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Thursday's Starters
Pirates (A.J. Burnett – R) at Phillies (Kyle Kendrick – R), 1:05
Nationals (Edwin Jackson – R) at Rockies (Josh Outman – L), 3:10
White Sox (Dylan Axelrod – R) at Yankees (Ivan Nova – R), 7:05
Indians (Zach McAllister – R) at Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen – L), 7:05
Angels (Dan Haren – R) at Blue Jays (Brett Cecil – L), 7:07
Diamondbacks (Trevor Bauer – R) at Braves (Jair Jurrjens – R), 7:10
Tigers (Max Scherzer – R) at Rays (James Shields – R), 7:10
Athletics (Tyson Ross – R) at Rangers (Scott Feldman – R), 8:05
Padres (Andrew Cashner – R) at Astros (Dallas Keuchel – L), 8:05
Red Sox (Franklin Morales – L) at Mariners (Felix Hernandez – R), 10:10
Mets (Chris Young – R) at Dodgers (Chris Capuano – L), 10:10
Reds (Johnny Cueto – R) at Giants (Madison Bumgardner – L), 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: PIT, PHI, WAS, COL

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Henderson Alvarez, RHP, TOR – (Elbow) On track to start Saturday.
Carlos Santana, C, CLE – (Back) Removed from Wednesday’s game with tightness in his back.
Andre Ethier, OF, LAD – (Oblique) Diagnosed with a left oblique injury.
Kevin Millwood, RHP, SEA – (Groin) Removed from Wednesday’s game after reaggravating his groin.
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU – (Hamstring) Did not start Wednesday’s game.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN – Left Wednesday’s game after a collision with Aramis Ramirez.
Ryan Braun, OF, MIL – (Elbow) Did not start Wednesday’s game.
Alex Avila, C, DET – (Knee) Might sit Thursday’s game.
Colby Lewis, RHP, TEX – (Forearm tightness) Should be back shortly after the All-Star Break.

Disabled List
Roy Halladay, RHP, PHI – (Shoulder) Could throw a bullpen session next week.
Dan Hudson, RHP, ARI – (UCL) Diagnosed with a torn UCL.
Brett Anderson, RHP, OAK – (Elbow) Threw a bullpen session Wednesday without issue.
Matt Lindstrom, RHP, BAL – Activated
Andy Pettitte, LHP, NYY – (Ankle) Suffered a broken left ankle in Wednesday’s start.
Bartolo Colon, RHP, OAK – (Oblique) Will throw off a mound Thursday.
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI – (Knee) Activated
John Lackey, RHP, BOS – (Elbow) Has thrown three bullpen sessions and says he is at 70 to 80 percent.
Nick Masset, RHP, CIN – (Shoulder) Completed a fifth bullpen session Wednesday morning.
Jerome Williams, RHP, LAA – (Chest) Reported no issues after throwing a simulated game Monday.
Clay Buchholz, RHP, BOS – (Esophagitis) Out of the hospital.
Kyle Farnsworth, RHP, TB – (Elbow) Fastball reached 96 miles per hour in Tuesday’s rehab appearance.
Carl Pavano, RHP, MIN – (Shoulder) Played long toss but has yet to throw from a mound.
Brandon Morrow, RHP, TOR – (Oblique) Played catch this week.
CC Sabathia, LHP, NYY – (Groin) Placed on the DL.
Luke Scott, OF, TB – (Back) Expected to be activated from the DL on Thursday.
Chris Carpenter, RHP, STL – (Shoulder) Able to throw on Wednesday.
Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC – (Hip) Started rehab stint at Triple-A Omaha.
Ramon Hernandez, C, COL – (Hand) Took 30 swings off a batting tee Tuesday.
Juan Nicasio, RHP, COL – (Knee) Encouraged by a 30-pitch session against live hitting Tuesday.
Neftali Feliz, RHP, TEX – (Elbow) Threw from flat ground Tuesday.
Alexi Ogando, RHP, TEX – (Groin) Threw long toss Tuesday.
Derek Holland, LHP, TEX – (Shoulder fatigue) May return to rotation after two rehab starts.
Pedro Feliciano, LHP, NYY – (Rotator cuff) Threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Tuesday.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI – (Achilles) Could be back with Phillies after the All-Star Break.
Ryan Sweeney, OF, BOS – (Toe) Fitted for an orthotic Tuesday.
Andrew Bailey, RHP, BOS – (Thumb) Played catch Tuesday.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, BOS – (Shoulder) Will begin rehab assignment Friday.
Shaun Marcus, RHP, MIL – (Elbow) Felt better during a throwing session Tuesday.

