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

Cardinals (Adam Wainwright – R) at Cubs (Travis Wood – L), 2:20
Nationals (Stephen Strasburg – R) at Phillies (Cliff Lee –L), 7:05
Blue Jays (Brandon Morrow – R) at Pirates (Gerrit Cole – R), 7:05
White Sox (John Danks – L) at Indians (Danny Salazar – R), 7:05
Rays (David Price – L) at Yankees (Vidal Nuno – L), 7:05
Athletics (Dan Straily – R) at Red Sox (Clay Buchholz – R), 7:10
Brewers (Wily Peralta – R) at Reds (Mike Leake – R), 7:10
Dodgers (Josh Beckett – R) at Marlins (Tom Koehler – R), 7:10
Giants (Tim Lincecum – R) at Braves (Mike Minor – L), 7:35
Mariners (Felix Hernandez – R) at Astros (Brad Peacock – R), 8:10
Tigers (Rick Porcello – L) at Royals (James Shields – R), 8:10
Orioles (Ubaldo Jimenez – R) at Twins (Ricky Nolasco – R), 8:10
Mets (Zack Wheeler – R) at Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa – L), 8:40
Rangers (Colby Lewis – R) at Angels (Hector Santiago – L), 10:05
Diamondbacks (Bronson Arroyo – R) at Padres (Andrew Cashner – R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: STL/CHC

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Matt Garza, SP, MIL (Thumb) – Swelling in thumb has gone down leading to bullpen session on Friday.
Donnie Murphy, 3B, TEX (Foot) – Will be ready to play on Friday after entering Wednesday’s game as a defensive substitute.
Billy Hamilton, OF, CIN (Hand) – Expected to miss the next few games with a sprain to the hand.
Melky Cabrera, OF, TOR (Shin) – Did not play Thursday after suffering a shin contusion in Wednesday’s game, but likely to return Friday.
Bruce Chen, SP, KC (Back) – Thursday side session cut short and is expected to be placed on the DL.
Ryan Braun, OF, MIL (Oblique) – Did not play Thursday although the injury has improved.
Wilin Rosario, C, COL (Hand) – Showed good improvement during Wednesday’s batting practice session.
Jean Segura, SS, MIL (Head) – Returned to action on Thursday and will be ready for the weekend series facing the Reds.

Players on the DL

Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN (Hamstring) – Workouts are limited and has not resumed baseball activities yet.
Francisley Bueno, RP, KC (Finger) – Will start a rehab assignment over the weekend.
Wandy Rodriguez, SP, PIT (Knee) – Struggled in Thursday’s rehab start and may be pushed back before being activated.
Tony Cingrani, SP, CIN (Shoulder) – Was placed on the 15-day DL Thursday with shoulder tendinitis.
Russell Martin, C, PIT (Leg) – Suspension appeal will be heard next week.
Nolan Reimold, OF, BAL (Neck) – Was able to take batting practice but still no timetable for a return.
Michael Almanzar, 3B, BAL (Knee) – Will stay sidelined a bit longer after a PRP injection.
Carlos Quentin, OF, SD (Knee) – Expected to return to San Diego on Friday before heading out on a rehab assignment.
Tim Collins, RP, KC (Elbow) – Expected to be activated soon after striking out five hitters over two innings in Thursday’s rehab game.
Clayton Kershaw, SP, LAD (Back) – Expected to make his first start of the season on Monday.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, SEA (Finger) – Season-opening start pushed back to Saturday due to Wednesday’s rainout.
Aroldis Chapman, RP, CIN (Head) – Started rehab assignment on Thursday although the Reds will be very cautious and not push a return.

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

Activated from the DL

Manny Machado, 3B, BAL
Juan Lagares, OF, NYM
Troy Patton, RP, BAL

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

Tony Cingrani, SP, CIN (Shoulder)

Called Up

Steve Tolleson, SS, TOR
Red Patterson, RP, LAD
Kris Johnson, RP, MIN
Anthony Gose, OF, TOR
Curtis Partch, RP, CIN
Drake Britton, RP, BOS
Brad Boxberger, RP, TB

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

Nick Buss, OF, LAD
Moises Sierra, OF, TOR
Steve Lombardozzi, 2B, BAL
Jonathan Diaz, SS, TOR
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF, NYM
Elian Herrera, OF, MIL
Yoslan Herrera, RP, LAA
Michael Roth, RP, LAA

Signed

Mitch Maier, OF, KC – minor league contract
Tim Dillard, RP, MIL – minor league contract

