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Clay Link

Clay Link

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)

Angels (Hector Santiago - L) at Yankees (Vidal Nuno - L), 1:05
Padres (Andrew Cashner - R) at Nationals (Tanner Roark - R), 1:05
Red Sox (Clay Buchholz - R) at Blue Jays (Brandon Morrow - R), 1:07
Tigers (Anibal Sanchez - R) at Twins (Phil Hughes - R), 2;10
Pirates (Francisco Liriano - L) at Cardinals (Tyler Lyons - L), 4:05
Indians (Zach McAllister - R) at Giants (Tim Lincecum - R), 4:05
Royals (Jeremy Guthrie - R) at Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen - L), 7:05
Rays (Cesar Ramos - L) at White Sox (John Danks - L), 7:10
Cubs (Travis Wood - L) at Brewers (Marco Estrada - R), 7:10
Reds (Mike Leake - R) at Braves (David Hale - R), 7:10
Athletics (Dan Straily - R) at Astros (Dallas Keuchel - L), 7:10
Marlins (Kevin Slowey - R) at Mets (Jenrry Mejia - R), 7:10
Phillies (Cliff Lee - L) at Diamondbacks (Bronson Arroyo - R), 8:10
Rangers (Colby Lewis - R) at Mariners (Felix Hernandez - R), 9:10
Rockies (Juan Nicasio - R) at Dodgers (Paul Maholm - L), 9:10

Day Game After Night Game: LAA/NYY, SD/WAS, BOS/TOR, DET/MIN, PIT/STL, CLE/SF

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Shin-Soo Choo, OF, TEX - (Ankle) Missed a third straight start Friday but still expects to avoid the DL.
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK - (Hamstring) Took batting practice prior to Friday’s game and is expected to avoid the DL.
Gio Gonzalez, P, WAS - (Shoulder) Felt tightness in his last start but manager Matt Williams said he is not too worried.
Seth Smith, OF, SD - (Groin) Held out of Friday’s lineup.
Bud Norris, P, BAL - (Hamstring) Suffered a minor injury Thursday but is expected to make his next start.
Conor Gillaspie, 3B, CWS - (Hand) Could land on the DL if he isn’t feeling better Saturday.
Jose Veras, P, CHC - (Oblique) Dealing with soreness.
Aaron Loup, P, TOR - (Illness) Fell under the weather Thursday night.

Players on the DL
Chase Headley, 3B, SD - (Calf) Expected to miss 2-to-3 weeks.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL - (Knee) Began his rehab assignment at High-A Frederick on Friday.
Casey Janssen, P, TOR - (Back) Not expected back with the Blue Jays anytime soon.
Mat Latos, P, CIN - (Elbow) Resumed throwing earlier in the week.
Wilson Ramos, C, WAS - (Wrist) Took batting practice Friday.
James Paxton, P, SEA - (Back) Tested his injury by throwing for five minutes from 45 feet Friday.
Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN - (Wrist) Begins a rehab assignment at Triple-A Rochester on Saturday.
Josh Willingham, OF, MIN - (Wrist) Still feeling tenderness but is expected to start hitting early next week.
A.J. Griffin, P, OAK - (Elbow) Expected to undergo Tommy John surgery next week.
Rafael Furcal, SS, MIA - (Hamstring) Rehab has been moved to Double-A Jacksonville.
Jhoulys Chacin, P, COL - (Shoulder) Reached 80 pitches during his rehab start Thursday.
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B, TEX - (Back) Placed on the 15-day on Friday with a herniated disk.
Jesse Crain, P, HOU - (Biceps) Developed bursitis and his timetable for a return has been pushed back.
Josh Johnson, P, SD - (Elbow) Transferred to the 60-day DL on Friday.
Ed Lucas, 3B, MIA - (Hand) Remains without a clear timetable for a return.
Matt Albers, P, HOU - (Shoulder) Hit the 15-day DL on Friday.
Brett Anderson, P, COL - (Finger) Moved to the 60-day DL on Friday.

Out
Jason Grilli, P, PIT - (Oblique) Will be placed on the 15-day DL.

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

Activated from the DL
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS

Placed on the DL (15-day, unless otherwise noted)
Chase Headley, 3B, SD
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B, TEX
Josh Johnson, P, SD (transferred to 60-day DL)
Brett Anderson, P, COL (transferred to 60-day DL)

Called Up
Kevin Quackenbush, P, SD
Jace Peterson, SS, SD
Lucas Luetge, P, SEA
Jose Cisnero, P, HOU

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Tommy Medica, 1B, SD
Brock Holt, 2B, BOS

Designated For Assignment
Alex Castellanos, OF, SD

Claimed Off Waivers
Hector Noesi, P, CWS (from TEX)

Signed
Brian Bixler, 2B, SD (minor league contract)

Closer Watch

Pittsburgh Pirates - A left oblique strain will push Jason Grilli to the disabled list -- contrary to reports he was not deactivated prior to Friday's game -- opening the door for Mark Melancon to slot in as closer. Melancon did very well in the role last season when Grilli was out with a forearm injury, notching 14 saves and blowing just one opportunity from July 24 to September 15. The Pirates haven’t formally named Melancon as Grilli’s replacement, but there’s little-to-no doubt that he’ll handle ninth-inning duties for the next several weeks.

