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Kevin O'Brien

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

A’s (Guillermo Moscoso - R) at Red Sox (Jon Lester - L), 12:00
Marlins (Anibal Sanchez - R) at Phillies (Roy Halladay - R), 1:05
Yankees (Ivan Nova - R) at Orioles (Brian Matusz - L), 1:05
Rays (Jeff Niemann - R) at Blue Jays (Luis Perez - L), 1:07
Rockies (Kevin Millwood - R) at Dodgers (Chad Billingsley - R), 4:10
Tigers (Justin Verlander - R) at Twins (Carl Pavano - R), 4:10
Pirates (Jeff Karstens - R) at Cardinals (Chris Carpenter - R), 4:10
A’s (Graham Godfrey - R) at Red Sox (Erik Bedard - L), 5:00 (DH)
Royals (Danny Duffy - L) at Indians (Fausto Carmona - R), 7:05
Yankees (Freddy Garcia - R) at Orioles (Zach Britton - L), 7:05 (DH)
Cubs (Ryan Dempster - R) at Brewers (Yovani Gallardo - R), 7:10
Nationals (Ross Detwiler - L) at Reds (Mike Leake - R), 7:10
Angels (Ervin Santana - R) at Rangers (C.J. Wilson - L), 8:05
Padres (Aaron Harang - R) at Diamondbacks (Joe Saunders - L), 8:10
Astros (Brett Myers - R) at Giants (Dan Runzler - L), 9:05
White Sox (John Danks - L) at Rangers (Michael Pineda - R), 10:10

Day game after a night game: OAK, BOS, FLA, PHI, NYY, BAL, TB, TOR, COL, LAD, DET, MIN, PIT, STL

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

Day-to-Day

Joe Mauer, C, MIN - (Neck) Did not start Friday; remains day-to-day
Carlos Santana, C, CLE - (Head) Returned to the starting lineup Friday
Shin-Soo Choo, OF, CLE - (Abdomen) Did not start Friday’s game
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF - (Shoulder) Was not in the starting lineup for Friday’s game
B.J. Upton, OF, TB - (Shoulder) Returned to the starting lineup Friday
Adam Jones, OF, BAL - (Chest) Was not in the lineup Friday for the second straight day
Alex Gordon, OF, KC - (Elbow) Returned to the starting lineup Friday
Jason Bay, OF, NYM - (Shoulder) Will likely miss this weekend’s series against the Braves
Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR - (Wrist) Will be placed on the disabled list Saturday
Alfonso Soriano, OF, CHC - (Forearm) Returned to the starting lieup Friday
Brennan Boesch, OF, DET - (Thumb) Did not play Friday; remains day-to-day
Raul Ibanez, OF, PHI - (Groin) Was not in the starting lineup Friday; hopes to return this weekend
Danny Valencia, 3B, MIN - (Mouth) Returned to the lineup Friday
Tsuyoshi Nishioka, 2B, MIN - (Oblique) Scratched from Friday’s lineup; remains day-to-day
Scott Downs, RP, LAA - (Hamstring) Should be available Friday

Players on the DL

Hanley Ramirez, SS, FLA - (Shoulder) Played in a rehab game Friday night; nearing a return
Adam Wainwright, SP, STL - (Elbow) Will reporetedly have two-year option picked up after season ends
Kevin Youkilis, 3B, BOS - (Back) Resumed baseball activities Thursday; in line to return next Friday
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX - (Hamstring) Appears ready to begin rehab assignment
Tommy Hanson, SP, ATL - (Shoulder) Diagnosed with small tear in rotator cuff but will not need surgery; could return in a few weeks
Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI - (Groin) Resumed baseball activities Thursday
Joe Blanton, SP, PHI - (Elbow) Threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Friday and reported no problems afterward
Travis Hafner, DH, CLE - (Foot) Rehab plan expected to be established next week
Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL - (Shoulder) Set to begin rehab assignment Saturday; could be activated early next week
Garrett Richards, SP, LAA - (Groin) Will throw a bullpen session this weekend
Bobby Jenks, RP, BOS - (Back) Set to begin a rehab assignment Saturday

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)
Francisco Liriano, SP, MIN
Michael Brantley, OF, CLE
Josh Tomlin, SP, CLE
Clayton Richard, SP, SD - transferred to 60-day DL
Scott Hairston, OF, NYM
Don Kelly, OF, DET - paternity leave
Ryan Mattheus, RP, WAS

Activated from the DL
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET
Huston Street, RP, COL
Matt Lindstrom, RP, COL
Logan Ondrusek, RP, CIN
Jason Repko, OF, MIN

