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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)
Phillies (Roy Halladay - R) at Cubs (Jeff Samardzija - R), 2:20 PM
Mets (Dillon Gee - R) at Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann - R), 7:05 PM
Cardinals (Shelby Miller - R) at Pirates (Francisco Liriano - L), 7:05 PM
Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez - R) at Yankees (CC Sabathia - L), 7:05 PM
Royals (Ervin Santana - R) at Blue Jays (Mark Buehrle - L), 7:07 PM
Indians (Zach McAllister - R) at Tigers (Rick Porcello - R), 7:08 PM
White Sox (Hector Santiago - L) at Red Sox (Ryan Dempster - R), 7:10 PM
Marlins (Jose Fernandez - R) at Braves (Julio Teheran - R), 7:30 PM
Twins (Liam Hendriks - R) at Rangers (Yu Darvish - R), 8:05 PM
Angels (Jered Weaver - R) at Brewers (Wily Peralta - R), 8:10 PM
Mariners (Taijuan Walker - R) at Astros (Brad Peacock - R), 8:10 PM
Reds (Bronson Arroyo - R) at Rockies (Jeff Manship - R), 8:40 PM
Giants (Tim Lincecum - R) at Diamondbacks (Randall Delgado - R), 9:40 PM
Rays (David Price - L) at Athletics (Jarrod Parker - R), 10:05 PM
Padres (Eric Stults - L) at Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu - L), 10:10 PM

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Miguel Cabrera, 3B, DET - (Abdomen) Exited Thursday’s game with discomfort.
Robinson Cano, 2B, NYY - (Hand) Hopes to return to the lineup Friday.
Dexter Fowler, OF, COL - (Knee) Expected to miss several days with soreness.
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC - (Illness) Reported feeling better Thursday and should be ready to start Friday against the Blue Jays.
Mike Carp, OF, BOS - (Shoulder) Scratched from Thursday’s lineup.
Wilkin Ramirez, OF, MIN - (Lower Leg) Diagnosed with a left shin contusion.
Eduardo Nunez, SS, NYY - (Knee) Cleared of any structural damage by an MRI on Thursday.
Samuel Deduno, P, MIN - (Shoulder) Left Thursday’s game after just three innings and will undergo an MRI on Friday.
Cody Asche, 3B, PHI - (Hamstring) Held out of Thursday’s lineup with a strain.

Players on the DL
David Wright, 3B, NYM - (Hamstring) Plans to return at some point this season.
Jason Grilli, P, PIT - (Forearm) Scheduled to pitch an inning for Double-A Altoona on Saturday and then make back-to-back appearances with Triple-A Indianapolis early next week.
Starling Marte, OF, PIT - (Finger) Took some swings in the team’s indoor batting cage Wednesday.
Bobby Parnell, P, NYM - (Neck) Slated for a follow-up MRI in two weeks, at which point a decision on surgery will likely be made.
Tony Cingrani, P, CIN - (Back) Threw on the field prior to Wednesday’s game against the Cardinals.
Roy Oswalt, P, COL - (Hamstring) Completed a successful simulated game Tuesday.
Corey Kluber, P, CLE - (Finger) Could rejoin the Indians following a simulated game Saturday.
Travis Hafner, DH, NYY - (Shoulder) Recently resumed swinging a bat and hopes to take batting practice by the end of the week.
Zoilo Almonte, OF, NYY - (Ankle) Hopes to return to full batting practice by the end of the week.
David Phelps, P, NYY - (Forearm) Making progress, but hasn’t yet resumed throwing.
Chris Nelson, 3B, LAA - (Hamstring) Hit the 15-day DL on Thursday with a strain.
Derek Norris, C, OAK - (Toe) Progressing well and could play in a rehab game as early as Saturday.
Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC - (Oblique) Still without a timetable for return.
John Jaso, C, OAK - (Concussion) Could take batting practice next week.

Out
Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN - (Wrist) Remains sidelined but will travel with the team on its upcoming road trip.

