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Wednesday Lineup Card: Tazawa Next Man Up In Boston

Adam Wolf

Adam Wolf

Adam began writing for RotoWire in the spring of 2012 as an undergrad student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He primarily serves as the site's day-to-day editor of NHL content, while also working as the Chicago Bears and Colorado Rockies beat writer, managing the site's Closer Grid, and contributing to the football and baseball magazines.

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Wednesday’s Starters (All times Eastern)

Braves (Mike Minor – L) at Reds (Mike Leake – R), 12:35
Mariners (Felix Hernandez – R) at Pirates (A.J. Burnett – R), 12:35
Cardinals (Jake Westbrook – R) at Cubs (Carlos Villanueva – R), 2:20
Marlins (Ricky Nolasco – R) at Padres (Jason Marquis – R), 3:40
Phillies (Jonathan Pettibone – R) at Giants (Barry Zito – L), 3:45
Tigers (Anibal Sanchez – R) at Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann – R), 7:05
Royals (Luis Mendoza – R) at Orioles (Chris Tillman – R), 7:05
Athletics (A.J. Griffin – R) at Indians (Justin Masterson – R), 7:05
White Sox (Jake Peavy – R) at Mets (Jeremy Hefner – R), 7:10
Twins (Pedro Hernandez – L) at Red Sox (Allen Webster – R), 7:10
Blue Jays (Ricky Romero – L) at Rays (Matt Moore – L), 7:10
Angels (Joe Blanton – R) at Astros (Bud Norris – R), 8:10
Rangers (Derek Holland – L) at Brewers (Kyle Lohse – R), 8:10
Yankees (David Phelps – R) at Rockies (Juan Nicasio – R), 8:40
Diamondbacks (Wade Miley – L) at Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw – L), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: ATL/CIN, SEA/PIT, STL/CHC, MIA/SD, PHI/SF

Injuries

Day-To-Day
Logan Forsythe, 2B, SD (Foot) – Began jogging Wednesday.
Miguel Gonzalez, SP, BAL (thumb) – Next start will be pushed back to Friday or Saturday against the Twins.
J.A. Happ, SP, TOR (Head) – Removed from Tuesday’s game on stretcher after taking a line drive off the forehead.
Russell Martin, C, PIT (Neck) – Scratched Tuesday with neck stiffness.
James McDonald, SP, PIT (Shoulder) – Scratched for Tuesday’s start with discomfort in his throwing shoulder.
Yadier Molina, C, STL (Hand) – Returned to lineup Tuesday after suffering hand injury Sunday.
Angel Pagan, OF, SF (Hamstring) – Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Jarrod Parker, SP, OAK (Neck) – Dealing with neck strain and could require DL stint.
A.J. Pierzynski, C, TEX (Oblique) – Scratched from Tuesday’s game with tightness in right oblique.
Josh Reddick, OF, OAK (Wrist) – Expected to miss a couple of days after receiving shot in his wrist.
David Ross, C, BOS (Knee) – Removed from Tuesday’s game with injury.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL (Leg) – Dealing with minor issue and was only available as pinch-hitter Tuesday.
Jayson Werth, OF, WAS (hamstring) – Remains out of the lineup Tuesday.

Disabled List
Gordon Beckham, 2B, CWS (Wrist) – Fielded ground balls and took part in baseball activities Tuesday.
Adam Eaton, OF, ARI (Elbow) – Will serve as DH for about 10 days at Triple-A Reno before playing games in outfield.
Frank Francisco, RP, NYM (Elbow) – Pitched an outing for second straight day Monday at High-A St. Lucie.
Kyuji Fujikawa, RP, CHC (Forearm) – Threw one inning in second rehab appearance Tuesday.
Matt Garza, SP, CHC (Arm) – Gave up one run in 3.1 innings in rehab start at Triple-A Iowa on Monday.
Curtis Granderson, OF, NYY (Forearm) – Played fourth game at extended spring training Monday.
Ryan Madson, RP, LAA (Elbow) – Hopes to begin a rehab assignment Thursday.
Jason Motte, RP, STL (Elbow) – Underwent successful Tommy John surgery Tuesday.
Mike Olt, 3B, TEX (Eye) – Placed on minor league DL and will visit eye specialist in 10-14 days.
Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL (Hamstring) – Visited a specialist in Texas on Wednesday.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY (Hip) – Took 30 swings off a tee Monday.
Sergio Santos, RP, TOR (Triceps) – Set to begin rehab assignment next week.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY (Wrist) – Took 20 swings of live batting practice Monday.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT (Hand) – Will begin rehab assignment Thursday at Double-A Altoona.
Jered Weaver, SP, LAA (Elbow) – Will throw a bullpen session Thursday.