Closer Watch

Los Angeles Dodgers – Relax Kenley Jansen owners, your closer is in no way of losing his job; however, it is worth noting that reliever Chris Perez picked up the save on Thursday facing Minnesota. Perez entered the game in the eighth inning with two men on base and continued on to the ninth inning where he pitched a total of 1.2 innings to lock down the win for the Blue Crew. Jansen is one of the better closers in the game right now, so chalk up Perez’ save to situational circumstance.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – May 2, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
L. Valbuena 3B CHC vs STL
2:20PM
A. Wainwright 11 4 3 0 0 1 0 .364 .417 .636 1.053
A. Craig 1B STL @ CHC
2:20PM
T. Wood 22 7 3 2 2 1 4 .318 .348 .636 .984
M. Holliday OF STL @ CHC
2:20PM
T. Wood 26 8 4 2 4 1 7 .308 .357 .615 .973
J. Jay OF STL @ CHC
2:20PM
T. Wood 22 10 2 0 3 3 1 .455 .520 .545 1.065
Y. Molina C STL @ CHC
2:20PM
T. Wood 27 11 6 3 11 0 6 .407 .393 .852 1.245
J. Kipnis 2B CLE vs CWS
7:05PM
J. Danks 16 6 3 1 6 1 2 .375 .389 .750 1.139
R. Raburn OF CLE vs CWS
7:05PM
J. Danks 37 13 8 3 9 4 9 .351 .405 .730 1.134
N. Swisher 1B CLE vs CWS
7:05PM
J. Danks 20 6 2 2 3 5 1 .300 .440 .600 1.040
B. Roberts 2B NYY vs TB
7:05PM
D. Price 19 6 2 0 4 2 2 .316 .364 .526 .890
M. Teixeira 1B NYY vs TB
7:05PM
D. Price 45 10 5 3 7 4 3 .222 .300 .467 .767
D. Espinosa 2B WAS @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Lee 19 7 4 3 5 0 5 .368 .368 .895 1.263
J. Werth OF WAS @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Lee 28 10 4 2 4 0 9 .357 .345 .679 1.023
R. Weeks 2B MIL @ CIN
7:10PM
M. Leake 12 5 4 2 3 0 2 .417 .417 1.167 1.583
C. Crisp OF OAK @ BOS
7:10PM
C. Buchholz 13 4 1 1 4 1 1 .308 .357 .538 .896
M. Cabrera 3B DET @ KC
8:10PM
J. Shields 43 18 9 2 7 4 6 .419 .468 .721 1.189
A. Jackson OF DET @ KC
8:10PM
J. Shields 28 9 4 0 2 3 8 .321 .387 .536 .923
A. Gordon OF KC vs DET
8:10PM
R. Porcello 31 11 4 2 7 1 6 .355 .375 .613 .988
E. Hosmer 1B KC vs DET
8:10PM
R. Porcello 14 5 2 2 2 2 1 .357 .438 .786 1.223
D. Wright 3B NYM @ COL
8:40PM
J. De La Rosa 10 3 2 0 0 5 4 .300 .533 .500 1.033
P. Fielder 1B TEX @ LAA
10:05PM
H. Santiago 12 5 1 0 0 1 1 .417 .500 .500 1.000
N. Hundley C SD vs ARI
10:10PM
B. Arroyo 10 5 2 1 1 0 2 .500 .545 .900 1.445
X. Nady OF SD vs ARI
10:10PM
B. Arroyo 24 7 3 2 5 0 2 .292 .292 .583 .875
Hot Pitcher Matchups – May 2, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Cliff Lee PHI vs WAS
7:05PM
156 46 22 7 17 4 39 .295 .315 .535 .850
Cold Batter Matchups – May 2, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. Baker C CHC vs STL
2:20PM
A. Wainwright 10 1 1 0 0 0 2 .100 .100 .200 .300
D. Barney 2B CHC vs STL
2:20PM
A. Wainwright 29 8 3 1 5 0 5 .276 .276 .448 .724
N. Schierholtz OF CHC vs STL
2:20PM
A. Wainwright 19 6 4 0 1 0 5 .316 .316 .526 .842
M. Aviles SS CLE vs CWS
7:05PM
J. Danks 17 4 1 0 2 0 3 .235 .222 .294 .516
M. Brantley OF CLE vs CWS
7:05PM
J. Danks 15 3 1 0 0 1 1 .200 .250 .267 .517
D. Murphy OF CLE vs CWS
7:05PM
J. Danks 11 2 1 0 0 1 4 .182 .250 .273 .523
C. Santana C CLE vs CWS
7:05PM
J. Danks 15 2 1 0 1 5 4 .133 .333 .200 .533
B. Gardner OF NYY vs TB
7:05PM
D. Price 14 2 0 0 1 3 3 .143 .294 .143 .437
K. Johnson 2B NYY vs TB
