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Adam Wolf

Adam Wolf

Adam began writing for RotoWire in the spring of 2012 as an undergrad student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He primarily serves as the site's day-to-day editor of NHL content, while also working as the Chicago Bears and Colorado Rockies beat writer, managing the site's Closer Grid, and contributing to the football and baseball magazines.

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

Astros (Scott Feldman -- R) at Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen -- L), 7:05
Cardinals (Michael Wacha -- R) at Pirates (Francisco Liriano -- L), 7:05
Angels (Garrett Richards -- R) at Blue Jays (Dustin McGowan -- R), 7:07
Twins (Phil Hughes -- R) at Tigers (Justin Verlander -- R), 7:08
Indians (Corey Kluber -- R) at Rays (Jake Odorizzi -- R), 7:10
Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin -- R) at Reds (Johnny Cueto -- R), 7:10
Phillies (Roberto Hernandez -- R) at Mets (Jenrry Mejia -- R), 7:10
Cubs (Jason Hammel -- R) at Braves (Julio Teheran -- R), 7:35
Red Sox (Clay Buchholz -- R) at Rangers (Yu Darvish -- R), 8:05
Diamondbacks (Brandon McCarthy -- R) at White Sox (Andre Rienzo -- R), 8:10
Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka -- R) at Brewers (Yovani Gallardo -- R), 8:10
Nationals (Doug Fister -- R) at Athletics (Tommy Milone -- L), 10:05
Royals (Jason Vargas -- L) at Mariners (Brandon Maurer -- R), 10:10
Marlins (Jose Fernandez -- R) at Padres (Tyson Ross -- R), 10:10
Giants (Madison Bumgarner -- L) at Dodgers (Paul Maholm -- L), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Michael Bourn, OF, CLE (hamstring) -- Returned to the lineup Thursday.
Jose Cisnero, RP, HOU (elbow) -- Has left the Astros and returned to Houston due to discomfort in right elbow.
Adam Dunn, 1B, CWS (calf) -- Returned to the lineup Thursday.
Omar Infante, 2B, KC (back) -- Sat out his second straight game Thursday and will not play until Saturday at the earliest, but expected to avoid the disabled list.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR (hamstring) -- Eyeing a return to the lineup Saturday.
Francisco Liriano, SP, PIT (hamstring) -- Wasn’t bothered by a nagging hamstring injury during this week’s bullpen session and will start Friday as expected.
Joe Mauer, 1B, MIN (back) -- Missed his fourth straight game Thursday.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL (neck) -- Scratched from Thursday’s lineup due to neck soreness.
Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI (groin) -- Served as the designated hitter Thursday. Manager Ryne Sandberg said Rollins is making progress in his recovery but won’t necessarily be ready to play shortstop this weekend.
Jonathan Villar, SS, HOU (thumb) -- Returned to the starting lineup Tuesday.
Matt Wieters, C, BAL (elbow) -- Served as the designated hitter in Thursday’s game against the Rays.

Players on the Disabled List
Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN (wrist) -- Continues to experience soreness in his wrist.
Chad Billingsley, SP, LAD (elbow) -- Has picked up the intensity and velocity of his flat-ground throwing program.
Dylan Bundy, SP, BAL (elbow) -- Threw a 50-pitch bullpen session Thursday.
Matt Cain, SP, SF (finger) -- Will return from the disabled list to pitch Saturday.
Alex Cobb, SP, TB (oblique) -- Set to face hitters Friday.
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL (oblique) -- Took 20 swings in the batting cage Thursday and will attempt to hit on the field Friday.
Adam Eaton, OF, CWS (hamstring) -- Will likely head out on a rehab assignment before rejoining the White Sox.
A.J. Ellis, C, LAD (knee) -- Has been sent to extended spring training to get at-bats.
Neftail Feliz, RP, TEX (arm) -- No longer dealing with fatigue in right arm and may soon start throwing live batting practice.
Jaime Garcia, SP, STL (shoulder) -- GM John Mozeliak said Thursday that Garcia may only need one more rehab start, likely either Sunday or Monday.
Chase Headley, 3B, SD (calf) -- Expected to return to the lineup Saturday against the Marlins.
Jeremy Hellickson, SP, TB (elbow) -- Will throw another bullpen session over the weekend.
Joe Kelly, SP, STL (hamstring) -- GM John Mozeliak said Thursday that Kelly hasn’t made much progress in his recovery and could be out until June.
Logan Morrison, 1B, SEA (hamstring) -- Still unable to run at full speed and does not have a timetable for a return.
James Paxton, SP, SEA (back) -- Scheduled for a bullpen workout Friday.
Jurickson Profar, 2B, TEX (shoulder) -- Expected to head to Arizona to play in extended spring training games next week.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, LAD (shoulder) -- Has not resumed throwing and is unlikely to be activated from DL when first eligible Tuesday.
Chris Sale, SP, CWS (arm) -- Will throw another bullpen session Saturday.
Joe Saunders, P, TEX (ankle) -- Expected to make a few rehab appearances before rejoining the Rangers bullpen.
Taijuan Walker, SP, SEA (shoulder) -- Scheduled for a bullpen workout Sunday.

