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Clay Link

Hailing from the not-so-mean streets of Arcanum, Ohio, Clay is a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He began writing for RotoWire in the fall of 2011, and now contributes to breaking news and NFL Draft content, in addition to his duties covering the Braves and Raiders.

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Sunday's Starters
Padres (Edinson Volquez - R) at Mets (R.A. Dickey - R), 1:10
Rockies (Jamie Moyer - L) at Reds (Mat Latos - R), 1:10
Giants (Matt Cain - R) at Marlins (Ricky Nolasco - R), 1:10
Cubs (Matt Garza - R) at Pirates (Erik Bedard - L), 1:35
Rays (Jeremy Hellickson - R) at Red Sox (Clay Buchholz - R), 1:35
Royals (Luke Hochevar - R) at Orioles (Brian Matusz - L), 1:35
Tigers (Rick Porcello - R) at Twins (P.J. Walters - R), 2:10
Indians (Ubaldo Jimenez - R) at White Sox (Gavin Floyd - R), 2:10
Phillies (Roy Halladay - R) at Cardinals (Adam Wainwright - R), 2:15
Blue Jays (Kyle Drabek - R) at Rangers (Yu Darvish - R), 3:05
Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda - R) at Athletics (Tommy Milone - L), 4:05
Angels (C.J. Wilson - L) at Mariners (Hector Noesi - R), 4:10
Astros (J.A. Happ - L) at Dodgers (Chris Capuano - L), 4:10
Brewers (Randy Wolf - L) at Diamondbacks (Daniel Hudson - R), 4:10
Nationals (Gio Gonzalez - L) at Braves (Brandon Beachy - R), 8:05
Day Game After Night Game: LAA, SEA, CHC, PIT, COL, CIN, PHI, STL, TB, BOS, MIL, AZ, HOU, LAD

Injuries

Day-to-Day
David Ross, C, ATL -- (Groin) Hopes to only miss a couple days.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL -- (Eye) Scratched from Saturday's lineup with vision problems.
Dexter Fowler, OF, COL -- (Ankle) Missed third consecutive start Saturday.
Ronny Cedeno, SS, NYM -- (Leg) Left Saturday's game with leg cramp.
Cameron Maybin, OF, SD -- (Wrist) X-Rays confirmed a sprained right wrist, but thinks he'll only need a few days off.
Chris Young, OF, AZ -- (Shoulder) Held out of Saturday's starting lineup.
Miguel Montero, C, AZ -- (Groin) Missed fourth straight game Saturday.
Mike Napoli, C, TEX -- (Illness) Was out of Saturday's starting lineup for the second straight day, came off the bench and went 0-for-2.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE -- (Hamstring) Was out of Saturday's starting lineup after leaving Friday's game with a sore hamstring.
Graham Godfrey, SP, OAK -- (Finger) Threw a bullpen session Saturday without issue, will likely start Monday against the Twins.
Jarrod Dyson, OF, KC -- (Hamstring) Suffered a bruised right hamstring Saturday after a collision with teammate Alex Gordon.
Torii Hunter, OF, ANA -- (Personal) Still no return date set.
Carl Pavano, SP, MIN -- (Shoulder) Gave up six runs on 10 hits over 4.1 innings on Saturday.

