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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)
Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu - L) at Orioles (Jason Hammel - R), 7:05 PM
Braves (Tim Hudson - R) at Pirates (Wandy Rodriguez - L), 7:05 PM
Cardinals (Jaime Garcia - L) at Phillies (Roy Halladay - R), 7:05 PM
Yankees (Andy Pettitte - L) at Blue Jays (Brandon Morrow - R), 7:07 PM
Nationals (Stephen Strasburg - R) at Mets (Matt Harvey - R), 7:10 PM
Royals (James Shields - R) at Red Sox (Clay Buchholz - R), 7:10 PM
Athletics (Brett Anderson - L) at Rays (Alex Cobb - R), 7:10 PM
Marlins (Kevin Slowey - R) at Reds (Mat Latos - R), 7:10 PM
Mariners (Joe Saunders - L) at Rangers (Yu Darvish - R), 8:05 PM
Cubs (Jeff Samardzija - R) at Brewers (Marco Estrada - R), 8:10 PM
Indians (Brett Myers - R) at Astros (Lucas Harrell - R), 8:10 PM
Twins (Vance Worley - R) at White Sox (Jake Peavy - R), 8:10 PM
Diamondbacks (Ian Kennedy - R) at Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin - R), 8:40 PM
Tigers (Anibal Sanchez - R) at Angels (Tommy Hanson - R), 10:05 PM
Padres (Edinson Volquez - R) at Giants (Madison Bumgarner - L), 10:15 PM

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS - (Hamstring) Left Wednesday's game with cramping.
R.A. Dickey, P, TOR - (Shoulder) Left Thursday's game with an apparent injury.
Jose Bautista, OF, TOR - (Back) Missed a fourth consecutive game Thursday.
Lucas Duda, OF, NYM - (Back) Held out of Thursday's lineup.
Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL - (Hamstring) Sat Thursday with tight hamstrings in both legs.
Domonic Brown, OF, PHI - (Back) An X-ray came back negative. Sat Thursday but was available.
Luis Avilan, P, ATL - (Hamstring) Will be a candidate for the DL if his injury does not improve before Monday.
Dayan Viciedo, OF, CHW - Left Thursday's game with an apparent side or back injury.

Players on the DL
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY - (Ankle) Will not return until after the All-Star break after a CT scan revealed a small crack in the bone.
David Ortiz, DH, BOS - (Heel) Confirmed that he's ready to rejoin the Red Sox on Friday.
Dan Hudson, P, ARI - (Elbow) Faced hitters Tuesday for the first time since having surgery.
Kyuji Fujikawa, P, CHC - (Forearm) Dale Sveum said he's the "logical choice" to take over as closer once activated.
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS, MIA - (Elbow) Placed on the 15-day DL on Thursday.
Nathan Eovaldi, P, MIA - (Shoulder) Transferred to the 60-day DL on Thursday.
Matt Garza, P, CHC - (Arm) Will throw a simulated game Friday rather than appearing in a minor league game with Low-A Kane County due to unexpected weather conditions in the Midwest.
Francisco Liriano, P, PIT - (Arm) Will pitch a rehab start of four innings or 65 pitches Saturday for Double-A Altoona.
John Lannan, P, PHI - (Knee) Could miss as much as six-to-eight weeks.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL - (Oblique) Will play rehab games Friday and Saturday with Triple-A Gwinnett, and if he does not suffer any setbacks, he could return Monday.
Johnny Cueto, P, CIN - (Triceps) Has not yet resumed throwing and there has not been a timetable set for his return.
Scott Kazmir, P, CLE - (Abdomen) Remains on target to start Saturday after getting through a bullpen session Wednesday without incidient.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY - (Wrist) Took dry swings Wednesday and hopes to move on to "game speed-type playing" at the team's minor league complex next week.
Joel Hanrahan, P, BOS - (Hamstring) Played catch out to 90 feet Wednesday.
Fernando Martinez, OF, HOU - (Oblique) Has played three rehab games this week and hit third in each of them.
Luke Scott, DH, TB - (Calf) Said he's very close to a rehab assignment after having his "best day yet" running the bases Wednesday.
Sergio Santos, P, TOR - (Triceps) MRI revealed only a strain. Will not throw for another week before being re-evaluated.
Michael Bourn, OF, CLE - (Finger) Will travel with the team on its upcoming 10-game road trip.
Steve Johnson, P, BAL - (Back) Threw four innings in an extended spring training game Wednesday.
Tsuyoshi Wada, P, BAL - (Elbow) Threw three innings in an extended spring training game Thursday.
Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL - (Hamstring) Did some light jogging on an underwater treadmill at the team's spring training facility Thursday.
John Lackey, P, BOS - (Biceps) Will make rehab start at Double-A Portland on Monday.
Franklin Morales, P, BOS - (Back) Will make next rehab appearance at Double-A Portland on Monday.

