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

Marlins (Ricky Nolasco – R) at Cubs (Ryan Dempster – R), 2:20
Indians (Josh Tomlin – R) at Orioles (Jake Arrieta – R), 7:05
White Sox (Gavin Floyd – R) at Tigers (Justin Verlander – R), 7:05
Yankees (Freddy Garcia – R) at Blue Jays (Brandon Morrow – R), 7:07
Phillies (Vance Worley – R) at Mets (R.A. Dickey – R), 7:10
Cardinals (Jake Westbrook – R) at Reds (Johnny Cueto – R), 7:10
Red Sox (Andrew Miller – L) at Rays (David Price – L), 7:10
Nationals (Livan Hernandez – R) at Braves (Tim Hudson – R), 7:35
Pirates (Jeff Karstens – R) at Astros (Brett Myers – R), 8:05
Royals (Luke Hochevar – R) at Twins (Nick Blackburn – R), 8:10
Brewers (Chris Narveson – L) at Rockies (Juan Nicasio – R), 8:40
Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw – L) at Diamondbacks (Joe Saunders – L), 9:40
Giants (Tim Lincecum – R) at Padres (Dustin Moseley – R), 10:05
Angels (Dan Haren – R) at Athletics (Brandon McCarthy – R), 10:05
Rangers (Colby Lewis – R) at Mariners (Doug Fister – R), 10:10

Day Game After a Night Game:
FLA, CHI

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)

Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL (wrist) – Out Thursday; could miss more games
Johnny Damon, OF, TB (hand) – Still hurting, but plans to play Friday
Peter Bourjos, OF, LAA (hamstring) – Running agility drills Thursday; possible weekend return
Vladimir Guerrero, DH, BAL (hand) – Not in the lineup Thursday
Scott Baker, SP, MIN (elbow) – Throwing and on track to start Monday
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET (oblique) – Supposed to be re-evaluated Thursday
Fausto Carmona, SP, CLE (quad) – On track to return July 18
Jose Bautista, OF, TOR (ankle) - Left Thursday's game with twisted ankle; day-to-day

Players on the DL

Ivan Rodriguez, C, WAS (oblique) – Played long toss Thursday without incident
Kris Medlen, SP, ATL (elbow) – Had a setback and won't be back this season
Ryan Madson, RP, PHI (hand) – Threw a scoreless rehab appearance Wednesday; could be back Friday
Steve Pearce, 1B, PIT (calf) – Started rehab; 0-for-6, four BB so far
Jose Tabata, OF, PIT (quad) – Played first rehab game Wednesday
John Jaso, C, TB (oblique) – Placed on DL
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY (knee) – Finally placed on DL
Brett Anderson, SP, OAK (elbow) – Tommy John surgery on Thursday; out well into next year
Alex White, SP, CLE (finger) – Threw first bullpen (fastballs only) since injury Wednesday
Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL (concussion) – Progressing very slowly
Carlos Guillen, 2B, DET (knee) – Expected to return soon, but nothing definite

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

Called Up

Ezequiel Carrera, OF, CLE
Trevor Plouffe, SS, MIN

Sent Down

Brad Thomas, RP, DET (outrighted)
Brandon Guyer, OF, TB
Darren O'Day, RP, TEX

Placed on DL

Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY
John Jaso, C, TB

Activated from DL

Scott Feldman, RP, TEX

Closer Watch
- A closer look at intriguing ninth-inning situations (check out our Closer Grid with the link to the left). 

Milwaukee – John Axford and the newly acquired Francisco Rodriguez will share closing duties, apparently, with each deployed where necessary as an ace reliever anytime in a game. That's the scuttlebutt for now.