Called Up
Miguel Batista, P, NYM
Andy Parrino, 2B, SD
Nick Hagadone, P, CLE
Danny Worth, 2B, DET
Scott Atchison, RP, BOS
Jerry Blevins, P, OAK
Scott Diamond, P, MIN
Josh Outman, P, OAK

Sent Down
Omir Santos, C, DET
James Darnell, 3B, SD
Ryan Lavarnway, C, BOS
Bruce Billings, P, OAK
Travis Wood, P, CIN
Jordan Norberto, P, OAK

Claimed off Waivers
Dewayne Wise, OF, TOR

Traded
Jim Thome - from MIN to CLE

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

Detroit - Jose Valverde pitched a scoreless ninth inning to close out Thursday’s victory over the Rays. Valverde, who is a perfect 38-for-38 in save opportunities this year, has allowed just two earned runs over his last 16.2 innings.

Houston - Mark Melancon picked up his 14th save of the season in Thursday’s victory over the Giants. Melancon has been a bit hit-or-miss over the last few weeks, but he’ll be the closer the rest of the way and is the favorite to open 2012 with the job.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Ryan Sweeney - OF OAK @ BOS
8/27 12:05 PM
Jon Lester 4-10 .400 0 1 0 1 2 .500 .455 .955
Jose Lopez - 3B FLA @ PHI
8/27 1:05 PM
Roy Halladay 7-21 .333 1 3 1 2 2 .571 .391 .962
Gaby Sanchez - 1B FLA @ PHI
8/27 1:05 PM
Roy Halladay 5-14 .357 1 1 1 0 3 .571 .357 .928
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY @ BAL
8/27 1:05 PM
Brian Matusz 6-15 .400 1 2 2 0 2 .667 .400 1.067
Derek Jeter - SS NYY @ BAL
8/27 1:05 PM
Brian Matusz 7-17 .412 0 3 0 1 1 .588 .444 1.032
Alex Rodriguez - 3B NYY @ BAL
8/27 1:05 PM
Brian Matusz 3-12 .250 1 3 4 1 2 .667 .267 .934
Ryan Howard - 1B PHI vs FLA
8/27 1:05 PM
Anibal Sanchez 7-22 .318 2 4 4 9 5 .682 .516 1.198
Placido Polanco - 3B PHI vs FLA
8/27 1:05 PM
Anibal Sanchez 7-13 .538 2 4 4 0 0 1.231 .538 1.769
Chase Utley - 2B PHI vs FLA
8/27 1:05 PM
Anibal Sanchez 11-25 .440 0 4 5 2 3 .640 .500 1.140
Adam Lind - 1B TOR vs TB
8/27 1:07 PM
Jeff Niemann 10-23 .435 2 5 7 4 2 .870 .519 1.389
Mark Teahen - 3B TOR vs TB
8/27 1:07 PM
Jeff Niemann 3-10 .300 1 2 1 0 5 .700 .300 1.000
Todd Helton - 1B COL @ LAD
8/27 4:10 PM
Chad Billingsley 8-21 .381 2 4 6 5 3 .762 .500 1.262
Magglio Ordonez - OF DET @ MIN
8/27 4:10 PM
Carl Pavano 9-21 .429 0 3 5 0 2 .571 .429 1.000
Jamey Carroll - 2B LAD vs COL
8/27 4:10 PM
Kevin Millwood 6-14 .429 0 1 0 1 2 .500 .467 .967
Juan Rivera - OF LAD vs COL
8/27 4:10 PM
Kevin Millwood 9-26 .346 1 1 5 2 4 .462 .393 .855
Jason Kubel - OF MIN vs DET
8/27 4:10 PM
Justin Verlander 12-35 .343 0 5 9 4 8 .486 .400 .886
Joe Mauer - C MIN vs DET
8/27 4:10 PM
Justin Verlander 16-45 .356 3 6 9 9 8 .622 .463 1.085
Justin Morneau - 1B MIN vs DET
8/27 4:10 PM
