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Projected Starters - A look at Thursday's matchups (all times Eastern)

Braves (Alex Wood - L) at Mets (Zack Wheeler - R), 12:10
Pirates (A.J. Burnett - R) at Nationals (Gio Gonzalez - L), 12:35
Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda - R) at Rangers (Derek Holland - L), 2:05
Tigers (Justin Verlander - R) at White Sox (Jake Peavy - R), 2:10
Padres (Edinson Volquez - R) at Brewers (Yovani Gallardo - R), 2:10
Marlins (Nathan Eovaldi - R) at Rockies (Juan Nicasio - R), 3:10
Astros (Erik Bedard - L) at Blue Jays (Mark Buehrle - L), 7:07
Rays (Jeremy Hellickson - R) at Red Sox (John Lackey - R), 7:10
Phillies (Kyle Kendrick - R) at Cardinals (Lance Lynn - R), 7:15
Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez - R) at Royals (Jeremy Guthrie - R), 8:10
Cubs (Carlos Villanueva - R) at Diamondbacks (Wade Miley - L), 9:40
Angels (C.J. Wilson - L) at Athletics (Dan Straily - R), 10:05
Reds (Mat Latos - R) at Dodgers (Zack Greinke - R), 10:10
Twins (Kevin Correia - R) at Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma - R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: ATL, NYM, PIT, WAS, NYY, TEX, DET, CWS, SD, MIL, MIA, COL

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Brandon Barnes, OF, HOU (Calf) - Not in the lineup Wednesday due to a mildly strained left calf.
Gordon Beckham, 2B, CWS (Wrist) - Progressed slightly Wednesday, but another day is required to determine whether a DL stint is on the docket.
Domonic Brown, OF, PHI (Concussion) - Will be out of the lineup through at least Friday as a result of concussion-like symptoms sustained during Tuesday's diving attempt at a catch.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B, DET (Hip) - Did not play for a second consecutive game Wednesday due to a sore left hip flexor.
Zack Cozart, SS, CIN (Hip) - Out of the lineup Wednesday due to hip stiffness.
Ian Desmond, SS, WAS (Hand) - Held out of the lineup Wednesday due to a blister on his left hand.
Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA (Ankle) - Had a cortisone injection in his ankle Tuesday, which kept him out of the lineup Wednesday; however, he should be able to play Thursday.
Donovan Hand, P, MIL (Hand) - Limited to light throws Wednesday and is expected to make his upcoming nod Sunday in Colorado.
Bryce Harper, OF, WAS (Knee) - Missed Wednesday's game due to soreness in his right knee.
Tim Hudson, P, ATL (Leg) - Will miss the rest of the season after suffering a fractured right ankle during Wednesday's start.
John Jaso, C, OAK (Head) - Was removed from Wednesday's game as a precaution after he was hit in the mask, and a lingering headache may hold him out Thursday.
Corey Kluber, P, CLE (Hip) - Completed a bullpen session without complications Tuesday and is on track to start Friday versus the Rangers.
J.D. Martinez, OF, HOU (Back) - Out of the lineup Wednesday, after hurting his back during a collision with a fellow outfielder Tuesday.
Joe Mauer, C, MIN (Personal) - Away from the team Wednesday, as his wife gave birth to twins; he can remain on the paternity list up to three days.
Miguel Montero, C, ARI (Back) - Did not start Wednesday due to light back pain.
Marcell Ozuna, OF, MIA (Thumb) - Expected to land on the 15-day DL due to a torn ligament in his left thumb.
Jose Tabata, OF, PIT (Forearm) - Was removed from Wednesday's game after he was hit on the left forearm during a pinch-hit appearance.

