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Friday’s Starters
Reds (Homer Bailey – R) at Cubs (Justin Germano – R), 2:20
Red Sox (Clay Buchholz – R) at Indians (Chris Seddon – L), 7:05
Royals (Luke Hochevar – R) at Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez – R), 7:05
Padres (Edinson Volquez – R) at Pirates (James McDonald – R), 7:05
Cardinals (Kyle Lohse – R) at Phillies (Roy Halladay – R), 7:05
Yankees (Freddy Garcia – R) at Blue Jays (Ricky Romero – L), 7:07
Braves (Paul Maholm – L) at Mets (Matt Harvey – R), 7:10
Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw – L) at Marlins (Mark Buehrle), 7:10
Tigers (Max Scherzer – R) at Rangers (Scott Feldman – R), 8:05
Brewers (Mark Rogers – R) at Astros (Bud Norris – R), 8:05
Athletics (Brandon McCarthy – R) at White Sox (Gavin Floyd – R), 8:10
Rays (Jeremy Hellickson – R) at Twins (Cole De Vries – R), 8:10
Nationals (Stephen Strasburg – R) at Diamondbacks (Trevor Cahill – R), 9:40
Mariners (Felix Hernandez – R) at Angels (Ervin Santana – R), 10:05
Rockies (Tyler Chatwood – R) at Giants (Tim Lincecum – R), 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: CIN, CHC

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Scott Rolen, 3B, CIN – (Back) Was not in Thursday’s starting lineup.
Jason Kipness, 2B, CLE – (Neck) Scratched from Thursday’s starting lineup.
Willie Bloomquist, SS, ARI – (Back) Scratched from Thursday’s starting lineup.
Mike Napoli, C, TEX – (Quad) Expects to be back in the lineup Friday.
Alex Rios, OF, CWS – (Back) Expects to return to the lineup Friday.
Paul Konerko, 1B, CWS – (Concussion) Will likely be placed on the 7-day DL.

Disabled List
Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL – (Hip) Placed on the 60-day DL.
Tim Byrdak, LHP, NYM – (Shoulder) Will undergo surgery.
Luke Scott, DH, TB – (Oblique) Will play in a rehab stint Friday and Saturday.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF – (Hamstring) Will play five innings in a rehab game Friday.
Brett Anderson, RHP, OAK – (Elbow) Scheduled to throw 90 pitches in a rehab game Friday.
Travis Hafner, DH, CLE – (Back) Placed on the 15-day DL.
Andrew Bailey, RHP, BOS – (Thumb) Threw a scoreless inning for Triple-A Pawtucket.
Trevor Plouffe, SS, MIN – (Thumb) Might need a rehab assignment.
Jaime Garcia, LHP, STL – (Shoulder) Pitched for Double-A Springfield on Thursday.
Jeff Niemann, RHP, TB – (Leg) Had his first rehab start Wednesday.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR – (Ribs, oblique) Placed on the 15-day DL.
Koji Uehara, RHP, TEX – (Lat) Could be cleared for a bullpen session Friday.
Jhoulys Chacin, RHP, COL – (Chest) Expected to make his final rehab start Saturday.
Mark Lowe, RHP, TEX – (Abdomen) Expected to be activated Friday.
DaDavid Ortiz, DH, BOS – (Achilles) Took batting practice Wednesday.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY – (Wrist) Will have an X-ray Monday.
Jose Bautista, 3B, TOR – (Wrist) X-rays showed improvement.
Lance Berkman, 1B, STL – (Knee) Has experiences discomfort while on his rehab assignment.
Brandon Morrow, RHP, TOR – (Oblique) Threw five innings in a rehab start Wednesday.
Placido Polanco, 3B, PHI – (Back) Expects to start hitting over the weekend.

Transactions

Activated from DL
Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN
Adam Kennedy, 2B, LAD

Demotions
Dioner Navarro, C, CIN – Optioned to Triple-A
Steve Johnson, RHP, BAL – Optioned to Triple-A
Bobby Abreu, OF, LAD – Optioned to Triple-A
Johnny Damon, OF, CLE – Released
Jeremy Accardo, RHP, TOR – Released
Brian Bixler, SS, HOU – Designated for assignment
Don Kelly, OF, DET – Outrighted to Triple-A
Jerry Sands, OF, LAD – Optioned to Triple-A
Tony Gwynn Jr., OF, LAD – Optioned to Triple-A

