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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 Saturday’s matchups (all times Eastern)

Red Sox (John Lackey - R) at Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda - R), 1:05
Rays (Alex Cobb - R) at Reds (Alfredo Simon - R), 1:10
Indians (Justin Masterson - R) at White Sox (Felipe Paulino - R), 2:10
Royals (James Shields - R) at Twins (Ricky Nolasco - R), 2:10
Cubs (Carlos Villanueva - R) at Cardinals (Adam Wainwright - R), 2:15
Rockies (Brett Anderson - L) at Giants (Matt Cain - R), 4:05
Blue Jays (Drew Hutchison - R) at Orioles (Bud Norris - R), 7:05
Marlins (Nathan Eovaldi - R) at Phillies (Jonathan Pettibone - R), 7:05
Pirates (Edinson Volquez - R) at Brewers (Yovani Gallardo - R), 7:10
Nationals (Taylor Jordan - R) at Braves (Alex Wood - L), 7:10
Astros (Jarred Cosart - R) at Rangers (Tanner Scheppers - R), 8:05
Dodgers (Zack Greinke - R) at Diamondbacks (Wade Miley - L), 8:10
Tigers (Justin Verlander - R) at Padres (Ian Kennedy - R), 8:40
Mets (Jon Niese - L) at Angels (Jered Weaver - R), 9:05
Athletics (Sonny Gray - R) at Mariners (Erasmo Ramirez - R), 9:10

Day Game After Night Game: BOS, NYY, TB, CIN, CLE, CHW, KC, MIN, CHC, STL, COL, SF

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL - (Quad) Scratched Friday but is expected to play Saturday and Sunday.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX - (Quad) Held out of the lineup again Friday.
Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL - (Wrist) Hopes to return to the lineup Saturday.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK - (Wrist) Was not included in Friday’s lineup.
Torii Hunter, OF, DET - (Knee) Missed a second straight start Friday but expects to return to the lineup Saturday.
Wilin Rosario, C, COL - (Wrist) Scratched Friday with a strain, which he suffered Tuesday.
Ben Revere, OF, PHI - (Ribs) Held out of Friday’s lineup due to soreness but manager Ryne Sandberg is hopeful he’ll be back Saturday.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL - (Back) Expects to return to the lineup Saturday.

Players on the DL
Aroldis Chapman, P, CIN - (Head) Scheduled to throw a bullpen session Monday.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL - (Knee) Expected to log a few at-bats in an extended spring training game Saturday.
Hisashi Iwakuma, P, SEA - (Finger) Set for another bullpen session Saturday.
Mat Latos, P, CIN - (Knee, Elbow) Felt tenderness in his flexor mass region during a bullpen session Friday.
Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA - (Thumb) Underwent surgery Friday and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.
Jose Reyes, SS, TOR - (Hamstring) Ran the bases Friday and felt comfortable.
Matt Moore, P, TB - (Elbow) Awaiting a comparison of his latest MRI to a previous one.
Doug Fister, P, WAS - (Back) Completed a 35-pitch bullpen session Friday.
Casey Janssen, P, TOR - (Back) Available to throw a side session Saturday.
Cameron Maybin, OF, SD - (Arm) Began rehab assignment at Triple-A El Paso on Friday.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS - (Calf) Took 40 swings and fielded grounders Friday.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY - (Hamstring) Could return by May 1.
James Paxton, P, SEA - (Back) Unlikely to throw for another week.
Craig Gentry, OF, OAK - (Back) Manager Bob Melvin said there’s a “good chance” he’s activated Saturday.
Josh Willingham, OF, MIN - (Wrist) Hit the 15-day DL on Friday.
Tyler Chatwood, P, COL - (Hamstring) Set to start Sunday against the Giants.
Jake Arrieta, P, CHC - (Shoulder) Must complete at least one more rehab start at Double-A Tennessee.
Chris Young, OF, NYM - (Quad) Played in another extended spring training game Friday and will now head to Triple-A Las Vegas to begin a rehab assignment.
Cody Ross, OF, ARI - (Hip) Returned to the lineup at Triple-A Reno on Thursday.
Jason Bartlett, SS, MIN - (Ankle) Ran the bases Friday and will begin a rehab assignment at High-A Fort Myers on Saturday.
Jeff Keppinger, 3B, CWS - (Shoulder) Played three innings in an extended spring training game Wednesday.
Brendan Ryan, SS, NYY - (Back) Unlikely to return before May 1.
Michael Almanzar, 3B, BAL - (Knee) Getting close to playing in extended spring training games.

