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Derek VanRiper

Derek VanRiper

Derek is the Senior Baseball Editor for RotoWire.com, where he's been a two-time finalist for the FSWA's Baseball Writer of the Year award, and winner of the Best Football Article on the Web (2009) and Best Baseball Article on the Web (2010) awards. Derek also co-hosts RotoWire Fantasy Sports Today on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (XM 87, Sirius 210) from 11a-2p ET on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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Projected Starters - A look at Thursday's matchups (all times Eastern):

Colorado (Juan Nicasio - R) at Atlanta (Tim Hudson - R), 1:05
Toronto (Carlos Villanueva - R) at Cleveland (Zach McAllister - R), 7:05
Chicago (Matt Garza - R) at Washington (Livan Hernandez - R), 7:05
Tampa Bay (Jeff Niemann - R) at New York (Bartolo Colon - R), 7:05
Houston (J.A. Happ - L) at Florida (Brad Hand - L), 7:10
Baltimore (Jake Arrieta - R) at Boston (Andrew Miller - L), 7:10
Oakland (Rich Harden - R) at Texas (Derek Holland - L), 8:05
Cincinnati (Homer Bailey - R) at Milwaukee (Chris Narveson - L), 8:10
Detroit (Max Scherzer - R) at Kansas City (Danny Duffy - L), 8:10
Minnesota (Carl Pavano - R) at Chicago (Phil Humber - R), 8:10
Arizona (Joe Saunders - L) at St. Louis (Kyle McClellan - R), 8:15
Seattle (Doug Fister - R) at Anaheim (Jered Weaver - R), 10:05
New York (Dillon Gee - R) at Los Angeles (Clayton Kershaw - L), 10:10
San Diego (Cory Luebke - L) at San Francisco (Barry Zito - L), 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: COL/ATL

Injuries - A brief look at players that have been missing time with minor ailments and their expected returns.

Day-to-Day - (includes players expected to make their return from the DL)

Jose Reyes, SS, NYM - (Hamstring) Not in Wednesday's lineup; status unclear leading into break.
Ryan Braun, OF, MIL - (Calf) Did not play Wednesday; MRI revealed only inflammation. Could play Friday.
Mariano Rivera, RP, NYY - (Triceps) Still feeling some pain, likely to rest Wednesday.
Scott Baker, SP, MIN - (Elbow) Will miss Sunday's start against the White Sox.
Ryan Dempster, SP, CHC - (Back) May start against the Pirates on Saturday after throwing Wednesday.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL - (Wrist) Planned on hitting from a tee Wednesday.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL - (Leg) Received treatment Wednesday, still no timetable for a return.
Evan Longoria, 3B, TAM - (Foot) Playing through a nerve issue.
J.J. Putz, RP, ARI - (Elbow) Felt good after second straight day playing catch Tuesday; bullpen Sunday?
Johnny Damon, OF, TAM - (Hand) X-rays revealed no break; could be back in a few days.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE - (Ankle) Rejoined the Indians' lineup Wednesday.
Placido Polanco, 3B, PHI - (Back) May return Friday, visiting with spine specialist Thursday.
Brennan Boesch, OF, DET - (Knee) Late scratch from Wednesday's lineup.
Erick Aybar, SS, ANA - (Quad) Resting Wednesday with tightness.
Josh Harrison, 3B, PIT - (Head) Cleared to play, but not in the starting lineup Wednesday.
Jeremy Affeldt, RP, SFG - (Calf) Suffered an undisclosed injury late in Tuesday's game.

