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

Angels (C.J. Wilson - L) at Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda - R), 7:05
Royals (Yordano Ventura - R) at Orioles (Ubaldo Jimenez - R), 7:05
Padres (Robbie Erlin - L) at Nationals (Stephen Strasburg - R), 7:05
Red Sox (Jake Peavy - R) at Blue Jays (Mark Buehrle - L), 7:08
Marlins (Henderson Alvarez - R) at Mets (Zack Wheeler - R), 7:10
Reds (Homer Bailey - R) at Braves (Ervin Santana - R), 7:35
Cubs (Carlos Villanueva - R) at Brewers (Matt Garza - R), 8:10
Tigers (Rick Porcello - R) at Twins (Kevin Correia - R), 8:10
Athletics (Jesse Chavez - R) at Astros (Brad Peacock - R), 8:10
Rays (Chris Archer - R) at White Sox (Erik Johnson - R) 8:10
Pirates (Gerrit Cole - R) at Cardinals (Shelby Miller - R), 8:15
Phillies (Roberto Hernandez - R) at Diamondbacks (Josh Collmenter - R), 9:40
Rockies (Jordan Lyles - R) at Dodgers (Josh Beckett - R), 10:10
Rangers (Robbie Ross - L) at Mariners (Roenis Elias - L), 10:10
Indians (Carlos Carrasco –R) at Giants (Tim Hudson - R), 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Gio Gonzalez, SP, WAS (Shoulder) - Felt shoulder tightness in Wednesday's start.
Chase Headley, 3B, SD (Calf) - Exited Thursday's game after suffering a similar injury in spring training.
Shin-Soo Choo, OF, TEX (Ankle) - Improvement reported, although DL stint still possible.
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B, TEX (Back) - Injury examination will determine if DL trip is needed.
Russell Martin, C, PIT (Lower Body) - Expected to return to Friday's lineup.
A.J. Pollock, OF, ARI (Neck) - Did not start Thursday, but could return Friday.
Conor Gillaspie, 3B, CHW (Hand) - Missed Thursday's game and could also miss Friday.
Adam Wainwright, SP, STL (Knee) - Expected to make his next scheduled start.
Adam Eaton, OF, CHW (Hamstring) - Missed fifth straight game Thursday, but may return Friday.

Players on the DL

Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN (Wrist) - Expected to take batting practice on Friday.
Carlos Quentin, OF, SD (Knee) - Will report to extended spring training this weekend.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS (Calf) - Expected to be activated for Friday's game.
A.J. Griffin, SP, OAK (Elbow) - Seeking a second opinion, and may need Tommy John surgery.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL (Knee) - Will start rehab assignment on Friday with the intention of debuting in early May.
Ivan Nova, SP, NYY (Elbow) - Transferred to the 60-day DL and appears headed towards Tommy John surgery.
Doug Fister, SP, WAS (Back) - Expected to get a rehab start Sunday after a solid 40-pitch bullpen session Thursday.
Pedro Figueroa, RP, TEX (Elbow) - Will undergo second career Tommy John surgery next week.
Mark Trumbo, OF, ARI (Foot) - Will get a second opinion on stress fracture in foot.
Chad Billingsley, SP, LAD (Elbow) - Expected to resume throwing in five-to-seven days after receiving a plasma injection.
Justin Ruggiano, OF, CHC (Hamstring) - Suffered a Grade 2 tear and placed on the 15-day DL.

