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

Reds (Alfredo Simon – R) at Cubs (Jeff Samardzija – R), 2:20
Blue Jays (Drew Hutchison – R) at Indians (Justin Masterson – R), 7:05
Brewers (Kyle Lohse – R) at Pirates (Charlie Morton – R), 7:05
Cardinals (Michael Wacha – R) at Nationals (Gio Gonzalez – L), 7:05
Angels (Jered Weaver – R) at Tigers (Drew Smyly – L), 7:08
Braves (Aaron Harang – R) at Mets (Jon Niese – L), 7:10
Orioles (Chris Tillman – R) at Red Sox (John Lackey – R), 7:10
Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda – R) at Rays (Erik Bedard – L), 7:10
Mariners (Chris Young – R) at Marlins (Nathan Eovaldi – R), 7:10
White Sox (Felipe Paulino – R) at Rangers (Martin Perez – L), 8:05
Twins (Ricky Nolasco – R) at Royals (Jason Vargas – L), 8:10
Phillies (Jonathan Pettibone – R) at Rockies (Tyler Chatwood – R), 8:40
Astros (Jarred Cosart – R) at Athletics (Sonny Gray – R), 10:05
Diamondbacks (Wade Miley – L) at Dodgers (Zack Greinke – R), 10:10
Giants (Matt Cain – R) at Padres (Tyson Ross – R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Buster Posey, C, SF – (Shoulder) Took a foul ball off the shoulder and may be rested on Friday.
Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC – (Groin) Suffered a strain during Wednesday’s game and missed Thursday’s action.
Angel Pagan, OF, SF – (Knee) Missed Thursday’s game due to a minor knee injury colliding into the wall, but may return Friday.
Jose Tabata, OF, PIT – (Head) Available only as a bench option on Thursday, but could return to action fully on Friday.
Chase Headley, 3B, SD – (Biceps) Likely to miss the DL, but may miss a couple of more days of action.
Brandon Crawford, SS, SF – (Hamstring) Missed Thursday’s game and may miss Friday.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD – (Hand) Expects to return to the lineup on Friday after missing Thursday’s game.
Adam Lind, OF, TOR – (Back) Might avoid the DL after lower back stiffness and missed doubleheader on Thursday.
Koji Uehara, RP, BOS – (Shoulder) Threw a bullpen session on Wednesday and will be available to pitch Friday.

Players on the DL

Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS – (Calf) Starting a rehab assignment next week, but could be pushed back a bit due to the flu and high fever.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS – (Hamstring) Expected to return to the lineup next Thursday.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL – (Knee) Ran the bases on Thursday and is expected to incorporate sliding on Friday.
Nolan Reimold, OF, BAL – (Neck) Started baseball activity, which included hitting off a tee.
David Robertson, RP, NYY – (Groin) – Threw 25 pitches during a bullpen session and felt good in the process.
Doug Fister, SP, WAS – (Back) Experienced no discomfort in an extended spring training game on Thursday and could return as soon as May 7.
Brett Anderson, SP, COL – (Finger) Will miss the next four-to-six weeks after undergoing surgery on his broken index finger.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY – (Hamstring) Played in an extended spring training game on Thursday, with an expectation of being activated next week.
Jason Bartlett, SS, MIN – (Ankle) Started a rehab assignment on Thursday after being pushed back originally last week.
Clayton Kershaw, SP, LAD – (Back) No target date as of yet, but threw a bullpen session on Thursday mixing up his arsenal of pitches.
Joe Kelly, SP, STL – (Hamstring) Placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Matt Harrison, SP, TEX – (Back) Set to make at least one more rehab start, possibly two, at Double-A Frisco.
Casey Janssen, SP, TOR – (Back) Temporarily shut down for a few days due to lower back stiffness.
Jose Reyes, SS, TOR – (Hamstring) Expected to be activated on Saturday after serving one additional day on the DL due to inclement weather on Friday.
Jhoulys Chacin, SP, COL – (Shoulder) Will make a second rehab start on Friday after struggling in his first rehab start on Monday.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS – (Hamstring) Starting rehab assignment on Friday or Saturday at Triple-A Pawtucket.
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, RP, PHI – (Shoulder) On the 60-day DL and is expected to throw from the mound soon.

