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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)
Pirates (Francisco Liriano - L) at Cubs (Travis Wood - L), 2:20 PM
Twins (Kevin Correia - R) at Nationals (Nate Karns - R), 7:05 PM
Rangers (Nick Tepesch - R) at Blue Jays (Esmil Rogers - R), 7:07 PM
Indians (Ubaldo Jimenez - R) at Tigers (Justin Verlander - R), 7:08 PM
Marlins (Jose Fernandez - R) at Mets (Matt Harvey - R), 7:10 PM
Cardinals (Adam Wainwright - R) at Reds (Mike Leake - R), 7:10 PM
Angels (Tommy Hanson - R) at Red Sox (Felix Doubront - L), 7:10 PM
Orioles (Jason Hammel - R) at Rays (Chris Archer - R), 7:10 PM
Phillies (Cliff Lee - L) at Brewers (Alfredo Figaro - R), 8:10 PM
Astros (Jordan Lyles - R) at Royals (James Shields - R), 8:10 PM
Athletics (Jarrod Parker - R) at White Sox (Chris Sale - L), 8:10 PM
Padres (Edinson Volquez - R) at Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa - L), 8:40 PM
Giants (Matt Cain - R) at Diamondbacks (Patrick Corbin - L), 9:40 PM
Braves (Paul Maholm - L) at Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu - L), 10:10 PM
Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda - R) at Mariners (Jeremy Bonderman - R), 10:10 PM

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Tyler Chatwood, P, COL - (Triceps) Will miss his scheduled start Saturday, but he's not expected to be out beyond then.
Kyle Lohse, P, MIL - (Hamstring) Expected to make his next scheduled start Sunday after experiencing minor hamstring tightness in his left leg during his last start.
Lucas Duda, OF, NYM - (Quadriceps) Missed Thursday's game with a tight quad muscle.
Dexter Fowler, OF, COL - (Illness) Was out of the lineup Thursday.
Mark Ellis, 2B, LAD - (Groin) Held out of the lineup again Thursday.
Ted Lilly, P, LAD - (Neck) Status for his next start Sunday remains up in the air.
Jon Niese, P, NYM - (Shoulder) Will now start Sunday rather than Saturday as a result of Thursday's rainout.
Kelly Johnson, 2B, TB - (Back) Missed a second straight game Thursday.
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU - (Groin) Missed Thursday's game with what's being called a minor injury.
Jake McGee, P, TB - (Ankle) Considered day-to-day after leaving Thursday game against the Tigers with a left shin contusion.

Players on the DL
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA - (Hamstring) Expects to return to the Marlins on Monday.
Bryce Harper, OF, WAS - (Knee) Has yet to resume baseball activities and will see Dr. James Andrews on Monday for a second opinion.
Christian Garcia, P, WAS - (Forearm) Threw two scoreless innings in his third rehab appearance Wednesday.
Donovan Solano, 2B, MIA - (Oblique) Targeting a Monday return to the Marlins.
Joe Mahoney, 1B, MIA - (Hamstring) Could return to the Marlins on Monday.
Ross Detwiler, P, WAS - (Oblique) Will make a rehab start Friday with High-A Potomac.
Danny Espinosa, 2B, WAS - (Wrist/Shoulder) Expected to resume baseball activities in four-to-five days.
Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD - (Hand) Landed on the 15-day DL on Thursday.
John Lannan, P, PHI - (Knee) Began a rehab assignment with High-A Clearwater on Thursday.
Fernando Salas, P, STL - (Shoulder) Resumed playing catch Thursday.
Chris Carpenter, P, STL - (Shoulder) Completed another live batting practice session Thursday but a rehab assignment is not imminent.
Carl Crawford, OF, LAD - (Hamstring) Don Mattingly suggested Crawford will be out beyond the 15-day minimum, saying his injury is "fairly significant."
Stephen Strasburg, P, WAS - (Oblique) Will throw a simulated game Tuesday in Colorado.
Steve Johnson, P, BAL - (Oblique) Hit the DL after leaving Wednesday's game with the injury.
Darren Oliver, P, TOR - (Shoulder) Began a rehab assignment with High-A Dunedin on Wednesday.
David Price, P, TB - (Triceps) Still expected to be out until at least late June.
Jake Peavy, P, CHW - (Ribs) Placed on the 15-day DL on Thursday.
Colby Lewis, P, TEX - (Forearm) Transferred to the 60-day DL on Thursday.
Joakim Soria, P, TEX - (Elbow) Threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Wednesday and will throw 35 pitches Friday.
Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX - (Hamstring) Manager Ron Washington believes Moreland will return from the DL when first eligible.
Pedro Strop, P, BAL - (Back) Threw an inning at extended spring training Thursday.
Jarrod Dyson, OF, KC - (Ankle) Royals want him to get in between 20-35 at-bats during his rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha.

