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Probable Pitchers for June 18, 2013

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

Yesterday's Notable Stat Lines:

National League:

(41-29) Pirates – 1 at 4 – Reds (43-28)
(28-40) Cubs – 2 at 5 – Cardinals (45-25)
  • Despite giving up a homer for a second straight outing, Cardinals RP Edward Mujica picked up his 20th save in 20 chances.
  • Cubs OF Alfonso Soriano went 0-for-4 and committed his fifth error in left field.
  • Cardinals SP Shelby Miller was sharp before exiting with a cramp tossing 5 innings of shutout ball for the win.
  • Cubs SP Travis Wood went 7 innings allowing 3 runs on 7 hits in the loss.
  • Cardinals got a pair of RBI's from C Yadier Molina, raising his season total to 38.
(36-34) Padres – 5 at 3 – Giants (35-34) (13 innings)
(34-35) Nationals – 4 at 5 – Phillies (34-37)
  • Phillies 1B Ryan Howard went 3-for-3 and hit his eighth homer.
  • Phillies SP John Lannan yielded two runs in five innings in his return to the rotation.
  • Phillies RP Jonathan Papelbon took his first blown save of the year when he gave up a solo homer.
  • Nationals SP Dan Haren gave up four runs and seven hits in six innings in a no-decision.
(25-40) Mets – 1 at 2 – Braves (42-28)
  • Mets OF Lucas Duda went 4-for-4 with a double.
  • Mets SP Dillon Gee was slapped with a loss despite pitching a gem, allowing two runs over 8 1/3 innings.
  • Braves 1B Freddie Freeman delivered a walk-off two-run homer.
(22-47) Marlins – 3 at 2 – Diamondbacks (37-33)
  • Diamondbacks SP Patrick Corbin hurled eight innings of two-run ball in a no-decision.
  • Marlins SP Jacob Turner allowed two runs on six hits over five innings.
  • Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton swatted a pair of home runs.
  • Diamondbacks RP Heath Bell was charged with the loss after allowing a ninth inning solo homer to Giancarlo Stanton in a tie game Monday.

American League:

(40-31) Orioles – 1 at 5 – Tigers (39-29)
  • Tigers SP Max Scherzer pitched six innings of one-run ball and struck out 10.
  • Tigers RP Drew Smyly pitched three perfect innings for his second career save.
  • Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera busted out of a minislump by going 3-for-4 and hitting his 19th homer.
  • Tigers 2B Omar Infante went 4-for-4 and swiped his third base.
  • Orioles 1B Chris Davis went 2-for-4 and homered.
  • Orioles OF Chris Dickerson struck out all three times he was up before being removed for a pinch-hitter.
(34-34) Royals – 2 at 1 – Indians (34-35)
  • Royals RP Greg Holland pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth for the save.
  • Back from his seven-game suspension, Indians SP Carlos Carrasco lasted 7 1/3 innings and allowed just one run.
  • Royals 3B Mike Moustakas went 0-for-3 and was removed for a pinch-hitter.
(42-30) Athletics – 7 at 8 – Rangers (39-31)
  • Rangers OF Nelson Cruz homered twice, doubled and knocked in four runs.
  • Rangers SP Nick Tepesch lasted just 3 2/3 innings and gave up six runs.
  • Athletics SP Dan Straily was tagged for six runs and two homers in 4 2/3 innings.
  • Rangers C A.J. Pierzynski had a two-run homer and an RBI double.
  • Athletics OF Josh Reddick went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
(31-40) Mariners – 3 at 11 – Angels (31-39)
  • Angels SP Jason Vargas whiffed a season-best nine batters and surrendered a mere two runs over seven innings.
  • Angels OF Josh Hamilton went 2-for-5 with a homer, two runs scored and two RBI.
  • Angels DH Albert Pujols went 4-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.
  • Mariners SP Aaron Harang was tagged for four runs on 12 hits in five innings.
(29-38) White Sox – 4 at 2 – Astros (26-45)
  • White Sox OF Dayan Viciedo tripled with the bases loaded in the sixth.
  • Astros OF Brandon Barnes went 3-for-5 with a couple of steals.
  • White Sox RP Addison Reed picked up his 20th save of the year.
  • Astros OF Brandon Barnes had an excellent night collecting 3 hits and stealing 2 bags.
  • White Sox RP Jesse Crain continued his superb season picking up his 18th hold while lowering his ERA to 0.57 with 1.2 scoreless innings.
Inter League:
(37-34) Rockies – 0 at 2 – Blue Jays (33-36)
  • Blue Jays 2B Maicer Izturis singled in Rajai Davis and Colby Rasmus in the bottom of the eighth.
  • After having his start pushed back by a blister, Blue Jays SP Josh Johnson struck out 10 over 7 1/3 scoreless innings.
  • Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa came out after allowing one hit over seven scoreless innings.

