Daily Notes: Feat. Sunday’s Notable Call-Ups

Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.

1. Sunday’s Notable Call-Ups
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Sunday’s Notable Call-Ups
Yesterday (Sunday) represented the first day of roster expansion in the league, a period which is often accompanied by a considerable number of promotions for minor leaguers. Below is a haphazardly constructed of four notable players recalled on the first day of September.

Player: Dellin Betances, RHP, New York AL (Link)
Stats: 84.0 IP, 11.57 K/9, 4.50 BB/9, 0.21 HR/9, 2.69 FIP at Triple-A
Notes: Formerly considered one the Yankees’ top prospects, Betances has been relegated to a relief role at this point — a capacity in which he’s flourished. After a difficult appearance in his major-league debut (box), Betances threw a reasonable third of an inning yesterday (box).

Player: Nick Castellanos, OF, Detroit (Link)
Stats: 595 PA, .276/.343/.450 (.307 BABIP) at Triple-A
Notes: Castellanos was ranked 21st overall on Marc Hulet’s top-100 prospect list this preseason, and at roughly the same place on Hulet’s midseason list. His line at Toledo — not just the slash stats, but also the walk and strikeout ratios (9.1% BB, 16.8% K) — is entirely impressive for a 21-year-old at Triple-A.

Player: Michael Choice, OF, Oakland (Link)
Stats: 600 PA, .302/.390/.445 (.358 BABIP) at Triple-A
Notes: Selected 10th overall by Oakland in 2010 out of UT-Arlington, Choice has demonstrated an excellent combination of power and control of the strike zone over his minor-league career. Historically a center fielder, the 23-year-old has played all three outfield positions about equally in 2013 with Sacramento.

Player: J.R. Murphy, C, New York AL (Link)
Stats: 257 PA, .270/.342/.430 (.304 BABIP) at Triple-A
Notes: Absent from preseason prospect lists, the 22-year-old Murphy demonstrated excellent control of the plate both at Double- and Triple-A, recording walk and strikeout rates of 10.0% and 15.6%, respectively. After playing a bit of third base previously, Murphy has focused on catcher exclusively this season.

Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
San Francisco at San Diego | 15:40 ET
Barry Zito (124.0 IP, 128 xFIP-, -0.5 WAR) faces Ian Kennedy (153.2 IP, 116 xFIP-, 0.4 WAR). The crowd going wild may or may not be the sound one hears.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: San Francisco Radio or Television.

Today’s Complete Schedule
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 5.5.

Note: the following table is entirely sortable.

Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Jose Quintana CHA 5 1 4 2 5 NYA Phil Hughes 13:05
D. Matsuzaka* NYN 5 7 5 8 4 ATL Paul Maholm 13:10
A. Wainwright STL 9 3 7 3 8 CIN Mat Latos 13:10
Doug Fister DET 7 7 7 9 7 BOS John Lackey 13:35
Andrew Albers MIN 3 3 3 4 3 HOU Paul Clemens* 14:10
Charlie Morton PIT 6 6 5 3 3 MIL T. Thornburg* 14:10
F. Hernandez SEA 9 4 8 9 8 KC Danny Duffy* 14:10
H. Alvarez MIA 6 1 4 4 3 CHN Travis Wood 14:20
Barry Zito SF 3 4 3 5 3 SD Ian Kennedy 15:40
Bud Norris BAL 3 9 6 7 8 CLE J. Masterson 16:05
Derek Holland TEX 8 4 6 7 5 OAK Dan Straily 16:05
C. Kershaw LAN 10 4 6 7 2 COL Chad Bettis 16:10
Esmil Rogers TOR 5 5 5 3 6 AZ B. McCarthy 16:10
St. Strasburg WAS 10 3 7 0 8 PHI Cole Hamels 19:05
Chris Archer TB 5 10 7 8 8 LAA G. Richards 21:05

To learn how Pitcher and Team NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.

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In and out of the lineup he goes
Lewis Yocum fixed the elbow and pain
When he was shut down people all complain

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Stephen’s the answer if the Reds gag now