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Thursday Lineup Card: Stick With Ricky

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

Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey - R) at Indians (Danny Salazar - R), 12:05
Twins (Mike Pelfrey - R) at Rays (Matt Moore - L), 12:10
Royals (Ervin Santana - R) at Yankees (Andy Pettitte - L), 1:05
White Sox (Chris Sale - L) at Tigers (Anibal Sanchez - R), 1:08
Red Sox (Ryan Dempster - R) at Mariners (Erasmo Ramirez - R), 3:40
Rangers (Yu Darvish - R) at Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez - R), 7:05
Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann - R) at Phillies (Kyle Kendrick - R), 7:05
Reds (Mat Latos - R) at Braves (Tim Hudson - R), 7:10
Cardinals (Jake Westbrook - R) at Cubs (Edwin Jackson - R), 8:05
Brewers (Yovani Gallardo - R) at Diamondbacks (Wade Miley - L), 9:40
Rockies (Drew Pomeranz - L) at Dodgers (Chris Capuano - L), 10:10
Giants (Madison Bumgarner - L) at Padres (Jason Marquis - R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: TOR, CLE, MIN, TB, KC, NYY, CHW, DET, BOS, SEA

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Norichika Aoki, OF, MIL (Elbow) - Expected to be back in the lineup Thursday in Arizona.
Brian Bogusevic, OF, CHC (Hamstring) - Ran the bases Wednesday and hopes to return to the lineup Thursday versus the Cardinals.
Ronny Cedeno, SS, HOU (Toe) - Held out of the lineup Wednesday due to a contusion on one of his left toes.
Chris Dickerson, OF, BAL (Shoulder) - Scratched from the lineup Wednesday due to a strained shoulder suffered during batting practice.
Matt Harvey, P, NYM (Finger) - Skipping his scheduled start Saturday at Pittsburgh in order to be active for next Tuesday's All-Star Game.
Chris Heisey, OF, CIN (Elbow) - Out of the lineup Wednesday following a hit by pitch Tuesday.
George Kontos, P, SF (Suspension) - His appeal of a three-game suspension has been denied, and he will miss three outings of an upcoming four-game set in San Diego.
Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN (Back) - Felt worse Tuesday than he did Monday but was in the lineup anyway Wednesday.
Bud Norris, P, HOU (Ankle) - Tweaked his ankle during Tuesday's start but remained in the game after a tape job.
Salvador Perez, C, KD (Lower Leg) - Missed Wednesday's game due to continued tightness in his lower right leg.
Skip Schumaker, 2B, LAD (Suspension) - His appeal regarding a two-game suspension for his role in a brawl with the Diamondbacks has been denied; he sat out Wednesday and will do so again Thursday.
Caleb Thielbar, P, MIN (Personal) - Will be placed on the bereavement list Thursday due to a death in his family.