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

Placed on the DL
Chris Nelson, 3B, LAA

Activated from the DL
Bartolo Colon, P, OAK

Called Up
Jake Odorizzi, P, TB
Luke Putkonen, P, DET
Luis Jimenez, 3B, LAA
Sam Dyson, P, MIA
Sam Freeman, P, STL

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Arquimedes Caminero, P, MIA
Jeff Beliveau, P, TB (to Double-A Montgomery)
Jose Alvarez, P, DET
Evan Scribner, P, OAK
Michael Wacha, P, STL (to Double-A Springfield)
Michael Blazek, P, STL

Traded
Vic Black, P, NYM (from PIT)

Released
Brett Myers, P, CLE

Closer Watch

Oakland - With a three-run lead, two outs and just one man on in the ninth inning of Thursday’s game against the Tigers, Grant Balfour’s 34th save of the season appeared to be in the bag. Three batters later, Torii Hunter smacked a three-run bomb to send Balfour home with the blown save and the loss. The four earned runs were a season-high for Balfour, and they inflated his ERA by nearly 70 points. As ugly as it was, Thursday’s blown save was just Balfour’s second of the year (and second since April 29, 2012), so it will likely end up being just a footnote in an otherwise great season.

Los Angeles Angels - Ernesto Frieri gave up a walk and a double in the ninth inning of Thursday’s game against the Rays, but escaped unscathed with his 28th save of the season. That makes it seven straight scoreless appearances for Frieri, who relinquished full-time closing duties earlier this month. Dane De La Rosa pitched in the eighth inning of Thursday’s game, but it looks like he and Frieri will continue to split time in the closer’s role moving forward. The 30-year-old De La Rosa just notched his second save of the season Tuesday.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Starlin Castro - SS CHC vs PHI
8/30 2:20 PM
Roy Halladay 7-14 .500 1 1 4 0 0 .714 .467 1.181
Alexi Casilla - 2B BAL @ NYY
8/30 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 12-21 .571 0 2 1 0 1 .667 .571 1.238
J.J. Hardy - SS BAL @ NYY
8/30 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 6-14 .429 1 3 4 0 2 .786 .429 1.214
Adam Jones - OF BAL @ NYY
8/30 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 14-41 .341 3 6 10 4 6 .659 .400 1.059
Daniel Murphy - 2B NYM @ WAS
8/30 7:05 PM
Jordan Zimmermann 7-21 .333 1 3 4 1 1 .571 .364 .935
Ian Desmond - SS WAS vs NYM
8/30 7:05 PM
Dillon Gee 4-15 .267 2 2 2 2 5 .667 .353 1.020
Billy Butler - 1B KC @ TOR
8/30 7:07 PM
Mark Buehrle 20-57 .351 3 6 15 4 3 .561 .387 .949
Alcides Escobar - SS KC @ TOR
8/30 7:07 PM
Mark Buehrle 5-12 .417 0 1 1 0 0 .500 .417 .917
Adam Lind - 1B TOR vs KC
8/30 7:07 PM
Ervin Santana 7-29 .241 3 4 9 1 5 .586 .267 .853
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS CLE @ DET
8/30 7:08 PM
Rick Porcello 13-34 .382 0 2 2 2 3 .441 .447 .889
Carlos Santana - C CLE @ DET
8/30 7:08 PM
Rick Porcello 9-24 .375 3 4 4 2 6 .792 .423 1.215
Nick Swisher - OF CLE @ DET
8/30 7:08 PM
Rick Porcello 6-16 .375 1 3 4 2 4 .688 .444 1.132
Adam Dunn - 1B CWS @ BOS
8/30 7:10 PM
Ryan Dempster 5-17 .294 2 3 4 13 7 .706 .600 1.306
Jeff Keppinger - 3B CWS @ BOS
8/30 7:10 PM
Ryan Dempster 13-29 .448 1 3 4 1 1 .621 .467 1.087
Alexei Ramirez - SS CWS @ BOS
8/30 7:10 PM
Ryan Dempster 7-17 .412 1 1 2 0 1 .588 .412 1.000
Paul Goldschmidt - 1B ARI vs SF
8/30 9:40 PM
Tim Lincecum 8-14 .571 5 6 10 2 4 1.714 .588 2.303
Aaron Hill - 2B ARI vs SF
8/30 9:40 PM
Tim Lincecum 7-13 .538 0 4 2 3 3 .846 .625 1.471
Alberto Callaspo - 3B OAK vs TB
8/30 10:05 PM
David Price 6-15 .400 0 1 0 0 0 .467 .400 .867
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Ervin Santana KC @ TOR
8/30 7:07 PM
Blue Jays Batters 17-81 .210 3 8 13 6 19 .380 .273 .653
David Price TB @ OAK
8/30 10:05 PM
Athletics Batters 18-71 .254 0 5 4 1 20 .325 .274 .599

