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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)
Dodgers (Ricky Nolasco - R) at Nationals (Stephen Strasburg - R), 7:05 PM
Rays (David Price - L) at Blue Jays (Esmil Rogers - R), 7:07 PM
Yankees (Andy Pettitte - L) at Red Sox (Felix Doubront - L), 7:10 PM
Phillies (Kyle Kendrick - R) at Mets (Jeremy Hefner - R), 7:10 PM
Pirates (Francisco Liriano - L) at Reds (Mike Leake - R), 7:10 PM
Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen - L) at Rangers (Derek Holland - L), 8:05 PM
Indians (Scott Kazmir - L) at Twins (Mike Pelfrey - R), 8:10 PM
Mariners (Joe Saunders - L) at Astros (Bud Norris - R) 8:10 PM
Tigers (Anibal Sanchez - R) at Royals (Ervin Santana - R), 8:10 PM
Marlins (Jacob Turner - R) at Brewers (Kyle Lohse - R), 8:10 PM
Braves (Tim Hudson - R) at White Sox (John Danks - L), 8:10 PM
Padres (Jason Marquis - R) at Cardinals (Jake Westbrook - R), 8:15 PM
Cubs (Jeff Samardzija - R) at Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa - L), 8:40 PM
Athletics (A.J. Griffin - R) at Angels (Jered Weaver - R), 10:05 PM
Diamondbacks (Ian Kennedy - R) at Giants (Chad Gaudin - R) 10:15 PM

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Justin Upton, OF, ATL - (Calf) Responded well to treatment over the break and expects to play Friday against the White Sox.
Robinson Cano, 2B, NYY - (Quadriceps) Considered day-to-day with a contusion suffered in the All-Star Game.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL - (Thumb) Cleared to take dry swings and hit off a tee Thursday, and is hoping to play Friday or Saturday.
Matt Holliday, OF, STL - (Hamstring) Took batting practice Thursday for the first time since last week.
Jason Heyward, OF, ATL - (Hamstring) Expects to be able to play Friday.
James Loney, 1B, TB - (Personal) Placed on the paternity list Thursday.
Yunel Escobar, SS, TB - (Hamstring) Manager Joe Maddon said he felt "pretty good" during the team's workout Thursday.
Brian Bogusevic, OF, CHC - (Hamstring) Will be placed on the DL prior to Friday's game.

Players on the DL
Matt Kemp, OF, LAD - (Shoulder) Should be ready to return Sunday, when first eligible.
Ben Revere, OF, PHI - (Foot) Underwent surgery Tuesday and is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY - (Hip) Expects to join the Yankees on Monday.
Jake Peavy, P, CHW - (Ribs) Will return from the DL to start Saturday against the Braves.
Yu Darvish, P, TEX - (Shoulder) Tossed a successful bullpen session Thursday.
Ryan Mattheus, P, WAS - (Hand) Began a rehab assignment with Double-A Harrisburg on Tuesday.
Ross Detwiler, P, WAS - (Back) Unlikely to start a rehab assignment this week.
Brandon Beachy, P, ATL - (Elbow) Threw 70 pitches over four innings, allowing one run and striking out four, in a rehab start for Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday.
Jared Hughes, P, PIT - (Shoulder) Transferred his rehab to Double-A Altoona on Wednesday.
Blake DeWitt, 2B, ATL - (Back) Remains sidelined with a chronic back injury.
Chris Carpenter, P, STL - (Shoulder) Will join Triple-A Memphis to continue his rehab.
Roy Oswalt, P, COL - (Hamstring) Ran lightly in the outfield Thursday.
Tommy Hanson, P, LAA - (Forearm) Made a rehab start for High-A Inland Empire on Thursday.
Zach McAllister, P, CLE - (Finger) Move up to Triple-A Columbus for Thursday's rehab start.
Melky Cabrera, OF, TOR - (Knee) Rehab moved to Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday.
Sergio Santos, P, TOR - (Elbow) Transferred rehab to Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday.
J.A. Happ, P, TOR - (Head) Joined High-A Dunedin on Thursday to begin a rehab assignment.
Peter Bourjos, OF, LAA - (Wrist) More X-rays on tap for Friday.
Jason Vargas, P, LAA - (Arm) Has begun long-tossing from 140 feet.
Sean Burnett, P, LAA - (Elbow) Threw long-toss from 140 feet Thursday.
Craig Gentry, OF, TEX - (Hand) Will be activated from the DL prior to Friday's game.
Jeff Baker, OF, TEX - (Thumb) Will be activated from the DL prior to Friday's game.
Clay Buchholz, P, BOS - (Neck) Will be re-evaluated Friday.
Matt Harrison, P, TEX - (Back) Completed a bullpen session Thursday, his first since undergoing surgery in April.
Lance Berkman, 1B, TEX - (Hip) Received treatment Thursday but remains unable to hit.
Colby Lewis, P, TEX - (Forearm) Another rehab start for Double-A Frisco is on tap for Monday.

