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Wednesday Lineup Card: The Byrd is the Word

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Wednesday’s Starters (All times Eastern)

Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu – L) at Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda – R), 1:05 (Game 1)
Orioles (Chris Tillman – R) at Tigers (Rick Porcello – R), 1:08
Marlins (Jose Fernandez – R) at Diamondbacks (Trevor Cahill – R), 3:40
Padres (Eric Stults – L) at Giants (Madison Bumgarner – L), 3:45
Royals (Luis Mendoza – R) at Indians (Justin Masterson – R), 7:05
Dodgers (Chris Capuano – L) at Yankees (Phil Hughes – R), 7:05 (Game 2)
Nationals (Gio Gonzalez – L) at Phillies (Kyle Kendrick – R), 7:05
Rockies (Juan Nicasio – R) at Blue Jays (Mark Buehrle – L), 7:07
Mets (Shaun Marcum – R) at Braves (Kris Medlen – R), 7:10
Pirates (Jeff Locke – L) at Reds (Bronson Arroyo – R), 7:10
Rays (Jeremy Hellickson – R) at Red Sox (Ryan Dempster – R), 7:10
Athletics (Tommy Milone – L) at Rangers (Justin Grimm – R), 8:05
White Sox (Chris Sale – L) at Twins (Kevin Correia – R), 8:10
Brewers (Kyle Lohse – R) at Astros (Erik Bedard – L), 8:10
Cubs (Edwin Jackson – R) at Cardinals (Jake Westbrook – R), 8:15
Mariners (Joe Saunders – L) at Angels (C.J. Wilson – L), 10:05

Day Game After Night Game: BAL/DET, MIA/ARI, SD/SF

Injuries

Day-To-Day
Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS (neck) – Was slated to throw a bullpen session Tuesday.
Everth Cabrera, SS, SD (hamstring) – Remained out of the lineup Tuesday.
Johnny Cueto, SP, CIN (shoulder) – Reported no issues after throwing 88 pitches Sunday vs. the Brewers.
Cliff Lee, SP, PHI (finger) – Received clearance to start Tuesday.
Mike Morse, OF, SEA (quadriceps) – Sat out Tuesday with sore quad.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS (illness) – Returned to the lineup for Tuesday’s doubleheader.
Carlos Quentin, OF, SD (shoulder) – Missed fourth straight game Tuesday.
Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF (finger) – Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Denard Span, OF, WAS (foot) – Back in the lineup Tuesday.
Nick Swisher, OF, CLE (shoulder) – Reporting improvement, but not expected back before Friday.
Juan Uribe, 3B, LAD (back) – Remained out of the lineup Tuesday.
Josh Willingham, OF, MIN (knee) – Returned to lineup Tuesday.
Alex Wood, SP, ATL (finger) – Lifted in third inning of Tuesday’s start after suffering cut on index finger.

Disabled List
Rafael Betancourt, RP, COL (groin) – Threw a 35-pitch side session Tuesday without incident.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE (quadriceps) – Hopes to be back in a week after running and hitting Monday.
Chris Carpenter, SP, STL (shoulder) – Experienced tightness during bullpen session Sunday.
Alex Cobb, SP, TB (concussion) – No timetable on a potential return to Rays rotation.
John Gast, SP, STL (back) – Has yet to throw while on the DL and will likely be sidelined for another four weeks.
Matt Harrison, SP, TEX (back) – Continuing to throw at 60 feet before extending the distance next week.
Aaron Hicks, OF, MIN (hamstring) – Likely to require a rehab assignment before rejoining Twins.
Matt Kemp, OF, LAD (hamstring) – Able to run at 75 percent capacity without pain but remains without a timetable for a rehab assignment.
Ryan Madson, RP, LAA (elbow) – Continues to play catch and could get back on mound soon.
Zach McAllister, SP, CLE (finger) – Played catch Monday from 60 feet.
Brandon Morrow, SP, TOR (forearm) – Suffered setback during Monday’s rehab start at High-A Dunedin.
Alexi Ogando, SP, TEX (shoulder) – Still feeling discomfort and was unable to complete bullpen session Tuesday.
Felipe Paulino, SP, KC (elbow) – Rehab has been shut down after experiencing soreness during a side session.
J.J. Putz, RP, ARI (elbow) – Will begin rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno on Thursday.
Jose Reyes, SS, TOR (ankle) – Will serve as DH on Tuesday for High-A Dunedin and will advance to Double-A or Triple-A by end of the week.
Wandy Rodriguez, SP, PIT (forearm) – Will make first rehab start at Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday.
Joakim Soria, RP, TEX (elbow) – Scheduled to pitch rehab outing Thursday at Double-A Frisco.
Kevin Youkilis, 3B, NYY (back) – Has herniated disk and will require back surgery that will keep him out for 10-to-12 weeks.

