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Probable Pitchers for June 21, 2013

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

Yesterday's Notable Stat Lines:

National League:

(43-30) Pirates – 5 at 3 – Reds (44-30)
  • Reds SP Homer Bailey yielded two runs in six innings and struck out eight.
  • Pirates SP Brandon Cumpton allowed two runs — one earned — over five innings of work in a no-decision.
  • Reds OF Jay Bruce launched a solo homer.
  • Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez went 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBI.
  • Pirates RP Tony Watson notched a six-out save.
(29-42) Cubs – 1 at 6 – Cardinals (47-26)
  • Cardinals SP Lance Lynn pitched six innings of one-run ball for his 10th win.
  • Cubs SP Scott Feldman surrendered five runs in 5 1/3 innings.
  • Cardinals OF Matt Holliday went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI.
  • Cubs C Welington Castillo went 3-for-4 with his second homer of the year.
(30-41) Dodgers – 3 at 6 – Padres (37-36)
  • Padres SP Jason Marquis allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out five over six innings in a no-decision.
  • Padres SS Pedro Ciriaco continued his offensive assault, going 2-for-4 with a triple, a homer, a stolen base, three RBI and two runs scored.
  • Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig hit a solo home run.
  • Dodgers SP Stephen Fife allowed two runs — one earned — over six innings in a no-decision.
(37-37) Rockies – 1 at 5 – Nationals (36-36)
  • Nationals 1B Adam LaRoche went 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBI.
  • Rockies SP Roy Oswalt struck out 11 in his debut, but he took a loss after giving up four runs in five innings.
  • Nationals SP Jordan Zimmermann allowed just an unearned run over eight innings and struck out nine Thursday in beating the Rockies.
(28-41) Mets – 4 at 3 – Braves (43-31)
  • Mets 3B David Wright went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers in the Mets' 4-3 victory over the Braves on Thursday.
  • Braves SP Mike Minor gave up four runs and three homers in six innings.
(23-49) Marlins – 2 at 1 – Giants (37-35)
  • Marlins RP Steve Cishek struck out two in a scoreless ninth for his 11th save.
  • Marlins SP Tom Koehler spun seven innings of one-run ball.
  • Marlins OF Marcell Ozuna's hit a two-run, pinch-hit single in the eight inning.

American League:

(44-31) Red Sox – 3 at 4 – Tigers (40-31)
  • Red Sox SP John Lackey wasn't involved in the decision after allowing two runs in seven innings.
  • Tigers RP Drew Smyly struck out four in two scoreless innings of relief for his third victory.
  • Tigers SP Jose Alvarez pitched five innings of two-run ball in a no-decision.
  • Tigers SS Jhonny Peralta hit a walkoff homer off Andrew Bailey.
(43-32) Athletics – 3 at 4 – Rangers (41-32)
  • Rangers SP Josh Lindblom labored through five innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks.
  • Athletics SP A.J. Griffin allowed just two runs but lasted only 5 1/3 innings.
  • Rangers C Geovany Soto belted a solo homer.
  • Athletics SS Jed Lowrie went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.
(32-42) Mariners – 9 at 10 – Angels (33-40)
  • Angels SP Tommy Hanson was skewered for seven runs on six hits and two walks over just two innings.
  • Mariners 3B Kyle Seager went off, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, a homer, three RBI and three runs scored.
  • Mariners SP Felix Hernandez was roughed up for seven runs — six earned — on 12 hits.
  • Angels OF Mike Trout continued to shred opposing pitching, reaching base in all five plate appearances and stealing a base.
(29-41) White Sox – 4 at 8 – Twins (33-36)
  • Twins 2B Brian Dozier cranked a two-run homer.
  • Twins SP Scott Diamond gave up four runs — three earned — in 5 1/3 innings.
  • White Sox SP John Danks was tagged for six runs over five innings.
  • White Sox SS Alexei Ramirez went 4-for-5 with a stolen base.
(38-35) Rays – 8 at 3 – Yankees (39-33)
Inter League:
(29-42) Brewers – 4 at 7 – Astros (28-46) (10 innings)
  • Astros SP Lucas Harrell gave up four runs — one earned — over 5 1/3 frames.
  • Brewers SP Yovani Gallardo allowed three unearned runs over seven innings but left with a no-decision.
  • Astros 1B Carlos Pena ripped a three-run, walk-off homer.
  • Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy singled and smashed a solo homer.

Player Transactions:

National League:

  • Rockies designated RHP Chris Volstad for aasignment.
  • Rockies purchased the contract of RHP Roy Oswalt from Double-A Tulsa.
  • Rockies optioned LHP Jeff Francis to Triple-A Colorado Springs.
  • Pirates recalled RHP Duke Welker from Triple-A Indianapolis.
  • Pirates optioned OF Alex Presely to Triple-A Indianapolis.
  • Padres acquired C Chris Robinson from the Orioles for a player to be named later.
  • Brewers activated LHP Chris Narveson from the 15-day disabled list, sent him outright to Triple-A Nashville.
  • Dodgers optioned RHP Chris Withrow to Triple-A Albuquerque.
  • Dodgers recalled INF/OF Elian Herrera from Triple-A Albuquerque.
American League:
  • Tigers recalled LHP Jose Alvarez from Triple-A Toledo.
  • Angels signed OF Luis Montanez to a minor league contract; assigned him to Double-A Arkansas.
  • Red Sox prospect Garin Cecchini has been promoted from High-A Salem to Double-A Portland.
  • White Sox optioned RHP Deunte Heath to Triple-A Charlotte.
  • Astros placed OF Trevor Crowe on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder.
  • Mariners released C Kelly Shoppach.
  • Rangers optioned RHP Josh Lindblom to Triple-A Round Rock.
  • Astros purchased the contract of OF/1B Marc Krauss from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Injury Updates:

