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Probable Pitchers for April 28, 2013

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

Yesterday's Notable Stat Lines:

National League:

Pirates – 5 at 3 – Cardinals
  • Pirates C Russell Martin launched a game-tying two-run homer.

  • Pirates SP A.J. Burnett held the Cardinals to two runs over six innings.

  • Cardinals SP Jake Westbrook tossed six scoreless innings but was left with a no-decision.

  • Pirates RP Jason Grilli picked up his 10th save of the year.

Brewers – 6 at 4 – Dodgers
  • Brewers OF Carlos Gomez went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer.

  • Brewers SP Wily Peralta allowed three runs in six innings.

  • Brewers RP John Axford experienced a little setback, giving up a solo homer to Andre Ethier in the eighth inning.

  • Dodgers SP Matt Magill surrendered two runs over 6 2/3 innings in his major league debut.

  • After being held out of the starting lineup, Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez went 0-for-2 off the bench.

  • Dodgers 3B Luis Cruz went 0-for-4 with an RBI groundout.

Reds – 3 at 6 – Nationals
  • Nationals SP Dan Haren delivered his best start of the season, allowing two runs in six innings.

  • Reds SP Mike Leake yielded three runs in three innings.

  • Nationals OF Bryce Harper went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and two runs scored.

  • Reds 2B Brandon Phillips went 3-for-4 with an RBI single.

  • Reds OF Shin-Soo Choo hit is 4th homer of the year.

  • Nationals RP Rafael Soriano nothced his 7th save of the season.

Phillies – 9 at 4 – Mets
  • Phillies OF Domonic Brown went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer his 3rd, while OF John Mayberry, Jr. hit his 2nd homer of the season.

  • Phillies SP Jonathan Pettibone earned his first major league win by allowing three runs over five innings.

  • Mets SP Shaun Marcum yielded three runs in four innings in his season debut.

  • Mets 3B David Wright went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored.

  • Mets C John Buck launched his 8th homer of the year.

Cubs – 3 at 2 – Marlins

  • Cubs RP Kevin Gregg tallied his third save of the season.

  • Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton slugged his first home run of the season.

  • Cubs SP Travis Wood allowed two earned runs over six innings to earn his second victory.

  • Marlins SP Alex Sanabia yielded three earned runs in 6 2/3 innings.

  • Marlins C Miguel Olivo hit his 2nd homer of the campaign.

Rockies – 2 at 3 – Diamondbacks
  • Diamondbacks OF Cody Ross hit a walkoff sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning.

  • Diamondbacks OF A.J. Pollock hit his 3rd dinger of the year.

  • Rockies C Wilin Rosario launched his 6th home run of the season.

  • Diamondbacks SP Wade Miley tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings.

  • Rockies SP Jeff Francis gave up two earned runs in five innings in a no-decision.

  • Diamondbacks RP J.J. Putz picked up his 2nd win of the year in relief with a scoreless 9th.

Giants – 7 at 8 – Padres (12 Innings)
  • Yonder Alonso scored the winning run on a Marco Scutaro error to win the game in 12 innings.

  • Padres SP Eric Stults lasted only four innings and gave up five runs in a no-decision.

  • Giants SP Barry Zito was charged with six runs — one earned — in 3 2/3 innings.

  • Giants SS Brandon Crawford hit his 5th homer of the year.

American League:

Orioles – 7 at 3 – Athletics

Indians – 2 at 3 – Royals 
  • Royals C Salvador Perez hit a two-run homer, his 1st of the season.

  • Royals RP Greg Holland got into trouble in the ninth inning, but escaped with his sixth save of the season.

  • Royals SP Ervin Santana was dominant, allowing only six hits in seven scoreless innings.

  • Indians 2B Jason Kipnis started to break out of his funk tallying two hits in five at-bats.

  • Indians SP Scott Kazmir pitched well in a losing effort, surrendering just two runs on five hits over his five frames.

Astros – 4 at 8 – Red Sox
  • Red Sox DH David Ortiz continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-3 with three RBI.

  • Red Sox SP Felix Doubront picked up his third straight victory after allowing three runs on four hits and four walks over 6 2/3 innings of work.

