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Friday Lineup Card: The Final Friday

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Friday's Starters
Reds (Homer Bailey R) at Pirates (A.J. Burnett R), 7:05
Red Sox (Aaron Cook R) at Orioles (Chris Tillman R), 7:05
Royals (Will Smith L) at Indians (David Huff L), 7:05
Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda R) at Blue Jays (Chad Jenkins R), 7:07
Phillies (Cliff Lee L) at Marlins (Mark Buehrle L), 7:10
Mets (Jon Niese L) at Braves (Tim Hudson R), 7:35
Angels (Jered Weaver R) at Rangers (Ryan Dempster R), 8:05
Astros (Edgar Gonzalez R) at Brewers (Yovani Gallardo R), 8:10
Tigers (Drew Smyly L) at Twins (Scott Diamond L), 8:10
Rays (Jeremy Hellickson R) at White Sox (Gavin Floyd R), 8:10
Nationals (Edwin Jackson R) at Cardinals (Adam Wainwright R), 8:15
Cubs (Travis Wood L) at Diamondbacks (Ian Kennedy R), 9:40
Giants (Ryan Vogelsong R) at Padres (Andrew Werner L), 10:05
Mariners (Blake Beavan R) at Athletics (A.J. Griffin R), 10:05
Rockies (Jeff Francis L) at Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw L), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Andrew McCutchen, OF, PIT (knee) Left Thursday with knee injury, but hopes to be back in Friday
Michael Bourn, OF, ATL (thumb) Still sore, but no tear; probably gonna take it easy
Carlos Quentin, OF, SD (knee) Out for the sixth straight game Thursday
Max Scherzer, SP, DET (shoulder) Scratched from Friday start
Yu Darvish, SP, TEX (neck) Threw long toss Thursday; on track to go Sunday
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC (shoulder) Suffered strain Thursday; reevaluation pending
Logan Forsythe, 2B, SD (knee) Scratched Thursday
Alcides Escobar, SS, KC (shoulder) Removed with strain Thursday
Marwin Gonzalez, SS, HOU (ankle) Wants to play before end of season, but iffy
Matt Dominguez, 3B, HOU (stomach) Available off the bench Wednesday, but likely will stay there
Gerardo Parra, OF, AZ (hand) Back in the lineup Wednesday
Chris Iannetta, C, LAA (leg) Pulled due to cramps Thursday; probably will be rested Friday
Wily Peralta, SP, MIL (biceps) Pulled Thursday and may be done for the year
Franklin Gutierrez, OF, SEA (head) Removed after banging head on wall Thursday
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK (eye) Hit in the cage Thursday
Jose Molina, C, TB (quad) Out Thursday, but trying to make it back Friday

Disabled List or Out
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA (oblique) Unlikely to play Friday
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL (groin) Could return for final series of year
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, BOS (shoulder) Could be shut down for the year
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY (calf) Played in sim game Thursday; could be back for final series
David Ortiz, DH, BOS (Achilles) Will undergo shockwave therapy to ensure 2013 health
Brett Anderson, SP, OAK (oblique) Threw rapidly Thursday and should be back come postseason
Dexter Fowler, OF, COL (wrist) Got an MRI Thursday; likely done for year
J.D. Martinez, OF, HOU (hand) Had hook of hand bone removed; out 4-6 weeks
John Danks, SP, CHW (shoulder) Can begin throwing Nov. 1
Franklin Morales, SP, BOS (shoulder) Will do strengthening program instead of winter ball

Transactions

None!

Closer Watch

Mets Jon Rauch was brought in to save R.A. Dickey's 20th win with a three-run lead Thursday, but after getting the last out in the eighth, he gave up a two-run homer in the ninth before being pulled for Bobby Parnell, who nailed down the final two outs. Rauch will most likely continue to get the first shot at save chances in the season's last week.

