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Thursday's Starters
Brewers (Wily Peralta - R) at Reds (Mat Latos - R), 12:35
Royals (Luis Mendoza - R) at Tigers (Doug Fister - R), 1:05
Pirates (Kevin Correia - R) at Mets (R.A. Dickey - R), 1:10
Athletics (Travis Blackley - L) at Rangers (Matt Harrison - L), 2:05
Cubs (Chris Volstad - R) at Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin - R), 3:10
Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma - R) at Angels (Dan Haren - R), 3:35
Diamondbacks (Patrick Corbin - L) at Giants (Barry Zito - L), 3:45
Nationals (Gio Gonzalez - L) at Phillies (Tyler Cloyd - R), 7:05
Yankees (Ivan Nova - R) at Blue Jays (Brandon Morrow - R), 7:07
Marlins (Jacob Turner - R) at Braves (Tommy Hanson - R), 7:10
Rays (James Shields - R) at White Sox (Jake Peavy - R), 8:10
Dodgers (Chris Capuano - L) at Padres (Casey Kelly - R), 10:05

Day Game After Night Game: MIL, CIN, KC, DET, PIT, NYM, OAK, TEX, CHC, COL, SEA, LAA, ARI, SF

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Tim Lincecum, RHP, SF - No longer listed as Sunday's probable starter.
David Freese, 3B, STL - (Ankle) Hit off a tee and did some running Wednesday.
Robert Carson, LHP, NYM - (Triceps) MRI revealed nothing more than a strain.
Justin Ruggiano, OF, MIA - (Shoulder) Will not return this season.
Brett Anderson, RHP, OAK - (Oblique) Made simulated throws with a weighted ball.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT - (Back) Not in the starting lineup Wednesday.
Ubaldo Jimenez, RHP, CLE - (Ankle) Will miss his final start of the season.
Jose Molina, C, TB - (Quadriceps) Could return this weekend.
Yu Darvish, RHP, TEX - (Neck) Expected to make his next start Sunday.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA - (Oblique) Could return to the lineup Friday.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL - (Hamstring) Not in Wednesday's starting lineup.
Dexter Fowler, OF, COL - (Wrist) Not in Wednesday's starting lineup.
Michael Brantley, OF, CLE - (Groin) Not in Wednesday's starting lineup.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK - (Eye) Not in Wednesday's starting lineup.
Roy Halladay, RHP, PHI - (Shoulder) Will start Saturday.
Matt Dominguez, 3B, HOU - (Stomach) Out of the lineup for the third straight day.
Jason Hammel, RHP, BAL - (Knee) Could pitch a simulated game in the upcoming days.
Michael Bourn, OF, ATL - (Thumb) Not in Wednesday's starting lineup.
Sam Fuld, OF, TB - (Hamstring) Hit soft toss and ran Wednesday.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, BOS - (Shoulder) Not in Wednesday's starting lineup.
Ryan Ludwick, OF, CIN - (Groin) Not in Wednesday's starting lineup.
Brandon McCarthy, RHP, OAK - (Head) Says he believes he can start physical activity within two weeks.
Frank Francisco, RHP, NYM - (Elbow) Will not have surgery.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY - (Foot) Not in Wednesday's starting lineup.
Josh Willingham, OF, MIN - (Shoulder) Not in Wednesday's starting lineup.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY - (Calf) Took batting practice and fielded groundballs Tuesday.

Disabled List
Rafael Perez, LHP, CLE - (Shoulder) Underwent arthroscopic surgery Wednesday.
Randy Wolf, LHP, BAL - (Elbow) Placed on the 60-day DL on Wednesday.