Trades
Tyler Greene, SS, HOU – Traded from the Cardinals to the Astros

Called Up
Jason Donald, SS, CLE


KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Alfonso Soriano - OF CHC vs CIN
8/10 2:20 PM
Homer Bailey 3-10 .300 1 2 3 1 2 .700 .364 1.064
Adam Jones - OF BAL vs KC
8/10 7:05 PM
Luke Hochevar 6-15 .400 0 3 4 1 2 .600 .471 1.071
Casey Kotchman - 1B CLE vs BOS
8/10 7:05 PM
Clay Buchholz 6-11 .545 0 3 0 0 1 .818 .545 1.364
Ryan Howard - 1B PHI vs STL
8/10 7:05 PM
Kyle Lohse 8-16 .500 2 2 8 4 5 .875 .600 1.475
Laynce Nix - OF PHI vs STL
8/10 7:05 PM
Kyle Lohse 5-17 .294 2 3 3 0 8 .706 .294 1.000
Juan Pierre - OF PHI vs STL
8/10 7:05 PM
Kyle Lohse 6-12 .500 0 2 3 0 2 .750 .500 1.250
Brian Schneider - C PHI vs STL
8/10 7:05 PM
Kyle Lohse 4-13 .308 1 4 3 1 3 .769 .357 1.126
Ty Wigginton - 3B PHI vs STL
8/10 7:05 PM
Kyle Lohse 8-15 .533 0 1 1 0 0 .600 .533 1.133
Carlos Beltran - OF STL @ PHI
8/10 7:05 PM
Roy Halladay 14-42 .333 2 3 10 3 10 .500 .370 .870
Ichiro Suzuki - OF NYY @ TOR
8/10 7:07 PM
Ricky Romero 8-16 .500 0 1 1 1 1 .563 .529 1.092
Carlos Lee - OF MIA vs LAD
8/10 7:10 PM
Clayton Kershaw 4-13 .308 1 1 2 2 4 .538 .400 .938
Miguel Cabrera - 3B DET @ TEX
8/10 8:05 PM
Scott Feldman 7-10 .700 2 4 4 1 0 1.500 .727 2.227
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET @ TEX
8/10 8:05 PM
Scott Feldman 4-12 .333 1 1 1 0 2 .583 .333 .917
Delmon Young - OF DET @ TEX
8/10 8:05 PM
Scott Feldman 4-12 .333 0 3 2 0 1 .667 .333 1.000
Ryan Braun - OF MIL @ HOU
8/10 8:05 PM
Bud Norris 6-20 .300 2 3 3 1 4 .650 .333 .983
Ian Kinsler - 2B TEX vs DET
8/10 8:05 PM
Max Scherzer 4-13 .308 0 1 3 1 2 .462 .400 .862
Michael Young - 3B TEX vs DET
8/10 8:05 PM
Max Scherzer 4-16 .250 0 3 1 1 4 .563 .333 .896
Kendrys Morales - 1B LAA vs SEA
8/10 10:05 PM
Felix Hernandez 12-33 .364 1 4 8 2 7 .545 .400 .945
Mark Trumbo - 1B LAA vs SEA
8/10 10:05 PM
Felix Hernandez 3-13 .231 2 2 3 0 4 .692 .231 .923
Mike Carp - OF SEA @ LAA
8/10 10:05 PM
Ervin Santana 5-15 .333 1 1 1 1 3 .533 .375 .908
Carlos Gonzalez - OF COL @ SF
8/10 10:35 PM
Tim Lincecum 7-27 .259 2 3 4 2 9 .556 .310 .866
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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BB K Opp
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Luke Hochevar KC @ BAL
8/10 7:05 PM
Orioles Batters 17-82 .207 2 6 11 7 16 .325 .275 .600

 



 



KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
J.J. Hardy - SS BAL vs KC
8/10 7:05 PM
Luke Hochevar 1-13 .077 0 0 2 0 3 .077 .071 .148
Mark Reynolds - 3B BAL vs KC
8/10 7:05 PM
Luke Hochevar 1-11 .091 0 0 0 1 5 .091 .167 .258
Jimmy Rollins - SS PHI vs STL
8/10 7:05 PM
Kyle Lohse 5-27 .185 1 1 1 3 2 .296 .267 .563
Chase Utley - 2B PHI vs STL
8/10 7:05 PM
Kyle Lohse 4-24 .167 0 1 1 3 3 .208 .286 .494
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY @ TOR
8/10 7:07 PM
Ricky Romero 5-25 .200 2 3 3 3 6 .480 .286 .766
Curtis Granderson - OF NYY @ TOR
8/10 7:07 PM
Ricky Romero 4-19 .211 1 1 1 1 7 .368 .286 .654
Derek Jeter - SS NYY @ TOR
8/10 7:07 PM
Ricky Romero 3-23 .130 1 1 3 5 4 .261 .310

