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Wednesday Lineup Card: Sifting Through the Sands

Jack Moore

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

Tigers (Justin Verlander - R) at Indians (Justin Masterson - R), 12:05 PM
Orioles (Zach Britton - L) at Yankees (A.J. Burnett - R), 1:05 PM
Rangers (Derek Holland - L) at Rays (David Price - L), 1:10 PM
Royals (Bruce Chen - L) at Athletics (Guillermo Moscoso - R), 3:35 PM
Mets (R.A. Dickey - R) at Marlins (Brad Hand - L), 5:10 PM
Giants (Matt Cain - R) at Padres (Aaron Harang - R), 6:35 PM
Braves (Brandon Beachy - R) at Phillies (Roy Oswalt - R), 7:00 PM
Dodgers (Dana Eveland - L) at Nationals (Chien-Ming Wang - R), 7:05 PM
Astros (J.A. Happ - L) at Pirates (Brian Burres - L), 7:05 PM
Red Sox (Tim Wakefield - R) at Blue Jays (Brandon Morrow - R), 7:07 PM
Reds (Johnny Cueto - R) at Cubs (Ryan Dempster - R), 8:05 PM
White Sox (Jon Danks - L) at Twins (Carl Pavano - R), 8:10 PM
Brewers (Zack Greinke - R) at Cardinals (Chris Carpenter - R), 8:15 PM
Diamondbacks (Joe Saunders - L) at Rockies (Kevin Millwood - R), 8:40 PM
Mariners (Charlie Furbush - L) at Angels (Jerome Williams - R), 10:00 PM

Day game after a night game: DET, CLE, BAL, NY-A, TEX, TB, KC, OAK

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)
Tsuyoshi Nishioka, 2B, MIN - (Oblique) Not expected to be in Twins’ lineup until Friday.
Brian Duensing, P, MIN - (Oblique) Should resume throwing soon.
Scott Baker, P, MIN - (Elbow) Will throw another bullpen by the end of the week.
Justin Morneau, 1B, MIN - (Concussion) Expected to take batting practice tomorrow.
Josh Beckett, P, BOS - (Ankle) Will likely miss his next start.
Johnny Damon, OF, TB - (Leg) Available to pinch-hit, won’t start until Thursday.
Jed Lowrie, SS, BOS - (Shoulder) Missed third straight game Tuesday.
Jose Tabata, OF, PIT - (Wrist) Diagnosed with a minor wrist fracture, out at least 10 days.
Pablo Sandova, 3B, SF - (Quadriceps) Out of Tuesday’s lineup, still struggling to swing right-handed.
Jerry Hairston, Jr., SS, MIL - (Neck) Out of Tuesday’s lineup after leaving Monday’s early.
Mike Stanton, OF, FLA - (Hamstring) Out of Tuesday’s lineup, available to pinch-hit.
Aubrey Huff, 1B, SF - (Back) Out of Tuesday’s lineup due to tightness.

Players on the DL
Scott Baker, P, MIN - (Elbow) Threw a 50-pitch bullpen session Friday.
Denard Span, OF, MIN - (Concussion) Participated in a full workout Thursday.
Rajai Davis, OF, TOR - (Hamstring) Moved to 60-day DL.
Nelson Cruz, OF, TEX - (Hamstring) Took batting practice Monday, eligible to return next Tuesday.
Jon Herrera, SS, COL - (Finger) Moved to 60-day DL.
Paul Maholm, P, PIT - (Shoulder) Moved to 60-day DL.
Kevin Correia, P, PIT - (Oblique) Moved to 60-day DL.
Nate McLouth, OF, ATL - (Abdomen) Moved to 60-day DL.
Jonathon Niese, P, NY-N - (Ribs) Still hurt by sneezing; not close to a return.
Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI - (Groin) Will not be activated Tuesday, but getting closer to a return.

