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Clay Link

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)
Twins (Kyle Gibson – R) at White Sox (John Danks – L), 2:10 PM
Angels (Jered Weaver – R) at Indians (Scott Kazmir – L), 7:05 PM
Phillies (John Lannan – L) at Nationals (Dan Haren – R), 7:05 PM
Tigers (Rick Porcello – R) at Yankees (Ivan Nova – R), 7:05 PM
Athletics (Jarrod Parker – R) at Blue Jays (Esmil Rogers – R), 7:07 PM
Padres (Andrew Cashner – R) at Reds (Bronson Arroyo – R), 7:10 PM
Marlins (Jacob Turner – R) at Braves (Brandon Beachy – R), 7:30 PM
Rangers (Matt Garza – R) at Astros (Erik Bedard – L), 8:10 PM
Twins (Liam Hendriks – R) at White Sox (Charlie Leesman – L), 8:10 PM
Red Sox (Jake Peavy – R) at Royals (Ervin Santana – R), 8:10 PM
Cubs (Chris Rusin – L) at Cardinals (Lance Lynn – R), 8:15 PM
Pirates (Francisco Liriano – L) at Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa – L), 8:40 PM
Mets (Jeremy Hefner – R) at Diamondbacks (Patrick Corbin – L), 9:40 PM
Brewers (Kyle Lohse – R) at Mariners (Joe Saunders – L), 10:10 PM
Rays (David Price – L) at Dodgers (Chris Capuano – L), 10:10 PM
Orioles (Chris Tillman – R) at Giants (Ryan Vogelsong – R), 10:15 PM

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Andrew McCutchen, OF, PIT – (Shoulder) Held out of Thursday’s lineup with discomfort but came into the game in the seventh and recorded a pinch-hit single.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD – (Shoulder) Missed a fourth straight start Thursday.
Wil Myers, OF, TB – (Illness) Removed from Wednesday’s game due to issues related to asthma.
Shelby Miller, P, STL – (Elbow) Believes he can make his next start.
Chris Archer, P, TB – (Forearm) Expects to make his next start after leaving Wednesday’s game with tightness.
Yu Darvish, P, TEX – (Lower Body) Experienced tightness in his gluteus maximus muscle Tuesday but remained in the game.
Michael Young, 3B, PHI – (Hamstring) Scratched from Thursday’s lineup with tightness.
Tim Lincecum, P, SF – (Hand) Developed a minor blister after eight innings of one-hit, shutout ball against the Brewers on Thursday.
Jose Iglesias, SS, DET – (Toe) Scratched from Thursday’s lineup with a contusion.
Dioner Navarro, C, CHC – (Ankle) Sent for an MRI to check for ligament damage.
Tom Gorzelanny, P, MIL – (Elbow) Now scheduled to start Saturday against the Mariners.

Players on the DL
Jason Grilli, P, PIT – (Forearm) Ready to start playing catch this weekend.
Rickie Weeks, 2B, MIL – (Hamstring) Hit the 15-day DL on Thursday with a strain.
Jordan Schafer, OF, ATL – (Ankle) Expected to come off the DL on Saturday.
Roy Halladay, P, PHI – (Shoulder) Set to throw a five-inning simulated game Saturday, after which he could head out for a rehab assignment.
Tyler Chatwood, P, COL – (Hamstring) Hit the 15-day DL following Wednesday’s game.
Trevor Cahill, P, ARI – (Hip) Completed a bullpen session Wednesday in preparation for another rehab start.
Jaime Garcia, P, STL – (Shoulder) Expects to begin throwing in two weeks, though he’s still unlikely to pitch again this season.
Christian Friedrich, P, COL – (Back) Recalled and placed on the 60-day DL on Thursday.
Thomas Neal, OF, CHC – (Shoulder) Suffered a dislocation Wednesday and was placed on the 15-day DL on Thursday.
Matt Guerrier, P, CHC – (Elbow) Placed on the 60-day DL and was to be examined in Chicago.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL – (Knee) Will not be activated Friday.
Ryan Doumit, C, MIN – (Concussion) Experienced concussion-like symptoms during Wednesday’s game and was moved to the 7-day DL.
Josh Willingham, OF, MIN – (Knee) Set for activation prior to Friday’s doubleheader against the White Sox.
Lance Berkman, 1B, TEX – (Hip) Still unable to run at greater than 50 percent and thus will likely have his rehab assignment delayed.
Drew Hutchison, P, TOR – (Elbow) Rehab moving to Triple-A Buffalo on Friday.
Omar Infante, 2B, DET – (Ankle) Returned to the lineup at Triple-A Toledo on Thursday after being scratched Wednesday with soreness.
Alex Wilson, P, BOS – (Thumb) Suffered a setback during his rehab assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket.
Jesus Sucre, C, SEA – (Hand) Began a rehab assignment Thursday with rookie-level Arizona.

