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Adam Wolf

Adam Wolf

Adam began writing for RotoWire in the spring of 2012 as an undergrad student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He primarily serves as the site's day-to-day editor of NHL content, while also working as the Chicago Bears and Colorado Rockies beat writer, managing the site's Closer Grid, and contributing to the football and baseball magazines.

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Saturday's Starters

Yankees (Andy Pettitte - L) at Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann - R), 1:05
Phillies (Cliff Lee - L) at Blue Jays (Ricky Romero - L), 1:07
Brewers (Michael Fiers - R) at Twins (Liam Hendriks - R), 2:10
Royals (Bruce Chen - L) at Cardinals (Joe Kelly - R), 2:15
Rockies (Christian Friedrich - L) at Tigers (Doug Fister - R), 4:05
Pirates (A.J. Burnett - R) at Indians (Ubaldo Jimenez - R), 4:05
Padres (Ross Ohlendorf - R) at Athletics (Tyson Ross - R), 4:05
Orioles (Jason Hammel - R) at Braves (Brandon Beachy - R), 7:15
Red Sox (Jon Lester - L) at Cubs (Jeff Samardzija - R), 7:15
Reds (Homer Bailey - R) at Mets (Jon Niese - L), 7:15
Astros (Lucas Harrell - R) at Rangers (Justin Grimm - R), 7:15
Marlins (Anibal Sanchez - R) at Rays (James Shields - R), 7:15
Diamondbacks (Joe Saunders - L) at Angels (Ervin Santana - R), 10:05
White Sox (Phil Humber - R) at Dodgers (Chad Billingsley - R), 10:10
Giants (Tim Lincecum - R) at Mariners (Kevin Millwood - R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: NYY/WAS, PHI/TOR, MIL/MIN, KC/STL, COL/DET, PIT/CLE, SD/OAK

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Jason Bay, OF, NYM - (Head) Exited Friday's game after colliding with the wall. Possibly sustained a concussion.
Josh Beckett, SP, BOS - (Shoulder) Will miss start on Sunday and could head to DL if forced to miss another, pending an evaluation on Saturday.
Carlos Beltran, OF, NYM - (Illness) Returned to lineup on Friday.
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK - (Hamstring) Said he was available for pinch-hitting duties Friday and could return to lineup at DH this weekend.
Adam Dunn, DH, CWS - (Ankle) Said ankle felt OK after returning Thursday; started in left field on Friday.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL - (Thumb) Out of the lineup on Friday and hasn't appeared in a game since Tuesday.
Josh Hamilton, OF, TEX - (Illness) Likely out for the weekend series against the Astros with intestinal virus.
Drew Hutchison, SP, TOR - (Elbow) Exited Friday start after nine pitches with apparent elbow injury.
Justin Morneau, 1B, MIN - (Forearm) Held out of the lineup due to minor soreness.
Hanley Ramirez, 3B, MIA - (Nose) Scratched from lineup after being hit in the nose while taking batting practice.

Disabled List
Alex Avila, C, DET - (Hamstring) Expects to be ready to return to action when eligible to come off DL on June 21.
John Danks, SP, CWS - (Shoulder) Return to team will be pushed back to at least Thursday.
Andy Dirks, OF, DET - (Achilles) Manager Jim Leyland says Dirks "doesn't appear real close" to returning.
Kyle Drabek, SP, TOR - (Elbow) UCL is partially torn and may require Tommy John surgery.
Neftali Feliz, SP, TEX - (Elbow) Cleared to begin throwing Monday.
Roy Halladay, SP, PHI - (Shoulder) Played catch Friday, making 20-to-25 throws.
Derek Holland, SP, TEX - (Shoulder fatigue/illness) Threw for the first time on Friday since being placed on the DL.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI - (Achilles) Hit two home runs in an intrasquad game on Friday but still not running the bases or playing the field.
Carl Pavano, SP, MIN - (Shoulder) Has yet to resume throwing but hopes to begin a program soon.
Nolan Reimold, OF, BAL - (Neck) Will see a neurosurgeon after MRI showed bulging disk in neck is improving.
Cody Ross, OF, BOS - (Foot) Will not begin rehab assignment until Sunday.
Geovany Soto, C, CHC - (Knee) Could return Monday against the White Sox.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL - (Groin) Will fly to Philadelphia on Monday for further evaluation of injury.
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI - (Knee) Played at second base for the first time during rehab in an intrasquad game on Friday.
Jered Weaver, SP, LAA - (Back) Threw 60 pitches in a simulated game on Friday.