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)
Kevin Correia, P, PIT (From 15-day to 60-day)
Vicente Padilla, P, LA (From 15-day to 60-day)
Paul Maholm, P, PIT (From 15-day to 60-day)
Hanley Ramirez, SS, FLA (From 15-day to 60-day)
Cole Kimball, P, WAS (From 15-day to 60-day)
Carlos Carrasco, P, CLE (From 15-day to 60-day)
Jon Herrera, 2B, COL (From 15-day to 60-day)

Activated from DL
Ramiro Pena, SS, NY-A
Stephen Strasburg, P, WAS
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE
Nick Punto, 2B, STL
Garrett Richards, P, ANA
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL
Sergio Escalona, P, HOU
Evan Meek, P, PIT

Called Up
Jerry Sands, OF, LA
Brad Peacock, P, WAS
George Kontos, P, NY-A
Jim Miller, P, COL
Clay Rapada, P, BAL
Vinny Rottino, OF, FLA
Chris Schwinden, P, NY-N
Justin Christian, OF, SF
Jared Hughes, P, PIT
Gil Velazquez, SS, ANA
Steve Delabar, P, SEA
Jeremy Accardo, P, BAL
Valentino Pascucci, 1B, NY-N
Chad Beck, P, TOR
Steve Lombardozzi, 2B, WAS
Adam Loewen, OF, TOR
Tim Federowicz, C, LA
Danny Farquhar, P, TOR
Liam Hendriks, P, MIN
Matt Dominguez, 3B, FLA
Tony Cruz, C, STL
Alex Sanabia, P, FLA
Craig Stammen, P, WAS
Adron Chambers, OF, STL
John Ely, P, LA
DJ Lemahieu, 2B, CHI-N
Danny Worth, 3B, DET
Erik Hamren, P, SD
Pete Orr, 2B, PHI
Corey Brown, OF, WAS
Matt Tolbert, 2B, MIN
Daniel Moskos, P, PIT
Greg Golson, OF, NY-A
John Gaub, P, CHI-N
Hector Noesi, P, NY-A
Pedro Florimon, Jr., SS, BAL
Atahualpa Severino, P, WAS
Josh Bell, 3B, BAL
Jordan Pacheco, C, COL
Andrew Brackman, P, NY-A
Aaron Thompson, P, PIT
Michael Saunderson, OF, SEA
Tyler Greene, 2B, STL
Yunesky Maya, P, WAS
Eric Surkamp, P, SF
Luis Valbuena, 2B, CLE
Alexi Amarista, 2B, ANA
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT
Alex Liddi, 3B, SEA
Kyle Drabek, P, TOR
Joe Benson, OF, MIN
Jeff Locke, P, PIT
Mike Baxter, OF, NY-N
Wilin Rosario, C, COL
Dan Runzler, P, SF
Lou Montanez, OF, CHI-N
Brad Mills, P, TOR
Chris Parmelee, 1B, MIN
David Cooper, 1B, TOR

Sent Down
Corey Kluber, P, CLE

Designated for Assignment
Chuck James, P, MIN
Garrett Mock, P, WAS
Lance Pendleton, P, NY-A
Alfredo Amezaga, P, FLA

Outrighted off 40-Man Roster
Tim Wood, P, TEX

Released
Adam Carr, P, WAS

Claimed off Waivers
Jason Rice, P, OAK to CLE

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

DET- Jose Valverde picked up his 41st save in 41 chances against the Indians, pitching a perfect inning. Once again, Valverde didn’t record a strikeout. His strikeout-to-walk ratio sits at a meager 1.4, and one has to wonder just how long he can keep up this run without striking out more batters and walking few.

Recommended Pickup

Jerry Sands, OF, LAD - Despite a rough first stint in the majors (.200/.294/.328 in 144 PA), Sands continues to rake in Triple-A, and now has a .278/.344/.586 line in Triple-A. Sure, it’s the PCL, but that’s big-time power, and with Don Mattingly wanting to get a look at his young players, Sands should get decent playing time down the stretch. Cheap power is tough to find at this time of year, and Sands’s .308 ISO (isolated power, SLG-AVG) in Triple-A is impressive at any level.



KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Jim Thome - DH CLE vs DET
9/7 12:05 PM
Justin Verlander 11-43 .256 7 7 11 14 11 .744 .439 1.183
Miguel Cabrera - 1B DET @ CLE
9/7 12:05 PM
Justin Masterson 4-10 .400 1 1 4 3 3 .700 .571 1.271
Brandon Inge - 3B DET @ CLE
9/7 12:05 PM
Justin Masterson 4-10 .400 0 1 1 2 2 .500 .500 1.000
Robert Andino - SS BAL @ NYY
9/7 1:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 3-10 .300 1 1 2 2 0 .600 .417 1.017
J.J. Hardy - SS BAL @ NYY
9/7 1:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 5-10 .500 0 2 2 1 1 .700 .545 1.245
Omar Infante - 2B FLA vs NYM
9/7 5:10 PM
R.A. Dickey 9-16 .563 1 2 3 1 2 .813 .556 1.369
Gaby Sanchez - 1B FLA vs NYM
9/7 5:10 PM
R.A. Dickey 5-11 .455 1 4 6 0 2 1.000 .417 1.417
Carlos Beltran - OF SF @ SD
9/7 6:35 PM
Aaron Harang 7-23 .304 1 4 3 3 5 .565 .385 .950
Pat Burrell - OF SF @ SD
9/7 6:35 PM
Aaron Harang 6-16 .375 1 3 4 3 4 .688 .474 1.162
Mark DeRosa - OF SF @ SD
9/7 6:35 PM
Aaron Harang 5-17 .294 1 2 3 5 5 .529 .500 1.029
Mike Fontenot - 2B SF @ SD
9/7 6:35 PM
Aaron Harang 7-20 .350 3 4 7 3 1 .850 .417 1.267
Alex Gonzalez - SS ATL @ PHI
9/7 7:05 PM
Roy Oswalt 12-27 .444 2 4 3 1 4 .741 .464 1.205
Jack Wilson - SS ATL @ PHI
9/7 7:05 PM
Roy Oswalt 23-59 .390 0 7 7 3 5 .525 .429 .954
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT vs HOU
9/7 7:05 PM
J.A. Happ 5-14 .357 1 1 1 1 3 .571 .438 1.009
Aramis Ramirez - 3B CHC vs CIN
9/7 8:05 PM
Johnny Cueto 5-21 .238 2 3 4 5 4 .571 .429 1.000
Alfonso Soriano - OF CHC vs CIN
9/7 8:05 PM
Johnny Cueto 9-26 .346 3 3 3 1 5 .692 .370 1.062
Geovany Soto - C CHC vs CIN
9/7 8:05 PM
Johnny Cueto 6-24 .250 1 5 2 2 1 .583 .308 .891
Ramon Hernandez - C CIN @ CHC
9/7 8:05 PM
Ryan Dempster 7-15 .467 1 2 4 2 3 .733 .529 1.262
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS @ MIN
9/7 8:10 PM
Carl Pavano 11-29 .379 3 3 6 0 7 .690 .400 1.090
A.J. Pierzynski - C CWS @ MIN
9/7 8:10 PM
Carl Pavano 10-25 .400 1 5 5 0 1 .720 .400 1.120
Michael Cuddyer - OF MIN vs CWS
9/7 8:10 PM
John Danks 23-51 .451 5 10 12 4 6 .843 .491 1.334
Joe Mauer - C MIN vs CWS
9/7 8:10 PM
John Danks 17-46 .370 0 3 6 4 7 .435 .431 .866
Matt Tolbert - 2B MIN vs CWS
9/7 8:10 PM
John Danks 3-10 .300 1 1 2 1 1 .600 .364 .964
Prince Fielder - 1B MIL @ STL
9/7 8:15 PM
Chris Carpenter 5-15 .333 1 1 2 2 6 .533 .444 .977
Aaron Hill - 2B ARI @ COL
9/7 8:40 PM
Kevin Millwood 9-24 .375 1 3 3 1 3 .583 .400 .983
Lyle Overbay - 1B ARI @ COL
9/7 8:40 PM
Kevin Millwood 5-23 .217 2 4 3 2 3 .609 .280 .889
Carlos Gonzalez - OF COL vs ARI
9/7 8:40 PM
Joe Saunders 4-14 .286 1 2 1 1 4 .571 .333 .904
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Justin Verlander DET @ CLE
9/7 12:05 PM
Indians Batters 37-166 .223 10 17 25 37 50 .450 .371 .820
Bruce Chen KC @ OAK
9/7 3:35 PM
Athletics Batters 14-63 .222 1 2 5 1 11 .284 .234 .518
Matt Cain SF @ SD
9/7 6:35 PM
Padres Batters 13-65 .200 2 6 5 7 14 .376 .273 .650
Tim Wakefield BOS @ TOR
9/7 7:07 PM
Blue Jays Batters 14-71 .197 1 1 4 4 9 .234 .249 .483