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)
Josh Willingham, OF, MIN

Activated from the DL (15-day, unless otherwise noted)
Jeff Locke, P, PIT
Freddy Galvis, 2B, PHI
Matt Albers, P, HOU (paternity list)

Called Up
Kevin Kiermaier, OF, TB

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Jeff Locke, P, PIT
Josh Zeid, P, HOU
Cesar Hernandez, 2B, PHI (to Double-A Reading)

Signed
Randy Wolf, P, ARI (minor league contract)

Closer Watch

Tampa Bay Rays - Grant Balfour relieved starter David Price with one out in the ninth inning Friday, after Price gave up a homer to Joey Votto which brought the Reds within one run. Following a strikeout of Ryan Ludwick, Balfour proceeded to load the bases with three consecutive walks -- he also uncorked a wild pitch -- before striking out Bryan Pena looking to preserve the 2-1 win. Balfour allowed one walk in his first three appearances, and has now given up just one hit over 3.2 scoreless innings on the season. Manager Joe Maddon’s clearly has plenty of trust in the right-hander.

Milwaukee Brewers - Francisco Rodriguez struck out the side in the ninth inning Friday to earn his third save of the season. He’s recorded multiple strikeouts in four of his five appearances thus far, and hasn’t allowed a single hit in last four outings. Jim Henderson set him up with a perfect eighth inning, and manager Ron Roenicke has said that the team wants to get Henderson back into the role eventually, but he said something similar when John Axford struggled at the beginning of last season and Axford never got the job back. It won’t be easy for Henderson if K-Rod keeps this up.

Oakland A’s - A day after Jim Johnson was formally removed from the closer’s role, manager Bob Melvin shed a bit of light on his new closer-by-committee approach. Melvin confirmed that Ryan Cook, who just recently returned from a shoulder injury, won’t be in the mix for saves right away, as the skipper wants to ease him back in with low-leverage innings. Luke Gregerson and Sean Doolittle are his top options to close, depending on the matchups, meaning the right-handed Gregerson will likely see the bulk of the opportunities.