Transactions

Placed on Disabled List (15-day unless otherwise noted)
Jeff Baker, OF, TEX
Evan Gattis, C, ATL
Miguel Gonzalez, SP, BAL (placed on paternity list)
David Ross, C, BOS (placed on 7-day DL)
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY
Justin Turner, 2B, NYM

Activated from Disabled List (15-day unless otherwise noted)
Scott Atchison, RP, NYM
Nathan Eovaldi, SP, MIA (60-day DL)
Justin Maxwell, OF, HOU
Carlos Ruiz, C, PHI
Justin Smoak, 1B, SEA

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Chris Bootcheck, RP, NYY (designated for assignment)
Charles Brewer, RP, ARI
Matt Langwell, RP, CLE
Steve Lerud, C, PHI
Alex Liddi, 3B, SEA
Chris McGuiness, 1B, TEX
Yamaico Navarro, 3B, BAL (designated for assignment)
Edgar Olmos, RP, MIA (optioned to Double-A)
Jimmy Paredes, OF, HOU

Called Up (from Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Alfredo Aceves, SP, BOS
Zoilo Almonte, OF, NYY
Zach Britton, SP, BAL
Robinson Chirinos, C, TEX
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, CLE
Randall Delgado, SP, ARI
Travis Ishikawa, 1B, BAL
Wil Myers, OF, TB
Jake Odorizzi, SP, TB
Joe Ortiz, RP, TEX
Tyler Pastornicky, SS, ATL
Cory Rasmus, RP, ATL
Adam Warren, RP, NYY
Zack Wheeler, SP, NYM

