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Sunday Lineup Card: Utility Man Extraordinary

Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster

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

Padres (Andrew Cashnet - R) at Marlins (Nathan Eovaldi - R), 1:10
Nationals (Gio Gonzalez - L) at Mets (Zack Wheeler - R), 1:10
Diamondbacks (Trevor Cahill - R) at Braves (Paul Maholm - L), 1:35
Brewers (Kyle Lohse - R) at Pirates (Charlie Morton - R), 1:35
Blue Jays (Mark Buehrle - L) at Red Sox (Ryan Dempster - R), 1:35
Tigers (Rick Porcello - R) at Rays (Jeremy Hellickson - R), 1:40
Angels (C.J. Wilson - L) at Astros (Lucas Harrell - R), 2:10
Indians (Justin Masterson - R) at White Sox (Chris Sale - L), 2:10
Royals (Ervin Santana - R) at Twins (Kevin Correia - R), 2:10
Reds (Mat Latos - R) at Rangers (Yu Darvish - R), 3:05
Cardinals (Jake Westbrook - R) at Athletics (Tommy Milone - L), 4:05
Cubs (Edwin Jackson - R) at Mariners (Jeremy Bonderman - R), 4:10
Phillies (Kyle Kendrick - R) at Dodgers (Stephen Fife - R), 4:10
Giants (Madison Bumgarner - L) at Rockies (Drew Pomeranz - L), 4:10
Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda - R) at Orioles (Chris Tillman - R), 8:05

Day Game After Night Game: SD/MIA, CHC/SEA, CIN/TEX, DET/TB, MIL/PIT, PHI/LAD

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Peter Bourjos, OF, LAA - (Wrist) Left Saturdayís game with contusion, and was sent for a X-ray immediately.
Jorge De La Rosa, P, COL - (Undisclosed) Left Saturdayís game early with an injury.
Michael Saunders, OF, SEA - (Finger) Was only available as a pinch runner Saturday.
Nick Franklin, SS, SEA - (Neck) Wasnít in lineup Saturday because of stiffness.
Lance Berkman, 1B, TEX - (Knee) Didnít start Saturday and will be day-to-day going forward.
Travis Snider, OF, PIT - (Foot) Wasnít in starting lineup Saturday after a collision with the outfield wall Friday.
Paul Konerko, 1B, CWS - (Back) Unlikely to play Sunday, and could return Tuesday.
Josh Willingham, OF, MIN - (Knee) Tweeked knee Friday, and was out of starting lineup Saturday.
John Jaso, C, OAK - (Hand) Missed Saturday with lingering hand concern.
Stephen Drew, SS, BOS - (Hamstring) Was out of Satudayís lineup after leaving Fridayís game early.
Dexter Fowler, OF, COL - (Hand) Remains day-to-day after being scratched from Fridayís lineup.
Ross Detwiler, P, WAS - (Back) In danger of missing next scheduled start Wednesday.

Players on the DL

Josh Beckett, P, LAD - (Finger) Experienced tingling after throwing Friday.
Ryan Braun, OF, MIL - (Thumb) Scheduled to swing Tuesday.
Johnny Cueto, P, CIN - (Shoulder) Placed on the disabled list Saturday.
Brandon Gomes, P, TB - (Back) Went in for an examination after suffering a setback.
Jonathan Broxton, P, CIN - (Forearm) Still has not resumed throwing program.
Sean Marshall, P, CIN - (Shoulder) Threw bullpen session Saturday.
Wandy Rodriguez, P, PIT - (Forearm) Shut down after experiencing tightness during throwing session.
James McDonald, P, PIT - (Shoulder) Will have a second opinion next week.
A.J. Burnett, P, PIT - (Calf) Scheduled to throw simulated game Tuesday.
Brandon Beachy, P, ATL - (Elbow) Felt good after light bullpen session Saturday.
Chad Gaudin, P, SF - (Forearm) May not return to the bigs as a starter.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL - (Ribs) Took swings and fielded ground balls Friday.
Henderson Alvarez, P, MIA - (Shoulder) Threw 7.2 innings of shutout ball in rehab game.
Aaron Hicks, OF, MIN - (Hamstring) Played nine innings Friday in rehab game.
Mike Pelfry, P, MIN - (Back) Makes rehab start Monday.
Santiago Casilla, P, SF - (Knee) Scheduled to pitch one-inning Sunday in rehab appearance.
DeWayne Wise, OF, CWS - (Oblique) Has yet to return to his rehab assignment.
Jon Niese, P, NYM - (Shouler) Will have an MRI on Thursday to determine if he can start throwing.
Francisco Cervelli, C, NYY - (Hand) Caught a simulated game Friday.
Joakim Soria, P, TEX - (Elbow) Threw scoreless inning in rehab game Friday.