Hot Batter Matchups – April 12, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
D. Pedroia 2B BOS @ NYY
1:05PM
H. Kuroda 14 6 2 1 2 1 0 .429 .467 .714 1.181
E. Longoria 3B TB @ CIN
1:10PM
A. Simon 13 4 4 2 3 1 3 .308 .357 .923 1.280
A. Dunn 1B CWS vs CLE
2:10PM
J. Masterson 25 9 3 1 3 4 7 .360 .433 .560 .993
J. Kubel OF MIN vs KC
2:10PM
J. Shields 20 9 3 1 4 2 4 .450 .500 .700 1.200
J. Mauer C MIN vs KC
2:10PM
J. Shields 28 11 2 0 4 2 4 .393 .433 .500 .933
M. Holliday OF STL vs CHC
2:15PM
C. Villanueva 10 3 2 2 3 2 2 .300 .417 .900 1.317
T. Tulowitzki SS COL @ SF
4:05PM
M. Cain 53 18 10 4 6 5 10 .340 .397 .698 1.095
J. Thole C TOR @ BAL
7:05PM
B. Norris 11 3 1 1 1 2 2 .273 .385 .545 .930
R. Braun OF MIL vs PIT
7:10PM
E. Volquez 25 9 2 1 3 5 5 .360 .467 .520 .987
R. Weeks 2B MIL vs PIT
7:10PM
E. Volquez 14 6 3 2 3 3 1 .429 .556 .929 1.484
G. Sanchez 1B PIT @ MIL
7:10PM
Y. Gallardo 16 6 2 1 4 1 4 .375 .412 .625 1.037
J. Tabata OF PIT @ MIL
7:10PM
Y. Gallardo 10 4 1 0 0 2 1 .400 .500 .500 1.000
C. Granderson OF NYM @ LAA
9:05PM
J. Weaver 25 9 5 5 5 2 6 .360 .407 .960 1.367
Hot Pitcher Matchups – April 12, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Zack Greinke LAD @ ARI
8:10PM
64 15 3 1 3 5 16 .234 .300 .296 .596
Cold Batter Matchups – April 12, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. Ellsbury OF NYY vs BOS
1:05PM
J. Lackey 10 2 0 0 0 0 2 .200 .200 .200 .400
K. Johnson 2B NYY vs BOS
1:05PM
J. Lackey 10 2 0 0 2 0 1 .200 .200 .200 .400
A. Soriano OF NYY vs BOS
1:05PM
J. Lackey 30 3 1 0 0 3 7 .100 .182 .133 .315
A. Ramirez SS CWS vs CLE
2:10PM
J. Masterson 37 6 2 1 2 2 5 .162 .205 .270 .475
Y. Molina C STL vs CHC
2:15PM
C. Villanueva 18 3 0 0 1 0 1 .167 .211 .167 .377
C. Gonzalez OF COL @ SF
4:05PM
M. Cain 34 4 0 0 2 5 10 .118 .225 .118 .343
D. Stubbs OF COL @ SF
4:05PM
M. Cain 11 1 1 0 0 1 4 .091 .167 .182 .348
C. Rasmus OF TOR @ BAL
7:05PM
B. Norris 22 4 3 1 1 2 6 .182 .250 .409 .659
J. Lucroy C MIL vs PIT
7:10PM
E. Volquez 10 1 0 0 0 1 2 .100 .182 .100 .282
P. Alvarez 3B PIT @ MIL
7:10PM
Y. Gallardo 12 0 0 0 0 3 7 .000 .200 .000 .200
C. Barmes SS PIT @ MIL
7:10PM
Y. Gallardo 15 1 0 0 0 1 4 .067 .125 .067 .192
A. Hill 2B ARI vs LAD
8:10PM
Z. Greinke 21 5 1 0 0 0 3 .238 .273 .286 .558
A. Ethier OF LAD @ ARI
8:10PM
W. Miley 10 2 0 0 2 0 2 .200 .273 .200 .473
H. Ramirez SS LAD @ ARI
8:10PM
W. Miley 11 2 1 0 0 1 0 .182 .250 .273 .523
Cold Pitcher Matchups – April 12, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
James Shields KC @ MIN
2:10PM
66 24 6 1 9 5 9 .364 .408 .504 .912
Edinson Volquez PIT @ MIL
7:10PM
90 27 8 5 14 16 15 .300 .416 .527 .943


Recommended Pickup

Josmil Pinto, C, MIN - While serving as the Twins’ designated hitter Friday, Pinto went 1-for-3 with a home run -- his second of the year -- two walks and two runs scored. It was his second start at DH in the team’s last four games, and he’ll likely continue to see at least occasional starts there when not behind the plate. In response to Oswaldo Arcia (wrist) and Josh Willingham (wrist) both hitting the DL this week, the Twins appear to be preparing Chris Colabello for a semi-regular role in right field, with Jason Kubel moving to left. That creates an opening at DH, and Pinto seems like the team’s best option, especially now that Chris Herrmann is also up to help with catching duties. The 25-year-old has hit for average in the upper levels of the minors and was very impressive in 22 games after his September callup last season (.342/.398/.566 with four homers in 76 at-bats).

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DraftStreet Value Picks
P - Nathan Eovaldi, MIA ($14,643)
C - Josmil Pinto, MIN ($4,530)
1B - Prince Fielder, TEX ($5,803)
2B - Omar Infante, KC ($5,195)
SS - Derek Jeter, NYY ($4,446)
3B - Pablo Sandoval, SF ($5,327)
OF - Starling Marte, PIT ($5,776)