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The Lineup Card: San Salvador

Paul Bruno

Paul Bruno

Paul is a 22-year veteran of the STATS INC reporter network, scoring play by play for the Blue Jays and Maple Leafs. He is also the creator of the statistical platform which evolved into the NHL's Real Time Scoring System, which was unveiled in 1992. You can also hear him on XM Sirius and nextsportsstar.com, talking hockey and baseball.In addition to all of Toronto's teams, he is also a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys.

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Projected Starters- A look at Thrusday's matchups (all times ET):

Nationals (Tom Milone - L) vs. Mets (Chris Schwinden - R) 1:10
Marlins (Anibal Sanchez - R) vs. Phillies (Kyle Kendrick - R) 2:35
Cubs (Randy Wells - R) vs. Reds (Homer Bailey - R) 7:10
Rays (Jeremy Hellickson - R) vs. Red Sox (Kyle Weiland - R) 7:10
Marlins (Alex Sanabia - R) vs. Phillies (Cliff Lee - L) 7:35
Indians (Fausto Carmona - R) vs. Rangers (Alexi Ogando - R) 8:05
White Sox (Mark Buehrle - L) vs. Royals (Jeff Francis - L) 8:10
Giants (Ryan Vogelsong - R) vs. Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin - R) 8:40
Tigers (Max Scherzer - R) vs. A's (Brandon McCarthy - R) 10:05
Pirates (Ross Ohlendorf - R) vs. Dodgers (Dana Eveland - L) 10:10

Day After Night: WAS/NY-N

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Adam Jones, OF, BAL (ankle) - may not be ready to go until Friday
Josh Beckett, P, BOS (ankle) - likely to make his next start on Friday
David Ortiz, DH, BOS (back) - scratched from lineup on Tuesday and will need a couple more days of rest
Erik Bedard, P, BOS (knee) - close to throwing again; could start next Monday
Tsuyoshi Nishioka, 2B, MIN (oblique) - still sore; likely to return on weekend
Chris Dickerson, OF, NY-A (thumb) - suffered injury on steal attempt on Monday; awaiting x-ray results
Nelson Cruz, OF, TEX (hamstring) - no timetable for his return despite being activated on Tuesday
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK (ankle) - MRI shows no structural damage; likely to return before end of season
Yunel Escobar, SS, TOR (elbow) - still experiencing soreness
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR (knee) - left Wednesday's game with contusion
Jair Jurrjens, P, ATL (knee) - playing catch while wearing a knee brace; no timetable for return
Todd Helton, 1B, COL (back) - left Tuesday's game with flare up of sore back
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL (hip) - injured in Tuesday's game and may need a couple of days off
Mike Stanton, OF, FLA (hamstring) - has started only one game since September 3
Jason Michaels, OF, HOU (hand) - underwent surgery on Wednesday; will miss the rest of the season
Jason Isringhausen, P, NY-N (back) - unavailable for a few days after receiving epidural on Monday
Jason Bay, OF, NY-N (shoulder) - injured right shoulder on a recent diving attempt in the outfield
Wilson Valdez, SS, PHI (hamstring) - no timetable for return
Matt Holliday, OF, STL (hand) - will visit doctor this week and may miss the rest of this season
Rafael Furcal, OF, STL (knee) - suffered a sprained knee in Wednesday's game

Players on the DL

Bobby Jenks, P, BOS (back) - diagnosed with pulmonary embolism; must clear up before having back surgery�
Clay Buchholz, P, BOS (back) - threw on flat ground Tuesday; may throw side session later this week
Shin-Soo Choo, OF, CLE (abdomen) - could return from DL on Thursday
Josh Tomlin, P, CLE (elbow) - hopes to throw simulated game in a few days
Alexi Casilla, SS, MIN (hamstring) - running on Target Field; may return this season
Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR (wrist) - may not rejoin the Jays until the weekend
Tommy Hanson, P, ATL (shoulder) - threw another bullpen session on Wednesday;�
Johan Santana, P, NY-N (shoulder) - Thursday rehab appearance cancelled
Chase Headley, 3B, SD (finger) - took live bp before Tuesday's game; unsure of return to active roster this year
Jonathan Sanchez, P, SF (ankle) - return this season is very doubtful
Brian Wilson, P, SF (elbow) - will throw off a mound on Thursday

Transactions - Players who have been demoted, called up, traded, released, you name it. We'll cover it here.