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

Activated from the DL

Stephen Pryor, RP, SEA

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

Joe Kelly, SP, STL – (Hamstring)
Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC – (Groin)

Paternity List

Lyle Overbay, 1B, MIL

Restricted List

Ji-Man Choi, 1B, SEA

Called Up

Anthony Gose, OF, TOR
Elian Herrera, 3B, MIL
Zach Putnam, RP, CHW
Jorge Rondon, RP, STL
Eduardo Nunez, SS, MIN
Eric Fornataro, RP, STL
Raul Valdes, RP, HOU

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)

Keith Butler, RP, STL
Shane Greene, SP, NYY
Zach Rosscup, RP, CHC
Kevin Chapman, RP, HOU

Designated for Assignment

Donnie Veal, RP, CHW

Closer Watch

New York Yankees - Adam Warren picked up just his second save of his career on Thursday, allowing a walk to Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena before setting down the side. Warren will continue to be in the mix for saves while closer David Robertson is laid up on the DL, although look for Shawn Kelley to be the first out of the bullpen in the ninth until Robertson returns next week from a groin injury.

Seattle Mariners - With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning on Thursday, the Rangers rallied for two unearned runs off closer Fernando Rodney. It was Rodney’s first blown save of the season, as he gave up a hit and a walk after retiring the first two batters in the inning. Rodney is expected to bounce back after the Mariners' defense failed him, with no real threat looming to steal his gig as closer.

