Thursday Lineup Card: Just in the Nick of Time

Thursday Lineup Card: Just in the Nick of Time

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

Pirates (Brandon Cumpton - R) at Reds (Homer Bailey - R), 12:35
White Sox (John Danks - L) at Twins (Scott Diamond - L), 1:10
Athletics (A.J. Griffin - R) at Rangers (Josh Lindblom - R), 2:05
Brewers (Yovani Gallardo - R) at Astros (Lucas Harrell - R), 2:10
Rockies (Roy Oswalt - R) at Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann - R), 7:05
Rays (Matt Moore - L) at Yankees (Andy Pettitte - L), 7:05
Red Sox (John Lackey - R) at Tigers (Jose Alvarez - L), 7:08
Mets (Jon Niese - L) at Braves (Mike Minor - L), 7:10
Cubs (Scott Feldman - R) at Cardinals (Lance Lynn - R), 8:15
Mariners (Felix Hernandez - R) at Angels (Tommy Hanson - R), 10:05
Dodgers (Stephen Fife - R) at Padres (Jason Marquis - R), 10:10
Marlins (Tom Koehler - R) at Giants (Chad Gaudin - R), 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: PIT, CIN, CWS, MIN, OAK, TEX, MIL, HOU


Norichika Aoki, OF, MIL (Personal) - Placed on the paternity list, as his wife is expecting a baby Thursday.
Jason Bay, OF, SEA (Hamstring) - Out of the lineup Wednesday due to a lingering hamstring concern.
Roger Bernadina, OF, WAS (Undisclosed) - Has sustained an infection in his left eye and will visit a doctor Thursday.
Trevor Cahill, P, ARI (Hip) - Expected to make his next start Tuesday against Washington, after he was hit on the hip by a line drive Wednesday.
Brandon Crawford, SS, SF (Finger) - Not in the lineup Wednesday but was available to pinch run; moreover, he is unlikely to start Thursday.
Dexter Fowler, OF, COL (Finger) - Held out Wednesday since he may have aggravated a finger injury Monday.
Miguel Gonzalez, P, BAL (Personal) - Penciled in to start Saturday versus Toronto, as he has been away from the team due to the birth of his child.
Jason Hammel, P, BAL (Illness) - Tentatively scheduled to start Friday against Toronto, after his nod was pushed back twice earlier this week.
Derek Norris, C, OAK (Groin) - Removed from Wednesday's outing, after taking a foul tip to the groin.
Ramiro Pena, SS, ATL (Shoulder) - Aggravated his shoulder injury and will be unavailable the next few days.
Nick Swisher, OF, CLE (Shoulder) - Scheduled to take batting practice Friday and return to the lineup Saturday against Minnesota.
Chad Tracy, 1B, WAS (Stomach) - Felt a strain in his midsection Wednesday, while throwing long toss during batting practice.
Josh Willingham, OF, MIN (Knee) - Felt limited while running during Tuesday's game, and as a result, he assumed DH duties Wednesday.

