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Saturday’s Starters

Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen – L) at Yankees (Freddy Garcia – R), 1:05
Giants (Tim Lincecum – R) at Cubs (Justin Germano – R), 1:05
Rays (Jeff Niemann – R) at Blue Jays (Henderson Alvarez – R), 1:07
Angels (Ervin Santana – R) at Mariners (Felix Hernandez – R), 4:05
Phillies (Cliff Lee – L) at Braves (Tim Hudson – R), 4:05
Cardinals (Kyle Lohse – R) at Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann – R), 4:05
White Sox (Francisco Liriano – L) at Tigers (Max Scherzer – R), 7:05
Reds (Homer Bailey – R) at Astros (Lucas Harrell – R), 7:05
Rangers (Scott Feldman – R) at Indians (Roberto Hernandez – R), 7:05
Twins (Liam Hendriks – R) at Royals (Luke Hochevar – R), 7:10
Mets (Jeremy Hefner – R) at Marlins (Josh Johnson – R), 7:10
Pirates (A.J. Burnett – R) at Brewers (Marco Estrada – R), 7:10
Padres (Edinson Volquez – R) at Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin – R), 8:10
Red Sox (Felix Doubront – L) at Athletics (Brett Anderson – L), 9:05
Diamondbacks (Tyler Skaggs – L) at Dodgers (Josh Beckett – R), 9:10

Day Game After A Night Game: BAL/NYY, TB/TOR, LAA/SEA, PHI/ATL, STL/WAS

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Norichika Aoki, OF, MIL (neck) – Out of Friday’s lineup as a result of collision in Thursday’s game.
Matt Carpenter, 3B, STL (ankle) – Sustained injury prior to Thursday’s injury and limited to pinch-hitting duties Thursday.
Jarrod Dyson, OF, KC (lat strain) – Limited to running and emergency defense the next few days.
Tyler Flowers, C, CWS (paternity list) – Expected to rejoin team Saturday.
Jeff Karstens, SP, PIT (groin) – Cleared to make start against Brewers on Friday.
Matt Kemp, OF, LAD (knee/jaw) – Returned to lineup Friday after sitting out previous two games.
Howie Kendrick, 2B, LAA (knee) – Not in Friday’s lineup after exiting Thursday’s game.
Jake Peavy, SP, CWS (eye infection) – Returned to make scheduled start Friday.
Michael Saunders, OF, SEA (groin) – Returned to lineup Friday.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT (back) – Out of lineup Friday for the fourth straight game.

Disabled List
J.P. Arencibia, C, TOR (hand) – On track to return to the Blue Jays on Sept. 10.
Chad Billingsley, SP, LAD (elbow) – Received “platelet-rich plasma” injection in right elbow Thursday to attempt to speed up his recovery.
Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL (oblique) – Hasn’t ruled out a return to the team this season.
Travis d’Arnaud, C, TOR (knee) – Hasn’t suffered any setbacks in recovery from a torn knee ligament.
Alejandro De Aza, OF, CWS (ribs) – Expected to return from the disabled list Sunday.
Jason Frasor, RP, TOR (forearm) – Believes he needs one final rehab outing and will pitch at High-A Dunedin on Saturday before being activated.
Lucas Giolito, SP, WAS (elbow) – Underwent Tommy John surgery Friday.
Rich Hill, RP, BOS (elbow) – Rejoined team Friday and expected to be activated Saturday.
Orlando Hudson, 2B, CWS (foot) – Expected to be activated from disabled list Saturday.
Aubrey Huff, 1B, SF (knee) – Will be activated from disabled list Saturday.
Brandon Inge, 3B, OAK (shoulder) – Set to be activated Saturday.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR (ribs) – Has begun swinging a bat. No timetable given for return.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY (hand) – Will DH for High-A Tampa on Friday and could rejoin team early next week.
Henry Rodriguez, RP, WAS (back) – Had surgery to remove bone spur in right elbow Friday.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL (groin) – Went 1-for-3 in rehab game at Triple-A Colorado Springs on Thursday. Expected to return to Rockies at some point next week.
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN (knee) – Will most likely be activated from disabled list Monday.

