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Saturday's Starters

Red Sox (Felix Doubront - L) at Blue Jays (Kyle Drabek - R), 1:07
Athletics (Brandon McCarthy - R) at Royals (Luke Hochevar - R), 2:10
Braves (Brandon Beachy - R) at Nationals (Stephen Strasburg - R), 4:05
Marlins (Ricky Nolasco - R) at Phillies (Cole Hamels - L), 4:05
Orioles (Brian Matusz - L) at Rays (Jeremy Hellickson - R), 4:10
Dodgers (Aaron Harang - R) at Rockies (Juan Nicasio - R), 4:10
Mariners (Hector Noesi - R) at White Sox (Gavin Floyd - R), 4:10
Cardinals (Lance Lynn - R) at Mets (R.A. Dickey - R), 4:10
Pirates (Erik Bedard - L) at Brewers (Shaun Marcum - R), 7:10
Diamondbacks (Daniel Hudson - R) at Padres (Edinson Volquez - R), 7:15
Cubs (Matt Garza - R) at Giants (Matt Cain - R), 7:15
Reds (Mat Latos - R) at Astros (Wandy Rodriguez - L), 7:15
Twins (P.J. Walters - R) at Indians (Josh Tomlin - R), 7:15
Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda - R) at Tigers (Rick Porcello - R), 7:15
Rangers (Yu Darvish - R) at Angels (C.J. Wilson - L), 10:05

Day Game After Night Game: BOS/TOR, OAK/KC, ATL/WAS, MIA/PHI, BAL/TB, LAD/COL, SEA/CWS, STL/NYM

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Ryan Braun, OF, MIL - (Achilles) Returned to lineup Friday after sitting out Thursday for precautionary reasons.
Alejandro De Aza, OF, CWS - (Knee) Returned to lineup Friday.
Andy Dirks, OF, DET - (Achilles) Not in the lineup on Friday after soreness worsened overnight.
Kelly Johnson, 2B, TOR - (Hamstring) Returned to lineup on Friday and will be closely monitored in coming days.
Adam Jones, OF, BAL - (Wrist) Appeared in the starting lineup Friday.
George Kottaras, C, MIL - (Hamstring) Listed in lineup Friday against the Pirates.
Cameron Maybin, OF, SD - (Wrist) Returned to San Diego lineup on Friday.
Brandon Morrow, SP, TOR - (Shin) Will throw scheduled bullpen session on Sunday.
Sergio Romo, RP, SF - (Knee) Threw bullpen session on Friday and should be available for this weekend's series.
Carlos Ruiz, C, PHI - (Hamstring) Returned to lineup Friday.
Ruben Tejada, SS, NYM - (Quad) Ran at Citi Field Friday and will begin playing in rehab games soon.
Shane Victorino, OF, PHI - (Hand) Missed Friday's game following cortisone shot earlier in the day.
Rickie Weeks, 2B, MIL - (Illness) Out of the lineup on Friday.

Disabled List
Jason Bay, OF, NYM - (Ribs) Will play in a minor league game with High-A St. Lucie on Saturday.
Zach Britton, SP, BAL - (Shoulder) Will make his third rehab start at Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday.
Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC - (Hip) Could be ready to start rehab assignment in about one week.
Brett Gardner, OF, NYY - (Elbow) Expected back as early as next weekend or shortly thereafter.
Jon Jay, OF, STL - (Shoulder) Recovery is not going as planned and will rest for the next seven-to-ten days.
Desmond Jennings, OF, TB - (Knee) Went 1-for-3 with a double and run in first rehab game with Class A Charlotte on Thursday.
Ted Lilly, SP, LAD - (Shoulder) MRI revels no new damage to shoulder.
Evan Longoria, 3B, TB - (Hamstring) Could resume playing in minor league games by June 15.
Nick Markakis, OF, BAL - (Wrist) Underwent successful surgery Friday morning.
Salvador Perez, C, KC - (Knee) Could be ready to begin rehab assignment in about a week.
Nolan Reimold, OF, BAL - (Neck) No longer has pain in left shoulder and arm.
Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL - (Concussion) Advanced to Double-A Bowie to continue rehab assignment.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF - (Hand) Could begin a rehab assignment at Single-A San Jose this weekend.
Carlos Santana, C, CLE - (Concussion) Expected to return next week.
Skip Schumaker, 2B, STL - (Hamstring) Expected out for 2-to-4 weeks.
Josh Thole, C, NYM - (Concussion) Returned to lineup on Friday.
Jim Thome, 1B, PHI - (Back) Began rehab assignment on Friday.
Joe Wieland, SP, SD - (Elbow) Began rehab throwing program last week.
Chris Young, SP, NYM - (Shoulder) Will make two more rehab starts at Triple-A Buffalo on regular rest before rejoining Mets.

