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Dave Hunter

Dave Hunter

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

Tigers (Justin Verlander – R) at Orioles (Kevin Gausman – R), 12:35
Angels (Garrett Richards – R) at Phillies (A.J. Burnett – R), 1:05
Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin – R) at Royals (Jason Vargas – L), 2:10
White Sox (Andre Rienzo – R) at Athletics (Tommy Milone – L), 3:35
Rays (Jake Odorizzi – R) at Mariners (Brandon Maurer – R), 3:40
Nationals (Doug Fister – R) at Diamondbacks (Brandon McCarthy – R), 3:40
Braves (Julio Teheran – R) at Giants (Madison Bumgarner – L), 3:45
Indians (Corey Kluber – R) at Blue Jays (Dustin McGowan – R), 7:07
Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka – R) at Mets (Rafael Montero – R), 7:10
Padres (Ian Kennedy – R) at Reds (Johnny Cueto – R), 7:10
Rangers (Nick Tepesch – R) at Astros (Scott Feldman – R), 8:10
Red Sox (Felix Doubront – L) at Twins (Kevin Correia – R), 8:10
Pirates (Francisco Liriano – L) at Brewers (Wily Peralta – R), 8:10
Cubs (Jason Hammel – R) at Cardinals (Michael Wacha – R), 8:15
Marlins (Undecided – R) at Dodgers (Paul Maholm – L), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: BOS/MIN, CHC/STL, SD/CIN, PIT/MIL

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Ichiro Suzuki, OF, NYY (Back) – Did not play on Tuesday, could miss Wednesday as well.
Carlos Beltran, OF, NYY (Elbow) – Received cortisone shot with the expectation of missing a few games.
Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR (Hamstring) – Did not play on Tuesday, but expected to avoid a trip on the DL.
Chris Tillman, SP, BAL (Groin) – Next start in question, although could avoid the DL.
Rick Porcello, SP, DET (Oblique) – Expected to be fine for his next start in Boston on Saturday.
Juan Uribe, 3B, LAD (Hamstring) – Available to pinch hit on Tuesday, but could be back Wednesday.
David Ross, C, BOS (Foot) – Hurt left foot during batting practice on Tuesday.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK (Neck) – Not expected to return to action until Friday.
Michael Saunders, OF, SEA (Knee) – Expected to miss Wednesday’s game even with showed improvement.
Starling Marte, OF, PIT (Back) – May miss a few games due to spasms and tightness.

Players on the DL

Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN (Hamstring) – Started rehab assignment on Tuesday.
Anibal Sanchez, SP, DET (Finger) – Will start on Sunday against Boston.
Jay Bruce, OF, CIN (Knee) – Resumed light running and expected to continue with batting practice this week.
Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA (Thumb) – Will start rehab assignment next week.
Michael Pineda, SP, NYY (Ribs) – Threw from 90-feet on Tuesday, with an expected return late May.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE (Oblique) – No pain after hitting off a tee on Tuesday.
Jason Grilli, RP, PIT (Oblique) – Will throw a simulated game on Wednesday.
Eric O’Flaherty, RP, OAK (Elbow) – Faced live hitters on Monday for the second time since Tommy John surgery.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, LAD (Shoulder) – Threw 45-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday.
Logan Morrison, 1B, SEA (Hamstring) – No setbacks after running the bases, but still not expected to return until late May.
Tanner Scheppers, RP, TEX (Elbow) – Return unclear after bullpen session on Tuesday.
Alex Cobb, SP, TB (Oblique) – Should return to rotation next week after a rehab start on Saturday.
A.J. Ellis, C, LAD (Knee) – Not expected to be activated until Wednesday at the earliest.
Taijuan Walker, SP, SEA (Shoulder) – Expected to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday.
Chad Billingsley, LAD (Elbow) – Could be activated in mid June if positive progress continues.
Bruce Chen, SP, KC (Back) – Bullpen session likely on Wednesday.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS (Thumb) – Likely out another 2-to-4 weeks after X-rays show bone is not fully healed.
Ryan Cook, RP, OAK (Forearm) – Reports show no pain after a throwing session.
Tom Gorzelanny, RP, MIL (Shoulder) – Starting a rehab assignment on Wednesday.
Shawn Kelley, RP, NYY (Back) – Placed on DL with strained lumbar spine.
Alex White, SP, HOU (Elbow) – May be assigned rehab assignment as early as next week.
Josh Willingham, OF, MIN (Wrist) – Will continue with batting practice over the next few days.
Asher Wojciechowski, SP, HOU (Back) – Rehab assignment likely next week.
Jesse Crain, RP, HOU (Elbow, Biceps) – On target for a rehab assignment by end of month.
Jaime Garcia, SP, STL (Shoulder) – Could rejoin rotation on Saturday.
Ethan Martin, RP, PHI (Shoulder) – Likely to see more rehab work before returning to action.
Darin Ruf, OF, PHI (Oblique) – Will continue rehab work without being rushed back.

