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Thursday Lineup Card: El Caballo Gets Dealt

Derek VanRiper

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Thursday's Starters

Twins (Scott Diamond - L) at Tigers (Rick Porcello - R), 1:05
Marlins (Mark Buehrle - L) at Brewers (Mike Fiers - R), 2:10
Rangers (Matt Harrison - L) at White Sox (Jose Quintana - L), 2:10
Astros (Bud Norris - R) at Pirates (Jeff Karstens - R), 7:05
Giants (Matt Cain - R) at Nationals (Ross Detwiler - L), 7:05
Rays (Jeremy Hellickson - R) at Indians (Josh Tomlin - R), 7:05
Royals (Luke Hochevar - R) at Blue Jays (Henderson Alvarez - R), 7:07
Cubs (Matt Garza - R) at Braves (Mike Minor - L), 7:10
Phillies (Cole Hamels - L) at Mets (R.A. Dickey - R), 7:10
Rockies (Christian Friedrich - L) at Cardinals (Lance Lynn - R), 8:15
Dodgers (Nathan Eovaldi - R) at Diamondbacks (Wade Miley - L), 9:40
Orioles (Jake Arrieta - R) at Angels (Garrett Richards - R), 10:05
Reds (Mat Latos - R) at Padres (Edinson Volquez - R), 10:05

Day Game After Night Game: MIN/DET, TEX/CHW



Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA - (Knee) Hopes to return this weekend.
Dan Haren, SP, LAA - (Back) Status for Sunday up in the air; could require DL stint.
Jesus Montero, C, SEA - Suffered a concussion after taking a foul ball to the mask Wednesday.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS - (Thumb) Still dealing with soreness and will be examined Thursday.
Max Scherzer, SP, DET - (Hamstring) On track to make scheduled start Sunday.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS - (Hamstring) Questionable for remaining pre-break slate.
Hideki Matsui, OF, TAM - (Hamstring) Avoiding the DL for now.
Scott Rolen, 3B, CIN - (Back) Held out of the lineup again Wednesday.
Alex Presley, OF, PIT - (Concussion) May land on 7-day DL.
Juan Uribe, 3B, LAD - (Ankle) Did not start Wednesday after being scratched Tuesday.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF, NYM - (Hand) Avoiding the DL for now.
Jeff Keppinger, 2B, TAM - (Triceps) Swollen after hit by a pitch.
Shelley Duncan, OF, CLE - Placed on the paternity list Wednesday.
Chris Johnson, 3B, HOU - (Back) Entered game as a substitute Wednesday.

Disabled List

Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI - (Achilles) Went 2-for-3 with a homer in Tuesday’s rehab game.
Matt Joyce, OF, TAM - (Oblique) Will rejoin the Rays in Cleveland this weekend.
Evan Longoria, 3B, TAM - (Hamstring) Staying in Tampa to continue rehab.
Ryan Dempster, SP, CHC - (Shoulder) Could start as early as Sunday.
Derek Holland, SP, TEX - (Illness) Will start Saturday against the Twins.
Shaun Marcum, SP, MIL - (Elbow) Still experiencing discomfort and falling behind schedule.
CC Sabathia, SP, NYY - (Groin) Scheduled for Friday bullpen session, on track to return after the break.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, BOS - (Shoulder) Joined Double-A Portland to continue rehab assignment.
Lance Berkman, 1B, STL - (Knee) Took grounders Wednesday; hoping for post-break return.
Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL - (Hand) Hoping to return July 20 against the Reds.
Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL - (Hip) Scheduled for an MRA.
Sergio Santos, RP, TOR - (Shoulder) No timetable for his return.
Drew Hutchison, SP, TOR - (Elbow) Remains out indefinitely.
Justin Maxwell, OF, HOU - (Ankle) Surgery coming in the offseason, nearing a return to action.
Juan Nicasio, SP, COL - (Knee) Threw a bullpen session and did agility drills Tuesday.
Neftali Feliz, RP, TEX - (Elbow) Returned to the mound for the first time in six weeks.
Alexi Ogando, RP, TEX - (Groin) Had first bullpen session during rehab work Tuesday.
Joe Saunders, SP, ARI - (Shoulder) Felt good after 51-pitch simulated game.
Ramon Hernandez, C, COL - (Hand) Rehab assignment started Wednesday.
Aubrey Huff, 1B, SFG - (Knee) Starting a rehab assignment Wednesday.
John McDonald, SS, ARZ - Diagnosed with a strained left oblique.
Endy Chavez, OF, BAL - (Hamstring) Running at team’s spring training complex.
Sam Fuld, OF, TAM - (Wrist) Schedule to begin his rehab games Sunday in Charlotte.
Stephen Pryor, RP, SEA - (Groin) Could appear in rehab games soon.
Mike Baxter, OF, NYM - (Collarbone) Has started hitting off a tee.
Wilton Lopez, RP, HOU - (Elbow) Will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A.
Austin Romine, C, NYY - (Back) A couple of weeks from appearing in games.



