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CATCHERS 1. Mike Napoli 2. John Buck

Napoli has never faced Zach McAllister before. However, Napoli is second in baseball with 14 RBIs against right-handed pitchers, two less than Miguel Cabrera.

Oh hell, just start Buck. The snow seems to have finally stopped in Colorado and the guys is batting .326 on the year. But be warned... he's hitting .214 the past week and he's hit only .238 against John Garland in his career (and yes, I know he's not eligible for daily games since his game time is early in the day).

FIRST BASE 1. Nick Swisher 2. Paul Konerko

Swisher is trending right now and he's got a strong matchup to keep it going. Swisher has hit .326 with an OPS over 1.000 in 46 at-bats against Jon Lester. Two homers and eight RBIs are a nice sweeter.

Konerko has four hits, including two homers, in 10 at-bats against R.A. Dickey. He's also batting .360 with two homers, six RBIs and six runs scored the past seven days.

SECOND BASE 1. Neil Walker 2. Kelly Johnson

Slow start be damned, Walker has kicked things up a notch the past week with 10 hits in 22 at-bats leading to a .455 average and six RBIs.

Johnson, like Walker, is cranking things up. He's only had 13 at-bats, but he's gone for four hits, a .308 average, and he's gone deep twice for the Rays in that time.

THIRD BASE 1. Ty Wigginton 2. Chris Johnson

Wigginton has been terrible this season when called upon with two hits in 13 at-bats. He may not even play tonight. Still, he likes facing Cole Hamels whom he has five hits against in nine at-bats.

Johnson faces lefty Jeff Locke. He's 0-for-1 against the youngster, but he is hitting .438 with a homer in 16 at-bats against lefties this season and he's also hitting .409 overall.

SHORTSTOP 1. Cliff Pennington 2. Jimmy Rollins

Pennington is 4-for-8 with a homer and four RBIs against Phil Hughes. Cliff is also seeing regular work with the D'backs, even if the effort thus far hasn't been overly exciting (zero HR/SB in 51 at-bats). Hey, there aren't that many games tonight.

Rollins has one hit in 18 at-bats the past week. He's only hitting .232 on the season. So why am I noting him here? He's actually had success against Adam Wainwright with a .350 average in 20 at-bats.

OUTFIELD 1. Gerardo Parra 2. Garrett Jones

Parra faces right Phil Hughes, a hurler he has never seen before, but Parra has had a lot of success against righties this year. In 40 such at-bats Parra is batting .375 with a homer, a triple and five doubles.

Jones doesn't have a single at-bat against a lefty this year, but that's fine since he has hit .325 against righties. He faces Julio Teheran of the Braves. He's right-handed.

STARTING PITCHERS 1. Chris Sale 2. Patrick Corbin 3. Mike Gonzalez 4. Tony Cingrani

The Blue Jays have managed a mere .250 average and just one RBI in 12 at-batsm agianst the lefty. Sale hasn't had as much success in his career on the road, but he's still been good away from Chicago (3.43 ERA, 1.22 WHIP over 147 IP).

Corbin is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA on the young season. He's gone six innings in each outing, and today he faces a Yankees club that is dealing with all kinds of injuries, so the matchup isn't anywhere near as bad as it might sound like when you first hear it.

Gonzalez has tossed two quality starts in his two outings this season, though eight strikeouts and seven walks ain't exactly great. The Rays are the lowest scoring team in the AL right now, so the matchup isn't unappealing.

For more of my thoughts on Cingrani, see my Rounding the Bases column. Oh, he's facing the pathetic Marlins as well.

By Ray Flowers


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