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

Activated from the DL

Ryan Braun, OF, MIL
Carlos Quentin, OF, SD

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

Gonzalez Germen, RP, NYM (Virus)
Tyler Lyons, SP, STL (Shoulder)
Omar Infante, 2B, KC (Back)
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL (Hamstring)
Shawn Kelley, RP, NYY (Back)

Called Up

Jacob deGrom, SP, NYM
Kevin Pillar, OF, TOR
Sam Freeman, RP, STL
Jorge Rondon, RP, STL
Pedro Ciriaco, 2B, KC
Zoilo Almonte, OF, NYY
Elian Herrera, SS, MIL
Kevin Quackenbush, SD
Cesar Hernandez, 2B, PHI

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

Josh Rutledge, 2B, COL
Eric Fornataro, RP, STL
Jonathan Diaz, SS, TOR
Kyle Blanks, OF, SD
Cory Rasmus, RP, LAA
Caleb Gindl, OF, MIL
Chris Getz, 2B, TOR

Paternity List

Dale Thayer, RP, SD

Signed

Justin Greene, OF, ATL (minor league contract)

Closer Watch

Oakland Athletics – The revolving door continues in Oakland as Sean Doolittle picked up his second save of the season on Monday for the Athletics. Manager Bob Melvin is sticking by his guns and relying on a closer-by-committee situation, with Luke Gregerson and Jim Johnson in the mix with Doolittle. Doolittle is the least likely to get save opportunities moving forward considering he’s a lefty, although that doesn’t remove him from the mix. Doolittle hasn’t given up a run since April 26, so that’s a good sign if he’s still available in leagues.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – May 14, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. Hardy SS BAL vs DET
12:35PM
J. Verlander 31 8 4 3 7 1 6 .258 .273 .581 .853
D. Span OF WAS @ ARI
3:40PM
B. McCarthy 12 4 2 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .583 .917
J. Upton OF ATL @ SF
3:45PM
M. Bumgarner 23 9 2 1 1 4 4 .391 .481 .565 1.047
S. Schumaker 2B CIN vs SD
7:10PM
I. Kennedy 19 8 3 0 2 2 1 .421 .476 .579 1.055
C. Headley 3B SD @ CIN
7:10PM
J. Cueto 15 7 2 0 3 0 3 .467 .500 .600 1.100
S. Victorino OF BOS @ MIN
8:10PM
K. Correia 17 8 2 1 6 1 1 .471 .526 .706 1.232
R. Braun OF MIL vs PIT
8:10PM
F. Liriano 15 4 1 1 5 5 6 .267 .450 .467 .917
C. Gomez OF MIL vs PIT
8:10PM
F. Liriano 18 9 4 2 4 3 3 .500 .571 1.000 1.571
E. Nunez SS MIN vs BOS
8:10PM
F. Doubront 10 5 3 0 1 1 1 .500 .545 1.000 1.545
A. Rios OF TEX @ HOU
8:10PM
S. Feldman 38 11 6 2 5 1 4 .289 .308 .553 .860
J. Peralta SS STL vs CHC
8:15PM
J. Hammel 17 8 3 2 8 2 1 .471 .526 .882 1.409
J. Baker OF MIA @ LAD
10:10PM
P. Maholm 23 9 5 1 5 0 1 .391 .375 .696 1.071
R. Johnson OF MIA @ LAD
10:10PM
P. Maholm 18 8 3 0 0 1 1 .444 .524 .611 1.135
C. McGehee 3B MIA @ LAD
10:10PM
P. Maholm 25 8 3 1 5 5 2 .320 .433 .560 .993
Hot Pitcher Matchups – May 14, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Justin Verlander DET @ BAL
12:35PM
218 43 14 4 17 14 60 .197 .247 .303 .550
A.J. Burnett PHI vs LAA
1:05PM
64 12 5 1 10 7 19 .187 .261 .289 .551
Madison Bumgarner SF vs ATL
3:45PM
121 26 7 3 8 13 40 .215 .289 .326 .616
Scott Feldman HOU vs TEX
8:10PM
108 22 10 4 15 9 15 .204 .278 .363 .641
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Hot Pitcher Matchups – May 14, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Justin Verlander DET @ BAL
