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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)
Diamondbacks (Wade Miley - L) at Cubs (Matt Garza - R), 2:20 PM
Tigers (Max Scherzer - R) at Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez - R), 7:05 PM
Reds (Johnny Cueto - R) at Pirates (Wandy Rodriguez - L), 7:05 PM
Rays (Matt Moore - L) at Indians (Corey Kluber -R), 7:05 PM
Brewers (Yovani Gallardo - R) at Phillies (Cole Hamels - L), 7:05 PM
Red Sox (Jon Lester - L) at Yankees (CC Sabathia - L), 7:05 PM
Mets (Shaun Marcum - R) at Marlins (Jacob Turner - R), 7:10 PM
Nationals (Stephen Strasburg - R) at Braves (Julio Teheran - R), 7:30 PM
Royals (Wade Davis - R) at Rangers (Derek Holland - L), 8:05 PM
Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma - R) at Twins (Mike Pelfrey - R), 8:10 PM
Giants (Matt Cain - R) at Cardinals (Shelby Miller - R), 8:15 PM
Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw - L) at Rockies (Jon Garland - R), 8:40 PM
White Sox (Dylan Axelrod - R) at Athletics (Bartolo Colon - R), 10:05 PM
Astros (Dallas Keuchel - L) at Angels (Tommy Hanson - R), 10:05 PM
Blue Jays (Chad Jenkins - R) at Padres (Jason Marquis - R), 10:10 PM

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Clay Buchholz, P, BOS - (Collarbone) On track to start Sunday against the Yankees after completing a bullpen session Thursday without issue.
Bryce Harper, OF, WAS - (Knee) Manager Davey Johnson didn't sound too optimistic that he'd be able to play Friday after the knee remained swollen Wednesday.
Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA - (Back) Scratched Thursday with back spasms.
Mike Morse, OF, SEA - (Quadriceps) Expected to miss at least one more game after sitting Thursday.
Angel Pagan, OF, SF - (Hamstring) Will sit again Friday.
Justin Smoak, 1B, SEA - (Oblique) Out of the lineup again Thursday.
Casey Janssen, P, TOR - (Shoulder) Earned the save Wednesday but will continue to be monitored closely.
Torii Hunter, OF, DET - (Elbow) Said he's certain to play Sunday against the Orioles.
Alex Cobb, P, TB - (Finger) Expects to return to the rotation Tuesday against the Tigers.
Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF - (Illness) Was not in the lineup Thursday.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT - (Mouth) Sat Thursday after having two wisdom teeth removed earlier in the day.
Eric Chavez, 3B, ARI - (Oblique) Injury that forced him from Thursday 's game has been diagnosed as a strained right oblique.
Jonathon Niese, P, NYM - (Shoulder) MRI on Thursday revealed inflammation.
Marwin Gonzalez, SS, HOU - (Hamstring) Remained out of the lineup Thursday.
Edgar Gonzalez, P, HOU - (Shoulder) Dealing with some light soreness.
A.J. Ellis, C, LAD - (Left side) May end up needing a stint on the DL.

