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Derek VanRiper

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Projected Starters - A look at Saturday's matchups (all times Eastern)

Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda - R) at Blue Jays (Mark Buehrle - L), 1:07
Marlins (Wade LeBlanc - L) at Reds (Bronson Arroyo - R), 1:10
Royals (James Shields - R) at Red Sox (Clay Buchholz - R), 1:10
Nationals (Gio Gonzalez - L) at Mets (Jeremy Hefner - R), 3:05
Tigers (Rick Porcello - R) at Angels (Garrett Richards - R), 3:05
Twins (Vance Worley - R) at White Sox (Jake Peavy - R), 3:05
Braves (Paul Maholm - L) at Pirates (James McDonald - R), 7:05
Cardinals (Lance Lynn - R) at Phillies (Cliff Lee - L), 7:05
Dodgers (Josh Beckett - R) at Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen - L), 7:05
Cubs (Edwin Jackson - R) at Brewers (Hiram Burgos - R), 7:10
Indians (Scott Kazmir - L) at Astros (Phil Humber - R), 7:10
A's (Jarrod Parker - R) at Rays (Jeremy Hellickson - R), 7:10
Mariners (Brandon Maurer - R) at Rangers (Nick Tepesch - R), 8:05
D-Backs (Trevor Cahill - R) at Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa - L), 8:10
Padres (Clayton Richard - L) at Giants (Tim Lincecum - R), 9:05

Day Game After Night Game: NYY/TOR, MIA/CIN, WAS/NYM, DET/LAA, MIN/CHW

Injuries

Day-to-Day

R.A. Dickey, SP, TOR - (Back) Felt better Friday, but will know more about his availability Saturday.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, SEA - Left Thursday's start with a blister after six shutout innings.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS - (Hamstring) Held out of the starting lineup Friday.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI - (Groin) Did not play Friday due to a tight groin muscle.
Dayan Viciedo, OF, CHW - (Oblique) Received treatment Friday, diagnosed with a strain.
Danny Espinosa, 2B/SS, WAS - (Hand) Still experiencing soreness, held out of the lineup for fifth straight game.
Domonic Brown, OF, PHI - (Back) Held out of the starting lineup Friday.
Franklin Gutierrez, OF, SEA - (Lower body) Available off the bench Friday despite possible hip issue.
Derek Norris, C, OAK - (Jaw) X-rays negative, but held out of Friday's lineup.
Luis Avilan, RP, ATL - (Hamstring) Threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Friday without incident.

Players on the DL

Johnny Cueto, SP, CIN - (Triceps) No timetable to resume throwing; unlikely to return when eligible April 22.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD - (Thumb) Hoping to be back in the lineup before April 30.
Corey Hart, OF, MIL - (Knee) Had a positive check-up recently, on track for May 30 return.
Matt Harrison, SP, TEX - (Back) Will have surgery for a herniated disk, likely out until after the All-Star break.
Joel Hanrahan, RP, BOS - (Hamstring) Feeling discomfort, not ready to throw from a mound.
Matt Garza, SP, CHC - (Arm) Tossed two innings in a simulated game Friday.
Kyuji Fujikawa, RP, CHC - (Forearm) Threw from 75 feet Friday; on target to return from DL when eligible.
Chris Capuano, SP, LAD - (Calf) Had an MRI and PRP injection Thursday.
Shaun Marcum, SP, NYM - (Neck) No issues in Thursday's EST game. Needs another rehab appearance or two before activation.
Ted Lilly, SP, LAD - (Shoulder) Will make his season debut Wednesday against the Mets.
Francisco Liriano, SP, PIT - (Arm) On track to return May 5 against the Nationals.
Delmon Young, OF, PHI - (Ankle) Scheduled for seven innings in EST games Friday and Saturday.
Luke Scott, DH, TAM - (Calf) Encouraged after running the bases Friday, nearing a rehab assignment.
Colby Lewis, SP, TEX - (Forearm) Threw Friday, closing in on EST start.
Hiroyuki Nakajima, SS, OAK - (Hamstring) Will report to extended spring training Monday.
Adam Rosales, 2B, OAK - (Ribs) Continuing rehab assignment through middle of next week.
Charlie Morton, SP, PIT - (Elbow) On pace to rejoin the Pirates on May 8.
Jeff Bianchi, SS, MIL - (Hip) Will advance to Triple-A Nashville on Saturday for his rehab.
Taylor Green, 3B, MIL - (Hip) Scheduled for surgery, will miss 2013 season.

Placed on the DL
Alberto Callaspo, 3B, LAA

Activated from the DL
David Ortiz, DH, BOS (ppd until Saturday)

Called Up
Brandon Moss, 1B, OAK (activated from paternity list)
Tom Koehler, RP, MIA
Joe Savery, RP, PHI

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Shane Peterson, OF, OAK
John Maine, RP, MIA (DFA)
Alberto Gonzalez, INF, CHC (DFA)
Matt Albers, RP, CLE (placed on restricted list)

Claimed Off Waivers
Julio Borbon, OF, CHC (from TEX)

Closer Watch

St. Louis - Edward Mujica was called upon to record the final four outs in Thursday's 4-3 win over the Phillies on Thursday night. Previous hints from manager Mike Matheny suggested that Mujica might be the team's new closer, and this is certainly a step in that direction. Mujica is carrying a 7:1 K:BB over 6.1 innings with the Cardinals this season after recording similarly impressive numbers last season after being acquired from Miami (1.03 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 21:3 K:BB in 26.1 innings). Trevor Rosenthal was used for the first two outs in the eighth inning Thursday, and may be the next in line should Mujica falter with his chance to work the ninth in St. Louis.

