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Saturday Lineup Card: A Tiger to Target

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)

Pirates (Ross Ohlendorf - R) at Cubs (Casey Coleman - R), 1:05
Blue Jays (Ricky Romero - L) at Yankees (Bartolo Colon - R), 1:05
Mariners (Michael Pineda - R) at A�s (Brandon McCarthy - R), 4:05
White Sox (Gavin Floyd - R) at Tigers (Brad Penny - R), 4:10
Reds (Homer Bailey - R) at Cardinals (Jaime Garcia - L), 4:10
Rangers (Colby Lewis - R) at Red Sox (Erik Bedard - L), 4:10
Orioles (Alfredo Simon - R) at Rays (Wade Davis - R), 6:10
Brewers (Chris Narveson - L) at Red Sox (Bud Norris - R), 7:05
Mets (Dillon Gee - R) at Nationals (Tom Milone - L), 7:05
Indians (Freddy Garcia - R) at Orioles (Zach Britton - L), 7:05
Cubs (David Huff - L) at Royals (Luke Hochevar - R), 7:10
Dodgers (Nathan Eovaldi - R) at Braves (Mike Minor - L), 7:10
Phillies (Cole Hamels - L) at Marlins (Ricky Nolasco - R), 7:10
Rockies (Alex White - R) at Padres (Cory Luebke - L), 8:35
Diamondbacks (Ian Kennedy - R) at Giants (Tim Lincecum - R), 9:05
Twins (Brian Duensing - L) at Angels (Jered Weaver - R), 9:05

Day game after a night game: TOR, NYY, SEA, OAK, CWS, DET, CIN, STL, TEX, BOS

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

Day-to-Day

Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY - (Knee) Was not in Friday's lineup
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY - (Thumb) Was not in Friday�s lineup
Jair Jurrjens, SP, ATL - (Knee) Will visit specialist this weekend
Cameron Maybin, OF, SD - (Wrist) Was not in the lineup Friday for the fifth straight day
Ruben Tejada, SS, NYM - (Hand) Was not in Friday�s lineup
Salvador Perez, C, KC - (Finger) Returned to the lineup Friday
Josh Thole, C, NYM - (Wrist) Was not in Friday�s lineup
Casey Janssen, RP, TOR - (Lat) Was not available Friday
Andrew McCutchen, OF, PIT - Left Friday�s game after being hit by a pitch on the hand; X-rays were negative

Players on the DL

Adam Wainwright, SP, STL - (Elbow) Threw off a mound Friday
Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI - (Groin) Unlikely to be activated Tuesday
Grady Sizemore, OF, CLE - (Knee) Played in rehab game Thursday; could return next week
Carlos Zambrano, SP, CHC - (Suspension) Will not return this season
Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS - (Back) Threw 35 pitches Thursday
Derek Lee, 1B, PIT - (Wrist) Took batting practice Friday
Ryan Ludwick, OF, PIT - (Back) Scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Friday; will return Wednesday
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE - (Oblique/Hamstring) Hopes to return next week
Juan Uribe, 2B, LAD - (Sports Hernia) Will undergo surgery in the next few weeks
Al Alburquerque, RP, DET - (Head) Threw a side session Thursday
Peter Moylan, RP, ATL - (Back) Expected to be activated Monday
Garrett Richards, SP, LAA - (Groin) Will make rehab start this weekend


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)
Lance Lynn, P, STL - transferred to 60-day DL
Daric Barton, 1B, OAK - placed on 60-day DL
Evan Scribner, P, SD - placed on 60-day DL

Activated from the DL
Kevin Youkilis, 3B, BOS
Justin Smoak, 1B, SEA
A.J. Pierzynski, C, CWS
Enerio Del Rosario, P, HOU
Jose Lobaton, C, TB
Michael Wuertz, RP, OAK

