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Wednesday Lineup Card: Up and Adams!

Jack Moore

Jack Moore

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

Yankees (Freddy Garcia - R) at Reds (Mike Leake - R), 12:35
Orioles (Zach Britton – L) at Pirates (Kevin Correia - R), 12:35
Blue Jays (Jo-Jo Reyes – L) at Braves (Brandon Beachy - R), 1:05
Padres (Clayton Richard – L) at Red Sox (John Lackey – R), 1:35
Rays (David Price – L) at Brewers (Shaun Marcum – R), 2:10
Tigers (Rick Porcello – R) at Dodgers (Ted Lilly – L), 3:10
Mariners (Erik Bedard – L) at Nationals (John Lannan – R), 7:05
Rockies (Jason Hammel – R) at Indians (Josh Tomlin – R), 7:05
Yankees (Brian Gordon - R) at Reds (Johnny Cueto - R), 7:10 (DH)
Athletics (Gio Gonzalez – L) at Mets (R.A. Dickey – R), 7:10
Angels (Joel Pineiro – R) at Marlins (Brian Sanches – R), 7:10
Astros (Brett Myers – R) at Rangers (Colby Lewis – R), 8:05
Diamondbacks (Ian Kennedy – R) at Royals (Jeff Francis – L), 8:10
Cubs (Doug Davis – L) at White Sox (Jake Peavy – R), 8:10
Phillies (Cliff Lee – L) at Cardinals (Kyle Lohse – R), 8:15
Twins (Nick Blackburn – R) at Giants (Ryan Vogelsong – R), 10:15

Day game after a night game: BAL, PIT, TOR, ATL, SD, BOS, TB, MIL, DET, LAD

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)
Danny Valencia, 3B, MIN – (Triceps) Started at third base Tuesday.
Yorvit Torrealba, C, TEX – (Fatigue) Received another day off Tuesday.
Mark Ellis, 2B, OAK – (Hamstring) Will return Wednesday; role to be determined.
Danny Duffy, P, KC – (Leg) May head back to Triple-A Omaha when Kyle Davies returns to rotation in the coming weeks.
Andruw Jones, OF, NY-A – (Ankle) Rolled ankle running to first during Monday's game; not expected to be a lingering problem.
Hunter Pence, OF, HOU – (Elbow) Likely out until Friday.
Shaun Marcum, P, MIL – (Leg) Participated in fielding drills Tuesday; no decision on Wednesday start yet.
Johnny Cueto, P, CIN – (Neck) Will start against Yankees on Wednesday night.
Josh Beckett, P, BOS – (Illness) Scheduled to make next start Saturday against Pittsburgh.
Josh Willingham, OF, OAK – (Achiles) Will be held out of lineup until at least Thursday.
Brad Penny, P, DET – (Knee) Heard his knee pop during Monday's game; remained in the game.

Players on the DL
Darren O'Day, P, TEX – (Hip) Will make rehab appearances Wednesday and Friday; could return this weekend.
Mike Napoli, C, TEX – (Oblique) Unlikely to return from DL when eligible Monday.
Casey Janssen, P, TOR – (Forearm) MRI came back clean; should return from DL when first eligible.
Derek Jeter, SS, NY-A – (Calf) Will serve as leadoff hitter upon return from DL.
Kyle Davies, P, KC – (Shoulder) Should make one more rehab stint before returning to the rotation.
Alfredo Simon, P, BAL – (Hamstring) Expected to begin throwing soon at extended spring training.
Bartolo Colon, P, NY-A – (Hamstring) Started a throwing program Tuesday.
Rafael Soriano, P, NY-A – (Elbow) Reported to Yankees' complex in Tampa on Monday.
Phil Hughes, P, NY-A – (Shoulder) Will make at least two more rehab starts before returning to rotation.
Brandon Webb, P, TEX – (Shoulder) Only recorded two outs during rehab outing at Double-A on Sunday.
Eric Chavez, 3B, NY-A – (Foot) Took batting practice and fielded ground balls Monday.
Chris Snyder, C, PIT – (Back) Hopes to return this season, but likely not until September.
David Wright, 3B, NY-N – (Back) Took grounders from his knees Tuesday.
Albert Pujols, 1B, STL – (Wrist) Will miss 4-to-6 weeks.
Brandon Belt, 1B, SF – (Wrist) Had cast removed from left wrist Friday.
Rafael Furcal, SS, LA – (Oblique) Threw Monday; could begin minor league rehab next week.
Jon Garland, P, LA – (Shoulder) Could begin throwing program within the week; still no return timetable.
Marlon Byrd, OF, CHI-N – (Face) May start rehab assignment next week; still likely several weeks away from being activated.

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)
Albert Pujols, 1B, STL
Brad Hawpe, 1B, SD

Called Up
Kyle Phillips, C, SD
Josh Spence, P, SD
Wily Mo Pena, OF, ARI
Julio Lugo, 2B, ATL
Jarrod Dyson, OF, KC
Mark Hamilton, 1B, STL

Sent Down
Wade LeBlanc, P, SD
Diory Hernandez, P, ATL

Designated For Assignment
Luis Durango, OF, SD

Released
Jorge Cantu, 1B, SD

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

New York (AL) – Boone Logan and Luis Ayala couldn't hold it together in a four-run game against Cincinnati on Monday night, so with two on and nobody out in the ninth, manager Joe Girardi summoned closer Mariano Rivera. With two runners on and the tying run on deck, it was a save situation for the ageless great despite the four-run lead. Rivera allowed both inherited runners to score, but he managed to escape with the save.