Player Transactions:

National League:

  • Phillies activated LHP John Lannan from the 15-day disabled list.
  • Phillies placed LHP Jeremy Horst on the 15-day disabled list with a left elbow strain.
  • Nationals released RHP Matt Torra.
  • Padres released RHP Daniel Stange.
American League:
  • Tigers recalled OF Avisail Garcia from Triple-A Toledo.
  • Tigers recalled C Bryan Holaday from Triple-A Toledo.
  • Tigers placed C Alex Avila on the 15-day disabled list with a deep contusion on his left forearm.
  • Tigers placed RHP Anibal Sanchez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 16, with a right shoulder strain.
  • Yankees signed 1B Randy Ruiz to a minor league contract.
  • Indians optioned RHP Matt Langwell to Triple-A Columbus.
  • Orioles optioned RHP Jake Arrieta to Triple-A Norfolk.

Injury Updates:

National League:

  • Mets 1B Justin Turner is dealing with an intercostal issue and may have to be placed on the disabled list.
  • Phillies 2B Chase Utley (oblique) could begin a minor league rehab assignment as early as Tuesday night.
  • Pirates SP James McDonald (shoulder) might be moved to the bullpen when he is activated from the disabled list.
  • Cubs OF David DeJesus was diagnosed with a right shoulder strain following an MRI on Monday.
  • Diamondbacks SP Brandon McCarthy (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday.
  • Diamondbacks RP J.J. Putz (elbow) felt good during a bullpen session on Monday.
  • Mets prospect catcher C Travis d'Arnaud (foot) has been cleared to begin running.
  • Cardinals RP Fernando Salas (shoulder) will begin a minor league rehab assignment this week with Triple-A Memphis.
  • Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Monday that SP Wandy Rodriguez (forearm) "felt good" while throwing off the mound Monday.
  • Nationals OF Bryce Harper (knee) has been cleared to resume strengthening activities.
  • Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said that SP Chris Carpenter felt some back stiffness during a long bullpen session.
  • Cardinals SP Shelby Miller left Monday's start after five innings with a right leg cramp.
  • Giants RP Santiago Casilla (knee) is expected to throw off a mound within the next week.
  • Giants OF Angel Pagan (hamstring) is close to beginning a rehab assignment.
  • Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval (foot) could begin a rehab assignment at High-A San Jose on Friday.
  • Marlins OF Chris Coghlan has been instructed to continue resting his ailing back after visiting with a specialist.
  • Marlins SP Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) is expected to need two more rehab starts before being activated from the disabled list.
  • Giants SP Ryan Vogelsong will have an exam on Tuesday in hopes that he'll be allowed to remove two of the five pins from his surgically-repaired right hand.
  • Giants 2B Marco Scutaro (thumb) said he expects to return to the Giants' lineup "soon."
American League:
  • Yankees OF Curtis Granderson will have the pin removed from his fractured left pinkie finger this Thursday.
  • Blue Jays SP J.A. Happ (head) will throw another bullpen session on Tuesday or Wednesday.
  • Blue Jays SP Brandon Morrow (forearm) will make his first minor league rehab start Monday with High-A Dunedin.
  • Blue Jays SS Jose Reyes (ankle) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday with High-A Dunedin.
  • Indians RP Chris Perez (shoulder) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Friday.
  • Orioles SP Wei-Yin Chen (oblique) threw another bullpen session on Monday afternoon in Sarasota, Florida.
  • Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (hip) is scheduled to face live pitching for the first time this year on Tuesday in Tampa.
  • Yankees SP Michael Pineda (shoulder) will make his next rehab start on Thursday for the High-A Tampa Yankees.
  • Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Monday that he is "leaning personally" toward placing first baseman Mark Teixeira (wrist) on the 15-day disabled list.
  • White Sox OF Dewayne Wise (hamstring) is 1-for-7 with a run scored through two rehab games at Triple-A Charlotte.
  • Rays SP Alex Cobb (concussion) will not travel with the Rays on their upcoming seven-game road trip.
  • Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli (illness) is feeling much better and is likely to play at least one game in Tuesday's doubleheader against the Rays.
  • Rangers SP Matt Harrison played catch Monday for the first time since his back surgery.
  • White Sox SP Jake Peavy (rib) has yet to be cleared for conditioning work.
  • Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that SP Jason Hammel (illness) is unlikely to start Tuesday against the Tigers.
  • Indians 1B Nick Swisher received a cortisone shot in his left shoulder and is likely to be sidelined until at least Friday.
  • Rangers RP Joakim Soria (elbow, pectoral) hopes to begin a minor league rehab assignment as soon as Thursday.
  • Mariners OF Jason Bay is nursing a sore hamstring.
  • Rangers SP Colby Lewis (elbow) threw off a mound on Monday.
  • Rangers SP Alexi Ogando (shoulder) remains limited to flat ground throwing.
  • Royals SP Felipe Paulino (elbow) was scratched from a scheduled rehab start on Sunday due to back stiffness.
  • Angels RP Ryan Madson (elbow) could resume throwing from a mound by this weekend or early next week.