Placed on the DL

Johnny Cueto, P, CIN

Activated from the DL

Ian Kennedy, P, ARZ
J.J. Putz, P, ARZ

Called Up

Bruce Rondon, P, DET
Tyler Thornburg, P, MIL
Taylor Jordan, P, WAS
Erik Davis, P, WAS
Jonathan Diaz, 2B, BOS
Simon Castro, P, CWS
Joe Martinez, P, CLE
Jaie Jurrjens, P, BAL
Logan Ondrusek, P, CIN
Ryan Roberts, 2B, TB
Jose Dominguez, P, LAD

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)

Trevor Bauer, P, CLE
Steve Clevenger, C, CHC
Evan Reed, P, DET
Eric Surkamp, P, SF
Freddy Galvis, 2B, SF
Brent Morel, 3B, CWS
Brian Omogrosso, P, CWS
Carlos Carrasco, P, CLE
Caleb Gindi, OF, MIL
Chris Marrero, 1B, WAS
Zeke Spruill, P, ARZ
Jeff Kobernus, OF, WAS
Matt Langwell, P, CLE
Clayton Mortensen, P, BOS
Travis Ishikawa, 1B, BAL
Alex Colome, P, TB
Peter Moylan, P, LAD

Closer Watch

Pirates - Ryan Reid entered the seventh inning with the Pirates leading the Brewers by six runs, and got his first save of the season by pitching a shutout final three innings of Fridayís game. This will not affect Jason Friliís status as the Pirates closer, and this may be Reidís only save of the season.

Nationals - Drew Storen got his second save of the season with a perfect ninth inning Friday against the Mets. The save was the first for Storen since May 17, and only happened because the Nationals normal closer, Rafael Soriano, had pitched the previous three games so he was unavailable. This will be a sign of the Nationals picking order if their normal closer goes down with an injury as the teamís other candidate, Tyler Clippard, pitched the eighth inning Friday.

Orioles - Tommy Hunter pitched two innings of shutout ball Friday when he earned his second save of the season for the Orioles. Jim Johnson, the teamís normal closer, had pitched three out of the last four days, and was given the night off by manager Buck Showalter. Hunterís previous save was in April and was when he threw the final three innings of a game the Orioles won by five. Johnson hasnít been lights out as of late, so if Showalter is to make a change it would seem that Hunter may be at the top of his list.

Red Sox - Koji Uehara pitched a perfect ninth Friday night for the third night in a row to earn his third save in three days. Since taking over as the Red Sox closer Uehara has been terrific, and unless he starts to fall apart should be picked up in every league.

Key Matchups

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Willie Bloomquist - SS ARI @ ATL
6/30 1:35 PM
Paul Maholm 4-12 .333 0 2 0 0 0 .583 .333 .917
Jason Kubel - OF ARI @ ATL
6/30 1:35 PM
Paul Maholm 5-12 .417 1 2 4 0 2 .750 .417 1.167
Martin Prado - 3B ARI @ ATL
6/30 1:35 PM
Paul Maholm 8-17 .471 0 2 1 0 1 .588 .471 1.059
Cody Ross - OF ARI @ ATL
6/30 1:35 PM
Paul Maholm 5-14 .357 1 4 4 0 2 .786 .357 1.143
Jacoby Ellsbury - OF BOS vs TOR
6/30 1:35 PM
Mark Buehrle 4-10 .400 0 2 0 0 1 .700 .400 1.100
Jonny Gomes - OF BOS vs TOR
6/30 1:35 PM
Mark Buehrle 6-13 .462 0 2 2 1 2 .692 .500 1.192
David Ortiz - DH BOS vs TOR
6/30 1:35 PM
Mark Buehrle 17-54 .315 3 8 13 3 7 .574 .351 .925
Shane Victorino - OF BOS vs TOR
6/30 1:35 PM
Mark Buehrle 4-11 .364 1 2 2 0 1 .727 .333 1.061
Pedro Alvarez - 3B PIT vs MIL
6/30 1:35 PM
Kyle Lohse 5-18 .278 1 3 4 1 6 .556 .316 .871
Brandon Inge - 3B PIT vs MIL
6/30 1:35 PM
Kyle Lohse 9-27 .333 2 3 2 3 3 .593 .438 1.030
Neil Walker - 2B PIT vs MIL
6/30 1:35 PM
Kyle Lohse 8-20 .400 0 4 5 4 7 .650 .500 1.150
Jose Reyes - SS TOR @ BOS
6/30 1:35 PM
Ryan Dempster 4-12 .333 0 1 2 1 3 .500 .385 .885
Austin Jackson - OF DET @ TB
6/30 1:40 PM
Jeremy Hellickson 4-11 .364 1 1 2 0 3 .636 .333 .970
Adam Dunn - 1B CWS vs CLE
6/30 2:10 PM
Justin Masterson 9-25 .360 1 3 3 4 7 .560 .433 .993
Joe Mauer - C MIN vs KC
6/30 2:10 PM
Ervin Santana 12-26 .462 1 5 7 2 1 .731 .500 1.231
Justin Morneau - 1B MIN vs KC
6/30 2:10 PM
Ervin Santana 6-18 .333 3 4 9 2 3 .889 .409 1.298
Coco Crisp - OF OAK vs STL
6/30 4:05 PM
Jake Westbrook 8-15 .533 0 1 1 0 0 .600 .533 1.133
Carlos Gonzalez - OF COL vs SF
6/30 4:10 PM
Madison Bumgarner 8-22 .364 2 5 4 3 2 .773 .440 1.213
Todd Helton - 1B COL vs SF
6/30 4:10 PM
Madison Bumgarner 4-10 .400 0 0 2 0 2 .400 .400 .800
Andre Ethier - OF LAD vs PHI
6/30 4:10 PM
Kyle Kendrick 5-16 .313 2 4 7 3 1 .813 .421 1.234
Matt Kemp - OF LAD vs PHI
6/30 4:10 PM
Kyle Kendrick 5-12 .417 0 0 0 0 3 .417 .417 .833
Skip Schumaker - 2B LAD vs PHI
6/30 4:10 PM
Kyle Kendrick 9-20 .450 2 4 3 1 1 .850 .476 1.326
Jason Bay - OF SEA vs CHC
6/30 4:10 PM
Edwin Jackson 3-11 .273 1 1 1 2 5 .545 .385 .930
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY @ BAL
6/30 8:05 PM
Chris Tillman 8-16 .500 1 2 6 2 3 .750 .556 1.306
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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XBH
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RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Ryan Dempster BOS vs TOR
6/30 1:35 PM
Blue Jays Batters 12-73 .164 0 4 6 9 20 .231 .256 .487
Chris Sale CWS vs CLE
6/30 2:10 PM
Indians Batters 15-71 .211 1 7 9 6 14 .341 .273 .614