Players on the DL
Scott Atchison, P, NYM (Hamstring) - Expected to be activated from the disabled list in the Mets' first outing after the All-Star break.
Scott Baker, P, CHC (Elbow) - Will toss a bullpen session Thursday, after which a rehab assignment could begin in earnest.
Brandon Beachy, P, ATL (Elbow) - Completed three innings Tuesday at Triple-A Gwinnett, marking his first rehab outing since suffering a setback in mid-June.
Josh Beckett, P, LAD (Finger) - Underwent surgery Wednesday to provide relief for a nerve impingement in his shoulder and now faces a 3-to-5 month recovery.
Clay Buchholz, P, BOS (Back) - After throwing a 25-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, he may start up a rehab assignment Sunday and must complete two rehab starts before rejoining the rotation.
Trevor Cahill, P, ARI (Hip) - Will likely miss his first turn in the rotation after the break.
Santiago Casilla, P, SF (Knee) - Slated to travel to San Diego for the upcoming four-game series and may be activated from the DL as early as Thursday.
Chris Carpenter, P, STL (Shoulder) - Will embark upon a rehab assignment Monday at Double-A Springfield.
Jesse Crain, P, CWS (Shoulder) - Played catch from 40-to-50 feet Tuesday.
Lucas Duda, OF, NYM (Oblique) - Has started baseball activities but has not yet swung a bat.
Dexter Fowler, OF, COL (Hand) - Scheduled for an evaluation Thursday, when he is expected to be activated from the DL.
Frank Francisco, P, NYM (Elbow) - Remains out indefinitely, as doctors are unable to determine what exactly is ailing his elbow.
Christian Garcia, P, WAS (Forearm) - Injured his hamstring during his rehab assignment, which has shut him down for the foreseeable future.
Evan Gattis, C, ATL (Oblique) - Took batting practice Wednesday for the first time since June 17.
Craig Gentry, OF, TEX (Hand) - Took batting practice with the team Tuesday and could soon embark upon a rehab assignment.
Franklin Gutierrez, OF, SEA (Hamstring) - Resumed hitting during live batting practice Wednesday.
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SD (Groin) - Started a rehab assignment Wednesday at High-A Lake Elsinore.
Tommy Hanson, P, LAA (Forearm) - Tossed a 35-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, after which he did not report any issues.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI (Knee) - Underwent successful surgery on his left knee Wednesday and will be sidelined for the next 6-to-8 weeks.
Matt Kemp, OF, LAD (Shoulder) - Had an MRI on Tuesday, which confirmed the initial diagnosis of irritation in his AC joint.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR (Ankle) - May play second base following his activation from the DL, which could occur sometime this weekend.
Colby Lewis, P, TEX (Forearm) - Will throw batting practice Saturday, and if he emerges unscathed, he could begin a rehab assignment.
Ted Lilly, P, LAD (Neck) - Told the team that he's willing to pitch out of the bullpen.
Cristhian Martinez, P, ATL (Shoulder) - Had surgery performed on his shoulder Tuesday and will require 7-to-8 months to recover fully.
Zach McAllister, P, CLE (Finger) - Slated to make his first rehab outing Saturday at Double-A Akron.
Brandon Morrow, P, TOR (Forearm) - Tossed a 25-pitch bullpen session Tuesday but has no set timetable for a return to the rotation.
Steve Pearce, OF, BAL (Wrist) - One of his wrist remains sore, but a rehab assignment will commence in the near future.
Jake Peavy, P, CWS (Ribs) - May require just one or two rehab starts, the first of which arrives Sunday at Double-A Birmingham, before he's cleared to join the rotation.
David Phelps, P, NYY (Forearm) - Will begin a throwing program Monday at the team's minor league complex in Tampa Bay.
Stephen Pryor, P, SEA (Oblique) - Threw a simulated game Wednesday and may be back with the big club shortly after the break.
David Ross, C, BOS (Concussion) - Had a follow-up exam Tuesday and displayed much improvement through his recovery from two concussions earlier this season.
Hector Sanchez, C, SF (Shoulder) - Will start his rehab at the Giants' spring training facility and hopes to return to the big club in the next few days.
Jordan Schafer, OF, ATL (Ankle) - Participated in batting practice Wednesday and is on pace for a return after the break.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL (Ribs) - Scheduled to be activated from the disabled list Thursday.
Justin Turner, 2B, NYM (Ribs) - Has been hitting off a tee and via soft toss, progressing beyond playing catch and fielding groundballs.
Jason Vargas, P, LAA (Arm) - Cleared to resume throwing Wednesday and is expected to return to the rotation by the end of July.
Alex Wilson, P, BOS (Thumb) - Underwent an MRI on his right thumb, which revealed no concerns with ligaments or tendons.
DeWayne Wise, OF, CWS (Oblique) - May come off the disabled list soon, but it is unclear if he'll be available to the White Sox before or after the break.

Transactions - Players who have been demoted, called up, traded, released, you name it. We'll cover it here.

Placed on the DL (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Yu Darvish, P, TEX
Hector Sanchez, C, SF

Activated from the DL (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Wei-Yin Chen, P, BAL

Called Up (from Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Pedro Beato, P, BOS
Sonny Gray, P, OAK (Contract selected)
Josh Stinson, P, BAL
Steven Wright, P, BOS

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Alfredo Aceves, P, BOS
Zach Britton, P, BAL
Kevin Gausman, P, BAL
Johnny Hellweg, P, MIL (to Low-A Wisconsin)
Dan Straily, P, OAK
Allen Webster, P, BOS

Signed
Jason Bergmann, P, KC
Drew Carpenter, P, LAA
Jesus Lopez, SS, OAK
Eric Niesen, P, BOS

Closer Watch

Boston - Koji Uehara bounced back nicely from his third blown save of the season Saturday, tossing a perfect ninth inning Tuesday at Seattle to secure the victory for the Red Sox. While he did not notch a strikeout, he was the sole pitcher to avoid yielding a hit on a night in which the Mariners racked up a whopping 13, including two home runs by Kendrys Morales. The slugger came to the plate late against Uehara, who proceeded to induce a measly groundout en route to his fifth consecutive scoreless frame. In his last 15 outings, Uehara has now given up just one run with a 19:2 K:BB ratio across 14 innings, ensuring his status as one of the stingiest closers in the game, despite earning the gig only recently in the latter half of June.

