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Clay Link

Hailing from the not-so-mean streets of 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 covering the Braves and Raiders.

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Projected Starters - A look at Friday's matchups (all times Eastern)
Phillies (Kyle Kendrick - R) at Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann - R), 7:05 PM
Orioles (Chris Tillman - R) at Blue Jays (Sean Nolin - L), 7:07 PM
Twins (Samuel Deduno - R) at Tigers (Anibal Sanchez - R), 7:08 PM
Braves (Kris Medlen - R) at Mets (Jeremy Hefner - R), 7:10 PM
Cubs (Scott Feldman - R) at Reds (Bronson Arroyo - R), 7:10 PM
Indians (Justin Masterson - R) at Red Sox (John Lackey - R), 7:10 PM
Yankees (David Phelps - R) at Rays (Roberto Hernandez - R), 7:10 PM
Marlins (Tom Koehler - R) at White Sox (John Danks - L), 8:10 PM
Pirates (A.J. Burnett - R) at Brewers (Marco Estrada - R), 8:10 PM
Athletics (Tommy Milone - L) at Astros (Erik Bedard - L), 8:10 PM
Angels (Jason Vargas - L) at Royals (Luis Mendoza - R), 8:10 PM
Padres (Eric Stults - L) at Diamondbacks (Brandon McCarthy - R), 9:40 PM
Cardinals (Lance Lynn - R) at Dodgers (Chris Capuano - L), 10:10 PM
Rangers (Justin Grimm - R) at Mariners (Joe Saunders - L), 10:10 PM
Rockies (Tyler Chatwood - R) at Giants (Tim Lincecum - R), 10:15 PM

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Bud Norris, P, HOU - (Back) Return will not be pushed back again.
Adam Jones, OF, BAL - (Groin) Served as DH again Thursday.
Nick Tepesch, P, TEX - (Finger) Appears set to start Sunday after completing a bullpen session Thursday without issue.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS - (Hamstring) Did not play Thursday but was able to take part in sprint drills prior to the game.

Players on the DL
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA - (Hamstring) Participated in live batting practice Wednesday.
Logan Morrison, OF, MIA - (Knee) Likely to move his rehab assignment to Double-A Jacksonville on Monday.
Joe Mahoney, 1B, MIA - (Hamstring) Rehab stint will be moved to Triple-A New Orleans this weekend.
Casey Kotchman, 1B, MIA - (Hamstring) Will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Jupiter on Thursday.
Adam Eaton, OF, ARI - (Elbow) MRI revealed no structural damage, but his recent setback will delay his return several weeks.
Christian Garcia, P, WAS - (Forearm) Will move his rehab to Double-A Harrisburg over the weekend.
John Danks, P, CHW - (Shoulder) Will start Friday against the Marlins.
Alexi Ogando, P, TEX - (Biceps) Scheduled to throw his first bullpen session early next week.
Ian Kinsler, 2B, TEX - (Ribs) Expects to return when first eligible June 2.
David Price, P, TB - (Triceps) May not be ready to come off the DL when first eligible but his recovery is progressing well.
Ivan Nova, P, NYY - (Oblique, Neck) Could be back with the team Monday.
Kevin Youkilis, 3B, NYY - (Back) Could be back with the team in about a week.
Austin Jackson, OF, DET - (Hamstring) Unlikely to be activated from the DL when first eligible Monday.
Michael Pineda, P, NYY - (Shoulder) Threw a five-inning simulated game Thursday at extended spring training.
Joba Chamberlain, P, NYY - (Oblique) Set to throw two innings in an extended spring training game Saturday.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY - (Wrist) Took batting practice at the team’s spring training facility Friday and could begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Trenton on Tuesday.
Hiroki Kuroda, P, NYY - (Calf) Felt fine Thursday after leaving Wednesday’s game with a bruised calf.
Colby Lewis, P, TEX - (Forearm) Will make a rehab start Saturday for Triple-A Round Rock.
Darin Mastroianni, OF, MIN - (Ankle) Underwent successful surgery Thursday to repair bone chips in his left ankle and is expected to be sidelined for at least five more weeks.
Wilson Betemit, 3B, BAL - (Knee) Will begin light baseball activities next week.
Taylor Teagarden, C, BAL - (Thumb) Began catching live batting practice and taking light batting practice Thursday.
Jered Weaver, P, LAA - (Elbow) Will rejoin the rotation next week barring setback during his weekend bullpen session.
Brett Myers, P, CLE - (Elbow) Needs at least one more rehab start in the minors.
Franklin Morales, P, BOS - (Chest) Allowed one run over five innings during a rehab start at Double-A Portland on Wednesday.

