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Saturday’s Starters

Marlins (Mark Buehrle – L) at Nationals (Ross Detwiler – L), 1:05
Braves (Kris Medlen – R) at Mets (Jeremy Hefner – R), 4:05
Royals (Bruce Chen – L) at White Sox (Chris Sale – L), 4:05
Dodgers (Chris Capuano – L) at Giants (Matt Cain – R), 4:05
Cubs (Jeff Samardzija – R) at Pirates (James McDonald – R), 7:05
Rockies (Tyler Chatwood – R) at Phillies (Cole Hamels – L), 7:05
Yankees (CC Sabathia – L) at Orioles (Joe Saunders – L), 7:05
Indians (Zach McAllister – R) at Twins (Cole De Vries – R), 7:10
Astros (Bud Norris – R) at Reds (Bronson Arroyo – R), 7:10
Rangers (Yu Darvish – R) at Rays (Chris Archer - R), 7:10
Blue Jays (Aaron Laffey - L) at Red Sox (Daisuke Matsuzaka – R), 7:10
Brewers (Mike Fiers – R) at Cardinals (Jake Westbrook – R), 7:15
Diamondbacks (Wade Miley – L) at Padres (Casey Kelly – R), 8:35
Tigers (Justin Verlander – R) at Angels (C.J. Wilson – L), 9:05
Athletics (Brett Anderson – L) at Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma – R), 9:10

Day Game After A Night Game: MIA/WAS, ATL/NYM, KC/CWS, LAD/SF

Injuries

Day-To-Day
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU (abdomen) – Left Friday’s game with left lower abdominal strain.
Zack Cozart, SS, CIN (back) – Remained out of the lineup Friday.
Adam Dunn, 1B, CWS (oblique) – Held out of lineup Friday.
Jarrod Dyson, OF, KC (lat muscle) – Will be limited to pinch running duties for duration of the season.
Kevin Frandsen, 2B, PHI (ankle) – Scratched from Friday’s lineup.
Franklin Gutierrez, OF, SEA (groin) – Returned to lineup Friday.
Jason Hammel, SP, BAL (elbow) – Hit in elbow Thursday but said he’s “good to go” for next start.
Brandon McCarthy, SP, OAK (head) – Able to get out of bed and sit in chair Friday after undergoing surgery Wednesday.
Xavier Nady, OF, SF (hamstring) – MRI revealed a mild strain and will keep him out a minimum of four to five days.
David Price, SP, TB (shoulder) – Dealing with soreness and will miss Saturday start.
Carlos Quentin, OF, SD (knee) – Kept out of Friday’s lineup with knee irritation.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL (back) – Said he felt better Friday and could play Saturday.
Scott Rolen, 3B, CIN (back) – MRI Friday revealed a protrusion in two discs in lower back.
Jeff Samardzija, SP, CHC (workload) – Will be shut down after Saturday’s start.
Michael Saunders, OF, SEA (groin) – Returned to lineup Friday.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY (calf) – Went through running drills, but held out of lineup Friday.
Chris Tillman, SP, BAL (elbow) – Took part in long toss Friday.
Andres Torres, OF, NYM (knee) – Left Friday’s game with right knee injury.
Jered Weaver, SP, LAA (shoulder tendinitis) – Still expects to make four to five starts this season.
Kevin Youkilis, 3B, CWS (personal) – Missed Friday’s game to be with his wife for birth of his child.
Chris Young, OF, AZ (quadriceps) – Able to run Friday, but said he didn’t feel very well. Timetable for return potentially delayed.

Disabled List
Bill Bray, RP, CIN (back) – Will be shut down for remainder of the season with lumbar muscle strain.
J.A. Happ, SP, TOR (foot) – Will be out four months with fractured right foot.
Logan Morrison, OF, MIA (knee) – Underwent successful surgery Friday.
Mike Napoli, C, TEX (quadriceps) – Ran the bases for the third straight day Friday.
Ivan Nova, SP, NYY (shoulder) – Threw bullpen session Thursday and likely to return to rotation Sunday.
David Ortiz, DH, BOS (Achilles’) – Red Sox “bracing for likelihood” he won’t return this season.
Andy Pettitte, SP, NYY (lower leg) – Felt good Thursday after facing batters the day before and should face hitters over the weekend.
Placido Polanco, 3B, PHI (back) – Will finish the season on the disabled list.
Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL (finger) – Will play another rehab game at High-A Lynchburg on Friday, with team making a decision on activation Saturday.
Huston Street, RP, SD (calf) – Said he felt good following Friday side session, but has yet to resume running.
Vance Worley, SP, PHI (elbow) – Had surgery Friday to remove a loose body and spur.

