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Probable Pitchers for May 28, 2013

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

Yesterday's Notable Stat Lines:
Inter League:
(22-28) Padres – 0 at 9 – Mariners (22-29) 
  • Mariners SP Aaron Harang twirled an unexpected gem, striking out eight while tossing his first shutout since 2009.
  • Padres SP Clayton Richard was lit up for five runs over six frames in his return from the disabled list.
  • Mariners OF Michael Morse went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer.
(33-17) Cardinals – 6 at 3 – Royals (21-27)
  • Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright pitched eight innings of three-run ball.
  • Royals SP James Shields lost a fourth straight start after giving up six runs in six innings.
  • Batting second for just the third time in his career, Cardinals C Yadier Molina homered, doubled and walked twice.
  • Royals OF David Lough went 4-for-5 with a double as the leadoff hitter.
(27-24) Rockies – 2 at 3 – Astros (15-36) (12 innings)
  • Astros OF Brandon Barnes delivered a game-winning double in the bottom of the 12th.
  • Astros SP Bud Norris, who left his last start with back spasms, allowed two runs in seven innings in a no-decision.
  • Rockies SP Jhoulys Chacin struck out nine while allowing two runs in seven innings.
  • Astros OF J.D. Martinez struck out all five times he was up as the designated hitter.
(13-38) Marlins – 6 at 10 – Rays (26-24)
  • Rays OF Kelly Johnson went 4-for-5 with two three-run homers, six RBI and a stolen base.
  • Rays RP Fernando Rodney tossed a scoreless inning in a non-save situation.
  • Rays SP Jake Odorizzi was charged with six runs in four-plus innings.
  • Marlins SP Jose Fernandez was tagged for seven runs (four earned) in 3 1/3 innings.
  • Marlins OF Justin Ruggiano launched his eighth home run of the season.
(32-19) Rangers – 3 at 5 – Diamondbacks (29-22) Game 1
  • Diamondbacks SP Tyler Skaggs struck out a career-high nine over six scoreless innings.
  • Rangers RP Martin Perez yielded four runs (three earned) over 5 1/3 innings.
  • Diamondbacks OF Cody Ross went 2-for-4 with a solo homer.
  • Rangers 2B Jurickson Profar went 2-for-3 with an RBI single and a walk in a loss.
(32-20) Rangers – 4 at 5 – Diamondbacks (30-22) Game 2
  • Rangers SP Yu Darvish went 7.2 innings allowing four runs while striking out 14 in the loss.
  • Diamondbacks SP Trevor Cahill went 8 innings giving up three runs and seven hits while striking out four in a no decision.
  • Diamondbacks SS Didi Gregorius tripled and hit his 4th homer of the year.
(28-23) Giants – 1 at 4 – Athletics (29-23)
  • Athletics SP Dan Straily allowed one run on just four hits over six innings.
  • Giants SP Madison Bumgarner was charged with four runs on four hits and five walks over 6 2/3 innings.
  • Athletics 3B Josh Donaldson stayed hot, launching a two-run homer.
(28-23) Orioles – 6 at 2 – Nationals (26-25)
  • Orioles 3B Manny Machado finished 3-for-5 with a double and a stolen base.
  • Orioles SP Jason Hammel allowed two runs in eight innings.
  • Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
  • Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez surrendered four earned runs in 5 2/3 innings.
(31-20) Pirates – 5 at 6 – Tigers (29-20)
(27-23) Indians – 2 at 4 – Reds (32-19)
  • Reds OF Shin-Soo Choo went 2-for-4 with a solo home run.
  • Reds SP Mike Leake allowed just two runs — one earned — in 7 1/3 innings.
  • Indians SP Ubaldo Jimenez yielded just two runs in seven innings in a losing effort.
(20-28) Twins – 6 at 3 – Brewers (19-30)
  • Twins C Joe Mauer hit his fourth homer, walked twice and scored three runs.
  • Brewers SP Wily Peralta gave up four runs — three earned — and walked five in five innings.
  • Brewers OF Carlos Gomez had his second two-homer game in three days.
  • Brewers OF Ryan Braun appeared as a pinch-hitter Monday and lined out against the Twins.
(30-20) Braves – 3 at 9 – Blue Jays (22-29)
  • Blue Jays 1B Edwin Encarnacion delivered a three-run homer and a two-run single.
  • Blue Jays SP Mark Buehrle recorded just his second win allowing one run in six innings.
  • Braves SP Tim Hudson was tagged for six runs and two homers in six innings.
  • Braves C Evan Gattis went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and a double.
(20-30) Cubs – 7 at 0 – White Sox (24-25)
(24-27) Phillies – 3 at 9 – Red Sox (32-20)
  • Making an emergency start with Clay Buchholz sidelined, Red Sox SP Alfredo Aceves pitched six innings of one-run ball.
  • Phillies SP Tyler Cloyd was lit up for six runs and nine hits in 2 1/3 innings.
  • Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli homered, doubled and walked.
  • Phillies 3B Michael Young turned in his fifth straight hitless game, going 0-for-5.
(30-20) Yankees – 1 at 2 – Mets (19-29)
  • Mets 3B David Wright homered and tripled.
  • Mets SP Jon Niese yielded one run and eight hits in seven innings.
  • Yankees SP Phil Hughes pitched seven innings and surrendered just a solo homer in a no-decision.
  • Mets 1B Ike Davis followed up his nice game Sunday by striking out all three times.
(23-28) Angels – 7 at 8 – Dodgers (21-28)
  • Angels DH Albert Pujols went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI.
  • Angels SP C.J. Wilson's run of impressive starts ended on Memorial Day, as he allowed six runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings.
  • Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez was perfect at the dish during a Memorial Day victory, going 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and four RBI.

