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Saturday Lineup Card: Trophy Fish

Kevin O'Brien

Kevin O'Brien

Kevin O'Brien writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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

Rays (David Price - L) at Yankees (A.J. Burnett - R), 1:05
Braves (Tommy Hanson - R) at Phillies (Cliff Lee - L), 4:10
Twins (Brian Duensing - L) at White Sox (Mark Buehrle - L), 4:10
Padres (Aaron Harang - R) at Dodgers (Rubby De La Rosa - R), 4:10
Cubs (Ryan Dempster - R) at Pirates (Kevin Correia - R), 7:05
Rockies (Ubaldo Jimenez - R) at Nationals (Jason Marquis - R), 7:05
Blue Jays (Brandon Morrow - R) at Indians (Josh Tomlin - R), 7:05
Orioles (Alfredo Simon - R) at Red Sox (John Lackey - R), 7:10
Reds (Johnny Cueto - R) at Brewers (Shaun Marcum - R), 7:10
Tigers (Charlie Furbush - L) at Royals (Luke Hochevar - R), 7:10
Astros (Brett Myers - R) at Marlins (Ricky Nolasco - R), 7:10
Diamondbacks (Dan Hudson - R) at Cardinals (Chris Carpenter - R), 7:15
Aís (Brandon McCarthy - R) at Rangers (Colby Lewis - R), 8:05
Mets (Chris Capuano - L) at Giants (Tim Lincecum - R), 9:05
Mariners (Michael Pineda - R) at Angels (Joel Pineiro - R), 9:05

Day game after a night game: TB, NYY, ATL, PHI, MIN, CWS, SD, 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)
Ryan Braun, OF, MIL - (Calf) Did not start Friday; could be held out through All-Star break
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL - (Leg) Expected to return to the lineup Saturday
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL - (Wrist) Returned to the starting lineup Friday
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY - (Knee) Did not start Friday; sent for precautionary MRI
Placido Polanco, 3B, PHI - (Back) Did not play Friday; could be out for the weekend/All-Star game
Chris Young, OF, AZ - (Thumb) Could be held out to rest during current series against Cardinals
Johnny Damon, OF, TB - (Forearm) Did not start Friday; could play Saturday
Brennan Boesch, OF, DET - (Knee) Returned to the lineup Friday
Austin Jackson, OF, DET - (Wrist) Did not play Friday and may not return until after the All-Star break
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, CLE - (Head) Day-to-day despite fractured cheek bone; could miss weekend series however
R.A. Dickey, SP, NYM - (Glute) Made scheduled start Friday
Jeff Baker, 2B, CHC - (Back) Returned to the lineup Thursday
Travis Buck, OF, CLE - (Hamstring) Returned to the lineup Thursday
Josh Harrison, 3B, PIT - (Head) Returned to the lineup Friday
Chipper Jones, 3B, ATL - Could require surgery if knee injury becomes worse
Nick Swisher, OF, NYY - Sat out Friday with a right quad injury; considered day-to-day
Jim Thome, DH, MIN - Sat out Friday with a sore toe; will likely start Saturday however
John Lannan, SP, WAS - Left Fridayís game after being hit in the face by a line drive

Players on the DL
Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS - (Back) Plans to resume throwing Sunday
Martin Prado, OF, ATL - (Calf) Unlikely to be activated this weekend
Carlos Zambrano, SP, CHC - (Back) Made first rehab start Friday
Ike Davis, 1B, NYM - (Ankle) Jogged on treadmill Friday; will try to run next week
John Danks, SP, CWS - (Oblique) Felt good after throwing Thursday; will make first rehab start Sunday
Wade Davis, SP, TB - (Forearm) Expects to miss only one start
Fausto Carmona, SP, CLE - (Quad) Will likely make a rehab start before rejoining team July 18
Luke Scott, OF, BAL - (Shoulder) MRI revealed no new damage; return timetable has yet to be determined
Brad Lidge, RP, PHI - (Shoulder) Threw scoreless inning in rehab appearance Thursday; could return in a week or two
Jose Contreras, RP, PHI - (Elbow) Wonít throw until after the All-Star break
Jed Lowrie, SS, BOS - (Shoulder) Still not ready to swing a bat
Nick Hundley, C, SD - (Elbow) Underwent successful surgery Friday; likely out until August
Chien-Ming Wang, P, WAS - (Shoulder) Threw five scoreless innings in rehab start Thursday
Donnie Murphy, SS, FLA - (Wrist) Now dealing with sprained tendon in forearm as well; may not return until August

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)
Shane Victorino, OF, PHI
Charlie Blackmon, OF, COL
Scott Feldman, P, TEX - transferred to 60-day DL
Nick Hundley, C, SD
Andres Blanco, SS, TEX
Bill Hall, 2B, SF
Ivan Rodriguez, C, WAS