Transactions

Placed on the DL (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Kyle Drabek, SP, TOR
Aubrey Huff, 1B, SF
Wilton Lopez, RP, HOU
Nick Masset, RP, CIN (Transferred to 60-day DL)
Drew Stubbs, OF, CIN

Activated from the DL
Fernando Abad, RP, HOU
Jack Hannahan, 3B, CLE

Called Up
Brett Cecil, SP, TOR
Justin Christian, OF, SF
Scott Cousins, OF, MIA
Brandon Gomes, RP, TB
Willie Harris, OF, CIN
Leonys Martin, OF, TEX
Kris Medlen, RP, ATL

Sent Down
Scott Barnes, RP, CLE

Designated for Assignment
Livan Hernandez, RP, ATL

Closer Watch

Chicago (NL) - Brace yourself, Cubs fans - he's back. Carlos Marmol has returned to closing duties for the Cubs, and successfully converted his third save of the season and first since May 2 against the Red Sox on Friday afternoon. The save was in typical Marmol fashion, as he worked around a hit, error and (what else?) a walk before preserving the 3-0 victory. Though Marmol's four walks in 5.1 innings in June are a marked improvement, he remains highly erratic, meaning James Russell and Shawn Camp could soon usurp him of his duties if or when Marmol's next meltdown occurs.

Detroit - After video appeared to show Jose Valverde spitting in his glove in Sunday's game, Major League Baseball announced on Thursday that Valverde will face no disciplinary measures from the league, ensuring that he will relinquish none of the Tigers' save opportunities in the upcoming days. He picked up his 13th save of the season on Thursday.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Xavier Nady - OF WAS vs NYY
6/16 1:05 PM
Andy Pettitte 4-13 .308 1 1 1 2 2 .538 .400 .938
Shin-Soo Choo - OF CLE vs PIT
6/16 4:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 2-11 .182 1 2 1 3 2 .545 .357 .902
Michael Bourn - OF ATL vs BAL
6/16 7:15 PM
Jason Hammel 4-10 .400 0 2 1 1 0 .600 .455 1.055
John Buck - C MIA @ TB
6/16 7:15 PM
James Shields 4-14 .286 2 3 2 0 2 .786 .286 1.072
Hanley Ramirez - SS MIA @ TB
6/16 7:15 PM
James Shields 8-21 .381 1 2 3 0 4 .571 .391 .962
Orlando Hudson - 2B CWS @ LAD
6/16 10:10 PM
Chad Billingsley 7-20 .350 0 2 1 3 3 .450 .435 .885
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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A.J. Burnett PIT @ CLE
6/16 4:05 PM
Indians Batters 20-93 .215 3 6 7 12 21 .351 .312 .663

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Johnny Damon - DH CLE vs PIT
6/16 4:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 4-22 .182 1 1 1 4 4 .318 .308 .626
Jose Lopez - 3B CLE vs PIT
6/16 4:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 3-16 .188 0 0 1 1 4 .188 .278 .466
David DeJesus - OF CHC vs BOS
6/16 7:15 PM
Jon Lester 1-15 .067 0 0 1 1 3 .067 .118 .185
Jason Kubel - OF ARI @ LAA
6/16 10:05 PM
Ervin Santana 2-14 .143 0 0 0 0 6 .143 .143 .286
Lyle Overbay - 1B ARI @ LAA
6/16 10:05 PM
Ervin Santana 4-21 .190 1 3 1 4 6 .429 .320 .749
Adam Dunn - 1B CWS @ LAD
6/16 10:10 PM
Chad Billingsley 2-12 .167 0 0 1 9 5 .167 .524 .691
Miguel Olivo - C SEA vs SF
6/16 10:10 PM
Tim Lincecum 2-11 .182 0 1 0 0 3 .273 .182 .455
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Recommended Pickup

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