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

Marlins (Nathan Eovaldi -- R) at Braves (Aaron Harang -- R), 12:10
Diamondbacks (Wade Miley -- L) at Cubs (Jeff Samardzija -- R), 2:20
Giants (Matt Cain -- R) at Rockies (Tyler Chatwood -- R), 3:10
Rangers (Martin Perez -- L) at Athletics (Sonny Gray -- R), 3:35
Astros (Jarred Cosart -- R) at Mariners (Chris Young -- R), 3:40
Reds (Alfredo Simon -- R) at PIrates (Charlie Morton -- R), 7:05
Royals (Jason Vargas -- L) at Indians (Justin Masterson -- R), 7:05
Angels (Jered Weaver -- R) at Nationals (Gio Gonzalez -- L), 7:05
Orioles (Chris Tillman -- R) at Blue Jays (Dustin McGowan -- R), 7:07
White Sox (Andre Rienzo -- R) at Tigers (Drew Smyly -- L), 7:08
Twins (Mike Pelfrey -- R) at Orioles (Jake Odorizzi -- R), 7:10
Yankees (Michael Pineda -- R) at Red Sox (John Lackey -- R), 7:10
Cardinals (Michael Wacha -- R) at Mets (Jon Niese -- L), 7:10
Padres (Tyson Ross -- R) at Brewers (Kyle Lohse -- R), 8:10
Phillies (Cole Hamels -- L) at Dodgers (Zack Greinke -- R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: MIA/ATL, ARI/CHC, SF/COL, TEX/OAK, HOU/SEA

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD (elbow) -- Returned to the lineup Tuesday after he was hit in the elbow during Monday’s game.
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK (heel) -- Returned to the lineup Tuesday after sitting Monday.
Shin-Soo Choo, OF, TEX (ankle) -- Held out of Tuesday’s lineup with an ankle issue, but MRI revealed no high-ankle sprain. Won’t return until Friday at earliest.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK (ribs) -- Was back in the lineup Tuesday after hurting his ribs on a diving catch Monday.
Khris Davis, OF, MIL (illness) -- Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Adam Eaton, OF, CWS (hamstring) -- Hopeful that he’ll be able to return to the White Sox lineup Wednesday after receiving encouraging test results Tuesday.
Kyle Farnsworth, RP, NYM (forearm) -- Was seen clutching his forearm after converting Monday’s save, but insists he’s fine.
Conor Gillaspie, 3B, CWS (hand) -- Will sit out the next game or two as he nurses a sore left hand.
Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL (suspension) -- Was suspended three games for his role in the on-field brawl with the Pirates on Sunday. Will appeal suspension and will remain in the Milwaukee lineup until a resolution on the matter is decided.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL (hamstring) -- Indicated he was feeling better Tuesday and was available off the bench.
Desmond Jennings, OF, TB (groin) -- Returned to the Rays’ lineup Tuesday against the Twins.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WSH (quadriceps) -- Was held out of Tuesday’s lineup due in part to the fact that he’s been nursing a sore quad muscle.
Martin Maldonado, C, MIL (suspension) -- Was suspended five games for his role in the on-field brawl with the Pirates on Sunday. Will begin serving suspension Tuesday.
Russell Martin, C, PIT (suspension) -- Was suspended one game for his role in the on-field brawl with the Brewers on Sunday.
Jordy Mercer, SS, PIT (ankle) -- Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
A.J. Pollock, OF, ARI (neck) -- Remained out of the lineup for the second straight game Tuesday.
Travis Snider, OF, PIT (suspension) -- Was suspended two games for his role in the on-field brawl with the Brewers on Sunday.
Oscar Taveras, OF, STL (ankle) -- Suffered a minor left ankle injury during his game Monday with Triple-A Memphis.
Mark Trumbo, OF, ARI (foot) -- Held out of Tuesday’s lineup due in part to a sore left foot.
Matt Wieters, C, BAL (forearm) -- Sat out Tuesday for the second consecutive game due to a sore right forearm, but is expected to return Wednesday.

