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

Cardinals (Jaime Garcia – L) at Marlins (Javier Vazquez – R), 1:10
Braves (Mike Minor – L) at Mets (Dillon Gee – R), 1:10
Padres (Mat Latos – R) at Pirates (Kevin Correia – R), 1:35
Blue Jays (Ricky Romero – L) at Orioles (Alfredo Simon – R), 1:35
Athletics (Trevor Cahill- R) at Rays (David Price – L), 1:40
Brewers (Zack Greinke – R) at Astros (Bud Norris – R), 2:05
White Sox (Jake Peavy – R) at Twins (Brian Duensing – L), 2:10
Tigers (Max Scherzer – R) at Royals (Bruce Chen – L), 2:10
Reds (Bronson Arroyo – R) at Cubs (Randy Wells – R), 2:20
Nationals (John Lannan – L) at Rockies (Aaron Cook – R), 3:10
Mariners Felix Hernandez – R) at Angels (Ervin Santana – R), 3:35
Phillies (Roy Oswalt – R) at Giants (Tim Lincecum – R), 4:05
Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw – L) at Diamondbacks (Ian Kennedy – R), 4:10
Yankees (Freddy Garcia – R) at Red Sox (Josh Beckett – R), 8:05
Indians (Josh Tomlin – R) at Rangers (Colby Lewis – R), 8:05

Day game after a night game: TOR, BAL, CHW, MIN, DET, KC, OAK, TB, SEA, LAA, LAD, AZ, WAS, COL, STL, FLA, NYM, ATL, SD, PIT, MIL, HOU


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)
Scott Feldman, RP, TEX – (Finger) Blister forced him out of Friday’s game. May go on DL.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL – (Ankle) Not in the lineup Saturday, for second straight day.
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL – (Shoulder) Out for a second straight day Saturday.
Alexi Ogando, SP, TEX – (Justin Bieber) His baby’s momma is having a baby. He’ll be away from the team for a few days but is expected to return in time for his Tuesday start.
David Freese, 3B, STL – (Concussion) Not expected to go on the DL. Could return to action Tuesday.
Chris Heisey, OF, CIN – (Oblique) Sitting out a third straight game Saturday. Extent of injury unknown.
Juan Nicasio, SP, COL – (Neck) Underwent surgery to repair a vertebrae in his neck Saturday after getting beaned on a line drive comeback hit and getting hospitalized Friday. Remain hospitalized and the invasiveness of the surgery is unknown.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN – (Ankle) removed from the Saturday’s game in the fifth inning. May have just been a precautionary move.
Chipper Jones, 3B, ATL – (Quadriceps) Back in the lineup Saturday.
Mike Cameron, OF, FLA – (Hand) Not in the lineup Saturday after injuring his hand on a diving catch Friday.
Derrek Lee, 1B, PIT – (Hand) Not in the lineup Saturday. Continues to have a sore hand.

Players on the DL
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX – (Hamstring) Could start a rehab assignment as soon as Monday.
Brandon Webb, RP/SP, TEX – (Shoulder) Hasn’t pitched since Opening Day in 2009. Underwent another surgery Wednesday. Will start rehabbing in six weeks. Why do we even bother to cover this guy? He’s injured. Anyone surprised?
John Jaso, C, TB – (Oblique) May not be able to return until late August or early September.
Jed Lowrie, SS, BOS – (Shoulder) Could be activated from the DL as early as Monday.
Justin Morneau, 1B, MIN – (Neck) Could be activated from the DL as early as next weekend.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY – (Knee, Gambling with his pocket change) Should return in the third or fourth week of August.
Scott Cousins, OF, FLA – (Back) Transferred to the 60-day DL.
Brian McCann, C, ATL – (Oblique) Hopes to return from the DL on August 12.
Jose Contreras, RP, PHI – (Elbow) Might be able to return before the end of the season.
Zack Cozart, SS, CIN – (Elbow) Unable to complete his batting practice session Friday, this should delay his return.
Buster Posey, C, SF – (Leg) Walking without crutches now.
Brad Hawpe, OF, SD – (Elbow) Underwent Tommy John surgery Friday. Out for the season, but should be able to return sooner than a pitcher would.
Jair Jurrjens, SP, ATL – (Knee) Placed on the 15-day DL Saturday. Could return as soon as August 17.
Chris Denorfia, OF, SD – (Hamstring) Placed on the 15-day DL Saturday. Could return as soon as August 16.
Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS – (Elbow) Will pitch two innings in a rehab start Sunday.