Transactions

Placed on DL
Rafael Furcal, SS, STL
Sean Rodriguez, SS, TB

Called Up
Jeff Beliveau, RP, CHC
Jean Boscan, C, ATL
Matt Carson, OF, MIN
Pedro Figueroa, RP, OAK
Avisail Garcia, OF, DET
Pete Kozma, SS, STL
Kyle McPherson, RP, PIT
Alex Presley, OF, PIT
Sean Rodriguez, SS, TB

Sent Down (To Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Zach Britton, SP, BAL
Jeff Clement, 1B, PIT (Outrighted to High-A Bradenton)
Chase d'Arnaud, SS, PIT (Optioned to High-A Bradenton)
Jim Miller, RP, OAK
Daniel Moskos, RP, CWS
Brooks Raley, SP, CHC
Sandy Rosario, RP, MIA (Optioned to Double-A Jacksonville)

Designated for Assignment
Jeff Baker, 1B/OF, DET

Signed
Hector Luna, 1B, PIT
Randy Wolf, RP, BAL

Claimed Off Waivers
Cody Ransom, 3B, AZ (from MIL)

Released
Jack Wilson, SS, ATL

Closer Watch

Boston – Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said he hopes to stretch out Alfredo Aceves, but not necessarily to get him ready to start before the season is over. It looks like Valentine wants Aceves, who has lost the closer's job, will be used much like he was last season -- pitching multiple innings wherever he's needed. Confirming Valentine's words, Aceves came on to pitch Wednesday when the Red Sox were trailing by seven. This affirms that Bailey will be closing games for Boston in the final weeks of the season. Feel free to grab Andrew Bailey if he’s still available in your league.

Kansas City – After recording saves Tuesday and Wednesday, Greg Holland was rested for Thursday’s opportunity, ceding the chance to Kelvin Herrera. The hard-throwing Herrera, whose fastball was clocked at 100 mph during the outing, worked around a walk and a hit to preserve a 2-1 victory over the Tigers. Holland has yet to falter since inheriting the closer role after Jonathan Broxton was traded, so Herrera won’t receive future save chances unless Holland has pitched on consecutive nights. Herrera appears ahead of Aaron Crow and Tim Collins in the pecking order for save opportunities should Holland get injured.

Los Angeles (N.L.) – The team announced Friday that Brandon League and Ronald Belisario would share the closer’s role until Kenley Jansen (irregular heartbeat) is deemed ready to return. With no timetable for Jansen’s return, the two players could potentially serve the ninth-inning role for the duration of the season. Jansen missed a full month with the heart issue last season, and it’s reasonable to think the team might give him more time off this time around. Belisario receive the first save opportunity earlier in the week, but League may end up getting the majority of the opportunities given the excellent work he provided in the role with the Mariners last season.