Player Transactions:

National League:

  • Dodgers optioned SS Dee Gordon to Triple-A Albuquerque.
  • Cubs placed RHP Kyuji Fujikawa on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain.
  • Dodgers activated INF/OF Jerry Hairston, Jr. from the 15-day disabled list.
  • The Nationals will call up right-hander Nate Karns to start Tuesday against the Orioles.
  • Cubs claimed RHP Alex Burnett off waivers from the Orioles.
  • Nationals sent RHP Yunesky Maya outright to Triple-A Syracuse.
  • Diamondbacks recalled LHP Tyler Skaggs from Triple-A Reno.
  • Brewers signed RHP Clay Hensley to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Nashville.
  • Padres optioned LHP Tom Layne to Triple-A Tuscon.
  • Padres activated LHP Clayton Richard from the 15-day disabled list.
  • Marlins recalled LHP Dan Jennings from Triple-A New Orleans.
  • Marlins placed RHP Alex Sanabia on the 15-day disabled list with weakness in his right groin.
  • Pirates purchased the contract of LHP Mike Zagurski from Triple-A Indianapolis.
  • Pirates recalled INF Josh Harrison from Triple-A Indianapolis.
  • Pirates transferred RHP Jeff Karstens from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
  • Pirates placed OF Jose Tabata on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.
  • Pirates optioned RHP Bryan Morris to Triple-A Indianapolis.
  • Cardinals recalled RHP Victor Marte from Triple-A Memphis.
  • Cardinals optioned RHP Carlos Martinez to Triple-A Memphis.
  • Nationals recalled LHP Xavier Cedeno from Triple-A Syracuse.
  • Giants transferred LHP Eric Surkamp from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
  • Giants optioned RHP Sandy Rosario to Triple-A Fresno.
  • Padres C Yasmani Grandal will be reinstated from his suspension and added to the Padres' roster on Tuesday.
American League:
  • Mariners designated OF Francisco Martinez for assignment.
  • Mariners recalled RHP Hector Noesi from Triple-A Tacoma.
  • Mariners optioned LHP Lucas Luetge to Triple-A Tacoma.
  • Mariners purchased the contract of INF Nick Franklin from Triple-A Tacoma.
  • Mariners optioned 2B Dustin Ackley to Triple-A Tacoma.
  • Indians recalled LHP Nick Hagadone from Triple-A Columbus.
  • Indians placed RHP Chris Perez on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury.
  • Twins recalled C Chris Herrmann from Triple-A Rochester.
  • Rangers recalled LHP Martin Perez from Triple-A Round Rock.
  • Astros SP Brad Peacock will be recalled prior to Tuesday's game.
  • Yankees sent LHP Francisco Rondon outright to Double-A Trenton.
  • Astros optioned OF Robbie Grossman to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Injury Updates:

