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Clay Link

Clay Link

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)
Mets (Jenrry Mejia - R) at Nationals (Jordan Zimmerman - R), 1:35 PM
Mets (Matt Harvey - R) at Nationals (Ross Ohlendorf - R), 7:05 PM
Red Sox (Ryan Dempster - R) at Orioles (Chris Tillman - R), 7:05 PM
Rangers (Martin Perez - L) at Indians (Corey Kluber - R), 7:05 PM
Rays (Chris Archer - R) at Yankees (CC Sabathia - L), 7:05 PM
Astros (Jordan Lyles - R) at Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey - R), 7:07 PM
Phillies (Cole Hamels - L) at Tigers (Doug Fister - R), 7:08 PM
Pirates (Jeff Locke - L) at Marlins (Henderson Alvarez - R), 7:10 PM
Cardinals (Adam Wainwright - R) at Braves (Mike Minor - L), 7:30 PM
Royals (James Shields - R) at White Sox (Jose Quintana - L), 8:10 PM
Brewers (Wily Peralta - R) at Rockies (Tyler Chatwood - R), 8:40 PM
Padres (Eric Stults - L) at Diamondbacks (Randall Delgado - R), 9:40 PM
Angels (Jerome Williams - R) at Athletics (Bartolo Colon - R), 10:05 PM
Twins (Scott Diamond - L) at Mariners (Felix Hernandez - R), 10:10 PM
Reds (Homer Bailey - R) at Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw - L), 10:10 PM
Cubs (Edwin Jackson - R) at Giants (Matt Cain - R), 10:15 PM

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Miguel Cabrera, 3B, DET - (Hip) Held out again Thursday, but manager Jim Leyland said he hopes to have him back in the lineup Friday.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL - (Finger) Aggravated his sprained right middle finger injury and was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the fourth inning of Thursday’s game.
Torii Hunter, OF, DET - (Achilles) Exited Thursday’s game with soreness.
Joe Mauer, C, MIN - (Personal) Missed a third straight start Thursday while on the paternity list.
Miguel Montero, C, ARI - (Back) Missed a third straight start Thursday.
Jorge De La Rosa, P, COL - (Thumb) Appeared to be bothered by his thumb following a bunt attempt during Wednesday’s win over the Marlins.
Jose Tabata, OF, PIT - (Forearm) Held out of the lineup Thursday.
Eric Young Jr., OF, NYM - (Knee) Left Thursday’s game with a strain, but manager Terry Collins is hopeful he’ll be available for Friday.
Gordon Beckham, 2B, CHW - (Wrist) Fielded grounders Thursday and could return to the lineup Friday.
J.D. Martinez, OF, HOU - (Back) Held out of the lineup Thursday.

Players on the DL
Tim Hudson, P, ATL - (Ankle) Placed on the 15-day DL on Thursday and is expected to miss the rest of the season.
Brandon Morrow, P, TOR - (Forearm) Will rest for a full six weeks before resuming a throwing program, thus making it unlikely he’ll return this season.
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY - (Quadriceps) Said he “felt good” while running the bases Thursday.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY - (Hip) To undergo further treatment in Tampa over the next few days and is aiming to play his next simulated game or rehab game Aug. 1.
Wandy Rodriguez, P, PIT - (Forearm) Resumed throwing Wednesday, with about 60 throws from 80 feet on flat ground.
Jenrry Mejia, P, NYM - (Forearm) Set to start the first game of Friday’s doubleheader, but will need surgery in the offseason to remove bone chips from his elbow.
Marcell Ozuna, OF, MIA - (Thumb) Hit the 15-day DL with an avulsion fracture and ligament tear.
Cameron Maybin, OF, SD - (Knee) Could increase baseball activities over the weekend.
Jeremy Horst, P, PHI - (Elbow) Moved to the 60-day DL on Thursday.
David Phelps, P, NYY - (Forearm) Will make at least one more rehab start before returning from the DL.
Andrew Bailey, P, BOS - (Shoulder) Underwent surgery Wednesday and is expected to need about a year to recover.
Jayson Nix, 3B, NYY - (Hamstring) Rehab moving to High-A Tampa on Thursday after he played third base and went 0-for-2 for the Yankees’ rookie-level club Wednesday.
Lance Berkman, 1B, TEX - (Hip) Indicated Thursday that his return to the lineup will be in the “distant future.”
Matt Harrison, P, TEX - (Back) Set to throw 40 pitches in a live batting practice session Saturday.
Omar Infante, 2B, DET - (Ankle) Went 1-for-3 in his first rehab game with Low-A West Michigan on Wednesday.
Colby Lewis, P, TEX - (Forearm) Will make another rehab start with Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday.
J.A. Happ, P, TOR - (Knee) Still experiencing some stiffness in his right knee.
Sergio Santos, P, TOR - (Elbow) Made back-to-back appearances with Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday and Wednesday, the first time he has done so in his rehab.
Luis Perez, P, TOR - (Elbow) Expected to begin a rehab assignment in early August.
Kyle Drabek, P, TOR - (Elbow) Could move up to Double-A New Hampshire if he puts together one or two more solids outings at High-A Dunedin.
Drew Hutchison, P, TOR - (Elbow) Needs to improve his command before moving up to High-A Dunedin.
Jesse Crain, P, CHW - (Shoulder) Experienced a setback Thursday and is not expected to return before the trade deadline.
Brandon Gomes, P, TB - (Back) Expected to make another rehab appearance Friday with High-A Charlotte.
David Ross, C, BOS - (Concussion) Rejoined the Red Sox on Thursday in preparation of ramping up his workouts.

