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Saturday’s Starters

Pirates (Wandy Rodriguez – L) at Cubs (Jason Berken – R), 1:05
Red Sox (Clay Buchholz – R) at Blue Jays (Carlos Villanueva – R), 1:07
White Sox (Francisco Liriano – L) at Twins (Sam Deduno – R), 1:10
Tigers (Anibal Sanchez – R) at Indians (Justin Masterson – R), 4:05
Rays (James Shields – R) at Yankees (Ivan Nova – R), 4:05
Nationals (Edwin Jackson – R) at Braves (Tommy Hanson – R), 4:05
Phillies (Kyle Kendrick – R) at Astros (Dallas Keuchel – L), 7:05
Angels (Zack Greinke – R) at Royals (Jeremy Guthrie – R), 7:10
Reds (Johnny Cueto – R) at Marlins (Mark Buehrle – L), 7:10
Mets (Jenrry Mejia – R) at Brewers (Shaun Marcum – R), 7:10
Mariners (Jason Vargas – L) at Rangers (Scott Feldman – R), 8:05
Giants (Barry Zito – L) at Diamondbacks (Wade Miley – L), 8:10
Rockies (Drew Pomeranz – L) at Padres (Casey Kelly – R), 8:35
Orioles (Zach Britton – L) at Athletics (Jarrod Parker – R), 9:05
Cardinals (Jaime Garcia – L) at Dodgers (Joe Blanton – R), 9:10

Day Game After A Night Game: BOS/TOR, CWS/MIN, DET/CLE, TB/NYY, WAS/ATL

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Mike Adams, RP, TEX (back) – May be ready to pitch Saturday against the Mariners.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT (wrist) – Returned to lineup Friday against the Cubs.
Alex Avila, C, DET (thumb) – Back in the lineup Friday.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX (shoulder) – Will serve as the team’s DH for the second straight game Friday.
Michael Brantley, OF, CLE (chest) – Held out of lineup for second straight game.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE (wrist) – Held out of the starting lineup Friday.
Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC (hamstring) – Diagnosed with a grade-2 strain and could be done for the season.
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK (wrist) – In lineup Friday after suffering minor sprain Thursday.
Aroldis Chapman, RP, CIN (dead arm) – Hopes to be ready to return in “a few days.”
Zack Cozart, SS, CIN (oblique) – Has made significant process in his rehab.
Ryan Doumit, C, MIN (ribs) – Not in the lineup for Friday’s game.
Adam Dunn, 1B/DH, CWS (oblique) – Took batting practice Friday and hopes to be back in lineup Saturday.
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B, TOR (wrist) – Held out of Friday’s lineup with soreness after being hit by a pitch Thursday.
Danny Espinosa, 2B, WAS (personal) – Returned to the lineup Friday.
Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL (quad) – Returned to lineup after being removed from Wednesday’s game.
Josh Hamilton, OF, TEX (knee) – Returned to the lineup Friday against the Mariners.
Corey Hart, 1B, MIL (foot) – Not in the lineup Friday.
Kenley Jansen, RP, LAD (chest) – No longer taking blood thinners and will return Tuesday.
Joe Mauer, C, MIN (back) – Held out of Friday’s lineup.
Mike Morse, OF, WAS (hand) – Not expected to return this weekend and targeting a Tuesday return.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM (back) – Returned to lineup Friday.
Donnie Murphy, 3B, MIA (concussion) – Not likely to return this season.
Chris Parmelee, 1B, MIN (groin) – Not in the lineup Friday after pinch-hitting in Thursday’s game.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS (personal) – Not in the starting lineup Friday.
Carlos Quentin, OF, SD (knee) – Not in the lineup Friday but will take some reps in the batting cage.
Ryan Roberts, 3B, TB (lower leg) – Not in Friday’s lineup.
Chris Tillman, P, BAL (elbow) – Threw a bullpen session Thursday.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT (back) – Unable to play Friday as originally hoped.
Chris Young, OF, AZ (quad) – Remains out of the lineup Friday.

Disabled List
Chris Carpenter, SP, STL (shoulder) – Expected to make his season debut next week.
Ted Lilly, SP, LAD (shoulder) – Will be shut down for the season.
Andy Pettitte, SP, NYY (lower leg) – Will throw 70 pitches in his return to the rotation Tuesday.
Ryan Raburn, 2B, DET (quad) – Will rehab in Florida in hopes of returning this season.
Robbie Ross, RP, TEX (forearm) – Threw bullpen session Friday and unsure whether he’ll be activated Saturday and Sunday.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL (groin) – Still not 100 percent yet and likely won’t be activated this weekend.