Players on the DL
Joaquin Arias, P, SF (Abdomen) - Will embark upon a rehab assignment Wednesday at Triple-A Fresno.
Brett Anderson, P, OAK (Foot) - Completed a 40-pitch bullpen session Tuesday and is expected to toss another later this week.
Brandon Beachy, P, ATL (Elbow) - Could be cleared to return to the rotation Monday.
Rafael Betancourt, P, COL (Abdomen) - Rejoined the team Tuesday but is still feeling weak from Friday's appendectomy.
Kyle Blanks, OF, SD (Achilles) - Will not come off the disabled list when first eligible Saturday.
Jonathan Broxton, P, CIN (Forearm) - Threw a bullpen session Wednesday, his third without issue to date.
Clay Buchholz, P, BOS (Shoulder) - Played catch off flat ground from 90 feet, increasing the intensity as the session carried on.
Trevor Cahill, P, ARI (Hip) - Tossed a bullpen session Tuesday and is slated to throw a simulated game Thursday in Arizona.
Jesse Crain, P, CWS (Shoulder) - Playing catch Thursday, and if a setback is avoided, he will again be cleared to throw off a mound.
Ross Detwiler, P, WAS (Back) - Will miss another month, after receiving an injection in his ailing back Wednesday, thus pushing a potential return to late August at the earliest.
Darin Downs, P, DET (Shoulder) - Started a rehab assignment Wednesday at Low-A West Michigan.
Lucas Duda, OF, NYM (Oblique) - Was hitless with a walk in two at-bats during his first rehab outing Wednesday for the Gulf Coast League Mets.
Jeurys Familia, P, NYM (Forearm) - Started throwing at the team's spring training facility in Port St. Lucie, FL.
Neftali Feliz, P, TEX (Elbow) - Has a target date of August 2 for a return to the big club.
Alfredo Figaro, P, MIL (Oblique) - Reinstated from the 15-day disabled list and joined the team for Wednesday's game.
John Gast, P, STL (Shoulder) - Will have season-ending surgery performed Friday to repair a left lat tear.
Brandon Gomes, P, TB (Back) - Gave up three runs on four hits in less than an inning during Tuesday's rehab outing at High-A Charlotte.
Curtis Granderson, OF, NYY (Finger) - Relayed that he will start up a rehab assignment Thursday at High-A Tampa.
Ryan Hanigan, C, CIN (Wrist) - Unlikely to be activated from the DL on Thursday but may return to the lineup as soon as Friday.
Joel Hanrahan, P, BOS (Forearm) - Had a checkup with the team's medical staff Tuesday and will not begin a throwing program for another six weeks.
Matt Harrison, P, TEX (Back) - Totaled 25 pitches while throwing live batting practice Wednesday, but his velocity was not up to par.
Matt Holliday, OF, STL (Hamstring) - Expected to be ready for activation from the DL when he's first eligible on July 27.
Omar Infante, 2B, DET (Ankle) - Began a rehab assignment Wednesday at Low-A West Michigan and is slated to play there Thursday as well.
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY (Quadriceps) - Ran sprints, participated in batting practice, and fielded groundballs Tuesday.
Ryan Ludwick, OF, CIN (Shoulder) - Went 1-for-2 with a walk during his first rehab outing Wednesday at Low-A Dayton.
Sean Marshall, P, CIN (Shoulder) - Resumed throwing Wednesday following a setback with his sore left shoulder over the weekend.
Darin Mastroianni, OF, MIN (Ankle) - Experiencing continued soreness in his left Achilles when running the bases.
Franklin Morales, P, BOS (Shoulder) - Threw his second bullpen session Wednesday.
Brandon Morrow, P, TOR (Forearm) - The inflammation in his right forearm will be examined in the next few days.
Jon Niese, P, NYM (Shoulder) - Will embark upon a rehab assignment no later than August 1.
Jayson Nix, 3B, NYY (Hamstring) - Took part in a simulated game Tuesday and ran the bases for the first time since sustaining a Grade 2 hamstring strain on July 2.
Nolan Reimold, OF, BAL (Neck) - Was moved to the 60-day disabled list Tuesday, after undergoing season-ending surgery to fuse two vertebrae in his neck.
Matt Reynolds, P, ARI (Elbow) - Played catch for the first time Wednesday since June 11 but still faces a lengthy rehabilitation.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY (Hip) - Will be examined by the Yankees' medical staff Thursday, after an independent doctor declared that he does not have an injured quad.
Hector Sanchez, C, SF (Shoulder) - Moved his rehab assignment Wednesday to Triple-A Fresno.
Jordan Schafer, OF, ATL (Ankle) - Has started taking swings and throwing, and may receive clearance to run and take live batting practice this weekend.
B.J. Upton, OF, ATL (Leg) - Played catch and participated in batting practice prior to Wednesday's game.
Ryan Vogelsong, P, SF (Hand) - Will have his rehab assignment transferred from rookie-level to High-A San Jose on Friday.

