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Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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Sunday's Starters
Orioles (Chris Tillman - R) at Yankees (Phil Hughes - R), 1:05
Rangers (Derek Holland - L) at Indians (Zach McAllister - R), 1:05
Rays (David Price - L) at Blue Jays (Ricky Romero - L), 1:07
Mets (Chris Young - R) at Marlins (Mark Buehrle - L), 1:10
Cardinals (Jake Westbrook - R) at Nationals (Stephen Strasburg - R), 1:35
Reds (Bronson Arroyo - R) at Astros (Bud Norris - R), 2:05
Twins (Scott Diamond - L) at Royals (Luis Mendoza - R), 2:10
Pirates (James McDonald - R) at Brewers (Yovani Gallardo - R), 2:10
Giants (Matt Cain - R) at Cubs (Travis Wood - L), 2:20
Padres (Casey Kelly - R) at Rockies (Jeff Francis - L), 3:10
Red Sox (Daisuke Matsuzaka - R) at Athletics (Brett Anderson - L), 4:05
Angels (Jered Weaver - R) at Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma - R), 4:10
Diamondbacks (Wade Miley - L) at Dodgers (Chris Capuano - L), 4:10
Phillies (Cole Hamels - L) at Braves (Paul Maholm - L), 5:05
White Sox (Chris Sale - L) at Tigers (Justin Verlander - R), 8:06

Day Game After Night Game:
CIN/HOU, TEX/CLE, MIN/KC, NYM/MIA, PIT/MIL, SD/COL, BOS/ATL, ARZ/LAD

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Miguel Cabrera, 3B, DET -- (Ankle) Favored injury in three hit game Friday.
Howie Kendrick, 2B, LAA -- (Knee) Returned to lineup Saturday.
Adam Dunn, DH, CHW -- (Oblique) Scratched from Saturdayís game but hopes to play Sunday.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE -- (Wrist) Missed Saturday, and maybe Sunday with soreness.
Curtis Granderson, OF, NYY -- (Hamstring) Left in second inning Saturday with tendinitis, and could miss a couple games.
Josh Donaldson, 3B, OAK -- (Hip) Believes he will only miss Saturday with strain.
Michael Saunders, OF, SEA -- (Groin) Tweaked injury in fourth-inning Friday, and is set to miss the rest of the weekend.
Matt Joyce, OF, TB -- (Forearm) Hit homer Saturday while dealing with string minor injuries.
Jeff Niemann, P, TB -- (Shoulder) Left Saturdayís start with tighness.
Dexter Fowler, OF, COL -- (Ankle) Scratched Friday, but started Saturday to resume everyday duties.
Kenley Jansen, P, LAD -- (Chest) Will visit specialist Tuesday to determine length of absence.
Norichika Aoki, OF, MIL -- (Neck) Didnít start Saturday against Pittsburgh.
Domonic Brown, OF, PHI -- (Knee) General Manager says he isnít 100 percent, but is close.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT -- (Back) Making steady progress since last starting Monday.
Jeff Karstens, P, PIT -- (Hip) Likely to miss one start after only recording one out Friday.

Disabled List
Rich Hill, P, BOS -- (Elbow) Activated from 60-day DL before Saturdayís game.
David Aardsma, P, NYY -- (Elbow) Pitched scoreless inning at High-A on Friday.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY -- (Hand) Went hitless as DH in Fridayís High-A rehab game, and will get time at third Sunday.
Andy Pettitte, P, NYY -- (Lower Leg) Felt good Friday after throwing 20 pitches off a mound.
Pedro Feliciano, P, NYY -- (Shoulder) Gave up solo homer in short-season rehab game.
Mike Napoli, C, TEX -- (Quadriceps) Felt improvement during light running drills Friday.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL -- (Groin) Evaluated by medical staff Saturday.
Carlos Ruiz, C, PHI -- (Foot) Now able to run, but still no timetable for MLB return.
Starling Marte, OF, PIT -- (Oblique) Took swings Friday, with return possible as early as Monday.
Yadier Molina, C, STL -- (Neck) Started Saturday after suffering Friday from a collision Tuesday.

