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Sunday Lineup Card: Arcia Heats Up Minnesota

Daniel Kennedy

Daniel Kennedy

Kennedy covers college football and college basketball for RotoWire. A veteran reporter, Kennedy has covered sports for various newspapers in the Southeast.

Sunday Lineup Card:
Projected Starters - A look at Sunday’s matchups (all times Eastern)
Astros (Brett Oberholtzer – L) at Indians (Trevor Bauer – R) , 1:05
White Sox (Chris Sale – L) at Yankees (Chris Capuano – L), 1:05
Rays (Chris Archer – R) at Blue Jays (Drew Hutchison – R), 1:07
Braves (Aaron Harang – R) at Reds (Alfredo Simon – R), 1:10
Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma – R) at Red Sox (Allen Webster – R), 1:35
Giants (Ryan Vogelsong – R) at Nationals (Stephen Strasburg – R), 1:35
Cardinals (Justin Masterson – R) at Phillies (Jerome Williams – R), 1:35
Pirates (Vance Worley – R) at Brewers (Mike Fiers – R), 2:10
Tigers (Max Scherzer – R) at Twins (Kyle Gibson – R), 2:10
Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez – R) at Cubs (Tsuyoshi Wada – L), 2:10
Royals (Jason Vargas – L) at Rangers (Scott Baker – R), 2:20
Mets (Bartolo Colon – R) at Dodgers (Kevin Correia – R), 3:05
Marlins (Brad Hand – L) at Rockies (Christian Bergman – R), 4:10
Padres (Ian Kennedy – R) at Diamondbacks (Chase Anderson – R), 4:10
Angels (Jered Weaver – R) at Athletics (Scott Kazmir – L), 8:00

Day Game After Night Game: HOU/CLE, ATL/CIN, STL/PHI, PIT/MIL, KC/TEX, NYM/LAD, MIA/COL, SD/ARI

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Xander Bogaerts, SS, BOS – (Head) Did not start Saturday.
Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL – (Hamstring) Hopes to play Sunday.
David Ortiz, DH, BOS – (Elbow) Left Saturday's game after he was hit by a pitch.
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SD – (Hamstring) Did not start Saturday.

Players on the DL

Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD – (Oblique) Expected to be activated Sunday.
Joakim Soria, P, DET – (Oblique) Could be activated as soon as Monday.
Luke Putkonen, P, DET – (Elbow) Nearing a rehab assignment.
Ryan Raburn, OF, CLE – (Wrist) Will begin a rehab assignment Saturday.
Mike Adams, P, PHI – (Shoulder) Will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday.
Derek Holland, P, TEX – (Knee) Scratched from rehab assignment due to back spasms.
Yu Darvish, P, TEX – (Elbow) Will not travel on the team's upcoming road trip.
Masahiro Tanaka, P, NYY – (Elbow) Threw simulated game Saturday.
Jed Lowrie, SS, OAK – (Finger) Unlikely to be activated when eligible.
Chris Owings, SS, AZ – (Shoulder) Moved to Triple-A Reno on Friday to continue his rehab assignment.
Ryan Hanigan, C, TB – (Oblique) Began a rehab assignment with High-A Charlotte on Friday.
Garrett Richards, P, LAA – (Knee) Facing a six-to-nine month recovery after undergoing surgery to repair a torn patellar tendon Friday.

Placed on the DL (15-day DL, unless otherwise noted)

Yan Gomes, C, CLE – (Concussion) Placed on 7-day DL
Nate McLouth, OF, WAS – (Shoulder) Transferred to the 60-day DL

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

Called Up

Nate Schierholtz, OF, WAS

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

Michael Taylor, OF, WAS

Closer Watch

Detroit Tigers – With general manager Dave Dombroski saying Joakim Soria is just days away from returning, the saves situation in Detroit would seem to be heating up. Unfortunately for Soria owners, Nathan has actually righted the ship of late, recording six saves and a 2.89 ERA in the last 30 days. A nasty 1.61 WHIP this season will prevent Nathan from ever feeling safe in his position for the rest of 2014, but his recent performances will likely stave off Soria as the Tigers continue to march toward the postseason. The two veteran pitchers will hold down the eighth and nine innings for better or worse, relegating the newly-acquired Jim Johnson to sparodic use whenever needed.

