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

Marlins (Jose Fernandez – R) at Phillies (A.J. Burnett – R) 7:05
Blue Jays (Dustin McGowan – R) at Orioles (Chris Tillman – R) 7:05
Rays (David Price – L) at Reds (Johnny Cueto – R) 7:10
Red Sox (Jon Lester – L) at Yankees (CC Sabathia – L) 7:10
Nationals (Tanner Roark – R) at Braves (Julio Teheran – R) 7:35
Astros (Scott Feldman – R) at Rangers (Yu Darvish – R) 8:05
Royals (Bruce Chen – L) at Twins (Kyle Gibson - R) 8:10
Indians (Carlos Carrasco – R) at White Sox (Chris Sale – L) 8:10
Pirates (Francisco Liriano – L) at Brewers (Wily Peralta – R) 8:10
Cubs (Jeff Samardzija – R) at Cardinals (Joe Kelly – R) 8:15
Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu – L) at Diamondbacks (Brandon McCarthy – R) 9:40
Mets (Dillon Gee – R) at Angels (Tyler Skaggs – L) 10:05
Tigers (Rick Porcello – R) at Padres (Andrew Cashner – R) 10:10
Athletics (Tommy Milone – L) at Mariners (Felix Hernandez – R) 10:10
Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa – L) at Giants (Madison Bumgarner – L) 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, CLE – (Personal) Expected to rejoin the Indians on Sunday.
Steve Delabar, P, TOR – (Leg) X-ray came back negative.
Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL – (Wrist) Scratched from Thursday’s lineup.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX – (Quadriceps) Rangers have no immediate plans to place him on the DL.
Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD – (Thumb) Struck out in a pinch-hit appearance Wednesday.
Josh Willingham, OF, MIN – (Hand) Missed Thursday’s game.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK – (Wrist) Possible return on Friday.

Players on the DL

Rafael Furcal, SS, MIA – (Hamstring) May start playing in extended spring training games as soon as Monday.
Ethan Martin, P, PHI – (Shoulder) Will throw first bullpen session since spring training on Friday.
Darin Ruf, OF, PHI – (Oblique) May begin rehab assignment Friday.
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, CLE – (Personal) Expected to rejoin the Indians on Sunday.
Gordon Beckham, 2B, CHW – (Oblique) Missed a minor league rehab game Thursday.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS – (Calf) Expected to hit balls off a tee Friday.
Cole Hamels, P, PHI – (Bicep) Could return as soon as April 22.
Nate Jones, P, CWS – (Back) MRI revealed injury is to his lower back, no activity through April 19.
Mike Adams, P, PHI – (Shoulder) May be activated Monday.
Freddy Galvis, 2B, PHI – (Illness) Could be activated as soon as Friday.
Chris Young, OF, NYM – (Quadriceps) Played in an extended spring training game Thursday and could start rehab assignment Friday.
Michael Bourn, OF, CLE – (Hamstring) May have to wait until Tuesday to be activated.
Avisail Garcia, OF, CWS – (Shoulder) Needs season-ending surgery after suffering a torn labrum Wednesday.
Jacob Turner, P, MIA – (Shoulder) – MRI on Thursday confirmed a right shoulder strain.
Aroldis Chapman, P, CIN – (Head) – Threw from 90 feet on Thursday.
Doug Fister, P, WAS – (Back) Expected to throw bullpen session either Friday or Saturday.
Jake Arrieta, P, CHC – (Shoulder) Completed his second rehab start Thursday.
Brian Wilson, P, LAD – (Elbow) Appears to be in line for an April 15 return.
A.J. Ellis, C, LAD – (Knee) Felt improvement after surgery earlier in the week.
Jesse Crain, P, HOU – (Biceps) Returned to the Astros’ spring training complex Tuesday and is on track for a May return.

Placed on the DL (15-day DL, unless otherwise noted)

Avisail Garcia, OF, CWS

Traded

Gorkys Hernandez, OF, CWS (acquired from KC)

Placed on the Paternity List

Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, CLE

Called Up

Justin Sellers, SS, CLE
Darin Mastroianni, OF, MIN
Jordan Danks, OF, CWS

Sent Down

Bobby LaFromboise, RP, SD
Pedro Ciriaco, RP, KC (designated for assignment)
Trevor Bauer, SP, CLE

Closer Watch

Oakland - Jim Johnson, whom the A’s traded for and signed to a one-year, $10 million deal in offseason, didn’t make it even a fortnight as closer, as manager Bob Melvin announced Thursday that he’s going to give the right-hander “a break” from the ninth inning. The team will go with a closer by committee for the time being, meaning Luke Gregerson, Ryan Cook, Sean Doolittle and Dan Otero are all now in the mix for saves (at least theoretically). Gregerson seems like an obvious candidate to earn chances in the short term, given his track record (2.86 ERA, 9.1 K/9) and the fact that Cook (shoulder) is just back from the DL. The southpaw Doolittle could certainly see some opportunities as well, if the matchups call for him. Otero, while effective, doesn’t have the swing-and-miss stuff that’s typically valued in the later innings, and he’s had some issues against lefties (.308/.357/.364).

New York Yankees - David Phelps did not allow a hit and fanned three over 2.1 innings against the Red Sox on Thursday to earn his first career save. While it was a nice performance, Phelps doesn't seem like a good bet for save chances moving forward. Shawn Kelley, who’s now the top option with David Robertson (groin) out, was unavailable after pitching three of the previous four days, as was Adam Warren.