Los Angeles Angels - Manager Mike Scoscia pulled the plug on Ernesto Frieri as closer Friday, two days after the right-hander gave up four earned runs while recording just one out for his second blown save of the season. Frieri has been shaky from the start, and currently sits on a 9.35 ERA and a 1.96 WHIP for the year. In his stead, Joe Smith will handle closing duties, and while Scoscia did say that he’s optimistic Frieri will “get it back,” everything will hinge on how Smith performs in the meantime.

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
E. Hosmer 1B KC @ BAL
7:05PM
U. Jimenez 23 9 2 2 6 6 4 .391 .517 .652 1.169
H. Kendrick 2B LAA @ NYY
7:05PM
H. Kuroda 10 4 2 0 0 1 1 .400 .455 .600 1.055
A. Pujols 1B LAA @ NYY
7:05PM
H. Kuroda 25 8 4 2 3 0 6 .320 .320 .640 .960
I. Stewart 3B LAA @ NYY
7:05PM
H. Kuroda 16 8 1 1 6 2 2 .500 .550 .688 1.238
D. Jeter SS NYY vs LAA
7:05PM
C. Wilson 23 9 1 1 2 4 6 .391 .481 .522 1.003
A. Soriano OF NYY vs LAA
7:05PM
C. Wilson 11 5 1 1 4 1 3 .455 .462 .727 1.189
W. Venable OF SD @ WAS
7:05PM
S. Strasburg 13 4 2 0 1 1 4 .308 .357 .538 .896
J. Gomes OF BOS @ TOR
7:07PM
M. Buehrle 30 10 3 0 4 4 5 .333 .417 .467 .883
W. Middlebrooks 3B BOS @ TOR
7:07PM
M. Buehrle 18 8 2 0 2 0 3 .444 .474 .556 1.029
D. Ortiz DH BOS @ TOR
7:07PM
M. Buehrle 69 20 10 4 14 4 8 .290 .329 .551 .879
D. Pedroia 2B BOS @ TOR
7:07PM
M. Buehrle 36 14 3 0 2 2 2 .389 .421 .472 .893
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 14 6 1 0 0 1 1 .429 .467 .500 .967
R. Doumit C ATL vs CIN
7:35PM
H. Bailey 16 8 4 1 2 2 2 .500 .556 .875 1.431
R. Sweeney OF CHC @ MIL
8:10PM
M. Garza 10 4 0 0 3 1 1 .400 .417 .400 .817
M. Cabrera 3B DET @ MIN
8:10PM
K. Correia 30 12 3 1 8 2 2 .400 .412 .567 .978
T. Hunter OF DET @ MIN
8:10PM
K. Correia 12 7 2 0 3 0 0 .583 .583 .750 1.333
A. Jackson OF DET @ MIN
8:10PM
K. Correia 18 7 2 0 0 1 3 .389 .421 .556 .977
J. Altuve 2B HOU vs OAK
8:10PM
J. Chavez 10 4 2 0 1 0 2 .400 .400 .600 1.000
C. Gomez OF MIL vs CHC
8:10PM
C. Villanueva 11 4 1 0 0 2 6 .364 .462 .455 .916
A. Ramirez 3B MIL vs CHC
8:10PM
C. Villanueva 10 4 3 0 1 5 4 .400 .563 .700 1.263
M. Reynolds 1B MIL vs CHC
8:10PM
C. Villanueva 16 5 2 2 4 3 2 .313 .421 .688 1.109
B. Dozier 2B MIN vs DET
8:10PM
R. Porcello 16 5 2 2 6 0 2 .313 .313 .688 1.000
J. Kubel OF MIN vs DET
8:10PM
R. Porcello 32 14 5 1 2 1 5 .438 .455 .656 1.111
T. Plouffe 3B MIN vs DET
8:10PM
R. Porcello 19 5 3 1 3 2 2 .263 .333 .526 .860
P. Alvarez 3B PIT @ STL
8:15PM
S. Miller 15 3 3 3 3 2 6 .200 .333 .800 1.133
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 13 5 3 0 1 1 1 .385 .429 .615 1.044
A. Hill 2B ARI vs PHI
9:40PM
R. Hernandez 24 8 3 1 4 1 5 .333 .407 .542 .949
M. Bourn OF CLE @ SF
10:15PM
T. Hudson 10 5 3 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 1.000 1.500
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
180 40 10 3 21 22 38 .222 .306 .326 .632
Robbie Ross TEX @ SEA
10:10PM
80 20 3 1 6 2 13 .250 .306 .311 .617
Josh Beckett LAD vs COL
10:10PM
75 16 7 3 11 8 18 .213 .289 .375 .664
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 25 4 2 0 4 3 3 .160 .241 .240 .481
O. Infante 2B KC @ BAL