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)
Enerio Del Rosario, RP, HOU
Jair Jurrjens, SP, ATL
Chris Denorfia, OF, SD

Activated from DL
NA

Called Up
Nick Evans, 1B, NYM
Nathan Eovaldi, SP, LAD
Chris Tillman, SP, BAL
Jeff Fulchino, RP, HOU
Darren O’Day, RP, TEX
Zach Stewart, SP, CHW
Wesley Wright, SP, HOU

Sent Down
Mike Nickeas, C, NYM
J.A. Happ, SP, HOU
John Ely, RP/SP, LAD

Designated for Assignment
Brian Bruney, RP, CHW

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

Chicago Cubs – After a brief stay from the closer role to get his delivery fixed, Carlos Marmol has recorded five consecutive successful save opportunities. I hope you didn’t overreact and drop him.

Chicago White Sox – Chris Sale earned the save Friday. Manager Ozzie Guillen doesn’t appear committed to any one pitcher as his closer. Beyond Sergio Santos holding the figurative title of closer right now, Matt Thornton and Sale have now also been used in the role. Don’t know what to tell you here. Bank on Santos getting the bulk of the opportunities, but don’t be surprised if Guillen plays the matchups.

St. Louis – Lance Lynn earned the first save of his career Friday. He was given the ball in the save situation, because Fernando Salas was unavailable following a 1.1-inning Thursday outing. It’s worth noting that Lynn is in line to get saves, but there’s no more to be read into here. Salas is still the man in Cardinal land. And by the by, I called this development like two or three weeks ago. Just saying.

Toronto – Jon Rauch is the closer in Canada right now. We know that could change, but he’s the guy to own as long as he isn’t blowing anymore save chances.


KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Matt Holliday - OF STL @ FLA
8/7 1:10 PM
Javier Vazquez 4-10 .400 0 0 3 0 0 .400 .400 .800
Corey Patterson - OF STL @ FLA
8/7 1:10 PM
Javier Vazquez 6-18 .333 1 1 3 0 9 .500 .368 .868
Vladimir Guerrero - DH BAL vs TOR
8/7 1:35 PM
Ricky Romero 8-13 .615 0 1 0 0 1 .692 .615 1.307
Adam Jones - OF BAL vs TOR
8/7 1:35 PM
Ricky Romero 8-23 .348 1 2 2 0 5 .522 .348 .870
Nick Markakis - OF BAL vs TOR
8/7 1:35 PM
Ricky Romero 8-26 .308 1 4 7 1 1 .538 .333 .871
Ryan Braun - OF MIL @ HOU
8/7 2:05 PM
Bud Norris 5-14 .357 2 3 3 1 2 .857 .400 1.257
Carlos Quentin - OF CWS @ MIN
8/7 2:10 PM
Brian Duensing 7-12 .583 3 3 6 1 2 1.333 .615 1.948
Miguel Cabrera - 1B DET @ KC
8/7 2:10 PM
Bruce Chen 8-16 .500 3 5 7 7 2 1.188 .652 1.840
Magglio Ordonez - OF DET @ KC
8/7 2:10 PM
Bruce Chen 4-11 .364 0 1 1 1 0 .455 .417 .872
Ryan Raburn - OF DET @ KC
8/7 2:10 PM
Bruce Chen 5-18 .278 2 2 2 2 3 .611 .381 .992
Jeff Francoeur - OF KC vs DET
8/7 2:10 PM
Max Scherzer 3-11 .273 1 2 1 0 4 .727 .273 1.000
Ryan Hanigan - C CIN @ CHC
8/7 2:20 PM
Randy Wells 6-11 .545 0 0 2 1 0 .545 .583 1.128
Troy Tulowitzki - SS COL vs WAS
8/7 3:10 PM
John Lannan 4-10 .400 0 2 3 1 1 .600 .455 1.055
Jonny Gomes - OF WAS @ COL
8/7 3:10 PM
Aaron Cook 5-11 .455 2 3 4 0 1 1.091 .455 1.546
Jayson Werth - OF WAS @ COL
8/7 3:10 PM
Aaron Cook 6-13 .462 0 1 5 2 2 .538 .529 1.067
Vernon Wells - OF LAA vs SEA
8/7 3:35 PM
Felix Hernandez 5-19 .263 1 3 4 3 6 .526 .364 .890
Ichiro Suzuki - OF SEA @ LAA
8/7 3:35 PM
Ervin Santana 22-63 .349 2 7 4 5 3 .556 .397 .953
Ryan Howard - 1B PHI @ SF
8/7 4:05 PM
Tim Lincecum 6-19 .316 3 5 5 3 6 .895 .409 1.304
Carlos Beltran - OF SF vs PHI
8/7 4:05 PM
Roy Oswalt 9-24 .375 1 3 7 2 6 .583 .407 .990
Mark DeRosa - OF SF vs PHI
8/7 4:05 PM
Roy Oswalt 13-28 .464 1 6 4 2 4 .750 .500 1.250
Carl Crawford - OF BOS vs NYY
8/7 8:05 PM
Freddy Garcia 6-18 .333 1 3 2 2 1 .667 .400 1.067
Marco Scutaro - SS BOS vs NYY
8/7 8:05 PM
Freddy Garcia 6-12 .500 0 3 0 0 1 .917 .500 1.417
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY @ BOS
8/7 8:05 PM
Josh Beckett 20-59 .339 3 10 12 5 7 .610 .409 1.019
Nick Swisher - OF NYY @ BOS
8/7 8:05 PM
Josh Beckett 10-35 .286 3 3 7 5 10 .543 .375 .918
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Bud Norris HOU vs MIL
8/7 2:05 PM
Brewers Batters 16-72 .222 2 6 6 14 24 .333 .353 .686
Bronson Arroyo CIN @ CHC
8/7 2:20 PM
Cubs Batters 41-199 .206 4 14 16 11 37 .314 .250 .564
Tim Lincecum SF vs PHI
8/7 4:05 PM
Phillies Batters 25-136 .184 5 13 8 9 34 .361 .240 .601