Notes and Rumors:

National League:

  • RP Cory Rasmus will serve as the Braves' 26th man during Tuesday's doubleheader against the Mets.
  • Troy Renck of the Denver Post suspects that Rockies SP Roy Oswalt will start Thursday against the Nationals.
  • According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Mets do not expect to trade RP Bobby Parnell.
  • Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Monday that SS Jordy Mercer will receive the bulk of the playing time at shortstop moving forward.
  • Cardinals RHP Tyler Lyons is expected to start on Friday against the Rangers.
  • Pirates agreed to terms with first-round pick C Reese McGuire.
  • Diamondbacks RP Randall Delgado will be called up from Triple-A Reno to start Tuesday against the Marlins.
  • Reds manager Dusty Baker confirmed Monday that SP Tony Cingrani will remain in the majors as a reliever.
  • Diamondbacks SP Ian Kennedy has dropped the appeal of his 10-game suspension and will begin serving it on Monday.
  • The Marlins have demoted SP Kevin Slowey to the bullpen.
American League:
  • The Tigers will call up left-hander Jose Alvarez to start Thursday against the Red Sox.
  • Tigers agreed to terms with competitive balance pick RHP Corey Knebel.
  • Red Sox SP Alfredo Aceves will start the first half of Tuesday's day-night doubleheader against the Rays.
  • Yankees agreed to terms with supplemental first-round draft pick LHP Ian Clarkin.
  • Rays SP Jake Odorizzi will start the second half of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Red Sox.
  • Orioles SP Zach Britton will be called up from Triple-A Norfolk to start Tuesday against the Tigers.
  • Rangers manager Ron Washington said Monday that the club plans to make 2B Jurickson Profar a "functional left fielder."
  • Trevor Crowe has taken over as the Astros' starter in right field for the time being.

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How could Mujica get a save if after giving up a HR he still has a 3 run lead?
He came into the game in the 8th inning. Got 4 outs for the save.
Is that really the Rangers plan this season for Profar???
Looks like the Rangers will try just about anything to get him in the lineup. In the last week he's played 2B, 3B and DH and now it looks like he'll play some outfield. Their stance looks like if he's up with the club he needs to play, otherwise he should be down in the minors getting at bats. We'll just have to wait and see how the Left Field experiment plays out.