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Sunday Lineup Card: Going Rogue With Ruggiano

Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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Sunday's Starters

Royals (Everett Teaford - L) at Tigers (Max Scherzer - R), 1:05
Rays (James Shields - R) at Indians (Zach McAllister - R), 1:05
Cubs (Ryan Dempster - R) at Mets (Jon Niese - L), 1:10
Braves (Jair Jurrjens - R) at Phillies (Vance Worley - R), 1:35
Rockies (Jeremy Guthrie - R) at Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann - R), 1:35
Giants (Tim Lincecum - R) at Pirates (A.J. Burnett - R), 1:35
Brewers (Marco Estrada - R) at Astros (Jordan Lyles - R), 2:05
Blue Jays (Brett Cecil - L) at White Sox (Dylan Axelrod - R), 2:10
Marlins (Anibal Sanchez - R) at Cardinals (Joe Kelly - R), 2:!5
Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen - L) at Angels (Brad Mills - L), 3:35
Reds (Johnny Cueto - R) at Padres (Jason Marquis - R), 4:05
Mariners (Felix Hernandez - R) at Athletics (Bartolo Colon - R), 4:05
Dodgers (Chris Capuano - L) at Diamondbacks (Trevor Bauer - R), 4:10
Twins (Cole De Vries - R) at Rangers (Roy Oswalt - R). 7:05
Yankees (Ivan Nova - R) at Red Sox (Jon Lester - L), 8:05

Day Game After Night Game: TB/CLE, ATL/PHI, BAL/LAA, CIN/SD, LAD/ARZ, SEA/OAK

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS -- (Hamstring) Didn't start in first game of Saturday's doubleheader.
Luke Hochevar, P, KC -- (Ankle) Walking around without a limp one day after having to leave game early with sprain.
Todd Helton, 1B, COL -- (Hip) Didn't start Saturday, and may rest until after the break.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA -- (Knee) Left game on Saturday and expected to miss about a month after undergoing arthroscopic surgery.
Johan Santana, P, NYM -- (Ankle) Scheduled to make start next Friday.

Disabled List
Taylor Teagarden, C, BAL -- (Elbow) Played at Double-A as DH with return scheduled for July 13.
Nick Markakis, OF, BAL -- (Wrist) Started in OF in rehab game, and could return after All-Star break.
Carl Crawford, OF, BOS -- (Elbow) Left rehab game with a mild groin strain.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS -- (Thumb) Will miss three weeks after new injury caused by hyperextension.
Andy Dirks, OF, DET -- (Achilles) Walking boot was removed Friday, but still hasn't been cleared for resuming baseball activities.
Chris Getz, 2B, KC -- (Ankle) Should be ready to return to Royals after All-Star break.
Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC -- (Hip) Expected to be back in the bigs after KC hosts the All-Star game.
CC Sabathia, P, NYY -- (Knee) Scheduled to throw off mound Sunday.
Matt Joyce, OF, TB -- (Back) Will see doctor Tuesday after suffering a setback.
Evan Longoria, 3B, TB -- (Hamstring) Not ready to resume baseball activities.
Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX -- (Hamstring) Not expected back until the end of July.
Dustin McGowan, P, TOR -- (Shoulder) Going back to doctor to evaluate continued discomfort.
Jhoulys Chacin, P, COL -- (Chest) Will throw bullpen session over weekend.
Wilton Lopez, P, HOU -- (Ankle) Scheduled to return to Astros after All-Star break.
Rubby De La Rosa, P, LAD -- (Elbow) Looks to be one month away after throwing two simulated innings.
Matt Kemp, OF, LAD -- (Hamstring) Progressed to Triple-A in rehab assignment.
Andre Ethier, OF, LAD -- (Oblique) Begins rehab assignment on Wednesday.
Dee Gordon, SS, LAD -- (Thumb) Surgery went as planned and can resume baseball related activities in a week.
Frank Francisco, P, NYM -- (Oblique) Could start rehab assignment this week.
Andrew Cashner, P, SD -- (Back) MRI showed no significant damage.
Eric Stults, P, SD -- (Shoulder) Threw simulated game on Friday.
Chien-Ming Wang, P, WAS -- (Hip) Has been throwing and may make rehab start after the All-Star break.

Transactions

Activated from DL
Derek Holland, P, TEX
Ryan Sweeney, OF, BOS

Optioned to Triple-A & Other Demotions
Eric Fryer, C, PIT (optioned to Triple-A)
Nick Hagadone, P, CLE (optioned to Triple-A)
Justin Grimm, P, TEX (optioned to Triple-A)
Adam Moore, C, KC (optioned to Triple-A)
Ryan Kalish, OF, BOS (optioned to Triple-A)
Clayton Tanner, P, SF (assigned to Triple-A)

Called Up
Cory Wade, P, NYY
Clayton Mortensen, P, BOS
Matt Hague, 1B, PIT
Steve Tolleson, 3B, BAL

Signed
Chris Curley, 3B, CHW
Clayton Tanner, P, SF

Waivers
Adam Moore, C, KC (claimed from SEA)

Closer Watch

White Sox -- With closer Addison Reed getting the day off Saturday, White Sox manager Robin Ventura picked Matt Thornton to come in with four outs left in the game and the team sitting on a two-run lead. Thornton converted the save for his second of the year and the 21st of his career. Don't expect Thornton to get many more saves this season, but this move does show what the picking order in the bullpen is if anything happens to Reed.

