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Tuesday Lineup Card: Day of Reckoning

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Tuesday's Starters – all times Eastern
Braves (Julio Teheran – R) at Nationals (Gio Gonzalez – L), 7:05
Tigers (Justin Verlander – R) at Indians (Justin Masterson – R), 7:05
Marlins (Henderson Alvarez – R) at Pirates (Jeff Locke – L), 7:05
Cubs (Edwin Jackson – R) at Phillies (Kyle Kendrick – R), 7:05
Rockies (Tyler Chatwood – R) at Mets (Jenrry Mejia – R), 7:10
Athletics (Dan Straily – R) at Reds (Mat Latos – R), 7:10
Red Sox (Steven Wright – R) at Astros (Jordan Lyles – R), 8:10
Twins (Andrew Albers – L) at Royals (James Shields – R), 8:10
Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda – R) at White Sox (Chris Sale – L), 8:10
Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw – L) at Cardinals (Joe Kelly – R), 8:15
Lightning (Jeremy Hellickson – R) at Diamondbacks (Wade Miley – L), 9:40
Rangers (Yu Darvish – R) at Angels (Garrett Richards – R), 10:05
Blue Jays (Josh Johnson – R) at Mariners (Felix Hernandez – R), 10:10
Orioles (Bud Norris – R) at Padres (Edinson Volquez – R), 10:10
Brewers (Wily Peralta – R) at Giants (Matt Cain – R), 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

AL
Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX (back) – Stiff, so was DH Monday; didn't stop him from legging out a triple
Daniel Nava, OF, BOS (personal) – Out a couple days for birth of his child
Dayan Viciedo, OF, CHW (thumb) – Jammed it Monday; X-rays negative
Pedro Florimon, SS, MIN (wrist) – Taking grounders Monday; will take BP Tuesday

NL
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL (finger) – May be rested more often when facing lefties
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD (shoulder) – Out Monday, but seems to have avoided serious injury
Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD (wrist) – Sat on Sunday, but expected back in a couple days
Jayson Werth, OF, WAS (hand) – Scratched Monday; struck out as a pinch-hitter
Bobby Parnell, RP, NYM (neck) – Got an injection Monday to alleviate discomfort; DL possible
Todd Helton, 1B, COL (back) – Back acted up over the weekend; a situation to monitor

Disabled List

AL
Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS (shoulder) – Throwing off a mound Tuesday; seems to be progressing
Colby Lewis, SP, TEX (forearm) – One more rehab start to go – aiming to clear 100 pitches
Josh Willingham, OF, MIN (knee) – First rehab game Monday in Triple-A
Peter Bourjos, OF, LAA (wrist) – Not ready for rehab trip yet
Matt Harrison, SP, TEX (back) – Next rehab start slated for Friday in Triple-A
Omar Infante, 2B, DET (ankle) – Rehab assignment slated to start Tuesday in Triple-A
Jason Vargas, SP, LAA (arm) – Thursday rehab start could be the last one
David Phelps, SP, NYY (forearm) – Scheduled for an exam Monday
David Ross, C, BOS (concussion) – Will serve as bullpen catcher for the Sox this week

NL
Matt Kemp, OF, LAD (ankle) – Out of the boot; still wearing an ankle brace and out for weeks
Yadier Molina, C, STL (knee) – No timetable, but seemingly improving
Trevor Cahill, SP, ARI (hip) – Could be back out there this weekend
Chris Carpenter, SP, STL (shoulder) – Doesn't sound like he'll be back 'til next year
Jaime Garcia, SP, STL (shoulder) – May be able to return in time for the playoffs
Ryan Vogelsong, SP, SF (hand) – Expected back from DL on Friday vs. Baltimore
Lucas Duda, OF, NYM (oblique) – Moved up to Triple-A on rehab trip
Shane Robinson, OF, STL (shoulder) – Expects to be back when eligible Aug. 15
Mike Adams, RP, PHI (shoulder) – Expects to be ready in the spring

Transactions

Activated from DL
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY

Placed on DL
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY (calf)