Players on the DL
Ryan Braun, OF, MIL (Thumb) - Visited a hand specialist Tuesday.
Jonathan Broxton, P, CIN (Forearm) - Remains shut down since landing on the disabled list Saturday.
Hiram Burgos, P, MIL (Shoulder) - Will make one more rehab start at High-A Brevard County before his activation from the DL.
A.J. Burnett, P, PIT (Calf) - Hopes to return to Pittsburgh's rotation next Wednesday.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE (Quadriceps) - Taking batting practice Friday for the first time since landing on the DL, but remains a week away from returning.
Santiago Casilla, P, SF (Knee) - Slated to throw a bullpen session Thursday.
Eric Chavez, 3B, ARI (Oblique) - Expected to start a rehab assignment early next week at Triple-A Reno.
Wei-Yin Chen, P, BAL (Oblique) - Threw a simulated game Wednesday.
David DeJesus, OF, CHC (Shoulder) - Will miss at least a month due to a sprained shoulder.
Jarrod Dyson, OF, KC (Ankle) - Went 0-for-3 on Monday at Triple-A Albuquerque, bringing his average to .167 during his rehab assignment.
Adam Eaton, OF, ARI (Elbow) - Could begin a rehab assignment within the next few weeks.
Marco Estrada, P, MIL (Hamstring) - On track to embark upon a rehab assignment Thursday at Low-A Wisconsin.
Bryce Harper, OF, WAS (Knee) - Will resume baseball activities in the next day or two.
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY (Ankle) - Took batting practice Wednesday for the first time since suffering his second ankle fracture in mid-April.
Steve Johnson, P, BAL (Oblique) - Has not been cleared to throw.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR (Ankle) - Took groundballs and participated in batting practice Wednesday at Toronto's minor league complex.
Colby Lewis, P, TEX (Forearm) - Expected to toss another bullpen session Thursday.
Sean Marshall, P, CIN (Shoulder) - Increased the distance on his long toss to 120 feet.
Zach McAllister, P, CLE (Finger) - Plans to play catch again Thursday but hasn't progressed to throwing his curveball.
Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX (Hamstring) - Will be activated from the disabled list Friday.
Brandon Morrow, P, TOR (Forearm) - Underwent an MRI, which revealed mere inflammation in his right forearm, but will not throw for some time.
Angel Pagan, OF, SF (Hamstring) - Scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Thursday at High-A San Jose.
Jake Peavy, P, CHW (Ribs) - Rode a stationary bike Wednesday, marking his first physical action since suffering his rib injury on June 4.
Chris Perez, P, CLE (Shoulder) - Throwing a bullpen session Friday, after which he'll be evaluated.
David Price, P, TB (Triceps) - Making a rehab start Friday at High-A Charlotte.
Stephen Pryor, P, SEA (Oblique) - Has not resumed pitching off a mound, raising doubt about whether he'll be able to return before the All-Star break.
Nolan Reimold, OF, BAL (Hamstring) - Began a rehab assignment Tuesday at Double-A Bowie.
Jose Reyes, SS, TOR (Ankle) - Transferred his rehab assignment from High-A Dunedin to Triple-A Buffalo, where he will play starting Friday.
Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL (Hamstring) - Intends to start a rehab assignment next week.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF (Foot) - Embarking upon his rehab assignment Saturday at High-A San Jose.
Ruben Tejada, SS, NYM (Quadriceps) - Hitting off a tee but cannot make any lateral movements.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY (Wrist) - Confident that his stay on the DL will be a short one, and will work with the team's hitting coach on his mechanics.
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI (Oblique) - Started a rehab assignment at Double-A Reading on Wednesday.
Ryan Vogelsong, P, SF (Hand) - Had five pins removed from his right hand Tuesday.
DeWayne Wise, OF, CWS (Hamstring) - His activation from the DL has been delayed by a nagging rib injury.

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)
Norichika Aoki, OF, MIL (Paternity list)
Scott Atchison, P, NYM
Everth Cabrera, SS, SD

Activated from the DL
Chris Capuano, P, LAD

Called Up
Andrew Brown, OF, NYM
Jaff Decker, OF, SD
Ryan Lavarnway, C, BOS
Josh Prince, OF, MIL
Alex Wilson, P, BOS

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Alfredo Aceves, P, BOS
Clay Buchholz, P, BOS
Alex Castellanos, OF, LAD
Danny Espinosa, 2B, WAS
Avisail Garcia, OF, DET
Collin McHugh, P, COL
Jake Odorizzi, P, TB
Cory Rasmus, P, ATL
David Ross, C, BOS (7-day DL)
Zach Wheeler, P, NYM
Mike Zagurski, P, PIT

Designated for Assignment
Collin Cowgill, OF, NYM

Ben Francisco, OF, SD
Chris Pettit, OF, BAL

James Darnell, OF, SD

Eric Young Jr., OF, NYM (From COL)
Collin McHugh, P, COL (From NYM)

Closer Watch

Arizona - The Diamondbacks held a 3-0 lead versus the mighty Marlins on Wednesday entering the ninth inning and entrusted Heath Bell with the save chance. He proceeded to serve up a leadoff home run, and two subsequent batters took their place at first and second base, before he set down the final three in order, earning his 13th save of the season. The performance itself marked the fourth consecutive game in which he gave up a homer, a span that includes two saves, one loss, an 11.25 ERA, 2.50 WHIP, and 3:3 K:BB ratio across four frames. Because J.J. Putz is slated for activation from the disabled list by the end of next week, barring a setback, Bell is clearly approaching the end of the road as the chief fireman in Arizona's pen.

