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Friday Lineup Card: A Starling Is Born

Andrew Fiorentino

Andrew Fiorentino

A degenerate fantasy player since the age of 13.

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Friday's Starters
Cardinals (Lance Lynn R) at Cubs (Travis Wood L), 2:20
Athletics (Jarrod Parker R) at Orioles (Zach Britton L), 7:05
Red Sox (Aaron Cook R) at Yankees (Phil Hughes R), 7:05
Tigers (Rick Porcello R) at Blue Jays (Carlos Villanueva R), 7:07
Padres (Kip Wells R) at Marlins (Carlos Zambrano R), 7:10
Phillies (Cole Hamels L) at Braves (Ben Sheets R), 7:35
Pirates (Jeff Karstens R) at Astros (Jordan Lyles R), 8:05
White Sox (Chris Sale L) at Rangers (Yu Darvish R), 8:05
Nationals (Ross Detwiler - L) at Brewers (Michael Fiers - R), 8:10
Indians (Josh Tomlin R) at Twins (Scott Diamond L), 8:10
Reds (Bronson Arroyo R) at Rockies (Drew Pomeranz L), 8:40
Mets (Jon Niese L) at Diamondbacks (Josh Collmenter R), 9:40
Rays (Alex Cobb R) at Angels (Dan Haren R), 10:05
Royals (Jeremy Guthrie R) at Mariners (Blake Beavan R), 10:10
Dodgers (Stephen Fife R) at Giants (Matt Cain R), 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF (hamstring) Giants will wait until Friday to decide on DL
Lance Berkman, 1B, STL (knee) Out of the lineup Thursday after pinch-hitting Wednesday
Carlos Beltran, OF, STL (undisclosed) Out of the lineup Thursday, but could just be a rest day
Trevor Plouffe, SS, MIN (thumb) Expected back in the lineup Friday
David Freese, 3B, STL (calf) Cramps not serious; hopes to be back in Friday
Kevin Youkilis, 3B, CHW (ankle) Could be back in the lineup Friday
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL (ribs) X-rays negative; could be back in Friday
Nick Swisher, OF, NYY (hip) Definitely out Friday, but possible for Saturday
Chris Tillman, SP, BAL (illness) Caught the Orioles' clubhouse flu
Drew Pomeranz, SP, COL (arm) Good side session; confirmed for Friday's start
Yunel Escobar, SS, TOR (back) Out of Thursday's lineup; could be back this weekend
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, SEA (personal) Will return from Japan in time to start Monday
Miguel Gonzalez, SP, BAL (illness) Was sick for Wednesday start; it showed
Scott Elbert, RP, LAD (shoulder) Has soreness; could hit DL

Disabled List
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL (groin) Hitting off a tee and running lightly; still hopes to return this year
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY (hand) Out 6-8 weeks with fracture
Ted Lilly, SP, LAD (shoulder) Closing in on rehab assignment
Jaime Garcia, SP, STL (shoulder) Throwing again Friday, then maybe rehab assignment
Brandon Morrow, SP, TOR (oblique) Will make first rehab start Sunday
Neftali Feliz, SP, TEX (elbow) Will make fourth Triple-A start Sunday; could be activated after
Frank Francisco, RP, NYM (oblique) Had rough first rehab outing, but seemingly no setback
Andy Dirks, OF, DET (Achilles) Scratched from Wednesday's rehab game
Vernon Wells, OF, LAA (thumb) Will be back with the Angels on Friday
Joba Chamberlain, RP, NYY (ankle) Moving up to Double-A to continue rehab
Jonathan Herrera, SS, COL (wrist) Starting Triple-A rehab trip Friday
Chris Nelson, SS, COL (chest) Cleared to return to baseball activities
Aubrey Huff, 1B, SF (knee) Improving; could swap roster spots with Pablo Sandoval

Transactions

Placed on DL
Placido Polanco, 3B, PHI (back)
Adam Kennedy, 2B, LAD (groin)
Anthony Swarzak, RP, MIN
J.P. Arencibia, C, TOR (hand)

Activated from DL
Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL

Optioned to Triple-A
Chad Beck, RP, TOR
Evan Meek, RP, PIT
Mike Nickeas, C, NYM
Rudy Owens, RP, HOU
George Kottaras, C, MIL (DFA)
Jeff Bianchi, SS, MIL
Gorkys Hernandez, OF, PIT

Called Up
Starling Marte, OF, PIT
Rob Johnson, C, NYM
Joel Carreno, RP, TOR
Evan Crawford, RP, TOR
Jim Henderson, RP, MIL
Shawn Tolleson, RP, LAD
Luis Perdomo, RP, MIN

Closer Watch

Padres San Diego's talking extension with Huston Street, so don't go running out to buy shares of Luke Gregerson whose name has been thrown around in trade talks as well.