New York Mets – Bobby Parnell and Jason Isringhausen will both get their chances, but look for Parnell to get more shots, more often, and eventually lock down the role.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Alfonso Soriano - OF CHC vs FLA
7/15 2:20 PM
Ricky Nolasco 4-16 .250 2 2 4 0 4 .625 .278 .903
Wes Helms - 3B FLA @ CHC
7/15 2:20 PM
Ryan Dempster 5-10 .500 0 1 3 0 3 .600 .455 1.055
A.J. Pierzynski - C CWS @ DET
7/15 7:05 PM
Justin Verlander 17-52 .327 3 7 12 1 5 .577 .340 .917
Carlos Quentin - OF CWS @ DET
7/15 7:05 PM
Justin Verlander 8-26 .308 3 4 5 3 5 .692 .400 1.092
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET vs CWS
7/15 7:05 PM
Gavin Floyd 9-24 .375 2 4 7 2 6 .708 .423 1.131
Ryan Raburn - OF DET vs CWS
7/15 7:05 PM
Gavin Floyd 12-29 .414 0 2 3 1 4 .483 .433 .916
Ramon Santiago - SS DET vs CWS
7/15 7:05 PM
Gavin Floyd 4-15 .267 2 2 4 0 4 .667 .267 .934
Brett Gardner - OF NYY @ TOR
7/15 7:07 PM
Brandon Morrow 3-11 .273 1 2 2 2 7 .727 .385 1.112
Jorge Posada - C NYY @ TOR
7/15 7:07 PM
Brandon Morrow 7-15 .467 0 3 1 4 3 .667 .579 1.246
Mark Teixeira - 1B NYY @ TOR
7/15 7:07 PM
Brandon Morrow 6-18 .333 1 4 5 2 3 .667 .381 1.048
Jose Molina - C TOR vs NYY
7/15 7:07 PM
Freddy Garcia 8-20 .400 0 1 1 0 4 .450 .381 .831
Darnell McDonald - OF BOS @ TB
7/15 7:10 PM
David Price 4-12 .333 1 2 1 2 3 .750 .429 1.179
Kevin Youkilis - 1B BOS @ TB
7/15 7:10 PM
David Price 5-13 .385 0 2 0 0 2 .538 .429 .967
Raul Ibanez - OF PHI @ NYM
7/15 7:10 PM
R.A. Dickey 5-19 .263 2 2 5 1 1 .579 .300 .879
Lance Berkman - 1B STL @ CIN
7/15 7:10 PM
Johnny Cueto 5-15 .333 2 4 6 9 5 .867 .583 1.450
Matt Holliday - OF STL @ CIN
7/15 7:10 PM
Johnny Cueto 5-11 .455 0 1 5 2 1 .545 .500 1.045
Yadier Molina - C STL @ CIN
7/15 7:10 PM
Johnny Cueto 6-14 .429 1 2 2 0 1 .714 .438 1.152
Colby Rasmus - OF STL @ CIN
7/15 7:10 PM
Johnny Cueto 5-14 .357 1 4 3 2 3 .786 .438 1.224
Ryan Theriot - SS STL @ CIN
7/15 7:10 PM
Johnny Cueto 11-28 .393 1 3 2 1 3 .571 .433 1.004
Jason Heyward - OF ATL vs WAS
7/15 7:35 PM
Livan Hernandez 4-12 .333 2 3 2 6 2 .917 .579 1.496
Brian McCann - C ATL vs WAS
7/15 7:35 PM
Livan Hernandez 10-26 .385 1 2 5 5 1 .538 .484 1.022
Laynce Nix - OF WAS @ ATL
7/15 7:35 PM
Tim Hudson 6-14 .429 0 1 1 0 2 .500 .429 .929
Jayson Werth - OF WAS @ ATL
7/15 7:35 PM
Tim Hudson 7-22 .318 1 3 6 2 5 .545 .375 .920
Hunter Pence - OF HOU vs PIT
7/15 8:05 PM
Jeff Karstens 5-10 .500 1 2 2 0 0 .900 .455 1.355
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT @ HOU
7/15 8:05 PM
Brett Myers 8-13 .615 0 1 1 1 1 .692 .643 1.335
Alexi Casilla - SS MIN vs KC
7/15 8:10 PM
Luke Hochevar 4-10 .400 0 4 3 1 0 1.000 .455 1.455
Joe Mauer - C MIN vs KC
7/15 8:10 PM
Luke Hochevar 9-17 .529 0 3 2 3 0 .765 .600 1.365
Jim Thome - DH MIN vs KC
7/15 8:10 PM
Luke Hochevar 3-10 .300 2 2 3 0 2 .900 .364 1.264
Andre Ethier - OF LAD @ ARI
7/15 9:40 PM
Joe Saunders 5-10 .500 1 1 2 0 1 .800 .500 1.300
James Loney - 1B LAD @ ARI
7/15 9:40 PM
Joe Saunders 6-15 .400 1 2 4 1 0 .667 .438 1.105
Orlando Hudson - 2B SD vs SF
7/15 10:05 PM
Tim Lincecum 8-19 .421 0 3 3 1 6 .579 .429 1.008
Franklin Gutierrez - OF SEA vs TEX
7/15 10:10 PM
Colby Lewis 5-13 .385 2 2 5 0 2 .846 .385 1.231
Adam Kennedy - 2B SEA vs TEX
7/15 10:10 PM
Colby Lewis 3-12 .250 1 1 2 0 3 .500 .357 .857
Ichiro Suzuki - OF SEA vs TEX
7/15 10:10 PM
Colby Lewis 16-41 .390 0 2 3 2 5 .463 .419 .882
David Murphy - OF TEX @ SEA
7/15 10:10 PM
Doug Fister 5-13 .385 2 2 4 0 1 .846 .385 1.231
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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David Price TB vs BOS
7/15 7:10 PM
Red Sox Batters 17-83 .205 1 9 2 7 15 .347 .273 .620
Livan Hernandez WAS @ ATL
7/15 7:35 PM
Braves Batters 39-193 .202 5 14 18 27 35 .348 .303 .651
Nick Blackburn MIN vs KC
7/15 8:10 PM
Royals Batters 17-84 .203 2 5 10 1 16 .306 .219 .525
Dan Haren LAA @ OAK
7/15 10:05 PM
Athletics Batters 16-84 .190 2 5 7 4 17 .301 .236 .537

