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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)
Brewers (Kyle Lohse - R) at Cubs (Chris Rusin - L), 2:20 PM
Mets (Zack Wheeler - R) at Indians (Scott Kazmir - L) 7:05 PM
Braves (Mike Minor - L) at Phillies (Cliff Lee - L), 7:05 PM
White Sox (John Danks - L) at Orioles (Scott Feldman - R), 7:05 PM
Red Sox (Felix Doubront - L) at Yankees (Andy Pettitte - L), 7:05 PM
Dodgers (Chris Capuano - L) at Reds (Mike Leake - R), 7:10 PM
Nationals (Dan Haren - R) at Marlins (Jose Fernandez - R), 7:10 PM
Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey - R) at Twins (Mike Pelfrey - R), 8:10 PM
Tigers (Anibal Sanchez - R) at Royals (James Shields - R), 8:10 PM
Pirates (A.J. Burnett - R) at Cardinals (Joe Kelly - R), 8:15 PM
Astros (Dallas Keuchel - L) at Athletics (A.J. Griffin - R), 10:05 PM
Rangers (Matt Garza - R) at Angels (C.J. Wilson - L), 10:05 PM
Rays (Alex Cobb - R) at Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma - R), 10:10 PM
Rockies (Juan Nicasio - R) at Padres (Burch Smith - R), 10:10 PM
Diamondbacks (Patrick Corbin - L) at Giants (Yusmeiro Petit - R), 10:15 PM

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD - (Knee) Struck out in a pinch-hit appearance Wednesday and is expected to return to the lineup Friday against Cincinnati.
Allen Craig, 1B, STL - (Foot) Diagnosed with a mid-left foot sprain and will wear a walking boot for the next few days.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL - (Finger) Not expected to start Friday but will attempt to take batting practice.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN - (Quadriceps) Left Thursday's game with a contusion.
Felix Hernandez, P, SEA - (Back) Pushed back to Wednesday against the Astros after suffering a cramp in his last start.
Buster Posey, C, SF - (Finger) Held out of the lineup again Thursday.
Mat Latos, P, CIN - (Lower Leg) Hit hard by a foul ball during batting practice Thursday but is not expected to miss his scheduled start Saturday.
Domonic Brown, OF, PHI - (Achilles) Ceasing baseball activities for "at least a week."
Salvador Perez, C, KC - (Head) Took a foul ball of his facemask and was removed from Thursday's game.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, BOS - (Back) Expected to return during the team's upcoming series against the Yankees.
Peter Bourjos, OF, LAA - (Wrist) Aggravated his injury earlier this week and missed another start Thursday.
Justin Masterson, P, CLE - (Oblique) Could be cleared to resume throwing next week.
Matt Dominguez, 3B, HOU - (Illness) Missed a third straight start Thursday.
Jason Castro, C, HOU - (Knee) Making progress but missed another start Thursday.
Robbie Grossman, OF, HOU - (Oblique) Sat out for a second straight day Thursday.
Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN - (Hamstring) Nursing a slight strain.
Darin Mastroianni, OF, MIN - (Ankle) Suffered a setback Wednesday but said that he's "all right."

Placed on the DL
Joe Mauer, C, MIN - (Concussion) Continues to endure concussion symptoms, and as a result, is not close to returning.
Casper Wells, OF, PHI - (Eye) Scheduled to take batting practice Saturday for the first time since landing on the DL.
Matt Kemp, OF, LAD - (Ankle) Went 5-for-9 with four walks in a simulated game Wednesday and is tentatively expected to return at some point next week.
Johnny Cueto, P, CIN - (Back) Completed a 40-pitch bullpen session Thursday and is scheduled to toss another Saturday.
Chad Gaudin, P, SF - (Illness) Threw on flat ground from about 90 feet Thursday.
Zoilo Almonte, OF, NYY - (Ankle) Began a rehab assignment at Double-A Trenton on Thursday.
Tyler Flowers, C, CHW - (Shoulder) Underwent successful surgery Thursday and will now be sidelines 2-3 months.
Josh Reddick, OF, OAK - (Wrist) On track to take live batting practice within the next few days.