Detroit - Embattled closer Jose Valverde's presence was felt in a non-save situation Wednesday, and not in a pleasant sense, either. Detroit faced a 9-3 deficit against Baltimore in the final inning, and since he had not toed the rubber in five days, the Tigers were comfortable trotting him out in a low-leverage position. After a mere five pitches, though, Valverde yielded three hits, with the final one -- a two-run double -- bringing about boo birds. The very next batter, Chris Davis, slugged a two-run shot, accounting for the final runs in an eventual 13-3 defeat. Following a recent declaration by manager Jim Leyland that he would mix-and-match ninth-inning responsibilities for the forseeable future, Joaquin Benoit appears to be the preferred Tiger for saves, as Phil Coke is expected to face solely lefty-heavy lineups.


Russell Martin - CPIT @ CIN
6/20 12:35 PM
Homer Bailey4-11.36411101.636.3641.000
Andrew McCutchen - OFPIT @ CIN
6/20 12:35 PM
Homer Bailey10-29.34503087.483.486.969
Alejandro De Aza - OFCWS @ MIN
6/20 1:10 PM
Scott Diamond5-11.45501102.545.4551.000
Adam Dunn - 1BCWS @ MIN
6/20 1:10 PM
Scott Diamond3-10.30012304.700.273.973
Alex Rios - OFCWS @ MIN
6/20 1:10 PM
Scott Diamond7-17.41212302.706.4121.118
Dayan Viciedo - OFCWS @ MIN
6/20 1:10 PM
Scott Diamond7-16.43814402.813.4381.250
Joe Mauer - CMIN vs CWS
6/20 1:10 PM
John Danks18-48.37503647.438.444.882
Justin Morneau - 1BMIN vs CWS
6/20 1:10 PM
John Danks11-35.3143510108.629.4671.095
Jason Castro - CHOU vs MIL
6/20 2:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo4-10.40012124.800.5001.300
Ronny Cedeno - SSHOU vs MIL
6/20 2:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo3-12.25022514.750.3081.058
Ben Zobrist - 2BTB @ NYY
6/20 7:05 PM
Andy Pettitte7-19.36822431.684.4351.119
Roger Bernadina - OFWAS vs COL
6/20 7:05 PM
Roy Oswalt6-17.35302222.471.421.892
Ryan Zimmerman - 3BWAS vs COL
6/20 7:05 PM
Roy Oswalt10-27.37023634.630.4061.036
Victor Martinez - CDET vs BOS
6/20 7:08 PM
John Lackey10-21.47601033.524.5601.084
Freddie Freeman - 1BATL vs NYM
6/20 7:10 PM
Jon Niese6-19.31623303.684.3161.000
Jason Heyward - OFATL vs NYM
6/20 7:10 PM
Jon Niese8-20.40024825.800.4551.255
Justin Upton - OFATL vs NYM
6/20 7:10 PM
Jon Niese5-11.45501010.545.5001.045
Starlin Castro - SSCHC @ STL
6/20 8:15 PM
Lance Lynn5-13.38502201.615.3851.000
Ty Wigginton - 3BSTL vs CHC
6/20 8:15 PM
Scott Feldman7-14.50001510.571.5331.105
Albert Pujols - 1BLAA vs SEA
6/20 10:05 PM
Felix Hernandez4-16.25014405.625.250.875
Mike Trout - OFLAA vs SEA
6/20 10:05 PM
Felix Hernandez10-24.41713815.667.4231.090
Mike Morse - OFSEA @ LAA
6/20 10:05 PM
Tommy Hanson5-13.38523714.923.4001.323
Adrian Gonzalez - 1BLAD @ SD
6/20 10:10 PM
Jason Marquis6-21.28603262.429.429.857
Hanley Ramirez - SSLAD @ SD
6/20 10:10 PM
Jason Marquis8-23.34813123.565.400.965
Hot Pitcher MatchupsAt-BatsOpp
Yovani GallardoMIL @ HOU
6/20 2:10 PM
Astros Batters14-75.1873510521.342.238.579
Andy PettitteNYY vs TB
6/20 7:05 PM
Rays Batters16-73.21938111223.419.332.752