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

Placed on the DL
Tim Hudson, P, ATL
Domonic Brown (7-day concussion DL)
Marcell Ozuna, OF, MIA (retroactive to 7/23)

Called Up
Alex Wood, P, ATL
Marc Rzepczynski, P, STL
Steve Susdorf, OF, PHI

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Carlos Martinez, P, STL
Danny Valencia, 3B, BAL

Closer Watch
Washington - Rafael Soriano imploded Thursday against the Pirates, walking the first two batters he faced before giving up an RBI double to Jordy Mercer, and later, an RBI single to Russell Martin. He recorded just one out, and was later tacked with two more earned runs when Ian Krol allowed Mercer and Martin to come around to score. It won’t go down as a blown save for Soriano, since the team was still up when he exited, but the right-hander was responsible for all four runs against Washington in the ninth. Though Soriano has now surrendered six runs in his last five appearances, and his strikeouts are down this month, there doesn't seem to be reason to panic just yet. The 33-year-old posted a 1.80 ERA with 18 saves from May 1 to July 14, but if he can’t right the ship, manager Davey Johnson may starting giving some thought to returning Tyler Clippard, who’s given up just one run in his last 21 appearances, to the closer’s role.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Ike Davis - 1B NYM @ WAS
7/26 1:35 PM
Jordan Zimmermann 3-13 .231 1 2 2 4 5 .538 .389 .927
Daniel Murphy - 2B NYM @ WAS
7/26 1:35 PM
Jordan Zimmermann 7-21 .333 1 3 4 1 1 .571 .364 .935
David Wright - 3B NYM @ WAS
7/26 1:35 PM
Jordan Zimmermann 9-27 .333 2 4 4 0 8 .630 .321 .951
Nate McLouth - OF BAL vs BOS
7/26 7:05 PM
Ryan Dempster 6-20 .300 1 3 3 3 4 .550 .440 .990
Dustin Pedroia - 2B BOS @ BAL
7/26 7:05 PM
Chris Tillman 4-11 .364 0 1 2 2 0 .455 .429 .883
Evan Longoria - 3B TB @ NYY
7/26 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 14-39 .359 5 8 9 10 3 .821 .500 1.321
Sean Rodriguez - SS TB @ NYY
7/26 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 9-28 .321 1 3 3 3 5 .500 .406 .906
Prince Fielder - 1B DET vs PHI
7/26 7:08 PM
Cole Hamels 8-26 .308 2 2 5 2 6 .538 .357 .896
Delmon Young - OF PHI @ DET
7/26 7:08 PM
Doug Fister 4-12 .333 1 2 2 0 1 .667 .333 1.000
Gordon Beckham - 2B CWS vs KC
7/26 8:10 PM
James Shields 5-15 .333 1 3 1 1 4 .667 .375 1.042
Alexei Ramirez - SS CWS vs KC
7/26 8:10 PM
James Shields 9-23 .391 2 3 4 3 1 .696 .462 1.157
Miguel Montero - C ARI vs SD
7/26 9:40 PM
Eric Stults 3-10 .300 1 3 5 1 1 .800 .364 1.164
Martin Prado - 3B ARI vs SD
7/26 9:40 PM
Eric Stults 5-11 .455 0 1 2 0 1 .636 .455 1.091
Alberto Callaspo - 3B LAA @ OAK
7/26 10:05 PM
Bartolo Colon 7-21 .333 1 4 3 1 5 .619 .364 .983
Albert Pujols - 1B LAA @ OAK
7/26 10:05 PM
Bartolo Colon 5-12 .417 1 1 3 0 2 .667 .417 1.083
Brandon Phillips - 2B CIN @ LAD
7/26 10:10 PM
Clayton Kershaw 7-16 .438 0 0 1 1 5 .438 .471 .908
Joey Votto - 1B CIN @ LAD
7/26 10:10 PM
Clayton Kershaw 4-17 .235 2 2 4 3 10 .588 .350 .938
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B LAD vs CIN
7/26 10:10 PM
Homer Bailey 8-15 .533 5 7 7 0 5 1.667 .533 2.200
Joe Mauer - C MIN @ SEA
7/26 10:10 PM
Felix Hernandez 14-33 .424 2 6 7 4 4 .727 .486 1.214
David DeJesus - OF CHC @ SF
7/26 10:15 PM
Matt Cain 4-11 .364 1 2 2 2 2 .727 .462 1.189
Alfonso Soriano - OF CHC @ SF
7/26 10:15 PM
Matt Cain 3-14 .214 2 3 5 3 5 .714 .333 1.048
Marco Scutaro - 2B SF vs CHC
7/26 10:15 PM
Edwin Jackson 8-23 .348 2 2 5 0 3 .609 .348 .957
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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BB K Opp
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Ryan Dempster BOS @ BAL
7/26 7:05 PM
Orioles Batters 12-65 .185 1 5 7 5 16 .301 .257 .559
Adam Wainwright STL @ ATL
7/26 7:30 PM
Braves Batters 14-80 .175 1 4 8 4 23 .262 .211 .474
Bartolo Colon OAK vs LAA
7/26 10:05 PM
Angels Batters 27-99 .273 4 9 10 1 18 .446 .280 .726