Transactions

Placed on DL
Robbie Ross, P, TEX (retroactive to 8/30)
Dan Hudson, P, ARZ (transferred from 15-day to 60-day disabled list)
Freddy Sanchez, 2B, SF (transferred from 15-day to 60-day disabled list)
Robert Fish, P, ATL (transferred from 15-day to 60-day disabled list)
Alfredo Silverio, OF, LAD (placed on 60-day disable list)

Activated from DL
Wilson Betemit, 3B, BAL
Tyler Flowers, C, CHW
Orlando Hudson, 3B, CHW
P.J. Walters, P, MIN
Scott Downs, P, LAA (from bereavement list)
A.J. Griffin, P, OAK
Nate Schierholtz, OF, PHI
Mark DeRosa, OF, WAS
Aubrey Huff, 1B, SF
Shane Loux, P, SF
Brad Penny, P, SF
Jeff Niemann, P, TB
Willie Bloomquist, SS, ARZ
Josh Collmenter, P, ARZ
Takashi Saito, P, ARZ
Lance Berkman, 1B, STL
Ryan Rayburn, 2B, DET
Brandon Inge, 3B, OAK
Andrew Cashnew, P, SD
Joe Thatcher, P, SD
Jason Giambi, 1B, COL
Jordan Schafer, OF, HOU

Optioned to Triple-A & Other Demotions
Miguel De Los Santos, P, TEX (designated for assignment)
Ramiro Pena, SS, NYY (designated for assignment)
Hector Correa, P, SF (designated for assignment)
Jhonatan Solano, C, WAS (optioned to Double-A)

Called Up
Leonys Martin, OF TEX
Martin Perez, P, TEX
Tanner Scheppers, P, TEX
Brandon Snyder, 1B, TEX
Yoshinori Tateyama, P, TEX
Jurickson Profar, SS, TEX
Xavier Avery, OF, BAL
Luis Esposito, C, BAL
Steve Tolleson, 3B, BAL
Reid Brignac, SS, TB
Chris Gimenez, C, TB
Rich Thompson, OF, TB
Cesar Ramos, P, TB
Scott Barnes, P, CLE
Russ Canzler, OF, CLE
Thomas Neal, OF, CLE
Esmerling Vasquez, P, MIN
John Hester, C, LAA
Andrew Romine, 1B, LAA
Nick Maronde, P, LAA
Andrew Taylor, P, LAA
Peter Moylan, P, ATL
Lyle Overbay, 1B, ATL
Jose Constanza, OF, ATL
Zach Lutz, 3B, NYM
Mike Nickeas, C, NYM
John Lannan, P, WAS
Sandy Leon, C, WAS
Eury Perez, OF, WAS
Tony Campana, OF, CHC
Adrian Cardenas, 2B, CHC
Dave Sappelt, OF, CHC
Didi Gregorious, CIN
Logan Ondrusek, P, CIN
Denis Phipps, OF, CIN
Henry Rodriguez, 2B, CIN
Eric Farris, 3B, MIL
Brett Pill, 1B, SF
Jean Machi, P, SF
Xavier Nady, OF, SF
Francisco Cervelli, C, NYY
Chris Dickerson, OF, NYY
Eduardo Nunez, 3B, NYY
Justin Thomas, P, NYY
Cory Wade, P, NYY
Adam Warren, P, NYY
Manny Pina, C, KC
David Lough, OF, KC
Bryan Holaday, C, DET
Don Kelly, 2B, DET
Luis Marte, P, DET
Danny Worth, 2B, DET
Konrad Schmidt, C, ARZ
Tyler Graham, OF, ARZ
Chris Leroux, P, PIT
Brock Holt, 2B, PIT
Eric Fryer, C, PIT
Jeff Locke, P, PIT
Justin Wilson, P, PIT
Sam Freeman, P, STL
Leyson Septimo, P, CHW
Deunte Heath, P, CHW
Brian Omogrosso, P, CHW
Dan Johnson, 1B, CHW
Carlos Peguero, OF, SEA
Erasmo Ramirez, P, SEA
Collin Cowgill, OF, OAK
Brandon Hicks, 3B, OAK
John Ely, P, LAD
Tim Federowicz, C, LAD
Javy Guerra, P, LAD
Guillermo Moscoso, P, COL
Jose Valdez, P, HOU
Matt Downs, 1B, HOU