Transactions

Called Up
Bill Hall, 2B, BAL

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
David Wright - 3B NYM vs PIT
9/27 1:10 PM
Kevin Correia 11-14 .786 2 5 3 0 2 1.429 .786 2.214
Garrett Jones - 1B PIT @ NYM
9/27 1:10 PM
R.A. Dickey 4-10 .400 0 1 1 0 1 .500 .400 .900
Gaby Sanchez - 1B PIT @ NYM
9/27 1:10 PM
R.A. Dickey 5-15 .333 1 4 6 2 3 .733 .389 1.122
Coco Crisp - OF OAK @ TEX
9/27 2:05 PM
Matt Harrison 6-14 .429 1 2 4 1 2 .714 .467 1.181
Justin Upton - OF ARI @ SF
9/27 3:45 PM
Barry Zito 5-20 .250 1 3 5 4 4 .550 .375 .925
Ty Wigginton - 3B PHI vs WAS
9/27 7:05 PM
Edwin Jackson 4-10 .400 1 2 1 2 2 .800 .500 1.300
Brett Gardner - OF NYY @ TOR
9/27 7:07 PM
Brandon Morrow 4-20 .200 2 3 4 2 8 .600 .273 .873
Andruw Jones - OF NYY @ TOR
9/27 7:07 PM
Brandon Morrow 3-10 .300 1 2 1 0 1 .700 .300 1.000
Eduardo Nunez - SS NYY @ TOR
9/27 7:07 PM
Brandon Morrow 5-12 .417 0 0 1 0 0 .417 .417 .833
Carlos Lee - OF MIA @ ATL
9/27 7:10 PM
Tommy Hanson 5-13 .385 0 1 1 1 0 .462 .467 .928
Jose Reyes - SS MIA @ ATL
9/27 7:10 PM
Tommy Hanson 5-13 .385 0 2 2 1 3 .538 .429 .967
Giancarlo Stanton - OF MIA @ ATL
9/27 7:10 PM
Tommy Hanson 6-14 .429 0 1 1 1 2 .500 .467 .967
Alexei Ramirez - SS CWS vs TB
9/27 8:10 PM
James Shields 6-17 .353 2 2 2 3 0 .706 .450 1.156
Carlos Pena - 1B TB @ CWS
9/27 8:10 PM
Jake Peavy 3-10 .300 1 1 2 2 4 .600 .417 1.017
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Kevin Correia PIT @ NYM
9/27 1:10 PM
Mets Batters 24-74 .324 2 9 7 1 15 .508 .331 .839
Brandon Morrow TOR vs NYY
9/27 7:07 PM
Yankees Batters 38-182 .209 5 12 18 21 58 .329 .298 .627
James Shields TB @ CWS
9/27 8:10 PM
White Sox Batters 42-202 .208 5 14 15 15 35 .331 .273 .604

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Cliff Pennington - SS OAK @ TEX
9/27 2:05 PM
Matt Harrison 2-11 .182 0 0 1 2 0 .182 .308 .490
Starlin Castro - SS CHC @ COL
9/27 3:10 PM
Jhoulys Chacin 1-10 .100 0 1 1 0 1 .300 .100 .400
Franklin Gutierrez - OF SEA @ LAA
9/27 3:35 PM
Dan Haren 3-18 .167 0 0 1 0 4 .167 .167 .333
John Jaso - C SEA @ LAA
9/27 3:35 PM
Dan Haren 2-10 .200 1 1 1 2 1 .500 .333 .833
Miguel Olivo - C SEA @ LAA
9/27 3:35 PM
Dan Haren 0-12 .000 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000
Justin Smoak - 1B SEA @ LAA
9/27 3:35 PM
Dan Haren 1-13 .077 0 0 1 1 4 .077 .143 .220
Curtis Granderson - OF NYY @ TOR
9/27 7:07 PM
Brandon Morrow 2-16 .125 0 1 2 4 10 .188 .333 .521
Derek Jeter - SS NYY @ TOR
9/27 7:07 PM
Brandon Morrow 4-22 .182 0 1 2 2 10 .227 .250 .477
Alex Rodriguez - 3B NYY @ TOR
9/27 7:07 PM
Brandon Morrow 4-21 .190 1 1 3 2 7 .333 .261 .594
Nick Swisher - OF NYY @ TOR
9/27 7:07 PM
Brandon Morrow 4-23 .174 1 1 2 2 8 .304 .240 .544
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS vs TB
9/27 8:10 PM
James Shields 4-20 .200 0 0 1 3 4 .200 .333 .533
Jose Lopez - 3B CWS vs TB
9/27 8:10 PM
James Shields 3-24 .125 0 0 2 0 2 .125 .125 .250
Kevin Youkilis - 3B CWS vs TB
9/27 8:10 PM
James Shields 4-39 .103 0 1 0 4 11 .128 .222 .350
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Barry Zito SF vs Ari
9/27 3:45 PM
Diamondbacks Batters 21-82 .256 1 8 12 16 16 .391 .381 .772
 

Recommended Pickup
Chris Tillman, RHP, BAL - This late into the season, the overall numbers mean less and the upcoming opponents means more when it comes to evaluating a starting pitcher. Tillman has pitched well of late (trotting out back-to-back one-run-in-six-inning starts and quality starts in four of his last five appearances), but in his final start of the season he faces the Red Sox at home. Advantage: Orioles. Baltimore is hot. Meanwhile, the Red Sox are injury-depleted and won't have close to the motivation to win the game as the potentially playoff-bound Orioles.

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