Transactions
Will Ohman, LHP, ATL – Designated for assignment
Vinny Rottino, 3B, CLE – Claimed off waivers
Randy Wells, RHP, CHC – Designated for assignment
Humberto Quintero, C, KC – Designated for assignment
Hector Gomez, SS, COL – Placed on waivers

Optioned to Triple-A
Jonathan Albaladejo, RHP, ARI
Jeff Manship, RHP, MIN
Steve Tolleson, 2B, BAL
Michael Martinez, 2B, PHI
Fernando Martinez, OF, HOU
Francisley Bueno, LHP, KC
Zach Putnam, RHP, COL

Called Up
Pat Corbin, LHP, ARI
Adam Warren, RHP, NYY
Kyle Waldrop, LHP, MIN
Rafael Dolis, RHP, CHC
Jason Bourgeois, OF, KC
Everett Teaford, LHP, KC
Edwar Cabrera, LHP, COL

Closer Watch
Tigers – Jose Valverde (wrist) pitched a scoreless eighth inning in Tuesday’s 7-5 loss to Texas. It was the first time he entered a game in 11 days. He will now be back in line pitch in save situations in Detroit.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Jim Thome - 1B PHI vs PIT
6/28 1:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 10-36 .278 0 7 8 7 11 .500 .395 .895
Chase Utley - 2B PHI vs PIT
6/28 1:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 7-23 .304 1 2 5 1 7 .522 .385 .907
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT @ PHI
6/28 1:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 4-12 .333 0 2 2 1 0 .500 .385 .885
Michael Cuddyer - OF COL vs WAS
6/28 3:10 PM
Edwin Jackson 7-15 .467 1 2 6 3 2 .800 .556 1.356
Jason Giambi - 1B COL vs WAS
6/28 3:10 PM
Edwin Jackson 5-16 .313 1 2 5 4 2 .563 .450 1.013
Todd Helton - 1B COL vs WAS
6/28 3:10 PM
Edwin Jackson 6-14 .429 0 2 4 4 2 .571 .556 1.127
Marco Scutaro - SS COL vs WAS
6/28 3:10 PM
Edwin Jackson 6-20 .300 2 2 5 0 2 .600 .300 .900
Gordon Beckham - 2B CWS @ NYY
6/28 7:05 PM
Ivan Nova 5-11 .455 0 1 3 3 4 .545 .571 1.117
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS @ NYY
6/28 7:05 PM
Ivan Nova 8-17 .471 0 0 0 1 3 .471 .500 .971
Peter Bourjos - OF LAA @ TOR
6/28 7:07 PM
Brett Cecil 4-12 .333 0 4 5 0 2 .833 .333 1.167
Alberto Callaspo - 3B LAA @ TOR
6/28 7:07 PM
Brett Cecil 9-20 .450 0 2 2 0 0 .550 .450 1.000
Howie Kendrick - 2B LAA @ TOR
6/28 7:07 PM
Brett Cecil 9-25 .360 3 5 5 0 2 .800 .360 1.160
Jose Bautista - 3B TOR vs LAA
6/28 7:07 PM
Dan Haren 7-20 .350 3 3 3 1 4 .800 .381 1.181
Edwin Encarnacion - 3B TOR vs LAA
6/28 7:07 PM
Dan Haren 9-23 .391 2 2 2 0 2 .652 .391 1.043
Kelly Johnson - 2B TOR vs LAA
6/28 7:07 PM
Dan Haren 5-11 .455 0 5 2 2 3 .909 .538 1.448
Adam Lind - 1B TOR vs LAA
6/28 7:07 PM
Dan Haren 4-12 .333 1 1 1 3 2 .583 .467 1.050
Stephen Drew - SS ARI @ ATL
6/28 7:10 PM
Jair Jurrjens 5-16 .313 0 3 0 0 2 .563 .313 .875
Chris Young - OF ARI @ ATL
6/28 7:10 PM
Jair Jurrjens 3-13 .231 2 3 2 1 4 .769 .286 1.055
Miguel Cabrera - 3B DET @ TB
6/28 7:10 PM
James Shields 8-19 .421 1 5 2 2 4 .789 .476 1.265
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET @ TB
6/28 7:10 PM
James Shields 8-16 .500 3 4 8 1 4 1.125 .500 1.625
Ramon Santiago - 2B DET @ TB
6/28 7:10 PM
James Shields 5-12 .417 0 1 0 0 4 .500 .417 .917
Mike Aviles - 2B BOS @ SEA
6/28 10:10 PM
Felix Hernandez 9-18 .500 0 1 3 0 4 .556 .500 1.056
David Ortiz - DH BOS @ SEA
6/28 10:10 PM
Felix Hernandez 9-33 .273 1 4 8 7 7 .455 .400 .855
Dustin Pedroia - 2B BOS @ SEA
6/28 10:10 PM
Felix Hernandez 18-40 .450 2 3 5 4 4 .625 .500 1.125
Andre Ethier - OF LAD vs NYM
6/28 10:10 PM
Chris Young 12-29 .414 6 8 10 5 4 1.103 .500 1.603
James Loney - 1B LAD vs NYM
6/28 10:10 PM
Chris Young 6-17 .353 0 2 1 2 1 .471 .421 .892
David Wright - 3B NYM @ LAD
6/28 10:10 PM
Chris Capuano 4-12 .333 1 2 1 1 1 .667 .385 1.052
Brandon Phillips - 2B CIN @ SF
6/28 10:15 PM
Madison Bumgarner 5-12 .417 0 0 2 2 0 .417 .500 .917
