Tuesday Lineup Card: A Closer Named Doolittle
Tuesday Lineup Card: A Closer Named Doolittle

This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.

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

Mets (Matt Harvey – R) at Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann – R), 7:05
Orioles (Kevin Gausman – R) at Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka – R), 7:05
Braves (Ryan Weber – R) at Phillies (Aaron Nola – R), 7:05
Rays (Erasmo Ramirez – R) at Blue Jays (Matt Boyd – L), 7:08
Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey – K) at Red Sox (Henry Owens – L), 7:10
Pirates (Francisco Liriano – L) at Reds (Raisel Iglesias – R), 7:10
Brewers (Taylor Jungmann – R) at Marlins (Adam Conley – L), 7:10
Indians (Carlos Carrasco – R) at White Sox (Carlos Rodon – L), 8:10
Twins (Kyle Gibson – R) at Royals (Edinson Volquez – R), 8:10
Cubs (Jason Hammel – R) at Cardinals (Michael Wacha – R), 8:15
Giants (Tim Hudson – R) at Diamondbacks (Chase Anderson – R), 9:40
Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw – L) at Angels (Andrew Heaney – L), 10:05
Astros (Scott Kazmir – L) at Athletics (Sonny Gray – R), 10:05
Rangers (Cole Hamels – L) at Mariners (Taijuan Walker – R), 10:10
Rockies (Jon Gray – R) at Padres (Colin Rea – R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Adam Jones, OF, BAL (shoulder/wrist) – Will be in the lineup Tuesday
Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL (chest) – Left Monday's game; awaiting X-rays
Kyle Schwarber, C, CHC (rib) – Could return Tuesday or Wednesday
Kolten Wong, 2B, STL (calf) – Scratched with tightness Monday, but sounds minor
Matt Wieters, C, BAL (wrist) – Missed third straight Monday
Delino DeShields Jr., OF, TEX (knee) – Sustained minor sprain Monday
Glen Perkins, RP, MIN (back) – Unlikely to rejoin Twins until at least Sept. 14
Yasmani Grandal, C, LAD (shoulder) – Day-to-day after being scratched Monday
Stephen Vogt, C, OAK (groin) – Probably out again Tuesday
Joe Ross, SP, WAS (undisclosed) – Could be shut down for the season
Michael Cuddyer, OF, NYM (wrist) – Sat out again Monday
Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD (back) – Out again Monday
Cameron Maybin, OF, ATL (eye) – Sat for second straight game Monday
Jimmy Rollins, SS, LAD (hand) – Has a knuckle issue; awaiting X-ray results
Adam LaRoche, 1B, CHW (knee) – Scratched Monday
Nathan Eovaldi, SP, NYY (elbow) – Will be shut down for two weeks
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS, MIA (hamstring) – Out for fourth straight game Monday
Nick Hundley, C, COL (neck) – Out Monday after leaving Sunday with stiff neck
Domonic Brown, OF, PHI (concussion) – Still having symptoms
Joaquin Benoit, RP, SD (back) – Unavailable Monday
Carlos Torres, RP, NYM (calf) – Injured in Monday's game

Players on the DL

Jose Fernandez, SP, MIA (biceps) – Expects to return for Saturday start
A.J. Burnett, SP, PIT (elbow) – Will be activated from DL to start Thursday
Matt Cain, SP, SF (elbow) – Will rejoin Giants as bullpen member Thursday
Steven Souza, OF, TB (hand) – A few more rehab games, then rejoining Rays
Phil Hughes, SP, MIN (back) – Will throw a sim game Wednesday
Jeremy Affeldt, RP, SF (knee) – Expected to be activated Tuesday
Hector Sanchez, C, SF (ankle/hamstring) – Done for season

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

Called Up

Jacob Lindgren, RP, NYY
Joba Chamberlain, RP, KC
Louis Coleman, RP, KC
Danny Farquhar, RP, SEA
Nick Martinez, RP, TEX
Zac Rosscup, RP, CHC
Carl Edwards, RP, CHC
Chris Capuano, RP, NYY
Tomas Telis, C, MIA

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)

Yohan Pino, RP, KC (DFA)
Dusty Coleman, 3B, KC (DFA)
Edgar Olmos, RP, SEA
Matt McBride, OF, COL (outrighted)

Activated From DL

Joe Panik, 2B, SF
Lucas Duda, 1B, NYM
Robinson Chirinos, C, TEX
Travis Ishikawa, 1B, PIT

Placed On DL

Jacob Lindgren, RP, NYY (elbow)

Closer Watch

Athletics – Welcome back, Sean Doolittle. The lefty pitched a clean ninth with a strikeout Monday night for his first save of the season, and he may finally be back in the saddle as the A's closer after an injury-shortened campaign.