Key Matchups
Hot Batter Matchups – April 18, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
T. Frazier 3B CIN @ CHC
2:20PM
J. Samardzija 16 6 3 2 2 4 3 .375 .500 .813 1.313
R. Braun OF MIL @ PIT
7:05PM
C. Morton 15 7 3 1 5 3 2 .467 .556 .800 1.356
J. Tabata OF PIT vs MIL
7:05PM
K. Lohse 30 14 4 1 4 2 2 .467 .500 .700 1.200
N. Walker 2B PIT vs MIL
7:05PM
K. Lohse 27 10 5 1 8 7 8 .370 .500 .667 1.167
J. Peralta SS STL @ WAS
7:05PM
G. Gonzalez 14 3 2 1 2 4 3 .214 .368 .500 .868
J. Bautista OF TOR @ CLE
7:05PM
J. Masterson 17 6 3 2 5 5 6 .353 .500 .765 1.265
M. Cabrera OF TOR @ CLE
7:05PM
J. Masterson 24 12 3 1 2 3 0 .500 .556 .708 1.264
M. Cabrera 3B DET vs LAA
7:08PM
J. Weaver 21 6 4 1 4 3 3 .286 .375 .571 .946
T. Hunter OF DET vs LAA
7:08PM
J. Weaver 12 3 2 2 2 0 1 .250 .250 .750 1.000
I. Kinsler 2B DET vs LAA
7:08PM
J. Weaver 82 19 8 3 11 6 9 .232 .284 .402 .687
F. Freeman 1B ATL @ NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese 27 9 4 2 6 0 3 .333 .333 .630 .963
J. Heyward OF ATL @ NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese 24 9 4 2 8 2 5 .375 .444 .708 1.153
A. Simmons SS ATL @ NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese 10 4 1 0 0 1 0 .400 .455 .500 .955
D. Uggla 2B ATL @ NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese 30 9 4 0 3 6 8 .300 .417 .467 .883
J. Upton OF ATL @ NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese 15 8 1 0 2 2 1 .533 .588 .600 1.188
C. Davis 1B BAL @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey 32 11 5 2 6 3 8 .344 .400 .625 1.025
A. Jones OF BAL @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey 45 10 4 3 6 1 13 .222 .234 .467 .701
M. Napoli 1B BOS vs BAL
7:10PM
C. Tillman 15 5 2 0 1 3 7 .333 .444 .467 .911
D. Murphy 2B NYM vs ATL
7:10PM
A. Harang 14 6 5 1 5 0 3 .429 .429 .929 1.357
R. Tejada SS NYM vs ATL
7:10PM
A. Harang 12 6 2 0 0 1 2 .500 .571 .667 1.238
D. Wright 3B NYM vs ATL
7:10PM
A. Harang 24 11 5 1 7 4 6 .458 .517 .750 1.267
A. Soriano OF NYY @ TB
7:10PM
E. Bedard 14 7 4 1 3 3 1 .500 .556 .929 1.484
I. Suzuki OF NYY @ TB
7:10PM
E. Bedard 15 6 2 1 1 4 1 .400 .526 .733 1.260
M. Joyce OF TB vs NYY
7:10PM
H. Kuroda 14 5 3 3 3 1 3 .357 .400 1.000 1.400
B. Zobrist 2B TB vs NYY
7:10PM
H. Kuroda 12 5 5 2 4 3 2 .417 .533 1.250 1.783
J. Mauer C MIN @ KC
8:10PM
J. Vargas 21 9 1 0 6 2 1 .429 .478 .476 .954
E. Nunez SS MIN @ KC
8:10PM
J. Vargas 12 5 2 0 3 0 0 .417 .417 .667 1.083
M. Montero C ARI @ LAD
10:10PM
Z. Greinke 16 5 2 1 2 1 6 .313 .389 .563 .951
A. Gonzalez 1B LAD vs ARI
10:10PM
W. Miley 13 4 3 1 3 2 4 .308 .400 .692 1.092
M. Kemp OF LAD vs ARI
10:10PM
W. Miley 15 5 2 2 3 1 3 .333 .375 .733 1.108
Y. Puig OF LAD vs ARI
10:10PM
W. Miley 10 4 0 0 1 2 3 .400 .500 .400 .900
H. Ramirez SS LAD vs ARI
10:10PM
W. Miley 17 5 2 1 3 1 1 .294 .333 .529 .863
S. Van Slyke OF LAD vs ARI
10:10PM
W. Miley 11 4 4 2 3 2 0 .364 .462 1.091 1.552
X. Nady OF SD vs SF
10:10PM
M. Cain 17 6 2 0 2 1 2 .353 .389 .471 .859
Hot Pitcher Matchups – April 18, 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 Tillman BAL @ BOS
7:10PM
135 29 10 2 9 16 31 .215 .296 .321 .617
Zack Greinke LAD vs ARI
10:10PM
137 31 9 3 6 6 38 .226 .268 .331 .599
Matt Cain SF @ SD
10:10PM
174 38 17 3 13 14 43 .218 .279 .354 .632
Cold Batter Matchups – April 18, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
R. Bernadina OF CIN @ CHC
2:20PM
J. Samardzija 12 2 0 0 1 0 3 .167 .167 .167 .333
B. Phillips 2B CIN @ CHC
2:20PM
J. Samardzija 29 6 0 0 3 0 6 .207 .207 .207 .414
J. Lucroy C MIL @ PIT
7:05PM
C. Morton 12 1 0 0 0 1 3 .083 .154 .083 .237
J. Segura SS MIL @ PIT
7:05PM
C. Morton 12 3 0 0 0 0 1 .250 .250 .250 .500
R. Weeks 2B MIL @ PIT
7:05PM
C. Morton 14 1 0 0 2 0 2 .071 .125 .071 .196
P. Alvarez 3B PIT vs MIL