Joey Votto - 1B CIN @ SF
6/28 10:15 PM
Madison Bumgarner 5-14 .357 1 1 2 0 5 .571 .357 .929
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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XBH
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RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
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OBP
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KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Neil Walker - 2B PIT @ PHI
6/28 1:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 1-10 .100 0 0 0 0 2 .100 .100 .200
Tyler Colvin - OF COL vs WAS
6/28 3:10 PM
Edwin Jackson 2-10 .200 0 0 2 0 2 .200 .200 .400
Adam Dunn - 1B CWS @ NYY
6/28 7:05 PM
Ivan Nova 0-15 .000 0 0 0 0 5 .000 .000 .000
A.J. Pierzynski - C CWS @ NYY
6/28 7:05 PM
Ivan Nova 1-14 .071 0 0 0 3 2 .071 .235 .307
Alex Rios - OF CWS @ NYY
6/28 7:05 PM
Ivan Nova 3-12 .250 0 0 0 0 1 .250 .250 .500
Erick Aybar - SS LAA @ TOR
6/28 7:07 PM
Brett Cecil 0-12 .000 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .143 .143
J.P. Arencibia - C TOR vs LAA
6/28 7:07 PM
Dan Haren 0-15 .000 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000
Colby Rasmus - OF TOR vs LAA
6/28 7:07 PM
Dan Haren 3-25 .120 1 1 1 1 7 .240 .154 .394
Omar Vizquel - 3B TOR vs LAA
6/28 7:07 PM
Dan Haren 6-32 .188 0 0 0 0 3 .188 .188 .375
Justin Upton - OF ARI @ ATL
6/28 7:10 PM
Jair Jurrjens 0-11 .000 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000
Delmon Young - OF DET @ TB
6/28 7:10 PM
James Shields 1-14 .071 0 1 3 3 1 .143 .235 .378
Cliff Pennington - SS OAK @ TEX
6/28 8:05 PM
Scott Feldman 2-11 .182 0 1 0 2 2 .364 .308 .672
Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C BOS @ SEA
6/28 10:10 PM
Felix Hernandez 5-28 .179 0 1 0 1 10 .214 .207 .421
Kelly Shoppach - C BOS @ SEA
6/28 10:10 PM
Felix Hernandez 0-11 .000 0 0 0 1 9 .000 .083 .083
Jerry Hairston Jr. - 3B LAD vs NYM
6/28 10:10 PM
Chris Young 1-11 .091 0 0 1 0 1 .091 .091 .182
Juan Uribe - 3B LAD vs NYM
6/28 10:10 PM
Chris Young 2-11 .182 0 1 0 1 3 .273 .250 .523
Ronny Cedeno - SS NYM @ LAD
6/28 10:10 PM
Chris Capuano 3-28 .107 0 2 1 1 3 .214 .138 .352
Jay Bruce - OF CIN @ SF
6/28 10:15 PM
Madison Bumgarner 2-12 .167 0 0 4 0 4 .167 .167 .333
Ryan Ludwick - OF CIN @ SF
6/28 10:15 PM
Madison Bumgarner 2-27 .074 0 2 4 3 5 .148 .167 .315
Nate Schierholtz - OF SF vs CIN
6/28 10:15 PM
Johnny Cueto 0-12 .000 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Edwin Jackson WAS @ Col
6/28 3:10 PM
Rockies Batters 34-97 .351 4 13 30 12 14 .588 .422 1.010
Brett Cecil TOR vs LAA
6/28 7:07 PM
Angels Batters 39-134 .291 7 20 26 6 17 .543 .321 .864
James Shields TB vs Det
6/28 7:10 PM
Tigers Batters 27-86 .314 5 12 16 8 22 .565 .367 .932
Chris Young NYM @ LAD
6/28 10:10 PM
Dodgers Batters 26-91 .286 7 13 14 8 13 .603 .343 .947
Johnny Cueto CIN @ SF
6/28 10:15 PM
Giants Batters 22-97 .227 1 5 2 9 7 .315 .292 .608
 



Recommended Pickup: Dillon Gee, RHP, NYM: If you’re really into neatly trimmed facial hair, Gee probably isn’t your guy. But if you base your pickups purely on baseball reasons, Gee might actually have some value. He struggled in his most recent start in Chicago on Tuesday, but heading into Tuesday night, he had been on a nice roll.

He had allowed three or fewer earned runs while throwing six or more innings in his previous seven starts. Over that time period, Gee went 3-2 with a 3.02 ERA lowering his ERA from 5.65 to 4.27. He also averaged 6.8 innings per start over that seven-start stretch. He is only owned in 24 percent of ESPN leagues so should be available in most situations.

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