Transactions

Placed on the DL (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Charlie Morton, SP, PIT
Nick Markakis, OF, BAL
Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL (Transferred to 60-day DL)
Skip Schumaker, OF, STL
George Sherrill, RP, SEA (Transferred to 60-day DL)

Activated from the DL
Yuniesky Betancourt, 2B, KC
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK
Allen Craig, OF, STL
Juan Cruz, RP, PIT (Restricted list)
Jason Kubel, OF, ARI (Paternity leave)
Michael Morse, OF, WAS
Josh Thole, C, NYM

Called Up
Robert Coello, RP, TOR
Casey Crosby, SP, DET
Sam Freeman, RP, STL
Yasmani Grandal, C, SD
Bill Hall, 2B, BAL
Stephen Pryor, RP, SEA
Elvin Ramirez, RP, NYM
Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL

Sent Down
Corey Brown, OF, WAS
Irving Falu, 2B, KC
Rob Johnson, C, NYM
A.J. Pollock, OF, ARI

Designated For Assignment
Michael Bowden, RP, CHC
Chris Schwinden, P, NYM
Jeff Suppan, SP, SD

Signed
Alfredo Belizaire, RP, CHC
Michael Main, OF, MIA

Claimed off Waivers
Jairo Asencio, RP, CHC

Closer Watch

This column was posted Friday night, and with the three games on Thursday absent of any save opportunities, there is little new information to glean on the closing front as of writing. Nevertheless, pay close attention to the closing situations in Los Angeles (AL), Chicago (NL), San Diego and Seattle, teams that have suffered much closer turmoil in recent days.



KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Chris Coghlan - OF MIA @ PHI
6/2 4:05 PM
Cole Hamels 7-17 .412 2 4 4 3 4 .882 .500 1.382
Hunter Pence - OF PHI vs MIA
6/2 4:05 PM
Ricky Nolasco 4-14 .286 3 4 5 1 2 1.000 .333 1.333
Jimmy Rollins - SS PHI vs MIA
6/2 4:05 PM
Ricky Nolasco 6-25 .240 2 5 3 1 3 .600 .269 .869
Ichiro Suzuki - OF SEA @ CWS
6/2 4:10 PM
Gavin Floyd 11-29 .379 0 2 1 3 2 .448 .438 .886
Ben Zobrist - 2B TB vs BAL
6/2 4:10 PM
Brian Matusz 3-11 .273 1 2 4 2 4 .636 .385 1.021
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY @ DET
6/2 7:15 PM
Rick Porcello 5-11 .455 0 1 1 0 0 .545 .455 1.000
Nick Swisher - OF NYY @ DET
6/2 7:15 PM
Rick Porcello 3-10 .300 1 1 4 2 2 .600 .417 1.017
Aubrey Huff - 1B SF vs CHC
6/2 7:15 PM
Matt Garza 3-15 .200 1 3 2 2 1 .600 .294 .894
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX @ LAA
6/2 10:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 7-19 .368 1 4 3 2 4 .684 .429 1.113
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Luke Hochevar KC vs OAK
6/2 2:10 PM
Athletics Batters 10-60 .167 1 5 4 2 11 .277 .194 .471
Ricky Nolasco MIA @ PHI
6/2 4:05 PM
Phillies Batters 29-135 .215 6 17 10 7 17 .436 .258 .695
Matt Cain SF vs CHC
6/2 7:15 PM
Cubs Batters 14-65 .215 2 5 6 8 21 .382 .301 .684

