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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)
Pirates (Francisco Liriano - L) at Cubs (Jeff Samardzija - R), 4:05 PM
Braves (Tim Hudson - R) at Phillies (Cliff Lee - L), 7:05 PM
Tigers (Rick Porcello - R) at Indians (Justin Masterson - R), 7:05 PM
Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez - R) at Yankees (Ivan Nova - R), 7:05 PM
Padres (Andrew Cashner - R) at Nationals (Gio Gonzalez - L), 7:05 PM
Twins (Kevin Correia - R) at Blue Jays (Mark Buehrle - L), 7:07 PM
White Sox (Dylan Axelrod - R) at Rays (Jeremy Hellickson - R), 7:10 PM
Mariners (Aaron Harang - R) at Reds (Mat Latos - R), 7:10 PM
Astros (Lucas Harrell - R) at Rangers (Nick Tepesch - R), 8:05 PM
Athletics (Tommy Milone - L) at Royals (Wade Davis - R), 8:10 PM
Mets (Zack Wheeler - R) at Brewers (Johnny Hellweg - R), 8:10 PM
Marlins (Jacob Turner - R) at Cardinals (Jake Westbrook - R), 8:15 PM
Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa - L) at Diamondbacks (Tyler Skaggs - L), 9:40 PM
Red Sox (Felix Doubront - L) at Angels (C.J. Wilson - L), 10:05 PM
Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu - L) at Giants (Madison Bumgarner - L), 10:15 PM

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD - (Hip) Played Thursday, a day after suffering a bruised hip in a collision with the outfield wall.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B, DET - (Back) Held out of Thursday’s lineup, but was well enough to pinch hit if necessary.
Kyle Blanks, OF, SD - (Heel) Out of the lineup Thursday.
Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL - (Undisclosed) Was removed from Thursday’s game after “something tightened up” on him following a collision with the outfield wall.
Matt Holliday, OF, STL - (Neck) Hopes to return to the lineup Thursday.
Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF - (Back) Missed another start Thursday.
Omar Infante, 2B, DET - (Shin) Out Thursday and is expected to miss a few more games.
Stephen Drew, SS, BOS - (Hamstring) Team is hoping he can return to the lineup Saturday against the Angels.
Alex Gordon, OF, KC - (Head/Hip) Responding well to initial concussion tests, but is unlikely to play for a few days.
Michael Saunders, OF, SEA - (Finger) Remained out of the lineup Thursday.
Brian Bogusevic, OF, CHC - (Hamstring) Left Thursday's game in the third inning with injury.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR - (Hamstring) Served as DH Thursday.
Jose Veras, P, HOU - (Hand) Only suffered a bruise after being hit by a comebacker Thursday.

Players on the DL
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY - (Ankle) Believes he’s close to beginning a rehab assignment.
Adam Eaton, OF, ARI - (Elbow) Started his first game in center field with High-A Visalia on Wednesday.
A.J. Burnett, P, PIT - (Calf) Hopes to bypass a rehab assignment and return to the active roster as soon as this weekend.
Dexter Fowler, OF, COL - (Hand) Hopes to return from the DL when first eligible July 11.
Jon Niese, P, NYM - (Shoulder) MRI now scheduled for Monday.
Jordan Schafer, OF, ATL - (Ankle) Placed on the 15-day DL on Thursday.
Everth Cabrera, SS, SD - (Hamstring) Was not activated prior to Thursday’s game, but is expected to join the team Friday in Washington D.C.
Chris Carpenter, P, STL - (Shoulder) Will throw a bullpen session Friday.
Ryan Ludwick, OF, CIN - (Shoulder) Says he’s ahead of schedule in his rehab and expects to begin an assignment later this month.
Willie Bloomquist, SS, ARI - (Hand) Underwent a CT scan on his injured left wrist Thursday.
Jonny Venters, P, ATL - (Elbow) Transferred to the 60-day DL on Thursday.
David Ross, C, BOS - (Concussion) Symptoms are decreasing, which has allowed him to resume cardio exercises and light throwing.
Jayson Nix, 3B, NYY - (Hamstring) MRI revealed Grade 2 strain, and he’s optimistic that he’ll only need to be on the DL for 15 days.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY - (Hip) Went 0-for-2 in his second rehab game with Low-A Charleston on Wednesday, and will now move up to High-A Tampa.
Eduardo Nunez, SS, NYY - (Oblique) Moved rehab to Double-A Trenton on Thursday.
Joakim Soria, P, TEX - (Elbow) Breezed through one inning of work in a rehab appearance with Double-A Frisco on Wednesday.
Francisco Cervelli, C, NYY - (Hand) Will be shut down for two weeks with a stress reaction in his right elbow.
DeWayne Wise, OF, CWS - (Oblique) Will hit Friday then travel to Triple-A Charlotte to resume his rehab.
Felipe Paulino, P, KC - (Elbow) Resumed playing catch Friday.
Jake Peavy, P, CWS - (Ribs) Will throw a bullpen session Friday.
Darin Mastroianni, OF, MIN - (Ankle) Will move his rehab work to the Twins’ spring training complex in Fort Myers, Florida on Sunday.
Matt Diaz, OF, MIA - (Knee) Transferred to the 60-day DL on Thursday.
Evan Gattis, C, ATL - (Oblique) Took 20-25 swings off a tee Thursday.
Brandon Beachy, P, ATL - (Elbow) Will throw at least one more bullpen session before heading out on a new rehab assignment.
Carl Crawford, OF, LAD - (Hamstring) Will travel to San Francisco for this weekend's series against the Giants.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL - (Ribs) Did not rule out the possibility that he could return before the All-Star break.
Mike Morse, OF, SEA - (Quadriceps) Will run the bases Friday and is set to begin a rehab assignment if everything goes well.

