Wednesday Lineup Card: Long Live King Albert
Wednesday Lineup Card: Long Live King Albert

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

Rays (Wade Davis – R) at Twins (Francisco Liriano – L), 1:10
Royals (Bruce Chen – L) at White Sox (Edwin Jackson – R), 2:10
Diamondbacks (Josh Collmenter – R) at Brewers (Yovani Gallardo – R), 2:10
Tigers (Brad Penny – R) at Angels (Tyler Chatwood - R), 3:35
Mariners (Jason Vargas – L) at Athletics (Guillermo Moscoso - R), 3:35
Yankees (Phil Hughes – R) at Indians (Justin Masterson – R), 7:05
Cubs (Randy Wells – R) at Nationals (Tom Gorzelanny – L), 7:05
Astros (Bud Norris – R) at Pirates (Charlie Morton – R), 7:05
Blue Jays (Ricky Romero – L) at Red Sox (Tim Wakefield – R), 7:10
Rockies (Aaron Cook – R) at Braves (Jair Jurrjens – R), 7:10
Phillies (Kyle Kendrick – R) at Marlins (Anibal Sanchez – R), 7:10
Orioles (Jeremy Guthrie – R) at Rangers (Alexi Ogando – R), 8:05
Reds (Bronson Arroyo – R) at Cardinals (Jake Westbrook – R) 8:15
Mets (Jon Niese - L) at Dodgers (Hiroki Kuroda - R), 10:10
Padres (Dustin Moseley – R) at Giants (Madison Bumgarner – L), 10:15

Day game after a night game: TB, MIN, KC, CWS, AZ, MIL, DET, LAA, SEA, OAK

Injuries - A brief look at players who have been missing time with minor ailments and their expected returns

Day-to-Day (includes players expected to make their return from the DL)
Mariano Rivera, P, NYY – (Triceps) Played catch Tuesday; expected to receive another day off.
Kevin Youkilis, 1B, BOS – (Head) Out of Tuesday's lineup; expects to return Wednesday.
Miguel Olivo, C, SEA – (Hamstring) Returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing five games.
Eduardo Nunez, SS, NYY – (Hamstring) Was available off the bench Tuesday.
Yunel Escobar, SS, TOR – (Hand) Was in Tuesday's original starting lineup but was later scratched; remains day-to-day for now.
Alex Gordon, OF, KC – (Knee) Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Albert Pujols, 1B, STL – (Wrist) Activated from the DL Tuesday but did not start.
Ryan Braun, OF, MIL – (Calf) Did not start Tuesday's game.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL – (Leg) Did not start Tuesday's game.
Jhoulys Chacin, P, COL – (Forearm) On track to make Tuesday's scheduled start.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS – (Abdomen) Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Chipper Jones, 3B, ATL – (Knee) Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Josh Harrison, 3B, PIT – (Head) Did not start Tuesday's game.
Mike Morse, OF, WAS – (Elbow) Did not start Tuesday's game.
R.A. Dickey, P, NYM – (Upper Leg) Hopeful to start Friday, but status unsure.
Jose Reyes, SS, NYM – (Hamstring) Did not run as planned Tuesday, so unlikely to play Wednesday.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL – (Wrist) Out until Thursday at the earliest.
Shane Victorino, OF, PHI – (Thumb) Headed to a hand specialist; will rejoin team Wednesday.
Cody Ross, OF, SF – (Hamstring) MRI revealed minor strain.
Emmanuel Burriss, SS, SF – (Knee) Did not start Tuesday after being hit by a pitch in Monday's game.
Jon Lester, P, BOS – Left Tuesday's start with a strained left lat muscle.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE – Left Tuesday's game with an apparent ankle injury.
Jeff Baker, 2B, CHC – Left Tuesday's game with back spasms.

