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Probable Pitchers for April 11, 2013

PITCHf/x cards of today's probable pitchers can be found here: Probable Pitchers

Yesterday's Notable Stat Lines:

National League:

  • Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley earned a win in his season debut after allowing one run in six innings against the Padres.

  • Dodgers RP Brandon League recorded his third save despite allowing two runs — one earned — in the ninth against the Padres.

  • Padres C Nick Hundley went 4-for-4 to up his average to .318.

  • Dodgers OF Carl Crawford homered, tripled and walked against the Padres.

  • OF Domonic Brown hit a massive three-run homer to help the Philllies defeat the Mets 7-3.

  • SP Jeremy Hefner allowed five runs over three innings in the Mets' loss to the Phillies.

  • SP Kyle Kendrick allowed two runs over six innings as the Phillies defeated the Mets.

  • 3B Juan Francisco went 3-for-4 with a towering home run in the Braves' 8-0 victory over the Marlins.

  • SP Alex Sanabia allowed six runs in five innings as the Marlins lost to the Braves.

  • SP Mike Minor held the Marlins scoreless over 5 2/3 innings in the Braves' win.

  • OF Bryce Harper went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the Nationals' 5-2 win over the White Sox.

  • Nationals SS Ian Desmond went 3-4 with 2 runs scored against the White Sox.
  • SP Jordan Zimmermann pitched seven innings and allowed two runs in the Nationals' victory over the White Sox.

  • SP Barry Zito blanked the Rockies for seven innings and went 2-for-3 at the plate in the Giants' 10-0 win.

  • Rockies SP Jeff Francis was pulled after giving up seven runs — four earned — in 1 2/3 innings against the Giants.

  • After getting Tuesday off, Giants C Buster Posey went 3-for-5 with a triple and three RBI against the Rockies.

  • Braves C Evan Gattis continued to mash early in the season going 2-4 with a three run homer against the Marlins.
  • Braves OF Jordan Schafer had a big night filling in for B.J. Upton in CF going 4-5 with two runs scored and a stolen base.
  • Rockies 2B Josh Rutledge went 0-for-4 in a loss to the Giants, dropping his OBP to .235.

  • Mets OF Lucas Duda went 3-4 with two solo homers in a loss to the Phillies.
  • OF A.J. Pollock homered twice, doubled and knocked in four runs in the Diamondbacks 10-2 win over the Pirates.

  • Diamondbacks SP Wade Miley picked up a win after allowing two runs in 6 2/3 innings versus the Pirates.

  • Pirates SP Jonathan Sanchez was torched for nine runs in 3 2/3 innings by the Diamondbacks.

  • Pirates SS Clint Barmes went 0-for-4, leaving him 2-for-23 this season.

  • Cardinals SP Jake Westbrook recorded his first shutout since 2006 in a 10-0 win over the Reds.

  • Reds SP Homer Bailey was tagged for seven runs in five-plus innings by the Cardinals.

  • Cardinals 2B/3B Matt Carpenter went 4-for-5 with a homer, a double and two RBI against the Reds.

  • Giants OF Andres Torres had a nice day at the plate going 3-5 with two RBI and a run scored in a win over the Rockies.
  • Cardinals 1B Matt Adams had a two-run homer and an RBI double versus the Reds.

  • Reds OF Chris Heisey went 0-for-4 and grounded into a double play against the Cardinals.

American League:

  • Angels 1B Albert Pujols had a 4-for-4 night in a losing cause against the A's.
  • Astros SP Brad Peacock recorded his first major league victory after allowing three runs in five-plus innings against the Mariners.

  • A's 1B Brandon Moss went 3-4 with a homer, five RBI, two runs and two walks in a win over the Angels.
  • Mariners SP Blake Beavan surrendered five runs — four earned — in 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Astros.

  • Astros DH Carlos Pena went 3-for-5 with a couple of doubles versus the Mariners.

  • Astros OF Chris Carter had another big night going 3-5 and belting his third home run in two games.
  • A's OF/DH Seth Smith went 3-4 with two RBI and a walk against the Angels.
  • Mariners C Kelly Shoppach went 3-for-3 with a solo homer, an RBI double and a walk versus the Astros.

  • Red Sox C Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a big night going 3-4 with a homer, two doubles and two RBI in a loss to the Orioles.
  • RP Kelvin Herrera earned his second save of the season in closing out the Royals' 3-0 win over the Twins.

