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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)

Blue Jays (Mark Buehrle - L) at Indians (Corey Kluber - R), 1:05
Cardinals (Lance Lynn - R) at Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann - R), 1:05
Angels (C.J. Wilson - L) at Tigers (Max Scherzer - R), 1:08
Orioles (Bud Norris - R) at Red Sox (Felix Doubront - L), 1:35
Twins (Kevin Correia - R) at Royals (Bruce Chen - L), 2:10
Reds (Tony Cingrani - L) at Cubs (Edwin Jackson - R), 2:20
Astros (Brett Oberholtzer - L) at Athletics (Scott Kazmir - L), 4:05
Brewers (Matt Garza - R) at Pirates (Wandy Rodriguez - L), 7:05
Braves (Ervin Santana - R) at Mets (Bartolo Colon - R), 7:10
Mariners (Roenis Elias - L) at Marlins (Henderson Alvarez - R), 7:10
Yankees (Ivan Nova - R) at Rays (Chris Archer - R), 7:10
White Sox (Jose Quintana - L) at Rangers (Colby Lewis - R), 8:05
Diamondbacks (Mike Bolsinger - R) at Dodgers (Dan Haren - R), 8:10
Phillies (Kyle Kendrick - R) at Rockies (Jordan Lyles - R), 8:10
Giants (Tim Hudson - R) at Padres (Eric Stults - L), 8:40

Day Game After Night Game: TOR/CLE, STL/WAS, LAA/DET, BAL/BOS, MIN/KC, HOU/OAK

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Carlos Beltran, OF, NYY - (Shoulder, Wrist) Missed Friday’s game but MRIs were negative.
Buster Posey, C, SF - (Shoulder) Struck by a foul ball Thursday and was held out of the lineup Friday.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN - (Back) Removed from Friday’s game with spasms.
Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL - (Hamstring) Held out of Friday’s lineup but expects to avoid the DL.
Chase Headley, 3B, SD - (Biceps) Singled in a pinch-hit appearance Thursday but was held out of the lineup again Friday.
David Freese, 3B, LAA - (Quadriceps) Scratched from Friday’s lineup with soreness.
Jordy Mercer, SS, PIT - (Ankle) Left Friday’s game with discomfort after being spiked on a force-out play at second base.
Alex Presley, OF, HOU - (Illness) Scratched from Friday’s lineup with the flu.
David Phelps, P, NYY - (Undisclosed) Removed from Friday’s game after taking a line drive off his body.

Players on the DL
Aroldis Chapman, P, CIN - (Head) Received clearance to throw live batting practice Friday.
Jose Reyes, SS, TOR - (Hamstring) Will be activated and start at shortstop Saturday and Sunday.
Cole Hamels, P, PHI - (Biceps) Expected to return Wednesday against the Dodgers.
Hisashi Iwakuma, P, SEA - (Finger) Incorporated all of his pitches in a simulated game Friday and expects to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Tacoma next week.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL - (Knee) Set to play five innings at third base in an extended spring training game game Saturday.
Casey Janssen, P, TOR - (Back) Dealing with a strain and an abdominal concern, which will cost him at least two more week.
Mike Minor, P, ATL - (Shoulder) Rehab start pushed back to Saturday due to rainout.
Adam Lind, 1B, TOR - (Back) Placed on the 15-day DL on Friday.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY - (Hamstring) Played in an extended spring training game Friday and appears on track to return Sunday.
Wilson Ramos, C, WAS - (Wrist) Took five light swings Friday and felt no discomfort.
Tanner Scheppers, P, TEX - (Elbow) Hit the 15-day DL on Friday with muscle inflammation.
Josh Willingham, OF, MIN - (Hand) Lifted weights Friday but won’t be allowed to swing a bat
until the bone heals.
Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN - (Wrist) Took swings underwater and off a tee Friday.
Cameron Maybin, OF, SD - (Arm) Batting just .125 (2-for-16) on his rehab assignment but has avoided a setback to this point.
Carlos Quentin, OF, SD - (Knee) Limited to batting practice and running on an anti-gravity treadmill but likely to head to extended spring training soon.
Gordon Beckham, 2B, CWS - (Oblique) May be approaching activation from the DL.
Jaime Garcia, P, STL - (Shoulder) Scheduled to throw 35 pitches in an extended spring training game Saturday.
Rafael Furcal, SS, MIA - (Hamstring) Expected to need a full 20-day rehab assignment, placing his target date around May 5.
Jason Giambi, DH, CLE - (Ribs) Likely to come off the DL on Monday.
Brendan Ryan, SS, NYY - (Back) Logged some at-bats in a simulated game Friday.
Casey Kelly, P, SD - (Elbow) Set to pitch in an extended spring training game Monday.