Brewers The Francisco Rodriguez Disaster Tour continued in Philadelphia on Wednesday, as K-Rod amazingly managed to notch his sixth blown save, giving up two runs in the bottom of the 10th. That's seven runs in his last three appearances, opening the door for John Axford to find his way back to the role. Axford threw two scoreless with three strikeouts Wednesday and has strung together five straight scoreless outings overall. See if Axford was cut loose in your league.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Omar Vizquel - 3B TOR vs DET
7/27 7:07 PM
Rick Porcello 7-15 .467 0 0 3 0 2 .467 .438 .905
Chipper Jones - 3B ATL vs PHI
7/27 7:35 PM
Cole Hamels 9-30 .300 2 6 6 6 5 .633 .417 1.050
Juan Pierre - OF PHI @ ATL
7/27 7:35 PM
Ben Sheets 10-30 .333 0 1 3 1 2 .367 .355 .722
Ty Wigginton - 3B PHI @ ATL
7/27 7:35 PM
Ben Sheets 12-36 .333 2 4 7 6 3 .556 .429 .985
Carlos Gonzalez - OF COL vs CIN
7/27 8:40 PM
Bronson Arroyo 4-10 .400 0 0 0 2 2 .400 .500 .900
Jeff Keppinger - 2B TB @ LAA
7/27 10:05 PM
Dan Haren 4-11 .364 0 1 0 2 1 .455 .462 .917
Carlos Pena - 1B TB @ LAA
7/27 10:05 PM
Dan Haren 4-17 .235 3 4 5 1 8 .824 .278 1.102
B.J. Upton - OF TB @ LAA
7/27 10:05 PM
Dan Haren 8-23 .348 3 4 3 0 10 .783 .348 1.131
Chone Figgins - 3B SEA vs KC
7/27 10:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 7-20 .350 0 2 4 1 3 .450 .364 .814
Andre Ethier - OF LAD @ SF
7/27 10:15 PM
Matt Cain 22-44 .500 0 2 3 4 5 .568 .520 1.088
Jerry Hairston Jr. - 3B LAD @ SF
7/27 10:15 PM
Matt Cain 3-10 .300 0 1 2 3 2 .400 .462 .862
James Loney - 1B LAD @ SF
7/27 10:15 PM
Matt Cain 14-39 .359 0 6 10 4 2 .538 .419 .957
Hanley Ramirez - SS LAD @ SF
7/27 10:15 PM
Matt Cain 6-17 .353 1 3 1 2 4 .647 .421 1.068
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Carl Crawford - OF BOS @ NYY
7/27 7:05 PM
Phil Hughes 2-15 .133 0 0 1 2 1 .133 .235 .368
Dustin Pedroia - 2B BOS @ NYY
7/27 7:05 PM
Phil Hughes 3-15 .200 1 2 3 2 3 .467 .294 .761
Andruw Jones - OF NYY vs BOS
7/27 7:05 PM
Aaron Cook 2-12 .167 0 1 1 0 1 .250 .231 .481
Russell Martin - C NYY vs BOS
7/27 7:05 PM
Aaron Cook 1-18 .056 0 0 1 2 3 .056 .143 .199
Adam Lind - 1B TOR vs DET
7/27 7:07 PM
Rick Porcello 2-10 .200 1 1 1 2 0 .500 .333 .833
Jason Heyward - OF ATL vs PHI
7/27 7:35 PM
Cole Hamels 2-10 .200 0 0 0 1 3 .200 .273 .473
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL vs PHI
7/27 7:35 PM
Cole Hamels 6-43 .140 1 2 3 4 13 .233 .224 .457
Chase Utley - 2B PHI @ ATL
7/27 7:35 PM
Ben Sheets 2-13 .154 0 0 0 0 4 .154 .154 .308
Shane Victorino - OF PHI @ ATL
7/27 7:35 PM
Ben Sheets 1-10 .100 0 0 1 0 3 .100 .100 .200
Tyler Colvin - OF COL vs CIN
7/27 8:40 PM
Bronson Arroyo 1-12 .083 0 0 0 0 3 .083 .083 .166
Ben Zobrist - 2B TB @ LAA
7/27 10:05 PM
Dan Haren 1-17 .059 0 0 1 0 6 .059 .056 .115
Tony Gwynn Jr. - OF LAD @ SF
7/27 10:15 PM
Matt Cain 3-16 .188 0 0 0 0 3 .188 .188 .376
Matt Kemp - OF LAD @ SF
7/27 10:15 PM
Matt Cain 9-35 .257 0 4 1 1 8 .400 .278 .678
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Kip Wells SD @ Mia
7/27 7:10 PM
Marlins Batters 19-65 .292 2 7 15 14 11 .479 .413 .892
Matt Cain SF vs LAD
7/27 10:15 PM
Dodgers Batters 61-184 .332 1 17 18 20 28 .452 .395 .848


Recommended Pickup
Starling Marte, OF, PIT Marte made his MLB debut Thursday and homered on the first pitch he saw. He added a single and was caught stealing home hey, he gets points for trying. Marte was having a fine season in Triple-A, hitting .286 with 12 homers, 13 triples (!) and 21 steals. His lack of plate discipline will depress his batting average in the short term, but Marte has plus-plus speed and good pop. He's a star in the making get in on the action.

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