Transactions

Activated from the Disabled List
J.P. Arencibia, C, TOR
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR
Starling Marte, OF, PIT
Carlos Ruiz, C, PHI

Placed on Disabled List (15-day unless otherwise noted)
J.A. Happ, SP, TOR
Blake Parker, RP, CHC (60-day DL)
Placido Polanco, 3B, PHI

Called Up (from Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Chris Archer, SP, TB
Jake Arrieta, P, BAL
David Carpenter, RP, TOR
Joel Carreno, RP, TOR (from Double-A)
Alex Castellanos, OF, LAD
Yan Gomes, 1B, TOR
Taylor Green, 3B, MIL
Dan Straily, SP, OAK

Claimed Off Waivers
Jason Berken, RP, CHC (from BAL)

Closer Watch

Atlanta – No closer controversy here, but we should nonetheless spotlight Craig Kimbrel, who is enjoying an incredible sophomore campaign. Though Aroldis Chapman has generated the majority of the closer hype this season, Kimbrel has been every bit his equal, posting a 1.23 ERA, 0.66 WHIP, and a staggering 16.48 K/9 rate. Kimbrel recorded his 34th save of the season in Thursday’s 1-0 win over the Rockies in typical fashion, striking out two batters while giving up a harmless single. With Chapman potentially moving to the Reds’ rotation next season, Kimbrel will likely be considered the top closer in many fantasy circles heading into 2013.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Kurt Suzuki - C WAS vs MIA
9/8 1:05 PM
Mark Buehrle 11-26 .423 1 3 6 1 0 .615 .429 1.044
Adam Dunn - 1B CWS vs KC
9/8 4:05 PM
Bruce Chen 3-10 .300 0 1 3 3 1 .400 .462 .862
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS vs KC
9/8 4:05 PM
Bruce Chen 7-30 .233 3 4 5 4 4 .567 .324 .890
A.J. Pierzynski - C CWS vs KC
9/8 4:05 PM
Bruce Chen 11-27 .407 2 2 4 2 4 .630 .467 1.096
Kevin Youkilis - 3B CWS vs KC
9/8 4:05 PM
Bruce Chen 6-16 .375 0 1 3 2 1 .438 .444 .882
Andre Ethier - OF LAD @ SF
9/8 4:05 PM
Matt Cain 22-47 .468 0 2 3 4 6 .532 .491 1.022
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B LAD @ SF
9/8 4:05 PM
Matt Cain 18-56 .321 4 9 13 7 15 .643 .391 1.033
Hanley Ramirez - SS LAD @ SF
9/8 4:05 PM
Matt Cain 6-19 .316 1 3 1 3 5 .579 .409 .988
Xavier Nady - OF SF vs LAD
9/8 4:05 PM
Chris Capuano 3-13 .231 1 2 2 0 5 .615 .286 .901
Robert Andino - 2B BAL vs NYY
9/8 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 6-15 .400 1 2 1 0 2 .667 .400 1.067
Adam Jones - OF BAL vs NYY
9/8 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 11-33 .333 2 4 9 3 5 .606 .389 .995
Raul Ibanez - OF NYY @ BAL
9/8 7:05 PM
Joe Saunders 8-23 .348 2 3 6 1 2 .652 .375 1.027
Derek Jeter - SS NYY @ BAL
9/8 7:05 PM
Joe Saunders 7-15 .467 1 2 2 1 1 .733 .500 1.233
Andruw Jones - OF NYY @ BAL
9/8 7:05 PM
Joe Saunders 3-12 .250 1 1 3 3 2 .500 .375 .875
Alex Rodriguez - 3B NYY @ BAL
9/8 7:05 PM
Joe Saunders 7-14 .500 2 4 4 1 4 1.071 .533 1.605
Joey Votto - 1B CIN vs HOU
9/8 7:10 PM
Bud Norris 3-10 .300 1 2 2 1 3 .700 .364 1.064
Ryan Braun - OF MIL @ STL
9/8 7:15 PM
Jake Westbrook 7-13 .538 1 2 3 2 1 .923 .600 1.523
Corey Hart - OF MIL @ STL
9/8 7:15 PM
Jake Westbrook 5-13 .385 2 3 3 3 2 .923 .500 1.423
Erick Aybar - SS LAA vs DET
9/8 9:05 PM
Justin Verlander 9-24 .375 0 2 7 2 2 .458 .407 .866
Maicer Izturis - 3B LAA vs DET
9/8 9:05 PM
Justin Verlander 11-26 .423 0 1 2 2 3 .462 .464 .926
Kendrys Morales - 1B LAA vs DET
9/8 9:05 PM
Justin Verlander 5-15 .333 1 2 8 0 5 .600 .333 .933
Vernon Wells - OF LAA vs DET
9/8 9:05 PM
Justin Verlander 7-20 .350 0 2 0 2 2 .450 .409 .859
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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HR
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BB K Opp
SLG
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OBP
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OPS
Bruce Chen KC @ CWS
9/8 4:05 PM
White Sox Batters 40-192 .208 5 8 20 15 33 .310 .275 .585
Daisuke Matsuzaka BOS vs TOR
9/8 7:10 PM
Blue Jays Batters 9-69 .130 2 3 4 3 22 .228 .167 .395

