Friday Lineup Card: The Cleanup Man

Friday Lineup Card: The Cleanup Man

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Projected Starters - A look at Friday's matchups (all times Eastern)
Giants (Matt Cain - R) at Cubs (Carlos Villanueva - R), 2:20 PM
Braves (Julio Teheran - R) at Nationals (Ross Detwiler - L), 7:05 PM
Reds (Mike Leake - R) at Pirates (A.J. Burnett - R), 7:05 PM
Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez - R) at Yankees (CC Sabathia - L), 7:05 PM
White Sox (Jose Quintana - L) at Indians (Justin Masterson - R), 7:05 PM
Rays (Alex Cobb - R) at Red Sox (Felix Doubront - L), 7:10 PM
Phillies (John Lannan - L) at Marlins (Ricky Nolasco - R), 7:10 PM
Blue Jays (J.A. Happ - L) at Royals (Luis Mendoza - R), 8:10 PM
Mets (Jonathon Niese - L) at Twins (Vance Worley - R), 8:10 PM
Brewers (Kyle Lohse - R) at Cardinals (Shelby Miller - R), 8:15 PM
Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw - L) at Diamondbacks (Patrick Corbin - L), 9:40 PM
Tigers (Max Scherzer - R) at Athletics (Bartolo Colon - R), 10:05 PM
Astros (Bud Norris - R) at Angels (Tommy Hanson - R), 10:05 PM
Rangers (Yu Darvish - R) at Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma - R), 10:10 PM
Rockies (Jon Garland - R) at Padres (Tyson Ross - R), 10:10 PM

Day Game After Night Game: None



Carlos Santana, C, CLE - (Thumb) Could return to the lineup Friday or Saturday.
Josh Reddick, OF, OAK - (Wrist) Fully expects to return to the lineup Friday.
Erick Aybar, SS, ANA - (Heel) Said he felt much better Thursday and could avoid a stint on the DL.
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI - (Hand) Held out of Wednesday's lineup with a bone bruise in his hand, but he could be back as soon as Friday.
Jason Kubel, OF, ARI - (Undisclosed) Will likely be available off the bench Friday.
Sergio Santos, P, TOR - (Elbow) Said he was fine and ready to take the mound Thursday, but did not end up pitching.
Darren Oliver, P, TOR - (Forearm) Hit on the forearm by a line drive Wednesday and may be sidelined the next few days.
Lance Berkman, 1B, TEX - (Knee) Returned to the lineup Thursday.

Disabled List

Brandon Inge, 3B, PIT - (Shoulder) Expected to come off the DL on Friday.
Jeff Karstens, P, PIT - (Shoulder) Threw pain-free long toss Wednesday, but remains week away from a return.
Ted Lilly, P, LAD - (Shoulder) Allowed six runs (five earned) over six innings in a Triple-A rehab start Wednesday.
Darwin Barney, 2B, CHC - (Knee) Will have stitches removed from his left knee Friday, then report to Triple-A Iowa and play games Saturday through Monday.
Delmon Young, OF, PHI - (Ankle) Played seven innings in an extended spring training game Thursday and plans to do so again Friday.
Scott Diamond, P, MIN - (Elbow) Will come off the DL and start Saturday against the Mets.
Scott Kazmir, P, CLE - (Abdomen) Could throw a bullpen session Friday.
Jered Weaver, P, ANA - (Elbow) Has rid himself of the sling on his left arm and could begin playing catch in the near future.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR - (Oblique) Went 2-for-2 with a walk and played four innings in an extended spring training game Thursday.
Curtis Granderson, OF, NYY - (Forearm) Began throwing Thursday.
Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL - (Hamstring) Probably won't be ready to return from the DL when eligible.
Michael Saunders, OF, SEA - (Shoulder) Placed on the 15-day DL with a sprained shoulder.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY - (Wrist) Planning to swing a bat Friday and hopes to take batting practice next week.
Scott Sizemore, 2B, OAK - (Knee) Will have torn ACL repaired by Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday.
Ryan Madson, P, ANA - (Elbow) Threw a bullpen session at 100 percent Thursday.
David Ortiz, DH, BOS - (Heel) Wants 20 minor league at-bats before returning to the Red Sox lineup and could be back for next week's series against Cleveland.

Gordon Beckham, 2B, CHW - (Wrist) Diagnosed with a broken hamate bone and will be out six weeks.


Placed on the DL

Michael Saunders, OF, SEA
Justin Miller, P, SEA (60-day DL)

Called Up

Endy Chavez, OF, SEA

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

Kameron Loe, P, SEA (designated for assignment)
D.J. Mitchell, P, SEA (designated for assignment)

Aaron Harang, P, SEA (from COL)
Steve Hensley, P, COL (from SEA)

Closer Watch

Giants - Sergio Romo closed out a 7-6 win over the Cubs on Thursday to pick up his MLB-leading sixth save of the young season. The right-hander has not allowed a walk and has given up just two hits while recording 10 strikeouts over 6.0 innings thus far in 2013. He continues to display pinpoint control, and as long as Romo stays healthy, he should remain one of the top end-game options in all of baseball.