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)
Jordan Schafer, OF, ATL
Jonny Venters, P, ATL (transferred to 60-day DL)
Matt Diaz, OF, MIA (transferred to 60-day DL)

Activated from the DL
Wilson Ramos, C, WAS
Henderson Alvarez, P, MIA

Called Up
Joe Terdoslavich, OF, ATL
Dan Straily, P, OAK

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Jhonatan Solano, C, WAS
Stephen Vogt, P, OAK
Tom Koehler, P, MIA
Jordan Danks, OF, CWS
P.J. Walters, P, MIN (designated for assignment)
Carlos Marmol, P, LAD (outrighted to Triple-A)

Closer Watch

Arizona - The roller coaster ride that is the Heath Bell experience continued Thursday, with the right-hander serving up a two-out, solo home run to the Mets' Anthony Recker in the 13th inning to blow the save. Arizona ended up winning, with Brad Ziegler getting the save in the 15th (his first of the year), but it does little to mask Bell's ongoing trouble with the long ball. He's now given up six homers since June 10, and while Bell had turned in four consecutive scoreless appearances prior to Thursday, it still seems like an inevitability that J.J. Putz will reclaim the closer's role once he's worked out his mechanical problem.

Philadelphia - Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Pirates on Thursday to pick up his 17th save of the season. The veteran right-hander has rebounded nicely since blowing four saves in a stretch of five appearances there in June, and while he certainly still holds some trade value, Papelbon's declining strikeout rate and drop in velocity are glaring issues.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Reed Johnson - OF ATL @ PHI
7/5 7:05 PM
Cliff Lee 7-18 .389 1 3 1 2 3 .667 .450 1.117
Chris Davis - 1B BAL @ NYY
7/5 7:05 PM
Ivan Nova 5-14 .357 1 2 5 1 5 .643 .400 1.043
Nick Markakis - OF BAL @ NYY
7/5 7:05 PM
Ivan Nova 8-22 .364 1 4 1 4 1 .636 .462 1.098
Matt Wieters - C BAL @ NYY
7/5 7:05 PM
Ivan Nova 8-19 .421 3 5 5 3 1 1.000 .500 1.500
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS CLE vs DET
7/5 7:05 PM
Rick Porcello 13-34 .382 0 2 2 2 3 .441 .447 .889
Mark Reynolds - 1B CLE vs DET
7/5 7:05 PM
Rick Porcello 4-10 .400 1 1 2 1 3 .700 .455 1.155
Carlos Santana - C CLE vs DET
7/5 7:05 PM
Rick Porcello 9-24 .375 3 4 4 2 6 .792 .423 1.215
Nick Swisher - OF CLE vs DET
7/5 7:05 PM
Rick Porcello 6-16 .375 1 3 4 2 4 .688 .444 1.132
Miguel Cabrera - 3B DET @ CLE
7/5 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson 11-28 .393 2 2 9 5 5 .607 .486 1.093
Prince Fielder - 1B DET @ CLE
7/5 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson 4-11 .364 1 2 4 2 1 .727 .462 1.189
Torii Hunter - OF DET @ CLE
7/5 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson 6-18 .333 3 3 5 2 4 .833 .381 1.214
Victor Martinez - C DET @ CLE
7/5 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson 6-15 .400 0 3 3 3 1 .600 .500 1.100
Kevin Frandsen - 3B PHI vs ATL
7/5 7:05 PM
Tim Hudson 5-10 .500 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 1.000
Ryan Howard - 1B PHI vs ATL
7/5 7:05 PM
Tim Hudson 22-65 .338 7 10 17 12 11 .708 .436 1.144
John Mayberry - OF PHI vs ATL
7/5 7:05 PM
Tim Hudson 4-13 .308 2 2 5 4 2 .769 .471 1.240
Jimmy Rollins - SS PHI vs ATL
7/5 7:05 PM
Tim Hudson 17-78 .218 3 10 7 5 6 .462 .265 .727
Carlos Quentin - OF SD @ WAS
7/5 7:05 PM
Gio Gonzalez 5-11 .455 1 1 4 4 1 .727 .600 1.327
Edwin Encarnacion - 1B TOR vs MIN
7/5 7:07 PM
Kevin Correia 6-19 .316 2 4 4 0 1 .737 .300 1.037
Jose Reyes - SS TOR vs MIN
7/5 7:07 PM
Kevin Correia 7-21 .333 1 2 3 2 4 .571 .391 .963
Cody Ross - OF ARI vs COL
7/5 9:40 PM
Jorge De La Rosa 7-22 .318 2 3 5 5 4 .636 .444 1.081
Jonny Gomes - OF BOS @ LAA
7/5 10:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 3-12 .250 1 2 2 3 3 .583 .400 .983
Dustin Pedroia - 2B BOS @ LAA
7/5 10:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 7-15 .467 1 3 5 2 1 .800 .529 1.329
Andre Ethier - OF LAD @ SF
7/5 10:15 PM
Matt Cain 26-57 .456 1 5 5 5 7 .596 .484 1.081
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B LAD @ SF
7/5 10:15 PM
Matt Cain 19-61 .311 4 9 13 7 15 .607 .377 .983
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Mark Buehrle TOR vs MIN
7/5 7:07 PM
Twins Batters 32-147 .218 3 9 20 5 20 .318 .245 .563
Jake Westbrook STL vs MIA
7/5 8:15 PM
Marlins Batters 19-89 .213 0 3 3 3 7 .257 .252 .509

