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Sunday Lineup Card: Royal In The Outfield

Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster

Isaac Elyacharshuster writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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

Rays (Matt Moore - L) at Yankees (Phil Hughes - R), 1:05
Rangers (Alexi Ogando - R) at Indians (Ubaldo Jimenez - R), 1:05
Astros (Jarred Cosart - R) at Blue Jays (Todd Redmond - R), 1:07
Phillies (Jonathan Pettibone - R) at Tigers (Rick Porcello - R), 1:08
Pirates (Gerrit Cole - R) at Marlins (Jose Fernandez - R), 1:10
Red Sox (Jon Lester - L) at Orioles (Jason Hammel - R), 1:35
Mets (Carlos Torres - R) at Nationals (Taylor Jordan - R), 1:35
Royals (Bruce Chen - L) at White Sox (Hector Santiago - L), 2:10
Angels (Tommy Hanson - R) at Athletics (Jarrod Parker - R), 4:05
Cubs (Travis Wood - L) at Giants (Tim Lincecum - R), 4:05
Reds (Tony Cingrani - L) at Dodgers (Chris Capuano - L), 4:10
Brewers (Donovan Hand - R) at Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin - R), 4:10
Twins (Kyle Gibson - R) at Mariners (Erasmo Ramirez - R), 4:10
Padres (Tyson Ross - R) at Diamondbacks (Patrick Corbin - L), 4:10
Cardinals (Shelby Miller - R) at Braves (Kris Medlen - R), 8:05

Day Game After Night Game: BOS/BAL, TEX/CLE, PHI/DET, KC/CWS, PIT/MIA, COL/MIL, SD/ARZ, CHC/SF, LAD/CIN

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL - (Finger) Was out of Saturdayís lineup.
Luke Scott, DH, TB - (Back) Was only available to pinch hit Saturday because of stiffness, but should play Sunday.
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU - (Quadriceps) Left Saturdayís game with tightness.
Albert Pujols, 1B, LAA - (Foot) Underwent an MRI Saturday.
Eric Young Jr., OF, NYM - (Knee) Was back in starting lineup Saturday.
Russell Martin, C, PIT - (Knee) Didnít start Saturday, and hopes to be back Sunday.
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARZ - (Hamstring) Could return to lineup Sunday.
Cliff Lee, P, PHI - (Neck) Missed Saturdayís start with stiffness, and will see doctor early next week.

Players on the DL

Matt Harrison, P, TEX - (Back) Threw 50-pitch live batting practice Saturday.
Brandon Beachy, P, ATL - (Elbow) Team is 95 percent sure he will start Monday.
Jonathan Broxton, P, CIN - (Forearm) Threw a simulated game Saturday.
Travis Hafner, DH, NYY - (Shoulder) Placed on 15-day disabled list Saturday.
Ryan Vogelsong, P, SF - (Hand) Pitched 2.2 innings in rehab game Friday.
Jose Dominguez, P, LAD - (Quadriceps) Expected to miss the minimum of 15 days while on the disabled list.
Matt Kemp, OF, LAD - (Ankle) Hasnít resumed baseball activities.
Brett Anderson, P, OAK - (Foot) Threw 51-pitch bullpen session Saturday.
Peter Bourjos, OF, LAA - (Wrist) Took dry swings Saturday.
J.A. Happ, P, TOR - (Knee) Scheduled for second rehab start Sunday.
Ryan Hanigan, C, CIN - (Wrist) Wasnít able to come off the DL Friday.
Jon Niese, P, NYM - (Shoulder) Made first rehab appearance Saturday.
Trevor Crowe, OF, HOU - (Shoulder) Was caught stealing in rehab game Friday.
Omar Infante, 2B, DET - (Ankle) Expected to miss one or two more weeks.
Trevor Cahill, P, ARZ - (Hip) Made first rehab start Thursday.
Brandon McCarthy, P, ARZ - (Shoulder) Pitched six innings in rehab start Friday.
Curtis Granderson, OF, NYY - (Finger) Went hitless in rehab game Friday.
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY - (Quadriceps) Played simulated game Saturday.
Mike Adams, P, PHI - (Shoulder) Will undergo surgery Thursday.

Placed on the DL

J.D. Martinez, OF, HOU

Activated from the DL

Matt Holiday, OF, STL

Called Up

Robbie Grossman, OF, HOU
Brett Oberholtzer, P, HOU
Brandon Maurer, P, SEA

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

Drew Storen, P, WAS
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF, NYM
Paul Clemens, P, HOU
Brock Peterson, 1B, STL
Hector Noesi, P, SEA

Traded

Julio Concepcion, OF, LAA (from NYM)

Closer Watch

Nationals - Closer Rafael Soriano picked up his second win of the season Friday against the Mets when he was given the ball with the game tied at one in the ninth, got three outs, and had his team score in the bottom of the inning on a walk off homer by Ryan Zimmermann. Soriano has not record a save since July 14, the last game before the All-Star break, but the Nationals havenít been that great since then having only won twice in nine games played. There shouldnít be any questions as to who is the Nationals man in the ninth inning, but Soriano hasnít lights out as he has given up a run three out of his last six appearances, and if that streak continues Davey Johnson may have to start reconsidering his options.