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Emilio Bonifacio - OF FLA @ CHC
7/15 2:20 PM
Ryan Dempster 0-10 .000 0 0 0 1 3 .000 .091 .091
DeWayne Wise - OF FLA @ CHC
7/15 2:20 PM
Ryan Dempster 2-10 .200 0 0 0 1 0 .200 .273 .473
Gordon Beckham - 2B CWS @ DET
7/15 7:05 PM
Justin Verlander 2-10 .200 0 0 1 0 2 .200 .182 .382
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS @ DET
7/15 7:05 PM
Justin Verlander 5-41 .122 1 1 2 3 12 .195 .200 .395
Alexei Ramirez - SS CWS @ DET
7/15 7:05 PM
Justin Verlander 5-28 .179 1 1 1 1 4 .286 .207 .493
Mark Teahen - 3B CWS @ DET
7/15 7:05 PM
Justin Verlander 6-35 .171 0 3 1 6 13 .257 .293 .550
Omar Vizquel - 3B CWS @ DET
7/15 7:05 PM
Justin Verlander 3-13 .231 0 0 2 0 1 .231 .231 .462
Curtis Granderson - OF NYY @ TOR
7/15 7:07 PM
Brandon Morrow 2-12 .167 0 1 2 2 7 .250 .333 .583
Derek Jeter - SS NYY @ TOR
7/15 7:07 PM
Brandon Morrow 3-16 .188 0 1 2 2 7 .250 .278 .528
Corey Patterson - OF TOR vs NYY
7/15 7:07 PM
Freddy Garcia 4-16 .250 0 0 0 0 4 .250 .250 .500
David Ortiz - DH BOS @ TB
7/15 7:10 PM
David Price 2-12 .167 0 2 1 0 4 .333 .167 .500
Marco Scutaro - SS BOS @ TB
7/15 7:10 PM
David Price 2-18 .111 0 0 0 1 4 .111 .158 .269
Ramon Hernandez - C CIN vs STL
7/15 7:10 PM
Jake Westbrook 2-10 .200 0 0 1 0 1 .200 .200 .400
Alex Gonzalez - SS ATL vs WAS
7/15 7:35 PM
Livan Hernandez 5-46 .109 0 1 3 2 10 .130 .160 .290
Nate McLouth - OF ATL vs WAS
7/15 7:35 PM
Livan Hernandez 2-21 .095 0 2 1 2 7 .190 .167 .357
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL vs WAS
7/15 7:35 PM
Livan Hernandez 4-30 .133 1 2 3 4 5 .300 .229 .529
Alex Cora - SS WAS @ ATL
7/15 7:35 PM
Tim Hudson 1-10 .100 0 1 0 0 1 .300 .100 .400
Ian Desmond - SS WAS @ ATL
7/15 7:35 PM
Tim Hudson 4-20 .200 0 0 0 2 4 .200 .273 .473
Ryan Zimmerman - 3B WAS @ ATL
7/15 7:35 PM
Tim Hudson 7-37 .189 0 1 1 2 6 .216 .231 .447
Michael Bourn - OF HOU vs PIT
7/15 8:05 PM
Jeff Karstens 2-11 .182 0 2 0 3 2 .364 .357 .721
Jeff Keppinger - 2B HOU vs PIT
7/15 8:05 PM
Jeff Karstens 2-12 .167 0 2 3 1 2 .417 .200 .617
Garrett Jones - 1B PIT @ HOU
7/15 8:05 PM
Brett Myers 2-11 .182 0 1 4 0 0 .273 .167 .440
Chris Getz - 2B KC @ MIN
7/15 8:10 PM
Nick Blackburn 2-11 .182 0 0 2 0 1 .182 .167 .349
Alex Gordon - OF KC @ MIN
7/15 8:10 PM
Nick Blackburn 2-11 .182 0 1 1 0 4 .273 .250 .523
Delmon Young - OF MIN vs KC
7/15 8:10 PM
Luke Hochevar 3-18 .167 1 2 3 1 3 .389 .211 .600
Stephen Drew - SS ARI vs LAD
7/15 9:40 PM
Clayton Kershaw 1-11 .091 0 0 0 1 4 .091 .231 .322
Chris Young - OF ARI vs LAD
7/15 9:40 PM
Clayton Kershaw 2-14 .143 0 0 1 1 0 .143 .200 .343
Vernon Wells - OF LAA @ OAK
7/15 10:05 PM
Brandon McCarthy 2-13 .154 0 0 2 2 1 .154 .250 .404
David DeJesus - OF OAK vs LAA
7/15 10:05 PM
Dan Haren 2-18 .111 0 1 2 1 4 .167 .200 .367
Ryan Ludwick - OF SD vs SF
7/15 10:05 PM
Tim Lincecum 2-17 .118 0 0 2 3 9 .118 .250 .368
Will Venable - OF SD vs SF
7/15 10:05 PM
Tim Lincecum 3-15 .200 0 1 0 1 7 .333 .250 .583
Jack Cust - DH SEA vs TEX
7/15 10:10 PM
Colby Lewis 1-12 .083 0 0 0 0 4 .083 .083 .166
Miguel Olivo - C SEA vs TEX
7/15 10:10 PM
Colby Lewis 0-10 .000 0 0 0 0 5 .000 .000 .000
Elvis Andrus - SS TEX @ SEA
7/15 10:10 PM
Doug Fister 2-12 .167 0 0 0 0 1 .167 .231 .398
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Freddy Garcia NYY @ Tor
7/15 7:07 PM
Blue Jays Batters 28-76 .368 4 9 8 7 12 .666 .417 1.083
Brandon Morrow TOR vs NYY
7/15 7:07 PM
Yankees Batters 36-127 .284 4 16 19 18 36 .481 .380 .861
Johnny Cueto CIN vs StL
7/15 7:10 PM
Cardinals Batters 48-137 .350 6 18 23 18 18 .582 .427 1.009
Luke Hochevar KC @ Min
7/15 8:10 PM
Twins Batters 30-93 .323 3 13 15 11 9 .556 .398 .954
Joe Saunders ARI vs LAD
7/15 9:40 PM
Dodgers Batters 21-70 .300 5 8 13 5 9 .570 .347 .917
Doug Fister SEA vs Tex
7/15 10:10 PM
Rangers Batters 22-73 .301 3 5 7 1 5 .459 .330 .790
 