Released
Ramon Ramirez, RP, SF

Closer Watch

Detroit – After Drew Smyly picked up a three-inning save Monday against the Orioles, Tigers manager Jim Leyland confirmed that he will "mix-and-match" at closer going forward. Smyly’s save should be viewed as an aberration, as Leyland specifically called out Jose Valverde, Joaquin Benoit and Phil Coke as his options in close games. Coke would only face left-handed heavy lineups, so Valverde and Benoit are the best two options to take a flier on in the Tigers bullpen right now if you're fishing for saves.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B LAD @ NYY
6/19 1:05 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 11-32 .344 3 7 7 6 0 .750 .447 1.197
Skip Schumaker - 2B LAD @ NYY
6/19 1:05 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 6-14 .429 0 1 2 0 2 .500 .429 .929
Nick Markakis - OF BAL @ DET
6/19 1:08 PM
Rick Porcello 6-13 .462 1 2 2 2 1 .769 .500 1.269
Matt Wieters - C BAL @ DET
6/19 1:08 PM
Rick Porcello 4-11 .364 0 1 2 2 1 .455 .500 .955
Chris Denorfia - OF SD @ SF
6/19 3:45 PM
Madison Bumgarner 13-32 .406 0 6 2 1 5 .625 .424 1.049
Jesus Guzman - OF SD @ SF
6/19 3:45 PM
Madison Bumgarner 9-23 .391 1 5 5 1 6 .739 .417 1.156
Chase Headley - 3B SD @ SF
6/19 3:45 PM
Madison Bumgarner 8-26 .308 2 4 10 3 5 .615 .367 .982
Joaquin Arias - SS SF vs SD
6/19 3:45 PM
Eric Stults 4-10 .400 1 1 2 0 3 .700 .400 1.100
Alex Gordon - OF KC @ CLE
6/19 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson 11-27 .407 1 5 5 1 3 .704 .429 1.132
Ian Desmond - SS WAS @ PHI
6/19 7:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 10-23 .435 2 5 5 0 2 .870 .458 1.328
Ryan Zimmerman - 3B WAS @ PHI
6/19 7:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 10-33 .303 1 8 2 2 4 .606 .378 .984
Michael Cuddyer - OF COL @ TOR
6/19 7:07 PM
Mark Buehrle 34-104 .327 3 14 13 4 17 .519 .360 .880
David Ortiz - DH BOS vs TB
6/19 7:10 PM
Jeremy Hellickson 7-19 .368 2 3 3 6 0 .789 .520 1.309
Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C BOS vs TB
6/19 7:10 PM
Jeremy Hellickson 5-18 .278 1 3 3 3 4 .556 .381 .937
Neil Walker - 2B PIT @ CIN
6/19 7:10 PM
Bronson Arroyo 5-11 .455 1 2 3 1 0 .818 .500 1.318
Elvis Andrus - SS TEX vs OAK
6/19 8:05 PM
Tommy Milone 5-10 .500 0 1 1 0 1 .600 .500 1.100
Jeff Keppinger - 3B CWS @ MIN
6/19 8:10 PM
Kevin Correia 5-11 .455 1 2 3 2 0 .818 .500 1.318
Ronny Cedeno - SS HOU vs MIL
6/19 8:10 PM
Kyle Lohse 8-21 .381 0 2 2 1 3 .476 .409 .885
Carlos Gomez - OF MIL @ HOU
6/19 8:10 PM
Erik Bedard 4-10 .400 1 2 3 1 3 .900 .455 1.355
Yadier Molina - C STL vs CHC
6/19 8:15 PM
Edwin Jackson 8-12 .667 2 2 4 2 1 1.167 .714 1.881
Ty Wigginton - 3B STL vs CHC
6/19 8:15 PM
Edwin Jackson 4-13 .308 1 2 1 2 3 .615 .400 1.015
Josh Hamilton - OF LAA vs SEA
6/19 10:05 PM
Joe Saunders 4-10 .400 1 2 6 1 2 .900 .417 1.317
Justin Smoak - 1B SEA @ LAA
6/19 10:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 5-18 .278 2 2 5 3 3 .611 .381 .992
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Shaun Marcum NYM @ ATL
6/19 7:10 PM
Braves Batters 22-93 .237 0 3 5 7 31 .273 .290 .563
Jake Westbrook STL vs CHC
6/19 8:15 PM
Cubs Batters 20-102 .196 0 3 4 5 12 .223 .234 .456
C.J. Wilson LAA vs SEA
6/19 10:05 PM
Mariners Batters 20-96 .208 3 5 12 14 27 .315 .306 .621