Transactions - Players who have been demoted, called up, traded, released, you name it. We'll cover it here.

Placed on the DL (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX
Steve Johnson, P, BAL
Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD (retroactive to June 1)
Colby Lewis, P, TEX (transferred to 60-day DL)
Jake Peavy, P, CHW (retroactive to June 5)

Activated from the DL
Cameron Maybin, OF, SD

Called Up
Chris McGuiness, 1B, TEX
Blake Beavan, P, SEA
Deunte Heath, P, CHW
Kevin Siegrist, P, STL
Xavier Avery, OF, BAL
Xavier Cedeno, P, WAS

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Xavier Avery, OF, BAL
Nate Adcock, P, KC (designated for assignment)
Anthony Gose, OF, TOR
Maikel Cleto, P, STL
Brian Omogrosso, P, CHW
Edinson Rincon, P, KC
Dane De La Rosa, P, LAA
Hector Noesi, P, SEA

Claimed off Waivers
Edinson Rincon, P, KC (from SD)

Released
Mark Lowe, P, LAA

Closer Watch

Baltimore - Jim Johnson converted on a fifth straight save chance Thursday, breezing through a perfect frame against the Astros on just 10 pitches. The right-hander has recovered nicely since his rough stretch there in May, much to the chagrin of those who added Darren O'Day in hopes of Johnson losing his job as closer for the Orioles. Despite a 4.34 ERA on the year, Johnson's 20 saves have him one behind Mariano Rivera for the American League lead.