7:05PM
U. Jimenez 18 3 1 0 4 1 3 .167 .211 .278 .488
M. Moustakas 3B KC @ BAL
7:05PM
U. Jimenez 26 4 2 0 0 2 8 .154 .214 .231 .445
S. Perez C KC @ BAL
7:05PM
U. Jimenez 16 2 0 0 0 0 1 .125 .125 .125 .250
R. Ibanez OF LAA @ NYY
7:05PM
H. Kuroda 17 3 1 0 0 0 2 .176 .176 .235 .412
J. Ellsbury OF NYY vs LAA
7:05PM
C. Wilson 17 4 1 0 1 0 3 .235 .235 .294 .529
B. Gardner OF NYY vs LAA
7:05PM
C. Wilson 15 4 1 0 0 0 4 .267 .267 .400 .667
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 18 2 1 1 2 5 2 .111 .304 .278 .582
A. Pierzynski C BOS @ TOR
7:07PM
M. Buehrle 20 7 0 0 3 0 4 .350 .364 .350 .714
S. Victorino OF BOS @ TOR
7:07PM
M. Buehrle 25 6 2 1 2 0 4 .240 .259 .400 .659
J. Bautista OF TOR vs BOS
7:07PM
J. Peavy 20 4 1 0 0 3 5 .200 .304 .250 .554
C. Getz 2B TOR vs BOS
7:07PM
J. Peavy 16 3 1 0 0 2 3 .188 .278 .250 .528
J. Reyes SS TOR vs BOS
7:07PM
J. Peavy 24 6 1 0 0 0 5 .250 .250 .292 .542
C. Granderson OF NYM vs MIA
7:10PM
H. Alvarez 15 3 1 0 1 1 4 .200 .235 .267 .502
D. Murphy 2B NYM vs MIA
7:10PM
H. Alvarez 12 2 1 0 2 1 1 .167 .231 .250 .481
C. Johnson 3B ATL vs CIN
7:35PM
H. Bailey 15 1 0 0 0 0 8 .067 .067 .067 .133
D. Uggla 2B ATL vs CIN
7:35PM
H. Bailey 21 3 0 0 1 3 5 .143 .280 .143 .423
E. Bonifacio 2B CHC @ MIL
8:10PM
M. Garza 14 5 0 0 1 0 3 .357 .357 .357 .714
I. Kinsler 2B DET @ MIN
8:10PM
K. Correia 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 .167 .167 .167 .333
K. Suzuki C MIN vs DET
8:10PM
R. Porcello 15 3 2 0 3 4 0 .200 .333 .333 .667
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 26 8 1 0 3 0 5 .308 .308 .346 .654
J. Smoak 1B SEA vs TEX
10:10PM
R. Ross 11 2 0 0 0 1 3 .182 .308 .182 .490
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
Carlos Villanueva CHC @ MIL
8:10PM
75 24 10 4 10 12 17 .320 .407 .564 .971
Kevin Correia MIN vs DET
8:10PM
120 41 9 2 16 5 9 .342 .361 .472 .833
Rick Porcello DET @ MIN
8:10PM
143 44 15 4 18 11 17 .308 .353 .463 .815
Tim Hudson SF vs CLE
10:15PM
62 20 9 3 14 5 7 .323 .381 .588 .969

Recommended Pickup
Mark Melancon, P, PIT - As discussed earlier, Jason Grilli has an oblique strain and is headed for the DL, which means Melancon will almost certainly be tasked with closing out games for the time being. Melancon is off to another brilliant start this season, with just seven hits and two runs allowed in 11 innings of work. The right-hander posted a minuscule 1.39 ERA over 72 appearances last season while working primarily in the setup role, but proved capable of closing when called upon in the second half. He has great control and has averaged nearly a strikeout per inning while with Pittsburgh (8.6 K/9), so even if Grilli ends up missing the minimum amount of time while on the DL, those two weeks or so in the closer’s role make Melancon worthy of consideration in nearly all formats.

Other Recent Recommendations: Alberto Callaspo, Jenrry Mejia, Corey Dickerson and Trevor Plouffe

DraftStreet Value Plays
P - Travis Wood, CHC ($14,322)
C - Yasmani Grandal, SD ($4,669)
1B - Nick Swisher, CLE ($4,593)
2B - Jedd Gyorko, SD ($4,417)
SS - Starlin Castro, CHC ($4,409)
3B - Will Middlebrooks, BOS ($4,708)
OF - Marlon Byrd, PHI ($5,110)