Luke Hochevar - R) 4:10
Diamondbacks (Josh Collmenter - R) v. Pirates (Jeff Karstens - R) 7:05
Red Sox (Josh Beckett - R) v. Yankees (CC Sabathia - L) 7:05
Cubs (Randy Wells - R) v. Phillies (Kyle Kendrick - R) 7:05
Mariners (Doug Fister - R) v. Tigers (Justin Verlander - R) 7:05
Braves (Jair Jurrjens - R) v. Marlins (Chris Volstad - R) 7:10
Cardinals (Jaime Garcia - L) v. Astros (J.A. Happ - L) 8:05
Mets (Jon Niese - L) v. Brewers (Yovani Gallardo - R) 8:10
A's (Trevor Cahill - R) v. White Sox (Mark Buehrle - L) 8:10
Rangers (Derek Holland - L) v. Twins (Nick Blackburn - R) 8:10
Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw - L) v. Rockies (Juan Nicasio - R) 8:40
Nationals (Livan Hernandez - R) v. Padres (Aaron Harang - R) 10:05
Reds (Johnny Cueto - R) v. Giants (Madison Bumgarner - L) 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: TOR/KC

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Nolan Reimold, OF, BAL - (neck) - spasms will keep him out of the lineup for a couple of days
Bobby Jenks, RP, BOS - (back) - scheduled for precautionary MRI on Wednesday
Jed Lowrie, SS, BOS - (shoulder) - dull ache lingering for last 10 days; awaiting results of MRI
Ramon Santiago, SS, DET - (forearm) - may miss a couple of days before he can play without pain
Nick Blackburn, SP, MIN - (back) - threw bullpen session on Tuesday; scheduled to start on Thursday
Denard Span, OF, MIN - (illness) - lingering neck stiffness and dizziness will keep him out a couple of days
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY - (knee) - surprise starter Wednesday after being hit by pitch on Tuesday
Jorge Posada, DH, NYY - (personal) - his 11-year old son is facing cranial surgery and Jorge will be with him
Evan Longoria, 3B, TB - (illness) - immune system may need a day or two to recover
Endy Chavez, OF, TEX - (foot) - experiencing soreness and swelling in left foot
Matt Harrison, SP, TEX - (upper body) - has yet to pass a kidney stone
Yunel Escobar, SS, TOR - (quadriceps) - left Tuesday's game with stiffness in the limb
Edgar Renteria, SS, CIN - (back) - will travel with Reds to SF for weekend series
Scott Rolen, 3B, CIN - (illness) - dealing with strep throat
Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI - (knee) - likely return to lineup in a day or two
Allen Craig, OF, STL - (knee) - bruised knee after running into outfield wall on Tuesday
Jayson Werth, OF, WAS - (ankle) - late scratch on Tuesday; should start in a day or two
Jerry Hairston Jr., SS, WAS - (back) - right side and lower back spasms

Players on the DL
Junichi Tazawa, RP, BOS - (elbow) - tossed three scoreless innings for High-A Salem on Monday
Travis Hafner, DH, CLE - (oblique) - hopes to take batting practice this weekend
Magglio Ordonez, OF, DET - (ankle) - expects to rejoin Tigers on Thursday
Bruce Chen, SP, KCΒ  - (back) - scheduled to start Wednesday at Double-A
Kyle Davies, SP, KC - (shoulder) - scheduled to pitch Wednesday at Double-A
Jason Kendall, C, KC - (shoulder) - took batting practice for first time this season; aims to be back in a month
Kevin Slowey, SP, MIN - (abdomen) - began a throwing program in Fort Myers
Glen Perkins, P, MINN - (oblique) - threw bullpen session on Tuesday and will repeat later in the week
Brandon Beachy, SP, ATL - (oblique) - threw bullpen session on Wednesday; still faces a rehab stint
Nate McLouth, OF, ATL - (oblique) - eligible to come off DL; may take a couple of days to be game-readyΒ 
Jason Heyward, OF, ATL - (shoulder) - may start swinging the bat on the weekend
Reed Johnson, OF, CHI-N - (back) - assigned to Triple-A Iowa for rehab stint
Jeff Baker, 2B, CHI-N - (groin) - begins a rehab assignment on Thursday at Triple-A Iowa
Alfonso Soriano, OF, CHI-N - (quadriceps) - will begin a rehab assignment on Sunday
Homer Bailey, P, CIN - (shoulder) - begins a rehab assignment on Saturday at Triple-A Louisville
Aroldis Chapman, P, CIN - (shoulder) - sent to Double-A Carolina for rehab assignment
Matt Daley, P, COL - (shoulder) - MRI confirms nothing more than an inflammation; rest will be the tonic
Brandon Lyon, RP, HOU - (shoulder) - registered second straight scoreless Triple-A outing
Jonathan Broxton, RP, LAD - (elbow) - scheduled for bullpen session on Thursday after good Tuesday session
Vicente Padilla, P, LAD - (neck) - out indefinitely with bulging disk
Kenley Jansen, P, LAD - (shoulder) - begins rehab assignment with Double-A Chattanooga on Thursday
Brian Schneider, C, PHI - (hamstring) - may begin rehab assignment next week
Brad Lidge, RP, PHI - (shoulder) - targeting a return around the All-Star break
Nick Hundley, C, SD - (oblique) - to be re-evaluated after fourth straight rehab game in Tucson
Barry Zito, SP, SF - (foot) - looked good in first of three rehab starts for High-A San Jose
Mike Fontenot, 2B, SF - (groin) - will begin running and taking batting practice next week
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF - (wrist) - homered for Triple-A Fresno on Tuesday, may rejoin Giants on weekend