Hot Batter Matchups – April 11, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
D. Ross C BOS @ NYY
7:05PM
C. Sabathia 13 4 2 2 3 2 4 .308 .375 .769 1.144
G. Dobbs 1B MIA @ PHI
7:05PM
A. Burnett 11 7 1 0 3 0 1 .636 .667 .727 1.394
A. Rios OF TEX vs HOU
8:05PM
S. Feldman 29 10 6 2 5 1 2 .345 .367 .690 1.056
R. Braun OF MIL vs PIT
8:10PM
F. Liriano 10 3 1 1 5 4 5 .300 .500 .600 1.100
J. Kubel OF MIN vs KC
8:10PM
B. Chen 14 6 3 1 1 0 3 .429 .429 .786 1.214
T. Plouffe 3B MIN vs KC
8:10PM
B. Chen 17 4 3 3 4 1 1 .235 .278 .765 1.042
J. Willingham OF MIN vs KC
8:10PM
B. Chen 13 4 3 1 6 0 2 .308 .286 .769 1.055
J. Jay OF STL vs CHC
8:15PM
J. Samardzija 12 5 0 0 1 1 2 .417 .462 .417 .878
Y. Molina C STL vs CHC
8:15PM
J. Samardzija 15 7 1 0 2 1 2 .467 .500 .533 1.033
K. Seager 3B SEA vs OAK
10:10PM
T. Milone 12 4 1 1 3 0 5 .333 .333 .583 .917
C. Gonzalez OF COL @ SF
10:15PM
M. Bumgarner 22 8 5 2 4 3 2 .364 .440 .773 1.213
T. Tulowitzki SS COL @ SF
10:15PM
M. Bumgarner 10 4 1 0 1 1 1 .400 .455 .500 .955
B. Posey C SF vs COL
10:15PM
J. De La Rosa 11 4 1 0 3 3 1 .364 .500 .455 .955
Hot Pitcher Matchups – April 11, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Chris Sale CWS vs CLE
8:10PM
74 15 7 1 9 6 13 .203 .262 .328 .591
Felix Hernandez SEA vs OAK
10:10PM
234 51 10 2 14 16 51 .218 .271 .279 .550
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Hot Pitcher Matchups – April 11, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Chris Sale CWS vs CLE
8:10PM
74 15 7 1 9 6 13 .203 .262 .328 .591
Felix Hernandez SEA vs OAK
10:10PM
234 51 10 2 14 16 51 .218 .271 .279 .550
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Cold Batter Matchups – April 11, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
D. Young OF BAL vs TOR
7:05PM
D. McGowan 11 1 0 0 0 1 3 .091 .231 .091 .322
A. Pierzynski C BOS @ NYY
7:05PM
C. Sabathia 27 6 3 1 2 0 6 .222 .222 .407 .630
J. Saltalamacchia C MIA @ PHI
7:05PM
A. Burnett 10 1 0 0 0 0 7 .100 .100 .100 .200
A. Lind 1B TOR @ BAL
7:05PM
C. Tillman 14 3 0 0 2 0 4 .214 .214 .214 .429
J. Loney 1B TB @ CIN
7:10PM
J. Cueto 12 2 0 0 0 3 2 .167 .333 .167 .500
A. Beltre 3B TEX vs HOU
8:05PM
S. Feldman 16 2 1 1 4 1 1 .125 .167 .313 .479
P. Konerko 1B CWS vs CLE
8:10PM
C. Carrasco 12 2 0 0 1 1 6 .167 .214 .167 .381
Y. Cespedes OF OAK @ SEA
10:10PM
F. Hernandez 16 4 1 0 1 0 5 .250 .333 .313 .646
J. Lowrie SS OAK @ SEA
10:10PM
F. Hernandez 13 3 1 1 1 0 6 .231 .231 .462 .692
B. Moss 1B OAK @ SEA
10:10PM
F. Hernandez 13 4 2 0 0 0 4 .308 .308 .462 .769
J. Reddick OF OAK @ SEA
10:10PM
F. Hernandez 25 4 1 0 0 0 5 .160 .160 .200 .360
E. Sogard SS OAK @ SEA
10:10PM
F. Hernandez 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 .167 .167 .167 .333
M. Saunders OF SEA vs OAK
10:10PM
T. Milone 11 3 1 0 1 0 3 .273 .273 .455 .727
J. Smoak 1B SEA vs OAK
10:10PM
T. Milone 10 2 0 0 2 1 3 .200 .273 .200 .473
A. Pagan OF SF vs COL
10:15PM
J. De La Rosa 15 3 2 0 1 1 2 .200 .250 .333 .583
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Cold Pitcher Matchups – April 11, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Bruce Chen KC @ MIN
8:10PM
86 28 12 5 15 3 11 .326 .342 .599 .941
Jeff Samardzija CHC @ STL
8:15PM
60 21 3 0 7 13 9 .350 .462 .406 .868
Madison Bumgarner SF vs COL
10:15PM
87 26 13 3 12 9 14 .299 .365 .556 .921
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Recommended Pickup

Kelly Johnson, 2B, NYY - Mark Teixeira’s placement on the DL last weekend with a Grade 1 hamstring strain has opened up playing time for Johnson, at least against right-handers. He’ll likely sit often against lefties, but Johnson should still see a significant number of at-bats in the short term. The 32-year-old has hit two home runs and has driven in five in his last five games, so while he figures to sit Friday against Jon Lester, he could help owners as a nice, relatively cheap source of power.

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OF - Leonys Martin, TEX ($5,444)