Disabled List
Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN (wrist) -- Could return to the Twins within 10 days to two weeks.
Jake Arrieta, SP, CHC (shoulder) -- Expected to make one more short start before returning to the Cubs.
Gordon Beckham, 2B, CWS (oblique) -- On track to return from his rehab assignment at Double-A Birmingham for this weekend's series with the Rays.
Francisley Bueno, RP, KC (finger) -- Will likely require a minor-league rehab assignment before returning to the Royals.
Dylan Bundy, SP, BAL (elbow) -- Will begin throwing breaking balls in Wednesday’s bullpen session, marking the next major step in his recovery process.
Tim Collins, RP, KC (elbow) -- Will likely require a minor-league rehab assignment before returning to the Royals.
Jesse Crain, RP, HOU (biceps) -- Has yet to throw at extended spring training.
Andre Ethier, OF, LAD (illness) -- Held out of Tuesday’s lineup due to a case of the flu.
Doug Fister, SP, WSH (back) -- Threw three innings and 44 pitches in his second extended spring training start Tuesday.
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, SP, PHI (shoulder) -- Could start throwing to hitters before the end of the month.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, SEA (finger) -- Threw 58 pitches in a simulated game at Safeco Field on Tuesday, bypassing a rehab start at Triple-A Tacoma due to questionable weather. He’s scheduled to throw 75 pitches Sunday.
Casey Janssen, RP, TOR (back) -- Will attempt to fit in a couple of bullpen sessions this week, after which he may be cleared to resume his rehab work.
Josh Johnson, SP, SD (elbow) -- Will be examined by Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday.
Casey Kelly, SP, SD (elbow) -- Threw 41 pitches in an outing at extended spring training Tuesday.
Juan Lagares, OF, NYM (hamstring) -- Has began running at team’s spring training facility.
Mat Latos, SP, CIN (elbow) -- Still a few days away from playing catch.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL (knee) -- Will start a rehab assignment at High-A Frederick on Friday.
Ethan Martin, SP, PHI (shoulder) -- Could start throwing to hitters before the end of the month.
Mike Minor, SP, ATL (shoulder) -- Will make one more rehab start Friday, putting him on track for an Apr. 30 return.
Matt Moore, SP, TB (elbow) -- Underwent successful Tommy John surgery Tuesday.
Logan Morrison, 1B, SEA (hamstring) -- Will likely need a rehab assignment before returning to big-league action.
Ivan Nova, SP, NYY (elbow) -- Was evaluated Tuesday and received a recommendation to undergo Tommy John surgery.
Eric O'Flaherty, RP, OAK (elbow) -- Threw all his pitches at full distance Tuesday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last season.
Darin Ruf, OF, PHI (oblique) -- Has begun taking swings off a tee.
Skip Schumaker, 2B, CIN (shoulder) -- Apparently getting closer to beginning a rehab assignment.
Josh Willingham, OF, MIN (hand) -- Remains limited to dry swings and light hitting off a tee.

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

Placed on DL (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
David Huff, RP, SF
Chris Sale, SP, CWS

Activated from DL
Juan Oviedo, RP, TB
David Robertson, RP, NYY

Called Up (from Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Aaron Barrett, RP, WSH
Charles Leesman, SP, CWS
T.J. McFarland, RP, BAL
Collin McHugh, SP, HOU
Nick Martinez, SP, TEX
Juan C. Perez, OF, SF

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Cesar Cabral, RP, NYY (outrighted off 40-man roster)
Xavier Cedeno, RP, WSH
Lucas Harrell, SP, HOU (outrighted off 40-man roster)
Darin Mastroianni, OF, TOR
Hector Noesi, RP, TEX (designated for assignment)
Steve Pearce, OF, BAL (designated for assignment)
Kenny Wilson, OF, TOR (designated for assignment)

Claimed Off Waivers
Darin Mastroianni, OF, from MIN to TOR

Traded
Tyler Greene, SS, from ATl to SD

Closer Watch

New York Mets -- Kyle Farnsworth finished off his first save opportunity with relative ease Monday, but it was his reaction after vanquishing the Cardinals that might be more notable. After recording the save, Farnsworth was seen hunched over and shaking his forearm, later admitting that he was dealing with a little soreness. The Mets don’t seem to be too concerned about the injury, but it may take him a couple days before he returns to optimal health.