Activated from DL
Mike Fontenot, SS, SF

Called Up
Mike Trout, OF, LAA
Luis Valbuena, 2B, CLE
Pete Orr, 2B, PHI
Cole Garner, OF, COL
Chris Hatcher, P, FLA
Luis Martinez, C, SD
Everett Teaford, P, KC
Jesus Flores, C, WAS
Omar Quintanilla, SS, TEX

Sent Down
Danny Duffy, P, KC
Brad Hand, P, FLA
Zach McAllister, P, CLE
Tyler Chatwood, P, LAA

Claimed off Waivers
Lucas Harrell, P, HOU - optioned to Triple-A

Released
Dave Bush, P, TEX
Brian Gordon, P, NYY

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

Atlanta - Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth inning Thursday to pick up his 27th save, the most ever for a rookie prior to the All-Star break. Kimbrel has been dominant over the last couple weeks - over his last 13 appearances, all of them scoreless, Kimbrel has allowed just six runners to reach base while picking up nine saves and posting a sparkling 22:3 K:BB ratio.

Arizona - David Hernandez pitched a clean ninth inning Thursday to pick up his fourth save in six days. Hernandez will likely cede the closerís role back to J.J. Putz (arm) when he returns from the DL, but he has proven to be a key addition for those who snapped him up in the wake of Putzís injury.

Toronto - Frank Francisco entered Thursdayís game in the ninth inning with a four-run lead, and though he was charged with neither a blown save or a loss, each of the three runners he allowed to reach base scored, two on a walk-off grand slam by Travis Hafner after Francisco exited the game. Francisco has allowed five runs over his last three appearances and currently owns a 5.92 ERA and 1.85 WHIP, so donít be surprised if the Blue Jays go in a different direction next time they need to close out a game.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Andruw Jones - OF NYY vs TB
7/9 1:05 PM
David Price 3-10 .300 2 2 4 2 0 .900 .417 1.317
Alex Rodriguez - 3B NYY vs TB
7/9 1:05 PM
David Price 5-20 .250 1 3 4 4 4 .550 .375 .925
Nick Swisher - OF NYY vs TB
7/9 1:05 PM
David Price 5-14 .357 1 2 2 5 3 .643 .526 1.169
Evan Longoria - 3B TB @ NYY
7/9 1:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 12-32 .375 1 3 6 1 9 .531 .389 .920
Alex Gonzalez - SS ATL @ PHI
7/9 4:10 PM
Cliff Lee 7-18 .389 1 3 4 2 4 .667 .450 1.117
Chipper Jones - 3B ATL @ PHI
7/9 4:10 PM
Cliff Lee 5-15 .333 0 3 4 0 2 .533 .333 .866
Carlos Quentin - OF CWS vs MIN
7/9 4:10 PM
Brian Duensing 7-12 .583 3 3 6 1 2 1.333 .615 1.948
Rafael Furcal - SS LAD vs SD
7/9 4:10 PM
Aaron Harang 10-18 .556 0 3 5 2 2 .722 .571 1.293
Matt Kemp - OF LAD vs SD
7/9 4:10 PM
Aaron Harang 4-12 .333 1 2 4 1 2 .667 .357 1.024
Michael Cuddyer - OF MIN @ CWS
7/9 4:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 31-90 .344 2 12 10 3 16 .522 .375 .897
Todd Helton - 1B COL @ WAS
7/9 7:05 PM
Jason Marquis 9-29 .310 2 5 6 6 4 .621 .429 1.050
Ty Wigginton - 3B COL @ WAS
7/9 7:05 PM
Jason Marquis 9-21 .429 0 2 4 3 5 .571 .500 1.071
Ryan Zimmerman - 3B WAS vs COL
7/9 7:05 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 5-14 .357 0 2 2 2 0 .500 .438 .938
Nick Markakis - OF BAL @ BOS
7/9 7:10 PM
John Lackey 13-37 .351 0 3 2 5 8 .432 .429 .861
Edgar Renteria - SS CIN @ MIL
7/9 7:10 PM
Shaun Marcum 4-10 .400 1 2 1 1 1 .800 .455 1.255
Alex Avila - C DET @ KC
7/9 7:10 PM
Luke Hochevar 5-12 .417 1 1 1 1 3 .667 .462 1.129
Miguel Cabrera - 1B DET @ KC
7/9 7:10 PM
Luke Hochevar 10-20 .500 2 3 7 1 3 .850 .524 1.374
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET @ KC
7/9 7:10 PM
Luke Hochevar 4-18 .222 2 4 5 1 5 .667 .263 .930
Ramon Santiago - SS DET @ KC
7/9 7:10 PM
Luke Hochevar 3-11 .273 1 1 1 0 3 .545 .333 .878
Mike Cameron - OF FLA vs HOU
7/9 7:10 PM
Brett Myers 3-13 .231 2 2 3 2 3 .692 .375 1.067
Hanley Ramirez - SS FLA vs HOU
7/9 7:10 PM
Brett Myers 11-31 .355 1 4 4 3 6 .548 .412 .960
Hunter Pence - OF HOU @ FLA
7/9 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 4-14 .286 3 4 5 1 2 1.000 .333 1.333
Prince Fielder - 1B MIL vs CIN
7/9 7:10 PM
Johnny Cueto 7-20 .350 2 5 6 3 2 .800 .435 1.235
Corey Hart - OF MIL vs CIN
7/9 7:10 PM
Johnny Cueto 6-21 .286 3 3 3 0 6 .714 .348 1.062
Kelly Johnson - 2B ARI @ STL
7/9 7:15 PM
Chris Carpenter 7-18 .389 1 2 1 4 7 .611 .522 1.133
Chris Young - OF ARI @ STL
7/9 7:15 PM
Chris Carpenter 9-15 .600 2 4 4 1 2 1.133 .647 1.780
Hideki Matsui - DH OAK @ TEX
7/9 8:05 PM
Colby Lewis 6-13 .462 2 3 5 2 0 1.000 .533 1.533
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX vs OAK
7/9 8:05 PM
Brandon McCarthy 6-17 .353 1 3 6 0 1 .647 .333 .980
Carlos Beltran - OF NYM @ SF
7/9 9:05 PM
Tim Lincecum 6-13 .462 1 3 4 4 1 .846 .588 1.434
Josh Bard - C SEA @ LAA
7/9 9:05 PM
Joel Pineiro 5-12 .417 0 1 0 2 0 .500 .500 1.000
Jack Wilson - SS SEA @ LAA
7/9 9:05 PM
Joel Pineiro 8-15 .533 0 1 1 0 0 .600 .533 1.133
Pat Burrell - OF SF vs NYM
7/9 9:05 PM
Chris Capuano 4-11 .364 1 2 3 1 4 .727 .417 1.144
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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David Price TB @ NYY
7/9 1:05 PM
Yankees Batters 30-145 .207 5 12 18 21 31 .383 .312 .695
Cliff Lee PHI vs ATL
7/9 4:10 PM
Braves Batters 30-111 .270 1 12 12 4 24 .421 .299 .720
Tommy Hanson ATL @ PHI
7/9 4:10 PM
Phillies Batters 18-82 .220 1 10 5 7 21 .379 .288 .667
Kevin Correia PIT vs CHC
7/9 7:05 PM
Cubs Batters 21-88 .239 1 4 2 7 13 .304 .295 .599
Ricky Nolasco FLA vs HOU
7/9 7:10 PM
Astros Batters 16-73 .219 4 7 10 1 9 .432 .241 .674
John Lackey BOS vs BAL
7/9 7:10 PM
Orioles Batters 30-112 .268 0 5 5 9 27 .325 .321 .646

