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Clay Link

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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)
Royals (Danny Duffy - L) at White Sox (Hector Noesi - R), 2:10
Cubs (Edwin Jackson - R) at Phillies (David Buchanan - R), 3:05
Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey - R) at Orioles (Bud Norris - R), 4:05
Indians (T.J. House - L) at Red Sox (Jake Peavy - R), 4:05
Rockies (Christian Bergman - R) at Giants (Ryan Vogelsong - R), 4:05
Twins (Samuel Deduno - R) at Tigers (Anibal Sanchez - R), 4:08
Rays (Chris Archer - R) at Astros (Jarred Cosart - R), 4:10
Padres (Jesse Hahn - R) at Mets (Zack Wheeler - R), 4:10
Pirates (Charlie Morton - R) at Marlins (Randy Wolf - L), 4:10
Reds (Mat Latos - R) at Brewers (Yovani Gallardo - R), 7:15
Angels (Garrett Richards - R) at Braves (Gavin Floyd - R), 7:15
Nationals (Stephen Strasburg - R) at Cardinals (Shelby Miller - R), 7:15
Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda - R) at Athletics (Scott Kazmir - L), 10:05
Rangers (Joe Saunders - L) at Mariners (Erasmo Ramirez - R), 10:10
Diamondbacks (Josh Collmenter - R) at Dodgers (Dan Haren - R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: KC/CWS, CHC/PHI, TOR/BAL, CLE/BOS, COL/SF, MIN/DET, TB/HOU, SD/NYM, SD/MIA

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Brian Dozier, 2B, MIN - (Back) Held out of Friday’s lineup after leaving Wednesday’s game with the injury.
Jason Heyward, OF, ATL - (Hand) Hit by a pitch Friday but X-rays were negative.
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU - (Hand) Expects to return in a couple days.
Christian Yelich, OF, MIA - (Back) Suffered a strain and was removed from Friday’s game after one inning.
Curtis Granderson, OF, NYM - (Calf) Sat out a second straight game Friday.
Josh Harrison, OF, PIT - (Ankle) Forced to miss a second straight start Friday.
Stephen Drew, SS, BOS - (Oblique) Missed another start Friday but the results of his MRI have not been made public.
Jenrry Mejia, P, NYM - (Back) Reported improvement Friday but said that his back was still tight.
Justin Turner, 3B, LAD - (Calf) Held out Friday with tightness.
Gerald Laird, C, ATL - (Head) Received another positive medical report Friday and deemed himself good to go.

Players on the DL
Cliff Lee, P, PHI - (Elbow) Played catch again Thursday and felt fine afterward.
Gerrit Cole, P, PIT - (Shoulder) Scheduled to throw a side session Sunday.
Gio Gonzalez, P, WAS - (Shoulder) Will be activated next week but an official return date has not been set.
Mark Trumbo, OF, AZ - (Foot) Still three weeks away from resuming baseball activities.
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B, CHC - (Ribs) Placed on the 15-day DL on Friday.
Matt Wieters, C, BAL - (Elbow) Set to visit Dr. James Andrews on Monday and Orioles are preparing for the worst.
Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR - (Hamstring) Earliest possible return date would be Tuesday.
Brandon Belt, 1B, SF - (Thumb) Now taking dry swings.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS - (Hamstring) Begins a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday.
Tyler Skaggs, P, LAA - (Hamstring) Ran and did some cutting on the field Friday.
CC Sabathia, P, NYY - (Knee) Threw on flat ground Wednesday and could return to mound work next week.
Eric Young, OF, NYM - (Hamstring) Joined Double-A Binghamton to continue his rehab assignment.
Dillon Gee, P, NYM - (Back) Could make it back in early July.
Eddie Butler, P, COL - (Shoulder) Hopes to be cleared to play long toss at 90 feet Saturday.
Corey Hart, 1B, SEA - (Hamstring) Took some batting practice swings Friday for the first time since suffering the injury May 19.
Michael Pineda, P, NYY - (Back) Out until at least August.
Cody Asche, 3B, PHI - (Hamstring) Rehab will move to Triple-A Lehigh Valley early next week.
Chad Billingsley, P, LAD - (Elbow) Diagnosed with a partially torn flexor tendon.
Francisco Cervelli, C, NYY - (Hamstring) Remaining with Double-A Trenton until the Yankees return home after this weekend’s series.
Danny Valencia, DH, KC - (Hand) Expects to return next week following a brief rehab assignment.
Brandon Guyer, OF, TB - (Thumb) Worked out on the field Friday and could DH for Triple-A Durham on Saturday.
Ender Inciarte, OF, AZ - (Concussion) Hit the 7-day DL on Friday.
Tyler Chatwood, P, COL - (Elbow) Completed a 25-pitch bullpen session Friday.
Jeremy Hellickson, P, TB - (Elbow) Struggled to the tune of four runs on six hits over 2.1 innings in his second rehab start for Triple-A Durham on Thursday.
Aaron Hicks, OF, MIN - (Shoulder) Landed on the 15-day DL on Friday.
Tom Gorzelanny, P, MIL - (Shoulder) Activation set for Saturday.
Jack Hannahan, 3B, CIN - (Shoulder) May resume hitting and throwing Monday.
Luke Putkonen, P, DET - (Elbow) Underwent successful surgery to remove a posterior osteophyte from his right elbow Thursday.

