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

Phillies (Jonathan Pettibone - R) @ Mets (Shaun Marcum - R), 1:05
Braves (Kris Medlen - R) @ Tigers (Rick Porcello - R), 1:05
Reds (Mike Leake - R) @ Nationals (Dan Haren - R), 1:05
Orioles (Chris Tillman - R) @ A's (A.J. Griffin - R), 4:05
Blue Jays (J.A. Happ - L) @ Yankees (CC Sabathia - L), 4:05
Rangers (Derek Holland - L) @ Twins (Pedro Hernandez - L), 4:10
Pirates (A.J. Burnett - R) @ Cardinals (Jake Westbrook - R), 4:15
Cubs (Travis Wood - L) @ Marlins (Alejandro Sanabia - R), 7:10
Indians (Ubaldo Jimenez - R) @ Royals (Jeremy Guthrie - R), 7:10
Rays (Matt Moore - L) @ White Sox (Gavin Floyd - R), 7:10
Astros (Brad Peacock - R) @ Red Sox (Felix Doubront - L), 7:10
Rockies (Jeff Francis - L) @ D-Backs (Wade Miley - L), 8:10
Giants (Barry Zito - L) @ Padres (Eric Stults - L), 8:40
Brewers (Wily Peralta - R) @ Dodgers (Stephen Fife - R), 9:10
Angels (Joe Blanton - R) @ Mariners (Felix Hernandez - R), 9:10

Day Game After Night Game: PHI/NYM, ATL/DET, CIN/WAS, BAL/OAK, TOR/NYY, TEX/MIN, CHC/MIA

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Josh Johnson, SP, TOR - (Triceps) Had an MRI on Friday.
R.A. Dickey, SP, TOR - (Neck) Expects to make his scheduled start Sunday.
Jon Niese, SP, NYM - (Ankle) Cleared to start Sunday against the Phillies.
Ivan Nova, SP, NYY - Left Friday's game in the third inning with a right elbow sprain. Sent for an MRI.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS - Missed second straight start Friday, could avoid the DL.
Ben Revere, OF, PHI - (Quadriceps) Held out of the lineup for the second straight game Friday.
Kevin Youkilis, 3B, NYY - (Back) Sat out for the sixth straight game Friday.
Yunel Escobar, SS, TAM - (Hamstring) Felt better Friday and expects to return Saturday.
Jeff Keppinger, 3B, CHW - (Back) Held out of the lineup Friday with spasms.
Justin Maxwell, OF, HOU - (Hand) Will miss four-to-six weeks.
Dewayne Wise, OF, CHW - Scratched from Friday's lineup with neck stiffness.
Andy Dirks, OF, DET - (Knee) Sat with soreness Friday.
Phil Coke, RP, DET - (Groin) Was not available Friday and could miss a few days.

Players on the DL
Francisco Cervelli, C, NYY - (Hand) Suffered a broken hand in Friday night's game; out at least six weeks.
Brian McCann, C, ATL - (Shoulder) Started minor league rehab assignment behind the plate Friday.
Erick Aybar, SS, LAA - (Heel) Will play at least one more EST game Saturday before returning.
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK - (Thumb) Scheduled to DH on Saturday in final rehab game before Sunday activation.
Michael Saunders, OF, SEA - (Shoulder) Started a rehab assignment Friday night.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY - (Wrist) Limited to dry swings thus far in his rehab. Will not make May 1 timetable.
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY - (Ankle) Hopes to return in 2013, but no longer has a timetable.
Matt Garza, SP, CHC - (Arm) Threw from flat ground without incident Friday; likely needs four rehab starts.
Brandon Beachy, SP, ATL - (Elbow) Threw batting practice for five minutes Friday.
Jason Kubel, OF, ARI - (Quadriceps) DH'd in an EST on Thursday and will play again Saturday before being evaluated again.
John Lackey, SP, BOS - (Biceps) Will start against Houston on Sunday.
Colby Lewis, SP, TEX - (Forearm) Set to pitch at EST on Monday; on track for return in late May.
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS, MIA - (Elbow) Will return when eligible May 2.
Gordon Beckham, 2B, CHW - (Wrist) Had cast removed, still targeting late-May return.
Franklin Morales, RP, BOS - (Chest) Now weeks away from returning after recent setback.

Placed on the DL
Matt Adams, 1B, STL (oblique)
Manny Parra, RP, CIN (chest)
Francisco Cervelli, C, NYY (hand, will likely happen Saturday)

Activated from the DL
Sean Marshall, RP, CIN

Called Up
Jermaine Curtis, 3B, STL

Closer Watch

Pirates - Tony Watson earned the save Thursday, but it was a simple matter of availability in the Pittsburgh pen given the heavy workload shouldered by Mark Melancon and Jason Grilli earlier in the week. On a related note, check out or new Reliever Workload page to monitor these situations each morning!

