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Saturday's Starters

Padres (Clayton Richard - L) at Mets (Johan Santana - L), 1:10
Tigers (Max Scherzer - R) at Twins (Carl Pavano - R), 2:10
Blue Jays (Henderson Alvarez - R) at Rangers (Colby Lewis - R), 3:05
Royals (Felipe Paulino - R) at Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen - L), 4:05
Yankees (CC Sabathia - L) at A's (Bartolo Colon - R), 4:05
Nationals (Stephen Strasburg - R) at Braves (Mike Minor - L), 4:05
Indians (Derek Lowe - R) at White Sox (Jake Peavy - R), 4:10
Giants (Madison Bumgarner - L) at Marlins (Mark Buehrle - L), 4:10
Angels (Jerome Williams - R) at Mariners (Felix Hernandez - R), 7:15
Cubs (Paul Maholm - L) at Pirates (Kevin Correia - R), 7:15
Rockies (Jeremy Guthrie - R) at Reds (Mike Leake - R), 7:15
Phillies (Kyle Kendrick - R) at Cardinals (Jaime Garcia - L), 7:15
Rays (David Price - L) at Red Sox (Josh Beckett - R), 7:15
Astros (Bud Norris - R) at Dodgers (Chad Billingsley - R), 10:05
Brewers (Zack Greinke - R) at D-Backs (Wade Miley - L), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: SD/NYM, DET/MIN, TOR/TEX, KC/BAL, NYY/OAK, WAS/ATL, CLE/CHW, SF/MIA, LAA/SEA

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Kelly Johnson, 2B, TOR -- (Hamstring) Expected to miss Saturday's game after leaving early Friday.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE -- Left with hamstring tightness Friday.
Carlos Santana, C, CLE -- (Head) Removed in the eighth inning after taking a foul tip in the mask.
Chris Young, OF, ARI -- (Shoulder) Returned to the lineup Friday.
Miguel Montero, C, ARI -- (Groin) Held out of Friday's lineup; signed five-year, $60 million contract.
Nick Swisher, OF, NYY -- Was seen icing his ankle following Friday's game after fouling a pitch off of his foot.
Travis Hafner, DH, CLE -- (Knee) Could miss entire weekend series.
Ryan Doumit, C, MIN -- (Calf) Did not start Friday after being held out of Thursday's game.
Mike Napoli, C, TEX -- Scratched from Friday's lineup with an illness.
Carl Pavano, SP, MIN -- (Shoulder) Ready to make scheduled start Saturday.
Jack Hannahan, 3B, CLE -- (Back) Could return to the lineup Saturday.
cesar Izturis, SS, MIL -- Left Friday's game with a strained hamstring.
Dave Ross, C, ATL -- Removed from Friday's game with a groin strain.