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

Called Up (from Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Luis Garcia, RP, PHI
Justin Germano, P, TEX
Matt Guerrier, RP, MIN
Eduardo Nunez, INF, MIN
Rougned Odor, 2B, TEX (from Double-A)
Kevin Quackenbush, RP, SD
Luis Sardinas, 2B, TEX (from Double-A)

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Hector Ambriz, RP, SD (designated for assignment)
Scott Baker, P, TEX (designated for assignment)
Buddy Boshers, RP, LAA
Shawn Camp, RP, PHI
Logan Darnell, RP, MIN
Pedro Florimon, SS, MIN
Freddy Galvis, 2B, PHI
Chris Herrmann, OF, MIN
Chad Jenkins, RP, TOR
Arnold Leon, P, OAK
Nick Maronde, RP, LAA
Brooks Raley, P, MIN
Erasmo Ramirez, SP, SEA
Josh Wilson, 2B, TEX (designated for assignment)

Claimed Off Waivers
Brooks Raley, P, from MIN to LAA

Activated from Disabled List (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Adam Lind, 1B, TOR

Placed on Disabled List (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Sam Fuld, OF, MIN (7-day DL)
Donnie Murphy, 2B, TEX

Signed
Shelley Duncan, OF, CIN (minor league contract)
Lou Marson, C, CIN (minor league contract)
Nik Turley, SP, NYY (minor league contract)

Closer Watch

Baltimore -- After Tommy Hunter pitched both of the previous two days, manager Buck Showalter turned to Darren O’Day for Thursday’s save chance against the Rays, which the sidewinding righty converted successfully. He didn’t notch the save without a little bit of a battle, however, yielding base hits to the first two batters he faced before coaxing a key double play to diminish the threat. Though O’Day owns a sparkling 0.69 ERA on the season, Hunter has pitched well enough to hold him off for save duties for now.

