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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
Braves (Ben Sheets - R) at Nationals (Edwin Jackson - R), 1:05 (Game 1)
Dodgers (Chris Capuano - L) at Mets (Miguel Batista - R), 1:10
White Sox (Chris Sale - L) at Tigers (Rick Porcello - R), 4:05
Giants (Matt Cain - R) at Phillies (Cole Hamels - L), 4:05
Rangers (Yu Darvish - R) at Angels (Ervin Santana - R), 4:05
Braves (Randall Delgado - R) at Nationals (John Lannan - L), 7:05 (Game 2)
Orioles (Chris Tillman - R) at Indians (Zach McAllister - R), 7:05
Marlins (Carlos Zambrano - R) at Pirates (A.J. Burnett - R), 7:05
Brewers (Yovani Gallardo - R) at Reds (Bronson Arroyo - R), 7:10
Twins (Scott Diamond - L) at Royals (Luis Mendoza - R), 7:10
Mariners (Jason Vargas - L) at Rays (Alex Cobb - R), 7:10
Blue Jays (Carlos Villanueva - R) at Red Sox (Aaron Cook - R), 7:10
Cubs (Matt Garza - R) at Cardinals (Jake Westbrook - R), 7:15
Astros (Dallas Keuchel - L) at Diamondbacks (Wade Miley - L), 8:10
Rockies (Jeff Francis - L) at Padres (Kip Wells - R), 8:35
Yankees (Phil Hughes - R) at Athletics (Jarrod Parker - R), 9:05

Day Game After Night Game: WAS/ATL (Game 1), LAD/NYM, TEX/LAA, CWS/DET, SF/PHI

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Ryan Braun, OF, MIL (groin) -- Returned to the starting lineup Friday.
Matt Holliday, OF, STL (thigh) -- Returned to the lineup Friday.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR (calf) -- Says he is feeling better and will be reevaluated Saturday. Sat out Friday.
Albert Pujols, 1B, LAA (leg) -- Has been dealing with a sore left foot, resulting in his starting at DH on Thursday. Returned to first base Friday.
Kevin Youkilis, 3B, CWS (hamstring) -- Returned to the lineup Friday after missing Thursday's game with a tight hamstring.

Disabled List
Andrew Bailey, RP, BOS (thumb) -- Played catch Friday and could face live hitters next week.
Mike Baxter, OF, NYM (shoulder) -- Rehab assignment moved to Double-A Binghamton.
Andy Dirks, OF, DET (Achilles) -- Hit a setback in rehab Wednesday after he experienced soreness during workout.
Frank Francisco, RP, NYM (oblique) -- Will begin a rehab assignment next Friday.
Jaime Garcia, SP, STL (shoulder) -- Threw a bullpen session Wednesday.
Roberto Hernandez, SP, CLE (suspension) -- Expected to receive a new visa from the State Department soon, allowing him to return to the United States.
Aubrey Huff, 1B, SF (knee) -- Aggravated knee injury Thursday and will return to San Francisco for MRI.
Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL (hand) -- Went 2-for-3 with a double for Low-A Wisconsin in his first rehab assignment Thursday.
Brandon Morrow, SP, TOR (oblique) -- Pushed back bullpen session from Sunday due to back spasms unrelated to his injury. Hoping to throw Monday.
Hanley Ramirez, 3B, MIA (hand) -- Visited hospital Friday with a right hand infection and could miss a few games.
Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL (hip) -- Throwing light toss at the Orioles' spring training facility in Sarasota.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL (groin) -- Progressing on schedule in his rehab and hopes to begin hitting soon.
Vernon Wells, OF, LAA (thumb) -- Will receive medical clearance and begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday that is expected to last 7-10 games.
Jayson Werth, OF, WAS (wrist) -- Will now begin his rehab assignment with High-A Potomac on Saturday due to rainout Friday.

Transactions

Called Up (From Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Cody Allen, RP, CLE
Travis Snider, OF, TOR
Eric Sogard, 3B, OAK
Ryan Wheeler, 3B, ARI

Sent Down (Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Scott Barnes, RP, CLE

Placed on Disabled List (15-day disabled list unless otherwise noted)
Robert Coello, RP, TOR (transferred to 60-day DL)
Cliff Pennington, SS, OAK

Traded
J.A. Happ, SP (from HOU to TOR)
Brandon Lyon, RP (from HOU to TOR)
David Carpenter, RP (from HOU to TOR)
Francisco Cordero, RP (from TOR to HOU)
Ben Francisco, OF (from TOR to HOU)
Joseph Musgrove, P (from TOR to HOU)
Asher Wojciechowski, SP (from TOR to HOU)
David Rollins, SP (from TOR to HOU)
Carlos Perez, C (from TOR to HOU)
Jeremy Guthrie, SP (from COL to KC)
Jonathan Sanchez, SP (from KC to COL)
Omar Quintanilla, SS (from NYM to BAL)

Released
Geoff Blum, 3B, ARI

Closer Watch

Chicago (AL) - Manager Robin Ventura made the curious choice to bring out Matt Thornton rather than Addison Reed for Thursday's save decision, and ended up paying for it. Thornton allowed two batters to reach base before summoning Reed into the game. Reed promptly gave up a walk-off three-run homer to Cody Ross, giving the Red Sox a 3-1 win. Reed should be secure as the White Sox closer, but Ventura may be more careful about bringing him into the game in the future when runners are already on base.