Hot Batter Matchups – August 24, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
A. Dunn 1B CWS @ NYY
1:05PM
C. Capuano 27 7 4 2 5 3 12 .259 .355 .556 .910
J. Reyes SS TOR vs TB
1:07PM
C. Archer 10 6 0 0 2 2 2 .600 .667 .600 1.267
R. Ludwick OF CIN vs ATL
1:10PM
A. Harang 39 14 4 3 9 0 7 .359 .359 .615 .974
Y. Cespedes OF BOS vs SEA
1:35PM
H. Iwakuma 22 8 7 3 5 0 6 .364 .364 .955 1.318
D. Span OF WAS vs SF
1:35PM
R. Vogelsong 10 5 3 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .900 1.400
A. McCutchen OF PIT @ MIL
2:10PM
M. Fiers 11 6 4 4 9 0 2 .545 .545 1.636 2.182
N. Walker 2B PIT @ MIL
2:10PM
M. Fiers 10 5 2 1 1 0 2 .500 .500 .900 1.400
R. Ibanez OF KC @ TEX
3:05PM
S. Baker 17 8 3 2 4 2 1 .471 .526 .882 1.409
G. Soto C TEX vs KC
3:05PM
J. Vargas 10 4 2 1 3 2 4 .400 .500 .800 1.300
A. Gonzalez 1B LAD vs NYM
4:10PM
B. Colon 18 6 2 2 2 0 5 .333 .333 .667 1.000
D. Murphy 2B NYM @ LAD
4:10PM
K. Correia 15 6 0 0 1 0 2 .400 .400 .400 .800
D. Wright 3B NYM @ LAD
4:10PM
K. Correia 17 13 6 3 6 0 2 .765 .765 1.471 2.235
Hot Pitcher Matchups – August 24, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Bartolo Colon NYM @ LAD
4:10PM
68 17 6 3 7 1 16 .250 .261 .424 .684
Jered Weaver LAA @ OAK
8:05PM
179 38 9 1 6 15 33 .212 .277 .273 .550
Cold Batter Matchups – August 24, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
B. Ryan SS NYY vs CWS
1:05PM
C. Sale 11 1 1 0 0 0 4 .091 .091 .182 .273
I. Suzuki OF NYY vs CWS
1:05PM
C. Sale 11 2 1 0 1 0 4 .182 .182 .273 .455
J. Bautista OF TOR vs TB
1:07PM
C. Archer 13 1 0 0 1 1 2 .077 .188 .077 .264
E. Encarnacion 1B TOR vs TB
1:07PM
C. Archer 12 2 1 1 3 1 1 .167 .231 .417 .647
B. Upton OF ATL @ CIN
1:10PM
A. Simon 12 2 2 0 6 1 2 .167 .214 .333 .548
B. Revere OF PHI vs STL
1:35PM
J. Masterson 29 6 0 0 3 0 2 .207 .207 .207 .414
G. Blanco OF SF @ WAS
1:35PM
S. Strasburg 11 3 0 0 0 0 4 .273 .273 .273 .545
H. Pence OF SF @ WAS
1:35PM
S. Strasburg 10 2 1 1 2 2 3 .200 .333 .500 .833
A. Pierzynski C STL @ PHI
1:35PM
J. Williams 17 3 0 0 1 0 2 .176 .176 .176 .353
B. Dozier 2B MIN vs DET
2:10PM
M. Scherzer 11 1 1 1 3 1 7 .091 .167 .364 .530
T. Plouffe 3B MIN vs DET
2:10PM
M. Scherzer 13 1 0 0 0 1 7 .077 .143 .077 .220
B. Butler DH KC @ TEX
3:05PM
S. Baker 29 3 1 0 3 2 6 .103 .161 .138 .299
A. Beltre 3B TEX vs KC
3:05PM
J. Vargas 30 4 1 0 1 3 3 .133 .212 .167 .379
C. Crawford OF LAD vs NYM
4:10PM
B. Colon 36 6 2 0 3 1 9 .167 .189 .222 .411
C. Crisp OF OAK vs LAA
8:05PM
J. Weaver 57 10 4 0 1 2 11 .175 .203 .246 .449
J. Donaldson 3B OAK vs LAA
8:05PM
J. Weaver 11 1 0 0 2 0 1 .091 .167 .091 .258
J. Jaso C OAK vs LAA
8:05PM
J. Weaver 17 1 0 0 0 5 2 .059 .273 .059 .332
B. Moss 1B OAK vs LAA
8:05PM
J. Weaver 13 2 0 0 0 3 5 .154 .313 .154 .466
Cold Pitcher Matchups – August 24, 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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Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN – To say the entire Minnesota Twins lineup is on fire of late is not doing justice to what the team has done. In the first two games of their series with Detroit, the Twins scored 32 runs. Largely due to the fact they are more than 10 games below .500 and did not factor into the postseason discussion past April, the bats in Minneapolis are drawing less attention than they should be. In the heart of that order is Arcia, who languished for most of the season trying to stay above the Mendoza line. At the start of August, however, something clicked for the 23-year-old, who is suddenly hitting .281 with seven home runs and 20 RBIs this month. With plenty of punch in front and behind Arcia, the streaky slugger could continue this pace for a little while longer. While others shy away from the Twins' outfielder as an option to fill a spot left vacant by an injured star, take the plunge on Arcia and ride the hot streak for as long as it lasts.

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