Out
Jarrod Dyson, OF, KC - (Personal) Expected to return to the team Monday.

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

Traded
Ike Davis, 1B, PIT (from NYM)
Zack Thornton, P, NYM (from PIT)

Placed on the DL (15-day, unless otherwise noted)
Tanner Scheppers, P, TEX
Jarrod Dyson, OF, KC (bereavement list)

Activated from the DL
Chris Young, OF, NYM
Cody Ross, OF, AZ

Called Up
Xavier Cedeno, P, WAS
Josh Wall, P, LAA
Justin Miller, P, DET
Aaron Poreda, P, TEX
Brock Holt, 2B, BOS
Jimmy Paredes, OF, KC

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Blake Treinen, P, WAS
Jose Alvarez, P, LAA
Tyler Collins, OF, DET
Eduardo Nunez, SS, MIN
Anthony Gose, OF, TOR

Designated for Assignment
Andy Parrino, SS, TEX
Ryan Roberts, 3B, BOS
Ryan Rowland-Smith, P, AZ

Closer Watch

Toronto Blue Jays - Sergio Santos navigated a bumpy ninth inning Friday, escaping a bases-loaded jam to earn his fifth save of the season. The right-hander surrendered a double to the first batter he faced and later issued back-to-back walks, giving him five walks in his last two appearances, but he got the job done in the end. Casey Janssen (back) recently suffered a setback in his recovery and won’t be ready for at least another two weeks, likely buying Santos additional time in the closer’s role. If Santos can’t cut down on the free passes, though, Steve Delabar could end up seeing a few opportunities.

Cincinnati Reds - The Reds’ interim closer, Jonathan Broxton, nailed down a 4-1 win over the Cubs on Friday with a clean, two-strikeout frame. Broxton has performed well since returning from the DL, with just one hit allowed and four strikeouts in three appearances, but Aroldis Chapman (head) has been cleared to throw live batting practice and appears to be inching closer to a return. There is no controversy; Chapman will take the ninth-inning role once activated, so Broxton’s window to rack up saves will be relatively small.

