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

Yankees (Ivan Nova - R) at Blue Jays (Josh Johnson - R), 1:07
Marlins (Alex Sanabia - R) at Reds (Homer Bailey - R), 1:10
Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann - R) at Mets (Dillon Gee - R), 1:10
Braves (Kris Medlen - R) at Pirates (Jonathan Sanchez - R), 1:35
Dodgers (Chad Billingsley - R) at Orioles (Jake Arrieta - R), 1:35
Royals (Ervin Santana - R) at Red Sox (Ryan Dempster - R), 1:35
Athletics (Tommy Milone - L) at Rays (Roberto Hernandez - R), 1:40
Cubs (Scott Feldman - R) at Brewers (Wily Peralta - R), 2:10
Twins (Gavin Floyd - R) at White Sox (Scott Diamond - L), 2:10
Indians (Ubaldo Jimenez - R) at Astros (Erik Bedard - L), 2:10
Mariners (Aaron Harang - R) at Rangers (Justin Grimm - R), 3:05
Tigers (Doug Fister - R) at Angels (C.J. Wilson - L), 3:35
Padres (Eric Stults - L) at Giants (Barry Zito - L), 4:05
Diamondbacks (Brandon McCarthy - R) at Rockies (Juan Nicasio - L), 4:10
Royals (Jeremy Guthrie - R) at Red Sox (Allen Webster - R), 7:05
Cardinals (Jake Westbrook - R) at Phillies (Kyle Kendrick - R), 8:05

Day game after a night game: ATL, PIT, LAD, BAL, OAK, TB, CHC, MIL, CLE, HOU, SEA, TEX, SD, SF, ARI, COL

Injuries - A brief look at players who have been missing time with minor ailments and their expected returns

Day-to-Day
Brett Anderson, P, OAK (Ankle) - His sprained right ankle is contained within an aircast, but his next start is still a possibility.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE (Wrist) - Left Saturday's contest with a contusion on his left wrist.
Jhoulys Chacin, P, COL (Oblique) - Had an MRI performed on his left oblique Saturday, though the results are unknown.
Zack Cozart, SS, CIN (Finger) - Hit by a pitch Saturday, but X-rays were returned negative.
Ryan Hanigan, C, CIN (Thumb) - Did not catch teammate Bronson Arroyo for the first time since September 2011.
Todd Helton, 1B, COL (Forearm) - Sat out Saturday due to a left forearm strain.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI (Groin) - Will likely return to the lineup Sunday.
Brett Myers, P, CLE (Forearm) - Scheduled for an MRI and further evaluation of his right forearm Sunday by team doctors.
Clayton Richard, P, SD (Illness) - Scratched from his start Saturday due to flu-like symptoms.
Ruben Tejada, SS, NYM (Ankle) - Held out Saturday due to a foot or ankle injury suffered Friday.
Nick Tepesch, P, TEX (Wrist) - Reached the second inning Saturday, before leaving with a slight contusion to his right wrist.
Dan Uggla, 2B, ATL (Calf) - Exited Saturday's outing with a strained left calf.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS (Back) - Removed from Saturday's game due to tightness in his lower back.
Kevin Youkilis, 3B, NYY (Back) - Not expected to take part in Sunday's outing due to lower back tightness.

Players on the DL
Edwar Cabrera, P, COL (Shoulder) - Faced hitters for the first time since landing on the 60-day DL prior to Opening Day.
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK (Thumb) - Stated that he's set to return to the lineup, though the earliest he can do so is April 28.
Johnny Cueto, P, CIN (Triceps) - Has not resumed throwing, despite feeling better.
Neftali Feliz, P, TEX (Elbow) - Participating in long-toss up to 105 feet.
Avisail Garcia, OF, DET (Heel) - Still out due to the bruised heel he sustained in spring training.
Ryan Madson, P, LAA (Elbow) - Felt soreness in his recovering right elbow after a simulated game Friday, but played catch Saturday and reported no pain.
Sean Marshall, P, CIN (Shoulder) - Tossed a bullpen session Saturday and may soon begin a one- or two-game rehab assignment.
Lou Marson, C, CLE (Neck) - Rejoining the Indians on Tuesday, after which he may be cleared for Wednesday's game.
Nick Masset, P, CIN (Shoulder) - Suffered a setback in his recovery and has been shut down from throwing.
Martin Perez, P, TEX (Wrist) - Slated to begin throwing batting practice in about one week.
Mark Rogers, P, MIL (Shoulder) - Expected to embark upon a rehab assignment Tuesday.
Michael Saunders, OF, SEA (Shoulder) - Took part in batting practice Friday for the first time since suffering his right shoulder sprain.