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

Sent Down
Oscar Taveras, OF, STL
Blake Treinen, P, WAS
Rudy Owens, P, HOU
Tim Federowicz, C, LAD
Nick Hagadone, P, CLE

Called Up
Xavier Cedeno, P, WAS
Josh Zeid, P, HOU
Tony Campana, OF, AZ
Kyle Crockett, P, CLE

Activated from the DL (15-day, unless otherwise noted)
Matt Adams, 1B, STL
Rafael Furcal, 2B, MIA (60-day DL)
A.J. Ellis, C, LAD
Ryan Sweeney, OF, CHC
Sam Fuld, OF, MIN

Placed on the DL (15-day, unless otherwise noted)
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B, CHC
Aaron Hicks, OF, MIN
Ender Inciarte, OF, AZ (7-day concussion DL)

Signed
Heath Bell, P, NYY (minor league contract)

Closer Watch

Chicago Cubs - Manager Rick Renteria turned to Neil Ramirez work the ninth inning of Friday's game against the Phillies with his team clinging to a two-run lead. Ramirez ran into some trouble, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, but he ultimately got Carlos Ruiz looking to end the game and earn his second save of the season. Hector Rondon has not pitched in a week, and while the team hasn't indicated as much, it would seem an injury could be in play. If so, the door is open for Ramirez to slot in as closer, and his numbers suggest he'd thrive in the role. In 18 appearances (16 innings) thus far, Ramirez has allowed just two runs on eight hits and five walks while fanning 26 batters.