Waiver Claim

Matt Pagnozzi, C, PIT (from Colorado)

Called Up

Joey Gathright, OF, BOS
Trevor Miller, P, BOS
Zach Putnam, P, CLE
Junichi Tazawa, P, BOS
Jose Iglesias, SS, BOS
Lars Anderson, 1B, BOS
Dan Johnson, 1B, TB
Alexander Torres, P, TB

Sent Down

Nate Spears, OF, BOS (dfa'd)
Francisco Samuel, P, STL (dfa'd)
Jason Rice, P, CLE (dfa'd)
Garrett Mock, P, WAS (outrighted to Syracuse -Triple A)
Mike Cameron, OF, FLO (released)
Jay Buente, P, TB (released)

Placed on DL

J.D. Drew, OF, BOS - (moved to 60-day dl)
Francisco Cervelli, C, NY-A (concussion - retroactive to Sep. 9)
Steve Pearce, 1B, PIT (finger) - moved to 60 day DL

Activated from DL

Nelson Cruz, OF, TEX
Eduardo Sanchez, P, STL
Darren O'Day, P, TEX

Closer Watch

Yankees - Mariano Rivera reached the 600 save plateau this week. How good has this guy been, you may ask? How about the fact that his career ERA is 2.22 and his career-long WHIP is 1.00. That's over 1037 appearances and in the closer role with the Yankees since 1997. To see that he has handled all the pressure that goes with this particular job and that he has done it with one pitch is even more amazing. The 41-year old phenom isn't even slowing down yet. Sure, he has actually blown 7 of his 48 save opportunities but this year's 2.05 ERA and 0.93 WHIP are both below his career numbers. He will go down in history as the gold standard at his position.

Orioles - Through another disappointing season, Baltimore has apparently installed Jim Johnson into the closer role after watching incumbent Kevin Gregg's recent struggles. Gregg has stumbled to a 0-2 record and 6.29 ERA in his last 10 appearances to cause the need for a change. Johnson, for his part, has answered the bell in nailing down the saves in each of his last three outings, allowing only one hit and two walks in 2.1 innings to get the job done. Unlike Gregg, he has been pitching very well of late, compiling a 1.76 ERA in his last 10 outings. The Orioles have used Johnson as a closer in the past, with ordinary results, so there is little doubt that they want to see if Johnson can really take ownership of the role once again.

Cardinals - The Cardinals are another club that is looking away from their season-long closer, Fernando Salas, as the 2011 regular season is winding down. Jason Motte, who had been putting together a great season in a set-up role, is now at the back of the pen. He has earned five saves in his last six appearances and has also turned it up a notch by limiting opponents to nine hits in his last 10.1 innings of work, in pitching to a 0.87 ERA. For the year, he has a 0.93 WHIP, to go along with a 1.59 ERA in 62.1 innings pitched. His k/bb rate is also impressive at over a four to one ratio. All of these figures are quite closer-like and he certainly has made a case for consideration as the going-forward closer option in 2012.

Nationals - Washington may not have reached the goals they had set out for at the start of this season, with some interesting offseason additions, but they can still feel confident about the faith they have in second year closer Drew Storen, who has figured in more than half of their wins with 36 saves in 41 opportunities this season. With this season winding down, he may be showing a bit of fatigue as he has been in all or nothing mode in recent weeks. He has been touched for at least a couple of hits in five of his last 10 outings, but has been perfect in the other five games. Even with this recent inconsistency, there is no doubt that he will hold this role going into next season.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
John Buck - C FLA @ PHI
9/15 2:35 PM
Cliff Lee 12-34 .353 3 6 6 5 12 .706 .436 1.142
Omar Infante - 2B FLA @ PHI
9/15 2:35 PM
Cliff Lee 8-23 .348 0 2 1 1 3 .478 .375 .853
Ryan Howard - 1B PHI vs FLA
9/15 2:35 PM
Anibal Sanchez 7-22 .318 2 4 4 9 5 .682 .516 1.198
Placido Polanco - 3B PHI vs FLA
9/15 2:35 PM
Anibal Sanchez 7-13 .538 2 4 4 0 0 1.231 .538 1.769
Chase Utley - 2B PHI vs FLA
9/15 2:35 PM
Anibal Sanchez 11-25 .440 0 4 5 2 3 .640 .500 1.140
Ryan Hanigan - C CIN vs CHC
9/15 7:10 PM
Randy Wells 6-11 .545 0 0 2 1 0 .545 .583 1.128
Nelson Cruz - OF TEX vs CLE
9/15 8:05 PM
Fausto Carmona 4-10 .400 2 3 3 0 2 1.200 .455 1.655
Josh Hamilton - OF TEX vs CLE
9/15 8:05 PM
Fausto Carmona 6-14 .429 0 5 3 1 0 .857 .467 1.324
Mike Napoli - C TEX vs CLE
9/15 8:05 PM
Fausto Carmona 4-13 .308 1 2 1 1 3 .615 .357 .972
Juan Pierre - OF CWS @ KC
9/15 8:10 PM
Jeff Francis 15-33 .455 0 2 1 1 3 .515 .471 .986
Melky Cabrera - OF KC vs CWS
9/15 8:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 10-17 .588 1 3 5 0 0 .882 .588 1.470
Alex Gordon - OF KC vs CWS
9/15 8:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 7-25 .280 1 5 3 2 4 .560 .333 .893
Mitchell Maier - OF KC vs CWS
9/15 8:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 8-22 .364 0 4 6 1 1 .591 .391 .982
Victor Martinez - C DET @ OAK
9/15 10:05 PM
Brandon McCarthy 7-17 .412 1 5 2 2 3 .824 .474 1.298
Magglio Ordonez - OF DET @ OAK
9/15 10:05 PM
Brandon McCarthy 4-10 .400 0 0 2 1 1 .400 .455 .855
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Jhoulys Chacin COL vs SF
9/15 8:40 PM
Giants Batters 7-40 .175 3 4 5 4 11 .410 .256 .666