Justin Verlander 9-33 .273 2 6 4 5 8 .576 .368 .944
Ryan Doumit - C PIT @ STL
8/27 4:10 PM
Chris Carpenter 7-22 .318 2 6 4 1 5 .773 .348 1.121
Garrett Jones - 1B PIT @ STL
8/27 4:10 PM
Chris Carpenter 4-12 .333 1 2 1 1 2 .667 .385 1.052
Melky Cabrera - OF KC @ CLE
8/27 7:05 PM
Fausto Carmona 4-14 .286 1 1 2 2 2 .500 .375 .875
Alex Gordon - OF KC @ CLE
8/27 7:05 PM
Fausto Carmona 12-26 .462 0 4 1 3 4 .654 .517 1.171
Starlin Castro - SS CHC @ MIL
8/27 7:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 5-12 .417 0 3 0 0 2 .667 .417 1.084
Aramis Ramirez - 3B CHC @ MIL
8/27 7:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 6-13 .462 0 4 4 1 2 .769 .500 1.269
Geovany Soto - C CHC @ MIL
8/27 7:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 4-15 .267 1 2 2 2 6 .533 .353 .886
Prince Fielder - 1B MIL vs CHC
8/27 7:10 PM
Ryan Dempster 9-36 .250 2 6 6 7 8 .528 .362 .890
Mark Kotsay - OF MIL vs CHC
8/27 7:10 PM
Ryan Dempster 3-10 .300 1 1 4 2 2 .600 .417 1.017
Torii Hunter - OF LAA @ TEX
8/27 8:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 4-17 .235 2 2 6 7 4 .588 .458 1.046
Maicer Izturis - 3B LAA @ TEX
8/27 8:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 6-16 .375 0 1 3 1 3 .438 .412 .850
Howie Kendrick - 2B LAA @ TEX
8/27 8:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 9-25 .360 0 4 5 1 3 .520 .385 .905
Vernon Wells - OF LAA @ TEX
8/27 8:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 3-10 .300 1 1 3 3 2 .600 .462 1.062
Nelson Cruz - OF TEX vs LAA
8/27 8:05 PM
Ervin Santana 8-30 .267 3 4 4 0 9 .600 .267 .867
Ian Kinsler - 2B TEX vs LAA
8/27 8:05 PM
Ervin Santana 13-36 .361 1 6 3 3 5 .611 .425 1.036
Michael Young - 3B TEX vs LAA
8/27 8:05 PM
Ervin Santana 24-64 .375 3 6 12 2 14 .563 .377 .940
Lyle Overbay - 1B ARI vs SD
8/27 8:10 PM
Aaron Harang 9-22 .409 0 5 1 2 3 .636 .458 1.094
Chris Young - OF ARI vs SD
8/27 8:10 PM
Aaron Harang 3-12 .250 2 2 3 1 2 .750 .308 1.058
Carlos Beltran - OF SF vs HOU
8/27 9:05 PM
Brett Myers 12-38 .316 1 5 6 4 6 .500 .381 .881
Mark DeRosa - OF SF vs HOU
8/27 9:05 PM
Brett Myers 7-16 .438 0 0 1 0 4 .438 .438 .876
Aaron Rowand - OF SF vs HOU
8/27 9:05 PM
Brett Myers 5-13 .385 1 2 1 2 1 .769 .467 1.236
Miguel Tejada - SS SF vs HOU
8/27 9:05 PM
Brett Myers 6-12 .500 1 3 3 1 0 .917 .571 1.488
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Roy Halladay PHI vs FLA
8/27 1:05 PM
Marlins Batters 19-87 .218 2 5 3 4 21 .339 .253 .591
Ryan Dempster CHC @ MIL
8/27 7:10 PM
Brewers Batters 40-190 .211 8 18 27 25 39 .393 .314 .707
John Danks CWS @ SEA
8/27 10:10 PM
Mariners Batters 20-94 .213 4 7 11 4 15 .372 .252 .624