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

Placed on the DL
Tyler Chatwood, P, COL
Christian Friedrich, P, COL (60-day DL)
Matt Guerrier, P, CHC (60-day DL)
Thomas Neal, OF, CHC

Activated from the DL
Daniel Nava, OF, BOS (paternity list)

Called Up
Jeff Manship, P, COL
Sam Freeman, P, STL
Carlos Martinez, P, STL
Eduardo Sanchez, P, CHC
Jean Boscan, C, CHC
Preston Guilmet, P, CLE
Hector Sanchez, C, SF
Francisley Bueno, P, KC

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Keith Butler, P, STL
Brock Peterson, 1B, STL
Mark Reynolds, 3B, CLE (designated for assignment)
Guillermo Quiroz, C, SF (designated for assignment)
Danny Duffy, P, KC
Steven Wright, P, BOS

Claimed off Waivers
Casper Wells, OF, PHI (from CHW)
Adam Rosales, 2B, OAK (from TEX)

Closer Watch
New York Mets - LaTroy Hawkins breezed through a perfect ninth inning against the Rockies on Thursday with 11 pitches to earn his second save in three days. The 40-year-old has somehow improved his K/BB ratio to 4.11 this season (from 1.77 a year ago), the highest it's been since 2004. His fastball is still sitting at a respectable 92.3 mph, and he's serving up his curveball far less, relying more on the changeup. Until his performance dictates otherwise, it appears Hawkins will be the the closer while Bobby Parnell (neck) is on the shelf, which could be for the rest of the season if Parnell elects for surgery.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Joe Mauer - C MIN @ CWS
8/9 2:10 PM
John Danks 18-48 .375 0 3 6 4 7 .438 .444 .882
Justin Morneau - 1B MIN @ CWS
8/9 2:10 PM
John Danks 11-35 .314 3 5 10 10 8 .629 .467 1.095
Jason Giambi - 1B CLE vs LAA
8/9 7:05 PM
Jered Weaver 5-12 .417 0 0 1 4 3 .417 .563 .979
Jayson Werth - OF WAS vs PHI
8/9 7:05 PM
John Lannan 8-24 .333 4 6 6 4 6 .917 .429 1.345
Mark Kotsay - OF SD @ CIN
8/9 7:10 PM
Bronson Arroyo 9-31 .290 3 5 8 2 1 .677 .333 1.011
Will Venable - OF SD @ CIN
8/9 7:10 PM
Bronson Arroyo 5-12 .417 0 1 1 1 0 .500 .500 1.000
Giancarlo Stanton - OF MIA @ ATL
8/9 7:30 PM
Brandon Beachy 4-12 .333 0 3 1 1 1 .583 .385 .968
Jonny Gomes - OF BOS @ KC
8/9 8:10 PM
Ervin Santana 3-15 .200 2 2 2 2 4 .600 .294 .894
Mike Napoli - C BOS @ KC
8/9 8:10 PM
Ervin Santana 6-15 .400 3 5 6 1 1 1.133 .471 1.604
David Ortiz - DH BOS @ KC
8/9 8:10 PM
Ervin Santana 7-24 .292 2 4 4 4 12 .625 .414 1.039
Billy Butler - 1B KC vs BOS
8/9 8:10 PM
Jake Peavy 12-27 .444 3 4 7 3 7 .815 .516 1.331
Alcides Escobar - SS KC vs BOS
8/9 8:10 PM
Jake Peavy 6-16 .375 2 3 7 0 1 .875 .375 1.250
A.J. Pierzynski - C TEX @ HOU
8/9 8:10 PM
Erik Bedard 6-11 .545 1 1 1 0 0 .818 .545 1.364
Starlin Castro - SS CHC @ STL
8/9 8:15 PM
Lance Lynn 5-13 .385 0 2 2 0 1 .615 .385 1.000
Matt Holliday - OF STL vs CHC
8/9 8:15 PM
Carlos Villanueva 3-10 .300 2 2 3 2 2 .900 .417 1.317
Raul Ibanez - OF SEA vs MIL
8/9 10:10 PM
Kyle Lohse 9-33 .273 3 3 9 4 4 .545 .342 .888
Mike Morse - OF SEA vs MIL
8/9 10:10 PM
Kyle Lohse 7-15 .467 1 4 5 0 4 .867 .467 1.333
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Rick Porcello DET @ NYY
8/9 7:05 PM
Yankees Batters 27-105 .257 0 4 8 4 12 .292 .284 .576