Cubs - Carlos Marmol picked up his second save of the season Thursday, but allowed a few baserunners in the process. The log:

Donovan Solano walked
Austin Kearns singled
Juan Pierre hit into a fielder's choice
Placido Polanco flew out
Giancarlo Stanton struck out swinging.

Kevin Gregg appeared in games Monday and Tuesday, and was back in the mix to record the save for the Cubs on Friday night against the Marlins.

D-Backs - J.J. Putz secured the win Thursday for his fourth save of the season, just a couple of days after getting a vote of confidence from manager Kirk Gibson. The key for Putz lies in his splitter, a pitch that is simply unhittable when he's able to harness it.

Key Matchups

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Brandon Phillips - 2B CIN @ WAS
4/27 1:05 PM
Dan Haren 3-12 .250 2 2 4 0 4 .750 .250 1.000
Jayson Werth - OF WAS vs CIN
4/27 1:05 PM
Mike Leake 4-10 .400 1 1 2 2 2 .700 .462 1.162
Maicer Izturis - 3B TOR @ NYY
4/27 4:05 PM
CC Sabathia 7-18 .389 0 1 4 3 3 .444 .476 .921
Jason Giambi - 1B CLE @ KC
4/27 7:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 4-10 .400 2 2 5 0 2 1.000 .400 1.400
Nick Swisher - OF CLE @ KC
4/27 7:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 13-29 .448 2 8 9 4 8 .897 .500 1.397
Miguel Tejada - SS KC vs CLE
4/27 7:10 PM
Scott Kazmir 11-28 .393 1 4 3 4 4 .607 .455 1.062
Ben Zobrist - 2B TB @ CWS
4/27 7:10 PM
Gavin Floyd 4-14 .286 2 2 3 1 5 .714 .333 1.048
Nick Hundley - C SD vs SF
4/27 8:40 PM
Barry Zito 3-11 .273 1 1 2 1 3 .545 .333 .879
Will Venable - OF SD vs SF
4/27 8:40 PM
Barry Zito 4-10 .400 0 0 1 0 3 .400 .400 .800
Mark Trumbo - OF LAA @ SEA
4/27 9:10 PM
Felix Hernandez 3-13 .231 2 2 3 0 4 .692 .231 .923
Mike Morse - OF SEA vs LAA
4/27 9:10 PM
Joe Blanton 3-10 .300 1 1 3 0 3 .600 .300 .900
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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CC Sabathia NYY vs TOR
4/27 4:05 PM
Blue Jays Batters 28-143 .196 1 4 10 14 25 .237 .271 .508
A.J. Burnett PIT @ STL
4/27 4:15 PM
Cardinals Batters 16-70 .229 1 2 9 6 16 .300 .295 .595
Gavin Floyd CWS vs TB
4/27 7:10 PM
Rays Batters 16-77 .208 5 9 9 5 17 .464 .274 .739
Felix Hernandez SEA vs LAA
4/27 9:10 PM
Angels Batters 25-124 .202 4 9 11 8 29 .348 .255 .603

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Shin-Soo Choo - OF CIN @ WAS
4/27 1:05 PM
Dan Haren 2-11 .182 0 0 0 0 3 .182 .182 .364
J.P. Arencibia - C TOR @ NYY
4/27 4:05 PM
CC Sabathia 2-16 .125 0 0 1 0 2 .125 .125 .250
Jose Bautista - OF TOR @ NYY
4/27 4:05 PM
CC Sabathia 1-19 .053 0 0 0 4 8 .053 .217 .270
Rajai Davis - OF TOR @ NYY
4/27 4:05 PM
CC Sabathia 4-29 .138 0 0 1 2 2 .138 .194 .331
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS CLE @ KC
4/27 7:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 2-12 .167 1 1 1 0 1 .417 .167 .583
Alex Gordon - OF KC vs CLE
4/27 7:10 PM
Scott Kazmir 2-10 .200 0 1 1 1 3 .300 .273 .573
Jose Molina - C TB @ CWS
4/27 7:10 PM
Gavin Floyd 2-10 .200 0 1 0 1 2 .300 .333 .633
Sean Rodriguez - SS TB @ CWS
4/27 7:10 PM
Gavin Floyd 0-10 .000 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .167 .167
Peter Bourjos - OF LAA @ SEA
4/27 9:10 PM
Felix Hernandez 2-14 .143 0 0 0 0 2 .143 .143 .286
Josh Hamilton - OF LAA @ SEA
4/27 9:10 PM
Felix Hernandez 8-41 .195 1 4 4 8 11 .366 .340 .706
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Jeremy Guthrie KC vs Cle
4/27 7:10 PM
Indians Batters 28-91 .308 6 15 22 6 19 .631 .352 .983
 


Recommended Pickup

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