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

Called Up
Mike Carp, OF, SEA
Cord Phelps, CLE, 2B

Sent Down
Mike Wilson, OF, SEA
Shelley Duncan, OF, CLE
Omir Santos, C., DET

Placed on DL
Alex White , P, CLE (finger - moved from 15 day to 60 day DL)
Jake Peavy, SP, CHI- A (groin)
Brett Anderson, SP, OAK (elbow)
Dexter Fowler, OF, COL (abdomen)
Eric Chavez, 3B, NYY (foot - moved from 15 day to 60 day DL)

Activated from DL
Vernon Wells, OF, ANA
Marco Scutaro, SS, BOS
Phil Coke, SP, DET

Claimed off Waivers
Jeff Marquez, P, NYY (from CWS)

Closer Watch

Toronto - The flip-flop in the back end of the Jays' pen continues, largely due to the continuing ineffectiveness of projected closer Frank Francisco. He has not had a clean, hit-free outing in his last seven appearances and has a 6.06 ERA over 16.1 innings of work. His struggles have once again opened the door for Jon Rauch, who has recorded two saves and allowed only one run in his last five appearances. More impressive than these two options is Octavio Dotel, who has allowed one hit and no walks in his last five appearances, while striking out four batters in those 4.1 innings of work. It's anybody's guess as to who will get the next save opportunity here.

Pittsburgh - The Pirates are hovering around the .500 mark for the first time in the color tv era (not quite, though it seems that way to long-suffering fans) and much of the credit for this new-found competitiveness is a lock-down closer in Joel Hanrahan. The big righty (6'4", 245 lbs) who had middling success in a similar role with the Nationals earlier in his career has been rock solid for the Bucs this season. He has converted 15 of 16 save opportunities and boasts an impressive 1.63 ERA in 27.2 innings of work.

Washington - Though he was knocked around for three earned runs on two hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning last Sunday, Nats closer Drew Storen can point to four very impressive outings in the early days of June. Most recent among them was a quick six-pitch inning to earn his 12th save of the year on Tuesday night. If you need help at the back of your pen, don't ignore a pitcher on a perceived second-rate club because he will earn his share of saves, too. His 2.59 ERA in 31.1 innings of work marks an impressive beginning to the 2011 season.