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
J.J. Hardy - SS BAL vs BOS
7/26 7:05 PM
Ryan Dempster 2-27 .074 0 1 2 1 7 .111 .103 .215
Jose Molina - C TB @ NYY
7/26 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 0-14 .000 0 0 1 1 2 .000 .067 .067
Luke Scott - DH TB @ NYY
7/26 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 2-11 .182 1 1 3 2 6 .455 .308 .762
Carlos Pena - 1B HOU @ TOR
7/26 7:07 PM
R.A. Dickey 2-15 .133 2 2 3 2 3 .533 .235 .769
Russell Martin - C PIT @ MIA
7/26 7:10 PM
Henderson Alvarez 2-10 .200 1 1 2 0 3 .500 .200 .700
Chris Johnson - 3B ATL vs STL
7/26 7:30 PM
Adam Wainwright 2-11 .182 0 1 0 0 4 .364 .182 .545
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL vs STL
7/26 7:30 PM
Adam Wainwright 4-22 .182 1 2 4 2 7 .364 .240 .604
Justin Upton - OF ATL vs STL
7/26 7:30 PM
Adam Wainwright 0-10 .000 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000
Adam Dunn - 1B CWS vs KC
7/26 8:10 PM
James Shields 1-10 .100 0 0 0 3 5 .100 .308 .408
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS vs KC
7/26 8:10 PM
James Shields 4-25 .160 0 0 1 4 8 .160 .300 .460
Alex Gordon - OF KC @ CWS
7/26 8:10 PM
Jose Quintana 2-11 .182 0 0 1 0 3 .182 .182 .364
Howie Kendrick - 2B LAA @ OAK
7/26 10:05 PM
Bartolo Colon 1-16 .063 0 0 1 0 2 .063 .063 .125
Andre Ethier - OF LAD vs CIN
7/26 10:10 PM
Homer Bailey 0-12 .000 0 0 0 3 4 .000 .200 .200
Hanley Ramirez - SS LAD vs CIN
7/26 10:10 PM
Homer Bailey 1-12 .083 0 0 0 0 3 .083 .083 .167
Jamey Carroll - SS MIN @ SEA
7/26 10:10 PM
Felix Hernandez 1-11 .091 0 0 1 0 2 .091 .091 .182
Justin Morneau - 1B MIN @ SEA
7/26 10:10 PM
Felix Hernandez 5-33 .152 1 2 3 4 8 .303 .237 .540
Anthony Rizzo - 1B CHC @ SF
7/26 10:15 PM
Matt Cain 1-10 .100 0 0 2 2 3 .100 .250 .350
Andres Torres - OF SF vs CHC
7/26 10:15 PM
Edwin Jackson 2-13 .154 0 2 2 1 5 .385 .214 .599
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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BB K Opp
SLG
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OBP
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OPS
Jordan Zimmermann WAS vs NYM
7/26 1:35 PM
Mets Batters 26-90 .289 4 12 12 7 20 .515 .340 .855
Edwin Jackson CHC @ SF
7/26 10:15 PM
Giants Batters 23-71 .324 3 10 18 4 13 .582 .349 .931
 
Recommended Pickup
Brandon Beachy, P, ATL - The Braves have said all year that the starting rotation would work itself out, that they needn't worry about finding Beachy a spot in the rotation because something typically happens to make the decision for them. Sure enough, injuries to both Paul Maholm (wrist) and Tim Hudson (ankle) have created opportunities for the guys waiting in the wings. Rookie Alex Wood was up Thursday to take Maholm's turn, and Beachy appears primed to take Hudson's spot starting Monday against Colorado, though an official announcement hasn't been made. Beachy has looked good since resuming his rehab with Triple-A Gwinnett, most recently tossing six innings of two-run ball on Wednesday. It's hard to expect the 26-year-old to post the kind of numbers he did last season (2.00 ERA, 0.96 WHIP) coming off Tommy John surgery, but it's reasonable to think he can step in and make an impact for the Braves, and fantasy owners, right away.

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