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Dave Hunter

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

Cubs (Jake Arrieta – R) at Phillies (Roberto Hernandez – R), 7:05
Blue Jays (Drew Hutchison – R) at Orioles (Ubaldo Jimenez – R), 7:05
Twins (Kyle Gibson – R) at Tigers (Drew Smyly – L), 7:08
Indians (Justin Masterson – R) at Red Sox (John Lackey – R), 7:10
Pirates (Jeff Locke – L) at Marlins (Nathan Eovaldi – R), 7:10
Padres (Andrew Cashner – R) at Mets (Bartolo Colon – R), 7:10
Angels (CJ Wilson – L) at Braves (Aaron Harang – R), 7:35
Rays (Alex Cobb – R) at Astros (Collin McHugh – R), 8:10
Reds (Homer Bailey – R) at Brewers (Matt Garza – R), 8:10
Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann – R) at Cardinals (Lance Lynn – R), 8:15
Yankees (David Phelps – R) at Athletics (Sonny Gray – R), 10:05
Rangers (Nick Tepesch – R) at Mariners (Felix Hernandez – R), 10:10
Diamondbacks (Chase Anderson – R) at Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw – L), 10:10
Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa – L) at Giants (Tim Lincecum – R), 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Gerald Laird, C, ATL (Head) – Hit in the head by a backswing in Thursday’s game and will likely undergo MLB concussion testing.
Curtis Granderson, OF, NYM (Calf) – Missed Thursday’s game and may be sidelined Friday.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD (Shoulder) – Likely to miss Friday’s game after receiving a cortisone shot.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN (Finger) – Left Thursday’s game after injuring finger on a fielding play.
Josh Harrison, OF, PIT (Ankle) – Did not start on Thursday due to discomfort.
Stephen Drew, SS, BOS (Oblique) – Missed fourth consecutive game on Thursday and may go on the DL.

Players on the DL

Zach McAllister, SP, CLE (Back) – Will throw a side session before Sunday’s Triple-A rehab start.
Avisail Garcia, OF, CHW (Shoulder) – Will continue with baseball-related activities.
Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL (Finger) – Could start a rehab assignment in the near future after being reevaluated the week of June 19.
Matt Adams, 1B, STL (Calf) – Expected to be activated from the DL on Friday.
Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR (Hamstring) – Will be examined on Sunday after a three game Triple-A rehab stint concludes.
Gerrit Cole, SP, PIT (Shoulder) – Completed a 20-pitch bullpen session on Thursday.
Eric Young, Jr., OF, NYM (Hamstring) – Expected to rehab slowly so injury does not flare up.
Jason Giambi, DH, CLE (Knee) – Was placed on the 15-day DL on Thursday with inflammation.
Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF (Back) – Expected to take some swings on Friday.
Zach Rosscup, RP, CHC (Shoulder) – Should be ready to return to action soon after solid rehab production.
Eric O’Flaherty, RP, OAK (Elbow) – Expected to join the Athletics’ bullpen soon.
Edgmer Escalona, RP, BAL (Shoulder) – His continued rehab appearances point to being used as a long reliever once activated.
Brad Hand, RP, MIA (Ankle) – Should be activated from the DL shortly.
A.J. Ellis, C, LAD (Ankle) – Expected to be activated from the DL on Friday.
Jim Henderson, RP, MIL (Shoulder) – On track to resume throwing program by throwing off a mound next week.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, MIA (Concussion) – Expected to start a rehab assignment on Monday.
Tanner Scheppers, RP, TEX (Elbow) – Shut down for six weeks with inflammation.
Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX (Ankle) – Seeking a second opinion on Thursday.
Cliff Lee, SP, PHI (Elbow) – Threw on Thursday after a successful stint on Tuesday.
Michael Saunders, OF, SEA (Shoulder) – Was placed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday with inflammation.

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

Activated from the DL

Nick Swisher, 1B, CLE

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

Jason Giambi, DH, CLE – (Knee)
Michael Saunders, OF, SEA – (Shoulder)

Called Up

Michael Martinez, SS, PIT
Eric Fryer, C, MIN
Darin Mastroianni, OF, TOR
Jesus Montero, C, SEA

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

Nick Evans, 1B, ARI
Justin Bour, 1B, MIA
Trevor Cahill, SP, ARI
Casey Sadler, RP, PIT
Josmil Pinto, C, MIN
Bobby Korecky, RP, TOR

Claimed

Jordan Pacheco, C, ARI – (from Colorado)

Traded

Matt Tuiasosopo, OF, CHW – (traded from Toronto for cash)
Adron Chambers, OF, TOR – (traded from Houston)
Alejandro Solarte, RP, HOU – (traded from Toronto)
Will Dupont, 2B, HOU – (traded from Toronto)

Closer Watch

Tampa Bay Rays – If you’re looking for someone to emerge from the current bullpen-by-committee approach, take a chance on lefty Jake McGee who certainly has the best numbers on the season: 1.53 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 34 K.

