Saturday Lineup Card: Shuffling The Cards

Saturday Lineup Card: Shuffling The Cards

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Saturday's Starters

Reds (Mike Leake – R) at Cubs (Paul Maholm – L), 1:05
Marlins (Anibal Sanchez – R) at Nationals (Stephen Strasburg – R), 1:05
Rangers (Matt Harrison – L) at Tigers (Rick Porcello – R), 1:05
Giants (Ryan Vogelsong – R) at Mets (Mike Pelfrey – R), 1:10
White Sox (Philip Humber – R) at Mariners (Blake Beavan – R), 4:05
Yankees (Freddy Garcia – R) at Red Sox (Felix Doubront – L), 4:05
Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw – L) at Astros (Kyle Weiland – R), 7:05
Cardinals (Jake Westbrook – R) at Pirates (Kevin Correia – R), 7:05
Rangers (Neftali Feliz – R) at Tigers (Justin Verlander – R), 7:05 (DH)
Rockies (Drew Pomeranz – L) at Brewers (Marco Estrada – R), 7:10
Twins (Carl Pavano – R) at Rays (James Shields – R), 7:10
Blue Jays (Drew Hutchison – R) at Royals (Luis Mendoza – R), 7:10
Braves (Tommy Hanson – R) at Diamondbacks (Joe Saunders – L), 8:10
Phillies (Roy Halladay – R) at Padres (Cory Luebke – L), 8:35
Orioles (Jake Arrieta – R) at Angels (Jered Weaver – R), 9:05
Indians (Jeanmar Gomez – R) at Athletics (Brandon McCarthy – R), 9:05

Day game after a night game: MIA/WAS, TEX/DET, SF/NYM, CHW/SEA


Travis Buck, OF, HOU (hamstring) – Experiencing tightness but likely to avoid the disabled list and return during the weekend.
Andy Dirks, OF, DET (hamstring) – Not in the lineup for Friday's game.
Omar Infante, 2B, MIA (groin) – Team is taking precaution in rushing Infante back too quickly; targeting Tuesday return.
Jon Jay, OF, STL (shoulder) – Could be headed to DL with return timetable being described as "indefinite."
Tom Milone, SP, OAK (illness) – Made scheduled start and gave up two runs and seven hits over five innings Thursday after dealing with sickness earlier in the week. Appears fine going forward.
Logan Morrison, OF, MIA (knee) Received day off on Friday, but should return on Saturday.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN (hamstring) – Out of lineup Friday after playing previous four games.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA (knee) – Said knee is feeling much better after dealing with soreness.
Jayson Werth, OF, WAS (hip) – Removed from seventh inning of Thursday's loss to Mets. Injury doesn't appear serious.
Carlos Ruiz, C, PHI (wrist) – Did not start Friday.
Juan Uribe, 3B, LAD (wrist) – Available off the bench this weekend.
Nolan Reimold, OF, BAL (neck) – Started Friday's game.
Ramon Hernandez, C, COL (hand) – Started Fridays game.
Justin Upton, OF, AZ (thumb) – Did not start Friday.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK (illness) – Did not start Friday.
Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL (toe) – Did not start Friday.

Disabled List
Allen Craig, OF, STL (knee) – Taking at-bats in extended spring training and could play in the field by Tuesday.
Rich Hill, RP, BOS (elbow) – Promoted to Triple-A as he continues his rehab assignments for Tommy John surgery.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI (Achilles) – Will see specialist Friday and hopes to be cleared to increase activities soon.
Scott Linebrink, RP, STL (shoulder) – Has intensified throwing program and hopes to throw off a mound within a week.
Jesse Litsch, SP, TOR (shoulder) – Has recovered full range of motion in arm but hasn't resumed a throwing program.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP, BOS (elbow) – Will begin rehab assignment Monday with High-A Salem.
Dustin Moseley, SP, SD (shoulder) – Has elected to have surgery to repair right rotator cuff and labrum.
Carlos Quentin, OF, SD (knee) – Took live batting practice and ran sprints Thursday.
Michael Pineda, SP, NYY (shoulder) – Scheduled to throw two innings in extended spring training game Saturday.
Tsuyoshi Wada, P, BAL (elbow) – Also dealing with stiff neck.
Chris Narveson, SP, MIL (shoulder) – Will likely need surgery.
Kyle Farnsworth, RP, COL (elbow) – Hopes to resume throwing within a week.


Placed on DL
Lance Berkman, 1B, STL
Chris Narveson, SP, MIL
Kerry Wood, RP, CHC
Jesse Litsch, P, TOR (transferred to 60-day DL)

Activated From DL
B.J. Upton, OF, TB
Skip Schumaker, 2B, STL

Called Up
Drew Hutchison, SP, TOR
Scott Maine, RP, CHC
Mike McClendon, RP, MIL

Sent Down
Evan Crawford, SP, TOR
Stephen Vogt, OF, TB
Neil Wagner, P, OAK

Claimed Off Waivers
Rich Thompson, RP, OAK

Closer Watch

Oakland – Grant Balfour has been productive in first season as a full-time closer, recording four saves along with an ERA of 1.00. He was effective in setup roles with the Rays and A's in the past, and his strikeout rate of roughly one per inning during that time makes him well equipped for a closing role. Though he could ultimately be dealt as the trade deadline nears, fantasy owners should feel confident about Balfour's status as the closer in Oakland with no serious challengers looming in-house.