Boston - Despite registering his 200th career save in 227 opportunities, and doing so in dramatic fashion with a strikeout of Alex Rodriguez last Tuesday, the little whispers are getting louder around Jonathan Papelbon. He now sports an ugly 4.50 ERA over 26 innings pitched and that bloated figure is not based on one bad outing. In fact, he has surrendered runs in five of his last seven appearances. That trend needs to be stopped if he expects to maintain the closer role in Beantown through the end of this season.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Mike Cameron - OF BOS @ NYY
6/9 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 8-17 .471 0 5 1 1 2 .882 .526 1.408
Kevin Youkilis - 1B BOS @ NYY
6/9 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 10-24 .417 1 4 3 5 5 .708 .533 1.241
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY vs BOS
6/9 7:05 PM
Josh Beckett 20-59 .339 3 10 12 5 7 .610 .409 1.019
Alex Rodriguez - 3B NYY vs BOS
6/9 7:05 PM
Josh Beckett 16-56 .286 3 7 11 7 12 .518 .365 .883
Nick Swisher - OF NYY vs BOS
6/9 7:05 PM
Josh Beckett 10-35 .286 3 3 7 5 10 .543 .375 .918
Franklin Gutierrez - OF SEA @ DET
6/9 7:05 PM
Justin Verlander 9-32 .281 2 4 6 2 9 .531 .324 .855
Ichiro Suzuki - OF SEA @ DET
6/9 7:05 PM
Justin Verlander 16-44 .364 1 3 5 1 7 .500 .391 .891
Martin Prado - 2B ATL @ FLA
6/9 7:10 PM
Chris Volstad 5-14 .357 0 2 0 0 1 .500 .357 .857
Emilio Bonifacio - OF FLA vs ATL
6/9 7:10 PM
Jair Jurrjens 5-10 .500 0 0 0 1 1 .500 .545 1.045
Albert Pujols - 1B STL @ HOU
6/9 8:05 PM
J.A. Happ 4-12 .333 1 2 3 1 0 .667 .385 1.052
A.J. Pierzynski - C CWS vs OAK
6/9 8:10 PM
Trevor Cahill 4-14 .286 1 2 1 1 1 .571 .333 .904
Omar Vizquel - 3B CWS vs OAK
6/9 8:10 PM
Trevor Cahill 7-15 .467 0 0 0 0 1 .467 .467 .934
Jose Reyes - SS NYM @ MIL
6/9 8:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 5-10 .500 0 3 1 0 1 .900 .500 1.400
Coco Crisp - OF OAK @ CWS
6/9 8:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 15-44 .341 2 4 5 1 6 .523 .356 .879
Kurt Suzuki - C OAK @ CWS
6/9 8:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 8-21 .381 1 3 6 0 0 .619 .364 .983
David Murphy - OF TEX @ MIN
6/9 8:10 PM
Nick Blackburn 4-11 .364 0 2 2 1 1 .636 .417 1.053
Chris Iannetta - C COL vs LAD
6/9 8:40 PM
Clayton Kershaw 5-17 .294 1 1 4 3 4 .471 .400 .871
Jorge Cantu - 3B SD vs WAS
6/9 10:05 PM
Livan Hernandez 6-16 .375 1 3 4 1 1 .688 .389 1.077
Brad Hawpe - OF SD vs WAS
6/9 10:05 PM
Livan Hernandez 9-26 .346 1 5 4 7 4 .654 .485 1.139
Chase Headley - 3B SD vs WAS
6/9 10:05 PM
Livan Hernandez 4-10 .400 1 1 1 4 2 .700 .571 1.271
Alex Cora - SS WAS @ SD
6/9 10:05 PM
Aaron Harang 6-11 .545 0 2 2 0 1 .727 .545 1.272
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Doug Fister SEA @ DET
6/9 7:05 PM
Tigers Batters 15-60 .250 0 3 9 4 9 .298 .297 .595

