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Monday Lineup Card: Danny Santana: Sparkplug

Eric Caturia

Eric Caturia

Eric is a writer/editor of MLB, NBA, and NFL content for RotoWire.

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

Mariners (Erasmo Ramirez - R) at Rays (David Price - L), 1:10
Dodgers (Dan Haren - R) at Reds (Tony Cingrani - L), 7:00
Red Sox (Jake Peavy - R) at Orioles (Bud Norris - R), 7:05
Cubs (Edwin Jackson - R) at Pirates (Charlie Morton - R), 7:05
Twins (Ricky Nolasco - R) at Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey - R), 7:07
Indians (T.J. House - L) at Rangers (Nick Martinez - R), 8:05
Tigers (Rick Porcello - R) at White Sox (Hector Noesi - R), 8:10
Yankees (Vidal Nuno - L) at Royals (Jason Vargas - L), 8:10
Braves (Mike Minor - L) at Rockies (Christian Bergman - R), 8:40
Astros (Jarred Cosart - R) at Diamondbacks (Josh Collmenter - R), 9:40
Athletics (Jesse Chavez - R) at Angels (Garrett Richards - R), 10:05
Nationals (Stephen Strasburg - R) at Giants (Ryan Vogelsong - R), 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Henderson Alvarez, P, MIA (Hip) - Left Sunday's outing due to a strained left hip, which he suffered while covering first base.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B, DET (Hamstring) - Removed from Sunday's contest as a result of a tight left hamstring.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK (Neck) - Out of the lineup Sunday, as he continues to give strategic rest to his neck.
Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL (Shoulder) - Missed a third game in a row Sunday as a result of discomfort in the back of his left shoulder.
Felix Doubront, P, BOS (Shoulder) - Slated for two additional rehab starts.
Dee Gordon, SS, LAD (Hip) - Removed from Saturday's contest due to a right hip injury; he didn't play Sunday, but the issue isn't considered to be serious.
Matt Holliday, OF, STL (Back) - Scratched Sunday as a result of a tight lower back.
Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX (Ankle) - Undergoing surgery on his left ankle Wednesday, which could result in a three-month recovery.
Derek Norris, C, OAK (Head) - Hit in the helmet with a bat Sunday but will be available for Monday's game.
Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD (Hip) - His hip flexor isn't believed to be a long-term concern, which knocked him out Saturday and held him to the bench Sunday.
Addison Reed, P, ARI (Arm) - Was usurped for a save opportunity Sunday by Brad Ziegler as a result of a sore arm.
Anthony Rendon, 2B, WAS (Thumb) - Sidelined for a second consecutive game Sunday due to a sore right thumb.
Michael Saunders, OF, SEA (Shoulder) - Has no structural damage in his right shoulder and may be cleared to play Monday.
Justin Smoak, 1B, SEA (Quadriceps) - Sat for a second consecutive contest Sunday due to a bothersome quad.
Kolten Wong, 2B, STL (Shoulder) - Expecting to return to the lineup Tuesday, after three outings missed due to a sore shoulder.

Players on the DL
Matt Adams, 1B, STL (Calf) - May make his first rehab start Monday, which could result in activation when he's first eligible on June 13.
Mike Adams, P, PHI (Shoulder) - Scheduled for an examination Monday, during which he may receive an injection.
Trevor Bell, P, CIN (Elbow) - Pitched Friday at Triple-A Louisville for the first time since Apr. 8, as he works out the final stages of his recovery from an inflamed right elbow.
Clay Buchholz, P, BOS (Knee) - Didn't throw a sim game after all Saturday but was expected to do so Sunday.
Gonzalez Germen, P, NYM (Illness) - Approaching activation from the DL, where he's been recovering from flu-like symptoms since May 12.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL (Finger) - Played light catch Saturday, as his finger remains too swollen to grip a baseball adequately.
Brandon Guyer, OF, TB (Thumb) - Could have his cast removed Monday, though his rehab is expected to last until late June.
Jeremy Hellickson, P, TB (Elbow) - Has two more rehab contests on the docket, with a return tentatively scheduled for June 27.
Shawn Kelley, P, NYY (Back) - Aiming to return to the Yankees' bullpen Wednesday.
Mat Latos, P, CIN (Elbow) - Slated for another rehab nod Monday, after a cramp in his left calf knocked him out of his previous appearance.
Brett Marshall, P, CIN (Finger) - Made his season debut Thursday at Triple-A Louisville, throwing 35 pitches (12 strikes) across 1.1 innings.
Zach McAllister, P, CLE (Back) - Getting the nod at Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday, marking his second during his rehab assignment.
J.J. Putz, P, ARI (Forearm) - His rehabilitation could be extended to late June or early July.
Sergio Santos, P, TOR (Forearm) - Tossed a second successful bullpen session in a row Sunday and will soon embark upon a rehab assignment.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS (Hamstring) - Started to take batting practice and shag flyballs Saturday, but his rehab assignment won't commence until late this week.