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)
Luis Cruz, 3B, NYY
Matt Kemp, OF, LAD
Joe Mauer, C, MIN (Paternity list)

Activated from the DL (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
David DeJesus, OF, CHC
Alfredo Figaro, P, MIL
Ted Lilly, P, LAD

Called Up (from Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
David Adams, 3B, NYY
Drew Butera, C, MIN
Michael Martinez, 3B, PHI
Adam Rosales, SS, OAK

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Tony Cingrani, P, CIN
Grant Green, 2B, OAK
Mike Olt, 1B, CHC
Hector Sanchez, C, SF
Dave Sappelt, OF, CHC
Neftali Soto, 3B, CIN
Eric Surkamp, P, SF

Designated for Assignment
Vinnie Catricala, 3B, OAK
Humberto Quintero, C, PHI
Danny Valencia, 3B, BAL

Signed
Sawyer Carroll, OF, ARI

Closer Watch

Brewers - Following Francisco Rodriguez's departure via Tuesday's trade, Henderson is the unquestioned closer in the land of brews. Since the latter's activation from the DL on June 9, Rodriguez had gathered the vast majority of save opportunities, with Henderson succeeding on just 1-of-3 chances. Henderson's 18 appearances in the interim have been somewhat hit or miss en route to a 1-2 record, 3.71 ERA, and 1.471 WHIP across 17 innings. However, he has allowed runs in just one of his last eight outings -- including Tuesday's scoreless ninth frame -- with a 9:5 K:BB ratio in seven frames, which is a better indicator of his upcoming performances. For now, he'll hold down the fort in Milwaukee, despite the potential lack of late-inning counting stats from the team with MLB's fourth-worst record.

Yankees - The venerable Mariano Rivera picked up a surprise save Tuesday when his teammates rallied from one run down in the top of the ninth inning, tallying two runs on two hits and a walk on Texas' own stellar save artist, Joe Nathan. While Enter Sandman did not blare in Rangers Ballpark when he trotted out to the mound, Rivera shut down the opposition in short order, utilizing 12 pitches (eight strikes) to notch two strikeouts during a perfect frame, for save No. 32 of the season. Despite a subpar (for him) WHIP of 1.211, his retirement tour can be termed nothing but a success, as the 43-year-old remains the gold standard of firemen across baseball.


KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Adam LaRoche - 1B WAS vs PIT
7/25 12:35 PM
A.J. Burnett 6-18 .333 1 3 5 2 7 .611 .400 1.011
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY @ TEX
7/25 2:05 PM
Derek Holland 7-19 .368 1 3 5 0 1 .684 .368 1.053
Brent Lillibridge - OF NYY @ TEX
7/25 2:05 PM
Derek Holland 3-10 .300 1 1 2 3 5 .600 .462 1.062
Alejandro De Aza - OF CWS vs DET
7/25 2:10 PM
Justin Verlander 3-13 .231 2 2 3 1 5 .692 .286 .978
Miguel Cabrera - 3B DET @ CWS
7/25 2:10 PM
Jake Peavy 13-45 .289 3 4 9 4 14 .511 .347 .858
Torii Hunter - OF DET @ CWS
7/25 2:10 PM
Jake Peavy 6-13 .462 0 2 5 1 1 .692 .500 1.192
Austin Jackson - OF DET @ CWS
7/25 2:10 PM
Jake Peavy 8-25 .320 1 3 3 2 9 .600 .370 .970
Rickie Weeks - 2B MIL vs SD
7/25 2:10 PM
Edinson Volquez 6-14 .429 2 3 3 3 1 .929 .556 1.484
Chase Headley - 3B SD @ MIL
7/25 2:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 5-12 .417 1 1 2 2 3 .667 .500 1.167
Will Venable - OF SD @ MIL
7/25 2:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 4-10 .400 1 2 3 3 1 .800 .538 1.338
David Ortiz - DH BOS vs TB
7/25 7:10 PM
Jeremy Hellickson 7-19 .368 2 3 3 6 0 .789 .520 1.309
Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C BOS vs TB
7/25 7:10 PM
Jeremy Hellickson 5-18 .278 1 3 3 3 4 .556 .381 .937
Matt Joyce - OF TB @ BOS
7/25 7:10 PM
John Lackey 4-13 .308 1 1 3 1 2 .538 .357 .896
Evan Longoria - 3B TB @ BOS
7/25 7:10 PM
John Lackey 7-25 .280 1 4 4 3 3 .520 .357 .877
Luke Scott - DH TB @ BOS
7/25 7:10 PM
John Lackey 6-16 .375 2 5 2 1 5 .938 .444 1.382
Ben Zobrist - 2B TB @ BOS
7/25 7:10 PM
John Lackey 8-20 .400 0 2 3 5 2 .500 .538 1.038
Shin-Soo Choo - OF CIN @ LAD
7/25 10:10 PM
Zack Greinke 10-36 .278 1 6 8 3 11 .528 .325 .853
Joey Votto - 1B CIN @ LAD
7/25 10:10 PM
Zack Greinke 5-16 .313 3 4 3 3 1 .938 .421 1.359
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Hiroki Kuroda NYY @ TEX
7/25 2:05 PM
Rangers Batters 13-64 .203 2 6 3 4 14 .367 .250 .617
Justin Verlander DET @ CWS
7/25 2:10 PM
White Sox Batters 44-221 .199 9 15 19 14 61 .351 .249 .601
C.J. Wilson LAA @ OAK
7/25 10:05 PM
Athletics Batters 11-78 .141 1 3 8 10 16 .206 .253 .459
Zack Greinke LAD vs CIN
7/25 10:10 PM
Reds Batters 29-137 .212 4 14 15 10 39 .401 .263 .664

