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Thursday Lineup Card: Along Came Polly

Anthony Tynan

Anthony Tynan

Anthony Tynan writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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

MIN (Kevin Correia – R) at CLE (Justin Masterson – R), 12:05 PM ET
HOU (Dallas Keuchel – L) at DET (Drew Smyly – L), 1:08 PM ET
PHI (A.J. Burnett – R) at TOR (R.A. Dickey – R), 7:07 PM ET
BAL (Ubaldo Jimenez – R) at TB (David Price – L), 7:10 PM ET
COL (Franklin Morales – L) at TEX (Matt Harrison – L), 8:05 PM ET
CHC (Jake Arrieta – R) at CHW (Scott Carroll – R), 8:10 PM ET
KC (Danny Duffy – L) at SEA (Hisashi Iwakuma – R), 10:10 PM ET
SF (Ryan Vogelsong – R) at LAD (Josh Beckett – R), 10:10 PM ET
MIA (Jacob Turner – R) at SD (Ian Kennedy – R), 10:10 PM ET

Day Game After Night Game: NYY/TOR, CIN/NYM, SEA/OAK

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Michael Bourn, OF, CLE – (Hamstring) Should return to lineup Thursday.
Ryan Cook, P, OAK – (Forearm) Has strain after pitching Wednesday.
Adam Dunn, OF, CHW – (Calf) Out of lineup for second straight day Wednesday.
Billy Hamilton, OF, CIN – (Hand) Out of lineup again Wednesday, still appears he will come off bench rather than face DL.
Dan Haren, P, LAD – (Back) Sore back after Wednesday’s start.
Omar Infante, 2B, KC – (Back) Out of lineup Wednesday.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR – (Hamstring) Should return to lineup Friday.
Joe Mauer, C, MIN – (Back) Out of lineup again Wednesday with stiffness.
Nate McLouth, OF, WAS – (Hand) Out of Wednesday’s lineup with cut.
Donnie Murphy, 3B, TEX – (Neck) Left Wednesday’s game with strain.
Scott Rice, P, NYM – (Back) Unavailable Wednesday.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF – (Thumb) Out again Wednesday with strain.
Ervin Santana, P, ATL – (Thumb) Expected to start Saturday.
Jonathan Villar, SS, HOU – (Thumb) Out of Wednesday’s lineup with jammed thumb, but was available off the bench.
Matt Wieters, C, BAL – (Elbow) Will avoid DL for now, should DH Thursday, perhaps catch as soon as this weekend.

Players on the DL
Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN – (Wrist) Missed Wednesday’s rehab game, was going to be activated Thursday but timeline appears to be pushed back.
Ryan Braun, OF, MIL – (Oblique) Took batting practice Wednesday, should be activated when eligible next Tuesday.
Aroldis Chapman, P, CIN – (Head) Struggled again for second straight rehab outing.
Alex Cobb, TB – (Oblique) Should throw batting practice by end of week.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK – (Neck) Should miss a couple days after injury Wednesday.
Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL – (Hamstring) Will begin light running Saturday, still out until around end of month.
Dane De La Rosa, P, LAA – (Shoulder) One more rehab outing then could be activated.
Scott Feldman, P, HOU – (Biceps) Should start Friday.
Tom Gorzelanny, P, MIL – (Shoulder) Approaching rehab.
Jason Grilli, P, PIT – (Oblique) Should throw bullpen session Friday, return could come soon after.
Josh Hamilton. OF, LAA – (Thumb) Set to hit off tee Friday, still over two weeks from return.
Jim Henderson, P, Mil – (Shoulder) Probably out about two more weeks.
Casey Janssen, P, TOR – (Back) Still more rehab to go but should return to Blue Jays next week.
Russell Martin, C, PIT – (Leg) Eligible to come off DL Sunday, faces one game suspension upon return, pending appeal.
Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN – (Hamstring) Not running at full speed, probably out beyond Sunday, his eligible date of return.
Eric O’Flaherty, P, OAK _ (Elbow) Should face hitters Saturday for the first time since Tommy John.
Francisco Peguero, OF, BAL – (Wrist) Will begin rehab at Triple-A Friday.
Mike Pelfrey, P, MIN – (Groin) Will throw bullpen session Thursday, still expected to be out until some point in June.
Luke Putkonen, P, DET – (Elbow) Was scheduled to make rehab appearance Wednesday, should spend additional time in minors.
J.J. Putz, P, AZ – (Forearm) MRI showed irritation, no structural damage.
Carlos Quentin, OF, SD – (Knee) Moved rehab up to Triple-A, still no timetable for return.
Wandy Rodriguez, P, PIT – (Knee) Poor Double-A rehab outing Tuesday.
Darin Ruf, OF, PHI – (Oblique) Will begin rehab Thursday.
Chris Sale, P, CHW – (Arm) Pain-free bullpen session Wednesday but timetable points to end of the month return at earliest.
Anibal Sanchez, P, DET – (Finger) Rehab appearance Tuesday, another one Thursday, may not need rehab before activation.
Tanner Scheppers, P, TEX – (Elbow) Threw on flat ground Wednesday, could return in bullpen.
Joe Smith, P, LAA – (Upper Body) Still has tightness, may not have been available Wednesday.
Jonny Venters, P, ATL – (Elbow) Now throwing breaking balls, return should be in second half of June.

