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Tuesday Lineup Card: In Ubaldo We Trust

Derek VanRiper

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

White Sox (John Danks - L) at Rays (James Shields - R), 6:40
Brewers (Randy Wolf - L) at Phillies (Roy Halladay - R), 7:05
Twins (Carl Pavano - R) at Orioles (Jake Arrieta - R), 7:05
Yankees (A.J. Burnett - R) at Blue Jays (Kyle Drabek - R), 7:07
Diamondbacks (Armando Galarraga - R) at Reds (Sam LeCure - R), 7:10
Pirates (Paul Maholm - L) at Marlins (Josh Johnson - R), 7:10
Astros (Wandy Rodriguez - L) at Mets (Jonathan Niese - L), 7:10
Angels (Matt Palmer - R) at Rangers (Colby Lewis - R), 8:05
Padres (Dustin Moseley - R) at Cubs (James Russell - L), 8:05
Indians (Jeanmar Gomez - R) at Royals (Bruce Chen - L), 8:10
Nationals (John Lannan - L) at Cards (Jake Westbrook - R), 8:15
Giants (Jonathan Sanchez - L) at Rockies (Ubaldo Jimenez - R), 8:40
Red Sox (John Lackey - R) at Athletics (Brett Anderson - L), 10:05
Tigers (Phil Coke - L) at Mariners (Doug Fister - R), 10:10
Braves (Brandon Beachy - R) at Dodgers (Hiroki Kuroda - R), 10:10

Day game after night game: None



Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN - (Groin) Hasn't played since Apr. 13, held out of starting lineup Monday.
Roy Oswalt, SP, PHI - (Back) Threw 40 pitches during Monday bullpen session, on track for Thursday start.
Justin Morneau, 1B, MIN - (Illness) Held out of the starting lineup Monday.
Johnny Damon, OF/DH, TAM - (Hand) Was not in the starting lineup for Monday's game.
Victor Martinez, C, DET - (Groin) Held out of the lineup Sunday; day-to-day.
Seth Smith, OF, COL - (Groin) Did not start Monday after leaving Sunday's game with a strain.
Aroldis Chapman, RP, CIN - (Shoulder) Nearing return to action, but Reds still handling with care.
Allen Craig, OF, STL - (Groin) Set to be evaluated again Monday after straining his groin Saturday.
Skip Schumaker, 2B, STL - (Elbow) Unable to take batting practice Sunday, reported improvement.
Chris Denorfia, OF, SD - (Forearm) Left Sunday's game with a bruise after running into a rail in foul territory.
Scott Downs, RP, LAA - (Illness) Missed Sunday's game with a stomach virus.
Donnie Murphy, 3B, FLA - (Knee) X-rays revealed only a bruise; day-to-day.

Players on the DL

Jason Bay, OF, NYM - (Ribs) Set to rejoin the Mets' lineup Thursday.
Evan Longoria, 3B, TAM - (Oblique) Will take swings Tuesday and targeting April 29 return.
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI - (Knee) Participated in running drills prior to Monday's game.
Brad Lidge, RP, PHI - (Shoulder) Will spend two weeks strengthening before starting a throwing program.
Domonic Brown, OF, PHI - (Wrist) Scheduled for 2-3 at-bats, five innings in the outfield during rehab game Monday.
Frank Francisco, RP, TOR - (Chest/Shoulder) Expected to rejoin the Blue Jays on Tuesday.
Cody Ross, OF, SFG - (Calf) Expected to be activated from DL after one more game at Triple-A.
Johnny Cueto, SP, CIN - (Shoulder) Needs two more rehab starts before he'll return to rotation.
Homer Bailey, SP, CIN - (Shoulder) Threw 62 pitches in Sunday rehab start, may be back after one more outing.
Brian Matusz, SP, BAL - (Back) Threw from 60 and 90-feet Monday without pain, but still a few weeks away.
Andrew Bailey, RP, OAK - (Forearm) Had scheduled bullpen session Sunday; still no timetable.
Randy Wells, SP, CHC - (Forearm) Could being throwing again after Monday evaluation.
Andrew Cashner, SP, CHC - (Shoulder) Also may return to throwing after evaluation Monday.
Brandon Webb, SP, TEX - (Shoulder) Threw 70-pitch bullpen session Sunday, scheduled for BP on Friday.
Tommy Hunter, SP, TEX - (Groin) Out at least another month; limited to throwing on flat ground.
Ronny Paulino, C, NYM - (Anemia) Should be activated from the DL on April 26.
Matt Alberts, RP, BOS - (Back) Tossed a scoreless inning of relief at Triple-A on Sunday.
Adam Rosales, 2B, OAK - (Foot) Still four weeks away from resuming baseball activities.
Geoff Blum, SS, ARI - (Knee) Taking at-bats during extended spring training, nearing return to field.

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

David Purcey to OAK from TOR
Danny Farquhar to TOR from OAK

Called Up
Jeremy Hermida, OF, CIN
Hideki Okajima, RP, BOS
James Hoey, RP, MIN
Clay Rapada, RP, BAL
Clayton Mortensen, RP, COL

Sent Down
Jeff Manship, RP, MIN
Mike McCoy, SS, TOR
Felix Doubront, RP, BOS
Alan Johnson, SP, COL

Placed on DL
Dallas Braden, SP, OAK
Juan Francisco, 3B, CIN
Chris Jakubauskas, RP, BAL
Rich Harden, RP, OAK (transferred to 60-day DL)
Joel Zumaya, RP, DET (transferred to 60-day DL)
Jared Burton, RP, CIN (transferred to 60-day DL)

Activated from DL
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B, TOR (bereavement list)

Closer Watch

Washington - Drew Storen earned his first save of the season during the second game of Sunday's doubleheader with the Brewers. While the former first-round pick has been effective in a setup role this season, It's worth noting that he entered the game in the eighth inning with a three-run lead before the Nats extended their lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the frame. As a result, Storen finished the game by tossing a second inning (he still only threw 23 pitches), and it's possible that a closer score might have prompted manager Jim Riggleman to turn to lefty Sean Burnett.

