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Tuesday Lineup Card: Dirks Works

Noah Jarosh

Noah Jarosh

Noah Jarosh writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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Tuesday's Starters
AL
Red Sox (Josh Beckett - R) at Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen - L), 7:05
Rangers (Matt Harrison - L) at Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda - R), 7:05
White Sox (Jose Quintana - L) at Blue Jays (Henderson Alvarez - R), 7:07
Tigers (Doug Fister - R) at Twins (Brian Duensing - L), 8:10
Athletics (Jarrod Parker - R) at Royals (Jeremy Guthrie - R), 8:10
Indians (Ubaldo Jimenez - R) at Angels (Zack Greinke - R), 10:05
Rays (Matt Moore - L) at Mariners (Kevin Millwood - R), 10:10

NL
Dodgers (Chad Billingsley - R) at Pirates (Kevin Correia - R), 7:05
Mets (Chris Young - R) at Reds (Mat Latos - R), 7:10
Phillies (Kyle Kendrick - R) at Marlins (Josh Johnson - R), 7:10
Padres (Clayton Richard - L) at Braves (Tim Hudson - R), 7:10
Astros (Lucas Harrell - R) at Cubs (Chris Volstad - R), 8:05
Diamondbacks (Ian Kennedy - R) at Cardinals (Joe Kelly - R), 8:15
Brewers (Randy Wolf - L) at Rockies (Tyler Chatwood - R), 8:40
Nationals (Jordan Zimmerman - R) at Giants (Madison Bumgarner - L), 10:15

Day Game After a Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day
AL
Carl Crawford, OF, BOS - (Wrist) Says he has been playing with pain in his wrist since returning.
Brayan Villareal, P, DET - (Elbow) MRI showed minor flexor inflammation near his right elbow, but he is expected to avoid a DL stint.
Denard Span, OF, MIN - (Shoulder) Was not in the lineup on Monday.
Kevin Youkilis, 3B, CHW - (Arm) Was back in the lineup on Monday.
Mike Carp, OF, SEA - (Hip) Was not in the lineup on Monday.
Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR - (Groin) Was not in the lineup on Monday and will not play Tuesday.

NL
Ramon Hernadez, C, COL - (Shoulder) Held out of the game Sunday with a sore left clavicle.
Mark Rogers, P, MIL - (Personal) Placed on the paternity list on Monday.
Travis Snider, OF, PIT - (Hamstring) Was not in the lineup on Monday.
Nick Green, SS, MIA - (Hand) Was scratched from the lineup on Monday due to a sore left hand.

Disabled List
AL
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS - (Wrist) Wrist will be placed in cast and he will be re-evaluated in three weeks.
David Ortiz, DH, BOS - (Achilles) Received treatment Sunday and was given Monday off.
Rich Hill, P, BOS - (Elbow) Was scheduled to begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment on Monday.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, P, BOS - (Neck) Will make at least one more rehab start with Triple-A Pawtucket.
Jose Bautista, OF, TOR - (Wrist) Hit from a tee on Monday and reportedly felt good.
Brandon Morrow, P, TOR - (Oblique) Is scheduled to make two more minor league reports in anticipation of a return on August 24.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR - (Ribs) Hopes to start playing in minor league games later this week.
Andrew Bailey, P, BOS - (Thumb) Is scheduled to rejoin the Red Sox on Tuesday.
Mariano Rivera, P, NYY - (Knee) Threw long toss on Monday.

NL
Placido Polanco, 3B, PHI - (Back) Hopes to return to the lineup on Saturday.
Nate Schierholtz, OF, PHI - (Toe) Could miss 3-4 weeks with a broken toe.
Jhoulys Chacin, P, COL - (Chest) Will make one more rehab start before returning to the rotation.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SFG - (Hamstring) Was not reinstated from the DL on Monday.