Activated from the DL
Conor Gillaspie, 3B, CHW
Wilson Ramos, C, WAS

Placed on the DL
Pedro Figueroa, P, TEX (transferred to 60-day DL)
Pedro Strop, P, CHC

Claimed Off Waivers/Signed
Gabriel Lima, P, CHC (minor league contract)
David Nick, OF, ATL (minor league contract)

Called Up
Hector Ambriz, P, SD
Scott Baker, P, TEX
Caleb Joseph, C, BAL
Arnold Leon, P, OAK
Erasmo Ramirez, P, SEA
Zac Rosscup, P, CHC
Josh Zeid, P, HOU

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Jordan Danks, OF, CHW
Josh Fields, P, HOU
Tyler Moore, OF, WAS
Jace Peterson, SS, SD
Daniel Robertson, OF, TEX
Blake Treinen, P, WAS
Jemile Weeks, 2B, BAL

Closer Watch
Baltimore – Tommy Hunter continues to play with fire. He entered Wednesday’s game with a two run margin and allowed one run on three hits. Hunter allowed a hit and two walks while picking up Tuesday’s save. He has a 1.50 WHIP on the season, but has allowed just four runs in 12.2 innings and Hunter has successfully closed seven save opportunities in a row. While the performance overall has been shaky, Hunter’s job is not in question unless he blows saves.

Oakland – No sooner did Jim Johnson turn around his season than he gave up four unearned runs while retiring two batters in a non-save situation on Tuesday. Nonetheless, Johnson was handed the keys to the car and he successfully closed Wednesday’s win by retiring three batters in a row.