Players on the DL
Josh Willingham, OF, OAK – (Achilles) Could return by All-Star break.
Justin Morneau, 1B, MIN – (Neck) Reported increased range of motion in his wrist; hopes to return in mid-August.
Matt LaPorta, 1B, CLE – (Ankle) Took batting practice, ran the bases Monday, could be activated after Tuesday's game.
Rafael Soriano, P, NYY – (Elbow) Bullpen session scheduled for Wednesday.
Eric Chavez, 3B, NYY – (Foot) Suffered setback in recovery from separate abdominal injury.
Denard Span, OF, MIN – (Concussion) Making progress, but will still likely need a rehab assignment.
John Danks, P, CWS – (Oblique) Will make two rehab starts before returning to the rotation.
Luke Scott, OF, BAL – (Shoulder) Will undergo further tests Friday to determine extent of injury.
Ryan Madson, P, PHI – (Hand) Threw bullpen session Tuesday; set for another Thursday before potentially beginning a rehab assignment.
Joe Blanton, P, PHI – (Elbow) Threw a bullpen session Monday, his first mound work since May 19.
Brad Lidge, P, PHI – (Shoulder) Threw a scoreless inning at Low-A in first rehab appearance.
Martin Prado, OF, ATL – (Calf) Will begin rehab assignment Wednesday.
Steve Pearce, 1B, PIT – (Calf) Has yet to resume baseball activities.
Ross Ohlendorf, P, PIT – (Shoulder) Threw 45 pitches in simulated game Monday.
Ryan Doumit, C, PIT – (Ankle) Has resumed light baseball activities.
Jose Tabata, OF, PIT – (Quad) Should return to the team before the All-Star break.
Aaron Harang, P, SD – (Foot) Hopes to extend to around 90 pitches in next rehab start Saturday.

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

Placed on the DL (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Clayton Richard, P, SD
Marcos Mateo, P, CHC
Luke Scott, OF, BAL
Brian Tallet, P, STL
Fernando Abad, P, HOU

Activated from DL
Albert Pujols, 1B, STL
Luke Gregerson, P, SD

Called Up
Fernando Rodriguez, P, HOU
Ramon Ortiz, P, CHC
Chris Carpenter, P, CHC
Ross Detwiler, P, WAS
Mitch Atkins, P, BAL
John Mayberry, OF, PHI
Ian Stewart, 3B, COL

Sent Down
Casey Coleman, P, CHC
Vance Worley, P, PHI
Cole Garner, OF, COL
Chaz Roe, P, SEA

Designated For Assignment
Collin Balester, P, WAS

Traded
Mike Cameron, OF – from BOS to FLA

Closer Watch - A closer look at intriguing ninth-inning situations (also check out our Closer Grid)

Chicago (AL) – Sergio Santos allowed a game-tying home run to Royals mega-prospect Eric Homser to lead off the top of the ninth inning Monday, but he managed to get out of the inning without any further damage. That allowed him to pick up the win, because...

KC – Aaron Crow, who pitched a scoreless eighth inning Monday, stayed on for the ninth against the White Sox. After a single, a bunt, a wild pitch, a strikeout, a walk, and a defensive indifference, the Sox had runners on second and third with two outs. Crow then proceeded to balk in the winning run, saddling him with a tough loss and earning the win for the aforementioned Santos.