Red Sox - On Wednesday, Joel Hanrahan surrendered five earned runs on three hits and two walks against Baltimore en route to his first blown save of the season. After the game, manager John Farrell suggested the right-hander is still progressing along the learning curve that comes with his move to the AL-East, and confirmed that Hanrahan will remain the closer. However, a few more poor outings for Hanrahan in the near future could lead Farrell to consider Andrew Bailey, Junichi Tazawa or Koji Uehara for ninth-inning duties, though Farrell seems to like using Uehara first out of the bullpen.


Alexi Casilla - 2BBAL @ NYY
4/12 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia9-15.60002101.733.6001.333
Adam Jones - OFBAL @ NYY
4/12 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia11-33.33324935.606.389.995
Nolan Reimold - OFBAL @ NYY
4/12 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia8-20.40013314.650.4091.059
Shin-Soo Choo - OFCIN @ PIT
4/12 7:05 PM
A.J. Burnett3-14.21412133.500.353.853
Adam Dunn - 1BCWS @ CLE
4/12 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson4-12.33312224.667.4001.067
Andrew McCutchen - OFPIT vs CIN
4/12 7:05 PM
Mike Leake5-16.31311312.500.389.889
Neil Walker - 2BPIT vs CIN
4/12 7:05 PM
Mike Leake4-13.30803532.538.438.976
Placido Polanco - 3BMIA vs PHI
4/12 7:10 PM
John Lannan7-17.41200220.412.450.862
Giancarlo Stanton - OFMIA vs PHI
4/12 7:10 PM
John Lannan5-11.455142001.000.5001.500
Ryan Howard - 1BPHI @ MIA
4/12 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco6-30.20035688.567.368.935
Laynce Nix - OFPHI @ MIA
4/12 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco4-11.36411323.636.4621.098
Chase Utley - 2BPHI @ MIA
4/12 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco10-32.31313435.500.389.889
Justin Turner - 2BNYM @ MIN
4/12 8:10 PM
Vance Worley4-10.40002300.600.4001.000
Carlos Beltran - OFSTL vs MIL
4/12 8:15 PM
Kyle Lohse22-39.564410121151.026.6471.673
Ty Wigginton - 3BSTL vs MIL
4/12 8:15 PM
Kyle Lohse8-15.53301100.600.5331.133
Victor Martinez - CDET @ OAK
4/12 10:05 PM
Bartolo Colon5-17.29413312.588.333.922
Ramon Santiago - 2BDET @ OAK
4/12 10:05 PM
Bartolo Colon11-20.55004302.800.5711.371
Hot Pitcher MatchupsAt-BatsOpp
Justin MastersonCLE vs CWS
4/12 7:05 PM
White Sox Batters21-101.20848101219.382.301.683



Scott Hairston - OFCHC vs SF
4/12 2:20 PM
Matt Cain3-15.20011246.400.350.750
Matt Wieters - CBAL @ NYY
4/12 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia2-18.11111118.278.158.436
Alexei Ramirez - SSCWS @ CLE
4/12 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson3-22.13611123.273.208.481
Alex Rios - OFCWS @ CLE
4/12 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson4-27.14812225.296.233.530
DeWayne Wise - OFCWS @ CLE
4/12 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson2-10.20001002.300.200.500
Miguel Montero - CARI vs LAD
4/12 9:40 PM
Clayton Kershaw2-11.18201204.273.182.455
Martin Prado - 3BARI vs LAD
4/12 9:40 PM
Clayton Kershaw1-15.06700003.067.067.133
Albert Pujols - 1BLAA vs HOU
4/12 10:05 PM
Bud Norris5-26.19202223.269.250.519
Cold Pitcher MatchupsAt-BatsOpp
Mike LeakeCIN @ Pit
4/12 7:05 PM
Pirates Batters23-72.3192715911.471.399.869
Kyle LohseMIL @ StL
4/12 8:15 PM
Cardinals Batters37-67.55241215137.870.6121.482
Bartolo ColonOAK vs Det
4/12 10:05 PM
Tigers Batters37-120.30851817620.544.350.894

Recommended Pickup

Evan Gattis, C, ATL - Gattis has caught the team's last four games, so a day off Friday seems like a good possibility, but the 26-year-old appears primed to be a valuable fantasy contributor, at least while Brian McCann (shoulder) remains out. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Gattis, who's 9-for-23 with three homers and six RBI so far this year, will get the bulk of the starts behind the dish for the time being, and will continue to bat cleanup until Freddie Freeman (oblique) returns. He should have plenty of opportunities to drive in runs, and if he continues his hot hitting, the Braves may very well opt to keep Gattis on the big club all season.

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C: Victor Martinez, DET ($7,823)
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