Tampa Bay – Manager Joe Maddon went to closer Kyle Farnsworth with two outs in the eighth inning and his team up by five runs in Monday’s game. Although it wasn't a save situation, Maddon left his closer in to finish out the ninth. Farnsworth should remain available the rest of the week - a day off Thursday will allow him to get his requisite rest.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Derrek Lee - 1B BAL @ PIT
6/22 12:35 PM
Kevin Correia 4-10 .400 0 0 2 0 0 .400 .364 .764
Mark Reynolds - 3B BAL @ PIT
6/22 12:35 PM
Kevin Correia 9-38 .237 3 4 5 3 17 .500 .293 .793
Brandon Phillips - 2B CIN vs NYY
6/22 12:35 PM
Freddy Garcia 4-10 .400 0 1 1 1 0 .500 .538 1.038
Jason Bartlett - SS SD @ BOS
6/22 1:35 PM
John Lackey 8-25 .320 0 4 1 1 3 .600 .346 .946
Omar Infante - 2B FLA vs LAA
6/22 7:10 PM
Joel Pineiro 8-20 .400 1 2 2 1 2 .600 .429 1.029
Stephen Drew - SS ARI @ KC
6/22 8:10 PM
Jeff Francis 8-23 .348 1 1 5 1 3 .478 .375 .853
Kelly Johnson - 2B ARI @ KC
6/22 8:10 PM
Jeff Francis 6-10 .600 1 1 3 1 1 .900 .636 1.536
Xavier Nady - OF ARI @ KC
6/22 8:10 PM
Jeff Francis 4-14 .286 1 2 2 3 4 .571 .412 .983
Justin Upton - OF ARI @ KC
6/22 8:10 PM
Jeff Francis 5-12 .417 2 2 3 0 1 .917 .417 1.334
Chris Young - OF ARI @ KC
6/22 8:10 PM
Jeff Francis 8-21 .381 2 3 3 2 3 .714 .458 1.172
Kosuke Fukudome - OF CHC @ CWS
6/22 8:10 PM
Jake Peavy 4-13 .308 0 3 0 2 3 .538 .400 .938
Alfonso Soriano - OF CHC @ CWS
6/22 8:10 PM
Jake Peavy 7-22 .318 3 6 7 2 8 .864 .375 1.239
Adam Dunn - 1B CWS vs CHC
6/22 8:10 PM
Doug Davis 7-37 .189 3 3 3 9 11 .432 .348 .780
Juan Pierre - OF CWS vs CHC
6/22 8:10 PM
Doug Davis 9-26 .346 0 3 4 3 1 .462 .414 .876
Ryan Howard - 1B PHI @ STL
6/22 8:15 PM
Kyle Lohse 6-13 .462 1 1 6 4 5 .692 .588 1.280
Raul Ibanez - OF PHI @ STL
6/22 8:15 PM
Kyle Lohse 9-30 .300 3 3 9 4 3 .600 .371 .971
Placido Polanco - 3B PHI @ STL
6/22 8:15 PM
Kyle Lohse 8-20 .400 0 0 3 1 1 .400 .429 .829
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Brendan Ryan - SS SEA @ WAS
6/22 7:05 PM
John Lannan 1-10 .100 0 0 0 0 0 .100 .100 .200
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX vs HOU
6/22 8:05 PM
Brett Myers 2-14 .143 1 1 2 4 2 .357 .333 .690
Endy Chavez - OF TEX vs HOU
6/22 8:05 PM
Brett Myers 2-17 .118 0 2 0 3 4 .294 .250 .544
Yorvit Torrealba - C TEX vs HOU
6/22 8:05 PM
Brett Myers 3-13 .231 0 0 4 0 1 .231 .231 .462
Aramis Ramirez - 3B CHC @ CWS
6/22 8:10 PM
Jake Peavy 5-19 .263 1 2 2 1 5 .474 .300 .774
Jimmy Rollins - SS PHI @ STL
6/22 8:15 PM
Kyle Lohse 3-21 .143 0 0 0 2 2 .143 .217 .360
Carlos Ruiz - C PHI @ STL
6/22 8:15 PM
Kyle Lohse 3-14 .214 0 1 0 0 1 .286 .214 .500
Chase Utley - 2B PHI @ STL
6/22 8:15 PM
Kyle Lohse 3-17 .176 0 1 1 3 2 .235 .333 .568
Ryan Theriot - SS STL vs PHI
6/22 8:15 PM
Cliff Lee 2-11 .182 0 0 1 0 2 .182 .182 .364
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Jeff Francis KC vs Ari
6/22 8:10 PM
Diamondbacks Batters 38-103 .369 7 9 16 8 20 .599 .419 1.018
Doug Davis CHC @ CWS
6/22 8:10 PM
White Sox Batters 29-110 .263 4 9 10 20 17 .415 .377 .792
Kyle Lohse STL vs Phi
6/22 8:15 PM
Phillies Batters 38-141 .269 4 8 21 18 18 .387 .352 .739
 

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

Recommended Pickup

Mike Adams, P, SD - There are winners in waiver-wire scrambles for closers, such as those who ended up with Jordan Walden early this season. But there are also losers – specifically anybody who has tried to speculate on whatever the heck is going on with the Dodgers’ bullpen. Instead of gambling on a no-name that gets thrust into the closer role, take a look at a guy like Adams. He's dominating in ERA (1.39), strikeouts (9.5 K/9) and WHIP (0.65), making him useful even if he doesn't get save opportunities. And, with just over a month to go until the trade deadline and the Padres well out of the race, Heath Bell could be out of town at a moment's notice. If/when that happens, Adams could take over the ninth-inning role for the Padres and become the single most valuable reliever in fantasy baseball.

Other recent recommendations: Alcides Escobar, Andrew Miller, Brandon Beachy, Jonathon Niese, Dustin Ackley

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