St. Louis - In that same period, Edward Mujica endured a rough stretch that leached into July, as he surrendered runs in four of six appearances. No matter, he succeeded on 3-of-4 save opportunities during the span, alleviating the stress on a suddenly-rising ERA. However, his last four appearances have been smooth sailing for the first-time fireman, as he has racked up one win, three saves, and a 3:0 K:BB ratio in 3.1 perfect innings. With his wobbles presumably behind him, Mujica's status as closer on a Cardinals team that holds MLB's top record will keep him among the league leaders in saves for the entirety of the season, barring injury or a complete meltdown.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Billy Butler - 1B KC @ NYY
7/11 1:05 PM
Andy Pettitte 4-13 .308 1 3 1 2 2 .692 .400 1.092
Miguel Tejada - SS KC @ NYY
7/11 1:05 PM
Andy Pettitte 5-18 .278 2 2 3 3 3 .611 .381 .992
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY vs KC
7/11 1:05 PM
Ervin Santana 12-37 .324 5 7 10 2 3 .784 .350 1.134
Ichiro Suzuki - OF NYY vs KC
7/11 1:05 PM
Ervin Santana 29-86 .337 2 11 6 7 4 .535 .387 .922
Brendan Ryan - SS SEA vs BOS
7/11 3:40 PM
Ryan Dempster 7-18 .389 2 3 3 1 2 .778 .421 1.199
Ian Desmond - SS WAS @ PHI
7/11 7:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 10-23 .435 2 5 5 0 2 .870 .458 1.328
Bryce Harper - OF WAS @ PHI
7/11 7:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 6-12 .500 1 4 2 2 0 1.000 .571 1.571
Ryan Zimmerman - 3B WAS @ PHI
7/11 7:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 10-33 .303 1 8 2 2 4 .606 .378 .984
Chris Johnson - 3B ATL vs CIN
7/11 7:10 PM
Mat Latos 7-15 .467 1 4 3 2 4 .867 .529 1.396
Justin Upton - OF ATL vs CIN
7/11 7:10 PM
Mat Latos 3-11 .273 1 2 1 3 4 .636 .429 1.065
Yadier Molina - C STL @ CHC
7/11 8:05 PM
Edwin Jackson 8-12 .667 2 2 4 2 1 1.167 .714 1.881
Jason Kubel - OF ARI vs MIL
7/11 9:40 PM
Yovani Gallardo 4-10 .400 1 1 1 3 3 .700 .538 1.238
Michael Cuddyer - OF COL @ LAD
7/11 10:10 PM
Chris Capuano 3-13 .231 1 3 2 5 1 .615 .444 1.060
Yorvit Torrealba - C COL @ LAD
7/11 10:10 PM
Chris Capuano 4-13 .308 1 2 2 1 1 .615 .357 .973
Chris Denorfia - OF SD vs SF
7/11 10:10 PM
Madison Bumgarner 13-32 .406 0 6 2 1 5 .625 .424 1.049
Jesus Guzman - OF SD vs SF
7/11 10:10 PM
Madison Bumgarner 9-23 .391 1 5 5 1 6 .739 .417 1.156
Chase Headley - 3B SD vs SF
7/11 10:10 PM
Madison Bumgarner 8-26 .308 2 4 10 3 5 .615 .367 .982
Hunter Pence - OF SF @ SD
7/11 10:10 PM
Jason Marquis 11-26 .423 1 5 6 4 4 .769 .500 1.269
Pablo Sandoval - 3B SF @ SD
7/11 10:10 PM
Jason Marquis 6-17 .353 2 2 5 0 0 .706 .333 1.039
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Chris Sale CWS @ DET
7/11 1:08 PM
Tigers Batters 11-73 .151 0 5 3 8 20 .226 .244 .470
Tim Hudson ATL vs CIN
7/11 7:10 PM
Reds Batters 13-61 .213 1 5 4 6 8 .352 .281 .633
Jake Westbrook STL @ CHC
7/11 8:05 PM
Cubs Batters 20-99 .202 0 4 3 5 11 .239 .246 .485