National League:

  • Dodgers SP Josh Beckett (groin) has been temporarily shut down from his throwing program after he felt tingling in his fingers.
  • Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (hamstring) has begun running the bases.
  • An MRI taken Monday morning on Nationals OF Bryce Harper's left knee showed no structural damage.
  • Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa (wrist) was able to take batting practice on Monday morning in Washington.
  • Cardinals SP Jake Westbrook (elbow) was able to throw a bullpen session on Monday morning and has cancelled his Tuesday appointment with Dr. James Andrews.
  • Marlins SP Nathan Eovaldi (shoulder) is expected to join the Marlins' starting rotation at some point this week.
  • Cardinals SP John Gast will have his left shoulder examined by Dr. Lyndon Gross on Tuesday in St. Louis.
  • Dodgers RP Scott Elbert (elbow) successfully pitched back-to-back days this weekend at Double-A Chattanooga.
  • Dodgers 2B Nick Punto left Monday's game after the fifth inning with a stiff lower back.
  • Diamondbacks OF Gerardo Parra has been diagnosed with a left calf cramp.
  • An X-ray on Phillies OF Ben Revere's left elbow came back negative.
  • Cubs 3B Steve Clevenger (oblique) has been playing in extended spring training games of late.
  • Phillies 1B Ryan Howard admitted that his left knee malady will likely be an ongoing issue.
  • Dodgers SP Stephen Fife (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday.
  • Brewers SP Kyle Lohse (elbow) is on track to start on Thursday after a successful bullpen session Monday.
American League:
  • Yankees SP Michael Pineda (shoulder) is expected to stretch things out to around 60 or 70 pitches in a simulated game this week.
  • Yankees SP Andy Pettitte (trapezius) is scheduled to throw a simulated game Tuesday.
  • Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said Monday that OF Oswaldo Arcia will have his right shoulder examined.
  • X-rays on Orioles RP Tommy Hunter's right hand came back negative.
  • Yankees RP Joba Chamberlain (oblique) said he'll be activated from the disabled list Tuesday.
  • Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz (collarbone) played long toss on Monday afternoon and reported feeling "good."
  • Rays SP David Price (triceps) played a short game of catch on Monday afternoon at Tropicana Field.
  • Indians SP Brett Myers felt some right elbow crankiness following his latest minor league rehab start.
  • Orioles RP Tommy Hunter (hand) expects to be available Tuesday.
  • Blue Jays SP Ricky Romero allowed eight runs on five hits and three walks over just 2/3 of an inning in Monday's start at Triple-A Buffalo.
  • Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie is considered day-to-day after leaving Monday's game with a left ankle sprain.
  • Mariners SP Erasmo Ramirez will make his season debut at Double-A Jackson on Tuesday.
  • Angels OF Peter Bourjos (hamstring) intensified his rehab running Monday, alternating jogging and sprinting.

Notes and Rumors:

National League:

  • Braves RP Craig Kimbrel hasn't allowed a run since May 7.
  • Reds SP Mat Latos is 18-4 with a 3.41 ERA in 43 starts since joining the Reds.
American League:
  • Red Sox DH David Ortiz will start at first base in one of the games in Philadelphia this week.
  • Indians manager Terry Francona announced Monday that RP Vinnie Pestano will get the first crack at save opportunities while Chris Perez (shoulder) is sidelined.


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Wow, an Erasmo Ramirez sighting. Was starting to think his name translated from Spanish-to-English is D.B. Cooper. Thanks for these updates - the transactions, injury updates and notes are required reading.