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Probable Pitchers for April 21, 2013

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

Yesterday's Notable Stat Lines:

National League:

Cardinals – 5 at 0 – Phillies

  • Cardinals SP Lance Lynn allowed just one hit over seven scoreless innings.
  • Cardinals 1B Allen Craig drove in two runs but is batting just .220/.266/.305 in 15 games this season.
  • Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran went 2-for-5 while hitting his 4th homerun of the season.
  • Cardinals C Yadier Molina went 3-for-4, raising his average to .328.
  • Phillies SP Cliff Lee surrendered five earned runs over five innings.
  • Cardinals RP Mitchell Boggs tossed a scoreless ninth inning.

Braves – 1 at 3 – Pirates

  • Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-4 with two doubles.
  • Pirates RP Jason Grilli registered his sixth save, striking out all three batters he faced in a perfect ninth inning.
  • Braves 1B Chris Johnson went 2-for-4 with a double, raising his average to .418.
  • Pirates SP James McDonald struck out nine while allowing just one run in six innings.
  • Braves SP Paul Maholm allowed three runs over six innings.

Marlins – 2 at 3 – Reds

  • Reds 2B Brandon Phillips hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in an extra innings win.
  • Reds SP Bronson Arroyo gave up two runs in eight innings in a no-decision.
  • Marlins SP Wade LeBlanc gave up two runs in four innings.
  • Reds OF Shin-Soo Choo went 3-for-4 with three walks, a run scored and a stolen base in an extra-inning win.
  • Marlins 3B Placido Polanco had an RBI double in an extra-inning loss.

Nationals – 7 at 6 – Mets

  • Nationals OF Bryce Harper went 3-for-3 with two homers.
  • Mets 1B Ike Davis finished 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
  • Nationals RP Rafael Soriano earned his sixth save of the season.
  • Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez allowed five earned runs over four innings in a no-decision.

Cubs – 1 at 5 – Brewers

  • Brewers SP Hiram Burgos held the Cubs to one earned run over five innings.
  • Brewers SS Jean Segura stole his third base of the season.
  • Cubs SP Edwin Jackson yielded five runs — one earned — in six innings.
  • Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy hit his 3rd homer of the season.
  • Brewers C Martin Maldonado went 2-for-3 with an RBI in a rare start at first base.

Diamondbacks – 3 at 4 – Rockies

  • Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa pitched six innings, allowing two hits, zero runs, two walks and striking out four to get his second win of the season.
  • Diamondback SP Trevor Cahill gave up three runs and six hits over seven innings while taking the loss.
  • Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer hit his 4th homer of the season.
  • Diamondbacks 3B Eric Chavez hit a pinch hit two-run homer in the top of the 8th inning.
  • Rockies RP Rafael Betancourt picked up his 7th save of the season in spite of giving up a run on two hits.
Padres – 0 at 2 – Giants
  • Giants SP Tim Lincecum gave up four hits and walked two while striking out eight over 6.2 scoreless innings while picking up the win.
  • Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval hit his 3rd homer of the season.
  • Padres SS Everth Cabrera went 2-for-3 and swiped his 5th bag of the season.
  • Padres SP Andrew Cashner gave up two runs on two hits while striking out five over four innings in his first start of the season.
  • Giants RP Sergio Romo picked up his 8th save of the year with a scoreless ninth.

American League:

Yankees – 5 at 3 – Blue Jays

  • Yankees OF Vernon Wells went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and two runs scored in 11 innings.
  • Yankees SP Hiroki Kuroda allowed just one run in seven-plus innings, but was handed a no-decision.
  • Blue Jays SP Mark Buehrle yielded three runs in seven innings in a no-decision.
  • Blue Jays OF Melky Cabrera went 2-for-5 with a two-run single in a loss.
Royals – 3 at 4 – Red Sox
  • Red Sox OF Daniel Nava launched a go-ahead three-run homer.
  • Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz improved to 4-0 on the season by allowing only two runs over eight innings.
  • Royals SP James Shields tossed six innings of one-run ball in a no-decision.
  • Red Sox DH David Ortiz went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in his return from the disabled list.
  • Royals OF Lorenzo Cain filled up the box score by going 4-for-4 with a solo homer, two doubles, three runs scored and a stolen base.
Athletics – 0 at 1 – Rays

Mariners – 0 at 5 – Rangers

  • Rangers C A.J. Pierzynski went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a 5-0 victory over the Mariners.
  • Mariners 3B Kyle Seager went 2-for-3 in a loss.
  • Rangers RP Derek Lowe got the win Saturday, pitching four perfect innings in relief of injured starter Nick Tepesch.
  • Mariners SP Brandon Maurer allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings.

Twins – 2 at 1 – White Sox

  • Twins RP Glen Perkins tallied his fourth save in an extra-innings win.
  • White Sox 1B/DH Adam Dunn finished 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in an extra-innings loss.
  • Twins SP Vance Worley allowed one run over seven innings in a victory.
  • White Sox SP Jake Peavy allowed one run over seven innings in a no-decision.

Indians – 19 at 6 – Astros

  • Indians 1B Nick Swisher tied a single-game career-high for hits (4) and runs (3) and set a new career-high for doubles (3) in a game.
  • In his first MLB start in 3 years, Indians P Scott Kazmir lasted 3.1 innings despite being given a 14-0 lead in the second inning.