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Darwin Barney - 2B CHC vs PHI
8/30 2:20 PM
Roy Halladay 2-11 .182 0 0 0 0 2 .182 .182 .364
Matt Wieters - C BAL @ NYY
8/30 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 5-24 .208 1 2 1 1 8 .375 .240 .615
Lucas Duda - OF NYM @ WAS
8/30 7:05 PM
Jordan Zimmermann 2-11 .182 0 1 1 1 4 .273 .250 .523
Ryan Zimmerman - 3B WAS vs NYM
8/30 7:05 PM
Dillon Gee 3-15 .200 0 1 0 1 3 .267 .250 .517
Rajai Davis - OF TOR vs KC
8/30 7:07 PM
Ervin Santana 3-17 .176 0 1 0 1 6 .235 .222 .458
Edwin Encarnacion - 1B TOR vs KC
8/30 7:07 PM
Ervin Santana 2-13 .154 0 0 1 1 4 .154 .267 .421
Gordon Beckham - 2B CWS @ BOS
8/30 7:10 PM
Ryan Dempster 3-14 .214 0 0 0 1 1 .214 .267 .481
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS @ BOS
8/30 7:10 PM
Ryan Dempster 2-12 .167 1 1 2 1 5 .417 .286 .702
Dexter Fowler - OF COL vs CIN
8/30 8:40 PM
Bronson Arroyo 2-10 .200 1 1 2 1 3 .500 .273 .773
Willie Bloomquist - SS ARI vs SF
8/30 9:40 PM
Tim Lincecum 3-13 .231 0 0 0 0 1 .231 .231 .462
Miguel Montero - C ARI vs SF
8/30 9:40 PM
Tim Lincecum 9-50 .180 0 4 2 3 12 .260 .226 .486
Cliff Pennington - SS ARI vs SF
8/30 9:40 PM
Tim Lincecum 1-13 .077 0 1 0 0 5 .231 .077 .308
Kurt Suzuki - C OAK vs TB
8/30 10:05 PM
David Price 2-11 .182 0 2 2 0 4 .364 .250 .614
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Mark Buehrle TOR vs KC
8/30 7:07 PM
Royals Batters 45-146 .308 4 15 20 7 15 .475 .343 .818
Rick Porcello DET vs Cle
8/30 7:08 PM
Indians Batters 41-131 .313 6 14 18 11 19 .509 .374 .883
Ryan Dempster BOS vs CWS
8/30 7:10 PM
White Sox Batters 34-96 .354 6 9 15 16 16 .584 .453 1.037
Bronson Arroyo CIN @ Col
8/30 8:40 PM
Rockies Batters 20-66 .303 3 5 11 5 11 .472 .352 .824
 

Recommended Pickup
Taijuan Walker, P, SEA - The Mariners couldn't wait for roster expansion to get a glimpse at their top pitching prospect, as they brought Walker up Wednesday in anticipation of the 21-year-old making his first career major league start Friday. Walker made the jump to Triple-A earlier this year after posting a 2.46 ERA in 14 for starts at Double-A Jackson, and while he wasn't quite as sharp after his promotion (4.2 BB/9), the right-hander was able to miss bats (10.0 K/9) and remain effective (3.61 ERA). He'll get an Astros team in his debut that has struck out 1,252 times this season, the most in all of baseball, so while growing pains have to be expected, Walker has a great opportunity to make a fantasy impact right away.

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