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Tuesday Lineup Card: The Grant Is Greener

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Tuesday's Starters – all times Eastern
Nationals (Taylor Jordan – R) at Phillies (Cole Hamels – L), 7:05
Athletics (Dan Straily – R) at Pirates (Gerrit Cole – R), 7:05
Rangers (Martin Perez – L) at Orioles (Zach Britton – L), 7:05
Royals (James Shields – R) at Yankees (CC Sabathia – L), 7:05
Blue Jays (Josh Johnson – R) at Indians (Ubaldo Jimenez – R), 7:05
White Sox (Jose Quintana – L) at Tigers (Justin Verlander – R), 7:08
Twins (Kyle Gibson – R) at Rays (Chris Archer – R), 7:10
Braves (Julio Teheran – R) at Marlins (Henderson Alvarez – R), 7:10
Angels (Joe Blanton – R) at Cubs (Travis Wood – L), 8:05
Reds (Tony Cingrani – L) at Brewers (Wily Peralta – R), 8:10
Astros (Bud Norris – R) at Cardinals (Adam Wainwright – R), 8:15
Dodgers (Ricky Nolasco – R) at Diamondbacks (Ian Kennedy – R), 9:40
Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin – R) at Padres (Eric Stults – L), 10:10
Red Sox (Allen Webster – R) at Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma – R), 10:10
Mets (Dillon Gee – R) at Giants (Barry Zito – L), 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

AL
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, BOS (wrist) – Day-to-day with soreness
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS (hamstring) – Available in an emergency Monday night
Omar Infante, 2B, DET (ankle) – Injury is in fact a sprain, and could hit DL

NL
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL (finger) – Out Monday, but should avoid DL
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT (oblique) – Hoping to avoid DL, but can't hit left-handed right now
Xavier Paul, OF, CIN (shoulder) – Could pinch-hit Monday, return fully by Wednesday
Ryan Hanigan, C, CIN (wrist) – X-rays negative; likely to avoid DL
Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN (back) – Back spasms; still started Monday due to Hanigan's injury
Welington Castillo, C, CIN (illness) – Scratched late Monday

Disabled List

AL
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY (hip) – Just 1-for-9 to start rehab assignment
Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS (neck) – Will long-toss Tuesday, throw a bullpen Wednesday
Colby Lewis, SP, TEX (forearm) – Will throw BP Tuesday
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY (ankle) – Could return as soon as this weekend
Jesse Crain, RP, CHW (shoulder) – Started rehab assignment Monday
Wei-Yin Chen, SP, BAL (oblique) – Will pitch Wednesday vs. Texas
Zach McAllister, SP, CLE (finger) – Pitched sim game Monday; getting close to rehab trip
Steve Pearce, OF, BAL (wrist) – Feeling good; will start hitting soon
Steve Johnson, RP, BAL (oblique) – Threw off a mound Monday; rehab trip soon?
Andrew Miller, RP, BOS (foot) – Needs surgery; likely out for the year
Lou Marson, C, CLE (shoulder) – Could resume rehab assignment soon

NL
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI (knee) – Will miss 6-8 weeks with a torn meniscus
Trevor Cahill, SP, ARI (hip) – Dealing with shoulder discomfort too
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SD (groin) – Could start rehab assignment Wednesday
Brandon Beachy, SP, ATL (elbow) – Will make Triple-A rehab start Tuesday; more coming
Jon Niese, SP, NYM (shoulder) – Good MRI Monday; starting strengthening exercises
Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD (hand) – Started rehab games in Triple-A Monday
Yasmani Grandal, C, SD (knee) – Needs ACL reconstruction surgery; out into 2014
Santiago Casilla, RP, SF (knee) – Scoreless rehab inning Sunday; couple more on tap
Jeremy Horst, RP, PHI (elbow) – Moving rehab assignment to Triple-A

Transactions

Activated from DL
Ryan Braun, OF, MIL
Dan Haren, SP, WAS

Placed on DL
Matt Kemp, OF, LAD (shoulder)
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL (knee)
Joaquin Arias, 3B, SF (appendicitis)
Roy Oswalt, SP, COL (hamstring)
Stephen Fife, SP, LAD (shoulder)

Called Up
Grant Green, 2B, OAK
Louis Coleman, RP, KC
Nick Noonan, 2B, SF
Lucas Luetge, RP, SEA
Charlie Blackmon, OF, COL
Brad Brach, RP, SD
Brooks Raley, RP, CHC
Scott Van Slyke, OF, LAD

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Alex Liddi, 3B, SEA
Will Smith, RP, KC
Jeremy Bonderman, SP, SEA (DFA… surprising no one)
David Adams, 3B, NYY
Tyler Moore, OF, WAS
Robbie Erlin, SP, SD

Traded
Scott Hairston, OF, WAS (from CHC)

Closer Watch

Tigers – Joaquin Benoit nailed down his seventh save Monday, continuing his trend of being generally outstanding. He's given up just one run in his last 11 appearances (11.1 innings), practically never walks anyone and misses plenty of bats. He may not give up this job even if the Tigers acquire some more relief talent.