Transactions

Called Up (from Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Jason Bourgeois, OF, KC
Chris Herrmann, P, MIN
Jhan Marinez, RP, CWS
Gil Velazquez, 2B, MIA

Send Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Ryan Adams, 2B, BAL

Placed on Disabled List (15-day unless otherwise noted)
Emilio Bonifacio, OF, MIA (transferred to 60-day)

Released
Kevin Gregg, RP, BAL

Closer Watch

Cincinnati – Aroldis Chapman (dead arm) says he think he’ll be ready to return in “a few days.” Until that happens, expect Jonathan Broxton to see any save opportunities that arise before returning to his setup role.

Houston – Wilton Lopez pitched a scoreless ninth inning Thursday to earn the save against the Phillies. It was just his fifth of the season, as the Astros have given him few opportunities since he ascended into the closer’s role.

Kansas City – Greg Holland blew the save in the ninth inning of Thursday’s game at Minnesota, allowing a solo homer to Trevor Plouffe. It was his first blown save since he officially took over the closer role.

Texas – Joe Nathan suffered an ugly blown save Thursday against Cleveland, giving up three runs and four hits while failing to retire a batter. It was his first blown save since April 11. He wasn’t available Friday after pitching three days in a row, but will be available for ninth inning duties Saturday.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Adam Lind - 1B TOR vs BOS
9/15 1:07 PM
Clay Buchholz 10-29 .345 2 3 3 1 5 .586 .367 .953
Miguel Cabrera - 3B DET @ CLE
9/15 4:05 PM
Justin Masterson 7-15 .467 1 1 5 5 3 .667 .591 1.258
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY vs TB
9/15 4:05 PM
James Shields 22-57 .386 4 11 11 2 12 .754 .407 1.161
Eduardo Nunez - SS NYY vs TB
9/15 4:05 PM
James Shields 5-11 .455 1 2 1 1 0 .818 .500 1.318
Alex Rodriguez - 3B NYY vs TB
9/15 4:05 PM
James Shields 11-39 .282 3 6 5 5 9 .590 .364 .953
Nick Swisher - OF NYY vs TB
9/15 4:05 PM
James Shields 5-29 .172 3 3 8 1 10 .483 .200 .683
Jayson Werth - OF WAS @ ATL
9/15 4:05 PM
Tommy Hanson 5-13 .385 0 3 0 4 5 .615 .529 1.145
Miguel Cairo - 3B CIN @ MIA
9/15 7:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 5-12 .417 0 1 4 0 2 .500 .417 .917
Maicer Izturis - 3B LAA @ KC
9/15 7:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 5-11 .455 0 2 2 2 0 .727 .571 1.299
Carlos Lee - OF MIA vs CIN
9/15 7:10 PM
Johnny Cueto 7-22 .318 2 3 5 1 1 .636 .375 1.011
Nelson Cruz - OF TEX vs SEA
9/15 8:05 PM
Jason Vargas 5-16 .313 3 3 4 4 3 .875 .476 1.351
Ian Kinsler - 2B TEX vs SEA
9/15 8:05 PM
Jason Vargas 8-20 .400 1 5 3 2 1 .750 .455 1.205
Michael Young - 3B TEX vs SEA
9/15 8:05 PM
Jason Vargas 10-24 .417 0 1 3 2 3 .458 .444 .903
Justin Upton - OF ARI vs SF
9/15 8:10 PM
Barry Zito 5-20 .250 1 3 5 4 4 .550 .375 .925
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Clay Buchholz BOS @ TOR
9/15 1:07 PM
Blue Jays Batters 13-75 .173 2 3 4 10 15 .258 .267 .525
Edwin Jackson WAS @ ATL
9/15 4:05 PM
Braves Batters 19-92 .207 1 7 7 12 17 .303 .298 .601
Ivan Nova NYY vs TB
9/15 4:05 PM
Rays Batters 8-63 .127 2 4 4 5 12 .261 .191 .452