Detroit - In his first appearance since his disastrous four-run blown save against the Orioles last Friday, Jose Valverde threw a perfect ninth inning Thursday against the Rays for his seventh save of the season. It was a nice bounce-back performance, and considering the Tigers' lack of other end-game options, Valverde's job seems secure. Joaquin Benoit has been good in the set-up role, but he's now given up three runs in his last four appearances.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Adam LaRoche - 1B WAS vs MIN
6/7 7:05 PM
Kevin Correia 7-23 .304 2 6 5 4 5 .739 .407 1.147
Michael Brantley - OF CLE @ DET
6/7 7:08 PM
Justin Verlander 10-23 .435 0 1 4 3 3 .522 .500 1.022
Jason Giambi - 1B CLE @ DET
6/7 7:08 PM
Justin Verlander 4-13 .308 2 2 4 0 6 .769 .286 1.055
Carlos Santana - C CLE @ DET
6/7 7:08 PM
Justin Verlander 4-18 .222 2 3 2 3 4 .611 .364 .975
Nick Swisher - OF CLE @ DET
6/7 7:08 PM
Justin Verlander 11-55 .200 3 7 7 7 20 .436 .290 .727
Alex Avila - C DET vs CLE
6/7 7:08 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 5-20 .250 1 2 6 7 6 .450 .444 .894
Miguel Cabrera - 3B DET vs CLE
6/7 7:08 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 12-35 .343 1 4 6 6 6 .514 .439 .953
Victor Martinez - C DET vs CLE
6/7 7:08 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 6-16 .375 2 3 6 1 1 .813 .412 1.224
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET vs CLE
6/7 7:08 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 6-22 .273 0 4 3 3 2 .500 .360 .860
Stephen Drew - SS BOS vs LAA
6/7 7:10 PM
Tommy Hanson 4-11 .364 1 1 1 1 2 .636 .417 1.053
Jay Bruce - OF CIN vs STL
6/7 7:10 PM
Adam Wainwright 6-18 .333 1 1 2 2 6 .500 .400 .900
Matt Holliday - OF STL @ CIN
6/7 7:10 PM
Mike Leake 6-14 .429 0 1 2 1 1 .500 .467 .967
Yadier Molina - C STL @ CIN
6/7 7:10 PM
Mike Leake 4-12 .333 1 2 1 0 3 .667 .333 1.000
James Loney - 1B TB vs BAL
6/7 7:10 PM
Jason Hammel 9-29 .310 3 5 8 0 1 .690 .310 1.000
Ryan Braun - OF MIL vs PHI
6/7 8:10 PM
Cliff Lee 8-16 .500 3 3 3 0 3 1.063 .500 1.563
Aramis Ramirez - 3B MIL vs PHI
6/7 8:10 PM
Cliff Lee 5-16 .313 3 4 4 1 6 .938 .353 1.290
Carlos Gonzalez - OF COL vs SD
6/7 8:40 PM
Edinson Volquez 5-12 .417 0 1 2 0 3 .500 .417 .917
Buster Posey - C SF @ ARI
6/7 9:40 PM
Patrick Corbin 4-11 .364 0 1 2 1 3 .455 .417 .871
Jerry Hairston Jr. - 3B LAD vs ATL
6/7 10:10 PM
Paul Maholm 7-20 .350 3 4 4 1 0 .850 .364 1.214
Hanley Ramirez - SS LAD vs ATL
6/7 10:10 PM
Paul Maholm 6-20 .300 2 3 3 3 4 .650 .417 1.067
Travis Hafner - DH NYY @ SEA
6/7 10:10 PM
Jeremy Bonderman 10-37 .270 3 5 6 11 15 .568 .449 1.017
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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RBI
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OBP
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OPS
Travis Wood CHC vs PIT
6/7 2:20 PM
Pirates Batters 13-68 .191 1 5 8 10 17 .307 .309 .616
Kevin Correia MIN @ WAS
6/7 7:05 PM
Nationals Batters 17-77 .221 3 10 7 9 14 .434 .308 .742
Mike Leake CIN vs STL
6/7 7:10 PM
Cardinals Batters 22-79 .278 3 7 7 2 13 .451 .292 .743
Adam Wainwright STL @ CIN
6/7 7:10 PM
Reds Batters 19-106 .179 3 5 7 5 19 .291 .221 .512
Cliff Lee PHI @ MIL
6/7 8:10 PM
Brewers Batters 29-112 .259 10 13 14 4 26 .559 .290 .849
Jorge De La Rosa COL vs SD
6/7 8:40 PM
Padres Batters 15-66 .227 1 4 2 1 23 .319 .244 .563
Patrick Corbin ARI vs SF
6/7 9:40 PM
Giants Batters 19-73 .260 2 8 9 1 13 .439 .278 .716
Hiroki Kuroda NYY @ SEA
6/7 10:10 PM
Mariners Batters 8-67 .119 3 5 5 3 10 .273 .181 .454