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

Called Up
David Hale, P, ATL
Steve Johnson, P, BAL

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Zach Britton, P, BAL
Eric Thames, OF, HOU

Activated from the DL
Tony Cingrani, P, CIN
Derek Norris, C, OAK
Jason Hammel, P, BAL

Claimed off Waivers
Mauro Gomez, 1B, WAS (from TOR)
Eric Thames, OF, HOU (from BAL)

Closer Watch

Kansas City - Greg Holland was one out away from notching his 39th save of the season Thursday, but 41-year-old Raul Ibanez put one in the seats to tie the game up at six. The blown save was Holland's first since way back on May 6, and just his third of the year. It goes without saying that the 27-year-old's Holland's job is safe, as he's broken out in 2013 as one of the most dominant relievers all of baseball. By cutting down on his free passes, Holland has improved his K/BB rate to 6.21 this season (from 2.68 in 2012), while also showing a tremendous ability to keep the ball in the yard -- he's given up just two home runs all year.

Baltimore - With the Orioles sitting on a two-run lead, Jim Johnson made quick work of the White Sox in ninth inning of Thursday's game to earn his 42nd save of the season. The right-hander struck out two and got through the frame with just 12 pitches, thus extending his streak of consecutive scoreless appearances to five. It's a great sign for Baltimore that Johnson is settling down after a tumultuous start to August, but the team could always turn to a committee consisting of Tommy Hunter, Darren O'Day and Francisco Rodriguez if Johnson hits another rough patch.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
J.J. Hardy - SS BAL vs CWS
9/6 7:05 PM
John Danks 7-18 .389 1 5 4 2 3 .778 .450 1.228
Jacoby Ellsbury - OF BOS @ NYY
9/6 7:05 PM
Andy Pettitte 8-20 .400 0 1 6 2 5 .450 .455 .905
Jonny Gomes - OF BOS @ NYY
9/6 7:05 PM
Andy Pettitte 8-22 .364 1 2 7 0 9 .545 .333 .879
Mike Napoli - C BOS @ NYY
9/6 7:05 PM
Andy Pettitte 6-12 .500 0 1 0 2 4 .583 .571 1.155
David Ortiz - DH BOS @ NYY
9/6 7:05 PM
Andy Pettitte 16-45 .356 1 6 10 6 11 .533 .415 .948
David Ross - C BOS @ NYY
9/6 7:05 PM
Andy Pettitte 4-12 .333 0 2 0 3 2 .583 .467 1.050
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS @ BAL
9/6 7:05 PM
Scott Feldman 6-22 .273 2 4 6 3 2 .636 .346 .983
Jay Bruce - OF CIN vs LAD
9/6 7:10 PM
Chris Capuano 3-10 .300 2 2 5 3 3 .900 .462 1.362
Brandon Phillips - 2B CIN vs LAD
9/6 7:10 PM
Chris Capuano 14-32 .438 1 5 4 0 4 .656 .438 1.094
Joey Votto - 1B CIN vs LAD
9/6 7:10 PM
Chris Capuano 6-15 .400 1 2 2 1 4 .667 .438 1.104
Miguel Cabrera - 3B DET @ KC
9/6 8:10 PM
James Shields 13-26 .500 1 6 4 2 4 .808 .536 1.343
Austin Jackson - OF DET @ KC
9/6 8:10 PM
James Shields 5-13 .385 0 1 0 0 3 .538 .385 .923
Carlos Pena - 1B KC vs DET
9/6 8:10 PM
Anibal Sanchez 3-10 .300 1 1 1 2 3 .600 .417 1.017
Matt Holliday - OF STL vs PIT
9/6 8:15 PM
A.J. Burnett 4-10 .400 1 1 3 2 4 .700 .500 1.200
Elvis Andrus - SS TEX @ LAA
9/6 10:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 4-12 .333 0 2 2 1 2 .583 .385 .968
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX @ LAA
9/6 10:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 10-28 .357 1 5 4 3 8 .607 .419 1.026
Ian Kinsler - 2B TEX @ LAA
9/6 10:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 4-10 .400 1 2 2 3 2 .800 .538 1.338
Buster Posey - C SF vs ARI
9/6 10:15 PM
Patrick Corbin 4-11 .364 0 1 2 1 3 .455 .417 .871
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Kyle Lohse MIL @ CHC
9/6 2:20 PM
Cubs Batters 12-64 .188 0 3 3 1 9 .231 .196 .427
Mike Minor ATL @ PHI
9/6 7:05 PM
Phillies Batters 14-63 .222 1 6 4 5 7 .361 .279 .640
Felix Doubront BOS @ NYY
9/6 7:05 PM
Yankees Batters 11-63 .175 1 2 3 6 22 .234 .244 .478
Anibal Sanchez DET @ KC
9/6 8:10 PM
Royals Batters 18-80 .225 2 3 3 3 16 .318 .253 .571
James Shields KC vs DET
9/6 8:10 PM
Tigers Batters 51-160 .319 2 16 10 5 41 .453 .339 .792
Patrick Corbin ARI @ SF
9/6 10:15 PM
Giants Batters 22-79 .278 2 9 11 1 14 .456 .294 .750