Called Up
Jeremy Hermida, OF, SD
Jeff Fulchino, RP, HOU
Daniel Ray Herrera, RP, NYM
Robby Hammock, C, AZ
Addison Reed, RP, CWS
Shane Lindsay, RP, CWS
Eduardo Escobar, SS, CWS
Bryan LaHair, 1B, CHC
Jim Hoey, P, MIN
Roger Bernadina, OF, WAS
Josh Judy, RP, CLE
J.R. Towles, C, HOU
Brett Wallace, 1B, HOU
J.B. Shuck, OF, HOU
Chris Johnson, 3B, HOU
Jordan Lyles, P, HOU
Lucas Harrell, P, HOU
Andrew Carignan, P, OAK
Shane Robinson, OF, STL
Adam Rosales, 2B, OAK
Michael Taylor, OF, OAK
Andy Sonnanstine, P, TB
Luis Martinez, C, SD
Emmanuel Burriss, SS, SF
Conor Gillaspie, 3B, SF
Darren Ford, OF, SF
Waldis Joaquin, P, SF
Brandon Crawford, SS, SF
Brad Hand, P, FLA
Tyler Chatwood, P, LAA
Aaron Laffey, P, NYY

Sent Down
Kyle Phillips, C, SD

Claimed off Waivers
Drew Carpenter, P, SD

Released
Julio Lugo

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

Los Angeles (NL) - Despite giving up an earned run, Kenley Jansen picked up his third save of the season in Thursday�s victory over the Padres. Though Jansen closed out Thursday�s game, Javy Guerra remains the closer for the Dodgers; Jansen was used Thursday because Blake Hawksworth blew a six-run lead in the ninth and Guerra had pitched the two days before.

New York (NL) - The closer�s role seems to be fitting Bobby Parnell just fine. Parnell picked up his second save in as many days Thursday and has tallied four since being bumped into the ninth-inning role two weeks ago. Parnell has a chance to open next season as the Mets� closer if he continues throw the ball well over the rest of this season.

Philadelphia - Ryan Madson pitched a perfect ninth inning Thursday to pick up save number 26. Madson has gotten back on track after allowing six runs to the Nationals on August 19, giving up just two hits and no walks over 4.1 scoreless innings.