Players on the DL

Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS - (Elbow) Nats discussing plans for minor league rehab starts.
Carl Crawford, OF, BOS - (Hamstring) Targeting July 18 return against Baltimore.
Roy Oswalt, SP, PHI - (Back) Will have a series of injections this week; hoping to return in late July.
Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS - (Back) Sent to a specialist in North Carolina on Wednesday.
John Danks, SP, CHW - (Oblique) Scheduled to make first rehab start Sunday.
Erik Bedard, SP, SEA - (Knee) Expected to be activated from the DL following the All-Star break.
Josh Willingham, OF, OAK - (Achilles) Manager Bob Melvin is cautiously optimistic he'll return after the break.
Delmon Young, OF, MIN - (Ankle) Went 2-for-7 with a homer in doubleheader with Triple-A Rochester.
Kevin Slowey, SP, MIN - (Abdomen) Making a rehab start Sunday at Rochester.
Fausto Carmona, SP, CLE - (Quad) Should be back in the Indians' rotation after missing one start.
Jed Lowrie, SS, BOS - (Shoulder) Took grounders before Tuesday's game, but not ready for BP.
Jason Kubel, OF, MIN - (Foot) No ligament damage, but a late July return is best-case scenario.
Grant Balfour, RP, OAK - (Oblique) Will be activated for Thursday's game.
Jesse Litsch, SP, TOR - (Shoulder) Allowed seven runs on 12 hits over three innings at Triple-A on Monday.
Tyson Ross, SP, OAK - (Oblique) Struggled in his second rehab start with Sacramento.
Carlos Guillen, 2B, DET - (Knee) Went 1-for-4 with a homer in rehab game with Toledo on Tuesday.
Brandon Webb, SP, TEX - (Shoulder) Rotator cuff damage has been discovered, surgery is an option.
Pedro Feliciano, RP, NYY - (Shoulder) Shut down again, season in jeopardy?
Damaso Marte, RP, NYY - (Shoulder) Threw a bullpen Wednesday, could return this season.

Transactions - Players who have been demoted, called up, traded, released, you name it. We'll cover it here.

Called Up
Scott Atchison, RP, BOS

Sent Down
Jose Ceda, RP, FLA
Josh Judy, RP, CLE
Lance Pendleton, RP, NYY

Placed on DL
Jon Lester, SP, BOS

Activated from DL
Matt LaPorta, 1B, CLE
Phil Hughes, SP, NYY

Closer Watch

Seattle - Jamey Wright earned his first save of the season Tuesday night after Brandon League failed to convert the opportunity. It wasn't an implosion for League, however, as he's been very good since scuffling in May, so it's unlikely that manager Eric Wedge is going to make an adjustment. It's worth noting, however, that Wright seems to be the next in line for save opportunities as long as David Aardsma is on the disabled list.

