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Ryan Rufe

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

LAA (C.J. Wilson - L) at CLE (Justin Masterson - R) 12:05 PM ET
CIN (Homer Bailey R) at PIT (Jeff Locke - L) 12:35 PM ET
KC (Danny Duffy - L) at DET (Anibal Sanchez - R) 1:08 PM ET
MIL (Yovani Gallardo - R) at ARI (Chase Anderson - R) 3:40 PM ET
SEA (Erasmo Ramirez R) at SD (Jesse Hahn - R) 6:40 PM ET
TOR (Drew Hutchison - R) at NYY (David Phelps - R) 7:05 PM ET
ATL (Gavin Floyd - R) at WAS (Jordan Zimmermann - R) 7:05 PM ET
NYM (Zack Wheeler - R) at MIA (Andrew Heaney - L) 7:10 PM ET
HOU (Collin McHugh - R) at TB (Chris Archer - R) 7:10 PM ET
CWS (Jose Quintana - L) at MIN (Yohan Pino - R) 8:10 PM ET
PHI (David Buchanan - R) at STL (Shelby Miller - R) 8:15 PM ET
BOS (Jake Peavy - R) at OAK (Scott Kazmir - L) 10:05 PM ET

Day Game After Night Game: LAA/CLE (rained out Wednesday), CIN/PIT, MIL/ARI

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD (hand) -- Remained out of the lineup Wednesday and could be a DL candidate.
Norichika Aoki, OF, KC (groin) -- Held out of the lineup Wednesday, but could return Thursday vs. the Tigers.
Cody Asche, 3B, PHI (hamstring) -- Likely to be activated from the DL on Thursday.
Michael Brantley, OF, CLE (head) -- Won't return to the lineup until Saturday, at the earliest.
Brett Cecil, RP, TOR (groin) -- Was available to pitch Wednesday.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK (neck) -- Held out of the lineup Wednesday after potentially aggravating his neck injury during Tuesday's game.
R.A. Dickey, SP, TOR (groin) -- Expected to make his next start Friday vs. the Reds.
Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL (hamstring) -- Returned to the lineup Wednesday vs. the Diamondbacks.
Torii Hunter, OF, DET (hamstring) -- Will likely be held out of the lineup until the weekend after leaving Monday's game with a cramp.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SEA (neck) -- Expected to make his next start Friday vs. the Royals.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR (hand) -- Left Wednesday's game after getting hit on the left hand during an at-bat, but x-rays were negative.
Adam Lind, 1B, TOR (foot) -- Took swings in the batting cage Wednesday, hopes to play Thursday vs. the Yankees.
Eduardo Nunez, SS, MIN (hamstring) -- Remained out of the lineup Wednesday, but ran the bases before the game and was available off the bench.
Angel Pagan, OF, SF (back) -- Returned to the Giants' spring training facility in Arizona on Wednesday for additional tests on his back, but manager Bruce Bochy didn't believe the injury would require a DL stint.
Brad Peacock, SP, HOU (illness) -- Didn't travel with team to Washington after he was hospitalized due to food poisoning, but is expected to be fully recovered for his next start Saturday vs. the Rays.
Glen Perkins, RP, MIN (back) -- Was not available Wednesday due to soreness.
Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR (hamstring) -- Returned to the lineup Wednesday vs. the Yankees.
Ben Revere, OF, PHI (knee) -- Pinch hit during Wednesday's game and will be re-evaluated Thursday.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA (wrist) -- Left Wednesday's game due to swelling, but is not expected to miss any time.
Justin Turner, 3B, LAD (calf) -- Remained out of the lineup Wednesday, but likely to be available for the San Diego series beginning Friday.
Justin Upton, OF, ATL (illness) -- Experienced dizziness after Wednesday's game and is questionable Thursday vs. the Nationals.
Adam Wainwright, SP, STL (elbow) -- Came through Wednesday's bullpen session without incident and is expected to start Saturday vs. the Phillies.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT (appendectomy) -- Took swings in a simulated game Wednesday, hopes to return from the DL Tuesday when first eligible.

