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Friday Lineup Card: A New Dawn For Morneau

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Andrew Fiorentino

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Friday's Starters

Cubs (Ryan Dempster – R) at Pirates (A.J. Burnett – R), 7:05
Royals (Bruce Chen – L) at Orioles (Jason Hammel – R), 7:05
Padres (Anthony Bass – R) at Mets (Dillon Gee – R), 7:10
Rays (Alex Cobb – R) at Red Sox (Jon Lester – L), 7:10
Rockies (Christian Friedrich – L) at Reds (Johnny Cueto – R), 7:10
Giants (Tim Lincecum - R) at Marlins (Josh Johnson - R), 7:10 Nationals (Ross Detwiler – L) at Braves (Tim Hudson – R), 7:35
Blue Jays (Brandon Morrow – R) at Rangers (Derek Holland – L), 8:05
Indians (Jeanmar Gomez – R) at White Sox (Jose Quintana – L), 8:10
Tigers (Drew Smyly – L) at Twins (Anthony Swarzak – R), 8:10
Phillies (Cliff Lee – L) at Cardinals (Kyle Lohse –R), 8:15
Brewers (Yovani Gallardo – R) at Diamondbacks (Ian Kennedy – R), 9:40
Yankees (Ivan Nova – R) at Athletics (Tyson Ross – R), 10:05
Angels (Ervin Santana – R) at Mariners (Blake Beavan – R), 10:10
Astros (Lucas Harrell – R) at Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw – L), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Chris Young, OF, AZ (shoulder) – Held out Wednesday after starting five straight since activation
Brian McCann, C, ATL (illness) – Out Thursday for third straight
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL (eye) – Out Thursday
Miguel Montero, C, AZ (groin) – Missed Wednesday, but expects to be back in Friday
Danny Espinosa, 2B, WAS (leg) – Hurt himself a little Wednesday, but should be fine for Friday
Kelly Johnson, 2B, TOR (hamstring) – Left Wednesday’s game, but expects to be back Friday
John Danks, SP, CHW (elbow) – Out; expected back June 4
Chipper Jones, 3B, ATL (calf) – Out Thursday after pinch-hitting Wednesday
Travis Hafner, DH, CLE (leg) – Out Thursday after fouling a pitch off himself Wednesday
Jack Hannahan, 3B, CLE (back) – Out again Thursday; hasn’t played since May 13
Ryan Raburn, 2B, DET (personal) – Will be back Friday
Justin Sellers, SS, LAD (leg) – Had an MRI Thursday due to leg numbness

Disabled List

Matt Kemp, OF, LAD (hamstring) – Rehab starting Sunday; could be back Tuesday
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI (Achilles) – Played in simulated game Thursday; no timetable yet
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF (hand) – Hit off a tee Wednesday
Emilio Bonifacio, OF, MIA (thumb) – Has torn ligament that needs surgery; 4-6 weeks
Allen Craig, OF, STL (hamstring) – When he returns, it’ll be at first base
Vance Worley, SP, PHI (elbow) – Long tossed Thursday and felt fine; no timetable
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI (knee) – Hit on Thursday, but still limited in the field
Lance Berkman, 1B, STL (knee) – Surgery pushed back to Friday
Brett Gardner, OF, NYY (elbow) – Healed, but still feeling stiffness; hopes to hit from tee next week
Andrew Bailey, RP, BOS (thumb) – Started throwing program; post-ASB return is still target
Huston Street, RP, SD (shoulder) – Threw every day this week; may start bullpens next week
Carlos Marmol, RP, CHC (hamstring) – Rehab assignment begins Friday/Saturday
Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP, BOS (neck) – Will start in Triple-A again Saturday
Vernon Wells, OF, LAA (thumb) – Had successful surgery; 8-10 weeks
Marco Estrada, SP, MIL (quad) – Will miss his next 3-4 starts
Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL (concussion) – Played rehab games in Double-A Wednesday and Thursday
Josh Tomlin, SP, CLE (wrist) – Could skip rehab assignment and return next week
Jim Thome, 1B, PHI (back) – Hit in extended ST game Thursday; hope is he can DH in early June
Brandon Inge, 3B, OAK (groin) – Ran Wednesday; hopes to return Monday
Darnell McDonald, OF, BOS (oblique) – Rehab assignment in Triple-A starts Friday
Juan Rivera, OF, LAD (hamstring) – Could be back next week
Steve Clevenger, C, CHC (oblique) – Played four innings in Triple-A; getting close to a return
Franklin Gutierrez, OF, SEA (chest) – Ran lightly Wednesday
Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B, LAD (hamstring) – Expected to return from DL Friday
Laynce Nix, OF, PHI (calf) – Improving, but still not close
Mark Ellis, 2B, LAD (leg) – Had second leg surgery; apparently still on six-week timetable
Nick Masset, RP, CIN (shoulder) – Had first throwing session in a month Thursday
Blake Hawksworth, RP, LAD (elbow) – Could return to LA bullpen in about two weeks
Matt Guerrier, RP, LAD (elbow) – Had to shut down rehab due to continued pain
Dan Schlereth, RP, DET (shoulder) – MRI revealed no structural damage
Al Alburquerque, RP, DET (elbow) – Started on long toss program