  • Astros SS Marwin Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base.

  • Astros SP Brad Peacock turned in another disappointing performance, allowing five earned runs on six hits over just 3 1/3 innings.

Blue Jays – 4 at 5 – Yankees
  • Yankees RP Joba Chamberlain tallied his first save of the season.

  • Yankees SP CC Sabathia allowed four runs — three earned — over eight innings.

  • Yankees DH Travis Hafner homered and tripled.

  • Blue Jays SP J.A. Happ surrendered three earned runs over six innings.

  • Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista and 3B Brett Lawrie both homered, their 7th and 2nd respectively.

Rays – 10 at 4 – White Sox 

  • Rays SP Matt Moore tossed six innings of one-run ball to pick up his 5th win of th season in five tries.

  • White Sox DH Adam Dunn hit his fifth home run of the season.

  • White Sox SP Gavin Floyd left his start early after giving up two earned run in 2.2 innings.

  • Rays OF Desmond Jennings hit his 3rd homerun of the season while 2B Ben Zobrist hit his 2nd.

Rangers – 2 at 7 – Twins
Angels – 2 at 3 – Mariners
  • Mariners SP Felix Hernandez pitched eight innings and allowed two runs — one earned.

  • Angels SP Joe Blanton fell to 0-4 after giving up three runs in six innings.

  • Mariners C Jesus Montero went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, his 2nd of the year.

  • Mariners RP Tom Wilhelmsen picked up his 7th save of the season.

  • Angels C Chris Iannetta hit his 3rd homer of the season.

Inter League:
Braves – 4 at 7 – Tigers
  • Tigers 2B Omar Infante went 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs.

  • Tigers RP Jose Valverde tossed a perfect ninth inning for his second save.

  • Tigers SP Rick Porcello notched his first win of the season by allowing three runs over 6 1/3 innings.

  • Braves SP Kris Medlen fell to 1-3 on the year after he was tagged for five runs in 5 1/3 innings.

  • Braves OF Justin Upton launched his MLB-leading 12th homer.

Player Transactions:

National League:

  • Dodgers recalled RHP Matthew Magill from Triple-A Albuquerque.

  • Dodgers placed RHP Stephen Fife on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder bursitis.

  • Mets optioned LHP Josh Edgin to Double-A Binghamton.

  • Rockies are expected to promote 3B Prospect Nolan Arenado Sunday. 3B Chris Nelson is expected to be designated for assignment.

American League:

  • Rob Bradford of reports that Red Sox C Ryan Lavarnway will be sent back to Triple-A Pawtucket when John Lackey is activated from the disabled list on Sunday.

  • White Sox RP Deunte Heath will be promoted from Triple-A on Sunday.

  • White Sox manager Robin Ventura confirmed after Saturday's game that SP Gavin Floyd will be placed on the disabled list with a flexor muscle strain in his right elbow.

  • Red Sox SP Alfredo Aceves has reported to Triple-A Pawtucket.

  • Blue Jays purchased the contract of RHP Justin Germano from Triple-A Las Vegas.

  • Yankees placed RHP Ivan Nova on the 15-day disabled list with right triceps inflammation.

  • Yankees transferred SS Derek Jeter from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

  • Orioles released RHP Scott Proctor.

  • Yankees purchased the contract of LHP Vidal Nuno from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

  • Yankees recalled C Austin Romine from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

  • Yankees placed C Francisco Cervelli on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right hand.

  • Orioles signed OF Delvi Cid to a minor league contract.

  • The Yankees are expected to call up LHP Vidal Nuno from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

  • Orioles SP Jake Arrieta threw six scoreless innings in his start Friday with Triple-A Norfolk.

Injury Updates:

National League:

  • Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez was sent to a local hospital on Saturday due to a small skin infection in his right leg.

  • Brewers RP Chris Narveson played catch on Saturday afternoon for the first time since spraining his left middle finger during a bullpen session on April 6.

  • Giants RP Jeremy Affeldt (oblique) felt strong after throwing his first bullpen session on Saturday.

  • Rockies SP Jhoulys Chacin (back) threw a successful bullpen session on Saturday and remains on track to return to the Rockies' starting rotation on May 5.