Transactions

Called Up
Chris Herrmann, P, MIN
Doug Bernier, 2B, MIN
Hector Ambriz, P, HOU

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Duane Below, P, MIA
Eduardo Escobar, SS, MIN
Simon Castro, P, CHW
Khris Davis, OF, MIL
Keith Butler, P, STL
Chris Parmelee, 1B, MIN
Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN
Tony Cingrani, P, CIN
Everett Teaford, P, KC
Johnny Giavotella, 2B, KC
Robinson Chirinos, C, TEX
Wilmer Font, P, TEX
Brett Oberholtzer, P, HOU

Traded
Parker Frazier, P, CIN (from COL)
Armando Galarraga, P, COL (from CIN)

Claimed off Waivers
Pedro Ciriaco, 3B, KC (from SD)

Signed
Shawn Camp, P, ARI (minor league contract)

Closer Watch

Arizona - Another blown save for Heath Bell on July 10 (his fifth blown save of the season) was apparently the last straw for manager Kirk Gibson, as the Diamondbacks' skipper gave the ball to 33-year-old Brad Ziegler to close out two of the team's final four games before the break. David Hernandez also picked up a save last weekend, following three appearances in as many days for Ziegler, but it appears Ziegler is going to get handle ninth-inning duties for the time being. While J.J. Putz finished the first half with five consecutive scoreless appearances, there's been no indication that he's on the verge of returning to the closer's role.