Traded
Jeff Baker, UT (from DET to ATL)

Claimed
Brandon Laird, 3B, HOU (from NYY)

Closer Watch
Padres -- Luke Gregerson converted the save for San Diego on Friday, and gave up only one hit in the process, but that hit happened to be home run by Coloradoís Andrew Brown. The save was Gregersonís third save since Monday, which happen to be his only saves recorded in 2012. The job does seem to be Gregersonís at the moment, but there are plenty of guys in San Diegoís bullpen ready to step in his place including Joe Thatcher who just returned from the disabled list.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY vs BAL
9/2 1:05 PM
Chris Tillman 7-11 .636 0 1 4 2 3 .727 .692 1.420
Nick Swisher - OF NYY vs BAL
9/2 1:05 PM
Chris Tillman 4-10 .400 1 2 2 2 3 .800 .500 1.300
Ben Zobrist - 2B TB @ TOR
9/2 1:07 PM
Ricky Romero 8-26 .308 2 4 7 4 5 .615 .400 1.015
Kelly Shoppach - C NYM @ MIA
9/2 1:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 5-13 .385 3 3 7 0 4 1.077 .385 1.462
Garrett Jones - 1B PIT @ MIL
9/2 2:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 4-11 .364 0 0 0 6 1 .364 .588 .952
Hunter Pence - OF SF @ CHC
9/2 2:20 PM
Travis Wood 5-12 .417 1 2 4 0 2 .833 .417 1.250
Michael Saunders - OF SEA vs LAA
9/2 4:10 PM
Jered Weaver 4-11 .364 0 1 0 1 5 .455 .417 .871
Chipper Jones - 3B ATL vs PHI
9/2 5:05 PM
Cole Hamels 10-34 .294 2 6 7 7 7 .588 .415 1.003
Juan Pierre - OF PHI @ ATL
9/2 5:05 PM
Paul Maholm 4-13 .308 0 1 3 2 1 .462 .400 .862
Chase Utley - 2B PHI @ ATL
9/2 5:05 PM
Paul Maholm 5-16 .313 1 3 1 0 3 .625 .313 .938
Ty Wigginton - 3B PHI @ ATL
9/2 5:05 PM
Paul Maholm 4-10 .400 0 2 0 0 0 .600 .400 1.000
A.J. Pierzynski - C CWS @ DET
9/2 8:05 PM
Justin Verlander 19-68 .279 3 7 12 1 9 .471 .290 .760
DeWayne Wise - OF CWS @ DET
9/2 8:05 PM
Justin Verlander 6-15 .400 0 3 1 0 2 .667 .400 1.067
Kevin Youkilis - 3B CWS @ DET
9/2 8:05 PM
Justin Verlander 6-20 .300 2 2 3 0 2 .600 .300 .900
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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BB K Opp
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David Price TB @ TOR
9/2 1:07 PM
Blue Jays Batters 25-127 .197 3 7 13 11 35 .301 .266 .567
Ricky Romero TOR vs TB
9/2 1:07 PM
Rays Batters 23-130 .177 5 10 13 21 37 .344 .296 .639
Jered Weaver LAA @ SEA
9/2 4:10 PM
Mariners Batters 25-133 .188 2 7 8 9 30 .277 .239 .517