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Michael Brantley - OF CLE vs LAA
8/9 7:05 PM
Jered Weaver 3-15 .200 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .400
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS CLE vs LAA
8/9 7:05 PM
Jered Weaver 6-30 .200 0 3 2 1 5 .300 .226 .526
Nick Swisher - OF CLE vs LAA
8/9 7:05 PM
Jered Weaver 5-25 .200 2 3 2 4 6 .480 .333 .813
Josh Hamilton - OF LAA @ CLE
8/9 7:05 PM
Scott Kazmir 3-14 .214 0 1 1 0 2 .286 .214 .500
Lyle Overbay - 1B NYY vs DET
8/9 7:05 PM
Rick Porcello 1-10 .100 0 0 0 1 1 .100 .182 .282
Vernon Wells - OF NYY vs DET
8/9 7:05 PM
Rick Porcello 2-14 .143 0 0 1 1 2 .143 .200 .343
John McDonald - SS PHI @ WAS
8/9 7:05 PM
Dan Haren 2-13 .154 0 1 0 0 1 .231 .154 .385
Adam LaRoche - 1B WAS vs PHI
8/9 7:05 PM
John Lannan 0-12 .000 0 0 0 0 5 .000 .000 .000
Greg Dobbs - 3B MIA @ ATL
8/9 7:30 PM
Brandon Beachy 1-11 .091 0 0 1 0 7 .091 .091 .182
Logan Morrison - OF MIA @ ATL
8/9 7:30 PM
Brandon Beachy 1-11 .091 0 1 2 2 3 .182 .231 .413
Dustin Pedroia - 2B BOS @ KC
8/9 8:10 PM
Ervin Santana 3-20 .150 0 2 0 2 2 .250 .227 .477
Eric Hosmer - 1B KC vs BOS
8/9 8:10 PM
Jake Peavy 3-16 .188 1 1 1 3 3 .375 .316 .691
Mike Moustakas - 3B KC vs BOS
8/9 8:10 PM
Jake Peavy 3-16 .188 0 0 3 1 3 .188 .211 .398
Jeff Baker - OF TEX @ HOU
8/9 8:10 PM
Erik Bedard 2-10 .200 0 0 0 1 2 .200 .273 .473
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX @ HOU
8/9 8:10 PM
Erik Bedard 3-19 .158 1 1 5 1 3 .316 .200 .516
David Murphy - OF TEX @ HOU
8/9 8:10 PM
Erik Bedard 2-10 .200 0 0 1 0 0 .200 .200 .400
David DeJesus - OF CHC @ STL
8/9 8:15 PM
Lance Lynn 2-10 .200 0 1 0 3 2 .400 .385 .785
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B LAD vs TB
8/9 10:10 PM
David Price 3-18 .167 0 1 1 3 5 .222 .286 .508
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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John Danks CWS vs Min
8/9 2:10 PM
Twins Batters 30-93 .323 3 8 16 14 19 .486 .422 .908
Ervin Santana KC vs Bos
8/9 8:10 PM
Red Sox Batters 31-126 .246 10 16 18 15 29 .532 .339 .871
Jake Peavy BOS @ KC
8/9 8:10 PM
Royals Batters 38-115 .330 6 10 23 8 25 .530 .374 .904
Kyle Lohse MIL @ Sea
8/9 10:10 PM
Mariners Batters 29-79 .367 4 10 18 4 10 .593 .393 .986
 

Recommended Pickup
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