Seattle - After giving up three runs in his first two appearances of last week, Tom Wilhelmsen pitched a perfect ninth inning against the Angels on Sunday to earn his 19th save of the season. The 29-year-old right-hander has posted a 8.47 ERA since June 1 (he had a microscopic 0.75 ERA prior to then), and it remains to be seen whether the time off afforded by the break helped rejuvenate Wilhelmsen. Stephen Pryor (oblique) struggled in his first rehab appearance with Low-A Everett earlier this week (two earned runs over 0.2 innings), but if he can get right, he could be an option for the Mariners down the road.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Hanley Ramirez - SS LAD @ WAS
7/19 7:05 PM
Stephen Strasburg 3-10 .300 0 2 0 2 3 .500 .417 .917
Chad Tracy - 1B WAS vs LAD
7/19 7:05 PM
Ricky Nolasco 4-12 .333 0 2 1 1 3 .500 .385 .885
Ryan Zimmerman - 3B WAS vs LAD
7/19 7:05 PM
Ricky Nolasco 12-44 .273 3 5 5 0 10 .523 .267 .789
Jose Bautista - OF TOR vs TB
7/19 7:07 PM
David Price 11-31 .355 4 5 7 6 7 .774 .474 1.248
Jacoby Ellsbury - OF BOS vs NYY
7/19 7:10 PM
Andy Pettitte 8-20 .400 0 1 6 2 5 .450 .455 .905
Jonny Gomes - OF BOS vs NYY
7/19 7:10 PM
Andy Pettitte 8-22 .364 1 2 7 0 9 .545 .333 .879
Mike Napoli - C BOS vs NYY
7/19 7:10 PM
Andy Pettitte 6-12 .500 0 1 0 2 4 .583 .571 1.155
David Ortiz - DH BOS vs NYY
7/19 7:10 PM
Andy Pettitte 16-45 .356 1 6 10 6 11 .533 .415 .948
David Wright - 3B NYM vs PHI
7/19 7:10 PM
Kyle Kendrick 11-31 .355 2 4 4 2 3 .613 .382 .995
Jose Tabata - OF PIT @ CIN
7/19 7:10 PM
Mike Leake 7-17 .412 0 3 1 2 3 .647 .474 1.121
Nick Markakis - OF BAL @ TEX
7/19 8:05 PM
Derek Holland 4-11 .364 0 1 3 2 3 .545 .462 1.007
Gerald Laird - C ATL @ CWS
7/19 8:10 PM
John Danks 4-10 .400 0 2 2 1 1 .600 .417 1.017
Adam Dunn - 1B CWS vs ATL
7/19 8:10 PM
Tim Hudson 11-31 .355 4 5 7 1 5 .774 .375 1.149
Jeff Keppinger - 3B CWS vs ATL
7/19 8:10 PM
Tim Hudson 9-17 .529 0 1 0 0 2 .588 .529 1.118
Prince Fielder - 1B DET @ KC
7/19 8:10 PM
Ervin Santana 6-10 .600 3 4 6 2 1 1.600 .667 2.267
Victor Martinez - C DET @ KC
7/19 8:10 PM
Ervin Santana 6-16 .375 1 1 3 1 2 .563 .444 1.007
Juan Pierre - OF MIA @ MIL
7/19 8:10 PM
Kyle Lohse 6-17 .353 0 2 3 1 2 .529 .389 .918
Giancarlo Stanton - OF MIA @ MIL
7/19 8:10 PM
Kyle Lohse 6-12 .500 2 3 2 0 0 1.083 .500 1.583
Jamey Carroll - SS MIN vs CLE
7/19 8:10 PM
Scott Kazmir 6-10 .600 0 1 1 2 2 .700 .667 1.367
Justin Morneau - 1B MIN vs CLE
7/19 8:10 PM
Scott Kazmir 5-14 .357 2 4 3 1 3 .929 .400 1.329
Mark Kotsay - OF SD @ STL
7/19 8:15 PM
Jake Westbrook 9-27 .333 2 3 9 5 2 .593 .424 1.017
Yadier Molina - C STL vs SD
7/19 8:15 PM
Jason Marquis 4-14 .286 1 2 2 0 1 .571 .286 .857
Starlin Castro - SS CHC @ COL
7/19 8:40 PM
Jorge De La Rosa 3-10 .300 1 1 1 0 0 .600 .300 .900
Aaron Hill - 2B ARI @ SF
7/19 10:15 PM
Chad Gaudin 7-19 .368 1 2 6 1 1 .579 .400 .979
Jason Kubel - OF ARI @ SF
7/19 10:15 PM
Chad Gaudin 7-10 .700 2 2 4 1 0 1.300 .727 2.027
Gerardo Parra - OF ARI @ SF
7/19 10:15 PM
Chad Gaudin 4-10 .400 0 1 2 2 2 .500 .500 1.000
Marco Scutaro - 2B SF vs ARI
7/19 10:15 PM
Ian Kennedy 4-10 .400 0 3 1 0 1 .800 .400 1.200
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Derek Holland TEX vs BAL
7/19 8:05 PM
Orioles Batters 11-60 .183 0 1 6 6 17 .219 .258 .476
Anibal Sanchez DET @ KC
7/19 8:10 PM
Royals Batters 13-64 .203 1 3 3 2 13 .304 .227 .531
Jason Marquis SD @ STL
7/19 8:15 PM
Cardinals Batters 13-61 .213 4 5 8 3 13 .425 .261 .686
Jered Weaver LAA vs OAK
7/19 10:05 PM
Athletics Batters 17-118 .144 1 6 4 7 27 .206 .199 .404