Seattle Mariners – Fernando Rodney has been stellar over his last nine appearances for the Mariners. During that span Rodney has only allowed three hits over 8.1 IP, while locking down seven saves in the process.

Houston Astros – Chad Qualls has not given up a run since April 19, while seemingly entrenching his current role as closer for the Astros. There may not be many save opportunities for Qualls moving forward, but when he does get the call he’s a more than moderately safe option to lock down games.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – June 13, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
E. Encarnacion 1B TOR @ BAL
7:05PM
U. Jimenez 16 5 3 1 2 3 1 .313 .421 .625 1.046
D. Ortiz DH BOS vs CLE
7:10PM
J. Masterson 17 5 1 1 2 4 5 .294 .429 .471 .899
A. Pierzynski C BOS vs CLE
7:10PM
J. Masterson 38 14 4 0 4 2 5 .368 .390 .474 .864
D. Murphy OF CLE @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey 22 10 3 0 1 3 4 .455 .520 .636 1.156
I. Davis 1B PIT @ MIA
7:10PM
N. Eovaldi 10 3 3 2 6 3 2 .300 .429 1.000 1.429
R. Ibanez OF LAA @ ATL
7:35PM
A. Harang 12 3 2 1 2 2 6 .250 .357 .583 .940
A. Pujols 1B LAA @ ATL
7:35PM
A. Harang 79 27 11 5 16 3 7 .342 .353 .608 .961
M. Trout OF LAA @ ATL
7:35PM
A. Harang 15 7 1 0 2 2 3 .467 .500 .600 1.100
J. Bruce OF CIN @ MIL
8:10PM
M. Garza 16 6 4 2 6 1 5 .375 .412 .875 1.287
S. Schumaker 2B CIN @ MIL
8:10PM
M. Garza 12 6 1 0 0 1 0 .500 .538 .583 1.122
J. Votto 1B CIN @ MIL
8:10PM
M. Garza 16 5 1 1 3 2 3 .313 .389 .500 .889
P. Konerko 1B CWS vs KC
8:10PM
J. Guthrie 52 14 7 4 7 3 8 .269 .304 .558 .861
M. Moustakas 3B KC @ CWS
8:10PM
J. Quintana 19 8 3 2 3 1 5 .421 .450 .789 1.239
S. Perez C KC @ CWS
8:10PM
J. Quintana 22 7 5 2 6 1 3 .318 .348 .727 1.075
R. Braun OF MIL vs CIN
8:10PM
H. Bailey 25 9 5 1 6 2 7 .360 .407 .640 1.047
K. Davis OF MIL vs CIN
8:10PM
H. Bailey 11 5 3 2 4 1 2 .455 .500 1.091 1.591
S. Gennett 2B MIL vs CIN
8:10PM
H. Bailey 15 6 2 0 0 1 0 .400 .438 .533 .971
M. Reynolds 1B MIL vs CIN
8:10PM
H. Bailey 12 4 2 1 1 0 3 .333 .333 .667 1.000
R. Weeks 2B MIL vs CIN
8:10PM
H. Bailey 27 14 4 2 8 5 9 .519 .606 .815 1.421
M. Holliday OF STL vs WAS
8:15PM
J. Zimmermann 14 4 1 1 3 3 3 .286 .444 .500 .944
J. Jay OF STL vs WAS
8:15PM
J. Zimmermann 15 7 0 0 0 0 2 .467 .500 .467 .967
Y. Molina C STL vs WAS
8:15PM
J. Zimmermann 14 6 1 0 3 0 0 .429 .467 .500 .967
G. Parra OF ARI @ LAD
10:10PM
C. Kershaw 21 7 3 0 0 2 7 .333 .417 .476 .893
C. Ross OF ARI @ LAD
10:10PM
C. Kershaw 23 8 3 0 0 4 6 .348 .444 .478 .923
K. Seager 3B SEA vs TEX
10:10PM
N. Tepesch 10 5 3 0 1 0 1 .500 .500 .800 1.300
L. Martin OF TEX @ SEA
10:10PM
F. Hernandez 23 8 4 1 5 0 4 .348 .348 .696 1.043
D. LeMahieu 2B COL @ SF
10:15PM
T. Lincecum 11 4 1 0 1 1 4 .364 .417 .455 .871
W. Rosario C COL @ SF
10:15PM
T. Lincecum 16 6 4 2 4 5 4 .375 .524 .875 1.399
H. Pence OF SF vs COL
10:15PM
J. De La Rosa 19 5 4 2 6 3 0 .263 .364 .684 1.048
Hot Pitcher Matchups – June 13, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Drew Hutchison TOR @ BAL
7:05PM
62 13 4 1 3 4 17 .210 .266 .304 .569
John Lackey BOS vs CLE
7:10PM
154 33 10 3 13 19 44 .214 .313 .333 .647
Cold Batter Matchups – June 13, 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 TOR
