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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.

Projected Starters - A look at Friday’s matchups (all times Eastern)

Braves (David Hale -- R) at Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann -- R), 1:05
Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez -- R) at Tigers (Anibal Sanchez -- R), 1:08
Brewers (Marco Estrada -- R) at Red Sox (Jake Peavy -- R), 2:05
Phillies (Roberto Hernandez -- R) at Cubs (Travis Wood -- L), 2:20
Twins (Mike Pelfrey -- R) at Indians (Danny Salazar -- R), 3:05
White Sox (Erik Johnson -- R) at Royals (Jeremy Guthrie -- R), 4:10
Giants (Ryan Vogelsong -- R) at Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu -- L), 4:10
Diamondbacks (Randall Delgado -- R) at Rockies (Juan Nicasio -- R), 4:10
Cardinals (Shelby Miller -- R) at Pirates (Gerrit Cole -- R), 7:05
Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka -- R) at Blue Jays (Dustin McGowan -- R), 7:07
Reds (Mike Leake -- R) at Mets (Jenrry Mejia -- R), 7:10
Padres (Eric Stults -- L) at Marlins (Tom Koehler -- R), 7:10
Rangers (Joe Saunders -- L) at Rays (Jake Odorizzi -- R), 7:10
Angels (Garrett Richards -- R) at Astros (Lucas Harrell -- R), 8:10
Mariners (Chris Young -- R) at Athletics (Dan Straily -- R), 10:05

Day Game After Night Game: BAL, BOS

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Wil Myers, OF, TB (illness) -- Scratched from Thursday’s lineup due to flu-like symptoms.
Jordan Zimmermann, P, WAS (illness) -- Scratched from his scheduled start Thursday due to flu-like symptoms but the Nationals are hoping he can go Friday.
Jason Castro, C, HOU (foot) -- Left Thursday’s game with discomfort after being hit by a pitch twice.
Hector Santiago, P, LAA (back) -- Removed from Wednesday’s start after his back began to tighten up.
Conor Gillaspie, 3B, CHW (illness) -- Held out of the lineup again Thursday.

Players on the DL

Matt Kemp, OF, LAD (ankle) -- Expected to be in the lineup Friday.
Doug Fister, P, WAS (back) -- Did not resume his throwing program Thursday, as expected.
Michael Bourn, OF, CLE (hamstring) -- Began his rehab assignment Thursday at Triple-A Columbus.
Bobby Parnell, P, NYM (elbow) -- Team doctors have told him he has a 50 percent chance of avoiding Tommy John surgery.
Casey Janssen, P, TOR (back) -- Able to throw long toss Thursday.
Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN (oblique) -- Could return Monday after three games with Double-A Pensacola.
Gordon Beckham, 2B, CHW (oblique) -- Began his rehab assignment at Double-A Birmingham on Thursday.
Chris Young, OF, NYM (quadriceps) -- Placed on the 15-day DL on Thursday.
Gavin Floyd, P, ATL (elbow) -- Gave up two runs on two hits and two walks over 1.1 innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday.
Cody Ross, OF, ARI (hip) -- Will remain on his rehab assignment at Triple-A Reno until at least April 10.
Sean Marshall, P, CIN (shoulder) -- The Reds are hoping he’ll be available by April 18.
Jason Motte, P, STL (elbow) -- Threw 20-25 pitches in a simulated game Thursday and could head out for a rehab assignment by mid-April.
Freddy Galvis, 2B, PHI (illness) -- Could rejoin the Phillies by the middle of the month.
Dan Hudson, P, ARI (elbow) -- Has thrown multiple bullpen sessions since undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Erik Davis, P, WAS (elbow) -- Recently underwent Tommy John surgery.

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

Placed on the DL (15-day, unless otherwise noted)
Chris Young, OF, NYM
Jake Elmore, SS, OAK
Sean Rodriguez, SS, TB (paternity list)

Activated from the DL (15-day, unless otherwise noted)
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM (paternity list)
Brian Duensing, P, MIN (paternity list)

Called Up (from Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Vincent Belnome, 2B, TB

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Ryan Buchter, P, ATL
Michael Tonkin, P, MIN
Chen Lee, P, CLE
Josh Lindblom, P, OAK
Mike Belfiore, P, DET
Vincent Belnome, 2B, TB

Claimed off Waivers
Mike Belfiore, P, DET (from BAL)

Closer Watch

Chicago Cubs -- A day after Jose Veras blew the save in his Cubs debut, Pedro Strop breezed through a scoreless frame on seven pitches to close out a 3-2 win over the Pirates. Veras was unavailable after throwing 38 pitches in Wednesday’s outing, but it appears the job is still his as manager Rick Renteria told ESPN Chicago that he’s “still not worried” about the right-hander. Strop has had issues with his control, but has averaged more than a strikeout per inning in his career and is clearly next in line for saves behind Veras, who also struggled in spring training (7.00 ERA). The Cubs don’t have a whole lot invested in Veras, so his leash may be shorter than most.

Chicago White Sox -- Matt Lindstrom blew the save and took the loss Thursday, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk in an inning against the Twins. Named to the closer’s role on Opening Day, Lindstrom successfully converted his first opportunity of the year Monday, and while Thursday’s performance was step back, his main competitor for the ninth-inning job, Nate Jones, struggled as well. Jones walked the first two batters he faced and was promptly pulled from the game. Daniel Webb appears to be transitioning to a long-relief role.