TigersBruce Rondon got the last two outs of the ninth inning Monday for his fourth save of the year, but it was anything but pretty, as he gave up a hit and two walks with no strikeouts. That's two saves in the span of a week for Rondon, who appears set to get an extended trial in the ninth-inning role over the remainder of this season.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – September 8, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
T. d'ArnaudCNYM @ WAS
7:05PM
J. Zimmermann10410100.400.400.500.900
D. Murphy2BNYM @ WAS
7:05PM
J. Zimmermann592094913.339.350.627.977
M. BettsOFBOS vs TOR
7:10PM
R. Dickey17630113.353.389.6471.036
X. BogaertsSSBOS vs TOR
7:10PM
R. Dickey23930502.391.391.522.913
D. OrtizDHBOS vs TOR
7:10PM
R. Dickey28953847.321.406.7141.121
T. Frazier3BCIN vs PIT
7:10PM
F. Liriano24632358.250.379.542.921
M. CabreraOFCWS vs CLE
8:10PM
C. Carrasco15721622.467.529.7331.263
A. EatonOFCWS vs CLE
8:10PM
C. Carrasco12510142.417.563.5001.063
A. GordonOFKC vs MIN
8:10PM
K. Gibson15521452.333.500.6001.100
M. Moustakas3BKC vs MIN
8:10PM
K. Gibson18620031.333.429.444.873
S. CastroSSCHC @ STL
8:15PM
M. Wacha17831303.471.471.7651.235
A. Rizzo1BCHC @ STL
8:15PM
M. Wacha17711212.412.444.5881.033
J. HeywardOFSTL vs CHC
8:15PM
J. Hammel16910101.563.563.6251.188
Y. MolinaCSTL vs CHC
8:15PM
J. Hammel11530201.455.455.7271.182
J. PeraltaSSSTL vs CHC
8:15PM
J. Hammel23942823.391.440.7391.179
P. Goldschmidt1BARI vs SF
9:40PM
T. Hudson20651225.300.364.6501.014
A. PollockOFARI vs SF
9:40PM
T. Hudson12511210.417.462.6671.128
A. Pujols1BLAA vs LAD
10:05PM
C. Kershaw231040264.435.552.6091.160
C. CrispOFOAK vs HOU
10:05PM
S. Kazmir3611414611.306.405.472.877
L. Morrison1BSEA vs TEX
10:10PM
C. Hamels251030252.400.484.5201.004
Hot Pitcher Matchups – September 8, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Matt HarveyNYM @ WAS
7:05PM
137298271536.212.294.294.588
Kevin GausmanBAL @ NYY
7:05PM
7816625516.205.253.326.579
Francisco LirianoPIT @ CIN
7:10PM
1242264121030.177.237.300.537
Edinson VolquezKC vs MIN
8:10PM
7416113418.216.262.249.510
Sonny GrayOAK vs HOU
10:05PM
9120429418.220.250.318.568
Cold Batter Matchups – September 8, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
M. CuddyerOFNYM @ WAS
7:05PM
J. Zimmermann10100003.100.100.100.200
J. Uribe3BNYM @ WAS
7:05PM
J. Zimmermann10200103.200.200.200.400
E. Young Jr.OFNYM @ WAS
7:05PM
J. Zimmermann18310034.167.318.222.540
J. EllsburyOFNYY vs BAL
7:05PM
K. Gausman13210001.154.154.231.385
B. McCannCNYY vs BAL
7:05PM
K. Gausman10200110.200.273.200.473
B. HarperOFWAS vs NYM
7:05PM
M. Harvey17000037.000.150.000.150
A. Rendon2BWAS vs NYM
7:05PM
M. Harvey10200003.200.200.200.400
M. TaylorOFWAS vs NYM
7:05PM
M. Harvey13310005.231.231.308.538
J. BradleyOFBOS vs TOR
7:10PM
R. Dickey17211425.118.211.294.505
J. BruceOFCIN vs PIT
7:10PM
F. Liriano18111116.056.105.222.327
B. PenaCCIN vs PIT
7:10PM
F. Liriano23500304.217.208.217.426
B. Phillips2BCIN vs PIT
7:10PM
F. Liriano28610214.214.241.250.491
J. Votto1BCIN vs PIT
7:10PM
F. Liriano20411235.200.304.350.654
L. CainOFKC vs MIN
8:10PM
K. Gibson17300016.176.222.176.399
K. Morales1BKC vs MIN
8:10PM
K. Gibson14110101.071.133.143.276
S. PerezCKC vs MIN
8:10PM
K. Gibson19200105.105.105.105.211
T. HunterOFMIN @ KC
8:10PM
E. Volquez10200023.200.385.200.585
K. SuzukiCMIN @ KC
8:10PM
E. Volquez13100002.077.077.077.154
M. MonteroCCHC @ STL
8:15PM
M. Wacha13210413.154.214.231.445
M. Reynolds1BSTL vs CHC
8:15PM
J. Hammel14200015.143.200.143.343
A. Hill2BARI vs SF
9:40PM
T. Hudson16200018.125.176.125.301
E. AybarSSLAA vs LAD
10:05PM
C. Kershaw18310214.167.211.222.433
S. VictorinoOFLAA vs LAD
10:05PM
C. Kershaw21421218.190.227.381.608
R. Cano2BSEA vs TEX
10:10PM
C. Hamels12211103.167.167.417.583
Cold Pitcher Matchups – September 8, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Jason HammelCHC @ STL
8:15PM
953312214520.347.380.519.899
Michael WachaSTL vs CHC
8:15PM
70227210313.314.342.482.825
Scott KazmirHOU @ OAK
10:05PM
932873111022.301.372.442.814
Cole HamelsTEX @ SEA
10:10PM
75258410913.333.399.541.940

Recommended Pickup
Joe Panik, 2B, SF – In the midseason desperation for lineup filling, a lot of Panik's owners cut him to the wire after he went down with a back injury. But he's back now, and he showed his health by smashing a pinch-hit double Monday night. Kelby Tomlinson's done a bang-up job at second in his absence, but Panik seems likely to retake the everyday role nonetheless, considering the excellent numbers he's put up this year – his 162-game pace adds up to a .311 average, 11 homers, 58 RBI and 94 runs. Snatch him up if someone dumped him when times were bad.

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3B: Jake Lamb, ARI ($3,200)
SS: Jhonny Peralta, STL ($3,300)
OF: Aaron Hicks, MIN ($3,300)

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