Boston - No danger here of a job change, but Jonathan Papelbon gave up a two-run homer to Jose Bautista in Tuesday's win before closing the door for his 18th win of the season.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Jason Giambi - 1B COL @ ATL
7/7 1:05 PM
Tim Hudson 8-19 .421 3 4 8 2 2 .947 .500 1.447
Todd Helton - 1B COL @ ATL
7/7 1:05 PM
Tim Hudson 9-13 .692 0 4 5 1 0 1.000 .733 1.733
Aramis Ramirez - 3B CHC @ WAS
7/7 7:05 PM
Livan Hernandez 9-30 .300 4 6 8 2 4 .767 .344 1.111
Johnny Damon - OF TB @ NYY
7/7 7:05 PM
Bartolo Colon 12-29 .414 1 3 3 4 2 .586 .485 1.071
Hideki Matsui - DH OAK @ TEX
7/7 8:05 PM
Derek Holland 4-13 .308 2 2 5 0 1 .769 .308 1.077
Kurt Suzuki - C OAK @ TEX
7/7 8:05 PM
Derek Holland 3-12 .250 2 3 4 0 2 .833 .250 1.083
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS vs MIN
7/7 8:10 PM
Carl Pavano 11-29 .379 3 3 6 0 7 .690 .400 1.090
A.J. Pierzynski - C CWS vs MIN
7/7 8:10 PM
Carl Pavano 10-25 .400 1 5 5 0 1 .720 .400 1.120
Jeff Francoeur - OF KC vs DET
7/7 8:10 PM
Max Scherzer 3-11 .273 1 2 1 0 4 .727 .273 1.000
Prince Fielder - 1B MIL vs CIN
7/7 8:10 PM
Homer Bailey 5-14 .357 1 3 3 6 1 .714 .550 1.264
Rickie Weeks - 2B MIL vs CIN
7/7 8:10 PM
Homer Bailey 8-15 .533 0 1 2 2 5 .600 .611 1.211
Erick Aybar - SS LAA vs SEA
7/7 10:05 PM
Doug Fister 5-11 .455 0 1 3 0 1 .545 .455 1.000
Scott Hairston - OF NYM @ LAD
7/7 10:10 PM
Clayton Kershaw 7-16 .438 0 1 0 0 2 .500 .438 .938
Nick Hundley - C SD @ SF
7/7 10:15 PM
Barry Zito 3-11 .273 1 1 2 1 3 .545 .333 .878
Will Venable - OF SD @ SF
7/7 10:15 PM
Barry Zito 4-10 .400 0 0 1 0 3 .400 .400 .800
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY vs TB
7/7 7:05 PM
Jeff Niemann 2-10 .200 0 1 0 0 2 .300 .200 .500
Curtis Granderson - OF NYY vs TB
7/7 7:05 PM
Jeff Niemann 1-10 .100 0 0 1 1 5 .100 .182 .282
Nick Swisher - OF NYY vs TB
7/7 7:05 PM
Jeff Niemann 2-12 .167 0 0 0 2 2 .167 .286 .453
Mark Teixeira - 1B NYY vs TB
7/7 7:05 PM
Jeff Niemann 2-11 .182 1 1 2 1 2 .455 .250 .705
B.J. Upton - OF TB @ NYY
7/7 7:05 PM
Bartolo Colon 2-11 .182 0 0 1 2 5 .182 .308 .490
Matt Stairs - OF WAS vs CHC
7/7 7:05 PM
Matt Garza 2-13 .154 0 0 0 2 7 .154 .267 .421
Omar Infante - 2B FLA vs HOU
7/7 7:10 PM
J.A. Happ 2-14 .143 0 1 0 3 2 .214 .294 .508
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX vs OAK
7/7 8:05 PM
Rich Harden 2-13 .154 1 1 3 2 3 .385 .313 .698
Carlos Quentin - OF CWS vs MIN
7/7 8:10 PM
Carl Pavano 0-13 .000 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000
Corey Hart - OF MIL vs CIN
7/7 8:10 PM
Homer Bailey 3-17 .176 0 0 1 1 5 .176 .222 .398
Chone Figgins - 2B SEA @ LAA
7/7 10:05 PM
Jered Weaver 2-12 .167 0 0 0 1 1 .167 .231 .398
Ichiro Suzuki - OF SEA @ LAA
7/7 10:05 PM
Jered Weaver 13-54 .241 1 2 3 1 7 .315 .255 .570
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
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BB K Opp
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Livan Hernandez WAS vs ChC
7/7 7:05 PM
Cubs Batters 41-122 .336 5 15 14 10 18 .556 .391 .947
Chris Narveson MIL vs Cin
7/7 8:10 PM
Reds Batters 19-62 .307 2 6 8 3 15 .462 .352 .814
 


Recommended Pickup

Nolan Reimold, OF, BAL - With Luke Scott headed to an examination for the torn labrum in his shoulder Friday, Reimold and Felix Pie will share playing time in left field for the Orioles. Since getting called up in May, he's hitting .271/.362/.492 with four homers and 12 RBI, numbers that are right in line with his 2009 performance when he delivered a .279/.365/.466 line with 15 homers and 45 RBI over 358 at-bats. The timeshare/platoon arrangement may keep him from racking up enough playing time for those in 10-12 team mixed leagues, but there's more upside here in the former second-round pick than last season's .610 OPS might lead you to believe.

Other recent recommendations: David Hernandez, Bartolo Colon, Phil Hughes, Charlie Furbush and Joe Nathan

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