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Eric Hinske - OF ATL vs WAS
9/15 4:05 PM
Edwin Jackson 0-11 .000 0 0 0 3 5 .000 .214 .214
Lyle Overbay - 1B ATL vs WAS
9/15 4:05 PM
Edwin Jackson 4-30 .133 1 2 3 4 4 .267 .235 .502
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL vs WAS
9/15 4:05 PM
Edwin Jackson 0-10 .000 0 0 0 1 3 .000 .091 .091
Alex Avila - C DET @ CLE
9/15 4:05 PM
Justin Masterson 1-10 .100 0 0 2 1 4 .100 .154 .254
Brennan Boesch - OF DET @ CLE
9/15 4:05 PM
Justin Masterson 3-15 .200 0 0 0 1 2 .200 .250 .450
Ramon Santiago - 2B DET @ CLE
9/15 4:05 PM
Justin Masterson 1-10 .100 0 0 0 2 3 .100 .308 .408
Delmon Young - OF DET @ CLE
9/15 4:05 PM
Justin Masterson 3-17 .176 0 1 2 0 4/td> .235 .167 .402
Eric Chavez - 3B NYY vs TB
9/15 4:05 PM
James Shields 2-13 .154 0 0 0 3 4 .154 .313 .466
Curtis Granderson - OF NYY vs TB
9/15 4:05 PM
James Shields 3-43 .070 0 2 2 1 13 .140 .091 .230
Raul Ibanez - OF NYY vs TB
9/15 4:05 PM
James Shields 0-11 .000 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .083 .083
Russell Martin - C NYY vs TB
9/15 4:05 PM
James Shields 1-10 .100 0 0 0 1 3 .100 .182 .282
Matt Joyce - OF TB @ NYY
9/15 4:05 PM
Ivan Nova 1-10 .100 0 0 1 1 4 .100 .182 .282
Evan Longoria - 3B TB @ NYY
9/15 4:05 PM
Ivan Nova 2-12 .167 0 0 1 1 0 .167 .231 .397
B.J. Upton - OF TB @ NYY
9/15 4:05 PM
Ivan Nova 2-10 .200 0 2 0 0 1 .400 .200 .600
Roger Bernadina - OF WAS @ ATL
9/15 4:05 PM
Tommy Hanson 2-12 .167 0 0 0 0 3 .167 .167 .333
Adam LaRoche - 1B WAS @ ATL
9/15 4:05 PM
Tommy Hanson 1-10 .100 0 0 0 1 3 .100 .182 .282
Ryan Zimmerman - 3B WAS @ ATL
9/15 4:05 PM
Tommy Hanson 3-18 .167 0 2 3 0 7 .278 .200 .478
Scott Rolen - 3B CIN @ MIA
9/15 7:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 2-12 .167 0 0 0 1 0 .167 .231 .397
Erick Aybar - SS LAA @ KC
9/15 7:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 2-18 .111 0 1 1 0 3 .167 .158 .325
Alberto Callaspo - 3B LAA @ KC
9/15 7:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 2-10 .200 0 0 0 1 0 .200 .273 .473
Jose Reyes - SS MIA vs CIN
9/15 7:10 PM
Johnny Cueto 1-12 .083 0 0 1 0 3 .083 .083 .167
Elvis Andrus - SS TEX vs SEA
9/15 8:05 PM
Jason Vargas 5-24 .208 0 1 2 1 1 .250 .231 .481
Josh Hamilton - OF TEX vs SEA
9/15 8:05 PM
Jason Vargas 3-17 .176 2 2 2 1 2 .529 .222 .752
David Murphy - OF TEX vs SEA
9/15 8:05 PM
Jason Vargas 0-11 .000 0 0 0 1 4 .000 .083 .083
Carlos Beltran - OF STL @ LAD
9/15 9:10 PM
Joe Blanton 3-16 .188 0 0 1 1 2 .188 .278 .465
Skip Schumaker - 2B STL @ LAD
9/15 9:10 PM
Joe Blanton 4-17 .235 0 0 0 0 4 .235 .235 .471
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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BB K Opp
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Barry Zito SF @ Ari
9/15 8:10 PM
Diamondbacks Batters 21-82 .256 1 8 12 16 16 .391 .381 .772
 
Recommended Pickup

Jed Lowrie, SS, HOU – Though it likely went largely unnoticed with the Astros on the precipice of historical ineptitude, Lowrie was activated from the disabled list Wednesday. While he did miss nearly two months with the ankle injury, he was one of the more productive players at the shortstop position prior to going down, maintaining a season line of .253/.343/.457 with 14 homers and 38 RBI. The Astros say he’ll only be used roughly every other game right away until he proves he’s 100 percent recovered from his ankle injury, but early returns appear promising. He delivered a key two-run double in his only at-bat in Thursday’s win over the Phillies. If you have a bench spot available, he’s worth stashing for the short-term before he proves himself capable of handling everyday duties at shortstop for the Astros, and perhaps, your fantasy lineup.

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