Players on the DL
Matt Kemp, OF, LAD - (Hamstring) Placed on the 15-day DL on Thursday.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY - (Wrist) Will return to the lineup Friday.
Kevin Youkilis, 3B, NYY - (Back) Will return to the lineup Friday.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS - (Back) Did some running and took a few dry swings Wednesday.
Cesar Cabral, P, NYY - (Elbow) Has given up two earned runs and posted a 5:8 K:BB in five rehab appearances with High-A Tampa.
Josh Reddick, OF, OAK - (Wrist) Expected to be back in A's lineup Friday.
Leyson Septimo, P, CHW - (Shoulder) Began rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR - (Ankle) Injury not as severe as Jose Reyes' but timetable for return is unclear.
Dustin McGowan, P, TOR - (Shoulder) Became eligible to return Thursday but can stay on a rehab assignment until June 12.
Jose Reyes, SS, TOR - (Ankle) Could be ready for a rehab assignment in two weeks.
Darren Oliver, P, TOR - (Shoulder) Eligible to return June 3, but it's unclear whether he'll be ready for activation at that time.
Andy Pettitte, P, NYY - (Shoulder) Scheduled to return to the rotation Monday against the Indians.
Brett Myers, P, CLE - (Elbow) Could return to the team in a bullpen role if his elbow remains an ongoing issue.
Taylor Teagarden, C, BAL - (Thumb) Will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Norfolk on Friday.
Nolan Reimold, OF, BAL - (Hamstring) Could head out on a rehab assignment at some point next week.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN - (Calf) Placed on the 15-day DL on Thursday.
Peter Bourjos, OF, LAA - (Hamstring) Plans to run the bases Friday and Saturday and begin a rehab assignment Monday at High-A Inland Empire.
Nathan Eovaldi, P, MIA - (Shoulder) Made another rehab start for High-A Jupiter on Thursday.
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI - (Oblique) Phillies estimating mid-June return from the DL.
Carlos Ruiz, C, PHI - (Hamstring) Said to be progressing well and is expected back in mid-June.
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI - (Hand) May require surgery if the bone continues to heal incorrectly.
John McDonald, SS, PIT - (Back/Elbow) Went 0-for-7 in first two rehab starts for Triple-A Indianapolis and did not play Wednesday.
Chris Carpenter, P, STL - (Shoulder) Resumed throwing from the mound Wednesday and felt good after throwing 25-30 pitches.
Kyuji Fujikawa, P, CHC - (Elbow) Transferred to the 60-day DL on Thursday.
Frank Francisco, P, NYM - (Elbow) Transferred to the 60-day DL on Thursday.
Jaime Garcia, P, STL -(Shoulder) Transferred to the 60-day DL on Thursday.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA - (Hamstring) Rehab has been put on hold due to soreness in his knees.
Jake Westbrook, P, STL - (Elbow) Could begin a rehab assignment within a week.
Adam Eaton, OF, ARI - (Eblow) Will rest for three weeks before being re-evaluated.
Jose Tabata, OF, PIT - (Oblique) Resumed physical activities Wednesday.
Ruben Tejada, SS, NYM - (Quadriceps) Received an injection in the injured quad Thursday.
Jayson Werth, OF, WAS - (Hamstring) Unlikely to return during the Nats' upcoming series against the Braves.
Jeff Francis, P, COL - (Groin) Scheduled to make at least two rehab starts before rejoining the Rockies.
Scott Atchison, P, NYM - (Elbow) Experiencing numbness in his fingers following his most recent rehab outing and will seek a second opinion on whether he'll need surgery.
Josh Beckett, P, LAD - (Groin/Fingers) Will visit a nerve specialist in Dallas on Monday.

Placed on the DL
Matt Kemp, OF, LAD
Kyuji Fujikawa, P, CHC (transferred to 60-day DL)
Ruben Tejada, SS, NYM
Frank Francisco, P, NYM (transferred to 60-day DL)
Jaime Garcia, P, STL (transferred to 60-day DL)
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN

Called Up
Zach Putnam, P, CHC
Omar Quintanilla, SS, NYM
Nick Vincent, P, SD
Michael Wacha, P, STL
Alex Wood, P, ATL
Chris Colabello, 1B, MIN
Tim Federowicz, C, LA

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Alex Burnett, P, CHC
Anthony Bass, P, SD
Michael Blazek, P, STL
Juan Francisco, 3B, ATL (designated for assignment)
Stephen Fife, P, LAD

Signed
Mario Martinez, 3B, BOS (minor league contract)
J.R. Towles, C, LAD (minor league contract)

Closer Watch

Baltimore - For the second straight day Thursday, Jim Johnson tossed a perfect frame against Washington to notch a save. He's beginning to show some stability after blowing four of his last five save chances prior to Wednesday, but the fact remains that he's already exceeded his blown save total from a season ago. The right-hander is striking batters out at a better clip this season, but his groundball rate is down from 62.3 percent in 2012 to 48.6 percent this season. If Johnson hits another rough stretch here soon, Darren O'Day could inherit ninth-inning duties.

New York Mets - Bobby Parnell tossed a perfect frame against the Yankees on Thursday for his ninth save of the season. It marked the 12th time in 13th appearances this month that Parnell has not allowed a run, with the lone exception coming last week in Cincinnati. The right-hander has quietly turned in a nice first third of the season, and while the save chances haven't been plentiful, his job as closer is secure.