  • Dodgers RP Chris Capuano (calf) threw a bullpen session and a 34-pitch simulated game on Saturday.

  • Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said Saturday that OF Jason Kubel (quadriceps) will play minor league rehab games on Monday and Tuesday at Triple-A Reno.

  • Diamondbacks SS Didi Gregorius (head) told reporters on Saturday afternoon that his CT scan looked good.

  • Marlins SS Adeiny Hechavarria (elbow) is expected to begin a rehab assignment Monday with High-A Jupiter.

  • Mets RP Tim Byrdak (shoulder) could be cleared for a bullpen session next week.

  • The Cardinals are willing to extend the May 1 deadline for determining if RP Jason Motte (elbow) will need to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery.

  • Mets RP Frank Francisco (elbow) will resume his minor league rehab assignment with High-A St. Lucie next week.

  • Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) has been cleared to start a rehab assignment Monday.

  • Padres SP Joe Wieland (elbow) threw a bullpen session Friday at the Padres' spring training complex.

  • J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News writes that "there's still no timetable" for Dodgers SP Zack Greinke (collarbone) to resume throwing off a mound.

  • Nationals C Wilson Ramos (hamstring) went 0-for-1 with a walk in the first game of his rehab assignment Friday at Double-A Harrisburg.

American League:
  • Rays C Jose Molina is considered day-to-day after being diagnosed with a right quad contusion.

  • Blue Jays SP Ricky Romero fared well in his first start with High-A Dunedin, allowing just one run on five hits over seven innings.

  • Orioles C Taylor Teagarden expects to miss the next 3-4 weeks with a dislocated left thumb.

  • Angels SS Erick Aybar (heel) will play at least one more extended spring training game in Arizona on Sunday before he returns from the 15-day disabled list.

  • Red Sox RP Joel Hanrahan (hamstring) will make another rehab appearance with Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday.

  • Indians OF Michael Bourn (finger) took dry swings Saturday.

  • Red Sox RP Franklin Morales has been diagnosed with a pectoral strain.

  • Orioles 2B Brian Roberts (knee) has been cleared for light running exercises.

  • Tigers RP Phil Coke is day-to-day with a left groin strain.

  • Blue Jays SP Josh Johnson (triceps) said Friday that an MRI confirmed he isn't dealing with any structural damage.

  • Mariners OF Michael Saunders (shoulder) served as the designated hitter in his first rehab appearance Friday at Triple-A Tacoma.

Notes and Rumors:

National League:

American League:
  • White Sox SP Hector Santiago is taking over Gavin Floyd's spot in the White Sox starting rotation.
  • Royals SP Will Smith is scheduled to start the second half of Sunday's doubleheader against the Indians.
  • Yankees RP David Phelps will take Ivan Nova's spot in the Yankees' starting rotation.


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Surely the PIT-STL summary might have included the fact that Joe Kelly managed to give away the two-run lead Jake Westbrook had handed him within the first five pitches he threw, the fifth of which became the HR by Russell Martin. The St. Louis bullpen's performance so far this year has been like the little girl with the little curl. The horrid days are getting very horrid indeed, more frequent, and distributed among some guys who were anywhere from average to brilliant in last year's pen. What's going on there?
Ya it really is a mess without Motte this season. As I noted in the injury section the Cardinals are willing to extend the May 1 deadline for determining if Motte will need to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery. Their holding out hope that he won't because they know how badly they need him to boost and lengthen the pen. Mujica has done a solid job in the closer role so far but he's best served as a setup man. As we've seen already this season with Rafael Furcal and Chad Billinsley, who both went with the rehab route instead of opting for tommy john surgery, it's probably best just to go ahead and have tommy john as both ended up re-injuring themselves to the point where the surgery was required costing them all of this season and probably some of next.
Kemp was on 2B, GB to Gonzalez at SS, bad throw results in error so Kemp goes home to score R. Please tell me how this was charged to Peralta? I watched this live, do they review these plays? 6 IP 2 ER is a 3.00 compared to the 3ER in 6 IP
Holland had 2 unearned runs, so the "trouble" seems a little harsh. I only me goin it bc not only of the Herrara hype, but Herrara as closer could equal Jansen imo