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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)
Indians (Danny Salazar - R) at White Sox (Hector Santiago - L), 2:10 PM
Phillies (Kyle Kendrick - R) at Nationals (Stephen Strasburg - R), 7:05 PM
Cubs (Jake Arrieta - R) at Pirates (Charlie Morton - R), 7:05 PM
Orioles (Jason Hammel - R) at Blue Jays (Todd Redmond - R), 7:07 PM
Royals (Bruce Chen - L) at Tigers (Justin Verlander - R), 7:08 PM
Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda - R) at Red Sox (John Lackey - R), 7:10 PM
Marlins (Brad Hand - L) at Mets (Jonathon Niese - L), 7:10 PM
Padres (Ian Kennedy - R) at Braves (David Hale - R), 7:30 PM
Athletics (Dan Straily - R) at Rangers (Derek Holland - L), 8:05 PM
Reds (Mat Latos - R) at Brewers (Kyle Lohse - R), 8:10 PM
Rays (Chris Archer - R) at Twins (Kevin Correia - R), 8:10 PM
Angels (Jason Vargas - L) at Astros (Brett Oberholtzer - L), 8:10 PM
Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma - R) at Cardinals (Adam Wainwright - R), 8:15 PM
Rockies (Tyler Chatwood - R) at Diamondbacks (Brandon McCarthy - R), 9:40 PM
Giants (Madison Bumgarner - L) at Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw - L), 10:10 PM

Day Game After Night Game: CLE, CHW

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Yadier Molina, C, STL - (Personal) Expected to rejoin the team Friday.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR - (Wrist) Hit off a tee prior to Thursday's game and will attempt to take batting practice Friday afternoon.
Nathan Eovaldi, P, MIA - (Back) Scratched from his scheduled start Thursday due to tightness.
Jeff Mathis, C, MIA - (Thumb) Held out of the lineup Thursday for the third straight day.
Khris Davis, OF, MIL - (Wrist) Missed a sixth consecutive game Thursday, but appears on track to return at some point this weekend.
Charlie Morton, P, PIT - (Foot) Set to start Friday against the Cubs.
Starling Marte, OF, PIT - (Hand) Took full swings in a simulated game Thursday, which manager Clint Hurtle described as the "last piece" in his recovery.
Trevor Rosenthal, P, STL - (Personal) Left the team Thursday to attend to the birth of his child.
Darren O'Day, P, BAL - (Finger) Experienced numbness in his fingers over the past two weeks and will be unavailable for at least the next four days.
Austin Romine, C, NYY - (Concussion) Could return at some point this weekend.
Jose Molina, C, TB - (Personal) Expected to rejoin the team Friday.
Ivan Nova, P, NYY - (Triceps) Felt good during a bullpen session Thursday and expects to make his scheduled start Saturday.
Justin Masterson, P, CLE - (Oblique) Played catch from 90 feet Thursday.

Players on the DL
Brandon Beachy, P, ATL - (Elbow) Forced to shut down his throwing program after feeling discomfort.
Corey Hart, 1B, MIL - (Knee) Thought to be close to fully recovered from his right knee procedure.
Jason Motte, P, STL - (Elbow) Made 25 throws from around 15 feet Wednesday, marking the first time he has thrown since undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Chad Gaudin, P, SF - (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome) Scheduled to throw a simulated game Friday, with activation likely to follow shortly thereafter.
Samuel Deduno, P, MIN - (Shoulder) Leaning toward surgery after an MRI showed inflammation and fraying.
Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR - (Oblique) Said he hopes to return at some point this weekend after taking batting practice Thursday.

Out
Allen Craig, 1B, STL - (Foot) Received a positive re-evaluation Thursday but remains without a timetable for return.
Domonic Brown, OF, PHI - (Achilles) Ran, took some fly ball and hit in the batting cage Wednesday.

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

Activated from the DL
Jeremy Affeldt, P, SF

Closer Watch

Pittsburgh - With Mark Melancon and Jason Grilli both unavailable Wednesday, manager Clint Hurdle turned to 37-year-old Kyle Farnsworth in the ninth inning to preserve a 7-5 lead over the Rangers. Farnsworth breezed through a perfect frame with just 10 pitches, and thus earned his first save since Sept. 27, 2011. Melancon and Grilli are obviously the top late-inning options, but Farnsworth could end up being a difference maker for the Pirates down the stretch. He has plenty of experience working in high-pressure situations, and he's looked like a new man since joining the Pirates, with just one hit allowed over four scoreless appearances.