Called Up
Jeremy Bonderman, RP, DET
Brandon Workman, SP, BOS
Hernan Perez, 2B, DET
Engel Beltre, OF, TEX
David Adams, 3B, NYY
Joey Butler, OF, TEX

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Evan Reed, RP, DET
Tony Sipp, RP, ARI
Adam Rosales, 2B, TEX

Released
Brad Hawpe, OF, LAA

Claimed
Thomas Neal, OF, CHC (from NYY)

Suspended (and not appealing)
Everth Cabrera, SS, SD
Nelson Cruz, OF, TEX
Jesus Montero, C, SEA
Jordany Valdespin, OF, NYM
Antonio Bastardo, RP, PHI
Francisco Cervelli, C, NYY

Closer Watch

Braves – Jordan Walden got the save Monday night, but only because Craig Kimbrel was unavailable after saving all three games of the Phillies series over the weekend. For what it's worth, Walden made it snappy, working around a hit to finish off the Nationals with a one-run lead. He's been a better pitcher this year than he was two years ago, when he closed 32 for the Angels.

Dodgers – Paco Rodriguez got an old-school two-inning save Thursday, pitching perfect eighth and ninth innings against St. Louis. This is another rest situation, with Kenley Jansen having pitched three of the last four days.

Indians – Chris Perez had an ugly one Monday night. He turned a 2-0 lead into a 4-2 deficit without recording a single out, with the capper a three-run homer off the bat of Alex Avila. It's just his third blown save of the year in 20 tries, but it's worth noting that Perez – who doesn't post eye-popping strikeout totals for a closer to begin with – has failed to strike out a batter in five of his last six appearances.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Michael Brantley - OF CLE vs DET
8/6 7:05 PM
Justin Verlander 10-23 .435 0 1 4 3 3 .522 .500 1.022
Jason Giambi - 1B CLE vs DET
8/6 7:05 PM
Justin Verlander 4-13 .308 2 2 4 0 6 .769 .286 1.055
Carlos Santana - C CLE vs DET
8/6 7:05 PM
Justin Verlander 4-18 .222 2 3 2 3 4 .611 .364 .975
Nick Swisher - OF CLE vs DET
8/6 7:05 PM
Justin Verlander 11-55 .200 3 7 7 7 20 .436 .290 .727
Miguel Cabrera - 3B DET @ CLE
8/6 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson 11-28 .393 2 2 9 5 5 .607 .486 1.093
Prince Fielder - 1B DET @ CLE
8/6 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson 4-11 .364 1 2 4 2 1 .727 .462 1.189
Torii Hunter - OF DET @ CLE
8/6 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson 6-18 .333 3 3 5 2 4 .833 .381 1.214
Don Kelly - OF DET @ CLE
8/6 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson 6-17 .353 0 1 2 0 0 .412 .353 .765
Victor Martinez - C DET @ CLE
8/6 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson 6-15 .400 0 3 3 3 1 .600 .500 1.100
Chris Young - OF OAK @ CIN
8/6 7:10 PM
Mat Latos 5-14 .357 1 2 1 2 4 .643 .438 1.080
Adam Dunn - 1B CWS vs NYY
8/6 8:10 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 3-10 .300 1 3 3 7 5 .800 .588 1.388
Alexei Ramirez - SS CWS vs NYY
8/6 8:10 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 4-11 .364 1 2 4 0 1 .727 .364 1.091
Joe Mauer - C MIN @ KC
8/6 8:10 PM
James Shields 11-28 .393 0 2 4 2 4 .500 .433 .933
Justin Morneau - 1B MIN @ KC
8/6 8:10 PM
James Shields 10-29 .345 2 6 6 2 5 .690 .375 1.065
Allen Craig - 1B STL vs LAD
8/6 8:15 PM
Clayton Kershaw 4-11 .364 1 1 5 0 0 .636 .333 .970
Matt Holliday - OF STL vs LAD
8/6 8:15 PM
Clayton Kershaw 8-24 .333 0 1 1 9 5 .375 .515 .890
Mike Trout - OF LAA vs TEX
8/6 10:05 PM
Yu Darvish 6-17 .353 2 3 4 4 6 .765 .476 1.241
J.J. Hardy - SS BAL @ SD
8/6 10:10 PM
Edinson Volquez 4-15 .267 2 2 3 1 4 .667 .313 .979
Jose Bautista - OF TOR @ SEA
8/6 10:10 PM
Felix Hernandez 3-12 .250 1 1 1 3 4 .500 .400 .900
Edwin Encarnacion - 1B TOR @ SEA
8/6 10:10 PM
Felix Hernandez 3-12 .250 1 2 3 0 3 .583 .308 .891
Jonathan Lucroy - C MIL @ SF
8/6 10:15 PM
Matt Cain 5-12 .417 0 2 2 0 4 .667 .417 1.083
Rickie Weeks - 2B MIL @ SF
8/6 10:15 PM
Matt Cain 6-18 .333 0 3 5 2 5 .500 .400 .900
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Yu Darvish TEX @ LAA
8/6 10:05 PM
Angels Batters 12-67 .179 2 3 5 10 24 .295 .296 .591

