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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)

Braves (Paul Maholm - L) at Tigers (Anibal Sanchez - R), 7:05 PM
Reds (Homer Bailey - R) at Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann - R), 7:05 PM
Blue Jays (Josh Johnson - R) at Yankees (Ivan Nova - R), 7:05 PM
Cubs (Scott Feldman - R) at Marlins (Wade LeBlanc - L), 7:10 PM
Astros (Erik Bedard - L) at Red Sox (Ryan Dempster - R), 7:10 PM
Phillies (Kyle Kendrick - R) at Mets (Dillon Gee - R), 7:10 PM
Indians (Scott Kazmir - L) at Royals (Ervin Santana - R), 8:10 PM
Rangers (Justin Grimm - R) at Twins (Scott Diamond - L), 8:10 PM
Rays (Roberto Hernandez - R) at White Sox (Jake Peavy - R), 8:10 PM
Pirates (Jonathan Sanchez - L) at Cardinals (Lance Lynn - R), 8:15 PM
Rockies (Juan Nicasio - R) at Diamondbacks (Brandon McCarthy - R), 9:40 PM
Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen - L) at Athletics (Tommy Milone - L), 10:05 PM
Brewers (Hiram Burgos - R) at Dodgers (Josh Beckett - R), 10:10 PM
Giants (Tim Lincecum - R) at Padres (Andrew Cashner - R), 10:10 PM
Angels (C.J. Wilson - L) at Mariners (Aaron Harang - R), 10:10 PM

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Justin Verlander, P, DET - (Thumb) Left Thursday's start with a blister on his right thumb but manager Jim Leyland said it should not affect his next start.
Matt Adams, 1B, STL - (Oblique) Evaluated Thursday with hopes of returning this weekend against Pittsburgh.
Jonathon Niese, P, NYM - (Ankle) Threw his regular between-starts bullpen session Thursday.
Tommy Hanson, P, LAA - (Personal) Will not necessarily jump back into the rotation right away upon his removal from the bereavement list Monday.
Al Alburquerque, P, DET - (Hip) Experienced tightness while pitching during Wednesday's game.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS - (Back) Will not return to the lineup until he is "symptom-free," according to manager John Farrell.
Kevin Youkilis, 3B, NYY - (Back) Missed a fifth straight game Thursday.
Yunel Escobar, SS, TB - (Hamstring) Ruled out for Friday.

Players on the DL
Chad Billingsley, P, LAD - (Elbow) Underwent successful Tommy John surgery Wednesday.
Jonny Venters, P, ATL - (Elbow) Set to begin light throwing Tuesday.
Shawn Tolleson, P, LAD - (Back) Underwent surgery Thursday.
Chris Capuano, P, LAD - (Calf) Threw a bullpen session Wednesday and appears on track to be activated from the DL when he's eligible May 3.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS - (Hamstring) Could be sent out on a rehab assignment by early next week.
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS, MIA - (Elbow) Marlins are optimistic he will be able to come off the DL when first eligible May 2.
Henderson Alvarez, P, MIA - (Shoulder) Will throw a simulated game Saturday.
Casey Kotchman, 1B, MIA - (Hamstring) Still a few weeks away from returning to the lineup.
Logan Morrison, OF, MIA - (Knee) Could begin playing in rehab games May 10.
Matt Garza, P, CHC - (Arm) Will still pitch in a game this week despite being scratched from Wednesday's rehab start with soreness.
Todd Helton, 1B, COL - (Wrist) Has been prescribed rest for the next four or five days to reduce the risk of further inflammation.
Michael Bourn, OF, CLE - (Finger) Hopes to resume baseball activities this weekend but still might need a short rehab assignment before rejoining the team.
Kevin Jepsen, P, LAA - (Shoulder) Headed to Arizona for extended spring training but not expected to throw until sometime next week.
Avisail Garcia, OF, DET - (Heel) Will begin a rehab assignment Thursday.
John Lackey, P, BOS - (Biceps) Threw a 50-pitch bullpen session Thursday and is still on track to start Sunday against the Astros.
Justin Maxwell, OF, HOU - (Hand) Expected to miss about four weeks.
Franklin Gutierrez, OF, SEA - (Hamstring) Diagnosed with a Grade 1 hamstring strain and is expected to miss two-to-three weeks.
Cole De Vries, P, MIN - (Forearm) Will make a start in an extended spring training game Friday.
Erick Aybar, SS, LAA - (Heel) Will likely require at least one more rehab game at extended spring training before coming off the DL.