Key Matchups

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY @ TOR
4/20 1:07 PM
Mark Buehrle 6-14 .429 2 4 6 1 0 1.000 .467 1.467
Travis Hafner - DH NYY @ TOR
4/20 1:07 PM
Mark Buehrle 17-69 .246 3 7 12 7 16 .435 .366 .801
Ichiro Suzuki - OF NYY @ TOR
4/20 1:07 PM
Mark Buehrle 21-48 .438 0 2 5 1 3 .500 .440 .940
Vernon Wells - OF NYY @ TOR
4/20 1:07 PM
Mark Buehrle 21-44 .477 1 6 8 4 3 .682 .510 1.192
Mike Carp - OF BOS vs KC
4/20 1:10 PM
Ervin Santana 5-15 .333 1 1 1 1 3 .533 .375 .908
Mike Napoli - C BOS vs KC
4/20 1:10 PM
Ervin Santana 3-10 .300 0 2 1 1 1 .500 .417 .917
Jeff Francoeur - OF KC @ BOS
4/20 1:10 PM
Ryan Dempster 6-15 .400 1 4 4 0 0 .800 .400 1.200
Chris Getz - 2B KC @ BOS
4/20 1:10 PM
Ryan Dempster 4-10 .400 0 1 1 1 2 .600 .500 1.100
Austin Kearns - OF MIA @ CIN
4/20 1:10 PM
Bronson Arroyo 3-11 .273 2 3 5 2 2 .909 .385 1.294
Placido Polanco - 3B MIA @ CIN
4/20 1:10 PM
Bronson Arroyo 8-22 .364 1 2 3 0 0 .591 .364 .955
Clint Barmes - SS PIT vs ATL
4/20 7:05 PM
Paul Maholm 13-27 .481 2 6 9 3 1 .889 .533 1.422
Cody Ross - OF ARI @ COL
4/20 8:10 PM
Jorge De La Rosa 7-22 .318 2 3 5 5 4 .636 .444 1.081
Nick Hundley - C SD @ SF
4/20 9:05 PM
Tim Lincecum 6-19 .316 1 3 1 3 8 .632 .409 1.041
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
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Cliff Lee PHI vs STL
4/20 7:05 PM
Cardinals Batters 11-63 .175 1 5 4 7 8 .282 .257 .540

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Lyle Overbay - 1B NYY @ TOR
4/20 1:07 PM
Mark Buehrle 0-16 .000 0 0 0 0 7 .000 .000 .000
Jonny Gomes - OF BOS vs KC
4/20 1:10 PM
Ervin Santana 2-12 .167 1 1 1 2 4 .417 .286 .702
Dustin Pedroia - 2B BOS vs KC
4/20 1:10 PM
Ervin Santana 3-17 .176 0 2 0 2 2 .294 .263 .557
Alcides Escobar - SS KC @ BOS
4/20 1:10 PM
Ryan Dempster 2-13 .154 0 0 0 2 3 .154 .267 .421
Chris Coghlan - OF MIA @ CIN
4/20 1:10 PM
Bronson Arroyo 2-11 .182 0 1 0 0 1 .273 .182 .455
Howie Kendrick - 2B LAA vs DET
4/20 3:05 PM
Rick Porcello 2-12 .167 0 2 3 0 5 .333 .167 .500
Adam Jones - OF BAL vs LAD
4/20 7:05 PM
Josh Beckett 11-35 .314 1 3 3 1 12 .457 .333 .790
Carlos Beltran - OF STL @ PHI
4/20 7:05 PM
Cliff Lee 2-12 .167 0 2 1 2 1 .333 .286 .619
Ty Wigginton - 3B STL @ PHI
4/20 7:05 PM
Cliff Lee 3-16 .188 1 2 1 1 4 .438 .235 .673
Yuniesky Betancourt - 2B MIL vs CHC
4/20 7:10 PM
Edwin Jackson 4-24 .167 0 1 1 1 3 .208 .192 .401
Gerardo Parra - OF ARI @ COL
4/20 8:10 PM
Jorge De La Rosa 2-12 .167 0 1 0 2 2 .250 .286 .536
Chase Headley - 3B SD @ SF
4/20 9:05 PM
Tim Lincecum 7-24 .292 1 3 4 1 8 .500 .333 .833
Will Venable - OF SD @ SF
4/20 9:05 PM
Tim Lincecum 7-28 .250 0 2 0 1 10 .357 .276 .633
Angel Pagan - OF SF vs SD
4/20 9:05 PM
Clayton Richard 2-10 .200 0 0 0 0 3 .200 .200 .400
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Mark Buehrle TOR vs NYY
4/20 1:07 PM
Yankees Batters 80-242 .331 8 21 40 17 32 .493 .382 .875
Bronson Arroyo CIN vs Mia
4/20 1:10 PM
Marlins Batters 36-114 .316 6 13 11 3 17 .558 .339 .897
 


Recommended Pickup

Dee Gordon, SS, LAD - For those in deeper formats, Gordon could be on the brink of a promotion back to Los Angeles as he's been able start the season strong at Triple-A Albuquerque with a .319/.385/.468 line through 11 games while going 8-for-9 as a basestealer. Perhaps the biggest number to keep an eye with the young shortstop is his walk rate, which has jumped to 9.6% early on after topping out at 6.3% with the Isotopes last season. Exhibiting an improved combination of plate discipline and contact skills, Gordon could potentially emerge as a viable candidate to eventually bump Hanley Ramirez over to third base this season, while providing a steady supply of stolen bases that would make him a useful asset in many formats. Meanwhile in Los Angeles, Luis Cruz has opened the season in a 4-for-40 slump along with his typically low walk rate 2.3%.

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