Los Angeles Angels - Ernesto Frieri gave up a double and a walk in the ninth inning of a one-run game against the Blue Jays on Thursday, but escaped unscathed with his 33rd save of the season. The right-hander has enjoyed a nice run of success lately, with just one run allowed and a 19:3 K:BB in his last 13 appearances, to reclaim an exclusive hold on the closer's role.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Ian Desmond - SS WAS vs PHI
9/13 7:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 10-23 .435 2 5 5 0 2 .870 .458 1.328
Bryce Harper - OF WAS vs PHI
9/13 7:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 6-12 .500 1 4 2 2 0 1.000 .571 1.571
Ryan Zimmerman - 3B WAS vs PHI
9/13 7:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 10-33 .303 1 8 2 2 4 .606 .378 .984
Miguel Cabrera - 3B DET vs KC
9/13 7:08 PM
Bruce Chen 13-32 .406 4 7 8 8 6 .875 .525 1.400
Prince Fielder - 1B DET vs KC
9/13 7:08 PM
Bruce Chen 5-13 .385 1 2 3 2 3 .692 .467 1.159
Billy Butler - 1B KC @ DET
9/13 7:08 PM
Justin Verlander 21-53 .396 2 6 9 4 7 .585 .448 1.033
Dustin Pedroia - 2B BOS vs NYY
9/13 7:10 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 6-14 .429 1 2 2 1 0 .714 .467 1.181
Placido Polanco - 3B MIA @ NYM
9/13 7:10 PM
Jon Niese 11-32 .344 0 5 7 3 2 .500 .400 .900
Curtis Granderson - OF NYY @ BOS
9/13 7:10 PM
John Lackey 7-26 .269 1 4 2 5 7 .577 .387 .964
Lyle Overbay - 1B NYY @ BOS
9/13 7:10 PM
John Lackey 6-21 .286 0 4 4 3 2 .476 .375 .851
Alex Rodriguez - 3B NYY @ BOS
9/13 7:10 PM
John Lackey 11-58 .190 5 7 8 11 25 .500 .324 .824
B.J. Upton - OF ATL vs SD
9/13 7:30 PM
Ian Kennedy 3-11 .273 1 1 3 3 2 .545 .400 .945
Alberto Callaspo - 3B OAK @ TEX
9/13 8:05 PM
Derek Holland 11-31 .355 1 6 4 1 2 .613 .375 .988
Kurt Suzuki - C OAK @ TEX
9/13 8:05 PM
Derek Holland 7-20 .350 2 5 4 0 3 .800 .350 1.150
Jay Bruce - OF CIN @ MIL
9/13 8:10 PM
Kyle Lohse 8-24 .333 1 5 5 1 7 .667 .360 1.027
Kelly Johnson - 2B TB @ MIN
9/13 8:10 PM
Kevin Correia 7-22 .318 4 5 8 3 5 .909 .400 1.309
Marco Scutaro - 2B SF @ LAD
9/13 10:10 PM
Clayton Kershaw 5-10 .500 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 1.000
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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XBH
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RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Jason Hammel BAL @ TOR
9/13 7:07 PM
Blue Jays Batters 19-60 .317 3 5 5 1 9 .510 .328 .838
Madison Bumgarner SF @ LAD
9/13 10:10 PM
Dodgers Batters 13-70 .186 0 2 6 2 15 .215 .208 .423
Clayton Kershaw LAD vs SF
9/13 10:10 PM
Giants Batters 37-185 .200 1 8 11 11 52 .253 .243 .497