Garrett Jones - 1BPIT @ CIN
6/20 12:35 PM
Homer Bailey10-33.30313219.455.314.769
Gordon Beckham - 2BCWS @ MIN
6/20 1:10 PM
Scott Diamond1-10.10000010.100.182.282
Tyler Flowers - CCWS @ MIN
6/20 1:10 PM
Scott Diamond2-11.18200112.182.250.432
Paul Konerko - 1BCWS @ MIN
6/20 1:10 PM
Scott Diamond3-15.20001223.267.294.561
Alexei Ramirez - SSCWS @ MIN
6/20 1:10 PM
Scott Diamond2-15.13301212.200.188.388
Jose Altuve - 2BHOU vs MIL
6/20 2:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo3-15.20000003.200.200.400
Justin Maxwell - OFHOU vs MIL
6/20 2:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo0-10.00000005.000.000.000
Dexter Fowler - OFCOL @ WAS
6/20 7:05 PM
Jordan Zimmermann2-10.20000034.200.385.585
Evan Longoria - 3BTB @ NYY
6/20 7:05 PM
Andy Pettitte2-18.111122410.333.304.638
Luke Scott - DHTB @ NYY
6/20 7:05 PM
Andy Pettitte2-15.13301107.200.133.333
Ian Desmond - SSWAS vs COL
6/20 7:05 PM
Roy Oswalt4-24.16701206.208.167.375
Chad Tracy - 1BWAS vs COL
6/20 7:05 PM
Roy Oswalt4-28.14303022.250.200.450
Brian McCann - CATL vs NYM
6/20 7:10 PM
Jon Niese1-12.08300005.083.083.167
David Wright - 3BNYM @ ATL
6/20 7:10 PM
Mike Minor2-11.18202134.364.333.697
Peter Bourjos - OFLAA vs SEA
6/20 10:05 PM
Felix Hernandez2-14.14300002.143.143.286
Josh Hamilton - OFLAA vs SEA
6/20 10:05 PM
Felix Hernandez8-48.167144816.313.298.611
Andre Ethier - OFLAD @ SD
6/20 10:10 PM
Jason Marquis3-24.12500122.125.192.317
Cold Pitcher MatchupsAt-BatsOpp
John DanksCWS @ Min
6/20 1:10 PM
Twins Batters32-104.30839191723.458.414.872
John LackeyBOS @ Det
6/20 7:08 PM
Tigers Batters45-134.33641114730.479.383.862
Jason MarquisSD vs LAD
6/20 10:10 PM
Dodgers Batters29-109.266212101311.410.341.751
Recommended Pickup

Nick Franklin, 2B, SEA - Acting as the everyday second baseman following Dustin Ackley's demotion to Triple-A Tacoma on May 27, Franklin has been a revelation for the Mariners' middle infield, which was mostly absent at the plate during the first two months on the season. In 22 games with the big club, Franklin has reached base in all but four of them, with five multi-hit performances to his credit. The result is a particularly impressive slash line of .280/.365/.480 to go with three long balls and three stolen bases in 74 at-bats. However, his first cup of coffee in the majors has been somewhat bitter, as the offense around him has not turned around its ineffectual course, resulting in just six RBI and seven runs scored. Considering the dearth of viable second base options, Franklin's combination of power and speed is not one to ignore.

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