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Matt Joyce - OF TB @ TOR
9/2 1:07 PM
Ricky Romero 0-12 .000 0 0 0 1 3 .000 .077 .077
Carlos Pena - 1B TB @ TOR
9/2 1:07 PM
Ricky Romero 1-10 .100 0 0 0 1 5 .100 .182 .282
Luke Scott - DH TB @ TOR
9/2 1:07 PM
Ricky Romero 1-12 .083 1 1 2 0 3 .333 .077 .410
B.J. Upton - OF TB @ TOR
9/2 1:07 PM
Ricky Romero 5-25 .200 1 2 1 5 4 .360 .333 .693
Edwin Encarnacion - 3B TOR vs TB
9/2 1:07 PM
David Price 3-18 .167 1 1 1 3 3 .333 .286 .619
Yunel Escobar - SS TOR vs TB
9/2 1:07 PM
David Price 3-15 .200 1 1 2 1 6 .400 .250 .650
Kelly Johnson - 2B TOR vs TB
9/2 1:07 PM
David Price 2-10 .200 1 1 2 0 4 .500 .200 .700
Adam Lind - 1B TOR vs TB
9/2 1:07 PM
David Price 6-30 .200 0 2 2 1 7 .267 .250 .517
Jose Reyes - SS MIA vs NYM
9/2 1:10 PM
Chris Young 1-12 .083 0 1 2 0 4 .250 .083 .333
Chris Snyder - C HOU vs CIN
9/2 2:05 PM
Bronson Arroyo 2-13 .154 0 1 2 0 4 .231 .143 .374
Clint Barmes - SS PIT @ MIL
9/2 2:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 0-13 .000 0 0 0 1 4 .000 .071 .071
Chris Denorfia - OF SD @ COL
9/2 3:10 PM
Jeff Francis 1-10 .100 0 1 0 2 3 .200 .308 .508
Chase Headley - 3B SD @ COL
9/2 3:10 PM
Jeff Francis 2-10 .200 0 1 1 2 2 .300 .333 .633
Carlos Quentin - OF SD @ COL
9/2 3:10 PM
Jeff Francis 3-16 .188 0 0 2 1 3 .188 .222 .410
Jacoby Ellsbury - OF BOS @ OAK
9/2 4:05 PM
Brett Anderson 0-11 .000 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .083 .083
Dustin Pedroia - 2B BOS @ OAK
9/2 4:05 PM
Brett Anderson 2-12 .167 0 1 0 2 1 .250 .286 .536
Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C BOS @ OAK
9/2 4:05 PM
Brett Anderson 3-15 .200 0 0 0 0 2 .200 .200 .400
Jonny Gomes - OF OAK vs BOS
9/2 4:05 PM
Daisuke Matsuzaka 2-13 .154 0 0 0 1 4 .154 .267 .421
Miguel Olivo - C SEA vs LAA
9/2 4:10 PM
Jered Weaver 1-15 .067 0 0 0 1 3 .067 .125 .192
Brendan Ryan - SS SEA vs LAA
9/2 4:10 PM
Jered Weaver 2-10 .200 0 1 1 0 3 .300 .200 .500
Justin Smoak - 1B SEA vs LAA
9/2 4:10 PM
Jered Weaver 3-19 .158 1 2 3 0 2 .368 .158 .526
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL vs PHI
9/2 5:05 PM
Cole Hamels 8-50 .160 2 4 5 4 15 .320 .232 .552
Ryan Howard - 1B PHI @ ATL
9/2 5:05 PM
Paul Maholm 4-19 .211 0 0 4 1 6 .211 .250 .461
Gordon Beckham - 2B CWS @ DET
9/2 8:05 PM
Justin Verlander 5-25 .200 1 1 3 0 7 .320 .192 .512
Adam Dunn - 1B CWS @ DET
9/2 8:05 PM
Justin Verlander 3-17 .176 2 2 5 0 10 .529 .176 .706
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS @ DET
9/2 8:05 PM
Justin Verlander 8-49 .163 2 4 4 5 15 .327 .255 .581
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Recommended Pickup
Xavier Nady, OF, SF -- After being designated for assignment for the Nationals, Nady signed a minor-league deal with the Giants, his hometown team, on August 5. In Nadyís last 55 at-bats at Triple-A Fresno he hit an impressive .364. The Giants have been tinkering with their outfield since the suspension of Melky Cabrera, and Nady was giving a chance to start in left Saturday afternoon and delivered a three-run double that helped his team to a 5-2 road win. As long as Nady can continue to produce timely hits like he did in his Giants debut Saturday he should have an easy time making people forget his poor start in Washington.

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