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Curtis Granderson - OF NYY vs TB
7/9 1:05 PM
David Price 2-16 .125 0 0 0 0 6 .125 .125 .250
Jorge Posada - C NYY vs TB
7/9 1:05 PM
David Price 1-18 .056 0 1 2 3 10 .111 .190 .301
Mark Teixeira - 1B NYY vs TB
7/9 1:05 PM
David Price 3-19 .158 0 1 1 2 1 .211 .273 .484
Johnny Damon - OF TB @ NYY
7/9 1:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 4-22 .182 1 1 1 4 4 .318 .308 .626
B.J. Upton - OF TB @ NYY
7/9 1:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 7-36 .194 0 0 1 6 14 .194 .310 .504
Julio Lugo - SS ATL @ PHI
7/9 4:10 PM
Cliff Lee 6-33 .182 0 2 1 0 4 .273 .176 .449
Juan Uribe - 2B LAD vs SD
7/9 4:10 PM
Aaron Harang 1-11 .091 0 1 0 1 0 .182 .167 .349
Joe Mauer - C MIN @ CWS
7/9 4:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 11-49 .224 1 5 6 1 7 .367 .240 .607
Ryan Howard - 1B PHI vs ATL
7/9 4:10 PM
Tommy Hanson 2-12 .167 1 1 2 3 7 .417 .333 .750
Marlon Byrd - OF CHC @ PIT
7/9 7:05 PM
Kevin Correia 1-13 .077 0 0 0 0 2 .077 .077 .154
Travis Buck - OF CLE vs TOR
7/9 7:05 PM
Brandon Morrow 1-11 .091 1 1 3 1 4 .364 .167 .531
Rick Ankiel - OF WAS vs COL
7/9 7:05 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 2-10 .200 0 0 2 2 4 .200 .333 .533
Ramon Hernandez - C CIN @ MIL
7/9 7:10 PM
Shaun Marcum 3-19 .158 1 1 1 1 2 .316 .200 .516
Clint Barmes - 2B HOU @ FLA
7/9 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 1-12 .083 0 0 0 0 3 .083 .154 .237
Carlos Lee - OF HOU @ FLA
7/9 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 2-12 .167 1 1 3 0 0 .417 .167 .584
Rickie Weeks - 2B MIL vs CIN
7/9 7:10 PM
Johnny Cueto 3-15 .200 0 1 1 3 4 .333 .333 .666
Henry Blanco - C ARI @ STL
7/9 7:15 PM
Chris Carpenter 3-14 .214 0 0 2 1 4 .214 .267 .481
Stephen Drew - SS ARI @ STL
7/9 7:15 PM
Chris Carpenter 3-16 .188 0 2 2 0 3 .313 .188 .501
Gerardo Parra - OF ARI @ STL
7/9 7:15 PM
Chris Carpenter 0-10 .000 0 0 0 2 2 .000 .167 .167
Justin Upton - OF ARI @ STL
7/9 7:15 PM
Chris Carpenter 1-13 .077 1 1 3 1 8 .308 .200 .508
Cliff Pennington - SS OAK @ TEX
7/9 8:05 PM
Colby Lewis 3-18 .167 0 0 1 1 4 .167 .211 .378
Kurt Suzuki - C OAK @ TEX
7/9 8:05 PM
Colby Lewis 3-15 .200 2 2 2 0 4 .600 .200 .800
Chone Figgins - 2B SEA @ LAA
7/9 9:05 PM
Joel Pineiro 4-27 .148 0 1 1 1 2 .185 .172 .357
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Aaron Harang SD @ LAD
7/9 4:10 PM
Dodgers Batters 39-127 .307 2 12 14 8 19 .436 .341 .777
Brian Duensing MIN @ CWS
7/9 4:10 PM
White Sox Batters 31-98 .316 3 7 8 5 11 .451 .354 .806
Jason Marquis WAS vs Col
7/9 7:05 PM
Rockies Batters 27-78 .346 3 11 14 10 9 .587 .421 1.008
Johnny Cueto CIN @ Mil
7/9 7:10 PM
Brewers Batters 33-117 .282 6 16 20 12 23 .544 .360 .904
Joel Pineiro LAA vs Sea
7/9 9:05 PM
Mariners Batters 35-116 .302 1 11 10 9 16 .421 .347 .768