Transactions

Called Up (from Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Nick Green, 3B, MIA
Josh Harrison, SS, PIT
Elian Herrera, 3B, LAD
Allen Webster, SP, BOS

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Ezequiel Carrera, OF, CLE
Jean Machi, RP, SF

Activated From Disabled List (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Matt Adams, 1B, STL
Jose Mijares, RP, SF (from restricted list)

Placed On Disabled List (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Henderson Alvarez, SP, MIA (transferred to 60-day DL)
Gavin Floyd, SP, CWS (transferred to 60-day DL)
Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B, LAD
Joel Hanrahan, RP, BOS
Donovan Solano, 2B, MIA

Claimed Off Waivers
Mike McDade, 1B, CWS

Released
Josh Bell, 3B, CWS
Cory Wade, RP, CHC

Closer Watch

Red Sox: Just one day after closer Andrew Bailey (biceps inflammation) landed on the disabled list, the Red Sox placed replacement Joel Hanrahan was placed on the DL with forearm tightness. With the two top closing candidates down and out, the team will now turn to Junichi Tazawa for ninth inning duties, with Koji Uehara working as his top setup man. Tazawa’s grip on the closer role will likely end as soon as either Bailey or Hanrahan returns, but he’ll have a hold on the job for at least the next two weeks.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Chris Johnson - 3B ATL @ CIN
5/8 12:35 PM
Mike Leake 4-14 .286 2 3 3 0 1 .786 .333 1.119
Robert Andino - 2B SEA @ PIT
5/8 12:35 PM
A.J. Burnett 7-18 .389 1 3 3 4 1 .667 .500 1.167
Jason Bay - OF SEA @ PIT
5/8 12:35 PM
A.J. Burnett 8-22 .364 1 3 6 3 3 .591 .423 1.014
Matt Holliday - OF STL @ CHC
5/8 2:20 PM
Carlos Villanueva 3-10 .300 2 2 3 2 2 .900 .417 1.317
Austin Kearns - OF MIA @ SD
5/8 3:40 PM
Jason Marquis 8-19 .421 2 2 5 2 3 .737 .476 1.213
Chase Headley - 3B SD vs MIA
5/8 3:40 PM
Ricky Nolasco 4-12 .333 1 2 1 1 4 .667 .385 1.051
Mark Kotsay - OF SD vs MIA
5/8 3:40 PM
Ricky Nolasco 8-13 .615 1 3 2 0 0 1.077 .615 1.692
Will Venable - OF SD vs MIA
5/8 3:40 PM
Ricky Nolasco 3-13 .231 2 2 2 1 5 .692 .286 .978
Chase Utley - 2B PHI @ SF
5/8 3:45 PM
Barry Zito 7-17 .412 1 4 3 0 1 .824 .412 1.235
Ian Desmond - SS WAS vs DET
5/8 7:05 PM
Anibal Sanchez 8-25 .320 1 3 3 2 4 .520 .370 .890
Wilson Ramos - C WAS vs DET
5/8 7:05 PM
Anibal Sanchez 5-13 .385 0 1 1 2 1 .462 .467 .928
Evan Longoria - 3B TB vs TOR
5/8 7:10 PM
Ricky Romero 7-24 .292 0 2 2 6 7 .417 .433 .850
Ben Zobrist - 2B TB vs TOR
5/8 7:10 PM
Ricky Romero 9-30 .300 2 4 9 5 5 .567 .400 .967
Rajai Davis - OF TOR @ TB
5/8 7:10 PM
Matt Moore 4-10 .400 0 2 0 0 3 .600 .400 1.000
Carlos Pena - 1B HOU vs LAA
5/8 8:10 PM
Joe Blanton 5-10 .500 0 1 1 2 2 .600 .583 1.183
Lance Berkman - 1B TEX @ MIL
5/8 8:10 PM
Kyle Lohse 9-31 .290 4 6 8 6 4 .742 .405 1.147
Geovany Soto - C TEX @ MIL
5/8 8:10 PM
Kyle Lohse 6-18 .333 0 3 4 1 4 .500 .368 .868
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Jake Westbrook STL @ CHC
5/8 2:20 PM
Cubs Batters 29-134 .216 1 4 7 9 13 .261 .270 .531
Anibal Sanchez DET @ WAS
5/8 7:05 PM
Nationals Batters 38-191 .199 3 10 8 15 56 .289 .264 .553
Ricky Romero TOR @ TB
5/8 7:10 PM
Rays Batters 26-126 .206 5 11 19 22 29 .375 .328 .703
Clayton Kershaw LAD vs ARI
5/8 10:10 PM
Diamondbacks Batters 17-96 .177 0 8 4 7 33 .259 .239 .498