Hot Batter Matchups – April 19, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
C. Santana C CLE vs TOR
1:05PM
M. Buehrle 15 6 3 1 3 1 1 .400 .438 .733 1.171
N. Swisher 1B CLE vs TOR
1:05PM
M. Buehrle 27 11 2 0 2 8 3 .407 .543 .481 1.024
M. Holliday OF STL @ WAS
1:05PM
J. Zimmermann 10 3 1 1 2 3 2 .300 .500 .600 1.100
J. Jay OF STL @ WAS
1:05PM
J. Zimmermann 11 5 0 0 0 0 1 .455 .500 .455 .955
Y. Molina C STL @ WAS
1:05PM
J. Zimmermann 14 6 1 0 3 0 0 .429 .467 .500 .967
M. Cabrera 3B DET vs LAA
1:08PM
C. Wilson 14 4 2 1 3 3 4 .286 .412 .571 .983
T. Hunter OF DET vs LAA
1:08PM
C. Wilson 33 11 2 2 8 10 5 .333 .488 .515 1.004
I. Kinsler 2B DET vs LAA
1:08PM
C. Wilson 18 8 4 1 3 4 2 .444 .545 .833 1.379
C. Iannetta C LAA @ DET
1:08PM
M. Scherzer 11 4 1 1 2 1 5 .364 .385 .636 1.021
I. Stewart 3B LAA @ DET
1:08PM
M. Scherzer 10 2 2 1 2 3 4 .200 .357 .700 1.057
M. Trout OF LAA @ DET
1:08PM
M. Scherzer 10 3 2 1 1 0 5 .300 .300 .700 1.000
C. Davis 1B BAL @ BOS
1:35PM
F. Doubront 18 8 3 1 3 0 2 .444 .500 .722 1.222
N. Markakis OF BAL @ BOS
1:35PM
F. Doubront 13 6 0 0 0 1 3 .462 .500 .462 .962
M. Moustakas 3B KC vs MIN
2:10PM
K. Correia 13 6 3 0 2 1 2 .462 .500 .692 1.192
B. Dozier 2B MIN @ KC
2:10PM
B. Chen 12 5 3 1 1 1 2 .417 .462 .917 1.378
J. Kubel OF MIN @ KC
2:10PM
B. Chen 16 7 4 1 2 0 3 .438 .438 .875 1.313
T. Plouffe 3B MIN @ KC
2:10PM
B. Chen 24 8 6 3 4 1 2 .333 .360 .875 1.235
J. Votto 1B CIN @ CHC
2:20PM
C. Villanueva 18 7 2 1 3 1 1 .389 .421 .611 1.032
R. Braun OF MIL @ PIT
7:05PM
W. Rodriguez 47 18 12 4 11 7 7 .383 .463 .809 1.271
J. Lucroy C MIL @ PIT
7:05PM
W. Rodriguez 19 5 3 1 4 1 3 .263 .286 .579 .865
A. Ramirez 3B MIL @ PIT
7:05PM
W. Rodriguez 57 21 6 2 6 1 6 .368 .373 .561 .934
R. Weeks 2B MIL @ PIT
7:05PM
W. Rodriguez 46 14 5 2 4 8 10 .304 .429 .500 .929
P. Alvarez 3B PIT vs MIL
7:05PM
M. Garza 13 6 2 1 4 1 3 .462 .500 .769 1.269
C. Barmes SS PIT vs MIL
7:05PM
M. Garza 12 3 2 2 4 1 3 .250 .308 .750 1.058
G. Sanchez 1B PIT vs MIL
7:05PM
M. Garza 11 4 1 0 1 2 2 .364 .462 .455 .916
J. Tabata OF PIT vs MIL
7:05PM
M. Garza 13 5 1 0 1 0 2 .385 .385 .538 .923
B. Upton OF ATL @ NYM
7:10PM
B. Colon 26 8 3 1 5 3 7 .308 .400 .538 .938
C. Granderson OF NYM vs ATL
7:10PM
E. Santana 43 11 7 5 9 5 9 .256 .333 .651 .984
R. Cano 2B SEA @ MIA
7:10PM
H. Alvarez 11 6 5 2 5 1 1 .545 .571 1.364 1.935
J. Loney 1B TB vs NYY
7:10PM
I. Nova 10 6 0 0 0 3 1 .600 .692 .600 1.292
S. Rodriguez SS TB vs NYY
7:10PM
I. Nova 14 5 3 1 2 0 3 .357 .357 .714 1.071
J. Arencibia C TEX vs CWS
8:05PM
J. Quintana 11 3 1 1 1 1 3 .273 .333 .545 .879
E. Chavez 3B ARI @ LAD
8:10PM
D. Haren 12 4 3 1 1 2 3 .333 .429 .750 1.179
A. Hill 2B ARI @ LAD
8:10PM
D. Haren 25 8 5 1 6 0 6 .320 .320 .680 1.000
M. Prado 3B ARI @ LAD
8:10PM
D. Haren 10 3 1 1 1 0 3 .300 .300 .600 .900
C. Gonzalez OF COL vs PHI
8:10PM
K. Kendrick 11 3 2 1 1 1 0 .273 .333 .636 .970
J. Arias SS SF @ SD
8:40PM
E. Stults 19 7 1 1 2 0 3 .368 .368 .526 .895
H. Pence OF SF @ SD
8:40PM
E. Stults 25 8 4 3 9 0 4 .320 .308 .720 1.028
B. Posey C SF @ SD
8:40PM
E. Stults 15 7 3 1 3 3 2 .467 .556 .800 1.356
P. Sandoval 3B SF @ SD
8:40PM
E. Stults 22 12 4 0 4 3 1 .545 .600 .773 1.373
Hot Pitcher Matchups – April 19, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Ivan Nova NYY @ TB
7:10PM
197 44 12 4 10 23 42 .223 .321 .325 .645
Tim Hudson SF @ SD
8:40PM
81 14 5 2 4 6 19 .173 .247 .286 .533
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Hot Pitcher Matchups – April 19, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Ivan Nova NYY @ TB
7:10PM
197 44 12 4 10 23 42 .223 .321 .325 .645
Tim Hudson SF @ SD
8:40PM
81 14 5 2 4 6 19 .173 .247 .286 .533
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Cold Batter Matchups – April 19, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