  • Twins SP Liam Hendriks allowed one run in five innings but took the loss against the Royals.

  • SP Wade Davis threw five scoreless innings in the Royals' win over the Twins.

  • Red Sox RP Joel Hanrahan blew his first save of the season, allowing five runs in just 2/3 of an inning against the Orioles.

  • 3B Manny Machado capped off a five-run ninth inning with a three-run homer as the Orioles defeated the Red Sox 8-5.

  • Red Sox SP Ryan Dempster allowed three runs — one earned — in five innings in a loss to the Orioles.

  • SP Jake Arrieta allowed three runs over five innings in the Orioles' win over the Red Sox.

  • SP Gavin Floyd allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings as the White Sox lost to the Nationals.

  • C J.P. Arencibia went 2-for-5 and delivered a go-ahead three-run double in the seventh as the Blue Jays beat the Tigers 8-6.

  • Blue Jays SP Mark Buehrle surrendered six runs — five earned — in 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Tigers.

  • Tigers SP Rick Porcello yielded four runs in five-plus innings against the Blue Jays.

  • Tigers RP Brayan Villarreal walked all three batters he faced and was charged with three runs against the Blue Jays.

  • Blue Jays 1B Edwin Encarnacion doubled twice, walked and scored twice against the Tigers.

  • SP Matt Moore limited the Rangers to one hit over 5 1/3 innings in the Rays' 2-0 victory.

  • Rays RP Fernando Rodney picked up his first save by pitching a scoreless ninth against the Rangers.

  • Rangers SP Derek Holland yielded two runs and five hits in eight innings in a loss to the Rays.

  • Rays SS Yunel Escobar went hitless in a fourth straight game, finishing 0-for-3 with a sacrifice.

Player Transactions:

National League:

  • Dodgers activated RHP Chad Billingsley from the 15-day disabled list.

  • Reds recalled RHP Logan Ondrusek from Double-A Pensacola.

  • Reds placed LHP Sean Marshall on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 8, with left shoulder tendinitis.

American League:
  • Mariners recalled LHP Bobby LaFromboise from Triple-A Tacoma.

  • Mariners optioned LHP Lucas Luetge to Triple-A Tacoma.

  • A's recalled INF Andy Parrino from Triple-A Sacramento.

  • Rays acquired C Juan Apodaca from the Rangers for cash considerations.

  • Indians optioned RHP Carlos Carrasco to Triple-A Columbus.

  • Angels signed 1B/OF Brad Hawpe to a minor league contract.

  • Blue Jays designated RHP Alex Burnett for assignment.

  • Orioles acquired LHP Chris Jones from the Braves for RHP Luis Ayala.

  • Red Sox recalled RHP Alex Wilson from Triple-A Pawtucket.

  • Blue Jays claimed OF Casper Wells off waivers from the Mariners.

  • Indians recalled RHP Corey Kluber from Triple-A Columbus.

  • Rangers RP Justin Grimm was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock and started Thursday against the Mariners.

  • Rangers placed LHP Matt Harrison on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 7, with a lower back strain.

  • Red Sox optioned INF Jose Iglesias to Triple-A Pawtucket.

  • Red Sox activated SS Stephen Drew from the 7-day disabled list.

Injury Updates:

National League:

  • Padres 3B Chase Headley (thumb) took batting practice from both sides of the plate Wednesday.

  • Adam Rubin of reports that the Mets expect SP Shaun Marcum (neck) to be ready for activation from the disabled list "relatively quickly."

  • OF Carlos Quentin (wrist) was not in the Padres' lineup Wednesday.

  • Mets prospect SP Zack Wheeler recently underwent an MRI for a blister on his right middle finger.
  • Marlins 1B Joe Mahoney (oblique) played in an extended spring training game Wednesday and will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Jupiter in the next few days.

  • Pirates SP Wandy Rodriguez was diagnosed with a left hamstring strain and is "not likely" to make his next scheduled start on Sunday.
  • Brewers SP Mark Rogers (shoulder) is making the transition to the bullpen.
American League:
  • Mariners OF Michael Saunders has been diagnosed with a sprained right shoulder.

  • Twins SP Scott Diamond (elbow) is scheduled to make his season debut on Saturday.

  • White Sox SP John Danks (shoulder) topped out at 89 mph during his third extended spring training start on Tuesday.

