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Friday Lineup Card: Going Back to Great Britton

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Andrew Fiorentino

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Friday's Starters
Cubs (Travis Wood L) at Pirates (A.J. Burnett R), 7:05
Yankees (Phil Hughes R) at Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen L), 7:05
Rockies (Jeff Francis R) at Phillies (Cliff Lee L), 7:05
Marlins (Jacob Turner R) at Nationals (Stephen Strasburg R), 7:05
Rangers (Derek Holland L) at Rays (Jeremy Hellickson R), 7:10
Blue Jays (Henderson Alvarez R) at Red Sox (Felix Doubront L), 7:10
Astros (Lucas Harrell R) at Reds (Homer Bailey R), 7:10
Braves (Paul Maholm L) at Mets (Jon Niese L), 7:10
Indians (Jeanmar Gomez R) at Twins (Liam Hendriks R), 8:10
Royals (Luis Mendoza R) at White Sox (Francisco Liriano L), 8:10
Brewers (Yovani Gallardo R) at Cardinals (Kyle Lohse R), 8:15
Tigers (Max Scherzer R) at Angels (Ervin Santana R), 10:05
Diamondbacks (Tyler Skaggs L) at Padres (Andrew Cashner R), 10:05
Athletics (A.J. Griffin R) at Mariners (Felix Hernandez R), 10:10
Dodgers (Josh Beckett R) at Giants (Tim Lincecum R), 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Jered Weaver, SP, LAA (shoulder) Has tendinitis; will be skipped this weekend
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY (calf) Ran without issue Thursday; hopes to return this weekend
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL (back) Team taking a wait-and-see approach
Travis Snider, OF, PIT (hamstring) Expected to be out the next few games
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT (back) Unlikely to be back this weekend
Chris Tillman, SP, BAL (elbow) Examined Thursday; could be back soon (or maybe TJ? Hm? Hm?)
Jose Tabata, OF, PIT (foot) Scratched late Wednesday
Michael Saunders, OF, SEA (groin) Expected back in Friday
Ryan Raburn, 2B, DET (quad) "Probably ready" if needed off the bench
David Lough, OF, KC (hamstring) Hurt himself Wednesday; out Thursday, but not serious
Sean Burnett, RP, WAS (illness) Won't pitch this weekend
Xavier Nady, OF, SF (hamstring) Left Wednesday with a strain

Disabled List
Jed Lowrie, SS, HOU (ankle) Going to Double-A for rehab games; likely back next week
Mike Napoli, C, TEX (quad) Seems to be getting closer
Brandon McCarthy, SP, OAK (head) Had surgery Wednesday after being line-drived in the head
J.P. Arencibia, C, TOR (hand) Will rejoin the Jays on Friday
Brandon Inge, 3B, OAK (shoulder) Surgery next week; done for the year
Jim Thome, DH, BAL (neck) Examined again Thursday; "proceeding positively"
Starling Marte, OF, PIT (oblique) Getting close to returning
Justin Christian, OF, SF (wrist) Expected to be activated Friday
Alex Gonzalez, SS, MIL (knee) Ahead of schedule in his rehab; could return at some point
Troy Patton, RP, BAL (ankle) Throwing off mounds Friday and Monday
Tim Byrdak, RP, NYM (shoulder) Surgery successful and full recovery expected

Transactions

Placed on DL
Brandon Inge, 3B, OAK

Activated from DL
Jason Hammel, SP, BAL

Called Up
Rob Scahill, RP, COL

Closer Watch

Brewers Jon Axford has been reestablishing himself as the closer in Milwaukee, and I'd go so far as to say that he's again at the stage of rolling with confidence.