Disabled List


Lance Berkman, 1B, STL -- (Knee) Had torn meniscus repaired Friday; out 8-10 weeks.
Desmond Jennings, OF, TAM -- (Knee) Won't return before next weekend.
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK -- (Hand) Took limited BP on Friday, hopes to return Monday.
Mark Reynolds, 3B, BAL -- (Oblique) Will start his rehab assignment Saturday.
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI -- (Knee) Took grounders prior to Friday's game.
Carlos Quentin, OF, SD -- (Knee) Ready to resume rehab assignment.
Jason Bay, OF, NYM -- (Rib) Has started taking live batting practice, could return next weekend.
Allen Craig, OF, STL -- (Hamstring) Likely to play first base upon return, despite taking grounders at second.
Brett Gardner, OF, NYY -- (Elbow) Scheduled to resume swinging a bat Monday.
David Robertson, RP, NYY -- (Oblique) Won't return during first series in June as previously hoped.
Vance Worley, SP, PHI -- (Elbow) Played catch from 90 feet Friday.
Brandon Guyer, OF, TAM -- (Shoulder) Had surgery to repair a torn labrum, out for the 2012 season.
Jhoulys Chacin, SP, COL -- (Arm) Now dealing with a pectoral nerve-like issue.
Jonathan Sanchez, sP, KAN -- (Biceps) Scheduled for Triple-A rehab start Tuesday.
Laynce Nix, OF, PHI -- (Calf) Improving, but says he's not close to returning to action.
Darnell McDonald, OF, BOS -- (Oblique) Scheduled to begin his rehab assignment Friday night.
Brandon Allen, 1B, TAM -- (Quad) Will continue his rehab assignment during the weekend.
Jeff Karstens, SP, PIT -- (Shoulder) Targeting mid-June return.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP, BOS -- (Neck) Will start at Triple-A on Saturday; return date unknown.
Salvador Perez, C, KAN -- (Knee) Scheduled to catch three innings in extended spring game Saturday.
Mark Ellis, 2B, LAD -- (Leg) Sprained MCL and bone bruise on his knee; out six weeks.
Josh Thole, C, NYM -- (Concussion) Has resumed all baseball activities except catching.
Ruben Tejada, SS, NYM -- (Quad) Could return to minor league games Monday.
Matt Lindstrom, RP, BAL -- (Finger) Rehab assignment could begin Saturday.
Endy Chavez, OF, BAL -- (Upper Body) Will start rehab assignment Saturday.
Bill Bray, RP, CIN -- (Groin) MRI on his back revealed no structral damage.
Pedro Beato, RP, NYM -- (Shoulder) Moving on to Triple-A for his rehab assignment.

Transactions

Placed on the DL

Austin Jackson, OF, DET (retroactive to 5/17)
John Danks, SP, CHW (retroactive to 5/20)
Chipper Jones, 3B, ATL (retroactive to 5/24)
Ben Francisco, OF, TOR (retroactive to 5/21)
Ramon Hernandez, C, COL (retroactive to 5/24)
Justin Sellers, SS, LA (retroactive to 5/23)

Activated from DL

Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B, LAD
Luis Marte, RP, DET
Ryan Raburn, 2B, DET (bereavement list)

Optioned to Triple-A & Other Demotions

Zach McAllister, SP, CLE
Mike Dunn, RP, MIA
Luke Putkonen, RP, DET
Evan Crawford, RP, TOR
Robert Carson, RP, NYM
Luis Exposito, C, BAL
Bill Hall, OF, BAL (designated for assignment)
Nate McLouth, OF, PIT (designated for assignment)
D.J. Carrasco, RP, NYM (released)
David Pauley, RP, LAA (outrighted to Triple-A)
Dustin McGowan, SP, TOR (transferred to 60-day DL)

Called Up

Jose Quintana, SP,CHW
Ronnie Paulino, C, BAL
Wil Nieves, C, COL
Dan Jennings, RP, MIA
Stuart Pomeranz, RP, BAL
Jack Egbert, RP, NYM
Matt Hague, 1B, PIT
David Cooper, 1B, TOR
Ryota Igarashi, RP, TOR
Mike McClendon, RP, MIL
Juan Diaz, SS, CLE

Closer Watch

Angels - Scott Downs pitched a perfect ninth inning to convert his fourth save of the season. For now, it appears he's the primary closer while Ernesto Frieri will collect any match-up based opportunities or those that become available on days where Downs can't pitch due to recent workload concerns.

Mariners - Brandon League suffered his fourth blown save of the season giving up three runs on a pair of hits and two walks. Tom Wilhelmsen recorded a scoreless eighth inning, and while he's been far from dominant there's reason to think he could be next in line for closer duty if the Mariners decide to make a change.

Yankees - Rafael Soriano improved to 4-for-4 in save opportunities since taking over for Mariano Rivera and David Robertson. Further, Soriano has not allowed a run since May 10. With the news that Robertson will not be ready to return against the Tigers during the first week of June, Soriano's time in the ninth-inning role continues to increase.

Cardinals - Jason Motte pitched a scoreless ninth inning during a tie-game Friday night, but was brought back in to pitch the 10th and gave up the eventual game-winning home run to Hunter Pence. Motte has been knocked around in a few of his recent appearances, but the Cards have provided no indication of his job being in jeopardy.