Disabled List
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK -- (Hand) Said his hand felt fine after BP session Saturday, but he's going on a short rehab assignment.
Allen Craig, OF, STL -- (Hamstring) Took batting practice and fielded ground balls Friday.
Houston Street, RP, SD -- (Shoulder) Could begin his rehab assignment next week.
Brandon Inge, 3B, OAK -- (Groin) Began two-game rehab assignment Friday and remains on track to return from the DL on Monday.
Brandon McCarthy, SP, OAK -- (Shoulder) Threw from flat ground Friday for the first time since his injury.
Nick Blackburn, SP, MIN -- (Thigh) Will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday.
Jim Thome, 1B, PHI -- (Back) Played in third straight extended spring training game Friday.
Justin De Fratus, RP, PHI -- (Elbow) Began a throwing program Friday.
Michael Martinez, 2B, PHI -- (Foot) Played in a simulated game Friday.
Tim Stauffer, SP, SD -- (Elbow) Won't be ready to pitch by the time he's eligible to come off the DL (5/30).
Neftali Feliz, SP, TEX -- (Elbow) Wants to return to the rotation when healthy.
LaTroy Hawkins, RP, ANA -- (Finger) Threw off a mound Friday.
Salvador Perez, C, KC -- (Knee) Went 4-for-4 with a homer in an extended spring training game Friday, his first game action since the injury.
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS, KC -- (Ankle) Returned to game action at Double-A, played four innings Friday and reported no issues.
Ryan Kalish, OF, BOS -- (Shoulder) Began rehab assignment with High-A Salem on Saturday.

Transactions 

Placed on the 15-day DL
Chipper Jones, 3B, ATL (retroactive to 5/24)
Cesar Izturis, SS, MIL
Marco Estrada, SP, MIL
Rafael Perez, RP, CLE (transferred to 60-day DL)
Carlos Santana, C, CLE (7-day DL)

Activated from DL
N/A

Optioned to Triple-A
Jason Marquis, SP, MIN (released)
Bill Hall, OF, BAL
Fernando Salas, RP, STL

Called Up
Chuckie Fick, RP, STL
Edwin Maysonet, SS, MIL
Luke Carlin, C, CLE
J.C. Boscan, C, ATL


Closer Watch

Marlins - Steve Cishek replaced a struggling Heath Bell in the ninth inning of Friday's game and recorded the final two outs en route to his first save of the season. Marlins skipper Ozzie Guillen then brought Cishek in with one out in the eighth inning on Saturday. He recorded the final two outs of the inning and gave way to Heath Bell in the top of the ninth. Bell proceeded to allow a hit and two walks while recording just one out and was yanked in favor of left-hander Randy Choate, who was able to shut the door on the Giants. Though Choate was likely brought in with two lefties due up, Guillen's patience with Bell might be running out. Bell did recently convert four saves in five days for the Marlins, but these back-to-back rough outings (combined with his current 8.47 ERA) may soon lead to him losing his job as closer.

Nationals - Tyler Clippard recorded the final two outs of Saturday's game against Atlanta to earn his third save in four days. Since Henry Rodriguez was relegated to the set-up role, Clippard has emerged as the clear favorite for save opportunities. Though the Nats are still technically using a closer committee at the moment, look for the right-handed Clippard to get the call in most situations.

Blue Jays - Casey Janssen was brought in at the start of the ninth inning on Saturday, with the game tied 5-5. He went 1.2 innings, and when Toronto got the lead in the top of the 13th, it was the recently recalled Ryota Igarashi who came out to start the bottom of the inning. He allowed a walk and a double and was replaced by Jason Frasor, who gave up a two-run blast to Josh Hamilton and was charged the blown save. If anything, these performances just further supplant Janssen as the closer while Sergio Santos (shoulder) is out.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Hanley Ramirez - SS MIA vs SF
5/27 1:10 PM
Matt Cain 6-17 .353 1 3 1 2 4 .647 .421 1.068
Jose Reyes - SS MIA vs SF
5/27 1:10 PM
Matt Cain 8-14 .571 1 5 5 2 2 1.214 .647 1.861
B.J. Upton - OF TB @ BOS
5/27 1:35 PM
Clay Buchholz 4-10 .400 1 2 1 2 3 .800 .500 1.300
Shin-Soo Choo - OF CLE @ CWS
5/27 2:10 PM
Gavin Floyd 6-14 .429 1 1 9 3 3 .643 .529 1.172
Johnny Damon - DH CLE @ CWS
5/27 2:10 PM
Gavin Floyd 12-22 .545 1 2 4 4 2 .727 .615 1.342
Jose Lopez - 3B CLE @ CWS
5/27 2:10 PM
Gavin Floyd 8-23 .348 0 4 1 1 1 .522 .375 .897
Carlos Beltran - OF STL vs PHI
5/27 2:15 PM
Roy Halladay 13-35 .371 2 3 10 1 7 .571 .378 .949
Seth Smith - OF OAK vs NYY
5/27 4:05 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 6-14 .429 0 1 2 2 2 .571 .500 1.071
Justin Upton - OF ARI vs MIL
5/27 4:10 PM
Randy Wolf 3-14 .214 1 2 4 3 4 .500 .353 .853
Chris Young - OF ARI vs MIL
5/27 4:10 PM
Randy Wolf 6-21 .286 1 3 2 2 8 .524 .400 .924
Justin Smoak - 1B SEA vs LAA
5/27 4:10 PM
C.J. Wilson 3-10 .300 1 1 3 0 2 .600 .300 .900
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
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BB K Opp
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Adam Wainwright STL vs PHI
5/27 2:15 PM
Phillies Batters 36-125 .288 3 12 10 2 27 .430 .297 .726