Key Matchups

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Yunel Escobar - SS TB @ NYY
7/28 1:05 PM
Phil Hughes 7-16 .438 0 2 1 1 1 .563 .471 1.033
Matt Joyce - OF TB @ NYY
7/28 1:05 PM
Phil Hughes 5-11 .455 2 4 5 3 0 1.273 .571 1.844
Luke Scott - DH TB @ NYY
7/28 1:05 PM
Phil Hughes 8-16 .500 0 3 1 2 3 .688 .556 1.243
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX @ CLE
7/28 1:05 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 5-12 .417 1 3 4 0 1 .833 .462 1.295
Ian Kinsler - 2B TEX @ CLE
7/28 1:05 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 4-11 .364 0 3 2 2 1 .636 .462 1.098
A.J. Pierzynski - C TEX @ CLE
7/28 1:05 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 3-12 .250 1 3 2 0 1 .667 .250 .917
Delmon Young - OF PHI @ DET
7/28 1:08 PM
Rick Porcello 8-22 .364 1 3 4 1 3 .591 .391 .982
Michael Young - 3B PHI @ DET
7/28 1:08 PM
Rick Porcello 5-13 .385 0 1 3 1 0 .462 .429 .890
J.J. Hardy - SS BAL vs BOS
7/28 1:35 PM
Jon Lester 6-15 .400 1 3 2 1 3 .800 .438 1.238
Matt Wieters - C BAL vs BOS
7/28 1:35 PM
Jon Lester 13-34 .382 0 4 7 2 9 .529 .417 .946
David Ortiz - DH BOS @ BAL
7/28 1:35 PM
Jason Hammel 6-14 .429 1 1 3 2 4 .643 .500 1.143
Shane Victorino - OF BOS @ BAL
7/28 1:35 PM
Jason Hammel 5-11 .455 0 1 1 4 1 .545 .600 1.145
Adam Dunn - 1B CWS vs KC
7/28 2:10 PM
Bruce Chen 7-20 .350 1 3 6 5 3 .600 .480 1.080
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS vs KC
7/28 2:10 PM
Bruce Chen 10-43 .233 5 7 8 6 7 .628 .327 .954
Dayan Viciedo - OF CWS vs KC
7/28 2:10 PM
Bruce Chen 9-22 .409 2 2 4 0 3 .682 .409 1.091
Casper Wells - OF CWS vs KC
7/28 2:10 PM
Bruce Chen 5-15 .333 1 1 2 0 4 .533 .333 .867
Hunter Pence - OF SF vs CHC
7/28 4:05 PM
Travis Wood 6-15 .400 1 2 4 0 2 .733 .400 1.133
Jay Bruce - OF CIN @ LAD
7/28 4:10 PM
Chris Capuano 3-10 .300 2 2 5 3 3 .900 .462 1.362
Brandon Phillips - 2B CIN @ LAD
7/28 4:10 PM
Chris Capuano 14-32 .438 1 5 4 0 4 .656 .438 1.094
Joey Votto - 1B CIN @ LAD
7/28 4:10 PM
Chris Capuano 6-15 .400 1 2 2 1 4 .667 .438 1.104
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Jarrod Parker OAK vs LAA
7/28 4:05 PM
Angels Batters 14-65 .215 0 0 4 5 17 .208 .276 .484

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Ben Zobrist - 2B TB @ NYY
7/28 1:05 PM
Phil Hughes 0-12 .000 0 0 1 2 1 .000 .143 .143
Chris Davis - 1B BAL vs BOS
7/28 1:35 PM
Jon Lester 0-13 .000 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .071 .071
Nick Markakis - OF BAL vs BOS
7/28 1:35 PM
Jon Lester 11-55 .200 0 5 1 3 14 .291 .241 .532
Stephen Drew - SS BOS @ BAL
7/28 1:35 PM
Jason Hammel 3-17 .176 0 1 0 2 2 .235 .263 .498
Gordon Beckham - 2B CWS vs KC
7/28 2:10 PM
Bruce Chen 3-24 .125 1 2 2 3 7 .292 .214 .506
Alexei Ramirez - SS CWS vs KC
7/28 2:10 PM
Bruce Chen 3-30 .100 0 1 1 1 4 .133 .156 .290
Alex Rios - OF CWS vs KC
7/28 2:10 PM
Bruce Chen 10-45 .222 1 4 3 1 10 .356 .250 .606
Howie Kendrick - 2B LAA @ OAK
7/28 4:05 PM
Jarrod Parker 1-12 .083 0 0 0 0 3 .083 .083 .167
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Jason Hammel BAL vs Bos
7/28 1:35 PM
Red Sox Batters 25-72 .347 2 5 7 13 14 .485 .441 .926
Chris Capuano LAD vs Cin
7/28 4:10 PM
Reds Batters 28-90 .311 4 11 12 7 20 .525 .361 .886
Recommended Pickup

David Lough, OF, KC - For any team that needs some help in the outfield and with their batting averages, Lough is a guy that is a great option and that will be available in almost every format on the waiver wire. Since being drafted in the eleventh round out of Mercyhurst College in 2007 by the Royals Lough has done nothing but hit for average having accumulated a .297 batting average in seven minor league seasons, and now has a .304 average for the Royals in 194 at-bats since being called up on May 17. Lough qualifies at left-field and right-field in most formats, and also center-field in leagues with lower positional standards. Lough hasnít been guaranteed playing time in Kansas City, but he has played his way into it, and as long as his bat stays hot he will be getting regular at-bats.

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