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Tuesday Lineup Card: Another Closer Change in DC?

Noah Jarosh

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Tuesday's Starters


Red Sox (Felix Doubront – L) at Orioles (Brian Matusz - L), 7:05
Tigers (Rick Porcello - R) at Indians (Ubaldo Jimenez - R), 7:05
Royals (Luke Hochevar - R) at Yankees (Phil Hughes - R), 7:05
Blue Jays (Drew Hutchison - R) at Rays (Matt Moore - L), 7:10
Twins (P.J. Walters - R) at White Sox (Gavin Floyd - R), 8:10
Angels (C.J. Wilson - L) at Athletics (Graham Godfrey - R), 10:05
Rangers (Matt Harrison - L) at Mariners (Hector Noesi - R), 10:10


Mets (R.A. Dickey - R) at Pirates (James McDonald - R), 7:05
Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann - R) at Phillies (Roy Halladay - R), 7:05
Braves (Brandon Beachy - R) at Reds (Mat Latos - R), 7:10
Rockies (Juan Nicasio - R) at Marlins (Ricky Nolasco - R), 7:10
Cubs (Travis Wood - L) at Astros (J.A. Happ - L), 8:05
Giants (Matt Cain - R) at Brewers (Shaun Marcum - R), 8:10
Padres (Edinson Volquez - R) at Cardinals (Adam Wainwright - R), 8:15
Dodgers (Aaron Harang - R) at Diamondbacks (Trevor Cahill - R), 9:40

Day Game After Night Game: None




Derek Jeter, SS, NYY - (Hand) Started Monday after suffering a bruise Sunday.
Mike Adams, P, TEX - (Illness) Reportedly feeling better Sunday.
Austin Jackson, OF, DET - (Abdomen) Hopes to return to lineup Tuesday.
Jose Valverde, P, DET - (Back) Manager Jim Leyland hopes Valverde can return Tuesday.
Cody Ross, OF, BOS - (Foot) MRI has revealed a broken bone in his left foot, likely out 6-8 weeks.
Ryan Sweeney, OF, BOS - (Concussion) Held out of lineup for his second straight game on Monday.
Vernon Wells, OF, LAA - (Thumb) Will miss at least eight weeks and require surgery to repair torn ligament.


Logan Morrison, OF, MIA - (Knee) Started at first base Sunday.
Tim Lincecum, P, SFG - (Thumb) Wore a wrap Monday, but says he’s OK after collision at home on Sunday.
Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI - (Personal) Unavailable Monday following birth of his child.
Angel Pagan, OF, SF - (Illness) Did not play on Monday.
Chipper Jones, 3B, ATL - (Calf) Unlikely to play before Wednesday or Thursday.
Jordan Schafer, OF, HOU - (Ankle) Not in lineup on Monday, but says he is OK to play again.
Ryan Mattheus, P, WAS - (Foot) Evaluated for possible left foot injury Monday.
Placido Polanco, 3B, PHI - (Ankle) Returned to Philadelphia’s starting lineup Monday.
Rob Johnson, C, NYM - (Thumb) Thumb continues to throb following a foul ball striking glove in vulnerable area.