Transactions - Players who have been demoted, called up, traded, released, you name it. We'll cover it here.

Placed on the DL (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Blake DeWitt, 2B, ATL
Mark Lowe, P, LAA
J.D. Martinez, OF, HOU
Tyson Ross, P, SD
Dayan Viciedo, OF, CHW
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS

Activated from the DL
Travis Blackley, P, HOU
Scott Kazmir, P, CLE
Fernando Martinez, OF, HOU

Called Up
Hiram Burgos, P, MIL
David Carpenter, P, ATL
Jesse Chavez, P, OAK
Tommy Field, SS, LAA
Michael Kohn, P, LAA
Josh Outman, P, COL
Anthony Rendon, 3B, WAS
Blake Tekotte, OF, CHW
Thad Weber, P, SD

Sent Down
Cord Phelps, 2B, CLE
Evan Scribner, P, OAK
Chris Volstad, P, COL

Signed
Paco Figueroa, 2B, ATL

Closer Watch - A closer look at intriguing ninth-inning situations (also check out our Closer Grid)

Boston - With Joel Hanrahan sidelined through the end of April due to a strained hamstring, Andrew Bailey has been provided with the most favorable of circumstances: a window in which to display his wares and potentially swipe a closing gig. Since the aforementioned DL stint commenced, Bailey has appeared in four outings, including a successful save in the two games leading into Saturday. Taking the mound with a 4-2 lead, he immediately served up a solo shot to the first batter in the ninth, the Royals' Lorenzo Cain, and very nearly allowed a second one off the bat of Salvador Perez, until the ball sliced foul just past the right-field pole. In the end, Bailey gathered his third save in as many chances Saturday, but further shaky performances will surely hand the job back to Hanrahan upon his return to the roster.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Daniel Murphy - 2B NYM vs WAS
4/21 1:10 PM
Jordan Zimmermann 6-12 .500 1 2 3 0 1 .833 .500 1.333
Justin Upton - OF ATL @ PIT
4/21 1:35 PM
Jonathan Sanchez 7-28 .250 2 5 6 7 11 .571 .400 .971
Mike Carp - OF BOS vs KC
4/21 1:35 PM
Ervin Santana 5-15 .333 1 1 1 1 3 .533 .375 .908
Mike Napoli - C BOS vs KC
4/21 1:35 PM
Ervin Santana 3-10 .300 0 2 1 1 1 .500 .417 .917
David Ortiz - DH BOS vs KC
4/21 1:35 PM
Ervin Santana 7-24 .292 2 4 4 4 12 .625 .414 1.039
Jeff Francoeur - OF KC @ BOS
4/21 1:35 PM
Ryan Dempster 6-15 .400 1 4 4 0 0 .800 .400 1.200
Chris Getz - 2B KC @ BOS
4/21 1:35 PM
Ryan Dempster 4-10 .400 0 1 1 1 2 .600 .500 1.100
Coco Crisp - OF OAK @ TB
4/21 1:40 PM
Roberto Hernandez 8-18 .444 1 2 2 4 2 .667 .545 1.212
Nick Swisher - OF CLE @ HOU
4/21 2:10 PM
Erik Bedard 3-15 .200 2 2 4 4 5 .600 .368 .968
Jamey Carroll - SS MIN @ CWS
4/21 2:10 PM
Gavin Floyd 6-16 .375 0 2 0 1 4 .500 .412 .912
Joe Mauer - C MIN @ CWS
4/21 2:10 PM
Gavin Floyd 16-38 .421 3 8 8 6 2 .816 .511 1.327
Lance Berkman - 1B TEX vs SEA
4/21 3:05 PM
Aaron Harang 15-58 .259 7 11 10 9 15 .690 .358 1.048
Torii Hunter - OF DET @ LAA
4/21 3:35 PM
C.J. Wilson 7-29 .241 2 2 8 8 5 .448 .405 .854
Howie Kendrick - 2B LAA vs DET
4/21 3:35 PM
Doug Fister 5-14 .357 1 3 4 0 1 .714 .400 1.114
Nick Hundley - C SD @ SF
4/21 4:05 PM
Barry Zito 3-11 .273 1 1 2 1 3 .545 .333 .879
Will Venable - OF SD @ SF
4/21 4:05 PM
Barry Zito 4-10 .400 0 0 1 0 3 .400 .400 .800
Michael Young - 3B PHI vs STL
4/21 8:05 PM
Jake Westbrook 11-27 .407 1 3 4 3 5 .593 .467 1.059
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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C.J. Wilson LAA vs DET
4/21 3:35 PM
Tigers Batters 17-90 .189 2 6 14 16 19 .314 .306 .620