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Hanley Ramirez - SS LAD @ NYY
6/19 1:05 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 4-18 .222 0 1 1 0 5 .278 .222 .500
Adam Jones - OF BAL @ DET
6/19 1:08 PM
Rick Porcello 3-12 .250 0 0 0 0 3 .250 .250 .500
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET vs BAL
6/19 1:08 PM
Chris Tillman 1-10 .100 1 1 1 0 2 .400 .100 .500
Everth Cabrera - SS SD @ SF
6/19 3:45 PM
Madison Bumgarner 0-11 .000 0 0 1 1 5 .000 .083 .083
Eric Hosmer - 1B KC @ CLE
6/19 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson 3-15 .200 0 0 2 0 5 .200 .188 .388
John Mayberry - OF PHI vs WAS
6/19 7:05 PM
Gio Gonzalez 2-11 .182 1 1 2 1 2 .455 .250 .705
Roger Bernadina - OF WAS @ PHI
6/19 7:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 2-12 .167 0 0 0 2 3 .167 .286 .452
Adam LaRoche - 1B WAS @ PHI
6/19 7:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 3-21 .143 0 1 0 4 3 .190 .280 .470
Steve Lombardozzi - 2B WAS @ PHI
6/19 7:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 3-12 .250 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .500
Jayson Werth - OF WAS @ PHI
6/19 7:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 1-14 .071 0 0 0 1 3 .071 .133 .205
Chris Johnson - 3B ATL vs NYM
6/19 7:10 PM
Shaun Marcum 1-12 .083 0 0 0 0 5 .083 .083 .167
Jacoby Ellsbury - OF BOS vs TB
6/19 7:10 PM
Jeremy Hellickson 3-17 .176 0 0 1 1 3 .176 .222 .399
Daniel Murphy - 2B NYM @ ATL
6/19 7:10 PM
Kris Medlen 2-14 .143 0 1 1 0 2 .214 .143 .357
David Wright - 3B NYM @ ATL
6/19 7:10 PM
Kris Medlen 2-16 .125 0 0 0 2 7 .125 .222 .347
Russell Martin - C PIT @ CIN
6/19 7:10 PM
Bronson Arroyo 4-20 .200 0 0 2 1 7 .200 .238 .438
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT @ CIN
6/19 7:10 PM
Bronson Arroyo 1-19 .053 1 1 2 3 3 .211 .182 .392
Kelly Johnson - 2B TB @ BOS
6/19 7:10 PM
Ryan Dempster 1-11 .091 0 1 1 6 5 .182 .412 .594
James Loney - 1B TB @ BOS
6/19 7:10 PM
Ryan Dempster 2-16 .125 0 0 0 0 0 .125 .125 .250
Josh Willingham - OF MIN vs CWS
6/19 8:10 PM
Chris Sale 1-12 .083 0 0 1 1 7 .083 .154 .237
Darwin Barney - 2B CHC @ STL
6/19 8:15 PM
Jake Westbrook 3-16 .188 0 1 0 1 0 .250 .235 .485
Alfonso Soriano - OF CHC @ STL
6/19 8:15 PM
Jake Westbrook 3-30 .100 0 0 1 2 3 .100 .156 .256
Raul Ibanez - OF SEA @ LAA
6/19 10:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 3-21 .143 1 2 3 2 7 .333 .217 .551
Michael Saunders - OF SEA @ LAA
6/19 10:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 2-15 .133 0 0 1 3 4 .133 .278 .411
Kyle Seager - 3B SEA @ LAA
6/19 10:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 1-13 .077 0 0 0 2 5 .077 .200 .277
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Hiroki Kuroda NYY vs LAD
6/19 1:05 PM
Dodgers Batters 26-90 .289 4 12 12 8 9 .546 .347 .893
Rick Porcello DET vs Bal
6/19 1:08 PM
Orioles Batters 28-89 .315 2 6 8 9 15 .430 .378 .807
Madison Bumgarner SF vs SD
6/19 3:45 PM
Padres Batters 42-137 .307 4 20 20 11 33 .513 .358 .864
Kyle Kendrick PHI vs Was
6/19 7:05 PM
Nationals Batters 35-132 .265 6 17 12 13 17 .530 .343 .874
Mark Buehrle TOR vs Col
6/19 7:07 PM
Rockies Batters 43-131 .328 3 15 13 6 20 .496 .364 .860
Edwin Jackson CHC @ StL
6/19 8:15 PM
Cardinals Batters 23-69 .333 4 7 13 10 16 .536 .418 .929
 


Recommended Pickup

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