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Lance Berkman - 1B STL @ FLA
8/7 1:10 PM
Javier Vazquez 4-23 .174 1 2 4 1 5 .348 .200 .548
Cesar Izturis - SS BAL vs TOR
8/7 1:35 PM
Ricky Romero 2-15 .133 0 0 0 1 3 .133 .188 .321
Matt Wieters - C BAL vs TOR
8/7 1:35 PM
Ricky Romero 2-13 .154 0 1 1 1 4 .231 .214 .445
Orlando Hudson - 2B SD @ PIT
8/7 1:35 PM
Kevin Correia 1-14 .071 0 0 0 1 4 .071 .133 .204
Carlos Lee - OF HOU vs MIL
8/7 2:05 PM
Zack Greinke 2-13 .154 1 1 3 0 0 .385 .154 .539
Prince Fielder - 1B MIL @ HOU
8/7 2:05 PM
Bud Norris 2-13 .154 0 1 0 1 5 .231 .214 .445
Austin Jackson - OF DET @ KC
8/7 2:10 PM
Bruce Chen 1-12 .083 1 1 2 2 3 .333 .200 .533
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET @ KC
8/7 2:10 PM
Bruce Chen 2-16 .125 0 1 3 1 4 .188 .167 .355
Tyler Colvin - OF CHC vs CIN
8/7 2:20 PM
Bronson Arroyo 1-12 .083 0 0 0 0 3 .083 .083 .166
Reed Johnson - OF CHC vs CIN
8/7 2:20 PM
Bronson Arroyo 3-16 .188 0 0 3 0 3 .188 .235 .423
Aramis Ramirez - 3B CHC vs CIN
8/7 2:20 PM
Bronson Arroyo 9-48 .188 1 2 3 4 4 .271 .250 .521
Alfonso Soriano - OF CHC vs CIN
8/7 2:20 PM
Bronson Arroyo 8-42 .190 1 6 3 2 13 .381 .222 .603
Geovany Soto - C CHC vs CIN
8/7 2:20 PM
Bronson Arroyo 2-11 .182 0 0 0 4 2 .182 .400 .582
Paul Janish - SS CIN @ CHC
8/7 2:20 PM
Randy Wells 0-10 .000 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .091 .091
Joey Votto - 1B CIN @ CHC
8/7 2:20 PM
Randy Wells 3-17 .176 1 1 1 1 2 .353 .222 .575
Ty Wigginton - 3B COL vs WAS
8/7 3:10 PM
John Lannan 2-11 .182 0 1 0 1 0 .273 .250 .523
Alex Cora - SS WAS @ COL
8/7 3:10 PM
Aaron Cook 2-16 .125 0 0 1 0 1 .125 .125 .250
Erick Aybar - SS LAA vs SEA
8/7 3:35 PM
Felix Hernandez 6-32 .188 0 3 2 2 2 .281 .257 .538
Alberto Callaspo - 3B LAA vs SEA
8/7 3:35 PM
Felix Hernandez 3-15 .200 0 0 1 1 1 .200 .235 .435
Jeff Mathis - C LAA vs SEA
8/7 3:35 PM
Felix Hernandez 5-27 .185 2 2 2 0 6 .407 .185 .592
Adam Kennedy - 2B SEA @ LAA
8/7 3:35 PM
Ervin Santana 2-11 .182 0 0 0 0 2 .182 .182 .364
Raul Ibanez - OF PHI @ SF
8/7 4:05 PM
Tim Lincecum 1-10 .100 0 0 0 0 3 .100 .100 .200
Hunter Pence - OF PHI @ SF
8/7 4:05 PM
Tim Lincecum 3-22 .136 0 1 0 1 7 .182 .174 .356
Jimmy Rollins - SS PHI @ SF
8/7 4:05 PM
Tim Lincecum 3-18 .167 0 1 0 0 3 .222 .167 .389
Carlos Ruiz - C PHI @ SF
8/7 4:05 PM
Tim Lincecum 2-10 .200 0 2 0 1 1 .400 .273 .673
Chase Utley - 2B PHI @ SF
8/7 4:05 PM
Tim Lincecum 2-20 .100 1 2 1 1 7 .300 .182 .482
Shane Victorino - OF PHI @ SF
8/7 4:05 PM
Tim Lincecum 4-21 .190 1 2 2 1 5 .381 .227 .608
Aubrey Huff - 1B SF vs PHI
8/7 4:05 PM
Roy Oswalt 3-12 .250 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .500
Jeff Keppinger - 2B SF vs PHI
8/7 4:05 PM
Roy Oswalt 3-12 .250 0 0 0 0 3 .250 .250 .500
Aaron Rowand - OF SF vs PHI
8/7 4:05 PM
Roy Oswalt 3-17 .176 0 0 1 2 2 .176 .263 .439
Andres Torres - OF SF vs PHI
8/7 4:05 PM
Roy Oswalt 2-10 .200 0 2 0 0 4 .400 .200 .600
Chris Young - OF ARI vs LAD
8/7 4:10 PM
Clayton Kershaw 2-14 .143 0 0 1 1 0 .143 .200 .343
Kevin Youkilis - 1B BOS vs NYY
8/7 8:05 PM
Freddy Garcia 2-11 .182 0 0 3 1 3 .182 .250 .432
Brett Gardner - OF NYY @ BOS
8/7 8:05 PM
Josh Beckett 6-26 .231 0 1 1 1 8 .269 .259 .528
Curtis Granderson - OF NYY @ BOS
8/7 8:05 PM
Josh Beckett 5-24 .208 2 3 2 1 10 .542 .240 .782
Mark Teixeira - 1B NYY @ BOS
8/7 8:05 PM
Josh Beckett 7-36 .194 2 2 4 8 14 .361 .341 .702
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Javier Vazquez FLA vs StL
8/7 1:10 PM
Cardinals Batters 41-133 .308 2 5 18 4 21 .376 .332 .708
Bruce Chen KC vs Det
8/7 2:10 PM
Tigers Batters 26-88 .295 7 12 18 15 17 .622 .401 1.023
Brian Duensing MIN vs CWS
8/7 2:10 PM
White Sox Batters 29-92 .315 3 7 7 5 10 .459 .351 .809
Aaron Cook COL vs Was
8/7 3:10 PM
Nationals Batters 23-66 .349 5 8 16 5 7 .628 .393 1.021
 

