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Thursday’s Starters
Blue Jays (J.A. Happ – L) at Tigers (Justin Verlander – R), 1:05
Rockies (Tyler Chatwood – R) at Mets (Collin McHugh – R), 1:10
Astros (Dallas Keuchel – L) at Cardinals (Jake Westbrook – R), 1:45
Reds (Johnny Cueto – R) at Phillies (Cole Hamels – L), 7:05
Angels (C.J. Wilson – L) at Red Sox (Franklin Morales – L), 7:10
Athletics (Tyson Ross – R) at Rays (Alex Cobb – R), 7:10
Twins (Scott Diamond – L) at Rangers (TBD), 8:05
Braves (Tommy Hanson – R) at Giants (Barry Zito – L), 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: TOR, DET, COL, NYM, HOU, STL

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Yu Darvish, RHP, TEX – (Quad) Will not start Thursday.
Justin Upton, OF, ARI – (Hamstring) MRI revealed no abnormalities.
Denard Span, OF, MIN – (Shoulder) Not in Wednesday’s starting lineup.
Jean Segura, SS, MIL – (Leg) Not in Wednesday’s starting lineup.
John McDonald, SS, ARI – (Elbow) Not in Wednesday’s starting lineup.

Disabled List
Ivan Nova, RHP, NYY – (Shoulder) Placed on the 15-day DL.
Emilio Bonifacio, OF, MIA – (Knee sprain) Placed on the 15-day DL.
Adam Lind, 1B, TOR – (Back) Will be reevaluated after nine rehab games.
Jason Giambi, 1B, COL – (Illness) Will not return to the team prior to September 1.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL – (Groin) Will not return to the team prior to September 1.
Sterling Marte, OF, PIT – (Oblique) Will be reevaluated Friday.
Brandon Morrow, RHP, TOR – (Oblique) Will start against the Orioles on Saturday.
Lance Berkman, 1B, STL – (Knee) Plans to begin a rehab assignment Friday.
Lucas Giolito, RHP, WAS – (Elbow) Will need Tommy John surgery.
Johan Santana, LHP, NYM – (Back) Will be shut down for the rest of the season.
Peter Bourjos, OF, LAA – (Wrist) Placed on the 15-day DL.
Dillon Gee, RHP, NYM – (Shoulder) Scheduled to have his right arm examined Friday.
Shaun Marcum, RHP, MIL – (Elbow) Will be activated from the DL on Saturday.
Yunel Escobar, SS, TOR – Placed on the paternity list.
Mike Napoli, C, TEX – (Quad) Will need a brief rehab assignment before coming off the DL.
Koji Uehara, RHP, TEX – (Lat) Threw in a rehab assignment Tuesday.
Jose Bautista, 3B, TOR – (Wrist) Had his second rehab game rained out.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, RHP, BOS – (Neck) Threw in a rehab game Tuesday night.

Transactions

Demotions
Guillermo Moscoso, RHP, COL – Optioned to Triple-A
Brad Boxberger, RHP, SD – Optioned to Triple-A
Sam Demel, RHP, ARI – Optioned to Triple-A
Gil Velazquez, SS, MIA – Outrighted to Triple-A
Jeremy Hermida, OF, SD – Designated for assignment
Randy Wolf, LHP, MIL - Released

Called Up
Dan Jennings, LHP, MIA
Collin McHugh, RHP, NYM
Garrett Richards, RHP, LAA
Chad Beck, RHP, TOR
A.J. Pollock, OF, ARI
Jeff Bianchi, SS, MIL

Suspension
Bartolo Colon, RHP, OAK – Tested positive for testosterone (I know, shocking) and will be suspended for 50 games.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Prince Fielder - 1B DET vs TOR
8/23 1:05 PM
J.A. Happ 6-15 .400 0 3 4 1 3 .600 .438 1.038
Brett Wallace - 1B HOU @ STL
8/23 1:45 PM
Jake Westbrook 6-11 .545 0 1 4 1 4 .636 .643 1.279
Ryan Ludwick - OF CIN @ PHI
8/23 7:05 PM
Cole Hamels 5-18 .278 2 2 2 3 3 .611 .381 .992
Ryan Howard - 1B PHI vs CIN
8/23 7:05 PM
Johnny Cueto 4-12 .333 1 4 1 1 1 .917 .385 1.301
Dustin Pedroia - 2B BOS vs LAA
8/23 7:10 PM
C.J. Wilson 4-10 .400 0 1 1 1 1 .500 .455 .955
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL @ SF
8/23 10:15 PM
Barry Zito 6-20 .300 1 3 2 1 1 .550 .333 .883
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Justin Verlander DET vs TOR
8/23 1:05 PM
Blue Jays Batters 8-69 .116 1 3 3 2 15 .190 .153 .343
Johnny Cueto CIN @ PHI
8/23 7:05 PM
Phillies Batters 15-67 .224 1 8 6 6 6 .385 .290 .675
Cole Hamels PHI vs CIN
8/23 7:05 PM
Reds Batters 22-98 .224 4 8 10 8 21 .418 .282 .700

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Omar Infante - 2B DET vs TOR
8/23 1:05 PM
J.A. Happ 2-16 .125 0 1 0 3 3 .188 .263 .451
Edwin Encarnacion - 3B TOR @ DET
8/23 1:05 PM
Justin Verlander 1-12 .083 1 1 1 0 2 .333 .083 .417
Yunel Escobar - SS TOR @ DET
8/23 1:05 PM
Justin Verlander 2-12 .167 0 1 0 2 0 .250 .286 .536
Omar Vizquel - 3B TOR @ DET
8/23 1:05 PM
Justin Verlander 3-13 .231 0 0 2 0 1 .231 .231 .462
Brandon Phillips - 2B CIN @ PHI
8/23 7:05 PM
Cole Hamels 4-28 .143 0 2 1 1 8 .286 .172 .458
Mike Aviles - 2B BOS vs LAA
8/23 7:10 PM
C.J. Wilson 2-10 .200 1 1 1 1 1 .500 .273 .773
Scott Podsednik - OF BOS vs LAA
8/23 7:10 PM
C.J. Wilson 1-10 .100 0 0 0 0 2 .100 .100 .200
Hunter Pence - OF SF vs ATL
8/23 10:15 PM
Tommy Hanson 2-12 .167 0 0 2 0 5 .167 .167 .333
Pablo Sandoval - 3B SF vs ATL
8/23 10:15 PM
Tommy Hanson 1-10 .100 0 1 0 0 3 .200 .100 .300
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Recommended Pickup
Wilin Rosario, C, COL – Rosario is owned in only 13.7 percent of ESPN leagues, but probably isn’t deserving of having that low of an owned percentage. It shouldn’t be shocking that a Rockie is hitting well in Coors Field, but for some reason, most fantasy owners are yet to catch on. Rosario is hitting .247/.297/.521 across the board and has added 19 homers to those totals.

Here’s the real surprise about Rosario: you don’t have to deal with home/road inconsistency like with most of his teammates. His OPS in Coors: .809. Meanwhile, his road OPS is somehow better at .831. On top of that, he’s been hot of late, hitting .286/.392/.595 with three homers in 51 August plate appearances.

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