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Derek VanRiper

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

Royals (Bruce Chen - L) at Tigers (Max Scherzer - R), 1:08
Giants (Madison Bumgarner - L) at Marlins (Tom Koehler - R), 1:10
Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin - R) at Orioles (Scott Feldman - R), 1:35
D-Backs (Wade Miley - L) at Pirates (Charlie Morton - R), 1:35
Dodgers (Ricky Nolasco - R) at Phillies (Cole Hamels - L), 1:35
Nationals (Gio Gonzalez - L) at Braves (Julio Teheran - R), 1:35
Blue Jays (Todd Redmond - R) at Rays (Chris Archer - R), 1:40
White Sox (Hector Santiago - L) at Twins (Sam Deduno - R), 2:10
Reds (Homer Bailey - R) at Brewers (Wily Peralta - R), 2:10
Cardinals (Adam Wainwright - R) at Cubs (Edwin Jackson - R), 2:20
Mariners (Erasmo Ramirez - R) at Rangers (Yu Darvish - R), 3:05
Astros (Brett Oberholtzer - L) at Angels (Jason Vargas - L), 3:35
Indians (Scott Kazmir - L) at A's (Tom Milone - L), 4:05
Mets (Matt Harvey - R) at Padres (Eric Stults - L), 4:10
Yankees (CC Sabathia - L at Red Sox (Ryan Dempster - R), 8:05

Day Game After Night Game: KC/DET, SF/MIA, COL/BAL, LA/PHI, WAS/ATL, TOR/TAM, CHWMIN, CIN/MIL, SEA/TEX, HOU/LAA, CLE/OAK, NYM/SD

Injuries

Day-to-Day

AL

Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS - (Foot) Not expected to miss time after leaving in the ninth inning Saturday.
Mike Napoli, C, BOS - (Foot) To be examined by Red Sox's medical staff due to plantar fasciitis.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL - Scratched from the lineup Saturday with back spasms.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK - (Wrist) Missed sixth consecutive game Saturday.
Alexi Ogando, SP, TEX - Received an injection in his shoulder and will miss Monday's start.
Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN - (Wrist) Held out of the lineup for second straight day Saturday.
Omar Infante, 2B, DET - Left Saturday's game with lower back stiffness.
Jason Hammel, SP, BAL - (Arm) Felt good after playing catch Friday.
Francisco Rodriguez, RP, BAL - (Groin) Orioles believe he can avoid the disabled list.
Ryan Raburn, 2B, CLE - (Hamstring) Has not played since Tuesday, but may be available Sunday.
Munenori Kawasaki, SS, TOR - (Paternity List) Scheduled to be activated for Tuesday's doubleheader.
Conor Gillaspie, 3B, CHW - (Hand) Was available to pinch-hit Saturday night.
Miguel Tejada, SS, KAN - Suspended 105 games after two positive tests for amphetamines.

NL

Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS - Ejected in the second inning Saturday after a sequence of wild pitches.
Bryce Harper, OF, WAS - Scratched from Saturday's lineup with an upper arm bruise.
Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL - (Knee) MRI came back clean; did not start Saturday night against the Reds.
Marco Scutaro, SS, SF - Left Saturday's game with tightness in his lower back.
Mark Ellis, 2B, LA - (Knee) Sat out Saturday's game against the Phillies.
Placido Polanco, 3B, MIA - (Head) Held out of the starting lineup Saturday.

Players on the DL

AL

Desmond Jennings, OF, TAM - (Finger) Returning to Rays' lineup Monday; rehab game Sunday.
Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS - (Shoulder) Will throw a simulated game Wednesday.
Brett Anderson, SP, OAK - (Foot) Scheduled to start rehab work Saturday at Triple-A Sacramento.
Wilson Betemit, 3B, BAL - (Knee) Rehab scheduled through August 25.
Brett Myers, SP, CLE - (Elbow) Slated for a simulated game Sunday.

NL

Johnny Cueto, SP, CIN - (Back) Has not resumed throwing, will be evaluated again next week.
Jason Grilli, RP, PIT - (Forearm) May throw from a slope or mound as sooon as next week.
Miguel Montero, C, ARI - (Back) Sent on rehab assignment to Arizona Rookie League.
Dan Uggla, 2B, ATL - (Eye) Could return after 15-day minimum.
Roy Halladay, SP, PHI - (Shoulder) Scheduled to pitch at Low-A Lakewood on Tuesday.
Jeremy Hefner, SP, NYM - (Elbow) Visit w/doctors to determine if he needs Tommy John surgery.
Jonathan Pettibone, SP, PHI - (Arm) Moving up to Triple-A for next rehab start Tuesday.
Sean Marshall, RP, CIN - (Shoulder) Cleared to start throwing Monday.
Scott Baker, SP, CHC - (Elbow) Will make second rehab start with High-A Daytona.