Hot Batter Matchups – April 23, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. Heyward OF ATL vs MIA
12:10PM
N. Eovaldi 12 4 1 0 1 1 3 .333 .385 .500 .885
G. Dobbs 1B MIA @ ATL
12:10PM
A. Harang 16 6 2 0 1 1 4 .375 .412 .500 .912
G. Jones 1B MIA @ ATL
12:10PM
A. Harang 13 6 3 1 4 2 1 .462 .533 .846 1.379
D. LeMahieu 2B COL vs SF
3:10PM
M. Cain 11 3 1 1 2 3 2 .273 .400 .545 .945
T. Tulowitzki SS COL vs SF
3:10PM
M. Cain 60 19 10 4 7 6 11 .317 .373 .633 1.006
B. Crawford SS SF @ COL
3:10PM
T. Chatwood 12 5 0 0 1 1 0 .417 .429 .417 .845
P. Sandoval 3B SF @ COL
3:10PM
T. Chatwood 12 5 2 2 4 0 1 .417 .417 .917 1.333
C. Crisp OF OAK vs TEX
3:35PM
M. Perez 13 5 2 0 1 0 3 .385 .385 .538 .923
J. Bruce OF CIN @ PIT
7:05PM
C. Morton 21 7 6 2 5 2 4 .333 .417 .857 1.274
A. Cabrera SS CLE vs KC
7:05PM
J. Vargas 10 5 2 1 1 0 0 .500 .500 .900 1.400
N. Swisher 1B CLE vs KC
7:05PM
J. Vargas 14 5 3 2 3 2 1 .357 .412 .857 1.269
A. Gordon OF KC @ CLE
7:05PM
J. Masterson 34 12 5 1 5 2 6 .353 .389 .588 .977
M. Moustakas 3B KC @ CLE
7:05PM
J. Masterson 18 6 2 1 7 2 0 .333 .381 .556 .937
E. Aybar SS LAA @ WAS
7:05PM
G. Gonzalez 19 5 2 1 3 2 5 .263 .333 .526 .860
T. Snider OF PIT vs CIN
7:05PM
A. Simon 11 5 1 0 3 0 3 .455 .417 .545 .962
J. Bautista OF TOR vs BAL
7:07PM
C. Tillman 20 6 3 2 4 3 8 .300 .375 .650 1.025
C. Rasmus OF TOR vs BAL
7:07PM
C. Tillman 17 6 4 2 4 0 2 .353 .353 .824 1.176
M. Teixeira 1B NYY @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey 67 21 5 2 13 10 12 .313 .410 .448 .858
W. Venable OF SD @ MIL
8:10PM
K. Lohse 13 5 2 0 1 0 2 .385 .385 .538 .923
A. Ethier OF LAD vs PHI
10:10PM
C. Hamels 17 5 3 1 1 0 2 .294 .294 .588 .882
A. Gonzalez 1B LAD vs PHI
10:10PM
C. Hamels 27 8 2 2 2 3 9 .296 .387 .519 .906
J. Turner 2B LAD vs PHI
10:10PM
C. Hamels 11 5 1 0 1 1 2 .455 .500 .545 1.045
B. Revere OF PHI @ LAD
10:10PM
Z. Greinke 14 6 1 0 1 0 2 .429 .429 .500 .929
Hot Pitcher Matchups – April 23, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Nathan Eovaldi MIA @ ATL
12:10PM
74 16 4 1 6 8 18 .216 .293 .325 .618
Matt Cain SF @ COL
3:10PM
186 39 17 7 16 20 48 .210 .286 .381 .667
Gio Gonzalez WAS vs LAA
7:05PM
71 12 3 1 7 6 24 .169 .234 .255 .489
Dustin McGowan TOR vs BAL
7:07PM
66 14 5 1 6 7 11 .212 .323 .321 .644
Zack Greinke LAD vs PHI
10:10PM
113 25 10 4 8 6 29 .221 .261 .388 .648
Cold Batter Matchups – April 23, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
F. Freeman 1B ATL vs MIA
12:10PM
N. Eovaldi 15 3 1 0 2 1 1 .200 .250 .267 .517
J. Upton OF ATL vs MIA
12:10PM
N. Eovaldi 13 3 0 0 0 0 4 .231 .231 .231 .462
M. Prado 3B ARI @ CHC
2:20PM
J. Samardzija 13 2 0 0 2 1 4 .154 .214 .154 .368
S. Castro SS CHC vs ARI
2:20PM
W. Miley 10 2 1 0 0 1 1 .200 .273 .300 .573
N. Arenado 3B COL vs SF
3:10PM
M. Cain 11 2 2 1 1 1 1 .182 .250 .545 .795
C. Gonzalez OF COL vs SF
3:10PM
M. Cain 44 4 0 0 2 7 17 .091 .212 .091 .302
W. Rosario C COL vs SF
3:10PM
M. Cain 12 2 1 1 3 0 3 .167 .167 .417 .583
J. Rutledge 2B COL vs SF
3:10PM
M. Cain 11 1 0 0 1 1 3 .091 .167 .091 .258
D. Stubbs OF COL vs SF
3:10PM
M. Cain 11 1 1 0 0 1 4 .091 .167 .182 .348
A. Pagan OF SF @ COL
3:10PM
T. Chatwood 17 3 0 0 2 3 2 .176 .300 .176 .476
H. Pence OF SF @ COL
3:10PM
T. Chatwood 14 0 0 0 1 0 1 .000 .067 .000 .067
B. Posey C SF @ COL
3:10PM
T. Chatwood 11 2 0 0 0 3 1 .182 .357 .182 .539
Z. Cozart SS CIN @ PIT
7:05PM
C. Morton 13 1 0 0 0 1 3 .077 .143 .077 .220
D. Murphy OF CLE vs KC
7:05PM
J. Vargas 22 2 0 0 0 2 5 .091 .167 .091 .258
R. Raburn OF CLE vs KC
7:05PM
J. Vargas 14 3 2 0 0 0 3 .214 .214 .357 .571
A. Escobar SS KC @ CLE
7:05PM
J. Masterson 25 6 1 1 3 0 5 .240 .296 .360 .656
E. Hosmer 1B KC @ CLE
7:05PM
J. Masterson 22 6 0 0 3 1 8 .273 .292 .273 .564
D. Valencia DH KC @ CLE
7:05PM
J. Masterson 16 6 1 0 1 0 6 .375 .375 .438 .813
A. McCutchen OF PIT vs CIN
7:05PM
A. Simon 10 2 0 0 0 1 2 .200 .273 .200 .473
D. Span OF WAS vs LAA
7:05PM
J. Weaver 22 2 0 0 1 2 8 .091 .167 .091 .258
N. Markakis OF BAL @ TOR
7:07PM
D. McGowan 13 2 0 0 0 2 2 .154 .267 .154 .421
D. Young OF BAL @ TOR
7:07PM
D. McGowan 15 2 0 0 1 1 4 .133 .235 .133 .369
M. Cabrera OF TOR vs BAL
7:07PM
C. Tillman 15 4 2 1 4 0 3 .267 .313 .533 .846
B. Lawrie 3B TOR vs BAL
7:07PM
C. Tillman 16 3 1 1 1 0 3 .188 .188 .375 .563
A. Dunn 1B CWS @ DET
7:08PM
D. Smyly 10 2 1 1 3 1 7 .200 .250 .500 .750
C. Beltran OF NYY @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey 12 2 2 1 3 2 4 .167 .267 .500 .767
J. Ellsbury OF NYY @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey 13 4 0 0 0 0 3 .308 .308 .308 .615
K. Johnson 2B NYY @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey 18 4 0 0 2 0 3 .222 .222 .222 .444
A. Soriano OF NYY @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey 41 8 2 1 1 4 9 .195 .267 .293 .559
M. Holliday OF STL @ NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese 10 2 0 0 0 0 3 .200 .200 .200 .400
E. Cabrera SS SD @ MIL
8:10PM
K. Lohse 12 1 0 0 0 2 6 .083 .214 .083 .298
M. Kemp OF LAD vs PHI
10:10PM
C. Hamels 15 5 1 0 0 0 6 .333 .333 .400 .733
J. Uribe 3B LAD vs PHI
10:10PM
C. Hamels 12 1 0 0 1 0 3 .083 .083 .083 .167
M. Byrd OF PHI @ LAD
10:10PM
Z. Greinke 20 3 1 1 1 3 7 .150 .261 .300 .561
J. Nix 3B PHI @ LAD
10:10PM
Z. Greinke 22 3 2 0 0 0 10 .136 .136 .227 .364
Cold Pitcher Matchups – April 23, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Martin Perez TEX @ OAK
3:35PM
60 19 9 1 7 2 10 .317 .347 .548 .895
Charlie Morton PIT vs CIN
7:05PM
132 40 14 4 21 15 21 .303 .373 .478 .851