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Miguel Cairo - 3B CIN vs COL
5/27 1:10 PM
Jamie Moyer 1-14 .071 0 0 0 0 2 .071 .071 .142
Ryan Ludwick - OF CIN vs COL
5/27 1:10 PM
Jamie Moyer 1-12 .083 0 0 0 1 6 .083 .154 .237
Aubrey Huff - 1B SF @ MIA
5/27 1:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 1-10 .100 1 1 1 1 2 .400 .182 .582
Rod Barajas - C PIT vs CHC
5/27 1:35 PM
Matt Garza 4-19 .211 0 0 1 0 3 .211 .200 .411
Carlos Pena - 1B TB @ BOS
5/27 1:35 PM
Clay Buchholz 2-15 .133 1 1 1 2 4 .333 .235 .568
Luke Scott - DH TB @ BOS
5/27 1:35 PM
Clay Buchholz 3-19 .158 1 2 1 3 4 .368 .273 .641
Travis Hafner - DH CLE @ CWS
5/27 2:10 PM
Gavin Floyd 1-11 .091 0 1 0 1 2 .182 .167 .349
Casey Kotchman - 1B CLE @ CWS
5/27 2:10 PM
Gavin Floyd 2-13 .154 0 0 0 2 2 .154 .313 .467
Joe Mauer - C MIN vs DET
5/27 2:10 PM
Rick Porcello 2-11 .182 0 1 0 2 2 .273 .308 .581
Placido Polanco - 3B PHI @ STL
5/27 2:15 PM
Adam Wainwright 3-12 .250 0 0 0 0 2 .250 .250 .500
Carlos Lee - OF HOU @ LAD
5/27 4:10 PM
Chris Capuano 2-11 .182 0 0 1 1 2 .182 .250 .432
Michael Saunders - OF SEA vs LAA
5/27 4:10 PM
C.J. Wilson 2-12 .167 0 0 1 3 4 .167 .333 .500
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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BB K Opp
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Gavin Floyd CWS vs Cle
5/27 2:10 PM
Indians Batters 37-105 .352 3 10 15 16 15 .514 .444 .957
Randy Wolf MIL @ Ari
5/27 4:10 PM
Diamondbacks Batters 22-67 .328 3 9 11 8 19 .539 .408 .947
 


Recommended Pickup
(Steve Cishek is highly recommended after Heath Bell struggled again Saturday, but he was our recommended pickup yesterday)

Juan Francisco, 3B, ATL - The 24-year-old has been in the Braves' starting lineup seven of the past eight days, and he has two homers and four RBI over that stretch. He went 3-for-4 in Saturday's contest, and with Chipper Jones (calf) being placed on the disabled list Friday, Francisco figures to see frequent action at the hot corner until Jones' return. While he's batting just .226 on the year, Francisco might provide you some cheap power (five homers already) over the next few weeks.
Other Recent Recommendations: Steve Cishek, Justin Morneau, Alex Cobb, Tyler Clippard, Jarrod Saltalamacchia

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