M. Brantley OF CLE vs TOR
1:05PM
M. Buehrle 18 4 0 0 0 0 2 .222 .263 .222 .485
A. Cabrera SS CLE vs TOR
1:05PM
M. Buehrle 41 8 1 0 4 3 3 .195 .244 .220 .464
M. Carpenter 3B STL @ WAS
1:05PM
J. Zimmermann 10 2 1 0 4 0 0 .200 .200 .300 .500
A. Jackson OF DET vs LAA
1:08PM
C. Wilson 14 2 1 0 1 2 3 .143 .250 .286 .536
V. Martinez DH DET vs LAA
1:08PM
C. Wilson 23 4 1 0 5 3 6 .174 .250 .217 .467
E. Aybar SS LAA @ DET
1:08PM
M. Scherzer 11 2 1 0 0 0 0 .182 .182 .273 .455
J. Hardy SS BAL @ BOS
1:35PM
F. Doubront 18 3 1 0 2 2 4 .167 .250 .222 .472
A. Jones OF BAL @ BOS
1:35PM
F. Doubront 19 2 0 0 0 1 8 .105 .190 .105 .296
M. Wieters C BAL @ BOS
1:35PM
F. Doubront 18 2 1 0 2 1 10 .111 .158 .167 .325
A. Gordon OF KC vs MIN
2:10PM
K. Correia 18 3 1 0 2 3 3 .167 .273 .222 .495
S. Perez C KC vs MIN
2:10PM
K. Correia 14 3 0 0 0 1 1 .214 .267 .214 .481
S. Castro SS CHC vs CIN
2:20PM
T. Cingrani 10 1 0 0 0 0 2 .100 .100 .100 .200
B. Phillips 2B CIN @ CHC
2:20PM
C. Villanueva 24 3 1 1 5 1 2 .125 .160 .250 .410
C. Gomez OF MIL @ PIT
7:05PM
W. Rodriguez 34 5 1 0 0 1 14 .147 .171 .176 .348
J. Segura SS MIL @ PIT
7:05PM
W. Rodriguez 12 2 1 1 2 2 2 .167 .286 .417 .702
N. Walker 2B PIT vs MIL
7:05PM
M. Garza 12 1 0 0 1 3 6 .083 .267 .083 .350
I. Suzuki OF NYY @ TB
7:10PM
C. Archer 10 1 0 0 0 0 2 .100 .100 .100 .200
Y. Escobar SS TB vs NYY
7:10PM
I. Nova 21 2 1 0 0 2 3 .095 .240 .143 .383
M. Joyce OF TB vs NYY
7:10PM
I. Nova 28 4 2 0 1 5 8 .143 .273 .214 .487
J. Molina C TB vs NYY
7:10PM
I. Nova 21 3 1 1 1 3 6 .143 .250 .286 .536
B. Zobrist 2B TB vs NYY
7:10PM
I. Nova 29 4 0 0 1 5 6 .138 .286 .138 .424
P. Konerko 1B CWS @ TEX
8:05PM
C. Lewis 22 4 0 0 3 3 6 .182 .280 .182 .462
A. Ramirez SS CWS @ TEX
8:05PM
C. Lewis 13 4 1 0 1 0 5 .308 .308 .385 .692
P. Fielder 1B TEX vs CWS
8:05PM
J. Quintana 11 2 1 0 0 2 2 .182 .308 .273 .580
E. Cabrera SS SD vs SF
8:40PM
T. Hudson 11 2 1 0 1 1 2 .182 .308 .273 .580
C. Headley 3B SD vs SF
8:40PM
T. Hudson 16 2 1 1 1 2 5 .125 .222 .313 .535
X. Nady OF SD vs SF
8:40PM
T. Hudson 17 4 1 0 0 0 6 .235 .235 .294 .529
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Cold Pitcher Matchups – April 19, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Jordan Zimmermann WAS vs STL
1:05PM
72 25 7 2 10 4 6 .347 .410 .502 .912
Mark Buehrle TOR @ CLE
1:05PM
195 57 18 5 23 19 19 .292 .359 .435 .795
Bruce Chen KC vs MIN
2:10PM
120 37 16 6 15 7 18 .308 .344 .567 .912
Wandy Rodriguez PIT vs MIL
7:05PM
226 67 29 10 32 23 46 .296 .362 .525 .887
Eric Stults SD vs SF
8:40PM
133 47 18 8 27 6 18 .353 .384 .624 1.008
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Recommended Pickup

Ike Davis, 1B, PIT - After much speculation, the Mets finally dealt Davis to Pittsburgh on Friday for reliever Zack Thornton and a player to be named later. The change of scenery is perhaps overdue for Davis, who wore out his welcome in the Big Apple with a dismal 2013 campaign (.205/.326/.334) that included a demotion to Triple-A. He should see playing time right off the bat, but Davis is a .202/.267/.331 career hitter against left-handed pitching, so it seems likely the Pirates will continue to platoon at first base for the time being. Even so, the 27-year-old owns a .192 career ISO, which makes him a worthy target for those desperate for power and daily game players who don’t have to worry so much about the batting average drain.

Other Recent Recommendations: Rajai Davis, Russell Martin, George Springer and Devin Mesoraco

DraftStreet Value Picks
P - Ivan Nova, NYY ($13,056)
C - Yasmani Grandal, SD ($4,282)
1B - Ike Davis, PIT ($5,155)
2B - Jedd Gyorko, SD ($4,186)
SS - Everth Cabrera, SD ($4,388)
3B - Chris Johnson, ATL ($3,390)
OF - Alejandro De Aza, CWS ($4,721)