San Francisco - A clean ninth inning against the A's on Thursday earned Sergio Romo his 14th save of the season and his first since May 16th. He's had a few tough outings this month, but Romo still has a sub-1.00 WHIP and a sub-3.00 ERA. Plus, he continues to show superb command of the strikezone, with just three walks on the season.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Adam Jones - OF BAL vs DET
5/31 7:05 PM
Max Scherzer 6-12 .500 0 2 0 0 4 .667 .500 1.167
Nick Markakis - OF BAL vs DET
5/31 7:05 PM
Max Scherzer 4-11 .364 0 2 0 2 3 .545 .462 1.007
Matt Wieters - C BAL vs DET
5/31 7:05 PM
Max Scherzer 5-12 .417 0 0 0 0 2 .417 .417 .833
David Ross - C BOS @ NYY
5/31 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 4-13 .308 2 2 3 2 4 .769 .375 1.144
Joey Votto - 1B CIN @ PIT
5/31 7:05 PM
Wandy Rodriguez 19-51 .373 1 7 6 3 8 .588 .407 .996
Ryan Braun - OF MIL @ PHI
5/31 7:05 PM
Cole Hamels 7-25 .280 3 4 5 1 4 .680 .308 .988
Aramis Ramirez - 3B MIL @ PHI
5/31 7:05 PM
Cole Hamels 5-19 .263 2 3 4 1 6 .684 .300 .984
Jayson Nix - 3B NYY vs BOS
5/31 7:05 PM
Jon Lester 7-21 .333 3 5 5 2 5 .857 .391 1.248
Lyle Overbay - 1B NYY vs BOS
5/31 7:05 PM
Jon Lester 9-25 .360 2 4 8 3 6 .680 .429 1.109
Garrett Jones - 1B PIT vs CIN
5/31 7:05 PM
Johnny Cueto 10-34 .294 1 5 2 4 11 .529 .368 .898
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT vs CIN
5/31 7:05 PM
Johnny Cueto 9-36 .250 3 5 5 4 5 .556 .325 .881
Placido Polanco - 3B MIA vs NYM
5/31 7:10 PM
Shaun Marcum 6-13 .462 0 2 0 0 0 .615 .462 1.077
Jason Heyward - OF ATL vs WAS
5/31 7:30 PM
Stephen Strasburg 7-12 .583 0 1 1 2 2 .667 .643 1.310
Brian McCann - C ATL vs WAS
5/31 7:30 PM
Stephen Strasburg 6-15 .400 1 2 2 0 4 .667 .400 1.067
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL vs WAS
5/31 7:30 PM
Stephen Strasburg 8-17 .471 2 4 8 3 6 .941 .550 1.491
Billy Butler - 1B KC @ TEX
5/31 8:05 PM
Derek Holland 4-11 .364 1 1 3 2 2 .636 .462 1.098
Jeff Francoeur - OF KC @ TEX
5/31 8:05 PM
Derek Holland 4-10 .400 1 2 2 0 4 .800 .400 1.200
Carlos Beltran - OF STL vs SF
5/31 8:15 PM
Matt Cain 7-18 .389 1 4 5 2 3 .778 .450 1.228
Matt Holliday - OF STL vs SF
5/31 8:15 PM
Matt Cain 8-40 .200 3 4 6 4 10 .450 .277 .727
Ty Wigginton - 3B STL vs SF
5/31 8:15 PM
Matt Cain 4-12 .333 1 2 5 0 2 .667 .333 1.000
Dexter Fowler - OF COL vs LAD
5/31 8:40 PM
Clayton Kershaw 12-30 .400 0 3 1 4 7 .533 .471 1.004
Ramon Hernandez - C LAD @ COL
5/31 8:40 PM
Jon Garland 9-30 .300 1 4 5 3 1 .500 .364 .864
Adam Dunn - 1B CWS @ OAK
5/31 10:05 PM
Bartolo Colon 5-10 .500 1 1 4 1 2 .800 .500 1.300
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS @ OAK
5/31 10:05 PM
Bartolo Colon 8-28 .286 2 4 3 3 7 .571 .344 .915
Alex Rios - OF CWS @ OAK
5/31 10:05 PM
Bartolo Colon 9-22 .409 0 2 4 1 2 .545 .435 .980
Edwin Encarnacion - 1B TOR @ SD
5/31 10:10 PM
Jason Marquis 9-18 .500 2 3 7 2 2 .889 .571 1.460
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Matt Garza CHC vs ARI
5/31 2:20 PM
Diamondbacks Batters 13-63 .206 1 4 5 7 17 .340 .286 .626
Max Scherzer DET @ BAL
5/31 7:05 PM
Orioles Batters 26-98 .265 1 8 7 2 28 .371 .278 .649
Yovani Gallardo MIL @ PHI
5/31 7:05 PM
Phillies Batters 16-77 .208 1 6 7 5 19 .314 .262 .576