Marlins - Heath Bell gave up two runs on three hits while recording just one out during a save opportunity Friday night. Steve Cishek came on to finish the game with a strikeout in two-thirds of a scoreless frame to shut the door on the Giants for his first save of the season. Although Bell recently converted a string of save chances, he's still failing to miss bats and could begin to lose save opportunities again in the near future.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Chase Headley - 3B SD @ NYM
5/26 1:10 PM
Johan Santana 4-11 .364 1 2 3 2 2 .727 .462 1.189
Derek Jeter - SS NYY @ OAK
5/26 4:05 PM
Bartolo Colon 9-18 .500 1 3 4 1 4 .833 .526 1.359
Alex Rodriguez - 3B NYY @ OAK
5/26 4:05 PM
Bartolo Colon 12-21 .571 6 8 14 2 3 1.524 .560 2.084
Mark Teixeira - 1B NYY @ OAK
5/26 4:05 PM
Bartolo Colon 8-32 .250 2 4 7 4 8 .500 .351 .851
Daric Barton - 1B OAK vs NYY
5/26 4:05 PM
CC Sabathia 3-12 .250 0 2 1 2 6 .500 .357 .857
Kurt Suzuki - C OAK vs NYY
5/26 4:05 PM
CC Sabathia 5-24 .208 3 4 8 2 5 .625 .269 .894
Shin-Soo Choo - OF CLE @ CWS
5/26 4:10 PM
Jake Peavy 3-10 .300 1 1 2 2 2 .600 .417 1.017
Travis Hafner - DH CLE @ CWS
5/26 4:10 PM
Jake Peavy 4-15 .267 1 3 1 0 5 .600 .267 .867
Kosuke Fukudome - OF CWS vs CLE
5/26 4:10 PM
Derek Lowe 4-10 .400 0 1 0 2 0 .500 .500 1.000
Melky Cabrera - OF SF @ MIA
5/26 4:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 10-17 .588 1 3 5 0 0 .882 .588 1.470
Kevin Youkilis - 3B BOS vs TB
5/26 7:15 PM
David Price 5-13 .385 0 2 0 0 2 .538 .429 .967
Kendrys Morales - 1B LAA @ SEA
5/26 7:15 PM
Felix Hernandez 12-33 .364 1 4 8 2 7 .545 .400 .945
Clint Barmes - SS PIT vs CHC
5/26 7:15 PM
Paul Maholm 12-24 .500 2 6 9 1 1 .958 .520 1.478
Carlos Beltran - OF STL vs PHI
5/26 7:15 PM
Kyle Kendrick 6-18 .333 1 1 1 2 1 .500 .400 .900
Skip Schumaker - 2B STL vs PHI
5/26 7:15 PM
Kyle Kendrick 7-14 .500 2 4 2 1 1 1.071 .533 1.604
Luke Scott - DH TB @ BOS
5/26 7:15 PM
Josh Beckett 10-23 .435 3 3 7 5 5 .826 .536 1.362
Jason Kubel - OF ARI vs MIL
5/26 10:10 PM
Zack Greinke 7-27 .259 1 4 4 3 7 .519 .333 .852
Lyle Overbay - 1B ARI vs MIL
5/26 10:10 PM
Zack Greinke 8-21 .381 2 3 6 1 4 .714 .409 1.123
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
CC Sabathia NYY @ OAK
5/26 4:05 PM
Athletics Batters 19-85 .224 3 7 12 10 26 .390 .306 .697
Josh Beckett BOS vs TB
5/26 7:15 PM
Rays Batters 23-110 .209 4 8 11 10 41 .370 .275 .645