Milwaukee – John Axford was summoned in the eighth inning of a tie game Monday after Kameron Loe allowed four straight hits to tie the game. Axford got out of the eighth, but he couldn't hold it together in the ninth and allowed two runs. Don't be surprised if this is the first and last time manager Ron Roenicke calls on Axford for multiple innings.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter MatchupsAt-BatsAVGHRXBHRBIBBKSLGOBPOPS
B.J. Upton - OFTB @ MIN
7/6 1:10 PM
Francisco Liriano5-13.38502023.538.4671.005
Paul Konerko - 1BCWS vs KC
7/6 2:10 PM
Bruce Chen6-17.35323422.765.4211.186
A.J. Pierzynski - CCWS vs KC
7/6 2:10 PM
Bruce Chen8-15.53322412.933.5631.496
Billy Butler - 1BKC @ CWS
7/6 2:10 PM
Edwin Jackson4-16.25022310.625.294.919
Mitchell Maier - OFKC @ CWS
7/6 2:10 PM
Edwin Jackson5-12.41700313.417.462.879
Torii Hunter - OFLAA vs DET
7/6 3:35 PM
Brad Penny4-11.36402401.636.3641.000
Hideki Matsui - DHOAK vs SEA
7/6 3:35 PM
Jason Vargas4-17.23533725.765.3001.065
Alfonso Soriano - OFCHC @ WAS
7/6 7:05 PM
Tom Gorzelanny4-18.22233508.722.222.944
Geovany Soto - CCHC @ WAS
7/6 7:05 PM
Tom Gorzelanny7-11.636135111.091.6151.706
Michael Bourn - OFHOU @ PIT
7/6 7:05 PM
Charlie Morton5-14.35702112.571.400.971
Robinson Cano - 2BNYY @ CLE
7/6 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson5-10.50001000.600.5451.145
Derek Jeter - SSNYY @ CLE
7/6 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson5-12.41700301.417.417.834
Garrett Jones - 1BPIT vs HOU
7/6 7:05 PM
Bud Norris4-14.28613324.643.3751.018
Andrew McCutchen - OFPIT vs HOU
7/6 7:05 PM
Bud Norris5-16.31303213.563.353.916
Chipper Jones - 3BATL vs COL
7/6 7:10 PM
Aaron Cook8-23.34814536.609.4231.032
J.D. Drew - OFBOS vs TOR
7/6 7:10 PM
Ricky Romero11-22.50012155.727.6071.334
David Ortiz - DHBOS vs TOR
7/6 7:10 PM
Ricky Romero10-23.43516746.783.5191.302
Dustin Pedroia - 2BBOS vs TOR
7/6 7:10 PM
Ricky Romero7-13.53812420.846.6001.446
Kevin Youkilis - 1BBOS vs TOR
7/6 7:10 PM
Ricky Romero5-13.385244331.000.5001.500
Todd Helton - 1BCOL @ ATL
7/6 7:10 PM
Jair Jurrjens7-18.38903031.611.4761.087
Troy Tulowitzki - SSCOL @ ATL
7/6 7:10 PM
Jair Jurrjens6-18.33314211.667.3501.017
Ryan Howard - 1BPHI @ FLA
7/6 7:10 PM
Anibal Sanchez7-22.31824495.682.5161.198
Placido Polanco - 3BPHI @ FLA
7/6 7:10 PM
Anibal Sanchez7-13.538244001.231.5381.769
Chase Utley - 2BPHI @ FLA
7/6 7:10 PM
Anibal Sanchez11-25.44004523.640.5001.140
Josh Hamilton - OFTEX vs BAL
7/6 8:05 PM
Jeremy Guthrie5-13.385242221.000.4671.467
Michael Young - 3BTEX vs BAL
7/6 8:05 PM
Jeremy Guthrie8-20.40013320.650.4551.105
Lance Berkman - 1BSTL vs CIN
7/6 8:15 PM
Bronson Arroyo11-39.282551273.667.4081.075
Jon Jay - OFSTL vs CIN
7/6 8:15 PM
Bronson Arroyo4-10.40003101.800.4001.200
Albert Pujols - 1BSTL vs CIN
7/6 8:15 PM
Bronson Arroyo15-55.2733711133.509.406.915
Colby Rasmus - OFSTL vs CIN
7/6 8:15 PM
Bronson Arroyo6-22.27326642.727.3851.112
Skip Schumaker - 2BSTL vs CIN
7/6 8:15 PM
Bronson Arroyo15-39.38502434.436.419.855
Jose Reyes - SSNYM @ LAD
7/6 10:10 PM
Hiroki Kuroda7-15.46703100.800.4671.267
 