Placed on the DL (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
John Lannan, P, PHI
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS, MIA (retroactive to 4/17)
Nathan Eovaldi, P, MIA (transferred to 60-day DL)

Called Up
Tony Cingrani, P, CIN
Hector Noesi, P, SEA
Nick Green, 3B, MIA
Brandon Laird, 3B, HOU

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Mike Fiers, P, MIL
Bobby LaFromboise, P, SEA
Justin Freeman, P, CIN
Brett Wallace, 1B, HOU
Xavier Cedeno, P, HOU (designated for assignment)

Closer Watch

Seattle - Tom Wilhelmsen threw a perfect ninth inning against the heart of Detroit's batting order Thursday to earn his sixth save of the season. The back end of the Mariners' bullpen took a hit earlier this week, with setup man Stephen Pryor (back) landing on the DL with an injury that is expected to keep him out longer than two weeks. Carter Capps will now be tasked with setting up Wilhelmsen, and Capps is likely next in line for save chances, should something happen to Wilhelmsen while Pryor is out.

Toronto - Casey Janssen recorded his fifth save of the year by shutting the door on a 3-1 victory over the White Sox on Thursday. The right-hander has allowed just one run on three hits and he's yet to issue a walk through six innings this season. Sergio Santos hit the DL on Thursday with a triceps injury, which further entrenches Janssen in his already secure role.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Andre Ethier - OF LAD @ BAL
4/19 7:05 PM
Jason Hammel 8-23 .348 1 2 6 3 7 .522 .423 .945
Ramon Hernandez - C LAD @ BAL
4/19 7:05 PM
Jason Hammel 9-19 .474 0 6 4 0 1 .842 .500 1.342
Carlos Beltran - OF STL @ PHI
4/19 7:05 PM
Roy Halladay 14-42 .333 2 3 10 3 10 .500 .370 .870
Ty Wigginton - 3B STL @ PHI
4/19 7:05 PM
Roy Halladay 7-22 .318 1 3 2 0 1 .545 .318 .864
Brett Gardner - OF NYY @ TOR
4/19 7:07 PM
Brandon Morrow 4-20 .200 2 3 4 2 8 .600 .273 .873
Eduardo Nunez - SS NYY @ TOR
4/19 7:07 PM
Brandon Morrow 5-12 .417 0 0 1 0 0 .417 .417 .833
Jose Bautista - OF TOR vs NYY
4/19 7:07 PM
Andy Pettitte 9-29 .310 2 4 5 4 3 .621 .394 1.015
Edwin Encarnacion - 1B TOR vs NYY
4/19 7:07 PM
Andy Pettitte 7-24 .292 0 5 4 4 5 .500 .393 .893
Nelson Cruz - OF TEX vs SEA
4/19 8:05 PM
Joe Saunders 6-20 .300 2 3 3 0 3 .650 .300 .950
Ian Kinsler - 2B TEX vs SEA
4/19 8:05 PM
Joe Saunders 10-24 .417 4 6 8 3 1 1.000 .464 1.464
Cody Ross - OF ARI @ COL
4/19 8:40 PM
Jhoulys Chacin 3-11 .273 1 2 2 1 1 .636 .333 .970
Dexter Fowler - OF COL vs ARI
4/19 8:40 PM
Ian Kennedy 5-17 .294 0 2 2 3 3 .471 .400 .871
Todd Helton - 1B COL vs ARI
4/19 8:40 PM
Ian Kennedy 6-17 .353 0 2 2 1 3 .471 .381 .852
Prince Fielder - 1B DET @ LAA
4/19 10:05 PM
Tommy Hanson 5-16 .313 1 2 1 1 4 .563 .389 .951
Chris Denorfia - OF SD @ SF
4/19 10:15 PM
Madison Bumgarner 7-17 .412 0 3 1 0 4 .588 .412 1.000
Chase Headley - 3B SD @ SF
4/19 10:15 PM
Madison Bumgarner 5-12 .417 1 2 5 3 2 .750 .500 1.250
Nick Hundley - C SD @ SF
4/19 10:15 PM
Madison Bumgarner 4-12 .333 1 3 1 0 4 .750 .333 1.083
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Tim Hudson ATL @ PIT
4/19 7:05 PM
Pirates Batters 15-78 .192 0 4 3 5 13 .254 .241 .495
Brandon Morrow TOR vs NYY
4/19 7:07 PM
Yankees Batters 25-113 .221 4 10 12 12 34 .390 .322 .711