7:05PM
K. Lohse 28 8 4 1 4 1 10 .286 .310 .500 .810
G. Sanchez 1B PIT vs MIL
7:05PM
K. Lohse 11 2 1 1 4 2 2 .182 .308 .455 .762
P. Bourjos OF STL @ WAS
7:05PM
G. Gonzalez 13 2 0 0 0 0 4 .154 .154 .154 .308
E. Encarnacion 1B TOR @ CLE
7:05PM
J. Masterson 14 2 1 0 1 3 3 .143 .333 .214 .548
C. Rasmus OF TOR @ CLE
7:05PM
J. Masterson 10 1 1 0 0 1 2 .100 .182 .200 .382
A. Avila C DET vs LAA
7:08PM
J. Weaver 10 1 0 0 0 0 3 .100 .100 .100 .200
R. Davis OF DET vs LAA
7:08PM
J. Weaver 21 5 4 0 0 0 4 .238 .238 .429 .667
A. Jackson OF DET vs LAA
7:08PM
J. Weaver 13 2 1 0 0 2 6 .154 .267 .231 .497
N. Cruz OF BAL @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey 31 8 2 1 5 1 11 .258 .303 .387 .690
J. Hardy SS BAL @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey 20 3 0 0 0 3 5 .150 .261 .150 .411
M. Wieters C BAL @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey 32 6 0 0 2 0 6 .188 .188 .188 .375
M. Carp OF BOS vs BAL
7:10PM
C. Tillman 14 2 0 0 1 1 2 .143 .200 .143 .343
D. Nava OF BOS vs BAL
7:10PM
C. Tillman 20 4 2 0 0 4 7 .200 .333 .300 .633
D. Ortiz DH BOS vs BAL
7:10PM
C. Tillman 19 2 0 0 0 4 5 .105 .261 .105 .366
A. Pierzynski C BOS vs BAL
7:10PM
C. Tillman 12 2 1 0 1 0 0 .167 .167 .250 .417
G. Dobbs 1B MIA vs SEA
7:10PM
C. Young 18 4 2 0 0 0 6 .222 .263 .333 .596
L. Duda OF NYM vs ATL
7:10PM
A. Harang 12 2 1 1 2 3 4 .167 .333 .417 .750
D. Jeter SS NYY @ TB
7:10PM
E. Bedard 32 6 1 0 2 2 10 .188 .278 .250 .528
W. Bloomquist SS SEA @ MIA
7:10PM
N. Eovaldi 11 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
J. Loney 1B TB vs NYY
7:10PM
H. Kuroda 12 1 1 0 2 0 1 .083 .083 .167 .250
J. Kubel OF MIN @ KC
8:10PM
J. Vargas 10 2 1 1 1 2 4 .200 .333 .500 .833
T. Plouffe 3B MIN @ KC
8:10PM
J. Vargas 16 3 3 1 3 1 2 .188 .235 .500 .735
K. Suzuki C MIN @ KC
8:10PM
J. Vargas 29 5 0 0 1 3 4 .172 .250 .172 .422
T. Campana OF ARI @ LAD
10:10PM
Z. Greinke 10 2 0 0 0 0 6 .200 .200 .200 .400
E. Chavez 3B ARI @ LAD
10:10PM
Z. Greinke 14 1 0 0 0 0 4 .071 .071 .071 .143
A. Hill 2B ARI @ LAD
10:10PM
Z. Greinke 30 8 3 1 1 0 3 .267 .290 .433 .724
C. Pennington SS ARI @ LAD
10:10PM
Z. Greinke 11 0 0 0 0 3 3 .000 .214 .000 .214
M. Prado 3B ARI @ LAD
10:10PM
Z. Greinke 18 4 1 0 2 0 5 .222 .222 .278 .500
A. Ethier OF LAD vs ARI
10:10PM
W. Miley 16 4 0 0 2 0 3 .250 .294 .250 .544
E. Cabrera SS SD vs SF
10:10PM
M. Cain 15 4 1 0 1 0 5 .267 .267 .333 .600
S. Smith OF SD vs SF
10:10PM
M. Cain 26 2 1 0 2 2 2 .077 .167 .115 .282
Cold Pitcher Matchups – April 18, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Kyle Lohse MIL @ PIT
7:05PM
185 57 20 5 29 14 35 .308 .353 .488 .841
Jon Niese NYM vs ATL
7:10PM
150 50 17 4 25 16 31 .333 .402 .507 .910
Aaron Harang ATL @ NYM
7:10PM
84 32 15 3 16 14 18 .381 .471 .622 1.093
Hiroki Kuroda NYY @ TB
7:10PM
97 26 14 6 16 8 18 .268 .321 .564 .885
Erik Bedard TB vs NYY
7:10PM
93 28 8 3 7 11 18 .301 .384 .486 .870
Jason Vargas KC vs MIN
8:10PM
112 32 10 3 17 13 13 .286 .356 .452 .808
Wade Miley ARI @ LAD
10:10PM
115 34 14 6 18 9 23 .296 .352 .529 .882

Recommended Pickup

Rajai Davis, OF, DET – Davis is known for his speed, but not his on-base abilities, as evidenced by his .317 career OBP. While he has battled for at-bats and hit the DL too many times in the past, Davis has a clear path to 500 at-bats with Detroit as long as he can stay healthy. His batting average has been hovering around .300 since the start of the season, and he’s already snatched five stolen bases to begin the year. Davis has a fantastic chance of being among the league leaders in stolen bases yet again and should already be owned in deeper leagues, but if he’s sitting there in shallower leagues, he’s worth grabbing for the speed.

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