Transactions - Players who have been demoted, called up, traded, released, you name it. We'll cover it here.

Activated from the DL
Tommy Hunter, P, BAL
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS

Placed on the DL
Gerrit Cole, P, PIT

Called Up
Mike Fiers, P, MIL
Jeff Locke, P, PIT
Rudy Owens, P, HOU

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Paul Clemens, P, HOU
Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM
Alex Hassan, OF, BOS
Evan Meek, P, BAL

Contract Selected
Ken Giles, P, PHI
Taylor Teagarden, C, NYM

Designated for Assignment
Jason Kubel, OF, MIN

Outrighted
Alfredo Aceves, P, NYY
Buddy Carlyle, P, NYM
Cesar Jimenez, P, PHI

Signed
Luis Ayala, P, TOR (minor league contract)
Kendrys Morales, 1B, MIN
Matt Morgan, C, TOR
Nate Spears, 2B, PHI (minor league contract)

Closer Watch

Diamondbacks - Nursing a sore right arm, Addison Reed wasn't used in a save situation Sunday, which instead went to Brad Ziegler. With a two-run lead in his back pocket, Ziegler was safe in allowing a leadoff homer, as he soon induced two groundouts and a strikeout to obtain his first save of the season. Meanwhile, Reed himself pitched five times in seven contests prior to Sunday's game, a span in which he yielded two runs on four hits and no walks, while striking out three in 4.2 innings. Both runs were via solo shots, bumping up his HR/9 to 2.54 on the year. If Reed's struggles continue, Sunday's development could portend a change in the existing late-inning pecking order.