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Brian Schneider - C PHI vs FLA
9/15 2:35 PM
Anibal Sanchez 3-19 .158 0 0 2 3 1 .158 .273 .431
Paul Janish - SS CIN vs CHC
9/15 7:10 PM
Randy Wells 0-10 .000 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .091 .091
Joey Votto - 1B CIN vs CHC
9/15 7:10 PM
Randy Wells 3-17 .176 1 1 1 1 2 .353 .222 .575
Carlos Quentin - OF CWS @ KC
9/15 8:10 PM
Jeff Francis 1-11 .091 0 0 0 1 2 .091 .167 .258
Carlos Guillen - 2B DET @ OAK
9/15 10:05 PM
Brandon McCarthy 1-10 .100 0 0 0 0 3 .100 .100 .200
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET @ OAK
9/15 10:05 PM
Brandon McCarthy 1-18 .056 0 0 1 2 6 .056 .143 .199
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Cliff Lee PHI vs Fla
9/15 2:35 PM
Marlins Batters 29-94 .308 4 9 9 6 19 .510 .350 .860
Anibal Sanchez FLA @ Phi
9/15 2:35 PM
Phillies Batters 58-190 .305 5 16 25 31 28 .453 .405 .858
Homer Bailey CIN vs ChC
9/15 7:10 PM
Cubs Batters 11-37 .297 3 4 11 3 7 .556 .343 .899
Fausto Carmona CLE @ Tex
9/15 8:05 PM
Rangers Batters 33-95 .347 4 14 16 13 16 .595 .435 1.030
Mark Buehrle CWS @ KC
9/15 8:10 PM
Royals Batters 47-129 .364 4 16 26 7 8 .556 .394 .950
Jeff Francis KC vs CWS
9/15 8:10 PM
White Sox Batters 32-105 .305 0 5 5 8 14 .347 .354 .701


Recommended Pickup- Salvador Perez, C, KC - The Royals are a club with a large number of top prospects and one of their best new players is quickly becoming a factor at the catcher position. Salvador Perez has made quite an impression with his productive bat, as he has posted a .294 BA and a fairly good OPS (for a catcher, particularly) of .726 in 102 at bats. The fact that his father is Tony Perez of Big Red Machine fame, speaks well of his bloodlines. The fact that he has been around baseball all his life may also account for the fact that he has become a take-charge guy with respect to handling the Royals' pitching staff. It looks like they should be in good hands for the next few years.

Other recent recommendations: Randall Delgado, Jordan Pacheco, Drew Pomeranz, Jim Johnson

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C - Mike Napoli, $9,690
1B - Michael Young, $7,416
2B - Omar Infante, $6,580
3B - Placido Polanco, $6,038
SS - Dee Gordon, $6,064
OF - Shane Victorino, $7,596
OF - Melky Cabrera, $6,863
OF - Juan Pierre, $6,521
UTIL - Matt Kemp, $8,632
UTIL - Mike Stanton, $6,940
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SP - Brandon McCarthy, $12,880
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