- A look at Saturday’s matchups (all times Eastern)
Red Sox (John Lackey
- R) at Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda
- R), 1:05
Rays (Alex Cobb
- R) at Reds (Alfredo Simon
- R), 1:10
Indians (Justin Masterson
- R) at White Sox (Felipe Paulino
- R), 2:10
Royals (James Shields
- R) at Twins (Ricky Nolasco
- R), 2:10
Cubs (Carlos Villanueva
- R) at Cardinals (Adam Wainwright
- R), 2:15
Rockies (Brett Anderson
- L) at Giants (Matt Cain
- R), 4:05
Blue Jays (Drew Hutchison
- R) at Orioles (Bud Norris
- R), 7:05
Marlins (Nathan Eovaldi
- R) at Phillies (Jonathan Pettibone
- R), 7:05
Pirates (Edinson Volquez
- R) at Brewers (Yovani Gallardo
- R), 7:10
Nationals (Taylor Jordan
- R) at Braves (Alex Wood
- L), 7:10
Astros (Jarred Cosart
- R) at Rangers (Tanner Scheppers
- R), 8:05
Dodgers (Zack Greinke
- R) at Diamondbacks (Wade Miley
- L), 8:10
Tigers (Justin Verlander
- R) at Padres (Ian Kennedy
- R), 8:40
Mets (Jon Niese
- L) at Angels (Jered Weaver
- R), 9:05
Athletics (Sonny Gray
- R) at Mariners (Erasmo Ramirez
- R), 9:10
Day Game After Night Game:
BOS, NYY, TB, CIN, CLE, CHW, KC, MIN, CHC, STL, COL, SF
, SS, COL - (Quad) Scratched Friday but is expected to play Saturday and Sunday.
, 3B, TEX - (Quad) Held out of the lineup again Friday.
, SS, ATL - (Wrist) Hopes to return to the lineup Saturday.
, OF, OAK - (Wrist) Was not included in Friday’s lineup.
, OF, DET - (Knee) Missed a second straight start Friday but expects to return to the lineup Saturday.
, C, COL - (Wrist) Scratched Friday with a strain, which he suffered Tuesday.
, OF, PHI - (Ribs) Held out of Friday’s lineup due to soreness but manager Ryne Sandberg is hopeful he’ll be back Saturday.
, SS, BAL - (Back) Expects to return to the lineup Saturday.
Players on the DL
, P, CIN - (Head) Scheduled to throw a bullpen session Monday.
, 3B, BAL - (Knee) Expected to log a few at-bats in an extended spring training game Saturday.
, P, SEA - (Finger) Set for another bullpen session Saturday.
, P, CIN - (Knee, Elbow) Felt tenderness in his flexor mass region during a bullpen session Friday.
, OF, LAA - (Thumb) Underwent surgery Friday and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.
, SS, TOR - (Hamstring) Ran the bases Friday and felt comfortable.
, P, TB - (Elbow) Awaiting a comparison of his latest MRI to a previous one.
, P, WAS - (Back) Completed a 35-pitch bullpen session Friday.
, P, TOR - (Back) Available to throw a side session Saturday.
, OF, SD - (Arm) Began rehab assignment at Triple-A El Paso on Friday.
, 3B, BOS - (Calf) Took 40 swings and fielded grounders Friday.
, 1B, NYY - (Hamstring) Could return by May 1.
, P, SEA - (Back) Unlikely to throw for another week.
, OF, OAK - (Back) Manager Bob Melvin said there’s a “good chance” he’s activated Saturday.
, OF, MIN - (Wrist) Hit the 15-day DL on Friday.
, P, COL - (Hamstring) Set to start Sunday against the Giants.
, P, CHC - (Shoulder) Must complete at least one more rehab start at Double-A Tennessee.
, OF, NYM - (Quad) Played in another extended spring training game Friday and will now head to Triple-A Las Vegas to begin a rehab assignment.
, OF, ARI - (Hip) Returned to the lineup at Triple-A Reno on Thursday.
, SS, MIN - (Ankle) Ran the bases Friday and will begin a rehab assignment at High-A Fort Myers on Saturday.
, 3B, CWS - (Shoulder) Played three innings in an extended spring training game Wednesday.
, SS, NYY - (Back) Unlikely to return before May 1.
, 3B, BAL - (Knee) Getting close to playing in extended spring training games.
- Players who have been demoted, called up, traded, released, you name it. We’ll cover it here.
Placed on the DL
(15-day, unless otherwise noted)
, OF, MIN
Activated from the DL
(15-day, unless otherwise noted)
, P, PIT
, 2B, PHI
, P, HOU (paternity list)
, OF, TB
(to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
, P, PIT
, P, HOU
, 2B, PHI (to Double-A Reading)
, P, ARI (minor league contract)
Tampa Bay Rays
- Grant Balfour
relieved starter David Price
with one out in the ninth inning Friday, after Price gave up a homer to Joey Votto
which brought the Reds within one run. Following a strikeout of Ryan Ludwick
, Balfour proceeded to load the bases with three consecutive walks -- he also uncorked a wild pitch -- before striking out Bryan Pena looking to preserve the 2-1 win. Balfour allowed one walk in his first three appearances, and has now given up just one hit over 3.2 scoreless innings on the season. Manager Joe Maddon’s clearly has plenty of trust in the right-hander.
- Francisco Rodriguez
struck out the side in the ninth inning Friday to earn his third save of the season. He’s recorded multiple strikeouts in four of his five appearances thus far, and hasn’t allowed a single hit in last four outings. Jim Henderson
set him up with a perfect eighth inning, and manager Ron Roenicke has said that the team wants to get Henderson back into the role eventually, but he said something similar when John Axford
struggled at the beginning of last season and Axford never got the job back. It won’t be easy for Henderson if K-Rod keeps this up.
- A day after Jim Johnson
was formally removed from the closer’s role, manager Bob Melvin shed a bit of light on his new closer-by-committee approach. Melvin confirmed that Ryan Cook
, who just recently returned from a shoulder injury, won’t be in the mix for saves right away, as the skipper wants to ease him back in with low-leverage innings. Luke Gregerson
and Sean Doolittle
are his top options to close, depending on the matchups, meaning the right-handed Gregerson will likely see the bulk of the opportunities.
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, C, MIN - While serving as the Twins’ designated hitter Friday, Pinto went 1-for-3 with a home run -- his second of the year -- two walks and two runs scored. It was his second start at DH in the team’s last four games, and he’ll likely continue to see at least occasional starts there when not behind the plate. In response to Oswaldo Arcia (wrist) and Josh Willingham (wrist) both hitting the DL this week, the Twins appear to be preparing Chris Colabello for a semi-regular role in right field, with Jason Kubel moving to left. That creates an opening at DH, and Pinto seems like the team’s best option, especially now that Chris Herrmann is also up to help with catching duties. The 25-year-old has hit for average in the upper levels of the minors and was very impressive in 22 games after his September callup last season (.342/.398/.566 with four homers in 76 at-bats).
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DraftStreet Value Picks
P - Nathan Eovaldi, MIA ($14,643)
C - Josmil Pinto, MIN ($4,530)
1B - Prince Fielder, TEX ($5,803)
2B - Omar Infante, KC ($5,195)
SS - Derek Jeter, NYY ($4,446)
3B - Pablo Sandoval, SF ($5,327)
OF - Starling Marte, PIT ($5,776)
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