National League:

  • Brewers OF Ryan Braun may need a full month to heal his thumb.
  • Reds OF Chris Heisey (hamstring) is expected to return from the disabled list next Tuesday in Oakland.
  • Braves RP Luis Ayala has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett.
  • Nationals manager Davey Johnson said that OF Bryce Harper (knee) will hit in the batting cage on Thursday.
  • Rockies OF Dexter Fowler tested his right ring finger in the batting cage on Thursday.
  • Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (rib) could do light baseball activity as soon as Monday.
  • Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter will undergo an examination on his back.
  • Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Thursday that C Wilson Ramos (hamstring) should be playing rehab games within 10 days.
  • Padres manager Bud Black indicated that 2B Jedd Gyorko (groin) will return from the disabled list next week.
  • Padres manager Bud Black still thinks OF Carlos Quentin (shoulder) will avoid the disabled list.
  • Padres 1B Yonder Alonso (hand) hopes to be cleared to begin baseball activities on Monday after visiting a hand specialist.
  • Mets SP Jon Niese left Thursday's start against the Braves with left shoulder discomfort.
  • Braves 2B Dan Uggla is dealing with vision issues and could wind up undergoing Lasik surgery.
  • Giants OF Angel Pagan had to be carted off after apparently reinjuring his hamstring on his rehab assignment on Thursday.
  • Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval's (foot) rehab assignment with High-A San Jose has been moved up from Saturday to Friday.
  • Giants pitching prospect Kyle Crick (oblique) will rejoin High-A San Jose's rotation on Friday.
  • Nationals RP Ryan Mattheus (hand) played catch on Thursday for about 10 minutes.
  • Mets SP Jon Niese will leave Friday to have his left shoulder examined in New York.
  • Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is hopeful that OF Matt Kemp (hamstring) will be ready to begin a rehab assignment early next week.
  • Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Thursday that OF Carl Crawford (hamstring) is not close to a rehab assignment.
  • Dodgers OF Scott Van Slyke (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday.
  • Dodgers SP Ted Lilly (neck) could throw a bullpen session sometime over the weekend.
  • Giants RP Chad Gaudin left Thursday's start against the Marlins in the fifth inning after taking a line drive off the pitching arm.
American League:
  • Rangers SP Neftali Feliz (elbow) is set to throw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Friday in Surprise, Arizona.
  • Twins OF Aaron Hicks (hamstring) could begin a minor league rehab assignment as early as Monday.
  • White Sox SP Jake Peavy (rib) spent 30 minutes riding a stationary bike on Thursday and reported feeling fine.
  • Rangers 1B Mitch Moreland (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the disabled list this Friday.
  • Rays manager Joe Maddon said that SP Alex Cobb (concussion) has some "fluid buildup" in his ear.
  • Orioles SP Wei-Yin Chen (oblique) threw a three-inning simulated game in Sarasota on Thursday.
  • Orioles SP Jason Hammel (illness) will start Friday against the Blue Jays.
  • Athletics RP Jordan Norberto (elbow) underwent successful Tommy John surgery on Thursday.
  • CBS Sports' Jon Heyman was told by one person around the Yankees that 3B Alex Rodriguez is making "fantastic" progress from hip surgery.
  • Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz (neck) aims to throw a bullpen session on Saturday.
  • Red Sox RP Clayton Mortensen (hip) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Pawtucket.
  • Tigers C Alex Avila (forearm) could begin a minor league rehab assignment this weekend.
  • Blue Jays SP J.A. Happ (head, knee) is shooting to rejoin the rotation around the All-Star break.
  • Red Sox OF Mike Carp (hamstring) has been cleared to play.
  • Yankees OF Curtis Granderson had the pin removed from his fractured left pinkie finger Thursday.
  • Mariners OF Jason Bay said Thursday that his tight hamstring feels "10 times better" and he expects to return in a day or two.

Notes and Rumors:

National League:

  • Dodgers SP Matthew Magill and SP Matt Palmer are under consideration to start on Sunday against the Padres.
American League:
  • Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Thursday that he'll lean toward RP Joaquin Benoit for save opportunities.
  • Rangers SP Martin Perez is expected to be called up soon.
  • Blue Jays RP Brett Cecil has faced 38 consecutive batters without allowing a base hit, a Blue Jays franchise record.
  • Rays SP Alex Colome will make a spot start for the Rays on Saturday afternoon against the Yankees.
  • Red Sox SP Allen Webster will be recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to start Saturday against the Tigers.
  • Orioles agreed to terms with first-round pick RHP Hunter Harvey.
  • Rays agreed to terms with first-round pick C Nick Ciuffo.
  • Rangers SP Martin Perez will be recalled to start on Saturday against the Cardinals.
  • Red Sox manager John Farrell said RP Andrew Bailey is no longer the team's closer.

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