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
B.J. Upton - OF ATL @ WAS
8/6 7:05 PM
Gio Gonzalez 1-11 .091 0 0 0 0 4 .091 .091 .182
Mike Aviles - SS CLE vs DET
8/6 7:05 PM
Justin Verlander 4-16 .250 0 0 1 0 2 .250 .250 .500
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS CLE vs DET
8/6 7:05 PM
Justin Verlander 7-44 .159 0 1 5 4 19 .182 .229 .411
Jason Kipnis - 2B CLE vs DET
8/6 7:05 PM
Justin Verlander 1-10 .100 0 0 1 3 3 .100 .286 .386
Mark Reynolds - 1B CLE vs DET
8/6 7:05 PM
Justin Verlander 2-12 .167 1 1 1 0 7 .417 .167 .583
Ramon Santiago - 2B DET @ CLE
8/6 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson 1-11 .091 0 0 0 3 3 .091 .333 .424
Russell Martin - C PIT vs MIA
8/6 7:05 PM
Henderson Alvarez 2-10 .200 1 1 2 0 3 .500 .200 .700
Jamey Carroll - SS MIN @ KC
8/6 8:10 PM
James Shields 2-11 .182 0 0 1 1 1 .182 .250 .432
Ichiro Suzuki - OF NYY @ CWS
8/6 8:10 PM
Chris Sale 2-11 .182 0 1 1 0 4 .273 .182 .455
David Freese - 3B STL vs LAD
8/6 8:15 PM
Clayton Kershaw 2-10 .200 0 0 2 1 1 .200 .250 .450
Erick Aybar - SS LAA vs TEX
8/6 10:05 PM
Yu Darvish 2-12 .167 0 0 0 2 4 .167 .286 .452
Mark Trumbo - OF LAA vs TEX
8/6 10:05 PM
Yu Darvish 1-15 .067 0 0 1 1 5 .067 .176 .243
Adam Lind - 1B TOR @ SEA
8/6 10:10 PM
Felix Hernandez 3-16 .188 1 2 2 0 6 .438 .188 .625
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Edwin Jackson CHC @ Phi
8/6 7:05 PM
Phillies Batters 32-93 .344 2 10 10 9 16 .492 .399 .891
Justin Masterson CLE vs Det
8/6 7:05 PM
Tigers Batters 54-169 .320 6 14 33 24 35 .472 .403 .875
James Shields KC vs Min
8/6 8:10 PM
Twins Batters 25-83 .301 2 8 12 5 12 .461 .337 .798
 

Recommended Pickup
Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN – Your classic post-hype case, Mesoraco's offensive development has been hindered by Ryan Hanigan over the last couple years, as the former first-round pick has been stuck behind Hanigan in a backup role for almost all of his short career to this point. But with Hanigan's wrist keeping him on the sidelines, Mesoraco's been having a field day as the Reds' starting catcher. He's hitting .315 with four homers and 12 RBI in 16 games since the All-Star break, showing that he's determined to take this job and run with it. And, oh yeah, he's woefully under-owned for a backstop with his offensive ability.

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