Daily Notes for Wednesday: Beckett, Sonnanstine square off
The highlight of the week has to be the Rays-Red Sox series as they compete for the top spot in the American League East. The bigger pitching matchup might be Tuesday, but Wednesday's contest will be no slouch. Josh Beckett is making his second start after a visit to noted Dr. James Andrews to see about pain in his elbow. Beckett looked in fine form Friday, striking out seven Rangers over five innings of four-hit ball. On the other side of the mound, Andy Sonnanstine is the forgotten one in the Rays' rotation, despite leading the team in wins. His deceptive repertoire hasn't been tested against Boston this season, but in 20 1/3 innings against the Red Sox last season, he allowed 20 earned runs.
|1:05 p.m.||Sean Gallagher||R||4-6||5.23||1.59|| |
|2:05 p.m.||Bronson Arroyo||R||14-10||4.84||1.44|| |
|3:35 p.m.||Andy Pettitte||L||13-12||4.49||1.39|| |
|3:35 p.m.||Dan Haren||R||14-8||3.41||1.12|| |
|4:05 p.m.||Ricky Nolasco||R||13-7||3.56||1.12|| |
|4:40 p.m.||Kevin Millwood||R||9-8||5.01||1.60|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Andy Sonnanstine||R||13-7||4.66||1.33|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Scott Lewis||L||0-0||0.00||0.00|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Livan Hernandez||R||11-11||6.16||1.65|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Shairon Martis||R||0-1||3.60||1.80|| |
|8:05 p.m.||Tom Gorzelanny||L||6-9||6.64||1.80|| |
|8:10 p.m.||Kyle Davies||R||6-6||4.59||1.63|| |
|8:11 p.m.||Roy Halladay||R||18-9||2.64||1.04|| |
|8:15 p.m.||Ted Lilly||L||13-9||4.43||1.32|| |
|10:05 p.m.||Derek Lowe||R||12-11||3.53||1.17|| |
Ronnie Belliard, 1B/2B/3B, Nationals (groin)
Melvin Mora, 3B, Orioles (hamstring)
Carlos Quentin, OF, White Sox (wrist)
Anthony Reyes, SP, Indians (elbow)
Ty Wigginton, 2B/3B/OF, Astros (hamstring)
Jack Wilson, SS, Pirates (finger)
Erick Aybar, 2B/SS, Angels (hamstring)
Milton Bradley, OF, Ranges (wrist)
Chris Dickerson, OF, Reds (ankle)
Mark Ellis, 2B, A's (shoulder)
Sean Gallagher, SP, A's (shoulder)
Jody Gerut, OF, Padres (finger)
Kevin Gregg, RP, Marlins (knee)
Carlos Guillen, 1B/SS/3B, Tigers (back)
Travis Hafner, DH, Indians (shoulder)
Kazuo Matsui, 2B, Astros (back)
Ryan Theriot, 2B/SS, Cubs (ill)
Matt Treanor, C, Marlins (knee)
Hitters: Rickie Weeks can stay on the bench. He is just 1-for-17 against Bronson Arroyo. ... Even though he didn't start Sunday or Monday, Chris Dickerson was called upon to pinch hit in both contests. He looks to be a safe start by Wednesday. He is hitting .322 with six home runs and 15 RBIs since being called up a month ago. ... Kevin Kouzmanoff is a lowly 1-for-10 versus the Dodgers' Derek Lowe. ... Mark Teixeira is a .478 hitter in 23 at-bats versus Andy Pettitte, while Vladimir Guerrero has hit .353 against Pettitte in 17 at-bats. ... Dustin Pedroia has been hitting everything lately, but don't be shocked if he has a rough day Wednesday, as he is just 1-for-10 versus Andy Sonnanstine. ... Jim Thome and Paul Konerko both are a decent 8-for-20 (.400) against Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay. Konerko also has been on a tear with a home run in three straight contests. ... Alex Rios might be the reigning AL player of the week, but look for Vernon Wells to do the damage against Mark Buehrle. Rios is a career 1-for-17 (.059) against the White Sox lefty, while Wells is 15-for-29 (.517). ... Keep a close eye on Milton Bradley's status heading into the game. If his wrist allows him to play, he is a must-start against Seattle lefty Ryan Feierabend. Bradley has a .336 average against southpaws this season with a 1.177 OPS. ... Andre Ethier might be red hot, but Matt Kemp still is the wise start against lefties like Shawn Estes of the Padres. Ethier is hitting .236 against lefties this season, while Kemp is hitting .347. ... Despite the poor overall numbers by Victor Martinez this season, he still is hitting lefties. He has a .340 average against southpaws this season and is a good option versus Orioles lefty Chris Waters.
Hitters: Garret Anderson is a career 30-for-77 (.390) versus Andy Pettitte, with three home runs and 10 RBIs. ... Andruw Jones could be a desperation play, as he has three home runs and a .294 average in 34 at-bats versus Padres lefty Shawn Estes. ... Jerry Hairston Jr. is back in the lineup for the Reds and carries a .371 average against southpaws this season into a matchup with CC Sabathia. Sure enough, Hairston is a respectable 8-for-25 (.320) versus CC in his career. ... Scan your waiver wire closely, because the best power hitter available might be Travis Hafner. He is available in 66 percent of ESPN leagues and is expected to be activated Tuesday. ... Coco Crisp has been raking the ball lately, with a .682 average over the past week and three stolen bases to boot. ... Speaking of three steals, that also is how many Rajai Davis has over the past seven days. In addition, he has a grand slam in that time frame. ... If you're looking for a power surge, look no further than Brandon Wood. When the Angels rookie connects with the ball, it's been leaving the park. Three of his past six hits have been homers. ... Pablo Sandoval is great add off the Giants' roster. In his past five games, Sandoval has 10 RBIs batting behind Randy Winn and Dave Roberts.
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The only game with a significant chance of showers is the contest in Atlanta, where the Rockies and the Braves face a 50 percent chance of rain. ... Weather-proof contests to be played in Milwaukee (Reds-Brewers), Seattle (Rangers-Mariners), Houston (Pirates-Astros) and Minnesota (Royals-Twins).
Sean Allen is a fantasy baseball and hockey analyst for ESPN.com. You can e-mail him here.
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