Transactions

Placed on DL
Austin Jackson, OF, DET (abdomen)
Austin Kearns, OF, MIA (hamstring)
Matt Carpenter, 3B, STL (oblique)
Marco Estrada, SP, MIL (quad)

Activated from DL
Miguel Olivo, C, SEA
Ryan Theriot, 2B, SF
Luis Marte, RP, DET

Optioned to Triple-A
Erik Kratz, C, PHI
Casper Wells, OF, SEA
Charlie Culberson, 2B, SF
David Pauley, RP, LAA (DFA)
Luke Putkonen, RP, DET
Called Up
Andrew Romine, 3B, LAA
Kevin Mattison, OF, MIA
Mike McClendon, RP, MIL

Closer Watch

Angels – Ernesto Frieri notched an extra-inning save Wednesday, and there’s some chatter that the Angels like Scott Downs in a setup role, with Frieri and Jordan Walden possibly splitting save chances. There would have been a save opportunity Thursday, but Dan Haren finished off his 14-strikeout, four-hit shutout in fine fashion.

Reds – Sean Marshall, back in his eighth-inning role, picked up a hold Thursday as Logan Ondrusek came on for the ninth and worked around a pair of hits to collect his second save. Aroldis Chapman didn’t appear (he’d pitched four of the last five days), but a betting man would say the job is still going to be his.

White Sox – Addison Reed gave up a pair of runs in a non-save situation Thursday, but that shouldn’t threaten his status as the closer. His ugly-looking ERA and WHIP are the result of just two outings (Thursday and a blowup back on May 13) that are the only games this year in which he’s given up runs. Those numbers will come down.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT vs CHC
5/25 7:05 PM
Ryan Dempster 5-16 .313 1 2 5 2 2 .563 .389 .952
Nate McLouth - OF PIT vs CHC
5/25 7:05 PM
Ryan Dempster 5-16 .313 1 2 3 3 4 .563 .476 1.039
Omar Infante - 2B MIA vs SF
5/25 7:10 PM
Tim Lincecum 4-11 .364 0 1 0 0 4 .455 .364 .819
Aubrey Huff - 1B SF @ MIA
5/25 7:10 PM
Josh Johnson 5-11 .455 0 1 1 2 2 .545 .538 1.083
Jose Molina - C TB @ BOS
5/25 7:10 PM
Jon Lester 5-15 .333 0 0 0 2 4 .333 .412 .745
Carlos Pena - 1B TB @ BOS
5/25 7:10 PM
Jon Lester 10-34 .294 5 6 12 5 11 .765 .395 1.160
Ian Kinsler - 2B TEX vs TOR
5/25 8:05 PM
Brandon Morrow 6-16 .375 0 3 0 1 3 .563 .412 .975
Michael Young - 3B TEX vs TOR
5/25 8:05 PM
Brandon Morrow 4-12 .333 1 1 4 1 2 .583 .357 .940
Juan Pierre - OF PHI @ STL
5/25 8:15 PM
Kyle Lohse 6-12 .500 0 2 3 0 2 .750 .500 1.250
Placido Polanco - 3B PHI @ STL
5/25 8:15 PM
Kyle Lohse 8-20 .400 0 0 3 1 1 .400 .429 .829
Brian Schneider - C PHI @ STL
5/25 8:15 PM
Kyle Lohse 4-13 .308 1 4 3 1 3 .769 .357 1.126
Ty Wigginton - 3B PHI @ STL
5/25 8:15 PM
Kyle Lohse 5-12 .417 0 0 0 0 0 .417 .417 .834
Ichiro Suzuki - OF SEA vs LAA
5/25 10:10 PM
Ervin Santana 22-63 .349 2 7 4 5 3 .556 .397 .953
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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BB K Opp
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Jon Lester BOS vs TB
5/25 7:10 PM
Rays Batters 30-138 .217 7 9 20 17 45 .384 .306 .689
Tim Hudson ATL vs WAS
5/25 7:35 PM
Nationals Batters 28-132 .212 0 4 6 7 29 .242 .250 .492