Pittsburgh – Mark Melancon has firm control of the closer’s job, even after blowing an opportunity Monday. He closed out Wednesday’s win and is 2-for-3 in closing siutations this season.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – May 8, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
N. Morgan OF CLE vs MIN
12:05PM
K. Correia 13 4 1 1 1 1 1 .308 .357 .538 .896
B. Dozier 2B MIN @ CLE
12:05PM
J. Masterson 12 6 2 0 0 6 1 .500 .684 .667 1.351
T. Plouffe 3B MIN @ CLE
12:05PM
J. Masterson 17 5 2 1 2 3 8 .294 .455 .529 .984
I. Kinsler 2B DET vs HOU
1:08PM
D. Keuchel 15 5 1 1 2 2 1 .333 .412 .533 .945
J. Rollins SS PHI @ TOR
7:07PM
R. Dickey 23 7 5 1 3 2 5 .304 .360 .652 1.012
J. Bautista OF TOR vs PHI
7:07PM
A. Burnett 14 6 5 3 7 3 2 .429 .529 1.214 1.744
E. Encarnacion 1B TOR vs PHI
7:07PM
A. Burnett 14 6 3 2 4 1 2 .429 .467 .929 1.395
N. Cruz OF BAL @ TB
7:10PM
D. Price 16 6 2 2 4 2 2 .375 .444 .750 1.194
M. Wieters C BAL @ TB
7:10PM
D. Price 38 14 7 1 4 3 13 .368 .415 .605 1.020
D. Young OF BAL @ TB
7:10PM
D. Price 16 5 2 1 2 0 6 .313 .313 .563 .875
Y. Escobar SS TB vs BAL
7:10PM
U. Jimenez 19 7 1 1 2 4 1 .368 .478 .526 1.005
A. Ethier OF LAD vs SF
10:10PM
R. Vogelsong 19 5 3 1 1 2 2 .263 .333 .526 .860
A. Gonzalez 1B LAD vs SF
10:10PM
R. Vogelsong 11 3 2 1 4 0 1 .273 .273 .636 .909
D. Gordon SS LAD vs SF
10:10PM
R. Vogelsong 23 9 1 0 1 1 0 .391 .417 .478 .895
M. Kemp OF LAD vs SF
10:10PM
R. Vogelsong 23 7 3 1 6 4 4 .304 .407 .565 .973
J. Uribe 3B LAD vs SF
10:10PM
R. Vogelsong 16 7 2 0 1 0 2 .438 .438 .625 1.063
G. Jones 1B MIA @ SD
10:10PM
I. Kennedy 12 5 2 1 3 2 4 .417 .500 .750 1.250
G. Stanton OF MIA @ SD
10:10PM
I. Kennedy 11 4 3 2 3 1 2 .364 .417 1.000 1.417
H. Pence OF SF @ LAD
10:10PM
J. Beckett 19 8 1 1 2 0 4 .421 .421 .579 1.000
Hot Pitcher Matchups – May 8, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
There are no pitchers who qualify as "hot" today.
Cold Batter Matchups – May 8, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
P. Florimon SS MIN @ CLE
12:05PM
J. Masterson 11 2 2 0 1 0 3 .182 .182 .455 .636
R. Howard 1B PHI @ TOR
7:07PM
R. Dickey 15 3 0 0 1 0 3 .200 .200 .200 .400
J. Mayberry OF PHI @ TOR
7:07PM
R. Dickey 13 2 0 0 2 0 3 .154 .154 .154 .308
M. Cabrera OF TOR vs PHI
7:07PM
A. Burnett 24 3 0 0 1 1 3 .125 .160 .125 .285
D. Navarro C TOR vs PHI
7:07PM
A. Burnett 29 6 2 1 3 0 7 .207 .258 .345 .603
J. Reyes SS TOR vs PHI
7:07PM
A. Burnett 25 4 2 0 0 0 4 .160 .160 .240 .400
A. Jones OF BAL @ TB
7:10PM
D. Price 41 9 3 0 3 1 11 .220 .238 .293 .531
S. Pearce OF BAL @ TB
7:10PM
D. Price 10 2 0 0 1 0 3 .200 .200 .200 .400
J. Loney 1B TB vs BAL
7:10PM
U. Jimenez 49 9 4 2 9 3 8 .184 .245 .347 .592
J. Morneau 1B COL @ TEX
8:05PM
M. Harrison 11 2 2 0 3 1 2 .182 .250 .364 .614
H. Ramirez SS LAD vs SF
10:10PM
R. Vogelsong 17 2 0 0 3 1 3 .118 .211 .118 .328
A. Pagan OF SF @ LAD
10:10PM
J. Beckett 13 2 0 0 2 1 3 .154 .214 .154 .368
Cold Pitcher Matchups – May 8, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
There are no pitchers who qualify as "cold" today.

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