Brewers – Francisco Rodriguez notched his ninth save Monday, and he continues to look like a new man. Jim Henderson and John Axford collected holds, too, so it was a banner day for all the Brewers' relief options. Something tells me Henderson ends up with this job after K-Rod inevitably falters or is sold high at the deadline.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY vs KC
7/9 7:05 PM
James Shields 31-75 .413 4 14 12 3 14 .733 .436 1.169
Eduardo Nunez - SS NYY vs KC
7/9 7:05 PM
James Shields 7-15 .467 2 3 2 1 1 .933 .500 1.433
Lyle Overbay - 1B NYY vs KC
7/9 7:05 PM
James Shields 12-41 .293 3 6 7 1 8 .585 .310 .895
Colby Rasmus - OF TOR @ CLE
7/9 7:05 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 7-19 .368 0 4 1 2 6 .632 .429 1.060
Scott Hairston - OF WAS @ PHI
7/9 7:05 PM
Cole Hamels 12-30 .400 5 10 9 2 6 1.067 .455 1.521
Bryce Harper - OF WAS @ PHI
7/9 7:05 PM
Cole Hamels 5-13 .385 0 1 1 1 1 .462 .467 .928
Adam LaRoche - 1B WAS @ PHI
7/9 7:05 PM
Cole Hamels 8-25 .320 4 5 7 1 7 .840 .370 1.210
Chad Tracy - 1B WAS @ PHI
7/9 7:05 PM
Cole Hamels 3-11 .273 1 1 1 1 2 .545 .333 .879
Alejandro De Aza - OF CWS @ DET
7/9 7:08 PM
Justin Verlander 3-13 .231 2 2 3 1 5 .692 .286 .978
Brent Morel - 3B CWS @ DET
7/9 7:08 PM
Justin Verlander 4-12 .333 0 3 0 3 2 .583 .467 1.050
Jason Castro - C HOU @ STL
7/9 8:15 PM
Adam Wainwright 5-12 .417 0 0 0 1 2 .417 .462 .878
Carlos Beltran - OF STL vs HOU
7/9 8:15 PM
Bud Norris 7-21 .333 0 5 2 0 6 .571 .333 .905
Allen Craig - 1B STL vs HOU
7/9 8:15 PM
Bud Norris 7-17 .412 2 3 7 1 3 .824 .444 1.268
Daniel Descalso - 2B STL vs HOU
7/9 8:15 PM
Bud Norris 6-18 .333 1 5 4 5 7 .778 .478 1.256
Miguel Montero - C ARI vs LAD
7/9 9:40 PM
Ricky Nolasco 5-10 .500 1 3 6 0 2 1.000 .500 1.500
Martin Prado - 3B ARI vs LAD
7/9 9:40 PM
Ricky Nolasco 14-40 .350 0 3 6 1 4 .450 .366 .816
Skip Schumaker - 2B LAD @ ARI
7/9 9:40 PM
Ian Kennedy 5-11 .455 0 2 0 0 1 .636 .455 1.091
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Justin Verlander DET vs CWS
7/9 7:08 PM
White Sox Batters 39-178 .219 7 14 15 12 47 .383 .268 .651
Ian Kennedy ARI vs LAD
7/9 9:40 PM
Dodgers Batters 18-98 .184 1 7 6 8 21 .268 .242 .510
Barry Zito SF vs NYM
7/9 10:15 PM
Mets Batters 14-64 .219 2 6 6 7 10 .368 .299 .667

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Alex Gordon - OF KC @ NYY
7/9 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 5-25 .200 0 2 2 1 5 .280 .259 .539
Travis Hafner - DH NYY vs KC
7/9 7:05 PM
James Shields 3-17 .176 0 1 0 0 5 .235 .263 .498
Jose Bautista - OF TOR @ CLE
7/9 7:05 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 1-13 .077 0 1 0 1 4 .154 .143 .297
Ian Desmond - SS WAS @ PHI
7/9 7:05 PM
Cole Hamels 5-26 .192 1 4 2 1 8 .462 .222 .684
Jayson Werth - OF WAS @ PHI
7/9 7:05 PM
Cole Hamels 2-14 .143 0 0 2 1 4 .143 .200 .343
Gordon Beckham - 2B CWS @ DET
7/9 7:08 PM
Justin Verlander 5-28 .179 1 1 3 0 7 .286 .172 .458
Adam Dunn - 1B CWS @ DET
7/9 7:08 PM
Justin Verlander 3-20 .150 2 2 5 0 10 .450 .150 .600
Matt Carpenter - 3B STL vs HOU
7/9 8:15 PM
Bud Norris 1-12 .083 0 0 0 2 4 .083 .214 .298
Yadier Molina - C STL vs HOU
7/9 8:15 PM
Bud Norris 8-38 .211 0 0 1 3 3 .211 .286 .496
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B LAD @ ARI
7/9 9:40 PM
Ian Kennedy 2-16 .125 0 2 1 2 6 .250 .222 .472
Hanley Ramirez - SS LAD @ ARI
7/9 9:40 PM
Ian Kennedy 2-11 .182 0 0 0 1 2 .182 .250 .432
Hunter Pence - OF SF vs NYM
7/9 10:15 PM
Dillon Gee 1-12 .083 0 0 0 3 4 .083 .267 .350
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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BB K Opp
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Cole Hamels PHI vs Was
7/9 7:05 PM
Nationals Batters 58-210 .276 13 27 29 14 48 .533 .332 .865
James Shields KC @ NYY
7/9 7:05 PM
Yankees Batters 89-277 .321 11 31 30 12 55 .524 .355 .878
Ricky Nolasco LAD @ Ari
7/9 9:40 PM
Diamondbacks Batters 33-94 .351 1 10 22 5 9 .478 .384 .862
 

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