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

Recommended Pickup

Mike Trout, OF, LAA - In need of an outfielder after Peter Boujos strained his hamstring during Thursdayís game, the Angels decided to bring up Trout from Double-A Arkansas. The move was somewhat surprising considering Trout wonít turn 20 until next month, but the Angels decided to give him a shot in the bigs after watching him hit .324 with nine home runs, 32 extra base hits, and 27 RBI in 75 games with Arkansas this season. Players at Troutís age have had trouble adjusting to major league pitching - Alex Rodriguez hit just .232 as a 19-year-old - but he is clearly a special talent who excels in almost every aspect of the game (he also stole 28 bases with Arkansas). While Troutís age, and the Angelsí desire to keep his service time down, may have him ticketed back to the minors when Bourjos returns, itís also possible that he plays well enough to force the Angels into keeping him around. Trout is one of the top two prospects in baseball, and though it may take him some time to adjust to major league pitching, he could provide immediate help in the stolen base category with regular playing time. Trout is long gone in keeper leagues, but he is the type of player to take a gamble on in standard/mixed leagues if still available. Donít hesitate to pick him up if you can find a spot for him on your roster.

Other recent recommendations: Zach Cozart, Nolan Reimold, Joe Nathan, Charlie Furbush, Phil Hughes

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Draft Street Lineup

C - Jonathan Lucroy, MIL ($4,777)
1B - Prince Fielder, MIL ($8,333)
2B - Kelly Johnson, AZ ($6,446)
3B - Adrian Beltre, TEX ($8,949)
SS - Hanley Ramirez, FLA ($7,508)
OF - Matt Kemp, LAD ($8,538)
OF - Michael Cuddyer, MIN ($8,221)
OF - Nick Markakis, BAL ($6,468)
UTIL - Ty Wigginton, COL ($5,905)
UTIL - Corey Hart, MIL ($5,014)
SP - Ricky Nolasco, FLA ($10,537)
SP - Kevin Correia, PIT ($8,733)
RP - Leo Nunez, FLA ($2,023)
P - Rubby De La Rosa, LAD ($8,198)

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