Key Matchups


Alexei Ramirez v. James Shields - 7-for-17 (.412), 2 HR, 2 RBI, 3:0 BB:K
Mark Teahen v. James Shields - 10-for-26 (.385), 2 HR, 6 RBI, 1:4 BB:K
Shane Victorino v. Randy Wolf - 6-for-18 (.333), 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1:1 BB:K
Raul Ibanez v. Randy Wolf - 5-for-16 (.313), 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1:3 BB:K
Jimmy Rollins v. Randy Wolf - 3-for-13 (.385), 1 HR, 1 RBI, 0:1 BB:K
Carlos Ruiz v. Randy Wolf - 5-for-9 (.556), 1 HR, 5 RBI, 4:0 BB:K (1.915 OPS)
Brian Roberts v. Carl Pavano - 6-for-13 (.462), 0 HR, 3 RBI, 0:1 BB:K
Jose Bautista v. A.J. Burnett - 4-for-9 (.444), 2 HR, 6 RBI, 2:2 BB:K
Hanley Ramirez v. Paul Maholm - 6-for-16 (.375), 2 HR, 2 RBI, 1:2 BB:K
Carlos Beltran v. Wandy Rodriguez - 6-for-16 (.375), 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2:3 BB:K
Scott Hairston v. Wandy Rodriguez - 6-for-11 (.545), 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1:2 BB:K
Lance Berkman v. John Lannan - 6-for-13 (.462), 0 HR, 2 RBI, 3:0 BB:K
Troy Tulowitzki v. Jonathan Sanchez - 7-for-17 (.412), 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2:0 BB:K
Chris Iannetta v. Jonathan Sanchez - 4-for-15 (.267), 1 HR, 3 RBI, 6:5 BB:K (1.010 OPS)
Daric Barton v. John Lackey - 8-for-23 (.348), 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2:0 BB:K

Roy Halladay v. Brewers hitters - .225/.257/.338 (.595 OPS) in 74 PA
Carl Pavano v. Orioles hitters - .244/.279/.402 (.681 OPS) in 137 PA
Ubaldo Jimenez v. Giants hitters - .226/.309/.327 (.636 OPS) in 190 PA
John Lackey v. A's hitters - .250/.303/.404 (.707 OPS) in 264 PA
Brett Anderson v. Red Sox hitters - .115/.148/.179 (.328 OPS) in 81 PA
Hiroki Kuroda v. Braves hitters - .161/.235/.274 (.509 OPS) in 68 PA


Ben Zobrist v. John Danks - 0-for-10 (.000), 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1:5 BB:K
Carlos Quentin v. James Shields - 3-for-20 (.150), 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1:4 BB:K
Nyjer Morgan v. Roy Halladay - 2-for-14 (.143), 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0:2 BB:K
Cesar Izturis v. Carl Pavano - 4-for-18 (.222), 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0:2 BB:K
Corey Patterson v. A.J. Burnett - 3-for-24 (.125), 0 HR, 1 RBI, 1:4 BB:K
Juan Rivera v. A.J. Burnett - 3-for-17 (.176), 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2:2 BB:K
Adam Lind v. A.J. Burnett - 3-for-15 (.200), 0 HR, 0 RBI, 3:5 BB:K
Jose Reyes v. Wandy Rodriguez - 2-for-15 (.133), 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0:2 BB:K
Albert Pujols v. John Lannan - 2-for-11 (.182), 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1:1 BB:K (can we place bets on this line improving Tuesday?)
Carlos Gonzalez v. Jonathan Sanchez - 0-for-11 (.000), 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1:5 BB:K
Aaron Rowand v. Ubaldo Jimenez - 6-for-33 (.182), 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1:11 BB:K
Aubrey Huff v. Ubaldo Jimenez - 2-for-12 (.167), 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2:2 BB:K
Pat Burrell v. Ubaldo Jimenez - 1-for-10 (.100), 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2:2 BB:K
Kurt Suzuki v. John Lackey - 6-for-29 (.207), 1 HR, 3 RBI, 0:5 BB:K
Coco Crisp v. John Lackey - 4-for-27 (.148), 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2:3 BB:K
Cliff Pennington v. John Lackey - 1-for-12 (.083), 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0:2 BB:K
Kevin Youkilis v. Brett Anderson - 2-for-10 (.200), 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1:4 BB:K

Randy Wolf v. Phillies hitters - .321/.385/.642 (1.026 OPS) in 119 PA
Wandy Rodriguez v. Mets hitters - .296/.341/.605 (.946 OPS) in 88 PA
Bruce Chen v. Indians hitters - .318/.414/.565 (.979 OPS) in 99 PA

Recommended Pickup

Jed Lowrie, SS, BOS - Hype trains pick up steam much faster when they begin rolling on the east coast, but Lowrie is making his case to steal Marco Scutaro's job as the starting shortstop in Boston. He went 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBI in Monday's win over the Blue Jays, but his hot streak to open the season (.516, 2 HR, 9 RBI) is really an extension of the bigger picture. In his last 66 games (dating back to his activation from the DL last July), Lowrie is hitting .322 with 11 homers and 33 RBI over 202 at-bats. Translated, that amounts to about 25 homers over the course of a full season and he's done that will showing good plate discipline (27:27 BB:K).

Other recent recommendations: Jon Herrera, Bartolo Colon, Kyle Farnsworth, Angel Sanchez and Matt LaPorta.