12:35PM
218 43 14 4 17 14 60 .197 .247 .303 .550
A.J. Burnett PHI vs LAA
1:05PM
64 12 5 1 10 7 19 .187 .261 .289 .551
Madison Bumgarner SF vs ATL
3:45PM
121 26 7 3 8 13 40 .215 .289 .326 .616
Scott Feldman HOU vs TEX
8:10PM
108 22 10 4 15 9 15 .204 .278 .363 .641
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Cold Batter Matchups – May 14, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
N. Cruz OF BAL vs DET
12:35PM
J. Verlander 22 3 1 0 2 1 6 .136 .174 .182 .356
C. Davis 1B BAL vs DET
12:35PM
J. Verlander 21 4 0 0 1 2 10 .190 .261 .190 .451
A. Jones OF BAL vs DET
12:35PM
J. Verlander 30 4 2 1 4 1 9 .133 .156 .267 .423
D. Lough OF BAL vs DET
12:35PM
J. Verlander 16 2 1 0 0 0 3 .125 .125 .188 .313
D. Young OF BAL vs DET
12:35PM
J. Verlander 30 6 0 0 1 2 10 .200 .273 .200 .473
E. Aybar SS LAA @ PHI
1:05PM
A. Burnett 12 1 1 0 1 1 3 .083 .143 .167 .310
H. Kendrick 2B LAA @ PHI
1:05PM
A. Burnett 17 4 1 0 3 1 7 .235 .278 .294 .572
A. Pujols 1B LAA @ PHI
1:05PM
A. Burnett 15 3 2 1 3 1 3 .200 .250 .467 .717
C. Pennington SS ARI vs WAS
3:40PM
D. Fister 21 1 1 0 0 1 5 .048 .091 .095 .186
J. Heyward OF ATL @ SF
3:45PM
M. Bumgarner 15 3 1 1 5 1 4 .200 .235 .400 .635
C. Johnson 3B ATL @ SF
3:45PM
M. Bumgarner 16 4 1 0 0 0 8 .250 .250 .375 .625
D. Uggla 2B ATL @ SF
3:45PM
M. Bumgarner 20 1 1 0 0 2 8 .050 .136 .100 .236
H. Pence OF SF vs ATL
3:45PM
J. Teheran 10 1 0 0 0 0 2 .100 .100 .100 .200
N. Swisher 1B CLE @ TOR
7:07PM
D. McGowan 15 2 2 0 1 0 8 .133 .133 .267 .400
R. Ludwick OF CIN vs SD
7:10PM
I. Kennedy 13 2 1 0 1 1 7 .154 .267 .231 .497
B. Phillips 2B CIN vs SD
7:10PM
I. Kennedy 13 1 0 0 1 0 2 .077 .071 .077 .148
D. Ross C BOS @ MIN
8:10PM
K. Correia 15 3 1 0 0 1 5 .200 .250 .267 .517
A. Beltre 3B TEX @ HOU
8:10PM
S. Feldman 21 4 2 1 4 1 2 .190 .250 .381 .631
S. Choo OF TEX @ HOU
8:10PM
S. Feldman 14 1 0 0 1 3 3 .071 .263 .071 .335
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Cold Pitcher Matchups – May 14, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Johnny Cueto CIN vs SD
7:10PM
67 21 6 3 10 3 17 .313 .361 .489 .850
Francisco Liriano PIT @ MIL
8:10PM
99 27 9 5 19 18 29 .273 .389 .474 .863
Paul Maholm LAD vs MIA
10:10PM
119 42 17 4 15 13 14 .353 .423 .587 1.010


Recommended Pickup

Johnny Giavotella, 2B, KC – A one-time prized prospect in the Royals organization, Giavotella has cooled in expectations considering his development through 2013. Giavotella has a decent chance to play every day while Kansas City regular second baseman Omar Infante is laid up on the disabled list. Giavotella has played very well at the AAA level in 2014, with a .352/.410/.484 slash line, while already hitting one home run since his call-up on May 9. At the very minimum, Giavotella gives deep-league owners a decent middle infield short-term play; however, there is a small chance that he can stick with the Royals even after Infante returns from injury.

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DraftStreet Value Picks

SP: Jacob Turner, MIA ($11,669)
C: Derek Norris, OAK ($5,024)
1B: Justin Smoak, SEA ($4,238)
2B: Danny Espinosa, WAS ($3,993)
SS: Ian Desmond, WAS ($4,621)
3B: Evan Longoria, TB ($6,845)
OF: Matt Kemp, LAD ($6,780)