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Starlin Castro - SS CHC vs MIL
9/6 2:20 PM
Kyle Lohse 5-20 .250 0 0 1 0 3 .250 .250 .500
Freddie Freeman - 1B ATL @ PHI
9/6 7:05 PM
Cliff Lee 6-19 .316 0 0 0 1 7 .316 .381 .697
Gerald Laird - C ATL @ PHI
9/6 7:05 PM
Cliff Lee 2-16 .125 0 2 3 2 7 .250 .211 .461
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL @ PHI
9/6 7:05 PM
Cliff Lee 4-22 .182 1 3 3 1 10 .409 .208 .617
B.J. Upton - OF ATL @ PHI
9/6 7:05 PM
Cliff Lee 7-24 .292 0 3 1 1 9 .417 .320 .737
Alexi Casilla - 2B BAL vs CWS
9/6 7:05 PM
John Danks 2-18 .111 0 0 0 1 1 .111 .158 .269
Adam Jones - OF BAL vs CWS
9/6 7:05 PM
John Danks 1-24 .042 0 0 0 1 5 .042 .080 .122
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY vs BOS
9/6 7:05 PM
Felix Doubront 0-11 .000 0 0 0 3 4 .000 .214 .214
Curtis Granderson - OF NYY vs BOS
9/6 7:05 PM
Felix Doubront 2-13 .154 1 1 2 1 9 .385 .214 .599
Derek Jeter - SS NYY vs BOS
9/6 7:05 PM
Felix Doubront 2-13 .154 0 0 0 0 3 .154 .154 .308
John Mayberry - OF PHI vs ATL
9/6 7:05 PM
Mike Minor 1-10 .100 0 0 0 1 3 .100 .182 .282
Jimmy Rollins - SS PHI vs ATL
9/6 7:05 PM
Mike Minor 2-11 .182 0 1 0 2 1 .273 .308 .580
Juan Pierre - OF MIA vs WAS
9/6 7:10 PM
Dan Haren 3-15 .200 0 0 0 0 3 .200 .200 .400
Alex Avila - C DET @ KC
9/6 8:10 PM
James Shields 4-15 .267 1 2 3 1 7 .533 .313 .846
Omar Infante - 2B DET @ KC
9/6 8:10 PM
James Shields 2-16 .125 0 1 0 0 5 .188 .125 .313
Josh Hamilton - OF LAA vs TEX
9/6 10:05 PM
Matt Garza 2-15 .133 0 0 0 2 6 .133 .235 .369
Adam Rosales - 2B TEX @ LAA
9/6 10:05 PM
C.J. Wilson 1-16 .063 0 0 1 2 6 .063 .200 .263
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Andy Pettitte NYY vs Bos
9/6 7:05 PM
Red Sox Batters 68-203 .335 4 21 36 16 40 .487 .377 .864
Chris Capuano LAD @ Cin
9/6 7:10 PM
Reds Batters 32-103 .311 4 13 14 9 23 .514 .371 .885
A.J. Burnett PIT @ StL
9/6 8:15 PM
Cardinals Batters 25-80 .313 3 5 16 7 18 .464 .374 .838
 

Recommended Pickup
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