Transactions

Activated from DL
Jason Castro, C, HOU
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN

Placed on DL
Jerry Hairston, SS, LAD
Nate Schierholtz, OF, PHI

Optioned to Triple-A
Miguel Socolovich, P, BAL
Ryota Igarashi, P, NYY
Tsuyoshi Nishioka, 2B, MIN
Jordan Danks, OF, CHW
Brooks Raley, P, CHC
Brett Hayes, C, MIA
Carlos Corporan, C, HOU
Scott Richmond, P, TOR

Called Up
Rob Brantly, C, MIA
Michael Bowden, P, CHC
Donnie Veal, P, CHW
Jeff Bianchi, SS, MIL
Elian Herrera, 2B, LAD
Hector Luna, 1B, PHI

Free Agent Signings
Derek Lowe, P, NYY
Johan Rodriguez, SS, CIN
Seth McClung, P, CHC

Closer Watch
Mets: Frank Francisco struggled again Sunday night, allowing an earned run on a hit and two walks without securing an out. Still, Francisco seems to have a firm grasp on the closers role for the Mets and does not appear to be in danger of losing his job.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Robert Andino - 2B BAL vs BOS
8/14 7:05 PM
Josh Beckett 5-12 .417 1 1 3 1 2 .667 .462 1.128
Mark Reynolds - 3B BAL vs BOS
8/14 7:05 PM
Josh Beckett 3-12 .250 2 2 3 2 6 .750 .357 1.107
Andre Ethier - OF LAD @ PIT
8/14 7:05 PM
Kevin Correia 10-20 .500 0 3 4 4 0 .700 .583 1.283
Juan Uribe - 3B LAD @ PIT
8/14 7:05 PM
Kevin Correia 6-15 .400 1 2 1 1 1 .667 .438 1.104
Shane Victorino - OF LAD @ PIT
8/14 7:05 PM
Kevin Correia 6-11 .545 1 1 5 1 0 .818 .615 1.434
Curtis Granderson - OF NYY vs TEX
8/14 7:05 PM
Matt Harrison 4-12 .333 2 2 3 1 2 .833 .385 1.218
Nick Swisher - OF NYY vs TEX
8/14 7:05 PM
Matt Harrison 4-10 .400 0 0 3 1 0 .400 .500 .900
Clint Barmes - SS PIT vs LAD
8/14 7:05 PM
Chad Billingsley 4-11 .364 0 1 1 1 3 .455 .417 .871
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT vs LAD
8/14 7:05 PM
Chad Billingsley 4-12 .333 0 2 1 1 0 .500 .385 .885
Chipper Jones - 3B ATL vs SD
8/14 7:10 PM
Clayton Richard 6-11 .545 0 0 0 1 1 .545 .583 1.129
Carlos Lee - OF MIA vs PHI
8/14 7:10 PM
Kyle Kendrick 3-10 .300 1 3 3 0 0 .800 .364 1.164
Jose Reyes - SS MIA vs PHI
8/14 7:10 PM
Kyle Kendrick 10-26 .385 2 4 4 3 1 .731 .448 1.179
Ryan Howard - 1B PHI @ MIA
8/14 7:10 PM
Josh Johnson 10-33 .303 3 5 8 2 7 .636 .333 .970
Cameron Maybin - OF SD @ ATL
8/14 7:10 PM
Tim Hudson 6-14 .429 1 1 3 2 6 .643 .500 1.143
Miguel Cabrera - 3B DET @ MIN
8/14 8:10 PM
Brian Duensing 6-25 .240 2 3 3 4 5 .520 .345 .865
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET @ MIN
8/14 8:10 PM
Brian Duensing 9-19 .474 1 4 7 3 3 .789 .522 1.311
Denard Span - OF MIN vs DET
8/14 8:10 PM
Doug Fister 6-14 .429 0 2 2 0 2 .643 .429 1.071
Coco Crisp - OF OAK @ KC
8/14 8:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 7-20 .350 0 1 1 3 3 .450 .435 .885
Josh Reddick - OF OAK @ KC
8/14 8:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 6-14 .429 0 3 0 0 2 .714 .429 1.143
Carlos Beltran - OF STL vs ARI
8/14 8:15 PM
Ian Kennedy 4-13 .308 0 2 0 3 0 .538 .438 .976
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS CLE @ LAA
8/14 10:05 PM
Zack Greinke 15-31 .484 0 4 3 5 1 .645 .556 1.201
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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XBH
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RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
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OBP
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OPS
Kevin Millwood SEA vs TB
8/14 10:10 PM
Rays Batters 16-78 .205 2 5 7 12 26 .330 .311 .641