Cleveland – The erratic Chris Perez recorded a clean inning in notching his fourth save of the season Thursday. His walk issues from 2011 have persisted into this season as well, as he has issued four base on balls in 5.2 innings already. Still, unless Perez suffers a succession of poor outings, the Indians remain committed to him as the closer even though Vinnie Pestano boasts fewer walks and a better strikeout rate.

New York (AL) – After Mariano Rivera's dismal Opening Day blown save summoned the annual "Is this the end for Mariano?" conjecture, Rivera has been nearly flawless in converting his last three save opportunities, including Thursday's against the Twins. Rivera as Yankees closer is one of the surest bets around and shows no signs of changing.


Brandon Phillips - 2BCIN @ CHC
4/21 1:05 PM
Paul Maholm17-48.35447915.667.3671.034
Miguel Cabrera - 1BDET vs TEX
4/21 1:05 PM
Matt Harrison4-10.40000213.400.417.817
Skip Schumaker - 2BSTL @ PIT
4/21 7:05 PM
Kevin Correia6-13.46202122.615.5331.148
Joe Mauer - CMIN @ TB
4/21 7:10 PM
James Shields8-18.44402322.611.5001.111
Justin Morneau - 1BMIN @ TB
4/21 7:10 PM
James Shields8-23.34814413.609.360.969
B.J. Upton - OFTB vs MIN
4/21 7:10 PM
Carl Pavano7-16.43813215.750.4711.221
Travis Hafner - DHCLE @ OAK
4/21 9:05 PM
Brandon McCarthy4-12.33323623.917.4291.346
Hot Pitcher MatchupsAt-BatsOpp
Anibal SanchezMIA @ WAS
4/21 1:05 PM
Nationals Batters29-148.196156939.245.254.499
Roy HalladayPHI @ SD
4/21 8:35 PM
Padres Batters24-92.261025423.283.292.575
Jered WeaverLAA vs BAL
4/21 9:05 PM
Orioles Batters13-60.217369912.470.316.786



Jay Bruce - OFCIN @ CHC
4/21 1:05 PM
Paul Maholm2-15.13322400.533.133.666
Drew Stubbs - OFCIN @ CHC
4/21 1:05 PM
Paul Maholm2-12.16700104.167.167.334
Joey Votto - 1BCIN @ CHC
4/21 1:05 PM
Paul Maholm3-20.15001025.200.227.427
Roger Bernadina - OFWAS vs MIA
4/21 1:05 PM
Anibal Sanchez1-16.06300026.063.167.230
Jayson Werth - OFWAS vs MIA
4/21 1:05 PM
Anibal Sanchez2-22.091010014.136.091.227
Pablo Sandoval - 3BSF @ NYM
4/21 1:10 PM
Mike Pelfrey2-10.20000002.200.200.400
Nick Punto - 2BBOS vs NYY
4/21 4:05 PM
Freddy Garcia5-25.20000005.200.200.400
Kevin Youkilis - 3BBOS vs NYY
4/21 4:05 PM
Freddy Garcia2-11.18200313.182.250.432
Yadier Molina - CSTL @ PIT
4/21 7:05 PM
Kevin Correia2-12.16700121.167.286.453
Denard Span - OFMIN @ TB
4/21 7:10 PM
James Shields2-20.10001022.150.182.332
Evan Longoria - 3BTB vs MIN
4/21 7:10 PM
Carl Pavano2-13.15400124.154.267.421
Carlos Pena - 1BTB vs MIN
4/21 7:10 PM
Carl Pavano1-11.09111135.364.286.650
Luke Scott - DHTB vs MIN
4/21 7:10 PM
Carl Pavano2-12.16701003.250.167.417
Mark Kotsay - OFSD vs PHI
4/21 8:35 PM
Roy Halladay3-12.25000101.250.250.500
Cameron Maybin - OFSD vs PHI
4/21 8:35 PM
Roy Halladay1-10.10000003.100.100.200
Chris Davis - 3BBAL @ LAA
4/21 9:05 PM
Jered Weaver3-16.18801302.250.188.438
Nick Markakis - OFBAL @ LAA
4/21 9:05 PM
Jered Weaver3-15.20012202.467.200.667
Cold Pitcher MatchupsAt-BatsOpp
Kevin CorreiaPIT vs StL
4/21 7:05 PM
Cardinals Batters25-83.3011810713.431.363.795

Recommended Pickup

Alex Presley, OF, PIT – Presley's spot atop a porous Pirates lineup may not excite a lot of fantasy owners, but Presley's leadoff status nonetheless ensures he will be the beneficiary of many Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker RBIs, however scarce they may be. Presley proved to be respectable in a 52-game stint with the Pirates last season, batting .298 with 9 steals and 27 runs scored. Like most leadoff hitters, Presley will likely only aid fantasy owners in batting average, steals, and runs scored, and won't qualify as a standout in any one of those categories. What you can count is steady, dependable production, as Presley projects to finish somewhere between .270 and .300 and steal around 20 bases. His run totals may be inhibited by a relatively weak walk rate, but he should remain entrenched at the top of the order for the foreseeable future while Jose Tabata continues to languish.

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