Carlos Lee from HOU to MIA
Matt Dominguez from MIA to HOU
Rob Rasmussen from MIA to HOU


Travis Hafner, DH, CLE
Mark Ellis, 2B, LA

Placed on the DL

Andre Ethier, OF, LA
Andrew Cashner, SP, SDP
Jesse Crain, RP, CHW

Called Up

Jordany Valdespin, 2B, NYM
Justin Germano, RP, BOS
Casey Fien, RP, MIN
Carlos Torres, RP, COL
Duente Heath, P, CHW
Nathan Adcock, RP, KAN
Louis Coleman, RP, KAN
Brad Brach, RP, SDP
Pedro Beato, RP, NYM


Gaby Sanchez, 1B, MIA
Chris Tillman, SP, BAL
Vin Mazzaro, SP, KAN
Nick Blackburn, SP, MIN
Clayton Mortensen, RP, BOS
Justin Hampson, RP, NYM
Sandy Leon, C, WAS
Josh Outman, SP, COL
Jeremy Hefner, RP, NYM
Mitch Maier, OF, KAN (DFA’d)

Closer Watch

Milwaukee - John Axford gave up a two-out, solo home run to Gaby Sanchez in the ninth inning to suffer another blown save Wednesday afternoon. Fortunately for Axford, Francisco Rodriguez has been inconsistent throughout the season and continues to struggle with his control, which may prevent manager Ron Roenicke from making more than a temporary change.


Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Carlos Gomez - OF MIL vs MIA
7/5 2:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 8-21 .381 2 5 6 0 6 .857 .381 1.238
Aramis Ramirez - 3B MIL vs MIA
7/5 2:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 3-13 .231 1 2 2 1 0 .538 .313 .851
Garrett Jones - 1B PIT vs HOU
7/5 7:05 PM
Bud Norris 4-14 .286 1 3 3 2 4 .643 .375 1.018
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT vs HOU
7/5 7:05 PM
Bud Norris 5-16 .313 0 3 2 1 3 .563 .353 .916
Scott Hairston - OF NYM vs PHI
7/5 7:10 PM
Cole Hamels 6-17 .353 3 5 4 1 3 1.000 .389 1.389
David Wright - 3B NYM vs PHI
7/5 7:10 PM
Cole Hamels 12-37 .324 2 6 6 1 11 .622 .342 .964
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
BB K Opp
Matt Cain SF @ WAS
7/5 7:05 PM
Nationals Batters 14-74 .189 1 8 6 11 20 .321 .290 .611



Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Joe Mauer - C MIN @ DET
7/5 1:05 PM
Rick Porcello 2-11 .182 0 1 0 2 2 .273 .308 .581
Rick Ankiel - OF WAS vs SF
7/5 7:05 PM
Matt Cain 2-10 .200 0 2 1 2 2 .400 .333 .733
Adam LaRoche - 1B WAS vs SF
7/5 7:05 PM
Matt Cain 4-23 .174 0 3 1 4 7 .304 .296 .600
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
BB K Opp
Mark Buehrle MIA @ Mil
7/5 2:10 PM
Brewers Batters 20-61 .328 5 11 10 2 7 .739 .355 1.094
Cole Hamels PHI @ NYM
7/5 7:10 PM
Mets Batters 24-79 .304 5 14 14 4 20 .618 .337 .956

Recommended Pickup

Brett Wallace, 1B, HOU - Recent comments made by Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow suggested that Wallace could receive a long look in Houston upon his next promotion to the big club. With the trade of Carlos Lee to Miami, Matt Dominguez will likely slot into the mix at third base, leaving regular playing time at first base for Wallace following a .293/.358/.515 line with 13 homers and 45 RBI over 65 games (239 at-bats) at Triple-A Oklahoma City. Even Wallace fails to live up to the expectations placed on him as a prospect coming out of Arizona State, he could provide value in deeper leagues as an everyday option with a chance to hit near the middle of the Astros’ lineup during the second half of the season.

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