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Adam Jones - OF BAL vs BOS
8/14 7:05 PM
Josh Beckett 11-35 .314 1 3 3 1 12 .457 .333 .790
Matt Kemp - OF LAD @ PIT
8/14 7:05 PM
Kevin Correia 5-26 .192 1 2 6 0 7 .346 .192 .538
Mark Teixeira - 1B NYY vs TEX
8/14 7:05 PM
Matt Harrison 1-10 .100 0 1 1 3 1 .200 .308 .508
Scott Rolen - 3B CIN vs NYM
8/14 7:10 PM
Chris Young 2-10 .200 0 0 1 1 0 .200 .273 .473
Austin Kearns - OF MIA vs PHI
8/14 7:10 PM
Kyle Kendrick 2-13 .154 0 0 0 0 4 .154 .214 .368
Giancarlo Stanton - OF MIA vs PHI
8/14 7:10 PM
Kyle Kendrick 2-10 .200 1 1 1 0 3 .500 .200 .700
Laynce Nix - OF PHI @ MIA
8/14 7:10 PM
Josh Johnson 2-11 .182 0 0 0 1 5 .182 .250 .432
Chase Headley - 3B SD @ ATL
8/14 7:10 PM
Tim Hudson 1-11 .091 0 0 0 1 3 .091 .167 .258
Jeremy Hermida - OF SD @ ATL
8/14 7:10 PM
Tim Hudson 1-14 .071 0 0 1 2 2 .071 .188 .259
Austin Jackson - OF DET @ MIN
8/14 8:10 PM
Brian Duensing 3-16 .188 0 1 1 4 3 .250 .350 .600
Joe Mauer - C MIN vs DET
8/14 8:10 PM
Doug Fister 0-10 .000 0 0 0 2 1 .000 .167 .167
Brandon Inge - 3B OAK @ KC
8/14 8:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 3-15 .200 0 1 1 2 4 .267 .294 .561
Michael Brantley - OF CLE @ LAA
8/14 10:05 PM
Zack Greinke 2-10 .200 0 1 1 0 2 .300 .200 .500
Jack Hannahan - 3B CLE @ LAA
8/14 10:05 PM
Zack Greinke 2-10 .200 0 1 0 2 4 .300 .333 .633
Casey Kotchman - 1B CLE @ LAA
8/14 10:05 PM
Zack Greinke 1-14 .071 0 0 1 1 4 .071 .125 .196
B.J. Upton - OF TB @ SEA
8/14 10:10 PM
Kevin Millwood 4-18 .222 0 0 1 1 8 .222 .263 .485
Angel Pagan - OF SF vs WAS
8/14 10:15 PM
Jordan Zimmermann 3-15 .200 0 0 0 0 5 .200 .200 .400
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Matt Harrison TEX @ NYY
8/14 7:05 PM
Yankees Batters 27-112 .241 2 8 13 12 11 .358 .314 .672
Jeremy Guthrie KC vs Oak
8/14 8:10 PM
Athletics Batters 21-69 .304 1 8 6 8 13 .483 .371 .854
Brian Duensing MIN vs Det
8/14 8:10 PM
Tigers Batters 28-98 .286 5 13 21 13 16 .521 .376 .897
 

Recommended Pickup
Andy Dirks, OF, DET - Prior to missing all of July with an achilles injury, Dirks had been hitting .333/.387/.514 and appeared to have earned a starting job. Dirks was re-instated from the DL at the beginning of August and picked up right where he left off. Since being activated, he has a robust .367/.412/.467 batting line. The 26-year-old Dirks, a 2008 eighth round draftee, appears to have secured a starting spot in the Tigers lineup for most games. Though he always hit well in the minors, he never showed this kind of hitting prowess. He may not hit many home runs or steal many bases, but he should be owned in many leagues for his average and run scoring abilities alone.

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