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Tuesday Lineup Card: Every Rose Has Its Thornburg

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Andrew Fiorentino

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Tuesday's Starters – all times Eastern
Blue Jays (Todd Redmond – R) at Orioles (Chris Tillman – R), 7:05
White Sox (Hector Santiago – L) at Indians (Ubaldo Jimenez – R), 7:05
Rays (Matt Moore – L) at Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda – R), 7:05
Brewers (Tyler Thornburg – R) at Braves (Freddy Garcia – R), 7:10
Mets (Jon Niese – L) at Reds (Mike Leake – R), 7:10
Astros (Brad Peacock – R) at Rangers (Yu Darvish – R), 8:05
Pirates (Gerrit Cole – R) at Cubs (Chris Rusin – L), 8:05
Tigers (Doug Fister – R) at Twins (Scott Diamond – L), 8:10
Nationals (Gio Gonzalez – L) at Cardinals (Michael Wacha – R), 8:15
Red Sox (John Lackey – R) at Rockies (Tyler Chatwood – R), 8:40
Athletics (A.J. Griffin – R) at Angels (Jason Vargas – L), 10:05
Royals (Bruce Chen – L) at Mariners (James Paxton – L), 10:10
Diamondbacks (Wade Miley – L) at Padres (Tyson Ross – R), 10:10
Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu – L) at Giants (Matt Cain – R), 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

AL
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK (shoulder) – Out Monday, but supposed to be back later this week
CC Sabathia, SP, NYY (hamstring) – Strained his hammy; shut down for the year
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL (leg) – Left Monday's game; could be a season-ending knee injury
Desmond Jennings, OF, TB (hamstring) – Confident he'll return this week
Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN (knee) – Hurt himself pregame Monday running into the wall
Phil Coke, RP, DET (elbow) – Threw a bullpen Monday; sounded mostly positive
Alexi Casilla, 2B, BAL (head) – Left Monday's game

NL
Matt Holliday, OF, STL (back) – Scratched Monday, but seems close to returning
Jean Segura, SS, MIL (hamstring) – Out Monday, but should return before season's end
Starling Marte, OF, PIT (hand) – Out again Monday; they're being super-cautious
Andre Ethier, OF, LAD (ankle) – Could be back in the lineup Tuesday
Dexter Fowler, OF, COL (knee) – Aggravated his knee pinch-hitting; likely done for the year
Tony Cingrani, SP, CIN (back) – Threw 25 pitches off a mound Monday, pain-free
Roy Halladay, SP, PHI (arm) – Left with "arm fatigue" Monday in the first inning
Jorge De La Rosa, SP, COL (thumb) – Still hurting; may end up missing his last start
Welington Castillo, C, CHC (knee) – Had successful surgery Monday

Disabled List

AL
Albert Pujols, 1B, LAA (foot) – Won't need surgery this offseason

NL
Kyle Kendrick, SP, PHI (shoulder) – Placed on the DL as a procedural move

Transactions

Activated from DL
Jesse Crain, RP, TB
Max Stassi, C, HOU

Placed on DL
Kyle Kendrick, SP, PHI (shoulder)

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
J.D. Martin, RP, TB (DFA)

Closer Watch

Pirates – Jason Grilli collected his second straight save Monday, and he's smoothly transitioned back into the job thanks to some struggles on the part of interim closer Mark Melancon. It was a nice run for Melancon owners, though.

Cardinals – Trevor Rosenthal picked up his first save (finally, right?) Monday, getting two outs in the ninth after Kevin Siegrist got the first. Edward Mujica's been relieved of his duties after giving up runs in five of his last eight appearances, and it seems likely that Rosenthal and Siegrist will split duties depending on whether the opposition's bringing up lefties or righties in the ninth.