Hot Batter Matchups – June 14, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
M. Byrd OF PHI vs CHC
3:05PM
E. Jackson 23 7 5 1 5 1 3 .304 .360 .609 .969
C. Ruiz C PHI vs CHC
3:05PM
E. Jackson 11 6 3 0 2 0 0 .545 .545 .818 1.364
C. Utley 2B PHI vs CHC
3:05PM
E. Jackson 11 6 2 0 3 1 1 .545 .583 .818 1.402
J. Hardy SS BAL vs TOR
4:05PM
R. Dickey 15 5 2 1 3 0 1 .333 .333 .600 .933
N. Markakis OF BAL vs TOR
4:05PM
R. Dickey 12 3 2 0 0 5 1 .250 .471 .417 .887
D. Young OF BAL vs TOR
4:05PM
R. Dickey 11 3 1 1 1 0 2 .273 .333 .545 .879
J. Kipnis 2B CLE @ BOS
4:05PM
J. Peavy 11 3 2 2 4 1 4 .273 .333 .818 1.152
W. Rosario C COL @ SF
4:05PM
R. Vogelsong 12 4 3 3 6 0 1 .333 .333 1.083 1.417
D. Navarro C TOR @ BAL
4:05PM
B. Norris 11 4 2 1 1 3 0 .364 .500 .727 1.227
J. Thole C TOR @ BAL
4:05PM
B. Norris 13 5 1 1 2 2 2 .385 .467 .615 1.082
A. Jackson OF DET vs MIN
4:08PM
S. Deduno 12 5 1 1 2 1 2 .417 .462 .667 1.128
G. Stanton OF MIA vs PIT
4:10PM
C. Morton 11 5 2 0 2 1 3 .455 .500 .636 1.136
J. Bruce OF CIN @ MIL
7:15PM
Y. Gallardo 42 15 5 2 9 3 9 .357 .413 .571 .984
T. Frazier 3B CIN @ MIL
7:15PM
Y. Gallardo 20 7 1 1 2 1 2 .350 .409 .500 .909
R. Ludwick OF CIN @ MIL
7:15PM
Y. Gallardo 29 11 4 3 11 6 2 .379 .486 .724 1.210
B. Phillips 2B CIN @ MIL
7:15PM
Y. Gallardo 54 18 5 2 7 3 6 .333 .379 .500 .879
J. Hamilton OF LAA @ ATL
7:15PM
G. Floyd 15 8 3 1 5 2 0 .533 .588 .867 1.455
R. Ibanez OF LAA @ ATL
7:15PM
G. Floyd 11 5 3 3 8 1 2 .455 .538 1.273 1.811
H. Kendrick 2B LAA @ ATL
7:15PM
G. Floyd 16 5 3 1 4 1 1 .313 .333 .625 .958
A. Pujols 1B LAA @ ATL
7:15PM
G. Floyd 13 7 3 2 8 0 1 .538 .538 1.077 1.615
C. Gomez OF MIL vs CIN
7:15PM
M. Latos 15 8 4 2 7 0 2 .533 .533 1.133 1.667
J. Lucroy C MIL vs CIN
7:15PM
M. Latos 10 3 2 0 1 3 0 .300 .462 .500 .962
J. Segura SS MIL vs CIN
7:15PM
M. Latos 14 7 1 1 1 1 2 .500 .533 .714 1.248
R. Weeks 2B MIL vs CIN
7:15PM
M. Latos 19 5 3 2 3 0 6 .263 .263 .632 .895
M. Teixeira 1B NYY @ OAK
10:05PM
S. Kazmir 20 11 6 2 8 8 3 .550 .633 1.050 1.683
A. Hill 2B ARI @ LAD
10:10PM
D. Haren 28 9 5 1 6 0 6 .321 .345 .643 .988
C. Owings SS ARI @ LAD
10:10PM
D. Haren 11 9 2 0 1 0 0 .818 .818 1.000 1.818
C. Ross OF ARI @ LAD
10:10PM
D. Haren 15 4 3 1 3 0 4 .267 .267 .600 .867
A. Ethier OF LAD vs ARI
10:10PM
J. Collmenter 13 5 2 0 1 1 0 .385 .467 .538 1.005
D. Gordon SS LAD vs ARI
10:10PM
J. Collmenter 10 4 0 0 0 0 0 .400 .400 .400 .800
Hot Pitcher Matchups – June 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
Jake Peavy BOS vs CLE
4:05PM
134 31 10 6 20 5 35 .231 .258 .399 .657
Anibal Sanchez DET vs MIN
4:08PM
88 15 3 1 5 16 26 .170 .298 .216 .514
Randy Wolf MIA vs PIT
4:10PM
93 20 8 4 13 14 14 .215 .315 .413 .728
Hiroki Kuroda NYY @ OAK
10:05PM
79 17 7 2 7 5 15 .215 .262 .366 .627
Dan Haren LAD vs ARI
10:10PM
118 34 13 3 16 2 23 .288 .305 .461 .766
Joe Saunders TEX @ SEA
10:10PM
65 12 3 2 8 3 8 .185 .221 .296 .517
Cold Batter Matchups – June 14, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
D. Brown OF PHI vs CHC
3:05PM
E. Jackson 15 3 1 0 3 0 2 .200 .200 .267 .467
C. Davis 1B BAL vs TOR
4:05PM
R. Dickey 21 5 3 1 4 0 8 .238 .238 .476 .714
A. Jones OF BAL vs TOR
4:05PM
R. Dickey 19 3 1 1 2 0 5 .158 .158 .316 .474
M. Machado 3B BAL vs TOR
4:05PM
R. Dickey 10 3 1 0 2 0 4 .300 .300 .400 .700
M. Aviles SS CLE @ BOS
4:05PM
J. Peavy 10 2 0 0 0 0 1 .200 .200 .200 .400
