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Clay Link

Clay Link

Hailing from Arcanum, Ohio, Clay is a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He began writing for RotoWire in the fall of 2011, and now contributes to breaking news and NFL Draft content, in addition to his duties as assistant baseball editor.

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Projected Starters - A look at Friday’s matchups (all times Eastern)
Giants (Matt Cain - R) at Cubs (Carlos Villanueva - R), 2:20 PM
Braves (Julio Teheran - R) at Nationals (Ross Detwiler - L), 7:05 PM
Reds (Mike Leake - R) at Pirates (A.J. Burnett - R), 7:05 PM
Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez - R) at Yankees (CC Sabathia - L), 7:05 PM
White Sox (Jose Quintana - L) at Indians (Justin Masterson - R), 7:05 PM
Rays (Alex Cobb - R) at Red Sox (Felix Doubront - L), 7:10 PM
Phillies (John Lannan - L) at Marlins (Ricky Nolasco - R), 7:10 PM
Blue Jays (J.A. Happ - L) at Royals (Luis Mendoza - R), 8:10 PM
Mets (Jonathon Niese - L) at Twins (Vance Worley - R), 8:10 PM
Brewers (Kyle Lohse - R) at Cardinals (Shelby Miller - R), 8:15 PM
Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw - L) at Diamondbacks (Patrick Corbin - L), 9:40 PM
Tigers (Max Scherzer - R) at Athletics (Bartolo Colon - R), 10:05 PM
Astros (Bud Norris - R) at Angels (Tommy Hanson - R), 10:05 PM
Rangers (Yu Darvish - R) at Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma - R), 10:10 PM
Rockies (Jon Garland - R) at Padres (Tyson Ross - R), 10:10 PM

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Carlos Santana, C, CLE - (Thumb) Could return to the lineup Friday or Saturday.
Josh Reddick, OF, OAK - (Wrist) Fully expects to return to the lineup Friday.
Erick Aybar, SS, ANA - (Heel) Said he felt much better Thursday and could avoid a stint on the DL.
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI - (Hand) Held out of Wednesday’s lineup with a bone bruise in his hand, but he could be back as soon as Friday.
Jason Kubel, OF, ARI - (Undisclosed) Will likely be available off the bench Friday.
Sergio Santos, P, TOR - (Elbow) Said he was fine and ready to take the mound Thursday, but did not end up pitching.
Darren Oliver, P, TOR - (Forearm) Hit on the forearm by a line drive Wednesday and may be sidelined the next few days.
Lance Berkman, 1B, TEX - (Knee) Returned to the lineup Thursday.

Disabled List

Brandon Inge, 3B, PIT - (Shoulder) Expected to come off the DL on Friday.
Jeff Karstens, P, PIT - (Shoulder) Threw pain-free long toss Wednesday, but remains week away from a return.
Ted Lilly, P, LAD - (Shoulder) Allowed six runs (five earned) over six innings in a Triple-A rehab start Wednesday.
Darwin Barney, 2B, CHC - (Knee) Will have stitches removed from his left knee Friday, then report to Triple-A Iowa and play games Saturday through Monday.
Delmon Young, OF, PHI - (Ankle) Played seven innings in an extended spring training game Thursday and plans to do so again Friday.
Scott Diamond, P, MIN - (Elbow) Will come off the DL and start Saturday against the Mets.
Scott Kazmir, P, CLE - (Abdomen) Could throw a bullpen session Friday.
Jered Weaver, P, ANA - (Elbow) Has rid himself of the sling on his left arm and could begin playing catch in the near future.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR - (Oblique) Went 2-for-2 with a walk and played four innings in an extended spring training game Thursday.
Curtis Granderson, OF, NYY - (Forearm) Began throwing Thursday.
Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL - (Hamstring) Probably won’t be ready to return from the DL when eligible.
Michael Saunders, OF, SEA - (Shoulder) Placed on the 15-day DL with a sprained shoulder.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY - (Wrist) Planning to swing a bat Friday and hopes to take batting practice next week.
Scott Sizemore, 2B, OAK - (Knee) Will have torn ACL repaired by Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday.
Ryan Madson, P, ANA - (Elbow) Threw a bullpen session at 100 percent Thursday.
David Ortiz, DH, BOS - (Heel) Wants 20 minor league at-bats before returning to the Red Sox lineup and could be back for next week’s series against Cleveland.

Out
Gordon Beckham, 2B, CHW - (Wrist) Diagnosed with a broken hamate bone and will be out six weeks.

Transactions

Placed on the DL

Michael Saunders, OF, SEA
Justin Miller, P, SEA (60-day DL)

Called Up

Endy Chavez, OF, SEA

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)

Kameron Loe, P, SEA (designated for assignment)
D.J. Mitchell, P, SEA (designated for assignment)

Traded
Aaron Harang, P, SEA (from COL)
Steve Hensley, P, COL (from SEA)

Closer Watch

Giants - Sergio Romo closed out a 7-6 win over the Cubs on Thursday to pick up his MLB-leading sixth save of the young season. The right-hander has not allowed a walk and has given up just two hits while recording 10 strikeouts over 6.0 innings thus far in 2013. He continues to display pinpoint control, and as long as Romo stays healthy, he should remain one of the top end-game options in all of baseball.

