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Tuesday Lineup Card: Roy Rules in the Desert

Ryan Eisner

Ryan Eisner writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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Projected Starters – A look at Tuesday’s matchups (all times Eastern)

Giants (Matt Cain - R) v Pirates (Charlie Morton - R), 7:05 p.m.
Red Sox (Clay Buchholz - R) v Orioles (Zach Britton - L), 7:05 p.m.
Mets (Chris Young - R) v Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann - R), 7:05 p.m.
Royals (Luke Hochevar - R) v Indians (Justin Masterson - R), 7:05 p.m.
Mariners (Felix Hernandez - R) v Tigers (Phil Coke - L), 7:05 p.m.
White Sox (Gavin Floyd - R) v Yankees (Ivan Nova - R), 7:05 p.m.
Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw - L) v Marlins (Chris Volstad - R), 7:10 p.m.
Blue Jays (Jesse Litsch -R) v Rangers (Matt Harrison - L), 8:05 p.m.
Cardinals (Jaime Garcia - L) v Astros (Bud Norris - R), 8:05 p.m.
Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa - L) v Cubs (James Russell - L), 8:05 p.m.
Reds (Mike Leake - R) v Brewers (Marco Estrada - R), 8:10 p.m.
Rays (Wade Davis - R) v Twins (Francisco Liriano - L), 8:10 p.m.
Phillies (Roy Oswalt - R) v Diamondbacks (Dan Hudson - R), 9:40 p.m.
A's (Brandon McCarthy - R) v Angels (Tyler Chatwood - R), 10:05 p.m.
Braves (Jair Jurrjens - R) v Padres (Aaron Harang - R), 10:05 p.m.

Off: None
Day Game After a Night Game: None

Injuries - A brief look at players who have been missing time with minor ailments and their expected returns.

Day-to-Day (includes players expected to make their return from the DL)
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B, TOR – (Wrist) Not in Monday’s lineup, his third straight miss
Maicer Izturis, 3B, ANA – (Hamstring) Scratched Sunday with hamstring soreness
Rafael Soriano, P, NY-A – (Back) Was unavailable Sunday due to lower back stiffness
Darren O'Day, P, TEX – (Hip) Sporadic use due to sore right hip
Albert Pujols, 1B, STL – (Hamstring) Suffered a “very mild” hamstring injury Sunday, should play Tuesday
Melvin Mora, 3B, AZ – (Foot) Pinch-hit Sunday, but foot swelled after the game, not in Monday’s lineup

Players on the DL
Philip Hughes, P, NY-A – (Arm) Suffered a “significant” setback Monday
Jake Peavy, P, CHI-A – (Shoulder) Threw a 40-pitch side session Sunday, rehab stint on tap for Friday
Tommy Hunter, P, TEX – (Groin) Threw batting practice Monday
Brandon Webb, P, TEX – (Shoulder) Threw two innings of extended spring training Monday
Clint Barmes, 2B, HOU – (Hand) Could come off DL later this week
Logan Morrison, OF, FLA – (Foot) Cast removed Monday
Wilton Lopez, P, HOU – (Elbow) Throwing on flat ground without pain
Jeff Keppinger, 2B, HOU – (Foot) Will play in extended spring training Tuesday
Domonic Brown, OF, PHI – (Wrist) Close to 100 percent
Jose Contreras, P, PHI – (Elbow) Placed on the DL Sunday
Willie Bloomquist, OF, AZ – (Hamstring) Placed on the DL on Monday
Ronny Paulino, C, NY-N – (Illness) Probably won’t come off DL on Tuesday

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

Activated from the DL
Justin Smoak, 1B, SEA (bereavement list)
Dioner Navarro, C, LA

Placed on the DL
Aaron Hill, 2B, TOR (retroactive to April 20)
Jose Contreras, P, PHI (retroactive to April 22)
Willie Bloomquist, OF, AZ

Jesse Litsch, P, TOR
Daniel Cortes, P, SEA
Michael Stutes, P, PHI

Sent Down
A.J. Ellis, C, LA
D.J. Carrasco, P, NY-N
Carlos Peguero, P, SEA
Jose Lueke, P, SEA

Closer Watch - A closer look at intriguing ninth-inning situations (also check out our Closer Grid with the link to the left).

Washington – Drew Storen recorded the save against the Pirates on Sunday, his third of the season. Closer-mate Sean Burnett also has three saves on the year, but he has not been provided an opportunity to add to that since blowing one April 25. Storen has posted an 8:2 K:BB over his last 10 innings – all scoreless.

New York (A) – Mariano Rivera blew his second save of the year in Sunday’s extra-inning win over the Orioles. It took Rivera until July 4 (or 32 appearances) to blow his second save in 2010. Still, his job security and ability is excellent.

Texas – Arthur Rhodes recorded a one-out save Sunday after Darren Oliver picked up a “real” one Saturday. Darren O’Day is also in the mix while Neftali Feliz is on the disabled list.

Phillies – Like Rhodes, Antonio Bastardo earned a one-out save Sunday in place of a recently DL-d teammate (Jose Contreras), but Ryan Madson is probably the guy to own in this situation.