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS CLE vs DET
9/7 12:05 PM
Justin Verlander 5-27 .185 0 0 2 4 10 .185 .290 .475
Luis Valbuena - 2B CLE vs DET
9/7 12:05 PM
Justin Verlander 2-16 .125 1 1 4 5 5 .313 .333 .646
Delmon Young - OF DET @ CLE
9/7 12:05 PM
Justin Masterson 2-11 .182 0 1 2 0 2 .273 .167 .440
Chris Davis - 1B BAL @ NYY
9/7 1:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 2-12 .167 0 1 0 1 5 .250 .231 .481
Matt Wieters - C BAL @ NYY
9/7 1:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 2-19 .105 1 2 3 4 4 .316 .250 .566
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX @ TB
9/7 1:10 PM
David Price 2-11 .182 0 1 0 0 4 .273 .182 .455
Hideki Matsui - DH OAK vs KC
9/7 3:35 PM
Bruce Chen 5-25 .200 1 1 2 0 4 .320 .200 .520
Orlando Hudson - 2B SD vs SF
9/7 6:35 PM
Matt Cain 2-21 .095 0 0 0 3 2 .095 .208 .303
Aubrey Huff - 1B SF @ SD
9/7 6:35 PM
Aaron Harang 1-10 .100 0 1 1 1 2 .200 .250 .450
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL @ PHI
9/7 7:05 PM
Roy Oswalt 3-22 .136 0 1 1 5 8 .182 .296 .478
Garrett Jones - 1B PIT vs HOU
9/7 7:05 PM
J.A. Happ 1-12 .083 1 1 2 1 1 .333 .154 .487
Carl Crawford - OF BOS @ TOR
9/7 7:07 PM
Brandon Morrow 0-11 .000 0 0 0 3 3 .000 .214 .214
Adam Lind - 1B TOR vs BOS
9/7 7:07 PM
Tim Wakefield 2-13 .154 0 0 0 0 2 .154 .154 .308
Chris Woodward - 3B TOR vs BOS
9/7 7:07 PM
Tim Wakefield 1-12 .083 0 0 0 1 2 .083 .154 .237
Brandon Phillips - 2B CIN @ CHC
9/7 8:05 PM
Ryan Dempster 3-24 .125 1 1 2 2 6 .250 .192 .442
Joey Votto - 1B CIN @ CHC
9/7 8:05 PM
Ryan Dempster 3-18 .167 2 2 6 2 4 .500 .250 .750
Nyjer Morgan - OF MIL @ STL
9/7 8:15 PM
Chris Carpenter 1-10 .100 0 0 1 0 0 .100 .100 .200
Willie Bloomquist - OF ARI @ COL
9/7 8:40 PM
Kevin Millwood 2-18 .111 0 1 0 0 3 .167 .111 .278
Dexter Fowler - OF COL vs ARI
9/7 8:40 PM
Joe Saunders 1-11 .091 0 0 0 1 2 .091 .167 .258
Jason Giambi - 1B COL vs ARI
9/7 8:40 PM
Joe Saunders 2-10 .200 0 0 1 0 3 .200 .333 .533
Todd Helton - 1B COL vs ARI
9/7 8:40 PM
Joe Saunders 2-10 .200 0 0 2 1 1 .200 .273 .473
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Justin Masterson CLE vs Det
9/7 12:05 PM
Tigers Batters 31-100 .310 2 7 15 8 25 .436 .378 .814
R.A. Dickey NYM @ Fla
9/7 5:10 PM
Marlins Batters 24-76 .316 2 10 12 4 20 .517 .338 .855
Aaron Harang SD vs SF
9/7 6:35 PM
Giants Batters 41-132 .311 6 20 22 17 22 .555 .396 .952
Roy Oswalt PHI vs Atl
9/7 7:05 PM
Braves Batters 53-161 .329 2 17 20 14 26 .465 .390 .855
Brandon Morrow TOR vs Bos
9/7 7:07 PM
Red Sox Batters 19-67 .284 3 8 10 15 19 .481 .415 .896
Johnny Cueto CIN @ ChC
9/7 8:05 PM
Cubs Batters 37-121 .306 6 16 12 12 21 .545 .385 .930
John Danks CWS @ Min
9/7 8:10 PM
Twins Batters 58-171 .339 7 21 34 12 29 .552 .382 .935
Carl Pavano MIN vs CWS
9/7 8:10 PM
White Sox Batters 49-158 .310 6 17 18 5 17 .512 .335 .847
 



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