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Freddie Freeman - 1B ATL @ PHI
7/5 7:05 PM
Cliff Lee 6-19 .316 0 0 0 1 7 .316 .381 .697
Jason Heyward - OF ATL @ PHI
7/5 7:05 PM
Cliff Lee 2-11 .182 0 1 0 1 1 .364 .250 .614
Gerald Laird - C ATL @ PHI
7/5 7:05 PM
Cliff Lee 2-16 .125 0 2 3 2 7 .250 .211 .461
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL @ PHI
7/5 7:05 PM
Cliff Lee 4-22 .182 1 3 3 1 10 .409 .208 .617
B.J. Upton - OF ATL @ PHI
7/5 7:05 PM
Cliff Lee 7-24 .292 0 3 1 1 9 .417 .320 .737
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET @ CLE
7/5 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson 1-15 .067 0 0 0 0 6 .067 .067 .133
Ramon Santiago - 2B DET @ CLE
7/5 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson 1-11 .091 0 0 0 3 3 .091 .333 .424
Laynce Nix - OF PHI vs ATL
7/5 7:05 PM
Tim Hudson 8-26 .308 1 2 4 1 8 .462 .333 .795
Joe Mauer - C MIN @ TOR
7/5 7:07 PM
Mark Buehrle 12-56 .214 1 5 7 1 7 .339 .228 .567
Justin Morneau - 1B MIN @ TOR
7/5 7:07 PM
Mark Buehrle 11-55 .200 2 3 12 3 5 .327 .246 .573
Cesar Izturis - SS CIN vs SEA
7/5 7:10 PM
Aaron Harang 0-17 .000 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000
Greg Dobbs - 3B MIA @ STL
7/5 8:15 PM
Jake Westbrook 2-12 .167 0 0 0 0 1 .167 .167 .333
Juan Pierre - OF MIA @ STL
7/5 8:15 PM
Jake Westbrook 1-17 .059 0 1 0 0 1 .118 .059 .176
Giancarlo Stanton - OF MIA @ STL
7/5 8:15 PM
Jake Westbrook 2-12 .167 0 1 1 0 2 .333 .167 .500
Gerardo Parra - OF ARI vs COL
7/5 9:40 PM
Jorge De La Rosa 2-12 .167 0 1 0 2 2 .250 .286 .536
David Ortiz - DH BOS @ LAA
7/5 10:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 1-13 .077 0 0 1 0 5 .077 .077 .154
Matt Kemp - OF LAD @ SF
7/5 10:15 PM
Matt Cain 10-46 .217 1 5 2 1 13 .391 .234 .625
Skip Schumaker - 2B LAD @ SF
7/5 10:15 PM
Matt Cain 4-22 .182 0 0 2 2 2 .182 .250 .432
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Rick Porcello DET @ Cle
7/5 7:05 PM
Indians Batters 45-141 .319 7 15 20 12 22 .522 .380 .902
Ivan Nova NYY vs Bal
7/5 7:05 PM
Orioles Batters 41-120 .342 6 21 18 10 18 .631 .393 1.023
Justin Masterson CLE vs Det
7/5 7:05 PM
Tigers Batters 58-192 .302 6 14 34 25 41 .440 .382 .821
Kevin Correia MIN @ Tor
7/5 7:07 PM
Blue Jays Batters 25-82 .305 5 11 12 6 11 .593 .355 .947
Matt Cain SF vs LAD
7/5 10:15 PM
Dodgers Batters 82-269 .305 7 26 29 24 50 .465 .359 .824
 

Recommended Pickup
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