Toronto - Frank Francisco�s second-half surge continued Thursday in the Blue Jays� victory over the Orioles. Francisco tossed a clean ninth inning to pick up the save and has now given up just one earned run in 17.1 innings since the All-Star break. Unfortunately Thursday�s save was only the second Francisco has picked up in that span, but he appears locked in as the closer right now despite the return of Jon Rauch.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Alfonso Soriano - OF CHC vs PIT
9/3 1:05 PM
Ross Ohlendorf 3-10 .300 1 3 2 1 0 .900 .417 1.317
Brett Gardner - OF NYY vs TOR
9/3 1:05 PM
Ricky Romero 5-11 .455 1 2 4 2 0 .818 .538 1.356
Nick Swisher - OF NYY vs TOR
9/3 1:05 PM
Ricky Romero 4-15 .267 0 2 0 6 1 .400 .476 .876
David Ortiz - DH BOS vs TEX
9/3 4:10 PM
Colby Lewis 4-14 .286 3 3 5 1 4 .929 .333 1.262
Alex Rios - OF CWS @ DET
9/3 4:10 PM
Brad Penny 9-15 .600 0 4 2 2 1 .867 .647 1.514
Carlos Guillen - 2B DET vs CWS
9/3 4:10 PM
Gavin Floyd 10-26 .385 1 1 4 4 7 .500 .467 .967
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET vs CWS
9/3 4:10 PM
Gavin Floyd 9-24 .375 2 4 7 2 6 .708 .423 1.131
Ryan Raburn - OF DET vs CWS
9/3 4:10 PM
Gavin Floyd 12-29 .414 0 2 3 1 4 .483 .433 .916
Ramon Santiago - SS DET vs CWS
9/3 4:10 PM
Gavin Floyd 4-15 .267 2 2 4 0 4 .667 .267 .934
Rafael Furcal - SS STL vs CIN
9/3 4:10 PM
Homer Bailey 5-10 .500 0 0 2 0 1 .500 .500 1.000
Matt Holliday - OF STL vs CIN
9/3 4:10 PM
Homer Bailey 4-11 .364 1 2 3 1 3 .727 .417 1.144
Albert Pujols - 1B STL vs CIN
9/3 4:10 PM
Homer Bailey 4-13 .308 1 2 5 5 2 .615 .450 1.065
Josh Hamilton - OF TEX @ BOS
9/3 4:10 PM
Erik Bedard 3-11 .273 1 2 2 3 1 .636 .429 1.065
Mike Napoli - C TEX @ BOS
9/3 4:10 PM
Erik Bedard 2-10 .200 1 1 2 3 4 .500 .385 .885
Matt Wieters - C BAL @ TB
9/3 6:10 PM
Wade Davis 6-15 .400 0 1 3 0 2 .467 .400 .867
Carlos Lee - OF HOU vs MIL
9/3 7:05 PM
Chris Narveson 5-10 .500 1 1 5 0 0 .800 .500 1.300
Ryan Braun - OF MIL @ HOU
9/3 7:05 PM
Bud Norris 5-14 .357 2 3 3 1 2 .857 .400 1.257
Jim Thome - DH CLE @ KC
9/3 7:10 PM
Luke Hochevar 3-10 .300 2 2 3 0 2 .900 .364 1.264
Ryan Howard - 1B PHI @ FLA
9/3 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 5-23 .217 3 4 6 6 5 .652 .379 1.031
Raul Ibanez - OF PHI @ FLA
9/3 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 4-10 .400 0 0 0 0 1 .400 .400 .800
Hunter Pence - OF PHI @ FLA
9/3 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 4-14 .286 3 4 5 1 2 1.000 .333 1.333
Chase Utley - 2B PHI @ FLA
9/3 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 8-26 .308 1 2 4 3 5 .462 .400 .862
Jason Kubel - OF MIN @ LAA
9/3 9:05 PM
Jered Weaver 4-15 .267 1 2 3 3 4 .533 .389 .922
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Ricky Romero TOR @ NYY
9/3 1:05 PM
Yankees Batters 30-144 .208 6 13 20 18 38 .386 .305 .691
Erik Bedard BOS vs TEX
9/3 4:10 PM
Rangers Batters 29-133 .218 7 11 17 11 23 .436 .278 .714
Colby Lewis TEX @ BOS
9/3 4:10 PM
Red Sox Batters 14-68 .206 3 7 6 6 16 .390 .281 .671
Jaime Garcia STL vs CIN
9/3 4:10 PM
Reds Batters 13-60 .217 3 4 8 7 11 .391 .298 .690
Tim Lincecum SF vs ARI
9/3 9:05 PM
Diamondbacks Batters 25-132 .189 1 9 7 11 35 .280 .252 .532
Ian Kennedy ARI @ SF
9/3 9:05 PM
Giants Batters 15-73 .205 1 3 6 6 10 .284 .273 .557