Hot Pitcher MatchupsAt-BatsOpp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BBKOpp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Tim WakefieldBOS vs TOR
7/6 7:10 PM
Blue Jays Batters31-140.2212614520.291.257.547

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter MatchupsAt-BatsAVGHRXBHRBIBBKSLGOBPOPS
Michael Cuddyer - OFMIN vs TB
7/6 1:10 PM
Wade Davis2-11.18200001.182.182.364
Alexis Rios - OFCWS vs KC
7/6 2:10 PM
Bruce Chen3-20.15000208.150.182.332
Chris Getz - 2BKC @ CWS
7/6 2:10 PM
Edwin Jackson2-10.20000012.200.273.473
Alex Gordon - OFKC @ CWS
7/6 2:10 PM
Edwin Jackson2-14.14301113.214.200.414
Vernon Wells - OFLAA vs DET
7/6 3:35 PM
Brad Penny1-12.08300000.083.083.166
Aramis Ramirez - 3BCHC @ WAS
7/6 7:05 PM
Tom Gorzelanny2-17.11800124.118.211.329
Hunter Pence - OFHOU @ PIT
7/6 7:05 PM
Charlie Morton2-12.16700110.167.231.398
Laynce Nix - OFWAS vs CHC
7/6 7:05 PM
Randy Wells2-11.18201013.273.250.523
Chris Iannetta - CCOL @ ATL
7/6 7:10 PM
Jair Jurrjens0-13.00000036.000.188.188
Seth Smith - OFCOL @ ATL
7/6 7:10 PM
Jair Jurrjens2-11.18212203.545.182.727
Brian Schneider - CPHI @ FLA
7/6 7:10 PM
Anibal Sanchez3-19.15800231.158.273.431
Adam Lind - 1BTOR @ BOS
7/6 7:10 PM
Tim Wakefield2-13.15400002.154.154.308
John McDonald - 2BTOR @ BOS
7/6 7:10 PM
Tim Wakefield6-30.20002205.267.219.486
Corey Patterson - OFTOR @ BOS
7/6 7:10 PM
Tim Wakefield2-17.11800303.118.118.236
Adrian Beltre - 3BTEX vs BAL
7/6 8:05 PM
Jeremy Guthrie3-25.12012124.280.185.465
Mike Napoli - CTEX vs BAL
7/6 8:05 PM
Jeremy Guthrie2-10.20011223.500.333.833
Ramon Hernandez - CCIN @ STL
7/6 8:15 PM
Jake Westbrook2-10.20000101.200.200.400
Yadier Molina - CSTL vs CIN
7/6 8:15 PM
Bronson Arroyo7-33.21201102.242.235.477
 
Cold Pitcher MatchupsAt-BatsOpp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BBKOpp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Tom GorzelannyWAS vs ChC
7/6 7:05 PM
Cubs Batters21-66.3184713818.532.384.916
Anibal SanchezFLA vs Phi
7/6 7:10 PM
Phillies Batters55-184.299516253228.451.405.857
Ricky RomeroTOR @ Bos
7/6 7:10 PM
Red Sox Batters46-121.380516192024.603.4681.071
Jair JurrjensATL vs Col
7/6 7:10 PM
Rockies Batters22-86.2565149820.537.313.851
Bronson ArroyoCIN @ StL
7/6 8:15 PM
Cardinals Batters73-267.2741229453129.484.353.837
 

***For a deeper look at the matchups please consult the new Batter v. Pitcher tool in the left hand menu.***

Recommended Pickup

Joe Nathan, P, MIN - Trouble in Minnesota, where the other shoe may be dropping for Matt Capps. Capps was pulled for Glen Perkins in a save situation against Milwaukee on Sunday after he looked to be on the cusp of blowing yet another save and adding to his total of six. Meanwhile, Nathan has pitched four strong innings since returning from the DL, striking out four batters and allowing just one runner to reach base. Naturally, that runner scored on a home run, but Nathan appears to have the stuff back that eluded him at the beginning of the season. The closer's job could be his again soon.

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