Tigers -- Jose Valverde proved once again that closers aren't always as effective when there isn't a save on the line. Valverde started the ninth inning against the Royals on Saturday with a four-run lead, and while Detroit left the game with a win, they left with a little less confidence in their closer after he gave up three runs off two hits and two walks. This outing was surely a rough one for any owner of Valverde as it saw his ERA rise almost a full point from 3.44 to 4.11. On the bright side, Valverde had been impressive in his six appearances prior to Saturday, giving up a combined two hits, with no walks or runs allowed.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Jeff Francoeur - OF KC @ DET
7/8 1:05 PM
Max Scherzer 3-11 .273 1 2 1 0 4 .727 .273 1.000
Ronny Cedeno - SS NYM vs CHC
7/8 1:10 PM
Ryan Dempster 5-12 .417 0 1 2 1 2 .500 .462 .962
Chase Utley - 2B PHI vs ATL
7/8 1:35 PM
Jair Jurrjens 5-22 .227 3 4 5 2 6 .682 .292 .974
Garrett Jones - 1B PIT vs SF
7/8 1:35 PM
Tim Lincecum 3-10 .300 2 3 4 0 4 1.000 .300 1.300
Kevin Youkilis - 3B CWS vs TOR
7/8 2:10 PM
Brett Cecil 4-10 .400 1 2 2 2 4 .800 .500 1.300
Carlos Beltran - OF STL vs MIA
7/8 2:15 PM
Anibal Sanchez 5-13 .385 1 1 2 1 2 .615 .429 1.044
Scott Rolen - 3B CIN @ SD
7/8 4:05 PM
Jason Marquis 6-28 .214 3 3 5 1 2 .536 .267 .803
Alex Rodriguez - 3B NYY @ BOS
7/8 8:05 PM
Jon Lester 6-26 .231 3 5 6 3 6 .654 .310 .964
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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James Shields TB @ CLE
7/8 1:05 PM
Indians Batters 20-108 .185 3 5 6 4 22 .287 .221 .508
Felix Hernandez SEA @ OAK
7/8 4:05 PM
Athletics Batters 24-101 .238 0 4 10 6 29 .277 .284 .560

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Travis Hafner - DH CLE vs TB
7/8 1:05 PM
James Shields 2-11 .182 0 1 0 0 5 .273 .250 .523
Jack Hannahan - 3B CLE vs TB
7/8 1:05 PM
James Shields 0-10 .000 0 0 0 2 4 .000 .167 .167
Casey Kotchman - 1B CLE vs TB
7/8 1:05 PM
James Shields 2-12 .167 0 0 0 1 1 .167 .231 .398
Jose Lopez - 3B CLE vs TB
7/8 1:05 PM
James Shields 3-24 .125 0 0 2 0 2 .125 .125 .250
Jimmy Rollins - SS PHI vs ATL
7/8 1:35 PM
Jair Jurrjens 5-29 .172 0 3 0 3 0 .310 .250 .560
Rod Barajas - C PIT vs SF
7/8 1:35 PM
Tim Lincecum 1-10 .100 0 0 0 0 3 .100 .100 .200
Clint Barmes - SS PIT vs SF
7/8 1:35 PM
Tim Lincecum 2-17 .118 1 1 4 0 3 .294 .118 .412
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT vs SF
7/8 1:35 PM
Tim Lincecum 0-10 .000 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .091 .091
Melky Cabrera - OF SF @ PIT
7/8 1:35 PM
A.J. Burnett 2-16 .125 0 0 0 0 1 .125 .125 .250
Ryan Zimmerman - 3B WAS vs COL
7/8 1:35 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 1-13 .077 0 0 0 2 2 .077 .200 .277
Brandon Phillips - 2B CIN @ SD
7/8 4:05 PM
Jason Marquis 3-15 .200 0 1 0 1 0 .267 .250 .517
Coco Crisp - OF OAK vs SEA
7/8 4:05 PM
Felix Hernandez 5-25 .200 0 0 1 2 6 .200 .259 .459
Brandon Inge - 3B OAK vs SEA
7/8 4:05 PM
Felix Hernandez 4-19 .211 0 1 5 0 7 .263 .211 .474
Nick Swisher - OF NYY @ BOS
7/8 8:05 PM
Jon Lester 4-25 .160 2 4 4 4 8 .480 .290 .770
Mark Teixeira - 1B NYY @ BOS
7/8 8:05 PM
Jon Lester 4-24 .167 1 1 2 2 9 .292 .231 .523
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Jason Marquis SD vs Cin
7/8 4:05 PM
Reds Batters 18-79 .228 3 7 10 9 6 .385 .315 .700
 


Recommended Pickup

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