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Adam LaRoche - 1B WAS vs PHI
9/13 7:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 3-21 .143 0 1 0 4 3 .190 .280 .470
Steve Lombardozzi - 2B WAS vs PHI
9/13 7:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 3-12 .250 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .500
Jayson Werth - OF WAS vs PHI
9/13 7:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick 1-14 .071 0 0 0 1 3 .071 .133 .205
Omar Infante - 2B DET vs KC
9/13 7:08 PM
Bruce Chen 3-16 .188 0 2 1 0 6 .375 .188 .563
Jamey Carroll - SS KC @ DET
9/13 7:08 PM
Justin Verlander 1-16 .063 0 0 1 3 3 .063 .250 .313
Eric Hosmer - 1B KC @ DET
9/13 7:08 PM
Justin Verlander 2-20 .100 0 1 1 3 4 .150 .217 .367
Mike Moustakas - 3B KC @ DET
9/13 7:08 PM
Justin Verlander 3-18 .167 0 0 2 1 5 .167 .211 .377
Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C BOS vs NYY
9/13 7:10 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 2-11 .182 1 1 3 1 2 .455 .250 .705
Chris Coghlan - OF MIA @ NYM
9/13 7:10 PM
Jon Niese 2-10 .200 0 1 0 0 1 .300 .273 .573
Alfonso Soriano - OF NYY @ BOS
9/13 7:10 PM
John Lackey 3-30 .100 0 1 0 3 7 .133 .182 .315
Vernon Wells - OF NYY @ BOS
9/13 7:10 PM
John Lackey 7-37 .189 1 1 2 2 6 .270 .250 .520
Daric Barton - 1B OAK @ TEX
9/13 8:05 PM
Derek Holland 1-10 .100 0 0 0 1 3 .100 .182 .282
Coco Crisp - OF OAK @ TEX
9/13 8:05 PM
Derek Holland 1-10 .100 0 1 2 1 2 .200 .182 .382
Jemile Weeks - 2B OAK @ TEX
9/13 8:05 PM
Derek Holland 1-10 .100 0 0 0 0 3 .100 .100 .200
Ryan Hanigan - C CIN @ MIL
9/13 8:10 PM
Kyle Lohse 2-12 .167 0 1 0 2 2 .250 .286 .536
Ryan Ludwick - OF CIN @ MIL
9/13 8:10 PM
Kyle Lohse 3-21 .143 0 0 2 1 7 .143 .182 .325
Chris Carter - OF HOU vs LAA
9/13 8:10 PM
Jason Vargas 0-10 .000 0 0 0 2 5 .000 .167 .167
Michael Cuddyer - OF COL @ ARI
9/13 9:40 PM
Brandon McCarthy 3-17 .176 1 1 1 1 4 .353 .222 .575
Andre Ethier - OF LAD vs SF
9/13 10:10 PM
Madison Bumgarner 1-13 .077 0 0 1 0 3 .077 .077 .154
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B LAD vs SF
9/13 10:10 PM
Madison Bumgarner 2-11 .182 0 1 1 0 1 .273 .182 .455
Hanley Ramirez - SS LAD vs SF
9/13 10:10 PM
Madison Bumgarner 1-11 .091 0 0 2 1 2 .091 .167 .258
Joaquin Arias - SS SF @ LAD
9/13 10:10 PM
Clayton Kershaw 1-12 .083 0 0 0 1 3 .083 .154 .237
Brandon Belt - 1B SF @ LAD
9/13 10:10 PM
Clayton Kershaw 3-21 .143 0 1 0 3 9 .190 .250 .440
Gregor Blanco - OF SF @ LAD
9/13 10:10 PM
Clayton Kershaw 2-10 .200 0 0 0 3 3 .200 .385 .585
Hunter Pence - OF SF @ LAD
9/13 10:10 PM
Clayton Kershaw 1-23 .043 0 0 1 0 6 .043 .043 .087
Buster Posey - C SF @ LAD
9/13 10:10 PM
Clayton Kershaw 6-33 .182 0 1 1 1 9 .212 .206 .418
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
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OBP
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OPS
Kyle Kendrick PHI @ Was
9/13 7:05 PM
Nationals Batters 44-134 .328 9 24 18 11 12 .683 .392 1.075
Bruce Chen KC @ Det
9/13 7:08 PM
Tigers Batters 44-145 .303 8 20 21 18 31 .571 .377 .948
Kevin Correia MIN vs TB
9/13 8:10 PM
Rays Batters 23-86 .267 6 9 12 8 14 .521 .330 .851
 

Recommended Pickup
Moises Sierra, OF, TOR - Since his August 21 recall to the majors, Sierra has been a regular in the Blue Jays' lineup, and it seems the extended reps are beginning to pay off. The 24-year-old is batting .367 with eight doubles, one home run, six runs scored, six RBI and one stolen base so far in September. His success has come as a bit of a surprise, considering he compiled a rather mediocre .261/.309/.422 slash line in 100 games at Triple-A Buffalo prior to his promotion. Sierra's production seems bound to drop off -- he's currently sporting a .341 BABIP -- and the impending return of Colby Rasmus (oblique) will mean less playing time, but Toronto figures to give Sierra a serious look over the final weeks to see if he may be an option for next season.

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