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Carl Crawford - OF BOS @ NYY
6/9 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 16-58 .276 0 4 3 1 13 .362 .288 .650
J.D. Drew - OF BOS @ NYY
6/9 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 5-22 .227 0 1 1 1 10 .273 .261 .534
Jacoby Ellsbury - OF BOS @ NYY
6/9 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 1-13 .077 0 0 0 0 6 .077 .077 .154
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B BOS @ NYY
6/9 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 2-10 .200 0 0 1 3 4 .200 .429 .629
Dustin Pedroia - 2B BOS @ NYY
6/9 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 4-26 .154 0 0 0 2 8 .154 .241 .395
Jason Varitek - C BOS @ NYY
6/9 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 2-19 .105 1 2 4 1 3 .316 .190 .506
Austin Jackson - OF DET vs SEA
6/9 7:05 PM
Doug Fister 2-10 .200 0 1 3 0 3 .300 .200 .500
Brett Gardner - OF NYY vs BOS
6/9 7:05 PM
Josh Beckett 6-26 .231 0 1 1 1 8 .269 .259 .528
Curtis Granderson - OF NYY vs BOS
6/9 7:05 PM
Josh Beckett 5-24 .208 2 3 2 1 10 .542 .240 .782
Mark Teixeira - 1B NYY vs BOS
6/9 7:05 PM
Josh Beckett 7-36 .194 2 2 4 8 14 .361 .341 .702
Jack Cust - DH SEA @ DET
6/9 7:05 PM
Justin Verlander 4-20 .200 1 2 3 1 12 .400 .238 .638
Chone Figgins - 2B SEA @ DET
6/9 7:05 PM
Justin Verlander 5-28 .179 0 1 1 4 12 .214 .273 .487
Adam Kennedy - 2B SEA @ DET
6/9 7:05 PM
Justin Verlander 3-15 .200 0 0 0 1 2 .200 .250 .450
Brian McCann - C ATL @ FLA
6/9 7:10 PM
Chris Volstad 3-18 .167 1 1 2 1 2 .333 .211 .544
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS vs OAK
6/9 8:10 PM
Trevor Cahill 1-10 .100 0 0 1 1 1 .100 .182 .282
Juan Pierre - OF CWS vs OAK
6/9 8:10 PM
Trevor Cahill 2-12 .167 0 1 0 1 1 .250 .231 .481
Ronny Paulino - C NYM @ MIL
6/9 8:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 2-12 .167 0 1 3 0 2 .250 .154 .404
Daric Barton - 1B OAK @ CWS
6/9 8:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 1-11 .091 0 0 1 2 0 .091 .231 .322
David DeJesus - OF OAK @ CWS
6/9 8:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 13-75 .173 1 3 3 3 9 .240 .215 .455
Hideki Matsui - DH OAK @ CWS
6/9 8:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 3-16 .188 0 0 2 0 4 .188 .235 .423
Carlos Gonzalez - OF COL vs LAD
6/9 8:40 PM
Clayton Kershaw 2-15 .133 0 0 1 2 8 .133 .278 .411
Ryan Spilborghs - OF COL vs LAD
6/9 8:40 PM
Clayton Kershaw 6-30 .200 2 3 5 6 11 .433 .333 .766
Ryan Ludwick - OF SD vs WAS
6/9 10:05 PM
Livan Hernandez 1-10 .100 0 1 0 0 2 .200 .100 .300
Jayson Werth - OF WAS @ SD
6/9 10:05 PM
Aaron Harang 2-11 .182 1 1 1 1 6 .455 .250 .705
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Nick Blackburn MIN vs Tex
6/9 8:10 PM
Rangers Batters 30-80 .375 1 5 13 3 11 .480 .393 .874
Livan Hernandez WAS @ SD
6/9 10:05 PM
Padres Batters 25-79 .316 3 11 9 12 10 .561 .402 .964
 

***For a deeper look at the matchups please consult the new Batter v. Pitcher tool in the left hand menu.***

Recommended Pickup

Brennan Boesch, OF, DET - This young slugger has registered 12 hits in his last five games (22 at bats) yet is starting in fewer than half of the fantasy leagues out there right now. There is a lot to like about this big (6'4", 235 lbs) left-handed power hitter. He is on pace to improve on all of his core numbers from a decent rookie season and he is well-protected in this veteran-filled batting order. A 20+ homer, 90+ RBI season is not out of the question. Don't wait on him if he's still available in your pool.

Other recent recommendations: Charlie Morton, Dee Gordon, Freddie Freeman, Adam Kennedy, Brian Matusz

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Draft Street Lineup

C – Jonathan Lucroy, MIL ($5,723)
1B – Prince Fielder, MIL ($7,394)
2B - Robinson Cano, NYY ($8,271)
3B – Alex Rodriguez, NYY ($7,397)
SS – Troy Tulowitzki, COL ($6,776)
OF – Coco Crisp, OAK ($7,693)
OF – Ichiro Suzuki, SEA ($5,994)
OF – Carl Crawford, BOS ($5,679)
UTIL – Carlos Gonzalea, COL ($5,045)
UTIL – Eric Hinske, ATL ($4,117)
SP – Yovani Gallardo, MIL ($14,437)
SP – Madison Bumgarner, SF ($9,427)
RP – Ryan Madson, PHI ($2,759)
P – Doug Fister, SEA ($9,173)

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