New York Yankees -- David Robertson made quick work of the Astros on Thursday, retiring the side in order on 13 pitches en route to his first save of the season. It was an encouraging performance, considering there were some concerns with Robertson’s velocity in spring training. The 28-year-old right-hander was outstanding the last three seasons while setting up for Mariano Rivera, and while it may be impossible to fill Rivera’s shoes, he has the stuff to succeed in the ninth inning.

Hot Batter Matchups – April 4, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
A. De Aza OF CWS @ KC
4:10PM
J. Guthrie 10 4 1 0 0 0 1 .400 .400 .500 .900
P. Konerko 1B CWS @ KC
4:10PM
J. Guthrie 35 9 5 3 4 2 5 .257 .289 .571 .861
D. Jeter SS NYY @ TOR
7:07PM
D. McGowan 23 8 1 0 2 2 7 .348 .464 .391 .856
B. Roberts 2B NYY @ TOR
7:07PM
D. McGowan 12 5 1 1 3 4 0 .417 .529 .667 1.196
I. Suzuki OF NYY @ TOR
7:07PM
D. McGowan 13 6 1 0 1 3 0 .462 .563 .538 1.101
J. Loney 1B TB vs TEX
7:10PM
J. Saunders 27 8 3 2 6 2 2 .296 .345 .556 .900
D. Freese 3B LAA @ HOU
8:10PM
L. Harrell 10 5 3 1 2 2 1 .500 .583 1.000 1.583
Hot Pitcher Matchups – April 4, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Jake Peavy BOS vs MIL
2:05PM
60 12 2 1 3 7 20 .200 .284 .264 .547
Ryan Vogelsong SF @ LAD
4:10PM
62 15 2 0 3 7 7 .242 .319 .276 .594
Jeremy Guthrie KC vs CWS
4:10PM
98 19 7 3 6 9 22 .194 .266 .319 .584
Cold Batter Matchups – April 4, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
D. Uggla 2B ATL @ WAS
1:05PM
J. Zimmermann 13 2 1 0 0 1 2 .154 .214 .231 .445
M. Reynolds 1B MIL @ BOS
2:05PM
J. Peavy 17 2 0 0 0 1 9 .118 .167 .118 .284
R. Sweeney OF CHC vs PHI
2:20PM
R. Hernandez 15 2 0 0 2 1 1 .133 .188 .133 .321
N. Morgan OF CLE vs MIN
3:05PM
M. Pelfrey 22 4 0 0 1 2 2 .182 .250 .182 .432
A. Dunn 1B CWS @ KC
4:10PM
J. Guthrie 16 2 0 0 2 3 8 .125 .300 .125 .425
A. Ramirez SS CWS @ KC
4:10PM
J. Guthrie 28 3 1 0 0 4 4 .107 .219 .143 .362
A. Ethier OF LAD vs SF
4:10PM
R. Vogelsong 13 4 2 0 0 1 0 .308 .357 .462 .819
D. Gordon SS LAD vs SF
4:10PM
R. Vogelsong 13 5 0 0 0 1 0 .385 .429 .385 .813
H. Ramirez SS LAD vs SF
4:10PM
R. Vogelsong 12 1 0 0 3 1 2 .083 .154 .083 .237
D. Murphy 2B NYM vs CIN
7:10PM
M. Leake 10 1 1 0 0 0 0 .100 .100 .200 .300
D. Wright 3B NYM vs CIN
7:10PM
M. Leake 10 1 0 0 0 2 4 .100 .250 .100 .350
D. DeJesus OF TB vs TEX
7:10PM
J. Saunders 22 4 0 0 1 0 4 .182 .182 .182 .364
Cold Pitcher Matchups – April 4, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Dustin McGowan TOR vs NYY
7:07PM
71 24 5 2 9 11 12 .338 .440 .473 .913

Recommended Pickup

Marcell Ozuna, OF, MIA -- With two more base knocks Thursday, Ozuna has now hit safely in each of his first four games to begin the season. A rocky spring training (.177/.284/.355) appeared to have Ozuna on the roster bubble, but the Marlins ended up giving him the starting job in center field over Jake Marisnick. The decision started paying dividends right away, as Ozuna blasted a towering home run in his first at-bat of the year. In 275 at-bats last season, Ozuna managed just three homers, which was surprising given he has three 20-plus homer seasons in the minors, but the lack of power can at least in part be contributed to the wrist injury he suffered in the spring. The 23-year-old also has some speed, but there is some uncertainty as to whether he can hold onto the job all year.

Other Recent Recommendations: Jose Valverde, Francisco Rodriguez, Grady Sizemore and Oswaldo Arcia

DraftStreet Value Picks
SP: Erik Johnson, CHW ($12,852)
C: J.P. Arencibia, TEX ($4,871)
1B: Adam Lind, TOR ($5,578)
2B: Kolten Wong, STL ($5,196)
SS: Hanley Ramirez, LAD ($5,978)
3B: Will Middlebrooks, BOS ($4,858)
OF: Ben Revere, PHI ($5,227)