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Saturday's Starters

Cubs (Jeff Samardzija - R) at Twins (Scott Diamond - L), 2:10
Phillies (Vance Worley - R) at Orioles (Tommy Hunter - R), 4:05
Rangers (Scott Feldman - R) at Giants (Ryan Vogelsong - R), 4:05
Blue Jays (Drew Hutchison - R) at Braves (Tommy Hanson - R), 4:05
Nationals (Gio Gonzalez - L) at Red Sox (Daisuke Matsuzaka - R), 4:05
Angels (Dan Haren - R) at Rockies (Jeff Francis - L), 4:10
Tigers (Justin Verlander - R) at Reds (Bronson Arroyo - R), 4:10
Astros (Jordan Lyles - R) at White Sox (Chris Sale - L), 4:10
Padres (Andrew Cashner - R) at Brewers (Mike Fiers - R), 4:10
Indians (Justin Masterson - R) at Cards (Kyle Lohse - R), 7:15
Royals (Vin Mazzaro - R) at Pirates (James McDonald - R), 7:15
Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw - L) at Mariners (Jason Vargas - L), 7:15
Mets (Dillon Gee - R) at Yankees (Phil Hughes - R), 7:15
Rays (Matt Moore - L) at Marlins (Carlos Zambrano - R), 7:15
A's (Jarrod Parker - R) at D-Backs (Trevor Cahill - R), 10:10




Joe Mauer, C, MIN -- (Thumb) Did not start Friday night.
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK -- (Hamstring) Avoiding the DL for now.
Melky Cabrera, OF, SFG -- (Hamstring) Too sore to play Friday night.
Drew Stubbs, OF, CIN -- (Oblique) Held out of the lineup again Friday.
Placido Polanco, 3B, PHI -- (Wrist) Will miss another four or five games.
Dayan Viciedo, OF, CHW -- (Hamstring) Removed Friday with tightness.
Will Venable, OF, SD -- (Oblique) Resumed baseball activities Thursday.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL -- (Hand) Exam results unavailable, but too sore to play Friday.
Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN -- (Back) Limited to pinch-hit appearance Friday.
Felipe Paulino, SP, KC -- (Groin) Unclear if he will need a DL stint.
Hector Sanchez, C, SFG -- (Leg) Back in the lineup Friday.

Disabled List

Jaime Garcia, SP, STL -- (Shoulder) Shut down for four weeks with impingement.
Derek Holland, SP, TEX -- (Shoulder) Tests revealed no structural damage.
Austin Jackson, OF, DET -- (Abdomen) Scheduled to rejoin the Tigers on Saturday.
Chipper Jones, 3B, ATL -- (Calf) Began rehab assignment at Low-A Rome on Friday.
Geovany Soto, C, CHC -- (Knee) Still can't block balls in the dirt.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL -- (Groin) Resumed non-baseball activities Wednesday.
Jered Weaver, SP, LAA -- (Back) Could throw from a mound early next week.
Stephen Drew, SS, ARI -- (Ankle) Went 1-for-4 in his first rehab game at Reno on Thursday.
Brett Gardner, OF, NYY -- (Elbow) Out until early next week.
Doug Fister, SP, DET -- (Upper Body) Side session Saturday should determine likelihood of June 13 return.
John Danks, SP, CHW -- (Shoulder) Will start at Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday.
Joe Wieland, SP, SD -- (Elbow) Will increase rehab workload in 7-to-10 days.
David Robertson, RP, NYY -- (Oblique) Hopes to return next week.
Kyle Farnsworth, RP, TAM -- (Elbow) Will begin rehab assignment Monday.
Brent Morel, 3B, CHW -- (Back) Had discomfort in rehab game Thursday.
Chris Getz, 2B, KC -- (Ribs) Started his rehab assignment Thursday at Omaha.
Scott Linebrink, RP, STL -- (Shoulder) Also dealing with biceps tendinitis.
Everett Teaford, RP, KAN -- (Abdomen) Could return from the DL on Tuesday.
Chris Marrero, 1B, WAS -- (Hamstring) Started his rehab assignment this week.
Latroy Hawkins, RP, LAA -- (Finger) Will be activated Saturday.


Activated from DL
Chris Young, SP, NYM
Lyle Overbay, 1B, ARI

Optioned to Triple-A
Ryan Verdugo, RP, KC
Omir Santos, C, DET (became FA)
Brandon Allen, 1B, TAM (outrighted)
Josh Satin, RP, NYM (outrighted)
Pedro Beato, RP, NYM

Called Up
Chris Parmelee, 1B, MIN
Clint Robinson, 1B, KC
Brian Bixler, SS, HOU
Sandy Rosario, RP, MIA

Placed on DL
Marwin Gonzalez, SS, HOU

Closer Watch

Things were unusually quiet Friday night. Tyler Clippard converted his sixth save of the season in the Nats' win over Boston.


Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Kevin Youkilis - 3B BOS vs WAS
6/9 4:05 PM
Gio Gonzalez 6-11 .545 1 1 1 1 3 .818 .583 1.401
Carlos Gonzalez - OF COL vs LAA
6/9 4:10 PM
Dan Haren 6-15 .400 2 4 3 3 2 .933 .500 1.433
Prince Fielder - 1B DET @ CIN
6/9 4:10 PM
Bronson Arroyo 9-40 .225 3 5 7 6 3 .500 .340 .840
Albert Pujols - 1B LAA @ COL
6/9 4:10 PM
Jeff Francis 4-14 .286 0 2 1 6 1 .429 .500 .929
Johnny Damon - DH CLE @ STL
6/9 7:15 PM
Kyle Lohse 5-13 .385 0 3 1 2 3 .615 .438 1.053
Jason Bay - OF NYM @ NYY
6/9 7:15 PM
Phil Hughes 5-12 .417 0 1 0 0 4 .500 .417 .917
Luke Scott - DH TB @ MIA
6/9 7:15 PM
Carlos Zambrano 5-12 .417 0 3 2 2 3 .750 .500 1.250
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
BB K Opp
Dan Haren LAA @ COL
6/9 4:10 PM
Rockies Batters 21-98 .214 6 11 14 8 21 .455 .269 .724



Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Michael Cuddyer - OF COL vs LAA
6/9 4:10 PM
Dan Haren 4-21 .190 1 1 2 1 6 .333 .227 .560
Jason Giambi - 1B COL vs LAA
6/9 4:10 PM
Dan Haren 4-25 .160 2 2 4 2 7 .400 .214 .614
Todd Helton - 1B COL vs LAA
6/9 4:10 PM
Dan Haren 4-23 .174 1 2 3 0 4 .348 .174 .522
Marco Scutaro - SS COL vs LAA
6/9 4:10 PM
Dan Haren 2-11 .182 0 1 2 1 2 .273 .231 .504
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET @ CIN
6/9 4:10 PM
Bronson Arroyo 2-14 .143 0 0 0 3 3 .143 .294 .437
Bobby Abreu - OF LAD @ SEA
6/9 7:15 PM
Jason Vargas 3-15 .200 0 0 1 1 2 .200 .250 .450
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
BB K Opp

Recommended Pickup

Andrew Cashner, SP, SD -- The Padres appear to be transitioning Cashner into their starting rotation and while using him for a three-inning outing against the Brewers on Saturday is not worthwhile, picking him up now for a couple of weeks down the road could be a nice investment. Although his walk rate has been an issue both as a starter and reliever in the big leagues, Cashner works in the mid-90s with his fastball even in a multi-inning situations and offers considerable upside with his high strikeout rate.

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