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
David DeJesus - OF CHC @ PIT
5/25 7:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 2-11 .182 0 0 1 2 0 .182 .308 .490
Garrett Jones - 1B PIT vs CHC
5/25 7:05 PM
Ryan Dempster 2-15 .133 1 1 2 3 5 .333 .278 .611
Melky Cabrera - OF SF @ MIA
5/25 7:10 PM
Josh Johnson 2-10 .200 0 0 0 1 5 .200 .273 .473
B.J. Upton - OF TB @ BOS
5/25 7:10 PM
Jon Lester 7-42 .167 2 2 4 3 9 .310 .222 .532
Ben Zobrist - 2B TB @ BOS
5/25 7:10 PM
Jon Lester 4-22 .182 0 0 2 5 11 .182 .333 .515
Ian Desmond - SS WAS @ ATL
5/25 7:35 PM
Tim Hudson 4-20 .200 0 0 0 2 4 .200 .273 .473
Adam LaRoche - 1B WAS @ ATL
5/25 7:35 PM
Tim Hudson 3-12 .250 0 0 1 0 1 .250 .250 .500
Ryan Zimmerman - 3B WAS @ ATL
5/25 7:35 PM
Tim Hudson 7-37 .189 0 1 1 2 6 .216 .231 .447
Nelson Cruz - OF TEX vs TOR
5/25 8:05 PM
Brandon Morrow 1-13 .077 0 0 0 1 5 .077 .143 .220
Mike Napoli - C TEX vs TOR
5/25 8:05 PM
Brandon Morrow 1-11 .091 0 0 0 1 5 .091 .167 .258
Mike Fontenot - 2B PHI @ STL
5/25 8:15 PM
Kyle Lohse 1-10 .100 1 1 4 4 3 .400 .357 .757
Jimmy Rollins - SS PHI @ STL
5/25 8:15 PM
Kyle Lohse 3-21 .143 0 0 0 2 2 .143 .217 .360
Carlos Ruiz - C PHI @ STL
5/25 8:15 PM
Kyle Lohse 3-14 .214 0 1 0 0 1 .286 .214 .500
Chone Figgins - 3B SEA vs LAA
5/25 10:10 PM
Ervin Santana 3-17 .176 0 1 0 0 2 .294 .176 .470
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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XBH
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RBI
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BB K Opp
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OBP
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Ryan Dempster CHC @ Pit
5/25 7:05 PM
Pirates Batters 28-95 .295 6 14 18 12 21 .568 .384 .952
Kyle Lohse STL vs Phi
5/25 8:15 PM
Phillies Batters 45-154 .292 2 13 15 11 19 .414 .339 .753
Ervin Santana LAA @ Sea
5/25 10:10 PM
Mariners Batters 32-109 .293 4 11 10 6 11 .498 .330 .828
 

Recommended Pickup

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