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Jordan Schafer - OF ATL @ CIN
5/8 12:35 PM
Mike Leake 3-12 .250 0 0 1 0 4 .250 .250 .500
Brandon Inge - 3B PIT vs SEA
5/8 12:35 PM
Felix Hernandez 4-22 .182 0 1 5 0 9 .227 .182 .409
Russell Martin - C PIT vs SEA
5/8 12:35 PM
Felix Hernandez 3-17 .176 0 0 2 1 6 .176 .222 .399
Darwin Barney - 2B CHC vs STL
5/8 2:20 PM
Jake Westbrook 3-16 .188 0 1 0 1 0 .250 .235 .485
Alfonso Soriano - OF CHC vs STL
5/8 2:20 PM
Jake Westbrook 3-30 .100 0 0 1 2 3 .100 .156 .256
Yadier Molina - C STL @ CHC
5/8 2:20 PM
Carlos Villanueva 3-18 .167 0 0 1 0 1 .167 .211 .377
Ty Wigginton - 3B STL @ CHC
5/8 2:20 PM
Carlos Villanueva 2-10 .200 0 0 0 0 4 .200 .200 .400
Greg Dobbs - 3B MIA @ SD
5/8 3:40 PM
Jason Marquis 2-11 .182 0 1 1 0 1 .273 .182 .455
Ryan Howard - 1B PHI @ SF
5/8 3:45 PM
Barry Zito 1-10 .100 0 1 1 1 5 .200 .250 .450
Josh Reddick - OF OAK @ CLE
5/8 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson 2-14 .143 2 2 3 1 3 .571 .200 .771
Roger Bernadina - OF WAS vs DET
5/8 7:05 PM
Anibal Sanchez 2-20 .100 0 0 0 3 8 .100 .217 .317
Danny Espinosa - 2B WAS vs DET
5/8 7:05 PM
Anibal Sanchez 1-13 .077 0 0 0 1 6 .077 .200 .277
Adam LaRoche - 1B WAS vs DET
5/8 7:05 PM
Anibal Sanchez 6-30 .200 0 0 1 1 9 .200 .226 .426
Jayson Werth - OF WAS vs DET
5/8 7:05 PM
Anibal Sanchez 5-30 .167 1 3 1 1 19 .333 .194 .527
David Wright - 3B NYM vs CWS
5/8 7:10 PM
Jake Peavy 2-14 .143 0 1 0 4 6 .214 .333 .548
Matt Joyce - OF TB vs TOR
5/8 7:10 PM
Ricky Romero 2-17 .118 1 1 2 2 3 .294 .211 .505
Sean Rodriguez - SS TB vs TOR
5/8 7:10 PM
Ricky Romero 1-16 .063 0 1 0 7 3 .125 .348 .473
Luke Scott - DH TB vs TOR
5/8 7:10 PM
Ricky Romero 1-17 .059 1 1 3 1 4 .235 .105 .341
Albert Pujols - 1B LAA @ HOU
5/8 8:10 PM
Bud Norris 5-26 .192 0 2 2 2 3 .269 .250 .519
A.J. Pierzynski - C TEX @ MIL
5/8 8:10 PM
Kyle Lohse 2-10 .200 0 0 0 0 1 .200 .333 .533
Paul Goldschmidt - 1B ARI @ LAD
5/8 10:10 PM
Clayton Kershaw 1-11 .091 0 0 0 2 5 .091 .231 .322
Miguel Montero - C ARI @ LAD
5/8 10:10 PM
Clayton Kershaw 4-20 .200 0 3 3 0 9 .350 .200 .550
Martin Prado - 3B ARI @ LAD
5/8 10:10 PM
Clayton Kershaw 1-15 .067 0 0 0 0 3 .067 .067 .133
Cody Ross - OF ARI @ LAD
5/8 10:10 PM
Clayton Kershaw 3-17 .176 0 2 0 2 6 .294 .263 .557
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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A.J. Burnett PIT vs Sea
5/8 12:35 PM
Mariners Batters 26-81 .321 2 8 15 13 18 .465 .429 .894
Jason Marquis SD vs Mia
5/8 3:40 PM
Marlins Batters 31-110 .282 2 10 14 9 9 .440 .358 .799
Ricky Nolasco MIA @ SD
5/8 3:40 PM
Padres Batters 24-69 .348 5 9 11 4 15 .645 .384 1.028
Kyle Lohse MIL vs Tex
5/8 8:10 PM
Rangers Batters 19-75 .253 5 10 13 7 13 .536 .333 .869
 


Recommended Pickup

Junichi Tazawa, RP, BOS – As was mentioned in the Closer Watch, Tazawa will take over the ninth inning gig temporarily with both Andrew Bailey and Joel Hanrahan sidelined for at least the next two weeks. While either Bailey or Hanrahan will likely take over as soon as returning, Tazawa is an attractive pickup based on the incredible ratios he’s provided over the last two seasons. Since the start of the 2012 season, Tazawa boasts a 1.69 ERA and an insane 63:8 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 58.1 innings. That sort of superb command could make him an above-average closing option while he remains in the role, as he’ll also be finishing games for a Red Sox club that had racked up a league-leading 21 wins heading into Tuesday’s games. The save opportunities should be plentiful.

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