Recommended Pickup

Corey Dickerson, OF, COL -- Dickerson lost most of his fantasy appeal in the season’s first week after manager Walt Weiss settled on Charlie Blackmon as his starting center fielder and leadoff hitter, ultimately returning to the minors on Apr. 7. However, after Michael Cuddyer suffered a hamstring strain last week, Dickerson quickly earned a return trip to the majors, and now stands a chance at receiving regular at-bats after Cuddyer was officially placed on the 15-day DL on Monday. Although Weiss was expected to shuffle the right field starts among Dickerson, Drew Stubbs and Brandon Barnes, Dickerson’s performance in Monday’s 8-2 win over the Giants (3-for-4, with a double, home run, two RBI and a stolen base) may allow him to run away with the job. If that’s the case, Dickerson can be a moderate source of home runs and stolen bases for fantasy owners, while his batting average and run-scoring totals would be further aided by Colorado’s home park and impressive collection of talent in the lineup. Dickerson’s place in the starting lineup probably will be short-lived since Cuddyer is expected to be ready to play when eligible May 3, but he could still present plenty of value even in a short-term appointment.

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DraftStreet Value Picks
SP: Jake Odorizzi, TB ($12,914)
C: Dioner Navarro, TOR ($5,707)
1B: Ike Davis, PIT ($5,845)
2B: Scooter Gennett, MIL ($5,003)
3B: Chase Headley, SD ($4,127)
SS: Asdrubal Cabrera, CLE ($5,070)
OF: Wil Myers, TB ($6,721)