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
David Wright - 3B NYM vs WAS
4/21 1:10 PM
Jordan Zimmermann 3-16 .188 0 1 1 0 6 .250 .176 .426
Danny Espinosa - 2B WAS @ NYM
4/21 1:10 PM
Dillon Gee 1-11 .091 0 0 0 3 1 .091 .333 .424
J.J. Hardy - SS BAL vs LAD
4/21 1:35 PM
Chad Billingsley 2-10 .200 1 1 1 0 4 .500 .200 .700
Jonny Gomes - OF BOS vs KC
4/21 1:35 PM
Ervin Santana 2-12 .167 1 1 1 2 4 .417 .286 .702
Dustin Pedroia - 2B BOS vs KC
4/21 1:35 PM
Ervin Santana 3-17 .176 0 2 0 2 2 .294 .263 .557
Alcides Escobar - SS KC @ BOS
4/21 1:35 PM
Ryan Dempster 2-13 .154 0 0 0 2 3 .154 .267 .421
Rick Ankiel - OF HOU vs CLE
4/21 2:10 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 2-11 .182 0 0 3 2 4 .182 .308 .490
Ronny Cedeno - SS HOU vs CLE
4/21 2:10 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 1-10 .100 0 0 1 1 0 .100 .182 .282
A.J. Pierzynski - C TEX vs SEA
4/21 3:05 PM
Aaron Harang 2-10 .200 0 0 1 1 2 .200 .273 .473
Victor Martinez - C DET @ LAA
4/21 3:35 PM
C.J. Wilson 3-17 .176 0 1 3 3 5 .235 .273 .508
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET @ LAA
4/21 3:35 PM
C.J. Wilson 1-14 .071 0 1 1 2 7 .143 .188 .330
Josh Hamilton - OF LAA vs DET
4/21 3:35 PM
Doug Fister 2-10 .200 0 1 2 1 1 .300 .308 .608
Michael Cuddyer - OF COL vs ARI
4/21 4:10 PM
Brandon McCarthy 3-17 .176 1 1 1 1 4 .353 .222 .575
Matt Holliday - OF STL @ PHI
4/21 8:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 2-14 .143 1 2 3 0 2 .429 .143 .571
Yadier Molina - C STL @ PHI
4/21 8:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 2-11 .182 0 1 0 1 1 .273 .308 .580
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Erik Bedard HOU vs Cle
4/21 2:10 PM
Indians Batters 20-79 .253 5 10 15 12 25 .507 .365 .872
Gavin Floyd CWS vs Min
4/21 2:10 PM
Twins Batters 30-85 .353 5 13 14 9 11 .641 .420 1.062
Aaron Harang SEA @ Tex
4/21 3:05 PM
Rangers Batters 26-104 .250 9 16 16 13 27 .579 .337 .916
Kyle Kendrick PHI vs StL
4/21 8:05 PM
Cardinals Batters 19-65 .292 3 9 9 6 7 .501 .362 .863
 


Recommended Pickup

Daniel Nava, OF, BOS - Slowly but surely, Nava is carving out a near everyday role with his impressive (and new-found) hitting stroke. He has reached base in all but one of the 12 games in which he's appeared in 2013, while batting 4-of-9 in his last three outings. On the year, his lofty line reveals a .342 average with four home runs, 14 RBI, and seven runs scored in 38 at-bats. Nevertheless, the season debut of David Ortiz on Saturday casts a shadow of doubt over the Red Sox's lineup in the coming weeks, as Nava and Jonny Gomes will be striving for plate appearances. At least in the short term, Boston's starting right fielder, Shane Victorino, is enduring lower back tightness, meaning both Nava and Gomes shouldn't have trouble seeing the field. Over time, though, whoever holds the hot bat is likely to man left field. Currently, that player is Nava.

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