Brewers John Axford blew a big game for Milwaukee on Thursday, striking out the first two batters he faced in the ninth before giving up a game-tying homer, a single and a triple to turn victory into defeat.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Bill Hall - 2B BAL vs BOS
9/28 7:05 PM
Aaron Cook 5-10 .500 0 1 1 1 2 .600 .545 1.145
Mark Reynolds - 3B BAL vs BOS
9/28 7:05 PM
Aaron Cook 5-19 .263 1 4 4 2 8 .579 .348 .927
Billy Butler - DH KC @ CLE
9/28 7:05 PM
David Huff 5-12 .417 0 2 3 0 0 .583 .417 1.000
Garrett Jones - 1B PIT vs CIN
9/28 7:05 PM
Homer Bailey 6-19 .316 1 3 2 1 6 .579 .333 .912
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT vs CIN
9/28 7:05 PM
Homer Bailey 6-17 .353 0 2 0 6 4 .471 .522 .992
Kelly Johnson - 2B TOR vs NYY
9/28 7:07 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 4-11 .364 1 2 2 1 1 .727 .417 1.144
Omar Vizquel - 3B TOR vs NYY
9/28 7:07 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 5-14 .357 0 1 0 0 2 .429 .357 .786
John Buck - C MIA vs PHI
9/28 7:10 PM
Cliff Lee 13-41 .317 3 6 7 5 14 .610 .391 1.001
Carlos Lee - OF MIA vs PHI
9/28 7:10 PM
Cliff Lee 8-21 .381 3 4 7 0 4 .905 .381 1.286
Ty Wigginton - 3B PHI @ MIA
9/28 7:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 5-19 .263 1 3 2 3 4 .526 .364 .890
Chipper Jones - 3B ATL vs NYM
9/28 7:35 PM
Jon Niese 4-14 .286 1 3 4 0 2 .643 .267 .910
David Ross - C ATL vs NYM
9/28 7:35 PM
Jon Niese 6-13 .462 1 3 8 1 3 .923 .500 1.423
Albert Pujols - 1B LAA @ TEX
9/28 8:05 PM
Ryan Dempster 18-55 .327 7 11 14 11 2 .782 .433 1.215
Elvis Andrus - SS TEX vs LAA
9/28 8:05 PM
Jered Weaver 19-46 .413 1 5 4 2 6 .587 .438 1.024
Josh Hamilton - OF TEX vs LAA
9/28 8:05 PM
Jered Weaver 9-34 .265 1 6 3 4 5 .500 .359 .859
Mitch Moreland - 1B TEX vs LAA
9/28 8:05 PM
Jered Weaver 5-20 .250 2 3 2 1 6 .600 .286 .886
Mike Napoli - C TEX vs LAA
9/28 8:05 PM
Jered Weaver 3-13 .231 1 3 1 2 1 .615 .333 .949
Luke Scott - DH TB @ CWS
9/28 8:10 PM
Gavin Floyd 5-17 .294 2 2 4 1 3 .647 .333 .980
Ben Zobrist - 2B TB @ CWS
9/28 8:10 PM
Gavin Floyd 4-14 .286 2 2 3 1 5 .714 .333 1.048
Matt Holliday - OF STL vs WAS
9/28 8:15 PM
Edwin Jackson 4-13 .308 1 2 2 1 3 .615 .357 .973
Matt Kemp - OF LAD vs COL
9/28 10:10 PM
Jeff Francis 10-28 .357 2 4 8 0 8 .643 .345 .988
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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A.J. Burnett PIT vs CIN
9/28 7:05 PM
Reds Batters 14-72 .194 1 4 7 4 12 .271 .252 .523
Adam Wainwright STL vs WAS
9/28 8:15 PM
Nationals Batters 19-91 .209 3 9 13 4 24 .372 .261 .634
Jeff Francis COL @ LAD
9/28 10:10 PM
Dodgers Batters 31-130 .238 3 9 14 5 35 .353 .264 .618

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Nate McLouth - OF BAL vs BOS
9/28 7:05 PM
Aaron Cook 3-15 .200 0 1 1 2 1 .267 .294 .561
Scott Rolen - 3B CIN @ PIT
9/28 7:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 3-25 .120 0 1 3 2 4 .160 .185 .345
Clint Barmes - SS PIT vs CIN
9/28 7:05 PM
Homer Bailey 1-13 .077 0 0 0 1 1 .077 .143 .220
Neil Walker - 2B PIT vs CIN
9/28 7:05 PM
Homer Bailey 2-11 .182 0 0 1 1 4 .182 .231 .413
Austin Kearns - OF MIA vs PHI
9/28 7:10 PM
Cliff Lee 2-11 .182 0 0 0 0 4 .182 .182 .364
Juan Pierre - OF PHI @ MIA
9/28 7:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 3-12 .250 0 0 0 0 1 .250 .250 .500
Jimmy Rollins - SS PHI @ MIA
9/28 7:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 2-11 .182 0 0 0 0 1 .182 .182 .364
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX vs LAA
9/28 8:05 PM
Jered Weaver 10-52 .192 1 5 3 0 12 .327 .218 .545
David Murphy - OF TEX vs LAA
9/28 8:05 PM
Jered Weaver 6-37 .162 0 2 1 1 10 .216 .179 .396
Jose Molina - C TB @ CWS
9/28 8:10 PM
Gavin Floyd 2-10 .200 0 1 0 1 2 .300 .333 .633
Sean Rodriguez - 2B TB @ CWS
9/28 8:10 PM
Gavin Floyd 0-10 .000 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .167 .167
Skip Schumaker - 2B STL vs WAS
9/28 8:15 PM
Edwin Jackson 2-13 .154 0 1 0 0 2 .231 .154 .385
Mark DeRosa - 3B WAS @ STL
9/28 8:15 PM
Adam Wainwright 1-11 .091 0 0 1 1 3 .091 .286 .377
Jayson Werth - OF WAS @ STL
9/28 8:15 PM
Adam Wainwright 2-11 .182 1 1 4 0 4 .455 .167 .621
Chris Johnson - 3B ARI vs CHC
9/28 9:40 PM
Travis Wood 2-10 .200 0 1 1 0 3 .300 .182 .482
Bobby Abreu - OF LAD vs COL
9/28 10:10 PM
Jeff Francis 1-15 .067 0 0 1 0 8 .067 .067 .133
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B LAD vs COL
9/28 10:10 PM
Jeff Francis 8-34 .235 1 2 3 1 12 .353 .257 .610
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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BB K Opp
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Cliff Lee PHI @ Mia
9/28 7:10 PM
Marlins Batters 28-89 .315 6 12 15 5 27 .596 .355 .952
Jon Niese NYM @ Atl
9/28 7:35 PM
Braves Batters 40-113 .354 3 16 24 6 21 .572 .384 .957
Ryan Dempster TEX vs LAA
9/28 8:05 PM
Angels Batters 23-71 .324 7 12 18 14 5 .695 .430 1.125


Recommended Pickup
Drew Smyly, SP, DET At this point in the year, you're basically looking for streaming options, and Smyly makes a good one for Friday, as he's taking Max Scherzer's rotation spot for a start at pitcher-friendly Target Field. Smyly pitched a solid 4.1 innings, allowing just an unearned run on three hits, his last time against Minnesota.

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