Recommended Pickup

Trayvon Robinson, OF, SEA – Robinson’s value will depend on how much action he gets, but it’s worth featuring the fact that he was called up. The Dodgers, who have been searching for a quality bat to start in left field regularly, traded Robinson, their best left field prospect, to the Mariners for some crap and more crap (read: not a potentially MLB-ready players that fills a hole our major league team has been trying to fill for years, which is what we traded away in Robinson). Through 368 at-bats at Triple-A this season, Robinson hit .293 with 26 home runs, 71 RBI, 70 runs scored, eight steals, and a 45:122 BB:K ratio. Not even a week after acquiring him from the Dodgers, the Mariners called up Robinson. He made his debut Friday night and went 1-for-3 with a strikeout in his major-league debut. You may have seen his over-the-wall catch on top plays. The Mariners will have him in an outfield rotation with Casper Wells, but they may also give Robinson at-bats at DH. Watch his usage to see how shallow of leagues he can be used in.

Other recent recommendations: Ivan Nova, Brett Lawrie, Jesus Guzman, Marlon Byrd, Jason Bourgeois



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Draft Street Lineup

C Russell Martin (NYY-C) $6,034
1B Miguel Cabrera (DET-1B) $7,103
2B Jason Kipnis (CLE-2B) $7,099
3B Jose Bautista (TOR-3B) $9,257
SS Hanley Ramirez (FLA-SS) $6,137
OF B.J. Upton (TB-OF) $5,796
OF Magglio Ordonez (DET-OF) $4,970
OF Carl Crawford (BOS-OF) $5,608
U Mike Stanton (FLA-OF) $6,210
U Carlos Quentin (CWS-OF) $6,609
SP Bud Norris (HOU-SP) $10,179
SP Bronson Arroyo (CIN-SP) $5,272
RP Jose Valverde (DET-RP) $2,865
P Tim Lincecum (SF-SP) $15,843

Total: $98,982