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
David DeJesus - OF CHC vs PIT
6/7 2:20 PM
Francisco Liriano 2-15 .133 0 0 1 1 3 .133 .188 .321
Clint Barmes - SS PIT @ CHC
6/7 2:20 PM
Travis Wood 1-13 .077 0 0 0 1 3 .077 .200 .277
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT @ CHC
6/7 2:20 PM
Travis Wood 1-11 .091 0 1 3 4 3 .182 .353 .535
Jayson Werth - OF WAS vs MIN
6/7 7:05 PM
Kevin Correia 2-10 .200 0 2 0 2 3 .400 .385 .785
Mike Aviles - SS CLE @ DET
6/7 7:08 PM
Justin Verlander 4-16 .250 0 0 1 0 2 .250 .250 .500
Jason Kipnis - 2B CLE @ DET
6/7 7:08 PM
Justin Verlander 1-10 .100 0 0 1 3 3 .100 .286 .386
Mark Reynolds - 1B CLE @ DET
6/7 7:08 PM
Justin Verlander 2-12 .167 1 1 1 0 7 .417 .167 .583
Andy Dirks - OF DET vs CLE
6/7 7:08 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 4-22 .182 0 1 1 0 3 .273 .182 .455
Torii Hunter - OF DET vs CLE
6/7 7:08 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 2-10 .200 0 0 1 0 2 .200 .200 .400
Don Kelly - OF DET vs CLE
6/7 7:08 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 2-11 .182 0 1 0 1 1 .273 .250 .523
Ryan Hanigan - C CIN vs STL
6/7 7:10 PM
Adam Wainwright 2-12 .167 0 0 1 0 1 .167 .167 .333
Joey Votto - 1B CIN vs STL
6/7 7:10 PM
Adam Wainwright 1-17 .059 0 1 0 1 5 .118 .111 .229
Carlos Beltran - OF STL @ CIN
6/7 7:10 PM
Mike Leake 1-15 .067 1 1 1 0 4 .267 .067 .333
Yunel Escobar - SS TB vs BAL
6/7 7:10 PM
Jason Hammel 2-15 .133 0 0 1 1 3 .133 .188 .321
Ryan Roberts - 3B TB vs BAL
6/7 7:10 PM
Jason Hammel 2-15 .133 1 1 1 2 4 .333 .278 .611
Yuniesky Betancourt - 2B MIL vs PHI
6/7 8:10 PM
Cliff Lee 5-25 .200 1 3 2 0 4 .440 .200 .640
Rickie Weeks - 2B MIL vs PHI
6/7 8:10 PM
Cliff Lee 1-10 .100 0 0 0 1 2 .100 .182 .282
Dexter Fowler - OF COL vs SD
6/7 8:40 PM
Edinson Volquez 2-12 .167 0 1 0 2 4 .250 .286 .536
Chase Headley - 3B SD @ COL
6/7 8:40 PM
Jorge De La Rosa 7-28 .250 0 0 0 0 9 .250 .250 .500
Nick Hundley - C SD @ COL
6/7 8:40 PM
Jorge De La Rosa 2-10 .200 0 2 0 0 5 .400 .200 .600
Paul Goldschmidt - 1B ARI vs SF
6/7 9:40 PM
Matt Cain 2-13 .154 0 1 0 3 3 .231 .313 .543
Cliff Pennington - SS ARI vs SF
6/7 9:40 PM
Matt Cain 2-11 .182 0 2 0 0 2 .364 .182 .545
Juan Uribe - 3B LAD vs ATL
6/7 10:10 PM
Paul Maholm 3-19 .158 0 1 3 1 2 .263 .200 .463
Lyle Overbay - 1B NYY @ SEA
6/7 10:10 PM
Jeremy Bonderman 1-16 .063 0 1 1 5 4 .125 .286 .411
Ichiro Suzuki - OF NYY @ SEA
6/7 10:10 PM
Jeremy Bonderman 14-43 .326 0 3 1 1 7 .395 .341 .736
Mark Teixeira - 1B NYY @ SEA
6/7 10:10 PM
Jeremy Bonderman 3-18 .167 1 2 3 1 3 .389 .211 .599
Kevin Youkilis - 3B NYY @ SEA
6/7 10:10 PM
Jeremy Bonderman 1-15 .067 1 1 2 2 6 .267 .222 .489
Jason Bay - OF SEA vs NYY
6/7 10:10 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 2-14 .143 1 1 1 0 3 .357 .143 .500
Raul Ibanez - OF SEA vs NYY
6/7 10:10 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 1-11 .091 0 1 0 0 1 .182 .091 .273
Brendan Ryan - SS SEA vs NYY
6/7 10:10 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 0-10 .000 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .167 .167
 
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
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Recommended Pickup
Chris Johnson, 3B, ATL - Now that Juan Francisco is with Milwaukee, Johnson is left to handle the bulk of the duties at third base for Atlanta. Ramiro Pena will likely continue to steal occasional starts against right-handers, but Johnson's consistency at the plate should keep him in the lineup most days. He's an especially nice option when a lefty is on the mound for the opposition, as the 28-year-old Johnson is slashing .386/.429/.596 against southpaws so far this season. That's not to say he struggles against right-handers, as he's still batting above .300 against them for the year, but his numbers are significantly better against lefties. While his counting stats may not be extraordinary, more playing time for Johnson could help him become more than an one-category player.

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