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Reed Johnson - OF ATL @ PIT
4/19 7:05 PM
Wandy Rodriguez 5-23 .217 0 0 2 1 8 .217 .269 .487
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL @ PIT
4/19 7:05 PM
Wandy Rodriguez 3-20 .150 0 2 2 2 4 .250 .227 .477
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B LAD @ BAL
4/19 7:05 PM
Jason Hammel 4-23 .174 1 2 4 4 5 .348 .296 .644
Juan Uribe - 3B LAD @ BAL
4/19 7:05 PM
Jason Hammel 2-17 .118 0 1 0 0 3 .176 .118 .294
Ryan Howard - 1B PHI vs STL
4/19 7:05 PM
Jaime Garcia 2-12 .167 1 1 1 0 6 .417 .167 .583
Jimmy Rollins - SS PHI vs STL
4/19 7:05 PM
Jaime Garcia 1-11 .091 0 0 0 0 0 .091 .091 .182
Clint Barmes - SS PIT vs ATL
4/19 7:05 PM
Tim Hudson 1-10 .100 0 0 0 0 1 .100 .100 .200
Russell Martin - C PIT vs ATL
4/19 7:05 PM
Tim Hudson 1-10 .100 0 0 0 1 4 .100 .182 .282
Gaby Sanchez - 1B PIT vs ATL
4/19 7:05 PM
Tim Hudson 4-22 .182 0 1 0 0 2 .227 .182 .409
Kevin Youkilis - 3B NYY @ TOR
4/19 7:07 PM
Brandon Morrow 2-14 .143 0 0 1 2 4 .143 .368 .511
Adam Lind - 1B TOR vs NYY
4/19 7:07 PM
Andy Pettitte 3-19 .158 0 1 0 3 8 .211 .273 .483
Mike Napoli - C BOS vs KC
4/19 7:10 PM
James Shields 3-15 .200 1 2 2 0 4 .467 .200 .667
Shin-Soo Choo - OF CIN vs MIA
4/19 7:10 PM
Kevin Slowey 4-24 .167 1 2 2 1 11 .333 .200 .533
Ronny Cedeno - SS HOU vs CLE
4/19 8:10 PM
Brett Myers 1-14 .071 0 0 0 1 5 .071 .133 .205
Carlos Pena - 1B HOU vs CLE
4/19 8:10 PM
Brett Myers 3-15 .200 0 2 0 3 4 .333 .368 .702
Gerardo Parra - OF ARI @ COL
4/19 8:40 PM
Jhoulys Chacin 0-10 .000 0 0 0 2 2 .000 .167 .167
Troy Tulowitzki - SS COL vs ARI
4/19 8:40 PM
Ian Kennedy 3-17 .176 1 2 3 2 2 .412 .250 .662
Albert Pujols - 1B LAA vs DET
4/19 10:05 PM
Anibal Sanchez 2-12 .167 0 1 0 1 3 .250 .231 .481
Hunter Pence - OF SF vs SD
4/19 10:15 PM
Edinson Volquez 3-18 .167 1 2 1 2 8 .389 .250 .639
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Joe Saunders SEA @ Tex
4/19 8:05 PM
Rangers Batters 33-99 .333 7 16 18 8 11 .658 .383 1.041
Madison Bumgarner SF vs SD
4/19 10:15 PM
Padres Batters 20-61 .328 2 9 9 4 16 .542 .362 .904
 

Recommended Pickup

Tony Cingrani, P, CIN - In his first career major league start Thursday, Cingrani allowed one run on five hits and three walks and fanned eight batters over five innings against Miami. Sure, it was the Marlins, and Cingrani went just five frames, but the eight strikeouts are impressive and the 23-year-old showed poise, escaping a two-on, one out jam in the first inning and working around leadoff base runners in the second and third innings. Johnny Cueto (triceps) has not yet resumed throwing, and there's no timetable for his return, so Cingrani figures to continue to fill the vacated rotation spot left by Cueto, as long as he holds his own. If the left-handed Cingrani pitches well enough, he may even stick around upon Cueto's return, depending on how both he and Mike Leake perform in their next few starts.

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