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Gordon Beckham - 2B CWS vs KC
9/8 4:05 PM
Bruce Chen 1-15 .067 0 0 1 0 5 .067 .063 .129
Orlando Hudson - 2B CWS vs KC
9/8 4:05 PM
Bruce Chen 2-16 .125 0 0 1 0 1 .125 .125 .250
Jose Lopez - 3B CWS vs KC
9/8 4:05 PM
Bruce Chen 1-15 .067 0 0 0 0 3 .067 .067 .133
Alexei Ramirez - SS CWS vs KC
9/8 4:05 PM
Bruce Chen 0-17 .000 0 0 0 1 3 .000 .105 .105
Alex Rios - OF CWS vs KC
9/8 4:05 PM
Bruce Chen 4-30 .133 0 0 2 1 8 .133 .182 .315
Matt Kemp - OF LAD @ SF
9/8 4:05 PM
Matt Cain 10-38 .263 1 5 2 1 10 .474 .282 .756
Adam Kennedy - 2B LAD @ SF
9/8 4:05 PM
Matt Cain 1-14 .071 0 0 1 1 3 .071 .133 .205
Lew Ford - OF BAL vs NYY
9/8 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 7-36 .194 1 2 2 2 11 .333 .237 .570
Matt Wieters - C BAL vs NYY
9/8 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 2-18 .111 1 1 1 1 8 .278 .158 .436
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY @ BAL
9/8 7:05 PM
Joe Saunders 2-11 .182 0 1 3 0 2 .273 .182 .455
Chris Snyder - C HOU @ CIN
9/8 7:10 PM
Bronson Arroyo 2-13 .154 0 1 2 0 4 .231 .143 .374
Yunel Escobar - SS TOR @ BOS
9/8 7:10 PM
Daisuke Matsuzaka 2-10 .200 0 0 1 0 1 .200 .200 .400
Adam Lind - 1B TOR @ BOS
9/8 7:10 PM
Daisuke Matsuzaka 3-26 .115 1 2 1 1 8 .269 .148 .417
Rickie Weeks - 2B MIL @ STL
9/8 7:15 PM
Jake Westbrook 2-10 .200 1 1 1 0 1 .500 .200 .700
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET @ LAA
9/8 9:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 1-14 .071 0 1 1 2 7 .143 .188 .330
Delmon Young - OF DET @ LAA
9/8 9:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 3-15 .200 0 0 0 0 2 .200 .200 .400
Alberto Callaspo - 3B LAA vs DET
9/8 9:05 PM
Justin Verlander 3-15 .200 0 0 0 2 3 .200 .294 .494
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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BB K Opp
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OPS
Mark Buehrle MIA @ Was
9/8 1:05 PM
Nationals Batters 22-67 .328 2 9 10 4 6 .519 .360 .879
Matt Cain SF vs LAD
9/8 4:05 PM
Dodgers Batters 64-212 .302 6 20 23 25 45 .466 .373 .838
Joe Saunders BAL vs NYY
9/8 7:05 PM
Yankees Batters 59-182 .324 13 20 35 16 24 .577 .377 .953
Jake Westbrook STL vs Mil
9/8 7:15 PM
Brewers Batters 25-70 .357 4 9 11 6 8 .635 .401 1.036
Justin Verlander DET @ LAA
9/8 9:05 PM
Angels Batters 57-186 .306 2 14 28 14 33 .411 .357 .768
 
Recommended Pickup

Marco Estrada, SP, MIL – The Brewers might have their woes as a pitching staff (particulary in their leaky bullpen), but between Yovani Gallardo, Mike Fiers, and the now departed Zack Greinke, the rotation has been an excellent source for strikeouts. Also included in that mix is Marco Estrada, who began the season in long relief before a season-ending injury to Chris Narveson opened up a spot in the rotation earlier in the year. He’s more than held down the fort at the back end of the rotation, striking out 119 batters in 112.2 innings while posting a fair 3.99 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. Unfortunately, he’s been victimized both by his bullpen and his offense, as he sports just a 2-6 record over his 19 starts. If you’re willing to put aside his inability to earn wins, Estrada could be a nice addition for the fantasy playoffs. Over his last four starts, he’s had strikeout totals of 9, 8, 10, and 5. Collect those K’s before someone else does.

Other recent recommendations: Zach Britton, Mark Reynolds, Adam Eaton, Luke Gregerson, A.J. Griffin

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