Transaction

Placed on the DL (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI

Activated from the DL
Hiroyuki Nakajima, SS, OAK

Called Up
Kevin Gausman, P, BAL
Louis Coleman, P, KC
Scott Barnes, P, CLE

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Jesus Montero, C, SEA
Josh Rutledge, P, COL
Donald Veal, P, CHW
Phillippe Aumont, P, PHI
Hiroyuki Nakajima, SS, OAK
Burch Smith, P, SD
David Huff, P, CLE (designated for assignment)
Kelvin Herrera, P, KC
Jake Arrieta, P, BAL
Alex Burnett, P, BAL (designated for assignment)

Signed
Mark Teahen, 3B, TEX (minor league contract)

Released
Derek Lowe, P, TEX

Closer Watch

Pittsburgh - A perfect ninth inning against the Cubs on Thursday earned Jason Grilli his MLB-leading 19th save of the season. It's somewhat hard to fathom that a guy who came into this year with just four career saves could be doing what he's doing, but the right-hander has been outstanding since joining the Pirates in 2011. Grilli got Welington Castillo and Luis Valbuena looking back-to-back to end Thursday's contest, and in the process improved his strikeout-to-walk ratio on the year to a ridiculous 34:5.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Ian Desmond - SS WAS vs PHI
5/24 7:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 10-23 .435 2 5 5 0 2 .870 .458 1.328
Bryce Harper - OF WAS vs PHI
5/24 7:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 6-12 .500 1 4 2 2 0 1.000 .571 1.571
Ryan Zimmerman - 3B WAS vs PHI
5/24 7:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 10-33 .303 1 8 2 2 4 .606 .378 .984
Mike Napoli - C BOS vs CLE
5/24 7:10 PM
Justin Masterson 4-13 .308 1 1 1 1 3 .538 .357 .896
Jason Giambi - 1B CLE @ BOS
5/24 7:10 PM
John Lackey 13-37 .351 3 5 7 5 4 .649 .455 1.103
Ike Davis - 1B NYM vs ATL
5/24 7:10 PM
Kris Medlen 4-15 .267 1 1 1 5 2 .467 .450 .917
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY @ TB
5/24 7:10 PM
Roberto Hernandez 11-23 .478 0 1 4 0 1 .522 .478 1.000
Curtis Granderson - OF NYY @ TB
5/24 7:10 PM
Roberto Hernandez 17-39 .436 3 9 6 7 7 .897 .522 1.419
Billy Butler - 1B KC vs LAA
5/24 8:10 PM
Jason Vargas 6-13 .462 2 4 5 3 0 1.077 .563 1.639
Ryan Braun - OF MIL vs PIT
5/24 8:10 PM
A.J. Burnett 6-14 .429 0 0 1 2 5 .429 .500 .929
Miguel Montero - C ARI vs SD
5/24 9:40 PM
Eric Stults 3-10 .300 1 3 5 1 1 .800 .364 1.164
Martin Prado - 3B ARI vs SD
5/24 9:40 PM
Eric Stults 5-11 .455 0 1 2 0 1 .636 .455 1.091
Carlos Beltran - OF STL @ LAD
5/24 10:10 PM
Chris Capuano 4-10 .400 0 2 1 4 1 .600 .571 1.171
Matt Holliday - OF STL @ LAD
5/24 10:10 PM
Chris Capuano 10-27 .370 2 3 4 3 6 .630 .452 1.081
Nelson Cruz - OF TEX @ SEA
5/24 10:10 PM
Joe Saunders 6-20 .300 2 3 3 0 3 .650 .300 .950
Carlos Gonzalez - OF COL @ SF
5/24 10:15 PM
Tim Lincecum 12-39 .308 2 6 7 5 10 .641 .386 1.027
Todd Helton - 1B COL @ SF
5/24 10:15 PM
Tim Lincecum 14-39 .359 1 5 4 9 6 .538 .479 1.018
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Bronson Arroyo CIN vs CHC
5/24 7:10 PM
Cubs Batters 30-143 .210 4 14 11 6 22 .365 .240 .605
Kris Medlen ATL @ NYM
5/24 7:10 PM
Mets Batters 15-85 .176 1 4 4 10 17 .260 .263 .523
John Danks CWS vs MIA
5/24 8:10 PM
Marlins Batters 14-67 .209 2 3 6 4 14 .312 .254 .566
Marco Estrada MIL vs PIT
5/24 8:10 PM
Pirates Batters 16-88 .182 2 5 3 2 22 .293 .200 .493