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Nick Swisher - OF CLE vs TOR
7/11 12:05 PM
R.A. Dickey 2-12 .167 1 1 5 2 4 .417 .333 .750
James Loney - 1B TB vs MIN
7/11 12:10 PM
Mike Pelfrey 1-10 .100 0 0 0 1 2 .100 .182 .282
Alex Gordon - OF KC @ NYY
7/11 1:05 PM
Andy Pettitte 2-12 .167 0 1 0 1 2 .250 .231 .481
Travis Hafner - DH NYY vs KC
7/11 1:05 PM
Ervin Santana 5-30 .167 1 1 3 3 11 .267 .265 .531
Lyle Overbay - 1B NYY vs KC
7/11 1:05 PM
Ervin Santana 4-21 .190 1 3 1 4 6 .429 .320 .749
Miguel Cabrera - 3B DET vs CWS
7/11 1:08 PM
Chris Sale 1-11 .091 0 0 0 3 3 .091 .286 .377
Austin Jackson - OF DET vs CWS
7/11 1:08 PM
Chris Sale 2-11 .182 0 1 2 2 5 .273 .308 .580
Jason Bay - OF SEA vs BOS
7/11 3:40 PM
Ryan Dempster 2-16 .125 0 0 0 4 4 .125 .300 .425
Roger Bernadina - OF WAS @ PHI
7/11 7:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 2-12 .167 0 0 0 2 3 .167 .286 .452
Adam LaRoche - 1B WAS @ PHI
7/11 7:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 3-21 .143 0 1 0 4 3 .190 .280 .470
Steve Lombardozzi - 2B WAS @ PHI
7/11 7:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 3-12 .250 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .500
Jayson Werth - OF WAS @ PHI
7/11 7:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 1-14 .071 0 0 0 1 3 .071 .133 .205
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL vs CIN
7/11 7:10 PM
Mat Latos 2-11 .182 0 1 1 2 3 .273 .308 .580
Brandon Phillips - 2B CIN @ ATL
7/11 7:10 PM
Tim Hudson 3-21 .143 0 2 2 1 2 .238 .174 .412
Joey Votto - 1B CIN @ ATL
7/11 7:10 PM
Tim Hudson 1-10 .100 0 0 0 1 2 .100 .182 .282
Darwin Barney - 2B CHC vs STL
7/11 8:05 PM
Jake Westbrook 3-16 .188 0 1 0 1 0 .250 .235 .485
Alfonso Soriano - OF CHC vs STL
7/11 8:05 PM
Jake Westbrook 3-30 .100 0 0 1 2 3 .100 .156 .256
Gerardo Parra - OF ARI vs MIL
7/11 9:40 PM
Yovani Gallardo 2-10 .200 0 0 0 0 6 .200 .200 .400
Martin Prado - 3B ARI vs MIL
7/11 9:40 PM
Yovani Gallardo 3-18 .167 0 1 0 1 2 .222 .211 .433
Todd Helton - 1B COL @ LAD
7/11 10:10 PM
Chris Capuano 10-35 .286 0 3 3 1 7 .371 .306 .677
Everth Cabrera - SS SD vs SF
7/11 10:10 PM
Madison Bumgarner 0-11 .000 0 0 1 1 5 .000 .083 .083
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Kyle Kendrick PHI vs Was
7/11 7:05 PM
Nationals Batters 48-153 .314 9 24 18 15 16 .624 .386 1.010
Mat Latos CIN @ Atl
7/11 7:10 PM
Braves Batters 26-78 .333 2 15 12 11 21 .580 .410 .990
Jason Marquis SD vs SF
7/11 10:10 PM
Giants Batters 31-82 .378 4 11 15 9 10 .633 .442 1.075
Madison Bumgarner SF @ SD
7/11 10:10 PM
Padres Batters 41-133 .308 4 19 19 11 32 .514 .362 .869
Chris Capuano LAD vs Col
7/11 10:10 PM
Rockies Batters 34-114 .298 4 15 18 10 15 .521 .353 .873
 
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