Hot Batter Matchups ľ Juneá9,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. Buck C SEAá@áTB
1:10PM
D. Price 11 4 1 1 2 0 2 .364 .333 .636 .970
N. Cruz OF BALávsáBOS
7:05PM
J. Peavy 11 4 3 1 2 1 2 .364 .417 .818 1.235
D. Young OF BALávsáBOS
7:05PM
J. Peavy 13 3 2 1 3 1 5 .231 .333 .538 .872
S. Drew SS BOSá@áBAL
7:05PM
B. Norris 13 6 3 0 3 4 2 .462 .588 .769 1.357
E. Bonifacio 2B CHCá@áPIT
7:05PM
C. Morton 15 6 0 0 2 0 5 .400 .400 .400 .800
S. Castro SS CHCá@áPIT
7:05PM
C. Morton 21 9 2 2 5 0 3 .429 .429 .714 1.143
S. Marte OF PITávsáCHC
7:05PM
E. Jackson 14 6 1 0 0 2 5 .429 .529 .500 1.029
A. McCutchen OF PITávsáCHC
7:05PM
E. Jackson 23 10 4 2 6 6 4 .435 .552 .783 1.334
K. Suzuki C MINá@áTOR
7:07PM
R. Dickey 11 4 1 1 3 1 0 .364 .417 .636 1.053
M. Cabrera OF TORávsáMIN
7:07PM
R. Nolasco 16 6 2 1 1 0 1 .375 .375 .625 1.000
J. Francisco 3B TORávsáMIN
7:07PM
R. Nolasco 11 5 1 1 5 1 6 .455 .500 .727 1.227
D. Navarro C TORávsáMIN
7:07PM
R. Nolasco 15 7 3 1 4 0 1 .467 .467 .800 1.267
J. Reyes SS TORávsáMIN
7:07PM
R. Nolasco 49 16 5 3 5 3 7 .327 .365 .571 .937
B. Phillips 2B CINávsáLAD
7:10PM
D. Haren 18 6 2 2 5 0 5 .333 .333 .667 1.000
G. Beckham 2B CWSávsáDET
8:10PM
R. Porcello 29 12 5 1 5 2 5 .414 .441 .655 1.096
A. Dunn 1B CWSávsáDET
8:10PM
R. Porcello 22 7 3 2 2 3 7 .318 .400 .636 1.036
C. Gillaspie 3B CWSávsáDET
8:10PM
R. Porcello 17 7 2 1 3 0 2 .412 .412 .647 1.059
P. Konerko 1B CWSávsáDET
8:10PM
R. Porcello 40 14 4 1 5 5 2 .350 .422 .500 .922
A. Soriano OF NYYá@áKC
8:10PM
J. Vargas 13 6 4 1 2 1 3 .462 .500 .923 1.423
B. Moss 1B OAKá@áLAA
10:05PM
G. Richards 17 7 5 2 7 1 4 .412 .444 .941 1.386
Hot Pitcher Matchups ľ Juneá9,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
David Price TBávsáSEA
1:10PM
118 28 9 2 12 3 24 .237 .264 .367 .630
Jake Peavy BOSá@áBAL
7:05PM
85 19 9 2 9 10 21 .224 .315 .366 .681
Dan Haren LADá@áCIN
7:10PM
79 23 8 7 14 1 17 .291 .300 .565 .865
Mike Minor ATLá@áCOL
8:40PM
60 11 8 6 13 7 10 .183 .269 .571 .839
Cold Batter Matchups ľ Juneá9,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. Hardy SS BALávsáBOS
7:05PM
J. Peavy 19 2 1 0 1 3 5 .105 .217 .158 .375
J. Herrera SS BOSá@áBAL
7:05PM
B. Norris 11 1 0 0 1 2 2 .091 .231 .091 .322
D. Barney 2B CHCá@áPIT
7:05PM
C. Morton 10 1 0 0 1 1 0 .100 .308 .100 .408
A. Rizzo 1B CHCá@áPIT
7:05PM
C. Morton 12 2 1 0 0 2 1 .167 .333 .250 .583
P. Alvarez 3B PITávsáCHC
7:05PM
E. Jackson 20 4 2 1 3 0 4 .200 .200 .400 .600
C. Barmes SS PITávsáCHC
7:05PM
E. Jackson 16 4 0 0 2 0 1 .250 .250 .250 .500
R. Martin C PITávsáCHC
7:05PM
E. Jackson 19 3 1 0 0 1 3 .158 .238 .211 .449
T. Snider OF PITávsáCHC
7:05PM
E. Jackson 15 1 1 0 1 1 4 .067 .125 .200 .325
N. Walker 2B PITávsáCHC
7:05PM
E. Jackson 20 4 1 0 1 3 3 .200 .304 .250 .554
J. Bruce OF CINávsáLAD
7:10PM
D. Haren 10 2 0 0 0 0 3 .200 .200 .200 .400
A. De Aza OF CWSávsáDET
8:10PM
R. Porcello 31 6 1 0 0 3 4 .194 .265 .226 .491
T. Flowers C CWSávsáDET
8:10PM
R. Porcello 10 0 0 0 0 1 4 .000 .091 .000 .091
A. Ramirez SS CWSávsáDET
8:10PM
R. Porcello 47 8 1 1 1 0 2 .170 .170 .234 .404
I. Kinsler 2B DETá@áCWS
8:10PM
H. Noesi 10 2 1 0 1 1 0 .200 .273 .300 .573
J. Ellsbury OF NYYá@áKC
8:10PM
J. Vargas 10 2 0 0 0 0 1 .200 .200 .200 .400
K. Johnson 2B NYYá@áKC
8:10PM
J. Vargas 10 2 0 0 2 1 1 .200 .273 .200 .473
B. Roberts 2B NYYá@áKC
8:10PM
J. Vargas 10 2 1 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .300 .500
T. Tulowitzki SS COLávsáATL
8:40PM
M. Minor 10 1 1 1 1 2 0 .100 .250 .400 .650
D. Fowler OF HOUá@áARI
9:40PM
J. Collmenter 17 3 2 1 1 2 3 .176 .263 .412 .675
A. Callaspo 3B OAKá@áLAA
10:05PM
G. Richards 10 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000
J. Jaso C OAKá@áLAA
10:05PM
G. Richards 13 3 2 0 3 0 3 .231 .231 .385 .615
Cold Pitcher Matchups ľ Juneá9,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Charlie Morton PITávsáCHC
7:05PM
114 35 9 3 16 6 21 .307 .364 .439 .803
Bud Norris BALávsáBOS
7:05PM
77 21 9 2 11 13 21 .273 .378 .483 .861
Ricky Nolasco MINá@áTOR
7:07PM
130 44 14 6 18 7 23 .338 .372 .541 .913
R.A. Dickey TORávsáMIN
7:07PM
80 25 7 2 14 11 12 .312 .401 .461 .862
Garrett Richards LAAávsáOAK
10:05PM
120 37 15 3 22 10 27 .308 .362 .498 .860

Recommended Pickup

Danny Santana, CF, MIN - Upon his call-up in early May, Santana logged time at shortstop, but his success at the plate (8-for-his-first-19) spurred manager Ron Gardenhire to learn if the outfield was a viable option for the speedy 23-year-old. If the past seven games is any indication -- five starts in center and two as the designated hitter -- Santana is living up to the hype while batting leadoff. Moreover, he's still producing at the plate, slashing .370/.370/.519 with his first big league homer, seven RBI, two runs, and two steals across his past 27 at-bats. Gardenhire's search for a sparkplug at the top of the order has seemingly settled on Santana, who should be garnering more love in fantasy circles.

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