Houston - The Astros made a little noise Friday by completing a 10-player trade with the Blue Jays, acquiring reliever Francisco Cordero while shipping out bullpen arms Brandon Lyon and David Carpenter, two players who were thought to contend for closer duties going into spring training. The team ultimately elected to go with Brett Myers, who has served as the closer all season and will continue to do so even after the team acquired Cordero. Still, the move for Cordero, who has 329 career saves to his name, gives the Astros a potential fill-in should the team decide to move Myers before the trade deadline, which has been discussed all season. Keep tabs on the situation, as Cordero should get the first crack at save opportunities if Myers is dealt, though the younger Wilton Lopez could ultimately be groomed into the role.

Oakland - Cook surrendered a solo homer in the ninth inning to Nick Swisher but was otherwise unscathed in a 4-3 win over the Yankees on Thursday. The All-Star retired the next two batters to seal his tenth save on the season.

Toronto - The Blue Jays received Brandon Lyon and David Carpenter in a trade with the Astros on Friday, but both are unlikely to challenge Casey Janssen for the closer's role. With a 2.21 ERA and 13 saves to his name, Janssen has filled in admirably for the injured Sergio Santos and should have a long leash if struggles crop up. Santos (shoulder) was recently ruled out for the season, so fantasy owners in yearly leagues should feel comfortable dropping him. As a result, Janssen should remain the closer for the rest of the season, while Lyon will slide into a middle relief role and Carpenter will try to get back on track at Triple-A Las Vegas.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Bobby Abreu - OF LAD @ NYM
7/21 1:10 PM
Miguel Batista 8-21 .381 0 3 7 2 1 .571 .417 .988
Andre Ethier - OF LAD @ NYM
7/21 1:10 PM
Miguel Batista 5-11 .455 1 3 1 1 1 .909 .500 1.409
Jason Bay - OF NYM vs LAD
7/21 1:10 PM
Chris Capuano 8-21 .381 3 5 6 3 4 .905 .458 1.363
David Wright - 3B NYM vs LAD
7/21 1:10 PM
Chris Capuano 4-12 .333 1 2 1 1 1 .667 .385 1.052
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS @ DET
7/21 4:05 PM
Rick Porcello 7-15 .467 1 3 5 2 1 .800 .529 1.329
Ryan Howard - 1B PHI vs SF
7/21 4:05 PM
Matt Cain 2-10 .200 2 2 3 1 4 .800 .273 1.073
Hunter Pence - OF PHI vs SF
7/21 4:05 PM
Matt Cain 3-12 .250 1 3 3 1 1 .750 .308 1.058
Jimmy Rollins - SS PHI vs SF
7/21 4:05 PM
Matt Cain 6-10 .600 1 5 5 2 2 1.600 .667 2.267
Chase Utley - 2B PHI vs SF
7/21 4:05 PM
Matt Cain 7-15 .467 3 4 7 0 2 1.133 .467 1.600
Ryan Theriot - SS SF @ PHI
7/21 4:05 PM
Cole Hamels 6-18 .333 1 2 2 1 3 .556 .368 .924
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX @ LAA
7/21 4:05 PM
Ervin Santana 10-47 .213 3 4 10 3 8 .447 .260 .707
Nelson Cruz - OF TEX @ LAA
7/21 4:05 PM
Ervin Santana 8-30 .267 3 4 4 0 9 .600 .267 .867
Ian Kinsler - 2B TEX @ LAA
7/21 4:05 PM
Ervin Santana 13-36 .361 1 6 3 3 5 .611 .425 1.036
Michael Young - 3B TEX @ LAA
7/21 4:05 PM
Ervin Santana 24-64 .375 3 6 12 2 14 .563 .377 .940
John Buck - C MIA @ PIT
7/21 7:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 6-19 .316 3 4 7 0 1 .842 .300 1.142
Garrett Jones - 1B PIT vs MIA
7/21 7:05 PM
Carlos Zambrano 5-12 .417 2 2 4 1 3 .917 .462 1.379
Jay Bruce - OF CIN vs MIL
7/21 7:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 8-14 .571 1 1 3 1 2 .786 .625 1.411
Brandon Phillips - 2B CIN vs MIL
7/21 7:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 7-22 .318 1 3 5 2 2 .545 .400 .945
Scott Rolen - 3B CIN vs MIL
7/21 7:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 7-13 .538 1 3 3 1 3 .923 .571 1.494
Drew Stubbs - OF CIN vs MIL
7/21 7:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 4-12 .333 1 3 1 4 5 .750 .500 1.250
Hideki Matsui - OF TB vs SEA
7/21 7:10 PM
Jason Vargas 4-17 .235 3 3 7 2 5 .765 .300 1.065
Omar Vizquel - 3B TOR @ BOS
7/21 7:10 PM
Aaron Cook 8-23 .348 1 2 3 3 0 .565 .423 .988
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Bronson Arroyo CIN vs MIL
7/21 7:10 PM
Brewers Batters 41-190 .216 5 14 21 15 36 .344 .281 .624
Jake Westbrook STL vs CHC
7/21 7:15 PM
Cubs Batters 13-62 .210 1 1 6 5 2 .265 .278 .543