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
J.J. Hardy - SS BAL vs KC
8/10 7:05 PM
Luke Hochevar 1-13 .077 0 0 2 0 3 .077 .071 .148
Mark Reynolds - 3B BAL vs KC
8/10 7:05 PM
Luke Hochevar 1-11 .091 0 0 0 1 5 .091 .167 .258
Jimmy Rollins - SS PHI vs STL
8/10 7:05 PM
Kyle Lohse 5-27 .185 1 1 1 3 2 .296 .267 .563
Chase Utley - 2B PHI vs STL
8/10 7:05 PM
Kyle Lohse 4-24 .167 0 1 1 3 3 .208 .286 .494
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY @ TOR
8/10 7:07 PM
Ricky Romero 5-25 .200 2 3 3 3 6 .480 .286 .766
Curtis Granderson - OF NYY @ TOR
8/10 7:07 PM
Ricky Romero 4-19 .211 1 1 1 1 7 .368 .286 .654
Derek Jeter - SS NYY @ TOR
8/10 7:07 PM
Ricky Romero 3-23 .130 1 1 3 5 4 .261 .310 .571
Andruw Jones - OF NYY @ TOR
8/10 7:07 PM
Ricky Romero 3-18 .167 0 1 1 0 9 .222 .167 .389
Mark Ellis - 2B LAD @ MIA
8/10 7:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 9-49 .184 0 1 0 3 5 .204 .231 .435
Adam Kennedy - 2B LAD @ MIA
8/10 7:10 PM
Mark Buehrle 3-17 .176 0 0 1 0 1 .176 .176 .353
Andres Torres - OF NYM vs ATL
8/10 7:10 PM
Paul Maholm 2-10 .200 0 2 2 1 1 .500 .273 .773
Elvis Andrus - SS TEX vs DET
8/10 8:05 PM
Max Scherzer 2-15 .133 0 0 1 2 1 .133 .235 .369
Josh Hamilton - OF TEX vs DET
8/10 8:05 PM
Max Scherzer 2-12 .167 0 0 0 0 3 .167 .167 .333
Alex Rios - OF CWS vs OAK
8/10 8:10 PM
Brandon McCarthy 1-13 .077 0 1 2 2 2 .154 .200 .354
Kevin Youkilis - 3B CWS vs OAK
8/10 8:10 PM
Brandon McCarthy 1-11 .091 0 1 0 0 2 .182 .091 .273
Erick Aybar - SS LAA vs SEA
8/10 10:05 PM
Felix Hernandez 8-47 .170 0 3 2 3 8 .234 .235 .469
Peter Bourjos - OF LAA vs SEA
8/10 10:05 PM
Felix Hernandez 2-14 .143 0 0 0 0 2 .143 .143 .286
Miguel Olivo - C SEA @ LAA
8/10 10:05 PM
Ervin Santana 3-17 .176 1 1 2 0 6 .353 .176 .529
Brendan Ryan - SS SEA @ LAA
8/10 10:05 PM
Ervin Santana 1-11 .091 0 0 1 2 2 .091 .214 .305
Michael Saunders - OF SEA @ LAA
8/10 10:05 PM
Ervin Santana 3-15 .200 1 1 3 2 3 .400 .294 .694
Kyle Seager - 3B SEA @ LAA
8/10 10:05 PM
Ervin Santana 2-10 .200 0 0 0 2 1 .200 .333 .533
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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BB K Opp
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Kyle Lohse STL @ Phi
8/10 7:05 PM
Phillies Batters 41-132 .311 6 15 20 11 24 .523 .369 .892
Freddy Garcia NYY @ Tor
8/10 7:07 PM
Blue Jays Batters 20-67 .299 0 7 3 9 6 .432 .382 .813
Paul Maholm ATL @ NYM
8/10 7:10 PM
Mets Batters 21-69 .304 0 5 15 7 8 .398 .361 .759
 

Recommended Pickup
Eric Chavez, 3B, NYY – No one seems to want Chavez and it doesn’t make much sense. He is owned in only 2.3 percent of ESPN leagues, yet the new Yankee third baseman is hitting .289/.347/.526 with 12 homers and 29 RBI in 194 at-bats on the season. Chavez had been mostly a backup to Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira, but with A-rod out until September, the six-time Gold Glove winner has taken over as the main third baseman.

Meanwhile, Chavez has turned into a caricature of himself since the A-rod injury. Essentially, he has tricked himself into thinking we’re living back in 2004. Since the Rodriguez injury on July 24, he is hitting .368 and slugging .789 with four homers in his 13 games played. He’s playing everyday against righties, has a swing that is tailor-made for the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium, and doesn’t seem to be slowing down. That 2.3 percent owned percentage seems unreasonably low and owners should be taking advantage of it.

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