Disabled List


LaTroy Hawkins, P, LAA - (Finger) Will be at least another week before next examination.
Chris Iannetta, C, LAA - (Wrist) Has been limited to conditioning drills following surgery.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, BOS - (Shoulder) May return in early July.
Carl Crawford, OF, BOS - (Elbow) Could return in early July.
Kevin Youkilis, 3B, BOS - (Back) Could rejoin the Red Sox as soon as Tuesday.
Brandon McCarthy, P, OAK - (Shoulder) No structural problems were shown in his MRI.
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK - (Hand) Will likely not come off DL when first eligible on Tuesday.
Brandon Inge, 3B, OAK - (Groin) May return from the DL when eligible May 28.
Jesse Litsch, P, TOR - (Shoulder) Shoulder infection has worsened and could be career threatening.
Neftali Feliz, P, TEX - (Elbow) Placed on 15-Day DL and could be out until the All-Star break.
Zach Britton, P, BAL - (Shoulder) Will make a minor league rehab start on Saturday.
Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL - (Concussion) Will begin a rehab assignment within the next week.
Matt Lindstrom, P, BAL - (Finger) Reportedly feeling no pain Monday.
Mark Reynolds, 3B, BAL - (Oblique) Has begun hitting off a tee and doing fielding exercises.
David Robertson, P, NYY - (Oblique) Will require more than minimum 15-day stint on the DL.
Brett Gardner, OF, NYY - (Elbow) Expected to resume baseball workouts on Thursday.
Jose Lobaton, C, TBR - (Shoulder) Is roughly a week from returning to the Rays.
Jeff Keppinger, 2B, TBR - (Toe) Placed on 15-day DL with broken right toe.


Lance Berkman, 1B, STL - (1B) Might not have a torn ACL, but will miss at least 6-8 weeks with torn meniscus.
Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B, LAD - (Hamstring) Played in rehab game in extended spring training Sunday, and will again Tuesday.
Juan Uribe, 3B, LAD - (Wrist) MRI revealed no serious damage.
Jeff Karstens, P, PIT - (Shoulder) Made a rehab start on Monday for Pirates’ Double-A affiliate.
Cory Luebke, P, SDP - (Elbow) Confirmed that he needs Tommy John surgery.
Brad Lidge, P, WAS - (Hernia) Scheduled to throw a bullpen session Thursday.
Jason Bay, OF, NYM - (Ribs) Reported to extended spring training Monday.
Vance Worley, P, PHI - (Elbow) Visited Dr. James Andrews for second opinion on elbow.
Ruben Tejada, SS, NYM - (Quadriceps) Scheduled to continue running and may begin a minor league rehab stint midweek.


Placed on DL
Neftali Feliz, P, TEX
Jeff Keppinger, 2B, TBR

Optioned to Triple-A
Chris Schwinden, P, NYM
Jordan Lyles, P, HOU
Vinnie Chulk, P, MIL

Called Up
Kole Calhoun, OF, LAA
Bobby Cassevah, P, LAA
Yoshinori Tateyama, P, TEX
Vinny Rottino, OF, NYM

Free Agent Signings
Ian Thomas, LHP, ATL
Lance Zawadzki, 2B, ATL
Lou Montanez, LF, STL

Drew Sutton, INF, from PIT to TAM

Closer Watch

Henry Rodriguez failed to convert a save chance after entering Monday's game against the Phillies with a 2-0 lead. Prior to departing, Rodriguez walked a batter and gave up a run and a hit while recording just one out. Sean Burnett cleaned up the mess to earn his second save of the season, while Nats manager Davey Johnson said he would re-evaluate the closer situation after sleeping on it Monday night. A committee could be on the horizon, with Burnett potentially working in tandem with Tyler Clippard or another right-handed reliever in Washington.

Jose Arredondo picked up the first two outs in a save situation Monday night before walking back-to-back hitters and giving way to Sean Marshall for a one-out conversion. Aroldis Chapman was unavailable due to his recent workload and following his arrest early Monday after being clocked at 93 mph in his Mercedes while driving with a suspended license. Chapman should be available to pitch Tuesday, and has a court date scheduled for June 6.

Heath Bell allowed just one hit in 0.2 innings Sunday as he notched his fifth save of the season for the Marlins. He wasn't originally brought into the game in the ninth inning as the Marlins held a 5-1 lead, meaning it was not a save situation. However, Randy Choate allowed two unearned runs while securing just one out, causing the Marlins to bring in Bell. This is Bell's third straight scoreless appearance, and he may finally be back on track.


Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Travis Hafner - DH CLE vs DET
5/22 7:05 PM
Rick Porcello 4-14 .286 2 2 4 0 1 .714 .286 1.000
Prince Fielder - 1B DET @ CLE
5/22 7:05 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 4-11 .364 0 1 2 2 4 .455 .462 .917
Martin Prado - OF ATL @ CIN
5/22 7:10 PM
Mat Latos 4-12 .333 1 2 1 0 0 .667 .333 1.000
Todd Helton - 1B COL @ MIA
5/22 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 4-10 .400 0 0 0 0 1 .400 .400 .800
Ryan Braun - OF MIL vs SF
5/22 8:10 PM
Matt Cain 4-12 .333 0 2 2 1 3 .583 .385 .968
Jamey Carroll - SS MIN @ CWS
5/22 8:10 PM
Gavin Floyd 6-16 .375 0 2 0 1 4 .500 .412 .912
Joe Mauer - C MIN @ CWS
5/22 8:10 PM
Gavin Floyd 14-36 .389 3 7 8 6 2 .778 .476 1.254
Denard Span - OF MIN @ CWS
5/22 8:10 PM
Gavin Floyd 13-26 .500 0 2 3 1 3 .577 .519 1.096
Aubrey Huff - 1B SF @ MIL
5/22 8:10 PM
Shaun Marcum 5-11 .455 1 3 1 3 3 .909 .600 1.509
Lyle Overbay - 1B ARI vs LAD
5/22 9:40 PM
Aaron Harang 9-22 .409 0 5 1 2 3 .636 .458 1.094
Chris Young - OF ARI vs LAD
5/22 9:40 PM
Aaron Harang 3-12 .250 2 2 3 1 2 .750 .308 1.058
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
BB K Opp
Roy Halladay PHI vs WAS
5/22 7:05 PM
Nationals Batters 18-78 .231 0 5 4 6 16 .300 .283 .583
Matt Cain SF @ MIL
5/22 8:10 PM
Brewers Batters 13-61 .213 0 5 5 6 9 .310 .294 .605



Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Ian Desmond - SS WAS @ PHI
5/22 7:05 PM
Roy Halladay 2-14 .143 0 0 1 2 5 .143 .235 .378
Danny Espinosa - 2B WAS @ PHI
5/22 7:05 PM
Roy Halladay 1-10 .100 0 0 1 0 3 .100 .100 .200
Carlos Gonzalez - OF COL @ MIA
5/22 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 1-10 .100 0 0 0 0 4 .100 .100 .200
Corey Hart - OF MIL vs SF
5/22 8:10 PM
Matt Cain 1-10 .100 0 1 0 2 1 .200 .250 .450
Aramis Ramirez - 3B MIL vs SF
5/22 8:10 PM
Matt Cain 3-15 .200 0 1 1 1 1 .267 .294 .561
Henry Blanco - C ARI vs LAD
5/22 9:40 PM
Aaron Harang 2-15 .133 0 0 0 0 7 .133 .133 .266
Justin Upton - OF ARI vs LAD
5/22 9:40 PM
Aaron Harang 0-10 .000 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .091 .091
Bobby Abreu - OF LAD @ ARI
5/22 9:40 PM
Trevor Cahill 2-14 .143 1 2 3 4 4 .429 .333 .762
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
BB K Opp
Gavin Floyd CWS vs Min
5/22 8:10 PM
Twins Batters 42-116 .362 5 15 17 10 17 .589 .413 1.002

Recommended Pickup

Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, BOS: Five years ago, Saltalamacchia was a centerpiece in the deal where the Braves traded for Mark Teixeira. Two years ago, Saltalamacchia was traded to the Red Sox for three minor leaguers, none of whom have made it past Double-A. That’s how low Salty’s value got in just three seasons. Saltalamacchia was given the opportunity to start for Boston last season, and hit fairly well. Now, in 2012, he is hitting very well for a catcher with a .282 batting average and is tied for second among catchers in both home runs (7) and slugging percentage (.583). Salty also provides a decent amount of RBI and runs. His value takes a slight hit in leagues that use OBP, and Saltalamacchia is making a case for being owned even in one-catcher shallow mixed leagues.

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