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY vs TOR
9/3 1:05 PM
Ricky Romero 3-17 .176 2 2 3 2 5 .529 .263 .792
Curtis Granderson - OF NYY vs TOR
9/3 1:05 PM
Ricky Romero 2-11 .182 1 1 1 0 6 .455 .182 .637
Derek Jeter - SS NYY vs TOR
9/3 1:05 PM
Ricky Romero 2-16 .125 1 1 2 5 2 .313 .364 .677
Andruw Jones - OF NYY vs TOR
9/3 1:05 PM
Ricky Romero 1-12 .083 0 0 0 0 6 .083 .083 .166
Jorge Posada - C NYY vs TOR
9/3 1:05 PM
Ricky Romero 3-15 .200 0 1 3 0 7 .267 .200 .467
Mark Teahen - 3B TOR @ NYY
9/3 1:05 PM
Bartolo Colon 3-17 .176 2 2 5 1 4 .529 .222 .751
Franklin Gutierrez - OF SEA @ OAK
9/3 4:05 PM
Brandon McCarthy 1-10 .100 0 1 0 1 6 .200 .182 .382
Adam Kennedy - 2B SEA @ OAK
9/3 4:05 PM
Brandon McCarthy 2-12 .167 1 1 1 2 3 .417 .286 .703
Marco Scutaro - SS BOS vs TEX
9/3 4:10 PM
Colby Lewis 1-12 .083 0 0 0 1 2 .083 .214 .297
Adam Dunn - 1B CWS @ DET
9/3 4:10 PM
Brad Penny 6-28 .214 2 3 6 2 14 .464 .267 .731
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX @ BOS
9/3 4:10 PM
Erik Bedard 3-17 .176 1 1 4 0 2 .353 .176 .529
Yorvit Torrealba - C TEX @ BOS
9/3 4:10 PM
Erik Bedard 2-12 .167 1 1 2 0 1 .417 .167 .584
Michael Young - 3B TEX @ BOS
9/3 4:10 PM
Erik Bedard 6-33 .182 1 2 4 1 7 .303 .206 .509
Adam Jones - OF BAL @ TB
9/3 6:10 PM
Wade Davis 1-11 .091 0 0 0 0 0 .091 .167 .258
Nick Markakis - OF BAL @ TB
9/3 6:10 PM
Wade Davis 3-22 .136 0 1 2 1 2 .227 .174 .401
Prince Fielder - 1B MIL @ HOU
9/3 7:05 PM
Bud Norris 2-13 .154 0 1 0 1 5 .231 .214 .445
Emilio Bonifacio - OF FLA vs PHI
9/3 7:10 PM
Cole Hamels 3-13 .231 0 0 0 0 2 .231 .231 .462
Gaby Sanchez - 1B FLA vs PHI
9/3 7:10 PM
Cole Hamels 2-12 .167 1 1 1 0 4 .417 .231 .648
Carlos Ruiz - C PHI @ FLA
9/3 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 1-11 .091 0 0 0 2 1 .091 .286 .377
Shane Victorino - OF PHI @ FLA
9/3 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 4-23 .174 0 2 0 1 4 .261 .208 .469
Geoff Blum - SS ARI @ SF
9/3 9:05 PM
Tim Lincecum 1-14 .071 0 0 0 1 3 .071 .133 .204
Miguel Montero - C ARI @ SF
9/3 9:05 PM
Tim Lincecum 5-32 .156 0 2 0 1 5 .219 .182 .401
Chris Young - OF ARI @ SF
9/3 9:05 PM
Tim Lincecum 6-38 .158 1 3 3 4 13 .289 .256 .545
Michael Cuddyer - OF MIN @ LAA
9/3 9:05 PM
Jered Weaver 3-18 .167 0 1 4 0 4 .222 .167 .389
Pablo Sandoval - 3B SF vs ARI
9/3 9:05 PM
Ian Kennedy 3-14 .214 0 1 1 0 4 .286 .214 .500
Andres Torres - OF SF vs ARI
9/3 9:05 PM
Ian Kennedy 3-17 .176 0 1 0 0 4 .235 .176 .411
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Homer Bailey CIN @ StL
9/3 4:10 PM
Cardinals Batters 26-74 .351 3 9 13 10 8 .546 .418 .964


Recommended Pickup

Delmon Young, OF, DET - Young has picked up the RBI pace over the last month, and especially since being traded to Detroit. Young has knocked in 18 runs over his last 27 games, including 13 RBI in 17 games as a Tiger. It's clear he's benefiting from playing in a better lineup, and for a team still in the race, so he could be worth grabbing for the season's final weeks.

Other recent recommendations: Nick Evans, Jesus Montero, Tom Milone, Brad Lincoln, J.D. Martinez

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Draft Street Lineup

C - Carlos Santana, CLE ($6,243)
1B - Adam Lind, TOR ($6,407)
2B - Ramon Santiago, DET ($5,360)
3B - Kevin Youkilis, BOS ($6,926)
SS - Elvis Andrus, TEX ($6,062)
OF - Corey Hart, MIL ($8,913)
OF - Jeff Francoeur, KC ($7,117)
OF - Josh Hamilton, TEX ($6,886)
UTIL - Dan Uggla, ATL ($5,375)
UTIL - Mike Carp, SEA ($5,245)
SP - Tim Lincecum, SF ($15,365)
SP - Erik Bedard, BOS ($10,042)
RP - Mariano Rivera, NYY ($2,500)
P - Jaime Garcia, STL ($7,543)

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