Placed on the DL

Bartolo Colon, SP, OAK
Luke Scott, DH, TAM
Justin Maxwell, OF, KAN (Bereavement List)
Taylor Jordan, SP, WAS (shut down for the season)
Ramon Troncoso, RP, CHW
Jesse Crain, RP, TAM (transferred to 60-day DL)

Activated from the DL

Yovani Gallardo, SP, MIL
Trevor Cahill, SP, ARI
Tom Milone, SP, OAK
Rafael Betancourt, RP, COL
Nick Hundley, C, SD (Paternity List)
Jose Sucre, C, SEA
Brandon Gomes, RP, TAM

Called Up
Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM
Tyler Lyons, SP, STL
Tyler Moore, OF, WAS
Josh Stinson, RP, BAL
Jake Petricka, P, CHW

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

Danny Duffy, SP, KAN
Donovan Hand, SP, MIL
Henry Urrutia, OF, BAL
Jose Alvarez, SP, DET
Manny Corpas, RP, COL
Chaz Roe, RP, ARI
Sam Freeman, RP, STL
Chris Robinson, C, SD

Signed

Tyler Greene, INF, ATL

Released

Blake DeWitt, INF, ATL

Closer Watch

Not much going on here Saturday as of 10 pm ET, but Astros manager Bo Porter said that he will fluctuate between Josh Fields and Chia-Jen Lo as his closer for now.

Key Matchups

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Miguel Cabrera - 3B DET vs KC
8/18 1:08 PM
Bruce Chen 13-32 .406 4 7 8 8 6 .875 .525 1.400
Prince Fielder - 1B DET vs KC
8/18 1:08 PM
Bruce Chen 5-13 .385 1 2 3 2 3 .692 .467 1.159
Alex Gordon - OF KC @ DET
8/18 1:08 PM
Max Scherzer 7-18 .389 1 2 1 5 3 .611 .522 1.133
Michael Cuddyer - OF COL @ BAL
8/18 1:35 PM
Scott Feldman 7-13 .538 2 5 5 1 1 1.231 .571 1.802
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B LAD @ PHI
8/18 1:35 PM
Cole Hamels 8-27 .296 2 2 2 3 9 .519 .387 .906
Hanley Ramirez - SS LAD @ PHI
8/18 1:35 PM
Cole Hamels 17-60 .283 2 12 6 5 15 .550 .338 .888
Chase Utley - 2B PHI vs LAD
8/18 1:35 PM
Ricky Nolasco 11-35 .314 1 3 6 3 6 .486 .385 .870
David DeJesus - OF CHC vs STL
8/18 2:20 PM
Adam Wainwright 9-23 .391 2 6 3 0 4 .870 .391 1.261
Yadier Molina - C STL @ CHC
8/18 2:20 PM
Edwin Jackson 8-12 .667 2 2 4 2 1 1.167 .714 1.881
Kyle Seager - 3B SEA @ TEX
8/18 3:05 PM
Yu Darvish 4-10 .400 0 2 5 2 3 .600 .500 1.100
Coco Crisp - OF OAK vs CLE
8/18 4:05 PM
Scott Kazmir 11-36 .306 1 4 4 6 11 .472 .405 .877
 
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
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Adam Wainwright STL @ CHC
8/18 2:20 PM
Cubs Batters 28-78 .359 2 10 8 2 13 .548 .370 .918
Yu Darvish TEX vs SEA
8/18 3:05 PM
Mariners Batters 9-60 .150 0 4 10 12 20 .226 .299 .526

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Omar Infante - 2B DET vs KC
8/18 1:08 PM
Bruce Chen 3-16 .188 0 2 1 0 6 .375 .188 .563
Mike Moustakas - 3B KC @ DET
8/18 1:08 PM
Max Scherzer 1-14 .071 0 0 1 0 2 .071 .071 .143
B.J. Upton - OF ATL vs WAS
8/18 1:35 PM
Gio Gonzalez 1-11 .091 0 0 0 0 4 .091 .091 .182
Jerry Hairston Jr. - 3B LAD @ PHI
8/18 1:35 PM
Cole Hamels 2-22 .091 1 2 2 1 1 .273 .125 .398
Juan Uribe - 3B LAD @ PHI
8/18 1:35 PM
Cole Hamels 1-11 .091 0 0 1 0 2 .091 .091 .182
Carlos Ruiz - C PHI vs LAD
8/18 1:35 PM
Ricky Nolasco 4-23 .174 0 0 1 2 3 .174 .269 .443
Dustin Ackley - 2B SEA @ TEX
8/18 3:05 PM
Yu Darvish 2-10 .200 0 1 2 4 2 .300 .429 .729
Kendrys Morales - 1B SEA @ TEX
8/18 3:05 PM
Yu Darvish 0-13 .000 0 0 1 1 8 .000 .067 .067
Michael Saunders - OF SEA @ TEX
8/18 3:05 PM
Yu Darvish 1-10 .100 0 1 2 3 2 .200 .308 .508
Chris Carter - OF HOU @ LAA
8/18 3:35 PM
Jason Vargas 0-10 .000 0 0 0 2 5 .000 .167 .167
Jacoby Ellsbury - OF BOS vs NYY
8/18 8:05 PM
CC Sabathia 6-28 .214 1 2 7 1 9 .357 .281 .638
Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C BOS vs NYY
8/18 8:05 PM
CC Sabathia 3-14 .214 0 1 1 1 7 .286 .250 .536
 
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
Bruce Chen KC @ Det
8/18 1:08 PM
Tigers Batters 43-137 .314 8 20 21 16 28 .600 .382 .982
 


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