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Roger Bernadina - OF WAS vs LAD
7/19 7:05 PM
Ricky Nolasco 2-15 .133 0 1 0 2 4 .200 .235 .435
Ian Desmond - SS WAS vs LAD
7/19 7:05 PM
Ricky Nolasco 2-12 .167 0 1 1 1 6 .250 .267 .517
Kurt Suzuki - C WAS vs LAD
7/19 7:05 PM
Ricky Nolasco 2-12 .167 0 0 1 0 1 .167 .154 .321
Jayson Werth - OF WAS vs LAD
7/19 7:05 PM
Ricky Nolasco 4-28 .143 1 1 3 2 9 .250 .200 .450
James Loney - 1B TB @ TOR
7/19 7:07 PM
Esmil Rogers 3-15 .200 1 1 1 0 4 .400 .200 .600
J.P. Arencibia - C TOR vs TB
7/19 7:07 PM
David Price 1-13 .077 0 0 0 0 8 .077 .077 .154
Rajai Davis - OF TOR vs TB
7/19 7:07 PM
David Price 5-22 .227 0 2 2 1 7 .318 .261 .579
Adam Lind - 1B TOR vs TB
7/19 7:07 PM
David Price 7-36 .194 0 2 3 2 9 .250 .256 .506
Colby Rasmus - OF TOR vs TB
7/19 7:07 PM
David Price 3-15 .200 0 0 0 0 1 .200 .250 .450
Daniel Murphy - 2B NYM vs PHI
7/19 7:10 PM
Kyle Kendrick 3-15 .200 0 1 0 2 2 .267 .294 .561
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY @ BOS
7/19 7:10 PM
Felix Doubront 0-11 .000 0 0 0 3 4 .000 .214 .214
Derek Jeter - SS NYY @ BOS
7/19 7:10 PM
Felix Doubront 2-13 .154 0 0 0 0 3 .154 .154 .308
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT @ CIN
7/19 7:10 PM
Mike Leake 6-30 .200 1 1 3 2 8 .300 .273 .573
Mike McKenry - C PIT @ CIN
7/19 7:10 PM
Mike Leake 2-12 .167 1 1 2 1 3 .417 .214 .631
Adam Jones - OF BAL @ TEX
7/19 8:05 PM
Derek Holland 1-10 .100 0 0 0 0 6 .100 .100 .200
Alex Rios - OF CWS vs ATL
7/19 8:10 PM
Tim Hudson 3-16 .188 0 0 1 0 3 .188 .188 .375
Austin Jackson - OF DET @ KC
7/19 8:10 PM
Ervin Santana 1-11 .091 0 0 0 0 2 .091 .091 .182
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET @ KC
7/19 8:10 PM
Ervin Santana 3-23 .130 0 0 2 1 4 .130 .160 .290
Carlos Quentin - OF SD @ STL
7/19 8:15 PM
Jake Westbrook 2-14 .143 0 1 2 0 2 .214 .235 .450
Matt Holliday - OF STL vs SD
7/19 8:15 PM
Jason Marquis 4-20 .200 2 2 3 1 5 .500 .273 .773
Nate Schierholtz - OF CHC @ COL
7/19 8:40 PM
Jorge De La Rosa 2-10 .200 1 1 2 1 2 .500 .273 .773
Alfonso Soriano - OF CHC @ COL
7/19 8:40 PM
Jorge De La Rosa 2-14 .143 1 1 1 1 1 .357 .250 .607
Coco Crisp - OF OAK @ LAA
7/19 10:05 PM
Jered Weaver 6-45 .133 0 2 0 2 10 .178 .170 .348
John Jaso - C OAK @ LAA
7/19 10:05 PM
Jered Weaver 1-11 .091 0 0 0 2 1 .091 .231 .322
Josh Reddick - OF OAK @ LAA
7/19 10:05 PM
Jered Weaver 2-12 .167 0 0 0 1 4 .167 .231 .397
Seth Smith - OF OAK @ LAA
7/19 10:05 PM
Jered Weaver 2-12 .167 1 1 1 0 3 .417 .167 .583
Brandon Belt - 1B SF vs ARI
7/19 10:15 PM
Ian Kennedy 2-13 .154 1 1 2 0 8 .385 .154 .538
Andres Torres - OF SF vs ARI
7/19 10:15 PM
Ian Kennedy 5-24 .208 0 1 0 1 7 .250 .240 .490
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Andy Pettitte NYY @ Bos
7/19 7:10 PM
Red Sox Batters 53-156 .340 3 15 32 12 34 .479 .378 .857
Kyle Lohse MIL vs Mia
7/19 8:10 PM
Marlins Batters 30-89 .337 3 7 13 4 9 .491 .363 .854
Tim Hudson ATL @ CWS
7/19 8:10 PM
White Sox Batters 24-70 .343 4 6 8 3 12 .531 .370 .901
Chad Gaudin SF vs Ari
7/19 10:15 PM
Diamondbacks Batters 22-63 .349 3 7 15 6 8 .549 .400 .949
 

Recommended Pickup
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