Out
Adam Lind, 1B, TOR - (Personal) Placed on the paternity list Thursday.

Transactions

Placed on the DL (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Todd Helton, 1B, COL
Adam Lind, 1B, TOR (paternity list)

Activated from the DL
Adam Rosales, 2B, OAK

Called Up
Zach Britton, P, BAL
Brad Lincoln, P, TOR
Barry Enright, P, LAA
Ryan Wheeler, 3B, COL
Ryan Lavarnway, C, BOS

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
David Carpenter, P, LAA
Josh Stinson, P, BAL
Alfredo Aceves, P, BOS
Andy Parrino, SS, OAK
Ramon Ortiz, P, TOR
Duane Below, P, MIA

Claimed Off Waivers
Duane Below, P, MIA (from DET)

Closer Watch

Pittsburgh - Left-hander Tony Watson worked the final two innings against Philadelphia on Thursday, allowing one run on two hits while striking out one, to earn his first save of the season. Jason Grilli, who's leading the majors with nine saves and has still not allowed a run in 11 appearances this season, was unavailable after having pitched Tuesday and Wednesday. Make no mistake about it; Grilli has a firm hold on the ninth-inning job, but Watson will likely continue to get save chances when they present themselves on days following back-to-back appearances by Grilli.

Chicago Cubs - Manager Dale Sveum was seemingly undeterred by Carlos Marmol's second blown save of the season Tuesday, as he turned to Marmol again to close out Thursday's 4-3 win over Miami. Marmol, like hes known to do, made things interesting by giving up a walk and a hit to begin the bottom of the ninth inning, but he was able to retire the next three batters and earn his second save of the season. While it looks like Marmol will continue to get save chances over James Russell and Shawn Camp while Kyuji Fujikawa (forearm) is out, the Cubs' late-inning situation is volatile, and will likely remains so until Fujikawa returns.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Justin Upton - OF ATL @ DET
4/26 7:05 PM
Anibal Sanchez 4-10 .400 1 2 2 0 3 .900 .400 1.300
Mike Napoli - C BOS vs HOU
4/26 7:10 PM
Erik Bedard 3-15 .200 2 2 5 4 5 .600 .368 .968
David Wright - 3B NYM vs PHI
4/26 7:10 PM
Kyle Kendrick 8-26 .308 2 2 4 2 3 .538 .345 .883
Alejandro De Aza - OF CWS vs TB
4/26 8:10 PM
Roberto Hernandez 5-12 .417 0 3 2 0 2 .667 .417 1.083
Adam Dunn - 1B CWS vs TB
4/26 8:10 PM
Roberto Hernandez 7-22 .318 1 4 7 1 8 .591 .348 .939
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS vs TB
4/26 8:10 PM
Roberto Hernandez 8-22 .364 2 3 9 8 8 .682 .545 1.227
Alexei Ramirez - SS CWS vs TB
4/26 8:10 PM
Roberto Hernandez 6-21 .286 1 2 4 0 4 .476 .375 .851
Miguel Tejada - SS KC vs CLE
4/26 8:10 PM
Scott Kazmir 11-28 .393 1 4 3 4 4 .607 .455 1.062
James Loney - 1B TB @ CWS
4/26 8:10 PM
Jake Peavy 7-25 .280 2 4 4 1 3 .600 .308 .908
Ty Wigginton - 3B STL vs PIT
4/26 8:15 PM
Jonathan Sanchez 4-11 .364 0 2 3 2 1 .545 .462 1.007
Albert Pujols - 1B LAA @ SEA
4/26 10:10 PM
Aaron Harang 20-66 .303 5 10 13 3 5 .606 .324 .930
Yuniesky Betancourt - 2B MIL @ LAD
4/26 10:10 PM
Josh Beckett 7-16 .438 1 3 3 1 1 .813 .471 1.283
Nick Hundley - C SD vs SF
4/26 10:10 PM
Tim Lincecum 6-19 .316 1 3 1 3 8 .632 .409 1.041
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Paul Maholm ATL @ DET
4/26 7:05 PM
Tigers Batters 14-86 .163 1 5 7 7 21 .254 .247 .501
Kyle Kendrick PHI @ NYM
4/26 7:10 PM
Mets Batters 16-78 .205 2 5 7 4 5 .326 .259 .584
Erik Bedard HOU @ BOS
4/26 7:10 PM
Red Sox Batters 14-92 .152 4 5 11 17 26 .303 .299 .602
Ervin Santana KC vs CLE
4/26 8:10 PM
Indians Batters 15-105 .143 2 12 11 16 26 .311 .277 .588