M. Brantley OF CLE @ BOS
4:05PM
J. Peavy 22 5 1 0 5 0 5 .227 .227 .273 .500
A. Cabrera SS CLE @ BOS
4:05PM
J. Peavy 23 6 2 1 1 0 7 .261 .261 .435 .696
D. Murphy OF CLE @ BOS
4:05PM
J. Peavy 10 2 2 0 0 2 3 .200 .333 .400 .733
R. Raburn OF CLE @ BOS
4:05PM
J. Peavy 15 3 2 2 8 0 2 .200 .188 .600 .788
N. Swisher 1B CLE @ BOS
4:05PM
J. Peavy 12 1 0 0 0 0 8 .083 .083 .083 .167
D. Stubbs OF COL @ SF
4:05PM
R. Vogelsong 13 3 0 0 1 0 5 .231 .231 .231 .462
T. Tulowitzki SS COL @ SF
4:05PM
R. Vogelsong 10 0 0 0 0 4 0 .000 .286 .000 .286
A. Avila C DET vs MIN
4:08PM
S. Deduno 11 1 0 0 1 2 5 .091 .286 .091 .377
B. Dozier 2B MIN @ DET
4:08PM
A. Sanchez 13 1 0 0 1 2 4 .077 .200 .077 .277
C. Parmelee 1B MIN @ DET
4:08PM
A. Sanchez 12 1 0 0 1 1 4 .083 .154 .083 .237
J. Willingham OF MIN @ DET
4:08PM
A. Sanchez 16 2 0 0 0 8 7 .125 .417 .125 .542
C. Barmes SS PIT @ MIA
4:10PM
R. Wolf 20 2 1 0 0 2 1 .100 .182 .150 .332
A. McCutchen OF PIT @ MIA
4:10PM
R. Wolf 25 5 1 0 2 3 3 .200 .276 .280 .556
C. Iannetta C LAA @ ATL
7:15PM
G. Floyd 11 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
R. Braun OF MIL vs CIN
7:15PM
M. Latos 17 2 1 0 1 3 5 .118 .250 .176 .426
M. Maldonado C MIL vs CIN
7:15PM
M. Latos 10 1 0 0 0 0 3 .100 .100 .100 .200
D. Jeter SS NYY @ OAK
10:05PM
S. Kazmir 45 6 4 2 7 3 13 .133 .220 .311 .531
A. Soriano OF NYY @ OAK
10:05PM
S. Kazmir 12 1 1 0 0 0 7 .083 .083 .167 .250
I. Suzuki OF NYY @ OAK
10:05PM
S. Kazmir 30 10 1 0 2 0 5 .333 .333 .367 .700
J. Donaldson 3B OAK vs NYY
10:05PM
H. Kuroda 12 2 0 0 0 0 4 .167 .167 .167 .333
B. Moss 1B OAK vs NYY
10:05PM
H. Kuroda 15 3 3 1 1 1 5 .200 .250 .533 .783
P. Goldschmidt 1B ARI @ LAD
10:10PM
D. Haren 13 2 0 0 3 0 1 .154 .154 .154 .308
M. Montero C ARI @ LAD
10:10PM
D. Haren 11 2 1 0 1 1 4 .182 .250 .273 .523
G. Parra OF ARI @ LAD
10:10PM
D. Haren 17 3 1 0 1 0 3 .176 .176 .235 .412
M. Prado 3B ARI @ LAD
10:10PM
D. Haren 15 4 1 1 1 0 3 .267 .267 .467 .733
W. Bloomquist SS SEA vs TEX
10:10PM
J. Saunders 14 1 0 0 0 1 1 .071 .133 .071 .205
Cold Pitcher Matchups – June 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
Edwin Jackson CHC @ PHI
3:05PM
116 43 16 3 20 8 19 .371 .416 .568 .984
Bud Norris BAL vs TOR
4:05PM
82 27 7 2 8 12 12 .329 .420 .470 .890
Gavin Floyd ATL vs LAA
7:15PM
94 35 17 9 32 5 9 .372 .409 .749 1.158
Josh Collmenter ARI @ LAD
10:10PM
67 24 12 8 18 7 11 .358 .426 .783 1.209

Recommended Pickup
Josh Rutledge, 2B, COL - It sounds like Nolan Arenado (finger) has a chance to return early next month, but that still leaves three weeks or so for Rutledge to play on a near-everyday basis. The 25-year-old Rutledge drew another start at second base Friday, his fourth consecutive start and sixth in the team’s last seven games, and Charlie Culberson isn’t likely to force DJ LeMahieu back to the keystone. Rutledge has been making the most of his opportunities, too, with nine hits and eight runs scored in his last five games coming into Friday, and while he flopped last season, he did hit .274 with eight homers and seven steals in 73 games as a rookie in 2012.

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DraftStreet Value Plays
SP - Jesse Hahn, SD ($11,722)
C - Miguel Montero, AZ ($5,267)
1B - Garrett Jones, MIA ($5,752)
2B - Josh Rutledge, COL ($4,394)
SS - Jean Segura, MIL ($5,466)
3B - Ryan Zimmerman, WAS ($5,558)
OF - Justin Upton, ATL ($5,709)