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

Activated from the DL

Shane Victorino, OF, BOS
Brandon Kintzler, RP, MIL
Gordon Beckham, 2B, CHW

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

Ivan Nova, SP, NYY - (Elbow) - Transferred to the 60-day DL.
Mark Trumbo, OF, ARI - (Foot)
Justin Ruggiano, OF, CHC - (Hamstring)

Called Up

Shane Greene, SP, NYY
Bruce Billings, RP, NYY
Zac Rosscup, RP, CHC
Neil Ramirez, SP, CHC
Roger Kieschnick, OF, ARI
Brandon Cumpton, SP, PIT
Cole Gillespie, OF, SEA

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

Dean Anna, 2B, NYY
Preston Claiborne, RP, NYY
Erasmo Ramirez, SP, SEA
Alex Wilson, RP, BOS
Charlie Leesman, RP, CHW
Jared Hughes, RP, PIT
Nick Franklin, 2B, SEA
Alfredo Figaro, RP, MIL
Blake Parker, RP, CHC

Claimed Off Waivers

Kenny Wilson, OF, MIN - (Claimed from Toronto and optioned)

Closer Watch

New York Mets - With 38-year old Kyle Farnsworth needing a rest, Mets manager Terry Collins turned to Daisuke Matsuzaka to lock down Thursday's game. Dice-K closed out his first career save opportunity, while adding some hope to the Mets' merry-go-round of ninth-inning relievers this season. Considering Farnsworth's age and career 4.23 ERA, look for Dice-K to get more save opportunities down the line. Farnsworth was also seen shaking his pitching arm following his conversion of a save chance earlier this week. Don't be surprised to see Dice-K solidify the Mets' ninth-inning role in the near future.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – April 25, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
B. Butler DH KC @ BAL
7:05PM
U. Jimenez 22 6 2 1 3 5 4 .273 .407 .455 .862
E. Hosmer 1B KC @ BAL
7:05PM
U. Jimenez 22 8 2 2 6 4 4 .364 .462 .636 1.098
I. Stewart 3B LAA @ NYY
7:05PM
H. Kuroda 13 6 0 0 4 2 1 .462 .529 .462 .991
D. Jeter SS NYY vs LAA
7:05PM
C. Wilson 21 8 1 1 2 3 6 .381 .458 .524 .982
J. Gomes OF BOS @ TOR
7:07PM
M. Buehrle 28 9 3 0 4 3 5 .321 .394 .464 .858
D. Ortiz DH BOS @ TOR
7:07PM
M. Buehrle 66 19 9 3 13 4 8 .288 .329 .515 .844
D. Pedroia 2B BOS @ TOR
7:07PM
M. Buehrle 33 12 3 0 0 2 2 .364 .400 .455 .855
G. Sizemore OF BOS @ TOR
7:07PM
M. Buehrle 69 15 6 4 8 2 10 .217 .260 .420 .681
M. Cabrera OF TOR vs BOS
7:07PM
J. Peavy 11 5 1 0 0 1 0 .455 .500 .545 1.045
R. Doumit C ATL vs CIN
7:35PM
H. Bailey 16 8 4 1 2 2 2 .500 .556 .875 1.431
M. Cabrera 3B DET @ MIN
8:10PM
K. Correia 28 11 3 1 8 2 2 .393 .406 .571 .978
T. Hunter OF DET @ MIN
8:10PM
K. Correia 10 6 1 0 3 0 0 .600 .600 .700 1.300
A. Jackson OF DET @ MIN
8:10PM
K. Correia 16 6 1 0 0 1 3 .375 .412 .500 .912
M. Reynolds 1B MIL vs CHC
8:10PM
C. Villanueva 16 5 2 2 4 3 2 .313 .421 .688 1.109
J. Kubel OF MIN vs DET
8:10PM
R. Porcello 30 13 4 1 2 1 5 .433 .452 .633 1.085
T. Plouffe 3B MIN vs DET
8:10PM