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Alexi Casilla - 2B BAL vs DET
5/31 7:05 PM
Max Scherzer 1-13 .077 0 1 1 0 3 .154 .071 .225
J.J. Hardy - SS BAL vs DET
5/31 7:05 PM
Max Scherzer 3-18 .167 1 2 3 0 4 .389 .167 .556
Danny Valencia - 3B BAL vs DET
5/31 7:05 PM
Max Scherzer 2-11 .182 0 1 2 0 3 .273 .167 .439
Jacoby Ellsbury - OF BOS @ NYY
5/31 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 6-28 .214 1 2 7 1 9 .357 .281 .638
Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C BOS @ NYY
5/31 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 3-14 .214 0 1 1 1 7 .286 .250 .536
Jay Bruce - OF CIN @ PIT
5/31 7:05 PM
Wandy Rodriguez 2-32 .063 0 0 0 0 16 .063 .063 .125
Alex Gonzalez - SS MIL @ PHI
5/31 7:05 PM
Cole Hamels 6-25 .240 2 3 4 1 9 .520 .269 .789
Rickie Weeks - 2B MIL @ PHI
5/31 7:05 PM
Cole Hamels 2-18 .111 0 2 0 4 8 .222 .273 .495
Travis Hafner - DH NYY vs BOS
5/31 7:05 PM
Jon Lester 3-13 .231 0 0 3 0 2 .231 .214 .445
Vernon Wells - OF NYY vs BOS
5/31 7:05 PM
Jon Lester 6-36 .167 1 3 3 7 5 .306 .311 .617
Clint Barmes - SS PIT vs CIN
5/31 7:05 PM
Johnny Cueto 2-10 .200 0 1 0 0 1 .300 .200 .500
A.J. Pierzynski - C TEX vs KC
5/31 8:05 PM
Wade Davis 2-11 .182 0 0 0 2 1 .182 .308 .490
Raul Ibanez - OF SEA @ MIN
5/31 8:10 PM
Mike Pelfrey 11-35 .314 1 2 8 1 9 .429 .324 .753
Jonathan Herrera - SS COL vs LAD
5/31 8:40 PM
Clayton Kershaw 2-12 .167 0 1 1 1 2 .250 .231 .481
Carl Crawford - OF LAD @ COL
5/31 8:40 PM
Jon Garland 1-18 .056 0 0 0 0 2 .056 .105 .161
Skip Schumaker - 2B LAD @ COL
5/31 8:40 PM
Jon Garland 2-15 .133 0 1 0 0 1 .200 .133 .333
Alexei Ramirez - SS CWS @ OAK
5/31 10:05 PM
Bartolo Colon 0-11 .000 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Stephen Strasburg WAS @ Atl
5/31 7:30 PM
Braves Batters 29-74 .392 3 8 17 8 18 .586 .444 1.030
Jon Garland COL vs LAD
5/31 8:40 PM
Dodgers Batters 38-161 .236 3 14 20 15 14 .364 .305 .669
Bartolo Colon OAK vs CWS
5/31 10:05 PM
White Sox Batters 30-93 .323 4 11 13 8 14 .547 .368 .915
Jason Marquis SD vs Tor
5/31 10:10 PM
Blue Jays Batters 22-67 .328 2 6 14 7 8 .481 .406 .886
 

Recommended Pickup
Michael Wacha, P, STL - Wacha's big league career got off to a great start Thursday against the Royals. The 21-year-old right-hander was perfect through his first four innings and ended up allowing one run on just two hits while striking out six and not walking a batter over seven innings of work. The 19th overall selection in last year's draft, Wacha flew through the Cardinals' farm system, reaching the majors after just 20 minor-league appearances. It's uncertain how long he'll be up with the big club, but Wacha certainly looked like he belonged Thursday and his performance should earn him a few more starts at the very least.

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