***For a deeper look at the matchups please consult the new Batter v. Pitcher tool in the left hand menu.***

Recommended Pickup

Eric Thames, OF, TOR – One of the best-kept secrets in fantasy, Thames (no relation to the Dodgers' Marcus Thames; they even pronounce their names differently) has been playing every day in the Jays outfield since being recalled, and has thus far compiled a .308 average, four homers, 11 RBI and 20 runs in 104 AB. That's no fluke; he ripped 27 homers and drove in 104 runs last season in Double-A, and raked to the tune of .352/.423/.610 in Triple-A this year. He's been hitting second for the Jays, right in front of Jose Bautista, which is about as good as you can get in lineup protection. His plate discipline isn't great, but the lefty bat has held his own in a small sample against left-handed pitching so far – a concern coming into the season. At this point, I consider him a playable outfielder even in standard mixed leagues; in AL-only, he's a must-own.

Other recent recommendations: Bobby Parnell, Emilio Bonifacio, Zach Cozart, Nolan Reimold, Joe Nathan

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Draft Street Lineup

C – Joe Mauer, MIN ($3,939)
1B – Michael Morse, WAS ($6,271)
2B – Howie Kendrick, LAA ($5,673)
3B – Mark Reynolds, BAL ($5,104)
SS – Jhonny Peralta, DET ($6,047)
OF – Lance Berkman, STL ($8,856)
OF – Eric Thames, TOR ($6,388)
OF – Colby Rasmus, STL ($5,134)
UT – Mark Teixeira, NYY ($6,817)
UT – Todd Helton, COL ($6,970)
SP – Dan Haren, LAA ($18,312)
SP – Livan Hernandez, WAS ($8,111)
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