Red Sox - On Wednesday, Joel Hanrahan surrendered five earned runs on three hits and two walks against Baltimore en route to his first blown save of the season. After the game, manager John Farrell suggested the right-hander is still progressing along the learning curve that comes with his move to the AL-East, and confirmed that Hanrahan will remain the closer. However, a few more poor outings for Hanrahan in the near future could lead Farrell to consider Andrew Bailey, Junichi Tazawa or Koji Uehara for ninth-inning duties, though Farrell seems to like using Uehara first out of the bullpen.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Alexi Casilla - 2B BAL @ NYY
4/12 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 9-15 .600 0 2 1 0 1 .733 .600 1.333
Adam Jones - OF BAL @ NYY
4/12 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 11-33 .333 2 4 9 3 5 .606 .389 .995
Nolan Reimold - OF BAL @ NYY
4/12 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 8-20 .400 1 3 3 1 4 .650 .409 1.059
Shin-Soo Choo - OF CIN @ PIT
4/12 7:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 3-14 .214 1 2 1 3 3 .500 .353 .853
Adam Dunn - 1B CWS @ CLE
4/12 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson 4-12 .333 1 2 2 2 4 .667 .400 1.067
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT vs CIN
4/12 7:05 PM
Mike Leake 5-16 .313 1 1 3 1 2 .500 .389 .889
Neil Walker - 2B PIT vs CIN
4/12 7:05 PM
Mike Leake 4-13 .308 0 3 5 3 2 .538 .438 .976
Placido Polanco - 3B MIA vs PHI
4/12 7:10 PM
John Lannan 7-17 .412 0 0 2 2 0 .412 .450 .862
Giancarlo Stanton - OF MIA vs PHI
4/12 7:10 PM
John Lannan 5-11 .455 1 4 2 0 0 1.000 .500 1.500
Ryan Howard - 1B PHI @ MIA
4/12 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 6-30 .200 3 5 6 8 8 .567 .368 .935
Laynce Nix - OF PHI @ MIA
4/12 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 4-11 .364 1 1 3 2 3 .636 .462 1.098
Chase Utley - 2B PHI @ MIA
4/12 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 10-32 .313 1 3 4 3 5 .500 .389 .889
Justin Turner - 2B NYM @ MIN
4/12 8:10 PM
Vance Worley 4-10 .400 0 2 3 0 0 .600 .400 1.000
Carlos Beltran - OF STL vs MIL
4/12 8:15 PM
Kyle Lohse 22-39 .564 4 10 12 11 5 1.026 .647 1.673
Ty Wigginton - 3B STL vs MIL
4/12 8:15 PM
Kyle Lohse 8-15 .533 0 1 1 0 0 .600 .533 1.133
Victor Martinez - C DET @ OAK
4/12 10:05 PM
Bartolo Colon 5-17 .294 1 3 3 1 2 .588 .333 .922
Ramon Santiago - 2B DET @ OAK
4/12 10:05 PM
Bartolo Colon 11-20 .550 0 4 3 0 2 .800 .571 1.371
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Justin Masterson CLE vs CWS
4/12 7:05 PM
White Sox Batters 21-101 .208 4 8 10 12 19 .382 .301 .683

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Scott Hairston - OF CHC vs SF
4/12 2:20 PM
Matt Cain 3-15 .200 1 1 2 4 6 .400 .350 .750
Matt Wieters - C BAL @ NYY
4/12 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 2-18 .111 1 1 1 1 8 .278 .158 .436
Alexei Ramirez - SS CWS @ CLE
4/12 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson 3-22 .136 1 1 1 2 3 .273 .208 .481
Alex Rios - OF CWS @ CLE
4/12 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson 4-27 .148 1 2 2 2 5 .296 .233 .530
DeWayne Wise - OF CWS @ CLE
4/12 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson 2-10 .200 0 1 0 0 2 .300 .200 .500
Miguel Montero - C ARI vs LAD
4/12 9:40 PM
Clayton Kershaw 2-11 .182 0 1 2 0 4 .273 .182 .455
Martin Prado - 3B ARI vs LAD
4/12 9:40 PM
Clayton Kershaw 1-15 .067 0 0 0 0 3 .067 .067 .133
Albert Pujols - 1B LAA vs HOU
4/12 10:05 PM
Bud Norris 5-26 .192 0 2 2 2 3 .269 .250 .519
 
Cold 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
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Mike Leake CIN @ Pit
4/12 7:05 PM
Pirates Batters 23-72 .319 2 7 15 9 11 .471 .399 .869
Kyle Lohse MIL @ StL
4/12 8:15 PM
Cardinals Batters 37-67 .552 4 12 15 13 7 .870 .612 1.482
Bartolo Colon OAK vs Det
4/12 10:05 PM
Tigers Batters 37-120 .308 5 18 17 6 20 .544 .350 .894
 


Recommended Pickup

Evan Gattis, C, ATL - Gattis has caught the team’s last four games, so a day off Friday seems like a good possibility, but the 26-year-old appears primed to be a valuable fantasy contributor, at least while Brian McCann (shoulder) remains out. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Gattis, who’s 9-for-23 with three homers and six RBI so far this year, will get the bulk of the starts behind the dish for the time being, and will continue to bat cleanup until Freddie Freeman (oblique) returns. He should have plenty of opportunities to drive in runs, and if he continues his hot hitting, the Braves may very well opt to keep Gattis on the big club all season.

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