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Eric Hinske - OF ATL @ WAS
7/21 1:05 PM
Edwin Jackson 0-11 .000 0 0 0 3 5 .000 .214 .214
Juan Rivera - OF LAD @ NYM
7/21 1:10 PM
Miguel Batista 2-10 .200 0 1 1 1 1 .300 .273 .573
Ronny Cedeno - SS NYM vs LAD
7/21 1:10 PM
Chris Capuano 3-18 .167 0 2 1 1 1 .333 .211 .544
A.J. Pierzynski - C CWS @ DET
7/21 4:05 PM
Rick Porcello 2-11 .182 0 0 0 0 0 .182 .182 .364
Juan Pierre - OF PHI vs SF
7/21 4:05 PM
Matt Cain 4-18 .222 0 0 1 0 0 .222 .222 .444
Josh Hamilton - OF TEX @ LAA
7/21 4:05 PM
Ervin Santana 4-24 .167 1 3 5 1 2 .375 .192 .567
Jose Reyes - SS MIA @ PIT
7/21 7:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 0-17 .000 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B BOS vs TOR
7/21 7:10 PM
Carlos Villanueva 2-10 .200 0 2 0 0 3 .500 .200 .700
Aramis Ramirez - 3B MIL @ CIN
7/21 7:10 PM
Bronson Arroyo 9-48 .188 1 2 3 4 4 .271 .250 .521
Rickie Weeks - 2B MIL @ CIN
7/21 7:10 PM
Bronson Arroyo 6-33 .182 2 5 4 3 13 .455 .250 .705
Kelly Johnson - 2B TOR @ BOS
7/21 7:10 PM
Aaron Cook 1-12 .083 0 0 0 3 2 .083 .267 .350
Alfonso Soriano - OF CHC @ STL
7/21 7:15 PM
Jake Westbrook 3-21 .143 0 0 1 1 1 .143 .182 .325
Lance Berkman - 1B STL vs CHC
7/21 7:15 PM
Matt Garza 2-13 .154 0 0 1 2 2 .154 .250 .404
Carlos Quentin - OF SD vs COL
7/21 8:35 PM
Jeff Francis 1-11 .091 0 0 0 1 2 .091 .167 .258
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Cole Hamels PHI vs SF
7/21 4:05 PM
Giants Batters 33-100 .330 3 12 13 7 14 .519 .380 .899
Matt Cain SF @ Phi
7/21 4:05 PM
Phillies Batters 29-91 .319 8 17 27 9 14 .741 .380 1.121
Rick Porcello DET vs CWS
7/21 4:05 PM
White Sox Batters 21-72 .292 5 8 12 6 4 .553 .353 .906
Aaron Cook BOS vs Tor
7/21 7:10 PM
Blue Jays Batters 18-63 .286 2 4 10 6 2 .434 .348 .782
Yovani Gallardo MIL @ Cin
7/21 7:10 PM
Reds Batters 33-87 .379 5 13 17 10 16 .647 .453 1.100
 
Recommended Pickup

Jeremy Guthrie, SP, KC - If ever there were a poster boy for the damage Coors Field can wreak on a pitcher's statistics, it would be Guthrie. Though a quick glance at Guthrie's overall numbers (3-9, 6.35 ERA, 1.69 WHIP, .324 batting average against) suggest he has been downright atrocious with the Rockies this season, Guthrie may have the most dramatic home and road splits of any pitcher in baseball. Among pitchers who have thrown at least 40 innings at home this season, Guthrie ranks dead last with a home ERA of 9.50; the next highest is the Orioles' Jake Arietta, whose home ERA is nearly three runs lower (6.63). Amazingly, Guthrie has an ERA almost six runs lower (3.67) in 49.1 innings on the road this season, which is more in line with what we saw with his overall numbers in Baltimore the past five seasons, when he recorded an ERA of less than 4.00 on three occasions. Guthrie was traded to the Royals on Friday for Jonathan Sanchez, and to say that he'll benefit from a change of scenery will be an understatement. By upgrading from the thin air of Coors Field to the much more neutral Kauffman Stadium, Guthrie should begin to resemble the pitcher the Rockies thought they acquired in their offseason trade with the Orioles. Don't expect anything overly spectacular, as he doesn't strike out many batters and will probably earn more losses than wins, but Guthrie will be particularly serviceable in AL-only leagues. By the season's end, he could ultimately prove to be the Royals' top starting pitcher given that the team's appointed "aces," Bruce Chen and Luke Hochevar, both have ERAs over 5.00.

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