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Prince Fielder - 1B DET vs ATL
4/26 7:05 PM
Paul Maholm 6-48 .125 0 0 4 2 15 .125 .192 .317
Omar Infante - 2B DET vs ATL
4/26 7:05 PM
Paul Maholm 0-10 .000 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000
Jonny Gomes - OF BOS vs HOU
4/26 7:10 PM
Erik Bedard 4-23 .174 1 1 2 4 7 .304 .321 .626
Dustin Pedroia - 2B BOS vs HOU
4/26 7:10 PM
Erik Bedard 1-14 .071 0 0 0 2 1 .071 .188 .259
Rick Ankiel - OF HOU @ BOS
4/26 7:10 PM
Ryan Dempster 2-16 .125 0 0 0 0 5 .125 .125 .250
Daniel Murphy - 2B NYM vs PHI
4/26 7:10 PM
Kyle Kendrick 2-10 .200 0 1 0 1 1 .300 .273 .573
Ruben Tejada - SS NYM vs PHI
4/26 7:10 PM
Kyle Kendrick 2-10 .200 0 0 1 0 0 .200 .200 .400
Michael Brantley - OF CLE @ KC
4/26 8:10 PM
Ervin Santana 2-10 .200 0 1 1 0 0 .300 .200 .500
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS CLE @ KC
4/26 8:10 PM
Ervin Santana 2-19 .105 0 1 2 2 4 .211 .227 .438
Jason Giambi - 1B CLE @ KC
4/26 8:10 PM
Ervin Santana 2-18 .111 0 2 3 5 3 .222 .333 .556
Nick Swisher - OF CLE @ KC
4/26 8:10 PM
Ervin Santana 6-33 .182 1 5 1 5 14 .394 .308 .702
Alex Rios - OF CWS vs TB
4/26 8:10 PM
Roberto Hernandez 6-29 .207 0 0 0 2 7 .207 .258 .465
Alex Gordon - OF KC vs CLE
4/26 8:10 PM
Scott Kazmir 2-10 .200 0 1 1 1 3 .300 .273 .573
Michael Cuddyer - OF COL @ ARI
4/26 9:40 PM
Brandon McCarthy 3-17 .176 1 1 1 1 4 .353 .222 .575
Chase Headley - 3B SD vs SF
4/26 10:10 PM
Tim Lincecum 7-24 .292 1 3 4 1 8 .500 .333 .833
Will Venable - OF SD vs SF
4/26 10:10 PM
Tim Lincecum 7-28 .250 0 2 0 1 10 .357 .276 .633
Raul Ibanez - OF SEA vs LAA
4/26 10:10 PM
C.J. Wilson 3-21 .143 1 2 3 2 7 .333 .217 .551
Brendan Ryan - SS SEA vs LAA
4/26 10:10 PM
C.J. Wilson 2-10 .200 0 0 1 1 3 .200 .250 .450
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Roberto Hernandez TB @ CWS
4/26 8:10 PM
White Sox Batters 33-112 .295 4 13 23 12 30 .496 .386 .881
Aaron Harang SEA vs LAA
4/26 10:10 PM
Angels Batters 22-72 .306 5 11 14 7 7 .614 .352 .966
Recommended Pickup

Hiram Burgos, P, MIL - Burgos held the Cubs to one run on five hits over five innings in his first career start Saturday, and while he stuck out just one batter, he did not issue a walk. The right-hander may be sent down after Friday's outing, but Burgos could be a nice spot start for those in daily leagues, and he could earn more opportunities with another strong performance. Burgos' minor league numbers (7.1 K/9 at Triple-A Nashville) lend hope to his strikeout rate improving, and he'll get to oppose the 0-4 Josh Beckett in his return to the hill Friday. His first road start will be a late one at Dodger Stadium, but the Dodgers are just 3-7 in their last 10 games and were recently swept at home by the Padres, while the Brewers just rattled off nine straight wins before losing Wednesday.

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