Key Matchups

Brian Roberts v Clay Buchholz - 7-for-18 (.389), 1 2B, 1 3B, 1:5 K:BB
Vladimir Guerrero v Clay Buchholz - 5-for-12 (.417), 0 HR, 0:0 K:BB
Matt Wieters v Clay Buchholz - 4-for-11 (.364), 2 2B, 0 HR, 2:1 K:BB
Shin-Soo Choo v Luke Hochevar - 12-for-20 (.600), 4 2B, 3 HR, 4:2 K:BB (1.886 OPS)
Alex Gordon v Justin Masterson - 4-for-10 (.400), 2 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 1:0 K:BB
Miguel Cabrera v Felix Hernandez - 7-for-14 (.500), 2 2B, 0 HR, 3:0 K:BB
Matt Kemp v Chris Volstad - 5-for-14 (.357), 1 HR, 3:0 K:BB
Chris Young v Roy Oswalt - 6-for-15 (.400), 1 2B, 1 HR, 6:2 K:BB
Ryan Ludwick v Jair Jurrjens - 4-for-11 (.364), 0 XBH, 2:1 K:BB
Dan Uggla v Aaron Harang - 9-for-19 (.474), 4 2B, 2 HR, 3:3 K:BB
Brian McCann v Aaron Harang - 8-for-17 (.471), 3 2B, 2 HR, 4:1 K:BB
B.J. Upton v Francisco Liriano - 4-for-11 (.364), 1 2B, 0 HR, 3:2 K:BB

Clay Buchholz v Orioles batters - .230/.328/.354, 4 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 18:16 K:BB in 132 PA
Felix Hernandez v Tigers batters - .233/.250/.300, 3 2B, 1 HR, 24:1 K:BB in 93 PA
Roy Oswalt v Diamondbacks batters - .217/.268/.322, 6 2B, 2 HR, 30:6 K:BB

Ryan Doumit v Matt Cain - 3-for-13 (.231), 0 XBH, 1:1 K:BB
Ronny Cedeno v Matt Cain - 2-for-13 (.154), 0 XBH, 5:0 K:BB
Chris Snyder v Matt Cain - 2-for-11 (.182), 1 2B, 1 HR, 0:0 K:BB
Nick Markakis v Clay Buchholz - 2-for-20 (.100), 0 XBH, 4:4 K:BB
Luke Scott v Clay Buchholz - 1-for-16 (.063), 1 HR, 4:2 K:BB
Felix Pie v Clay Buchholz - 2-for-11 (.182), 1 3B, 0:1 K:BB
Adam LaRoche v Chris Young - 3-for-20 (.150), 1 2B, 1 HR, 7:2 K:BB
David Wright v Jordan Zimmermann - 2-for-10 (.200), 1 2B, 5:0 K:BB
Orlando Cabrera v Luke Hochevar - 5-for-22 (.227), 0 XBH, 2:0 K:BB
Billy Butler v Justin Masterson - 3-for-17 (.176), 0 XBH, 2:1 K:BB
Ramon Santiago v Felix Hernandez - 0-for-11 (.000), 0:0 K:BB
Brandon Inge v Felix Hernandez - 3-for-17 (.176), 0 XBH, 6:0 K:BB
Magglio Ordonez v Felix Hernandez - 4-for-20 (.200), 0 XBH, 7:0 K:BB
Derek Jeter v Gavin Floyd - 3-for-14 (.214), 0 XBH, 1:0 K:BB
Robinson Cano v Gavin Floyd - 1-for-13 (.077), 1 2B, 2:0 K:BB
James Loney v Chris Volstad - 2-for-13 (.154), 1 2B, 2:1 K:BB
Andre Ethier v Chris Volstad - 2-for-10 (.200), 0 XBH, 1:1 K:BB
Albert Pujols v Bud Norris - 4-for-17 (.235), 2 2B, 3:2 K:BB
Alfonso Soriano v Jorge De La Rosa - 2-for-10 (.200), 1 HR, 1:0 K:BB
Xavier Nady v Roy Oswalt - 3-for-19 (.158), 1 2B, 4:0 K:BB
Miguel Montero v Roy Oswalt - 2-for-11 (.182), 1 2B, 1:1 K:BB
Gerardo Parra v Roy Oswalt - 2-for-10 (.200), 0 XBH, 1:0 K:BB
Vernon Wells v Brandon McCarthy - 1-for-10 (.100), 0 XBH, 1:2 K:BB
Jorge Cantu v Jair Jurrjens - 2-for-17 (.118), 0 XBH, 4:1 K:BB
Nate McLouth v Aaron Harang - 3-for-24 (.125), 1 2B, 10:2 K:BB

Aaron Harang v Braves - .330/.382/.650, 11 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 25:9 K:BB in 111 PA

Recommended Pickup

Gerardo Parra, OF, AZ - Ryan Roberts may be the trendy Diamondback to grab as the season enters its fourth week, but Parra should also be a good option and should cost you fewer FAAB dollars. He should get regular at-bats in left field now that Willie Bloomquist is on the 15-day DL, and he is coming off a weekend in which he went 7-for-16 with a steal. Parra is probably not your third outfielder in a shallow mixer, but he could certainly be your fourth or fifth guy (or better depending on league depth). He will not supply much power (or any of that matter), but he will provide AB’s without dragging down your team’s BA, and he could chip in the occasional steal.

Other recent recommendations: Brett Wallace, Darren O'Day, Arthur Rhodes, Mitchell Boggs, Danny Espinosa

Draft Street Lineup

C - Brian McCann, ATL ($5,975)
1B - Miguel Cabrera, DET ($9,795)
2B - Dan Uggla, ATL ($5,455)
3B - Chipper Jones, ATL ($7,620)
SS - Troy Tulowitzki, COL ($9,801)
OF - Matt Kemp, LAD ($8,473)
OF - Alex Gordon, KC ($7,187)
OF - Shin-Soo Choo, CLE ($6,913)
UTIL - B.J. Upton, TAM ($5,736)
UTIL - Ryan Ludwick, SD ($5,292)
SP - Roy Oswalt, PHI ($13,011)
SP - Clay Buchholz, BOS ($8,876)
RP - Mariano Rivera, NYY ($3,398)
P - Craig Kimbrel, ATL ($2,184)

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