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Roger Bernadina - OF WAS vs PHI
5/24 7:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 2-12 .167 0 0 0 2 3 .167 .286 .452
Danny Espinosa - 2B WAS vs PHI
5/24 7:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 3-19 .158 0 1 0 3 5 .211 .273 .483
Adam LaRoche - 1B WAS vs PHI
5/24 7:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 3-21 .143 0 1 0 4 3 .190 .280 .470
Steve Lombardozzi - 2B WAS vs PHI
5/24 7:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 3-12 .250 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .500
Adam Lind - 1B TOR vs BAL
5/24 7:07 PM
Chris Tillman 3-14 .214 0 0 2 0 4 .214 .214 .429
Dustin Pedroia - 2B BOS vs CLE
5/24 7:10 PM
Justin Masterson 1-13 .077 0 0 1 1 1 .077 .143 .220
Darwin Barney - 2B CHC @ CIN
5/24 7:10 PM
Bronson Arroyo 2-15 .133 0 0 0 0 1 .133 .133 .267
David DeJesus - OF CHC @ CIN
5/24 7:10 PM
Bronson Arroyo 3-19 .158 0 0 3 2 1 .158 .238 .396
Alfonso Soriano - OF CHC @ CIN
5/24 7:10 PM
Bronson Arroyo 10-50 .200 1 6 3 3 15 .360 .241 .601
Jack Hannahan - 3B CIN vs CHC
5/24 7:10 PM
Scott Feldman 3-20 .150 0 1 2 1 2 .200 .217 .417
Cesar Izturis - SS CIN vs CHC
5/24 7:10 PM
Scott Feldman 2-11 .182 0 0 0 1 1 .182 .250 .432
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS CLE @ BOS
5/24 7:10 PM
John Lackey 4-20 .200 1 1 2 1 6 .350 .273 .623
Nick Swisher - OF CLE @ BOS
5/24 7:10 PM
John Lackey 10-61 .164 2 3 6 9 23 .279 .292 .570
Daniel Murphy - 2B NYM vs ATL
5/24 7:10 PM
Kris Medlen 2-14 .143 0 1 1 0 2 .214 .143 .357
David Wright - 3B NYM vs ATL
5/24 7:10 PM
Kris Medlen 2-16 .125 0 0 0 2 7 .125 .222 .347
Lyle Overbay - 1B NYY @ TB
5/24 7:10 PM
Roberto Hernandez 1-11 .091 0 0 0 2 0 .091 .231 .322
Vernon Wells - OF NYY @ TB
5/24 7:10 PM
Roberto Hernandez 4-20 .200 0 0 5 3 3 .200 .333 .533
Jeff Mathis - C MIA @ CWS
5/24 8:10 PM
John Danks 2-15 .133 1 1 2 3 8 .333 .278 .611
Placido Polanco - 3B MIA @ CWS
5/24 8:10 PM
John Danks 4-24 .167 0 0 2 1 2 .167 .200 .367
Yuniesky Betancourt - 2B MIL vs PIT
5/24 8:10 PM
A.J. Burnett 4-23 .174 0 0 0 0 3 .174 .174 .348
Alex Gonzalez - SS MIL vs PIT
5/24 8:10 PM
A.J. Burnett 2-10 .200 1 1 1 2 2 .500 .333 .833
Aramis Ramirez - 3B MIL vs PIT
5/24 8:10 PM
A.J. Burnett 5-22 .227 0 0 1 0 4 .227 .227 .455
Coco Crisp - OF OAK @ HOU
5/24 8:10 PM
Erik Bedard 1-15 .067 0 0 0 1 3 .067 .125 .192
Garrett Jones - 1B PIT @ MIL
5/24 8:10 PM
Marco Estrada 3-16 .188 0 0 0 0 3 .188 .188 .375
Neil Walker - 2B PIT @ MIL
5/24 8:10 PM
Marco Estrada 2-10 .200 0 1 0 1 4 .400 .273 .673
Dexter Fowler - OF COL @ SF
5/24 10:15 PM
Tim Lincecum 6-32 .188 0 2 2 7 10 .281 .333 .615
Eric Young Jr. - OF COL @ SF
5/24 10:15 PM
Tim Lincecum 3-17 .176 0 0 1 3 7 .176 .300 .476
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Kyle Kendrick PHI @ Was
5/24 7:05 PM
Nationals Batters 44-147 .299 8 23 16 17 18 .600 .383 .983
Roberto Hernandez TB vs NYY
5/24 7:10 PM
Yankees Batters 48-144 .333 5 15 26 16 19 .531 .402 .933
Jason Vargas LAA @ KC
5/24 8:10 PM
Royals Batters 17-74 .230 3 7 9 11 9 .420 .329 .749
Chris Capuano LAD vs StL
5/24 10:10 PM
Cardinals Batters 36-97 .371 6 12 17 12 11 .610 .451 1.061
Joe Saunders SEA vs Tex
5/24 10:10 PM
Rangers Batters 25-81 .309 3 10 10 5 11 .512 .354 .866
 

Recommended Pickup
Bronson Arroyo, P, CIN - You never know what you're going to get from Arroyo on a start-by-start basis, but the right-hander is hot right now. He's currently riding a 14.1-inning scoreless streak, with an 11:3 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his last two starts. Oh, and he owns the Cubs, who will see Arroyo Friday night for the first time this season. Cubs batters are just 30-for-143 (.210 average) against Arroyo, and while he will face them at hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark, Arroyo has been good at home so far this season (3-1 record, 2.94 ERA). It's probably worth giving him a shot, but beware that things aren't always as pretty for Arroyo as they have been lately.

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