Padres Tom Layne collected his second save on Wednesday, but Luke Gregerson remains the fill-in closer of choice. Huston Street has already missed his target return date and we're not sure quite when he'll be back.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Nick Markakis - OF BAL vs NYY
9/7 7:05 PM
Phil Hughes 10-29 .345 1 4 6 1 5 .552 .367 .918
Jason Giambi - 1B COL @ PHI
9/7 7:05 PM
Cliff Lee 3-10 .300 1 2 5 1 3 .700 .333 1.033
Juan Pierre - OF PHI vs COL
9/7 7:05 PM
Jeff Francis 17-39 .436 0 2 1 1 3 .487 .450 .937
Jimmy Rollins - SS PHI vs COL
9/7 7:05 PM
Jeff Francis 6-12 .500 0 1 0 0 0 .583 .500 1.083
Chase Utley - 2B PHI vs COL
9/7 7:05 PM
Jeff Francis 3-12 .250 1 2 5 0 3 .583 .308 .891
Chipper Jones - 3B ATL @ NYM
9/7 7:10 PM
Jon Niese 4-14 .286 1 3 4 0 2 .643 .267 .910
David Ross - C ATL @ NYM
9/7 7:10 PM
Jon Niese 6-13 .462 1 3 8 1 3 .923 .500 1.423
Evan Longoria - 3B TB vs TEX
9/7 7:10 PM
Derek Holland 6-13 .462 1 5 4 2 2 1.000 .533 1.533
B.J. Upton - OF TB vs TEX
9/7 7:10 PM
Derek Holland 5-12 .417 1 2 1 3 6 .750 .533 1.283
Ben Zobrist - 2B TB vs TEX
9/7 7:10 PM
Derek Holland 3-12 .250 1 2 4 1 2 .583 .308 .891
A.J. Pierzynski - C CWS vs KC
9/7 8:10 PM
Luis Mendoza 3-10 .300 1 2 5 0 3 .700 .300 1.000
Ryan Braun - OF MIL @ STL
9/7 8:15 PM
Kyle Lohse 9-29 .310 2 5 7 2 3 .621 .355 .976
Aramis Ramirez - 3B MIL @ STL
9/7 8:15 PM
Kyle Lohse 7-17 .412 1 4 5 1 0 .765 .474 1.238
Matt Holliday - OF STL vs MIL
9/7 8:15 PM
Yovani Gallardo 4-18 .222 2 3 5 2 7 .667 .300 .967
Yadier Molina - C STL vs MIL
9/7 8:15 PM
Yovani Gallardo 5-21 .238 1 4 5 5 2 .524 .407 .931
Miguel Cabrera - 3B DET @ LAA
9/7 10:05 PM
Ervin Santana 4-11 .364 1 1 3 1 2 .636 .417 1.053
Gerald Laird - C DET @ LAA
9/7 10:05 PM
Ervin Santana 6-18 .333 0 3 1 0 4 .556 .316 .871
Andre Ethier - OF LAD @ SF
9/7 10:15 PM
Tim Lincecum 10-35 .286 2 4 6 4 9 .514 .359 .873
Juan Rivera - OF LAD @ SF
9/7 10:15 PM
Tim Lincecum 6-14 .429 0 1 3 1 2 .500 .467 .967
Marco Scutaro - SS SF vs LAD
9/7 10:15 PM
Josh Beckett 4-11 .364 0 1 0 1 2 .545 .462 1.007
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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BB K Opp
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Phil Hughes NYY @ BAL
9/7 7:05 PM
Orioles Batters 23-92 .250 4 11 15 3 25 .453 .272 .724
Felix Hernandez SEA vs OAK
9/7 10:10 PM
Athletics Batters 17-86 .198 0 2 3 4 29 .220 .230 .451

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Adam Jones - OF BAL vs NYY
9/7 7:05 PM
Phil Hughes 4-22 .182 1 3 3 0 5 .409 .182 .591
David DeJesus - OF CHC @ PIT
9/7 7:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 3-17 .176 0 1 1 2 3 .235 .263 .498
Alfonso Soriano - OF CHC @ PIT
9/7 7:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 2-12 .167 0 0 0 0 5 .167 .167 .333
Clint Barmes - SS PIT vs CHC
9/7 7:05 PM
Travis Wood 1-11 .091 0 0 0 0 2 .091 .091 .182
Andres Torres - OF NYM vs ATL
9/7 7:10 PM
Paul Maholm 2-10 .200 0 2 2 1 1 .500 .273 .773
Billy Butler - DH KC @ CWS
9/7 8:10 PM
Francisco Liriano 4-24 .167 1 1 4 2 6 .292 .231 .522
Corey Hart - OF MIL @ STL
9/7 8:15 PM
Kyle Lohse 2-17 .118 0 1 1 0 3 .176 .118 .294
Skip Schumaker - 2B STL vs MIL
9/7 8:15 PM
Yovani Gallardo 4-20 .200 0 2 0 1 2 .300 .238 .538
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET @ LAA
9/7 10:05 PM
Ervin Santana 2-14 .143 0 0 2 1 3 .143 .188 .330
Delmon Young - OF DET @ LAA
9/7 10:05 PM
Ervin Santana 3-16 .188 0 0 1 1 6 .188 .235 .423
Alberto Callaspo - 3B LAA vs DET
9/7 10:05 PM
Max Scherzer 1-10 .100 0 0 0 2 2 .100 .250 .350
Coco Crisp - OF OAK @ SEA
9/7 10:10 PM
Felix Hernandez 5-31 .161 0 0 1 2 7 .161 .212 .373
Cliff Pennington - SS OAK @ SEA
9/7 10:10 PM
Felix Hernandez 6-24 .250 0 1 0 1 7 .292 .280 .572
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B LAD @ SF
9/7 10:15 PM
Tim Lincecum 8-39 .205 0 0 1 2 16 .205 .244 .449
Shane Victorino - OF LAD @ SF
9/7 10:15 PM
Tim Lincecum 5-27 .185 1 2 2 2 6 .333 .241 .575
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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BB K Opp
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Jeff Francis COL @ Phi
9/7 7:05 PM
Phillies Batters 37-98 .378 1 6 8 2 11 .457 .397 .854
Jon Niese NYM vs Atl
9/7 7:10 PM
Braves Batters 40-113 .354 3 16 24 6 21 .572 .384 .957
Derek Holland TEX @ TB
9/7 7:10 PM
Rays Batters 20-63 .317 4 11 11 7 15 .626 .386 1.012
 


Recommended Pickup
Zach Britton, SP, BAL Britton carried a 2.35 ERA over the first 10 starts of his big-league career last year, then collapsed in a blaze of ingloriousness, giving up four-plus runs nine times in his remaining 18 starts. This year started off little better, as Britton was stuck in the minors until mid-July, then was inconsistent in his first few starts back in a Baltimore uniform. Lately, though, a switch has flipped Britton's turned in four straight sparkling outings, allowing a grand total of three runs in 28.2 innings in that span. And here's the kicker: He's struck out 29 and walked just seven, a massive improvement on his historically awful K:BB ratio in the majors. It's no secret that Britton's got all kinds of upside, so when you see him starting to miss bats like this, take notice.

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