7:05PM
D. Hutchison 10 1 1 0 0 1 3 .100 .182 .200 .382
A. Jones OF BAL vs TOR
7:05PM
D. Hutchison 12 2 0 0 0 0 3 .167 .167 .167 .333
J. Bautista OF TOR @ BAL
7:05PM
U. Jimenez 22 2 1 0 0 1 4 .091 .130 .136 .267
M. Cabrera OF TOR @ BAL
7:05PM
U. Jimenez 11 2 0 0 0 2 3 .182 .308 .182 .490
J. Mauer C MIN @ DET
7:08PM
D. Smyly 10 1 0 0 0 1 2 .100 .182 .100 .282
S. Drew SS BOS vs CLE
7:10PM
J. Masterson 12 1 0 0 0 2 3 .083 .214 .083 .298
A. Cabrera SS CLE @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey 27 5 1 1 3 1 8 .185 .241 .296 .538
N. Swisher 1B CLE @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey 64 10 3 2 6 9 24 .156 .280 .266 .546
B. Upton OF ATL vs LAA
7:35PM
C. Wilson 20 3 0 0 0 4 9 .150 .320 .150 .470
C. Iannetta C LAA @ ATL
7:35PM
A. Harang 11 2 1 0 1 4 4 .182 .375 .364 .739
G. Beckham 2B CWS vs KC
8:10PM
J. Guthrie 36 8 4 2 5 0 3 .222 .282 .444 .726
A. Ramirez SS CWS vs KC
8:10PM
J. Guthrie 42 7 3 0 0 5 4 .167 .271 .238 .509
D. Viciedo OF CWS vs KC
8:10PM
J. Guthrie 22 4 2 1 4 0 7 .182 .182 .364 .545
B. Butler DH KC @ CWS
8:10PM
J. Quintana 21 4 0 0 0 6 9 .190 .370 .190 .561
L. Cain OF KC @ CWS
8:10PM
J. Quintana 22 5 0 0 1 1 4 .227 .261 .227 .488
A. Gordon OF KC @ CWS
8:10PM
J. Quintana 23 3 0 0 2 0 4 .130 .130 .130 .261
E. Hosmer 1B KC @ CWS
8:10PM
J. Quintana 24 2 0 0 0 1 7 .083 .120 .083 .203
C. Gomez OF MIL vs CIN
8:10PM
H. Bailey 23 4 1 0 3 2 4 .174 .240 .217 .457
M. Carpenter 3B STL vs WAS
8:15PM
J. Zimmermann 14 3 1 0 4 0 1 .214 .214 .286 .500
P. Goldschmidt 1B ARI @ LAD
10:10PM
C. Kershaw 25 5 3 1 3 2 10 .200 .259 .400 .659
M. Montero C ARI @ LAD
10:10PM
C. Kershaw 29 6 3 0 4 0 11 .207 .207 .310 .517
J. Pacheco 3B ARI @ LAD
10:10PM
C. Kershaw 16 2 1 0 1 0 3 .125 .125 .188 .313
M. Prado 3B ARI @ LAD
10:10PM
C. Kershaw 27 4 0 0 0 1 3 .148 .179 .148 .327
A. Rios OF TEX @ SEA
10:10PM
F. Hernandez 38 9 2 1 5 2 14 .237 .275 .342 .617
J. Rutledge 2B COL @ SF
10:15PM
T. Lincecum 16 3 0 0 2 0 2 .188 .188 .188 .375
Cold Pitcher Matchups – June 13, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Aaron Harang ATL vs LAA
7:35PM
175 62 27 12 35 17 27 .354 .401 .664 1.065
Homer Bailey CIN @ MIL
8:10PM
205 65 23 7 33 17 38 .317 .376 .501 .876
Matt Garza MIL vs CIN
8:10PM
92 28 12 5 18 10 17 .304 .380 .538 .918
Jordan Zimmermann WAS @ STL
8:15PM
91 28 5 1 12 6 11 .308 .380 .383 .763

Recommended Pickup

Brandon Crawford, SS, SF – While his hitting dipped significantly since the start of the season, Crawford gives owners a solid option at a middle infielder spot. Over his last 10 games, Crawford has gone 12-for-34, raising his batting average from .236 to .255, while hitting one homer, scoring seven runs and driving in 10 RBI. Crawford is a dandy short-term pick up for counting numbers, and a decent long-term addition as well; just don’t expect the batting average to climb much more than it has of late.

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DraftStreet Value Picks

SP: Drew Smyly, DET ($11,610)
C: Yadier Molina, STL ($5,225)
1B: Chris Davis, BAL ($6,565)
2B: Jason Kipnis, CLE ($6,247)
SS: Brandon Crawford, SF ($5,687)
3B: David Wright, NYM ($6,109)
OF: Jason Heyward, ATL ($7,258)