R. Porcello 17 5 3 1 3 1 0 .294 .333 .588 .922
P. Alvarez 3B PIT @ STL
8:15PM
S. Miller 13 3 3 3 3 1 5 .231 .333 .923 1.256
S. Marte OF PIT @ STL
8:15PM
S. Miller 12 4 3 0 2 1 0 .333 .385 .750 1.135
N. Walker 2B PIT @ STL
8:15PM
S. Miller 11 5 3 0 1 0 0 .455 .455 .727 1.182
J. Giambi DH CLE @ SF
10:15PM
T. Hudson 24 9 5 3 10 2 3 .375 .444 .833 1.278
Hot Pitcher Matchups – April 25, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Ubaldo Jimenez BAL vs KC
7:05PM
156 34 10 3 18 18 35 .218 .298 .335 .632
Roberto Hernandez PHI @ ARI
9:40PM
71 18 3 1 6 2 13 .254 .298 .326 .624
Cold Batter Matchups – April 25, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
A. Escobar SS KC @ BAL
7:05PM
U. Jimenez 23 3 2 0 4 2 3 .130 .192 .217 .410
A. Gordon OF KC @ BAL
7:05PM
U. Jimenez 23 5 0 0 1 2 6 .217 .280 .217 .497
O. Infante 2B KC @ BAL
7:05PM
U. Jimenez 16 3 1 0 4 0 3 .188 .188 .313 .500
M. Moustakas 3B KC @ BAL
7:05PM
U. Jimenez 23 4 2 0 0 2 8 .174 .240 .261 .501
S. Perez C KC @ BAL
7:05PM
U. Jimenez 13 2 0 0 0 0 1 .154 .154 .154 .308
R. Ibanez OF LAA @ NYY
7:05PM
H. Kuroda 14 2 1 0 0 0 2 .143 .143 .214 .357
A. Pujols 1B LAA @ NYY
7:05PM
H. Kuroda 22 6 3 1 2 0 6 .273 .273 .500 .773
B. Gardner OF NYY vs LAA
7:05PM
C. Wilson 13 2 1 0 0 0 4 .154 .154 .308 .462
I. Suzuki OF NYY vs LAA
7:05PM
C. Wilson 46 9 2 0 1 4 12 .196 .260 .239 .499
M. Teixeira 1B NYY vs LAA
7:05PM
C. Wilson 17 2 1 1 2 3 2 .118 .250 .294 .544
W. Venable OF SD @ WAS
7:05PM
S. Strasburg 11 3 2 0 1 0 3 .273 .273 .545 .818
A. Pierzynski C BOS @ TOR
7:07PM
M. Buehrle 18 6 0 0 2 0 4 .333 .368 .333 .702
S. Victorino OF BOS @ TOR
7:07PM
M. Buehrle 22 6 2 1 2 0 4 .273 .292 .455 .746
J. Bautista OF TOR vs BOS
7:07PM
J. Peavy 17 3 0 0 0 3 4 .176 .300 .176 .476
J. Reyes SS TOR vs BOS
7:07PM
J. Peavy 21 5 0 0 0 0 4 .238 .238 .238 .476
F. Freeman 1B ATL vs CIN
7:35PM
H. Bailey 11 2 0 0 1 1 2 .182 .250 .182 .432
C. Johnson 3B ATL vs CIN
7:35PM
H. Bailey 12 1 0 0 0 0 7 .083 .083 .083 .167
D. Uggla 2B ATL vs CIN
7:35PM
H. Bailey 18 3 0 0 1 3 3 .167 .318 .167 .485
A. Avila C DET @ MIN
8:10PM
K. Correia 13 3 0 0 0 0 2 .231 .231 .231 .462
I. Kinsler 2B DET @ MIN
8:10PM
K. Correia 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .400
E. Chavez 3B ARI vs PHI
9:40PM
R. Hernandez 11 2 1 1 2 1 0 .182 .250 .455 .705
C. Pennington SS ARI vs PHI
9:40PM
R. Hernandez 23 7 1 0 3 0 5 .304 .304 .348 .652
K. Seager 3B SEA vs TEX
10:10PM
R. Ross 11 2 1 1 2 0 1 .182 .182 .455 .636
Cold Pitcher Matchups – April 25, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Kevin Correia MIN vs DET
8:10PM
105 33 5 1 11 3 9 .314 .326 .395 .721
Rick Porcello DET @ MIN
8:10PM
124 38 13 3 16 10 13 .306 .355 .455 .810
Shelby Miller STL vs PIT
8:15PM
82 24 14 6 11 6 15 .293 .348 .656 1.004


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