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Saturday's Starters
Angels (Jerome Williams - R) at Rangers (Matt Harrison - L), 1:05
Cubs (Chris Volstad - R) at Brewers (Shaun Marcum - R), 1:05
Mets (R.A. Dickey - R) at Marlins (Ricky Nolasco - R), 1:05
Mariners (Hector Noesi - R) at Yankees (Phil Hughes - R), 4:05
Astros (J.A. Happ - L) at Pirates (Charlie Morton - R), 7:05
Padres (Edinson Volquez - R) at Phillies (Roy Halladay - R), 7:05
Rays (Matt Moore - L) at Orioles (Brian Matusz - L), 7:05
Indians (Josh Tomlin - R) at Red Sox (Felix Doubront - L), 7:10
Royals (Luke Hochevar - R) at White Sox (Chris Sale - L), 7:10
Blue Jays (Drew Hutchison - R) at Twins (P.J. Walters - R), 7:10
Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann - R) at Reds (Mat Latos - R), 7:10
Braves (Brandon Beachy - R) at Cardinals (Adam Wainwright - R), 7:15
Tigers (Doug Fister - R) at Athletics (Brandon McCarthy - R), 8:05
Giants (Matt Cain - R) at Diamondbacks (Trevor Cahill - R), 8:10
Rockies (Juan Nicasio - R) at Dodgers (Aaron Harang - R), 9:10

Day game after a night game: LAA/TEX, CHC/MIL, NYM/MIA, SEA/NYY

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Alex Avila, C, DET - (Knee) Sat out Friday but knee is "fine" according to manager Jim Leyland and will start Saturday and Sunday.
Jason Bartlett, SS, SD - (Illness) Scratched from Friday's lineup due to stomach virus.
Blake Beavan, SP, SEA - (Elbow) Will make his next start on Tuesday after previously being scheduled for Sunday.
Alexi Casilla, 2B, MIN - (Shoulder) Returned to lineup Thursday after missing two games.
Eric Chavez, 3B, NYY - (Concussion) Returned to Yankees' lineup on Friday, serving as DH.
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK - (Hand) Could return to lineup as soon as Saturday.
Jason Hammel, SP, BAL - (Knee) Will attempt to throw off mound Saturday to determine availability for Monday or Tuesday.
Desmond Jennings, OF, TB - (Knee) Held out of the lineup on Friday, but was available for pinch-hitting duties.
Matt Joyce, OF, TB - (Ankle) Returned to starting lineup Friday.
Kyle Lohse, SP, STL - (Hamstring) Experiencing some soreness but isn't expected to miss any starts.
Cameron Maybin, OF, SD - (Illness) Scratched from Friday's lineup due to stomach virus.
Yadier Molina, C, STL - (Hand) Returned to lineup Friday.
Kendrys Morales, 1B, LAA - (Achilles) Out of the lineup Friday with soreness.
Brent Morel, 3B, CHW - (Back) Remained out of the lineup Friday.
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC - (Hamstring) Returned to lineup on Friday.
Angel Pagan, OF, SF - (Hamstring) Returned to the starting lineup on Friday.
Chris Sale, SP, CHW - (Elbow) MRI revealed no damage and will likely start Saturday.
Alfonso Soriano, OF, CHC - (Knee) Returned to the starting lineup Friday.