Hot Batter Matchups – May 9, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
D. Young OF BAL vs HOU
7:05PM
S. Feldman 14 4 3 0 2 0 1 .286 .286 .571 .857
M. Ellis 2B STL @ PIT
7:05PM
F. Liriano 14 8 3 1 4 2 4 .571 .625 .929 1.554
M. Holliday OF STL @ PIT
7:05PM
F. Liriano 14 5 1 0 1 1 0 .357 .438 .429 .866
J. Peralta SS STL @ PIT
7:05PM
F. Liriano 40 13 3 2 6 7 13 .325 .426 .500 .926
M. Cabrera 3B DET vs MIN
7:08PM
P. Hughes 28 15 9 5 12 1 3 .536 .567 1.214 1.781
T. Hunter OF DET vs MIN
7:08PM
P. Hughes 17 8 2 0 3 1 4 .471 .474 .588 1.062
J. Mauer C MIN @ DET
7:08PM
J. Verlander 62 23 7 3 9 12 10 .371 .473 .581 1.054
S. Schumaker 2B CIN vs COL
7:10PM
J. Chacin 10 4 0 0 0 0 2 .400 .400 .400 .800
C. Gonzalez OF COL @ CIN
7:10PM
J. Cueto 10 4 2 1 6 1 3 .400 .500 .800 1.300
C. Granderson OF NYM vs PHI
7:10PM
R. Hernandez 41 17 9 3 6 7 8 .415 .500 .854 1.354
J. Upton OF ATL vs CHC
7:35PM
J. Hammel 23 7 3 1 7 2 6 .304 .360 .522 .882
A. Callaspo 3B OAK vs WAS
10:05PM
D. Fister 17 6 1 1 3 1 1 .353 .389 .529 .918
C. Crisp OF OAK vs WAS
10:05PM
D. Fister 15 6 2 0 1 0 1 .400 .400 .667 1.067
R. Cano 2B SEA vs KC
10:10PM
J. Vargas 20 9 2 0 3 1 2 .450 .476 .550 1.026
A. Pagan OF SF @ LAD
10:10PM
P. Maholm 28 9 3 1 3 4 4 .321 .406 .500 .906
H. Pence OF SF @ LAD
10:10PM
P. Maholm 55 16 8 2 9 3 5 .291 .328 .527 .855
B. Posey C SF @ LAD
10:10PM
P. Maholm 11 4 2 0 4 2 0 .364 .429 .545 .974
P. Sandoval 3B SF @ LAD
10:10PM
P. Maholm 19 7 3 2 5 0 0 .368 .400 .737 1.137
Hot Pitcher Matchups – May 9, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Clay Buchholz BOS @ TEX
8:05PM
72 9 5 0 4 6 16 .125 .194 .197 .391
Yovani Gallardo MIL vs NYY
8:10PM
88 17 7 3 10 12 23 .193 .290 .342 .632
Madison Bumgarner SF @ LAD
10:10PM
169 38 12 2 12 9 45 .225 .269 .329 .598
Cold Batter Matchups – May 9, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
A. Jones OF BAL vs HOU
7:05PM
S. Feldman 15 1 0 0 0 1 4 .067 .125 .067 .192
M. Carpenter 3B STL @ PIT
7:05PM
F. Liriano 15 3 1 0 1 1 4 .200 .250 .267 .517
A. Craig 1B STL @ PIT
7:05PM
F. Liriano 12 1 0 0 1 1 6 .083 .143 .083 .226
Y. Molina C STL @ PIT
7:05PM
F. Liriano 10 2 1 1 1 0 3 .200 .200 .500 .700
A. Avila C DET vs MIN
7:08PM
P. Hughes 11 1 0 0 0 0 5 .091 .091 .091 .182
D. Kelly OF DET vs MIN
7:08PM
P. Hughes 10 2 0 0 0 2 1 .200 .333 .200 .533
I. Kinsler 2B DET vs MIN
7:08PM
P. Hughes 16 2 2 0 1 1 1 .125 .167 .250 .417
V. Martinez DH DET vs MIN
7:08PM
P. Hughes 21 7 2 0 2 0 3 .333 .318 .429 .747
T. Plouffe 3B MIN @ DET
7:08PM
J. Verlander 24 4 1 0 0 0 7 .167 .167 .208 .375
J. Arencibia C TEX vs BOS
8:05PM
C. Buchholz 20 0 0 0 0 0 5 .000 .000 .000 .000
S. Choo OF TEX vs BOS
8:05PM
C. Buchholz 10 1 1 0 0 2 3 .100 .308 .200 .508
A. Rios OF TEX vs BOS
8:05PM
C. Buchholz 15 3 1 0 3 2 2 .200 .263 .267 .530
K. Johnson 2B NYY @ MIL
8:10PM
Y. Gallardo 12 2 1 1 1 5 4 .167 .412 .417 .828
B. McCann C NYY @ MIL
8:10PM
Y. Gallardo 15 2 2 0 0 3 3 .133 .278 .267 .544
A. Soriano OF NYY @ MIL
8:10PM
Y. Gallardo 25 4 2 1 4 1 11 .160 .192 .320 .512
A. Ethier OF LAD vs SF
10:10PM
M. Bumgarner 24 3 1 0 1 0 9 .125 .160 .167 .327
A. Gonzalez 1B LAD vs SF
10:10PM
M. Bumgarner 26 4 2 0 2 0 5 .154 .154 .231 .385
M. Kemp OF LAD vs SF
10:10PM
M. Bumgarner 24 4 1 0 1 3 7 .167 .259 .208 .468
Y. Puig OF LAD vs SF
10:10PM
M. Bumgarner 15 4 1 1 1 0 5 .267 .267 .467 .733
H. Ramirez SS LAD vs SF
10:10PM
M. Bumgarner 20 4 2 0 2 1 4 .200 .238 .350 .588
J. Uribe 3B LAD vs SF
10:10PM
M. Bumgarner 24 7 2 1 3 1 8 .292 .320 .458 .778
K. Seager 3B SEA vs KC
10:10PM
J. Vargas 10 1 0 0 0 0 3 .100 .100 .100 .200
M. Morse OF SF @ LAD
10:10PM
P. Maholm 15 3 1 1 1 2 5 .200 .294 .400 .694
Cold Pitcher Matchups – May 9, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Francisco Liriano PIT vs STL
7:05PM
131 42 12 4 18 13 34 .321 .382 .483 .866
Roberto Hernandez PHI @ NYM
7:10PM
65 22 10 3 9 14 10 .338 .463 .623 1.086
Jason Hammel CHC @ ATL
7:35PM
67 21 5 2 15 7 10 .313 .377 .435 .812
Doug Fister WAS @ OAK
10:05PM
108 36 10 1 12 4 13 .333 .357 .461 .818
Paul Maholm LAD vs SF
10:10PM
150 46 18 6 25 13 17 .307 .363 .509 .872
Recommended Pickup

Rougned Odor, 2B, TEX -- The Rangers surprised just about everybody by calling up not one but two of their prized infield prospects in Odor and Luis Sardinas on Thursday, but it’s the former who should command most of the attention in fantasy leagues. Odor is just 20 years old, but has already shown advanced contact-hitting skills for his age, along with the ability to steal bases. While he’s not nearly the caliber of a prospect Jurickson Profar was upon his promotion to the big leagues, Odor still has a chance to develop into one of the better middle infield players in the game once he hits his prime. A breakout probably won’t fully materialize for Odor in his first exposure to big league pitching, but with Donnie Murphy and Josh Wilson out of the picture and Profar likely on the DL until June, the 20-year-old will at least get a shot at flashing his talent with regular at-bats. He makes for a good speculative pickup in AL-only or deeper formats (if available) at this time.

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DraftStreet Value Picks
SP: Jason Vargas, KC ($11,758)
C: John Jaso, OAK ($4,512)
1B: Ryan Howard, PHI ($6,652)
2B: Brandon Phillips, CIN ($5,127)
3B: Manny Machado, BAL ($5,319)
SS: Derek Jeter, NYY ($3,368)
OF: George Springer, HOU ($4,558)