San Francisco – Sergio Romo retired the only batter he faced Thursday to record his eighth save of the season. Lopez nearly got a six-out save, but failed to retire the final two hitters he faced, affording Romo the opportunity. Romo has 22 holds this season, but he's been seeing a good share of save chances lately as part of San Francisco's closer committee.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Nick Markakis - OF BAL @ NYY
9/1 1:05 PM
Freddy Garcia 5-13 .385 1 1 3 3 2 .615 .471 1.086
Mark Reynolds - 3B BAL @ NYY
9/1 1:05 PM
Freddy Garcia 4-12 .333 2 4 3 1 3 1.000 .385 1.385
Starlin Castro - SS CHC vs SF
9/1 1:05 PM
Tim Lincecum 4-10 .400 0 2 3 0 1 .600 .400 1.000
Alfonso Soriano - OF CHC vs SF
9/1 1:05 PM
Tim Lincecum 3-11 .273 1 2 1 0 3 .636 .273 .909
Adam Lind - 1B TOR vs TB
9/1 1:07 PM
Jeff Niemann 11-26 .423 2 5 7 4 3 .808 .500 1.308
Reed Johnson - OF ATL vs PHI
9/1 4:05 PM
Cliff Lee 5-11 .455 1 3 1 2 2 .909 .538 1.448
Chipper Jones - 3B ATL vs PHI
9/1 4:05 PM
Cliff Lee 7-18 .389 1 5 5 0 3 .778 .389 1.167
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL vs PHI
9/1 4:05 PM
Cliff Lee 4-16 .250 1 3 2 1 6 .563 .294 .857
Kendrys Morales - 1B LAA @ SEA
9/1 4:05 PM
Felix Hernandez 12-33 .364 1 4 8 2 7 .545 .400 .945
Mark Trumbo - 1B LAA @ SEA
9/1 4:05 PM
Felix Hernandez 3-13 .231 2 2 3 0 4 .692 .231 .923
Ryan Howard - 1B PHI @ ATL
9/1 4:05 PM
Tim Hudson 17-52 .327 6 8 14 10 8 .712 .429 1.140
Laynce Nix - OF PHI @ ATL
9/1 4:05 PM
Tim Hudson 7-21 .333 1 2 4 1 5 .524 .364 .887
Chad Tracy - 1B WAS vs STL
9/1 4:05 PM
Kyle Lohse 5-15 .333 1 2 4 0 2 .600 .375 .975
Jayson Werth - OF WAS vs STL
9/1 4:05 PM
Kyle Lohse 6-14 .429 3 5 6 1 2 1.214 .467 1.681
Alexi Casilla - SS MIN @ KC
9/1 4:10 PM
Luke Hochevar 8-17 .471 0 5 5 1 0 .882 .500 1.382
Joe Mauer - C MIN @ KC
9/1 4:10 PM
Luke Hochevar 9-20 .450 0 3 2 6 0 .650 .577 1.227
Justin Morneau - 1B MIN @ KC
9/1 4:10 PM
Luke Hochevar 2-11 .182 1 2 2 4 4 .545 .400 .945
Ben Revere - OF MIN @ KC
9/1 4:10 PM
Luke Hochevar 4-10 .400 0 1 1 0 0 .600 .400 1.000
Adam Dunn - 1B CWS @ DET
9/1 7:05 PM
Max Scherzer 4-12 .333 2 2 3 4 6 .833 .500 1.333
Miguel Cabrera - 3B DET vs CWS
9/1 7:05 PM
Francisco Liriano 8-24 .333 2 5 6 5 6 .708 .433 1.142
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET vs CWS
9/1 7:05 PM
Francisco Liriano 9-31 .290 2 2 4 5 12 .484 .389 .873
Elvis Andrus - SS TEX @ CLE
9/1 7:05 PM
Roberto Hernandez 5-14 .357 0 0 2 2 1 .357 .500 .857
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX @ CLE
9/1 7:05 PM
Roberto Hernandez 3-13 .231 2 2 4 5 3 .692 .450 1.142
Nelson Cruz - OF TEX @ CLE
9/1 7:05 PM
Roberto Hernandez 5-16 .313 3 4 5 0 3 1.000 .353 1.353
Josh Hamilton - OF TEX @ CLE
9/1 7:05 PM
Roberto Hernandez 7-22 .318 1 6 5 2 0 .727 .375 1.102
David Murphy - OF TEX @ CLE
9/1 7:05 PM
Roberto Hernandez 7-14 .500 0 1 3 3 1 .571 .588 1.160
Jason Bay - OF NYM @ MIA
9/1 7:10 PM
Josh Johnson 5-12 .417 1 2 2 0 4 .833 .417 1.250
Aaron Hill - 2B ARI @ LAD
9/1 9:10 PM
Josh Beckett 14-34 .412 1 8 8 2 4 .706 .459 1.165
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Cliff Lee PHI @ ATL
9/1 4:05 PM
Braves Batters 34-135 .252 3 16 12 6 38 .432 .289 .722