  • Angels RP Ryan Madson (elbow) hopes to face batters "within two weeks."

  • A's 2B Scott Sizemore has re-torn his left ACL and will miss the remainder of the 2013 season.

  • A's OF Josh Reddick (wrist) thinks he might be ready to return to the lineup Thursday.

  • White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham (wrist) could need a stint on the disabled list.

  • Orioles RP Steve Johnson (lat) will make a start in an extended spring training game on Saturday.

  • The Red Sox are hoping that DH David Ortiz (heels) can join the active roster on April 19.

  • Red Sox SP John Lackey (bicep) felt tightness after making about 15 throws.

  • Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie (rib cage) will play in an extended spring training game Thursday.

  • Yankees OF Curtis Granderson (forearm) hopes to start a throwing program Thursday.

  • Yankees SS Derek Jeter (ankle) has resumed on-field hitting.

  • Rays OF Matt Joyce said he experienced "a little whiplash" after attempting to dive for a fly ball on Tuesday.
  • Blue Jays RP Sergio Santos didn't pitch the eighth inning due to some tenderness in his right triceps.
  • Rays SP Jeff Niemann underwent season ending shoulder surgery on Wednesday.

Notes and Rumors:

National League:

  • Cubs prospect OF Jorge Soler was ejected from High-A Daytona's game versus Clearwater Wednesday after going after an opponent in the dugout with a bat.

  • The Cubs/Brewers game was postponed due to rain and will be made up as part of a day/night doubleheader on July 30th.
  • Cardinals prospect SP Carlos Martinez is expected to report to Double-A Springfield within the next few weeks after missing most of spring training with visa issues.

  • Braves RP Anthony Varvaro or Cristhian Martinez will likely be designated for assignment in order to make room for the newly-acquired Luis Ayala on the roster

  • Padres 1B Yonder Alonso made appearances at second base and third base in the ninth inning.
  • Reds manager Dusty Baker said Wednesday that the club considered calling up prospect left-hander RP Tony Cingrani to replace Sean Marshall (shoulder) in the bullpen before ultimately deciding on RP Logan Ondrusek.

American League:
  • Royals SP Luis Mendoza will have his next start skipped after taking his turn on Friday.

  • Astros manager Bo Porter said that SS Marwin Gonzalez has earned more playing time.

  • The Los Angeles Times' Mike DiGiovanna has tweeted that SS Erick Aybar's left heel injury "doesn't look good."

  • The Indians/Yankees contest was postponed due to rain, no makeup date has been announced.
  • The Astros have scored 24 runs in their last two games after scoring only 17 in their first seven contests while being shutout three times this season.
  • Indians SP Brett Myers' next start will come on Sunday versus the White Sox as a result of his last start being skipped when he had to replace SP Carlos Carrasco early in Tuesday's game.

  • Eric Sogard will be the A's primary second baseman with the injury news to Scott Sizemore.

  • RP Jose Valverde has reported to the Tigers' spring training complex in Lakeland, Florida.

  • Red Sox SP Felix Doubront will have his next start pushed back from Thursday to Friday against the Rays.

  • Red Sox RP Alfredo Aceves will start in place of John Lackey Thursday against the Orioles.

  • Mariners prospect catcher Mike Zunino is hitting .429 (9-for-21) with four home runs and 16 RBI through his first five games this season with Triple-A Tacoma.

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Justin Maxwell has a 7 game hitting streak.
"...going after an opponent in the dugout with a bat."

More, please... Which dugout? Did he use a bat in going after an opponent, or did he go after an opponent, and "the dugout with a bat" (as opposed to the dugout with no bats) describes the location of the event? If the former, did he actually swing the bat at the opponent, or did he just brandish it, or did he just happen to be carrying it with him?

If telling this story would require more verbosity than "Notes and Rumors" allows, I'd understand. I could just google "Soler dugout bat opponent" or whatever, but this sounds like the kind of story for which BP's take would be fun to read.
We'll try to provide more links to the detailed stories in the notes and rumors section going forward.
My post wasn't a complaint - I was just being facetious, acknowledging the comedic value of inserting one humdinger into a list of otherwise routine events.

A got put on the disabled list...

B will report to Double-A Springfeld...

C went after an opponent with a bat...

D will be designated for assignment...

Ha! No, it would enhance the content with links though so we'll try. Thanks!