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Vernon Wells - OF NYY @ TEX
7/25 2:05 PM
Derek Holland 4-21 .190 0 2 1 2 4 .333 .261 .594
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX vs NYY
7/25 2:05 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 2-12 .167 0 1 1 0 3 .250 .167 .417
Gordon Beckham - 2B CWS vs DET
7/25 2:10 PM
Justin Verlander 5-28 .179 1 1 3 0 7 .286 .172 .458
Adam Dunn - 1B CWS vs DET
7/25 2:10 PM
Justin Verlander 3-20 .150 2 2 5 0 10 .450 .150 .600
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS vs DET
7/25 2:10 PM
Justin Verlander 9-55 .164 2 4 4 5 16 .309 .246 .555
Alex Avila - C DET @ CWS
7/25 2:10 PM
Jake Peavy 4-21 .190 1 2 1 4 5 .381 .320 .701
Ramon Santiago - 2B DET @ CWS
7/25 2:10 PM
Jake Peavy 2-11 .182 0 0 0 0 2 .182 .182 .364
Jonathan Lucroy - C MIL vs SD
7/25 2:10 PM
Edinson Volquez 1-10 .100 0 0 0 1 2 .100 .182 .282
Melky Cabrera - OF TOR vs HOU
7/25 7:07 PM
Erik Bedard 3-21 .143 1 2 4 2 5 .333 .217 .551
Jacoby Ellsbury - OF BOS vs TB
7/25 7:10 PM
Jeremy Hellickson 3-17 .176 0 0 1 1 3 .176 .222 .399
Kelly Johnson - 2B TB @ BOS
7/25 7:10 PM
John Lackey 2-10 .200 0 0 2 0 1 .200 .200 .400
James Loney - 1B TB @ BOS
7/25 7:10 PM
John Lackey 2-10 .200 1 1 3 0 1 .500 .200 .700
Jose Molina - C TB @ BOS
7/25 7:10 PM
John Lackey 0-10 .000 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .167 .167
Yadier Molina - C STL vs PHI
7/25 7:15 PM
Kyle Kendrick 2-11 .182 0 1 0 1 1 .273 .308 .580
Alexi Casilla - 2B BAL @ KC
7/25 8:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 3-14 .214 0 0 0 0 2 .214 .214 .429
Chris Davis - 1B BAL @ KC
7/25 8:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 0-10 .000 0 0 0 1 3 .000 .091 .091
Coco Crisp - OF OAK vs LAA
7/25 10:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 3-21 .143 0 2 3 4 4 .238 .308 .546
Josh Reddick - OF OAK vs LAA
7/25 10:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 2-11 .182 0 0 1 1 2 .182 .250 .432
Adam Rosales - 2B OAK vs LAA
7/25 10:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 1-16 .063 0 0 1 2 6 .063 .200 .263
Jay Bruce - OF CIN @ LAD
7/25 10:10 PM
Zack Greinke 2-19 .105 0 0 2 0 6 .105 .105 .211
Brandon Phillips - 2B CIN @ LAD
7/25 10:10 PM
Zack Greinke 3-14 .214 0 1 1 0 4 .286 .214 .500
Mark Ellis - 2B LAD vs CIN
7/25 10:10 PM
Mat Latos 1-11 .091 0 0 1 0 2 .091 .091 .182
Hanley Ramirez - SS LAD vs CIN
7/25 10:10 PM
Mat Latos 2-11 .182 1 1 1 2 1 .455 .308 .762
Juan Uribe - 3B LAD vs CIN
7/25 10:10 PM
Mat Latos 4-19 .211 0 1 0 0 1 .263 .211 .474
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Kyle Kendrick PHI @ StL
7/25 7:15 PM
Cardinals Batters 19-68 .279 2 5 4 7 7 .394 .356 .750
 
Recommended Pickup

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