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
David DeJesus - OF OAK @ BOS
8/27 12:05 PM
Jon Lester 1-15 .067 0 0 1 1 3 .067 .118 .185
Omar Infante - 2B FLA @ PHI
8/27 1:05 PM
Roy Halladay 1-12 .083 0 0 0 0 3 .083 .083 .166
Nick Swisher - OF NYY @ BAL
8/27 1:05 PM
Brian Matusz 0-14 .000 0 0 0 2 1 .000 .125 .125
Brian Schneider - C PHI vs FLA
8/27 1:05 PM
Anibal Sanchez 3-19 .158 0 0 2 3 1 .158 .273 .431
Jose Bautista - 3B TOR vs TB
8/27 1:07 PM
Jeff Niemann 2-15 .133 0 1 0 4 4 .200 .381 .581
Kevin Kouzmanoff - 3B COL @ LAD
8/27 4:10 PM
Chad Billingsley 6-26 .231 1 2 4 1 8 .423 .259 .682
Seth Smith - OF COL @ LAD
8/27 4:10 PM
Chad Billingsley 2-11 .182 0 2 0 1 4 .364 .250 .614
Rod Barajas - C LAD vs COL
8/27 4:10 PM
Kevin Millwood 1-12 .083 0 0 0 0 1 .083 .083 .166
Michael Cuddyer - OF MIN vs DET
8/27 4:10 PM
Justin Verlander 9-47 .191 1 2 5 1 9 .277 .224 .501
Ronny Cedeno - SS PIT @ STL
8/27 4:10 PM
Chris Carpenter 3-20 .150 1 2 1 1 2 .350 .190 .540
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT @ STL
8/27 4:10 PM
Chris Carpenter 3-14 .214 0 1 0 0 0 .286 .214 .500
Tyler Colvin - OF CHC @ MIL
8/27 7:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 2-12 .167 0 1 0 0 4 .250 .167 .417
Alfonso Soriano - OF CHC @ MIL
8/27 7:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 2-14 .143 0 1 0 0 5 .214 .143 .357
Ryan Braun - OF MIL vs CHC
8/27 7:10 PM
Ryan Dempster 7-38 .184 2 4 9 3 6 .395 .295 .690
Corey Hart - OF MIL vs CHC
8/27 7:10 PM
Ryan Dempster 5-33 .152 2 3 6 4 10 .364 .263 .627
Bobby Abreu - OF LAA @ TEX
8/27 8:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 2-16 .125 0 1 2 2 5 .188 .222 .410
Erick Aybar - SS LAA @ TEX
8/27 8:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 4-19 .211 0 0 0 0 3 .211 .211 .422
Jeff Mathis - C LAA @ TEX
8/27 8:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 2-12 .167 0 1 0 1 2 .250 .231 .481
Josh Hamilton - OF TEX vs LAA
8/27 8:05 PM
Ervin Santana 4-24 .167 1 3 5 1 2 .375 .192 .567
Henry Blanco - C ARI vs SD
8/27 8:10 PM
Aaron Harang 2-15 .133 0 0 0 0 7 .133 .133 .266
Justin Upton - OF ARI vs SD
8/27 8:10 PM
Aaron Harang 0-10 .000 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .091 .091
Orlando Cabrera - SS SF vs HOU
8/27 9:05 PM
Brett Myers 4-19 .211 0 0 0 0 1 .211 .211 .422
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Anibal Sanchez FLA @ Phi
8/27 1:05 PM
Phillies Batters 50-166 .301 5 16 24 28 24 .470 .405 .875
Jeff Niemann TB @ Tor
8/27 1:07 PM
Blue Jays Batters 21-75 .280 3 8 9 10 17 .487 .388 .875
Kevin Millwood COL @ LAD
8/27 4:10 PM
Dodgers Batters 21-65 .323 2 4 8 3 9 .448 .353 .801
Carl Pavano MIN vs Det
8/27 4:10 PM
Tigers Batters 44-136 .323 3 13 25 5 21 .469 .359 .828
Fausto Carmona CLE vs KC
8/27 7:05 PM
Royals Batters 31-96 .323 1 10 14 12 9 .468 .392 .860
Ervin Santana LAA @ Tex
8/27 8:05 PM
Rangers Batters 67-211 .318 10 21 36 10 40 .512 .345 .858
Brett Myers HOU @ SF
8/27 9:05 PM
Giants Batters 47-154 .305 6 15 17 13 19 .484 .362 .846
 


Recommended Pickup

John Mayberry, OF, PHI - Mayberry has been on a tear over the last several weeks, hitting .312 with nine home runs and 29 RBI in 32 games - including just 21 starts - since July 5. Despite Mayberry’s recent hot streak, he remains available in over 90 percent of leagues on both Yahoo! and ESPN. Mayberry has started eight of the last nine games and should continue seeing increased action down the stretch to keep the Phillies’ regular outfielders fresh. Don’t hesitate to grab him if you are looking for some outfield help, some power, or both over the final few weeks of the season.

Other recent recommendations: Peter Bourjos, Jose Tabata, Alex White, Ramon Ramirez, Mike Trout

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Draft Street Lineup

C - Ryan Doumit, PIT ($5,405)
1B - Adam Lind, TOR ($6,397)
2B - Chase Utley, PHI ($7,414)
3B - Ryan Zimmerman, WAS ($7,246)
SS - Yunel Escobar, TOR ($5,300)
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OF - Justin Upton, AZ ($7,610)
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UTIL - Conor Jackson, OAK ($2,939)
SP - Yovani Gallardo, MIL ($12,907)
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