Disabled List
Jason Bay, OF, NYM - (Ribs) Hasn't resumed baseball activities yet and hopeful to begin rehab next week.
Lance Berkman, 1B, STL - (Calf) Was not be activated from DL on Friday.
Carl Crawford, OF, BOS - (Elbow) Remains two weeks away from throwing.
Brett Gardner, OF, NYY - (Elbow) MRI revealed additional muscle strain; now expected to miss 15 to 25 more days.
Dan Hudson, SP, ARI - (Shoulder) Threw batting practice on Friday, his first time throwing to live batters since landing on the DL.
Chris Iannetta, C, LAA - (Wrist) Underwent successful surgery Friday.
Jeff Karstens, SP, PIT - (Shoulder) Threw bullpen session Thursday and scheduled to throw another on Sunday.
Justin Morneau, 1B, MIN - (Wrist) Could start swinging a bat Saturday or Sunday.
Miguel Olivo, C, SEA - (Groin) Remained in Seattle to rehab and is nearing a return to catching bullpen sessions.
Nolan Reimold, OF, BAL - (Neck) Received epidural Friday and will be ready to rejoin Orioles' lineup on May 16.
Tsuyoshi Wada, SP, BAL - (Elbow) Underwent successful Tommy John surgery Friday.
Chris Young, OF, ARI - (Shoulder) Expects to play in minor league rehab games early next week.
Chris Young, P, NYM - (Shoulder) Tossed five scoreless innings in first rehab start Thursday.

Transactions

Placed on the DL (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Jerry Hairston Jr., SS, LAD
Chris Iannetta, C, LAA
Matt Lindstrom, RP, BAL
Laynce Nix, OF, PHI
Joe Wieland, SP, SD
Justin De Fratus, RP, PHI (Transferred to 60-day DL)

Activated from the DL
Ronny Cedeno, SS, NYM
Eric Chavez, 3B, NYY

Called Up
Andrew Carignan, RP, OAK
Colin Cowgill, OF, OAK
James Darnell, 3B, SD
Jake Diekman, RP, PHI
Mike Dunn, RP, MIA
Dana Eveland, SP, BAL
John Hester, C, LAA
Hector Luna, 2B, PHI
Kevin Mattison, OF, MIA
Justin Sellers, 2B, LAD
Raul Valdes, RP, PHI

Sent Down
Jim Miller, RP, OAK
Eduardo Nunez, 3B, NYY
Sandy Rosario, P, MIA
Vinny Rottino, OF, NYM
Brian Sanches, RP, PHI
Michael Taylor, OF, OAK

Designated For Assignment
Zelous Wheeler, 3B, BAL

Closer Watch

Chicago (AL) - After announcing Chris Sale would begin serving as the closer earlier in the week, White Sox management changed its tune Friday, saying Sale could return to starting as early as Saturday. With Sale out of the picture, the battle for saves appears to be between Addison Reed and Matt Thornton. What Thornton has in experience, Reed more than makes up for in pure stuff, as his 14 strikeouts in ten innings can attest to. Reed has already converted two saves since Hector Santiago lost the job, and figures to have the clear edge over Thornton for the closing role at this juncture.

New York (AL) - The post-Mariano Rivera save situations have been dicier than the Yankees probably expected, with David Robertson struggling mightily in both his opportunities, on one of which he lost the game after allowing four runs in ninth. Rafael Soriano recorded the save on Thursday, but not before allowing a run of his own in a 5-3 win. Expect the Yankees to stay with Robertson going forward, as the team looks to groom him as their closer of the future, but he'll have a shorter leash if he melts down again.

Washington - Henry Rodriguez demonstrated a short memory after blowing a save Tuesday against Pittsburgh, as he easily dispatched the Pirates in a 4-2 win on Thursday. As has been mentioned in this space before, Rodriguez has a tight grip on the closer job as long as Brad Lidge and Drew Storen remain on the DL. His most likely competition would seem to be Tyler Clippard, but the Nationals prefer him in the middle relief role that earned him an All-Star nod last season.


KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Omar Infante - 2B MIA vs NYM
5/12 1:05 PM
R.A. Dickey 9-16 .563 1 2 3 1 2 .813 .556 1.369
Hanley Ramirez - SS MIA vs NYM
5/12 1:05 PM
R.A. Dickey 6-15 .400 0 3 3 1 1 .600 .438 1.038
Gaby Sanchez - 1B MIA vs NYM
5/12 1:05 PM
R.A. Dickey 5-11 .455 1 4 6 0 2 1.000 .417 1.417
Daniel Murphy - 2B NYM @ MIA
5/12 1:05 PM
Ricky Nolasco 6-17 .353 0 2 1 0 3 .471 .389 .860
David Wright - 3B NYM @ MIA
5/12 1:05 PM
Ricky Nolasco 19-50 .380 4 8 11 3 14 .700 .415 1.115
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT vs HOU
5/12 7:05 PM
J.A. Happ 5-14 .357 1 1 1 1 3 .571 .438 1.009
Ben Zobrist - 2B TB @ BAL
5/12 7:05 PM
Brian Matusz 3-11 .273 1 2 4 2 4 .636 .385 1.021
Gordon Beckham - 2B CWS vs KC
5/12 7:10 PM
Luke Hochevar 6-15 .400 1 1 2 2 1 .600 .471 1.071
Alexei Ramirez - SS CWS vs KC
5/12 7:10 PM
Luke Hochevar 7-15 .467 0 2 2 4 1 .667 .579 1.246
Michael Bourn - OF ATL @ STL
5/12 7:15 PM
Adam Wainwright 8-25 .320 0 3 1 2 7 .480 .370 .850
Justin Upton - OF ARI vs SF
5/12 8:10 PM
Matt Cain 6-20 .300 0 3 0 5 5 .450 .440 .890
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Matt Harrison TEX vs LAA
5/12 1:05 PM
Angels Batters 13-62 .210 3 6 9 9 7 .432 .306 .738
Ricky Nolasco MIA vs NYM
5/12 1:05 PM
Mets Batters 30-96 .312 5 13 14 4 24 .555 .346 .901
Roy Halladay PHI vs SD
5/12 7:05 PM
Padres Batters 22-86 .256 0 2 4 3 21 .279 .281 .560
Matt Cain SF @ ARI
5/12 8:10 PM
Diamondbacks Batters 16-74 .216 2 7 8 11 17 .381 .318 .699