Tigers – Joaquin Benoit, tasked with a multi-inning assignment, blew a one-run lead in the ninth Monday, giving up a homer to the Twins' Brian Dozier. He's still the man for Detroit.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Gordon Beckham - 2B CWS @ CLE
9/24 7:05 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 5-13 .385 1 1 3 3 2 .615 .500 1.115
Alejandro De Aza - OF CWS @ CLE
9/24 7:05 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 5-13 .385 0 2 3 5 3 .615 .579 1.194
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS @ CLE
9/24 7:05 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 4-13 .308 1 2 6 2 2 .615 .400 1.015
Kelly Johnson - 2B TB @ NYY
9/24 7:05 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 7-19 .368 1 3 3 1 2 .632 .429 1.060
Brandon Phillips - 2B CIN vs NYM
9/24 7:10 PM
Jon Niese 5-13 .385 2 3 3 0 1 .923 .385 1.308
Joey Votto - 1B CIN vs NYM
9/24 7:10 PM
Jon Niese 2-10 .200 1 1 2 3 4 .500 .385 .885
Aramis Ramirez - 3B MIL @ ATL
9/24 7:10 PM
Freddy Garcia 8-18 .444 1 1 4 0 1 .611 .444 1.056
Miguel Cabrera - 3B DET @ MIN
9/24 8:10 PM
Scott Diamond 7-14 .500 0 2 2 1 2 .643 .533 1.176
Josh Willingham - OF MIN vs DET
9/24 8:10 PM
Doug Fister 5-18 .278 2 3 5 2 4 .667 .409 1.076
Michael Cuddyer - OF COL vs BOS
9/24 8:40 PM
John Lackey 6-19 .316 3 3 5 2 3 .789 .381 1.170
Daric Barton - 1B OAK @ LAA
9/24 10:05 PM
Jason Vargas 4-12 .333 0 3 0 1 2 .667 .385 1.051
Yoenis Cespedes - OF OAK @ LAA
9/24 10:05 PM
Jason Vargas 4-16 .250 2 3 3 1 4 .688 .294 .982
Coco Crisp - OF OAK @ LAA
9/24 10:05 PM
Jason Vargas 12-33 .364 1 3 3 3 2 .515 .417 .932
Andre Ethier - OF LAD @ SF
9/24 10:15 PM
Matt Cain 26-57 .456 1 5 5 5 7 .596 .484 1.081
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B LAD @ SF
9/24 10:15 PM
Matt Cain 19-61 .311 4 9 13 7 15 .607 .377 .983
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Scott Diamond MIN vs DET
9/24 8:10 PM
Tigers Batters 15-67 .224 1 4 5 3 14 .317 .255 .572
Bruce Chen KC @ SEA
9/24 10:10 PM
Mariners Batters 11-62 .177 2 3 3 2 17 .284 .200 .468

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Adam Dunn - 1B CWS @ CLE
9/24 7:05 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 5-26 .192 1 3 1 6 14 .385 .344 .728
Jeff Keppinger - 3B CWS @ CLE
9/24 7:05 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 1-11 .091 0 1 0 1 1 .273 .167 .439
Adam Lind - 1B TOR @ BAL
9/24 7:05 PM
Chris Tillman 3-14 .214 0 0 2 0 4 .214 .214 .429
Yuniesky Betancourt - 2B MIL @ ATL
9/24 7:10 PM
Freddy Garcia 1-15 .067 0 0 1 1 1 .067 .118 .184
Daniel Murphy - 2B NYM @ CIN
9/24 7:10 PM
Mike Leake 1-10 .100 0 1 0 0 0 .200 .100 .300
David Wright - 3B NYM @ CIN
9/24 7:10 PM
Mike Leake 1-10 .100 0 0 0 2 4 .100 .250 .350
Austin Jackson - OF DET @ MIN
9/24 8:10 PM
Scott Diamond 3-15 .200 0 1 0 2 4 .267 .294 .561
Trevor Plouffe - 3B MIN vs DET
9/24 8:10 PM
Doug Fister 2-14 .143 1 1 3 0 1 .357 .143 .500
Alberto Callaspo - 3B OAK @ LAA
9/24 10:05 PM
Jason Vargas 3-16 .188 0 0 1 0 1 .188 .188 .375
Josh Donaldson - 3B OAK @ LAA
9/24 10:05 PM
Jason Vargas 0-10 .000 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Kurt Suzuki - C OAK @ LAA
9/24 10:05 PM
Jason Vargas 5-26 .192 0 0 1 3 4 .192 .276 .468
Raul Ibanez - OF SEA vs KC
9/24 10:10 PM
Bruce Chen 2-12 .167 0 0 1 1 1 .167 .214 .381
Michael Saunders - OF SEA vs KC
9/24 10:10 PM
Bruce Chen 3-12 .250 0 0 0 0 3 .250 .250 .500
Matt Kemp - OF LAD @ SF
9/24 10:15 PM
Matt Cain 10-46 .217 1 5 2 1 13 .391 .234 .625
Skip Schumaker - 2B LAD @ SF
9/24 10:15 PM
Matt Cain 4-22 .182 0 0 2 2 2 .182 .250 .432
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Hiroki Kuroda NYY vs TB
9/24 7:05 PM
Rays Batters 29-92 .315 4 13 15 8 14 .573 .376 .949
Ubaldo Jimenez CLE vs CWS
9/24 7:05 PM
White Sox Batters 29-102 .284 3 10 19 20 25 .476 .405 .881
Matt Cain SF vs LAD
9/24 10:15 PM
Dodgers Batters 82-272 .301 7 26 29 25 50 .459 .358 .817

Recommended Pickup
Tyler Thornburg, SP, MIL – Looking for a Tuesday (and maybe Sunday) streamer? Thornburg's Tuesday draw against the Braves isn't an awesome matchup, but he's delivered three straight quality starts since rejoining the rotation, and it's not like playing in Atlanta is like going to Colorado. His basic numbers in Triple-A don't look very good this year (5.79 ERA, 1.60 WHIP), but his 87:29 K:BB in 74.2 innings paints a friendlier picture, and he's been terrific at all the other levels of the minors. And if he gets the start Sunday, it'll be against the Mets.

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