  • Indians DH Mark Reynolds went 2-for-4 with four RBI in the Indians' 19-6 rout of the Astros.
  • Astros SP Philip Humber recorded only one out in his start while giving up eight runs before being removed. 
  • Indians 1B Jason Giambi hit his 431st career home run, tying him with Cal Ripken Jr. for 42nd place on the all-time home major league home run list.

Tigers – 0 at 10 – Angels

  • Angels OF Mike Trout finished 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI.
  • Angels OF Josh Hamilton went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
  • Angels RP Garrett Richards hurled seven scoreless innings.
  • Tigers SP Rick Porcello only registered two outs in his start while giving up nine earned runs.

Inter League:

Dodgers – 5 at 7 – Orioles (Game 1)

  • Orioles DH Nolan Reimold had a big day at the plate going 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a go-ahead two-run double.
  • Orioles SP Jason Hammel gave up four runs in six innings as part of a no-decision.
  • Dodgers SP Hyun-Jin Ryu was touched up for five runs in six innings in a no-decision.
  • Dodgers OF Matt Kemp went 3-for-5 with a stolen base and a run scored.

Dodgers – 1 at 6 – Orioles (Game 2)

  • Dodgers SP Josh Beckett gave up six runs and eight hits while striking out three over 5.2 innings.
  • Orioles SP Wei-Yin Chen earned the win giving up just one run over six innings while striking out two.
  • Orioles RP Tommy Hunter picked up his first save of the season, pitching three scoreless innings to end the game.
  • Orioles 3B Manny Machado went 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBI's.

Player Transactions:

National League:

  • Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig has been placed on the 7-day minor league disabled list with a sprained left thumb.
  • Nationals placed 3B Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.
  • Padres recalled RHP Thad Weber from Triple-A Tucson.
  • Padres placed RHP Tyson Ross on the disabled list with a left shoulder subluxation.
  • Padres signed RHP Eddie Bonine to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Tucson.
  • Braves placed INF Blake DeWitt on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain.
  • Diamondbacks released RHP Eddie Bonine.
American League:
  • The Royals plan to recall SP Will Smith from Triple-A in time for Sunday's doubleheader against the Red Sox.
  • Astros placed OF J.D. Martinez on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right knee.
  • Athletics recalled RHP Jesse Chavez from Triple-A Sacramento.
  • Indians optioned INF Cord Phelps to Triple-A Columbus.
  • Angels recalled INF Thomas Field from Triple-A Salt Lake.
  • Angels placed RHP Mark Lowe on the 15-day disabled list with neck stiffness.
  • White Sox placed OF Dayan Viciedo on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain.
  • Nick Delmonico has been placed on the 7-day minor league disabled list with a concussion.

Injury Updates:

National League:

  • Braves 1B Freddie Freeman went 5-for-5 Saturday with two doubles, two runs, and two RBI in second rehab start for Triple-A Gwinnett.

  • Pirates SP Francisco Liriano struggled in his first rehab game Saturday. He lasted just 2 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on four hits, three walks, four strikeouts.
  • Braves 2B Dan Uggla left Saturday's game against the Pirates because of a left calf strain.
  • Brewers SP Mark Rogers (shoulder) is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday at Double-A Huntsville.
  • Rockies SP Jhoulys Chacin was sent for an MRI on his sore left oblique.
  • Reds RP Nick Masset (shoulder) has been shut down from his throwing program.
  • Reds RP Sean Marshall (shoulder) threw his second bullpen session on Saturday since being placed on the disabled list.
American League:
  • Rangers first round pick (37) of the 2011 draft, OF Zack Cone, suffered a torn Achilles tendon and will miss rest of the season.
  • Rangers first round pick (pick 33) in 2011 pitcher Kevin Matthews is scheduled to undergo shoulder surgery and will miss remainder of the season.
  • Rays prospect SS Hak-Ju Lee suffered torn ligaments in his left knee Saturday in a game at Triple-A Durham.
  • Rangers SP Nick Tepesch left his start against the Mariners on Saturday with a right wrist contusion.
  • Rays OF Wil Myers (foot) played in the second game of Triple-A Durham's doubleheader on Saturday.
  • Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera left Saturday's game against the Astros with a left wrist contusion.
  • Indians C Lou Marson (neck) could be activated Wednesday.
  • X-rays taken Saturday evening on Reds SS Zack Cozart's bruised right hand turned up negative.
  • Angels RP Ryan Madson felt soreness in his surgically-repaired elbow after throwing a simulated game on Friday.
  • Indians SP Brett Myers will head back to Cleveland on Sunday to undergo an MRI on his right forearm.
  • Red Sox OF Shane Victorino left Saturday's game against the Royals because of tightness in his lower back.
  • Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes (hand) hit in a cage on Saturday and declared himself "ready" for activation.
  • Yankees 3B Kevin Youkilis was removed in the sixth inning of Saturday's game against Toronto with lower back tightness.
  • Yankees OF Curtis Granderson (forearm) told reporters Friday that he hopes to resume hitting activities soon.
  • The New York Daily News reports Michael Pineda (shoulder) is on track for a mid-season return.

Notes and Rumors:

National League:

  • Braves SP Paul Maholm is first starting pitcher to open season with 25 plus scoreless innings since Luis Tiant (27 IP) in 1966.


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