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Cameron Maybin - OF SD @ NYM
5/26 1:10 PM
Johan Santana 2-10 .200 0 1 0 0 6 .400 .200 .600
Gerald Laird - C DET @ MIN
5/26 2:10 PM
Carl Pavano 4-18 .222 0 0 0 0 0 .222 .222 .444
Eric Chavez - 3B NYY @ OAK
5/26 4:05 PM
Bartolo Colon 2-17 .118 0 1 0 1 2 .176 .167 .343
Coco Crisp - OF OAK vs NYY
5/26 4:05 PM
CC Sabathia 3-16 .188 0 0 0 2 6 .188 .278 .466
Jonny Gomes - OF OAK vs NYY
5/26 4:05 PM
CC Sabathia 3-16 .188 0 1 1 2 6 .250 .316 .566
Adam Dunn - 1B CWS vs CLE
5/26 4:10 PM
Derek Lowe 6-36 .167 0 3 1 3 9 .250 .231 .481
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS vs CLE
5/26 4:10 PM
Derek Lowe 2-13 .154 1 1 3 3 5 .385 .313 .698
Alex Rios - OF CWS vs CLE
5/26 4:10 PM
Derek Lowe 0-10 .000 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000
David Ortiz - DH BOS vs TB
5/26 7:15 PM
David Price 2-12 .167 0 2 1 0 4 .333 .167 .500
Erick Aybar - SS LAA @ SEA
5/26 7:15 PM
Felix Hernandez 6-32 .188 0 3 2 2 2 .281 .257 .538
Alberto Callaspo - 3B LAA @ SEA
5/26 7:15 PM
Felix Hernandez 3-15 .200 0 0 1 1 1 .200 .235 .435
Matt Holliday - OF STL vs PHI
5/26 7:15 PM
Kyle Kendrick 1-11 .091 1 1 3 0 2 .364 .091 .455
Yadier Molina - C STL vs PHI
5/26 7:15 PM
Kyle Kendrick 2-10 .200 0 1 0 1 1 .300 .333 .633
Jose Molina - C TB @ BOS
5/26 7:15 PM
Josh Beckett 3-21 .143 0 0 1 0 7 .143 .143 .286
Carlos Pena - 1B TB @ BOS
5/26 7:15 PM
Josh Beckett 3-28 .107 1 2 1 3 15 .250 .194 .444
B.J. Upton - OF TB @ BOS
5/26 7:15 PM
Josh Beckett 6-22 .273 0 3 1 1 7 .409 .304 .713
Ben Zobrist - 2B TB @ BOS
5/26 7:15 PM
Josh Beckett 1-10 .100 0 0 1 1 4 .100 .182 .282
John McDonald - SS ARI vs MIL
5/26 10:10 PM
Zack Greinke 1-10 .100 0 1 1 0 2 .200 .100 .300
Chris Snyder - C HOU @ LAD
5/26 10:10 PM
Chad Billingsley 3-22 .136 2 2 2 1 6 .409 .208 .617
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Carl Pavano MIN vs Det
5/26 2:10 PM
Tigers Batters 32-97 .330 4 9 19 3 12 .523 .348 .871
Bartolo Colon OAK vs NYY
5/26 4:05 PM
Yankees Batters 58-164 .354 11 23 39 15 30 .639 .403 1.042
Mark Buehrle MIA vs SF
5/26 4:10 PM
Giants Batters 24-69 .348 3 6 9 2 2 .511 .366 .877
Kyle Kendrick PHI @ StL
5/26 7:15 PM
Cardinals Batters 19-61 .311 4 7 6 5 5 .559 .374 .932
 

Recommended Pickup

Steve Cishek, RP, MIA - Call it a hunch, but Heath Bell has one strikeout in his last four innings and following his latest implosion Friday night against the Giants, a stint on the disabled list can't be ruled out as the Marlins need to find a way to try and get him back on track without having him pitch in the ninth inning in save situations for a couple of weeks. Prior to Friday, Bell converted four straight save opportunities without allowing a run or a walk, but a 5.40 K/9IP and 6.48 BB/9IP for the season point to larger issues that still need to be ironed out. If you're currently chasing saves and the previous Cishek owner trying to take advantage of Bell's struggles has given up, you should strongly consider adding him to see how things play out with the ninth inning in Miami for the next couple of weeks.

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