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Michael Bourn - OF ATL vs PHI
9/1 4:05 PM
Cliff Lee 0-15 .000 0 0 0 0 5 .000 .000 .000
Freddie Freeman - 1B ATL vs PHI
9/1 4:05 PM
Cliff Lee 2-13 .154 0 0 0 0 5 .154 .214 .368
Erick Aybar - SS LAA @ SEA
9/1 4:05 PM
Felix Hernandez 8-47 .170 0 3 2 3 8 .234 .235 .469
Placido Polanco - 3B PHI @ ATL
9/1 4:05 PM
Tim Hudson 2-18 .111 0 0 0 1 2 .111 .200 .311
Jimmy Rollins - SS PHI @ ATL
9/1 4:05 PM
Tim Hudson 12-64 .188 1 7 4 4 5 .375 .235 .610
Franklin Gutierrez - OF SEA vs LAA
9/1 4:05 PM
Ervin Santana 8-40 .200 0 2 2 4 12 .250 .289 .539
Miguel Olivo - C SEA vs LAA
9/1 4:05 PM
Ervin Santana 3-17 .176 1 1 2 0 6 .353 .176 .529
Brendan Ryan - SS SEA vs LAA
9/1 4:05 PM
Ervin Santana 1-11 .091 0 0 1 2 2 .091 .214 .305
Michael Saunders - OF SEA vs LAA
9/1 4:05 PM
Ervin Santana 3-15 .200 1 1 3 2 3 .400 .294 .694
Kyle Seager - 3B SEA vs LAA
9/1 4:05 PM
Ervin Santana 2-10 .200 0 0 0 2 1 .200 .333 .533
Jack Hannahan - 3B CLE vs TEX
9/1 7:05 PM
Scott Feldman 3-17 .176 0 1 1 1 1 .235 .250 .485
Casey Kotchman - 1B CLE vs TEX
9/1 7:05 PM
Scott Feldman 2-10 .200 0 1 4 0 0 .300 .182 .482
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS @ DET
9/1 7:05 PM
Max Scherzer 3-16 .188 0 0 1 0 5 .188 .188 .375
Alexei Ramirez - SS CWS @ DET
9/1 7:05 PM
Max Scherzer 2-18 .111 0 1 0 3 3 .167 .238 .405
Alex Rios - OF CWS @ DET
9/1 7:05 PM
Max Scherzer 2-12 .167 0 0 0 0 4 .167 .167 .333
Prince Fielder - 1B DET vs CWS
9/1 7:05 PM
Francisco Liriano 1-16 .063 0 0 0 0 8 .063 .063 .125
Gerald Laird - C DET vs CWS
9/1 7:05 PM
Francisco Liriano 3-15 .200 0 1 0 3 6 .267 .333 .600
Ian Kinsler - 2B TEX @ CLE
9/1 7:05 PM
Roberto Hernandez 2-17 .118 0 1 3 3 6 .176 .250 .426
Aramis Ramirez - 3B MIL vs PIT
9/1 7:10 PM
A.J. Burnett 4-16 .250 0 0 0 0 2 .250 .250 .500
Rickie Weeks - 2B MIL vs PIT
9/1 7:10 PM
A.J. Burnett 2-10 .200 0 0 1 1 1 .200 .273 .473
David Wright - 3B NYM @ MIA
9/1 7:10 PM
Josh Johnson 6-29 .207 1 2 3 1 8 .379 .233 .613
Jacoby Ellsbury - OF BOS @ OAK
9/1 9:05 PM
Brett Anderson 0-11 .000 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .083 .083
Dustin Pedroia - 2B BOS @ OAK
9/1 9:05 PM
Brett Anderson 2-12 .167 0 1 0 2 1 .250 .286 .536
Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C BOS @ OAK
9/1 9:05 PM
Brett Anderson 3-15 .200 0 0 0 0 2 .200 .200 .400
Jason Kubel - OF ARI @ LAD
9/1 9:10 PM
Josh Beckett 2-12 .167 1 2 2 0 4 .583 .167 .750
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Kyle Lohse STL @ Was
9/1 4:05 PM
Nationals Batters 35-110 .318 5 14 17 5 12 .543 .359 .902
Luke Hochevar KC vs Min
9/1 4:10 PM
Twins Batters 30-85 .353 1 13 12 14 7 .569 .444 1.014
Roberto Hernandez CLE vs Tex
9/1 7:05 PM
Rangers Batters 38-131 .290 6 16 27 19 16 .514 .392 .906
Josh Beckett LAD vs Ari
9/1 9:10 PM
Diamondbacks Batters 24-70 .343 3 14 15 5 13 .647 .403 1.050
 


Recommended Pickup

Carlos Villanueva, SP, TOR – With Brandon Morrow missing two-plus months with an oblique injury and Ricky Romero essentially forgetting how to pitch, the case could be made that Villanueva has been the Jays’ top starter this season. Villanueva has been shuttled between the rotation and long relief throughout his career to mostly average results, but has thrived since being installed in the rotation in late June. In the 11 starts since, he has gone 5-4 with a 3.03 ERA while holding opponents to a .224 batting average in 65.1 innings. He’s also been an excellent source of strikeouts during that time, collecting 65 Ks, or about a strikeout per inning. Villanueva should remain a mainstay in the rotation for the rest of the season, and he’s provided a big enough of a sample size to inspire optimism. He is owned in only 10 percent of ESPN leagues, 25 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and 54 percent of CBS leagues.

Other recent recommendations: Michael Saunders, Casey Kelly, David Phelps, Ike Davis, and John Mayberry

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