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
David DeJesus - OF CHC @ MIL
5/12 1:05 PM
Shaun Marcum 0-16 .000 0 0 0 3 4 .000 .200 .200
Alberto Callaspo - 3B LAA @ TEX
5/12 1:05 PM
Matt Harrison 3-14 .214 0 0 0 1 0 .214 .267 .481
Torii Hunter - OF LAA @ TEX
5/12 1:05 PM
Matt Harrison 1-10 .100 1 1 3 3 2 .400 .308 .708
Nyjer Morgan - OF MIL vs CHC
5/12 1:05 PM
Chris Volstad 2-12 .167 0 0 1 0 3 .167 .214 .381
Ike Davis - 1B NYM @ MIA
5/12 1:05 PM
Ricky Nolasco 2-11 .182 0 2 1 1 4 .364 .250 .614
Hunter Pence - OF PHI vs SD
5/12 7:05 PM
Edinson Volquez 3-17 .176 1 2 1 1 6 .412 .222 .634
Garrett Jones - 1B PIT vs HOU
5/12 7:05 PM
J.A. Happ 1-12 .083 1 1 2 1 1 .333 .154 .487
Mark Kotsay - OF SD @ PHI
5/12 7:05 PM
Roy Halladay 3-12 .250 0 0 1 0 1 .250 .250 .500
Cameron Maybin - OF SD @ PHI
5/12 7:05 PM
Roy Halladay 1-10 .100 0 0 0 0 3 .100 .100 .200
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS vs KC
5/12 7:10 PM
Luke Hochevar 3-18 .167 1 1 3 4 3 .333 .348 .681
A.J. Pierzynski - C CWS vs KC
5/12 7:10 PM
Luke Hochevar 2-17 .118 0 0 1 0 0 .118 .118 .236
Alex Rios - OF CWS vs KC
5/12 7:10 PM
Shaun Marcum 0-16 .000 0 0 0 3 4 .000 .200 .200
Alberto Callaspo - 3B LAA @ TEX
5/12 1:05 PM
Matt Harrison 3-14 .214 0 0 0 1 0 .214 .267 .481
Torii Hunter - OF LAA @ TEX
5/12 1:05 PM
Matt Harrison 1-10 .100 1 1 3 3 2 .400 .308 .708
Nyjer Morgan - OF MIL vs CHC
5/12 1:05 PM
Chris Volstad 2-12 .167 0 0 1 0 3 .167 .214 .381
Ike Davis - 1B NYM @ MIA
5/12 1:05 PM
Ricky Nolasco 2-11 .182 0 2 1 1 4 .364 .250 .614
Hunter Pence - OF PHI vs SD
5/12 7:05 PM
Edinson Volquez 3-17 .176 1 2 1 1 6 .412 .222 .634
Garrett Jones - 1B PIT vs HOU
5/12 7:05 PM
J.A. Happ 1-12 .083 1 1 2 1 1 .333 .154 .487
Mark Kotsay - OF SD @ PHI
5/12 7:05 PM
Roy Halladay 3-12 .250 0 0 1 0 1 .250 .250 .500
Cameron Maybin - OF SD @ PHI
5/12 7:05 PM
Roy Halladay 1-10 .100 0 0 0 0 3 .100 .100 .200
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS vs KC
5/12 7:10 PM
Luke Hochevar 3-18 .167 1 1 3 4 3 .333 .348 .681
A.J. Pierzynski - C CWS vs KC
5/12 7:10 PM
Luke Hochevar 2-17 .118 0 0 1 0 0 .118 .118 .236
Alex Rios - OF CWS vs KC
5/12 7:10 PM
Luke Hochevar 2-17 .118 0 0 1 0 2 .118 .167 .285
Brian McCann - C ATL @ STL
5/12 7:15 PM
Adam Wainwright 2-15 .133 0 1 1 0 5 .200 .133 .333
Dave Ross - C ATL @ STL
5/12 7:15 PM
Adam Wainwright 2-11 .182 1 2 3 1 4 .545 .250 .795
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL @ STL
5/12 7:15 PM
Adam Wainwright 2-20 .100 1 1 3 1 7 .250 .136 .386
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET @ OAK
5/12 8:05 PM
Brandon McCarthy 1-18 .056 0 0 1 2 6 .056 .143 .199
Cliff Pennington - SS OAK vs DET
5/12 8:05 PM
Doug Fister 1-17 .059 0 1 0 1 3 .118 .111 .229
Miguel Montero - C ARI vs SF
5/12 8:10 PM
Matt Cain 4-20 .200 1 1 3 2 4 .350 .273 .623
Gerardo Parra - OF ARI vs SF
5/12 8:10 PM
Matt Cain 2-14 .143 0 1 2 2 3 .214 .250 .464
Todd Helton - 1B COL @ LAD
5/12 9:10 PM
Aaron Harang 2-12 .167 0 0 2 2 2 .167 .286 .453
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
R.A. Dickey NYM @ Mia
5/12 1:05 PM
Marlins Batters 28-87 .322 2 11 13 4 18 .509 .341 .850
Luke Hochevar KC @ CWS
5/12 7:10 PM
White Sox Batters 20-88 .228 2 4 9 11 10 .346 .332 .677
 

Recommended Pickup

Addison Reed, RP, CHW - There's been tons of closer shakeup lately in baseball, but perhaps none of the recent reliever waiver wire pickups are as spectacular as Reed. Reed wowed scouts as he tore through Chicago's minor league system last season, amassing an other-worldly 112:15 strikeout-to-walk ratio across four levels, ending the season in the majors. He's replicated that success with the White Sox this season, posting a 14:3 ratio to accompany a 0.00 ERA and 0.80 WHIP. The savvy fantasy owners that drafted Reed speculating that he'd wind up as closer would seem to look very smart right now, as he's the favorite to take over the role following the announcement that Chris Sale would return to the rotation. Reed is probably gone in most AL-only leagues, but his ownership stands at just 20.8 percent in ESPN leagues, 40 in CBS leagues, and 31 percent in Yahoo! leagues. Do as Reed does and don't walk - run - to add him to your roster.

Other recent recommendations: Tim Stauffer, Casey Janssen, Alex White, Wei-Yen Chen, and Will Middlebrooks

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