7:05PM
D. Price 17 3 1 1 2 0 5 .176 .176 .353 .529
J. Rollins SS PHI vs WAS
7:05PM
S. Strasburg 18 2 1 1 2 1 7 .111 .158 .278 .436
A. LaRoche 1B WAS @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Lee 19 4 2 0 1 0 4 .211 .250 .316 .566
N. McLouth OF WAS @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Lee 11 2 0 0 1 0 3 .182 .182 .182 .364
A. Rendon 2B WAS @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Lee 10 2 1 1 1 0 4 .200 .200 .500 .700
Z. Cozart SS CIN vs MIL
7:10PM
W. Peralta 14 2 1 0 0 0 2 .143 .143 .214 .357
B. Phillips 2B CIN vs MIL
7:10PM
W. Peralta 16 3 0 0 3 2 1 .188 .278 .188 .465
R. Johnson OF MIA vs LAD
7:10PM
J. Beckett 10 1 0 0 0 0 2 .100 .100 .100 .200
J. Mathis C MIA vs LAD
7:10PM
J. Beckett 10 2 2 0 1 0 4 .200 .200 .400 .600
A. Ramirez 3B MIL @ CIN
7:10PM
M. Leake 24 3 1 0 0 1 4 .125 .160 .167 .327
A. Callaspo 3B OAK @ BOS
7:10PM
C. Buchholz 20 4 0 0 1 1 0 .200 .238 .200 .438
J. Jaso C OAK @ BOS
7:10PM
C. Buchholz 12 2 1 0 1 1 3 .167 .231 .250 .481
F. Freeman 1B ATL vs SF
7:35PM
T. Lincecum 14 3 0 0 1 1 2 .214 .267 .214 .481
D. Uggla 2B ATL vs SF
7:35PM
T. Lincecum 13 0 0 0 0 2 6 .000 .133 .000 .133
N. Markakis OF BAL @ MIN
8:10PM
R. Nolasco 10 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000
R. Davis OF DET @ KC
8:10PM
J. Shields 16 2 1 0 0 0 3 .125 .125 .250 .375
T. Hunter OF DET @ KC
8:10PM
J. Shields 49 15 4 0 1 0 13 .306 .333 .388 .721
I. Kinsler 2B DET @ KC
8:10PM
J. Shields 39 7 4 2 2 3 3 .179 .238 .385 .623
V. Martinez DH DET @ KC
8:10PM
J. Shields 37 10 3 1 4 0 9 .270 .270 .405 .676
B. Butler DH KC vs DET
8:10PM
R. Porcello 42 13 3 0 6 1 9 .310 .318 .381 .699
A. Escobar SS KC vs DET
8:10PM
R. Porcello 21 1 0 0 0 0 4 .048 .048 .048 .095
S. Perez C KC vs DET
8:10PM
R. Porcello 10 2 0 0 0 0 2 .200 .200 .200 .400
C. Young OF NYM @ COL
8:40PM
J. De La Rosa 26 5 3 2 2 4 9 .192 .300 .462 .762
H. Kendrick 2B LAA vs TEX
10:05PM
C. Lewis 20 4 2 1 1 1 7 .200 .273 .400 .673
A. Amarista 2B SD vs ARI
10:10PM
B. Arroyo 10 1 0 0 0 1 1 .100 .182 .100 .282
C. Maybin OF SD vs ARI
10:10PM
B. Arroyo 10 1 0 0 1 2 1 .100 .250 .100 .350
Cold Pitcher Matchups – May 2, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Travis Wood CHC vs STL
2:20PM
139 49 20 8 25 8 23 .353 .387 .614 1.001
John Danks CWS @ CLE
7:05PM
175 48 24 8 25 20 29 .274 .342 .514 .856
Clay Buchholz BOS vs OAK
7:10PM
65 16 3 2 13 10 5 .246 .347 .372 .718


Recommended Pickup

Miguel Olivo, C, LAD – Olivo, who signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers in March, has an excellent shot of picking up full-time catching duties until A.J. Ellis returns in a few weeks. Let’s face it, backup catchers Drew Butera and Tim Federowicz just weren’t getting the job done for the Dodgers. Olivo is an intriguing short-term pick up in shallow leagues where you churn through back-stoppers, but in deeper leagues Olivo represents solid seasonal value considering his power potential with the bat (12 HR in 2012).

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SP: Bronson Arroyo, ARI ($11,566)
C: Derek Norris, OAK ($5,079)
1B: Paul Goldschmidt, ARI ($7,232)
2B: Scooter Gennett, MIL ($5,890)
SS: Ian Desmond, WAS ($5,021)
3B: David Wright, NYM ($6,643)
OF: Leonys Martin, TEX ($5,021)