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Daric Barton - 1B OAK @ KC
6/2 2:10 PM
Luke Hochevar 2-11 .182 0 0 0 1 3 .182 .250 .432
Kurt Suzuki - C OAK @ KC
6/2 2:10 PM
Luke Hochevar 2-13 .154 0 1 1 0 0 .231 .154 .385
Juan Pierre - OF PHI vs MIA
6/2 4:05 PM
Ricky Nolasco 2-10 .200 0 1 0 0 1 .300 .200 .500
Carlos Ruiz - C PHI vs MIA
6/2 4:05 PM
Ricky Nolasco 1-11 .091 0 0 0 2 1 .091 .286 .377
Shane Victorino - OF PHI vs MIA
6/2 4:05 PM
Ricky Nolasco 4-23 .174 0 2 0 1 4 .261 .208 .469
Ty Wigginton - 3B PHI vs MIA
6/2 4:05 PM
Ricky Nolasco 1-10 .100 0 1 0 0 2 .200 .100 .300
Todd Helton - 1B COL vs LAD
6/2 4:10 PM
Aaron Harang 2-12 .167 0 0 2 2 2 .167 .286 .453
Miguel Olivo - C SEA @ CWS
6/2 4:10 PM
Gavin Floyd 2-10 .200 0 2 0 1 4 .400 .273 .673
Justin Smoak - 1B SEA @ CWS
6/2 4:10 PM
Gavin Floyd 1-13 .077 1 1 1 1 3 .308 .143 .451
Jeff Baker - 1B CHC @ SF
6/2 7:15 PM
Matt Cain 2-11 .182 0 0 0

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Daric Barton - 1B OAK @ KC
6/2 2:10 PM
Luke Hochevar 2-11 .182 0 0 0 1 3 .182 .250 .432
Kurt Suzuki - C OAK @ KC
6/2 2:10 PM
Luke Hochevar 2-13 .154 0 1 1 0 0 .231 .154 .385
Juan Pierre - OF PHI vs MIA
6/2 4:05 PM
Ricky Nolasco 2-10 .200 0 1 0 0 1 .300 .200 .500
Carlos Ruiz - C PHI vs MIA
6/2 4:05 PM
Ricky Nolasco 1-11 .091 0 0 0 2 1 .091 .286 .377
Shane Victorino - OF PHI vs MIA
6/2 4:05 PM
Ricky Nolasco 4-23 .174 0 2 0 1 4 .261 .208 .469
Ty Wigginton - 3B PHI vs MIA
6/2 4:05 PM
Ricky Nolasco 1-10 .100 0 1 0 0 2 .200 .100 .300
Todd Helton - 1B COL vs LAD
6/2 4:10 PM
Aaron Harang 2-12 .167 0 0 2 2 2 .167 .286 .453
Miguel Olivo - C SEA @ CWS
6/2 4:10 PM
Gavin Floyd 2-10 .200 0 2 0 1 4 .400 .273 .673
Justin Smoak - 1B SEA @ CWS
6/2 4:10 PM
Gavin Floyd 1-13 .077 1 1 1 1 3 .308 .143 .451
Jeff Baker - 1B CHC @ SF
6/2 7:15 PM
Matt Cain 2-11 .182 0 0 0 0 4 .182 .182 .364
Ian Stewart - 3B CHC @ SF
6/2 7:15 PM
Matt Cain 5-25 .200 1 2 2 2 11 .400 .259 .659
Jay Bruce - OF CIN @ HOU
6/2 7:15 PM
Wandy Rodriguez 1-20 .050 0 0 0 0 11 .050 .050 .100
Drew Stubbs - OF CIN @ HOU
6/2 7:15 PM
Wandy Rodriguez 1-13 .077 0 0 0 3 8 .077 .250 .327
Mark Teixeira - 1B NYY @ DET
6/2 7:15 PM
Rick Porcello 1-10 .100 0 0 0 1 0 .100 .182 .282
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Cole Hamels PHI vs Mia
6/2 4:05 PM
Marlins Batters 46-151 .305 3 19 15 12 33 .476 .353 .829
Rick Porcello DET vs NYY
6/2 7:15 PM
Yankees Batters 17-64 .266 1 4 7 7 7 .377 .338 .716
 
Recommended Pickup

P.J. Walters, SP, MIN - At 27 years old, Walters doesn't have the cachet of many of the hot pitching prospects called up thus far in the season, but he's been just as effective as most. He's turned in four quality starts in four outings, and that should be enough of a sample size to put him on the radar of fantasy players in deep leagues and AL-only leagues. In his previous cups of coffee in the majors, Walters was undermined by surrending walks and home runs, and while those issues haven't necessarily gone away with the Twins, he has limited his overall hits allowed, resulting in a tidy 1.17 WHIP. With the Twins' rotation in shambles, Walters should be a fixture in the pitching corps for the rest of the season, and stands to benefit from feasting on the weaker lineups of the AL Central, such as the Cleveland lineup he will face on Saturday. His current level of performance is probably not sustainable, but if he can keep his ERA around 4.00 going forward while maintaining his respectable strikeout rate, he might not be a bad choice to round out your fantasy staff.

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