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
John Buck - C NYM vs WAS
6/30 1:10 PM
Gio Gonzalez 2-11 .182 0 1 1 0 4 .273 .182 .455
Mike Napoli - C BOS vs TOR
6/30 1:35 PM
Mark Buehrle 2-11 .182 0 0 1 1 4 .182 .231 .413
Rickie Weeks - 2B MIL @ PIT
6/30 1:35 PM
Charlie Morton 1-13 .077 0 0 2 0 2 .077 .133 .210
Clint Barmes - SS PIT vs MIL
6/30 1:35 PM
Kyle Lohse 2-11 .182 0 1 1 1 2 .273 .250 .523
Jose Bautista - OF TOR @ BOS
6/30 1:35 PM
Ryan Dempster 2-10 .200 0 1 1 2 2 .300 .333 .633
Emilio Bonifacio - OF TOR @ BOS
6/30 1:35 PM
Ryan Dempster 3-16 .188 0 0 1 2 4 .188 .278 .465
Edwin Encarnacion - 1B TOR @ BOS
6/30 1:35 PM
Ryan Dempster 1-11 .091 0 0 2 3 3 .091 .286 .377
Colby Rasmus - OF TOR @ BOS
6/30 1:35 PM
Ryan Dempster 1-11 .091 0 1 0 1 4 .182 .167 .348
Alexei Ramirez - SS CWS vs CLE
6/30 2:10 PM
Justin Masterson 6-37 .162 1 2 2 2 5 .270 .205 .475
Jamey Carroll - SS MIN vs KC
6/30 2:10 PM
Ervin Santana 1-13 .077 0 0 0 1 3 .077 .143 .220
Raul Ibanez - OF SEA vs CHC
6/30 4:10 PM
Edwin Jackson 2-10 .200 0 1 0 2 1 .300 .333 .633
J.J. Hardy - SS BAL vs NYY
6/30 8:05 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 1-10 .100 1 1 1 0 1 .400 .100 .500
Nate McLouth - OF BAL vs NYY
6/30 8:05 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 2-16 .125 0 1 1 0 2 .188 .125 .313
Ichiro Suzuki - OF NYY @ BAL
6/30 8:05 PM
Chris Tillman 1-10 .100 0 0 1 0 1 .100 .100 .200
Vernon Wells - OF NYY @ BAL
6/30 8:05 PM
Chris Tillman 1-12 .083 1 1 2 0 1 .333 .083 .417
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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XBH
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RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Kyle Lohse MIL @ Pit
6/30 1:35 PM
Pirates Batters 46-152 .303 6 21 25 11 25 .529 .353 .882
Mark Buehrle TOR @ Bos
6/30 1:35 PM
Red Sox Batters 40-123 .325 4 17 18 6 16 .543 .352 .895
Ervin Santana KC @ Min
6/30 2:10 PM
Twins Batters 23-77 .299 5 12 17 7 12 .615 .368 .984
Kyle Kendrick PHI @ LAD
6/30 4:10 PM
Dodgers Batters 31-100 .310 5 12 15 8 14 .533 .361 .894
 
Recommended Pickup

Mike Aviles - It usually is pretty hard to tell recommend a utility player thatís OPS is not even over .700, but Aviles has been hot, and can provide depth at multiple positions. Have played mostly at shortstop in 2013, Aviles has also seen time at second base, third base, left field and one appearance in right. In certain formats this means that Aviles could backup four positions, and in most he will be eligible in at two, short and third. Besides for providing depth Aviles has been hitting well the past week, with a five for 10 performance in Fridayís doubleheader that included three runs, two RBIís, and a stolen base all in one day. Aviles may not be a long term option for a lot of teams out there right now, but in the theory get them while theyíre hot, he should be seriously considered for teams that are struggling at one of the positions that he is eligible at.

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