Players on the DL

Bronson Arroyo, SP, ARI (elbow) -- Diagnosed with a sprained right UCL
Dylan Bundy, SP, BAL (elbow) -- Will make two more starts at short-season Aberdeen before advancing in his rehab work.
Carl Crawford, OF, LAD (ankle) -- Returned to Los Angeles to undergo an MRI.
Brandon Guyer, OF, TB (thumb) -- Progressing in his rehab but remains without a return date.
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SD (foot) -- Shed his walking boot Wednesday, but isn't close to an activation from the DL.
Bryce Harper, OF, WAS (thumb) -- Took more swings in the cage Wednesday and went through a full outfield workout, including agility drills and catching with his bare hand.
Aaron Hicks, OF, MIN (shoulder) -- Will undergo a rehab assignment with Double-A New Britain soon.
Ender Inciarte, OF, ARI (head) -- Passed concussion tests and could be activated Friday.
Cliff Lee, SF, PHI (elbow) -- Felt fine Wednesday after throwing a 20-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday.
Francisco Liriano, SP, PIT (oblique) -- Could play catch Thursday.
Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX (ankle) -- Likely to miss the rest of the season after opting for ankle reconstruction surgery.
Brandon Morrow, SP, TOR (finger) -- Scheduled to perform light tossing Friday.
CC Sabathia, SP, NYY (knee) -- Is not expected to return for at least six weeks.
Tyler Skaggs, SP, LAA (hamstring) -- Threw a successful bullpen session Wednesday and plans to throw a simulated game Saturday.
Justin Smoak, 1B, SEA (quad) -- Began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday.
Juan Uribe, 3B, LAD (hamstring) -- Reported to High-A Rancho Cucamonga to ramp up his rehab program.
Matt Wieters, C, BAL (elbow) -- Underwent Tommy John surgery Tuesday and will miss the remainder of the season.

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

Activated from the Disabled List
Nate Eovaldi, SP, MIA (paternity list)
Gio Gonzalez, SP, WAS
Zach McAllister, SP, CLE
Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, MIA

Called Up
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF, NYM
Chad Smith, RP, DET

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Xavier Cedeno, RP, WAS
Matt den Dekker, OF, NYM
Sam Dyson, RP, MIA
Anthony Gose, OF, TOR
Dan Jennings, RP, MIA
Josh Outman, RP, CLE (designated for assignment)
J.T. Realmuto, C, MIA (Double-A Jacksonville)
Evan Reed, RP, DET (designated for assignment)

Closer Watch

New York Mets Dana Eveland earned a one-out save on Wednesday, retiring Matt Adams on a groundout into a defensive shift, as manager Terry Collins elected to play the lefty-on-lefty matchup for the game's final out. Collins stressed after the game, however, that Jenrry Mejia (who permitted a run on two hits in two-thirds of an inning Wednesday) is still the team's closer, regardless of matchups.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups June 19, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
M. Bourn OF CLE vs LAA
12:05PM
C. Wilson 20 7 3 0 4 2 5 .350 .409 .550 .959
N. Swisher 1B CLE vs LAA
12:05PM
C. Wilson 35 11 6 1 6 7 10 .314 .442 .571 1.013
J. Hamilton OF LAA @ CLE
12:05PM
J. Masterson 17 10 4 2 5 1 3 .588 .611 1.059 1.670
S. Marte OF PIT vs CIN
12:35PM
H. Bailey 15 4 4 1 3 0 5 .267 .313 .733 1.046
R. Martin C PIT vs CIN
12:35PM
H. Bailey 17 5 2 2 3 1 4 .294 .333 .647 .980
A. McCutchen OF PIT vs CIN
12:35PM
H. Bailey 40 12 3 0 1 11 10 .300 .462 .400 .862
G. Sanchez 1B PIT vs CIN
12:35PM
H. Bailey 16 5 1 1 2 1 1 .313 .353 .500 .853
M. Cabrera 3B DET vs KC
1:08PM
D. Duffy 14 4 2 0 2 5 4 .286 .474 .429 .902
J. Heyward OF ATL @ WAS
7:05PM
J. Zimmermann 12 3 2 1 3 2 2 .250 .400 .583 .983
A. Lind 1B TOR @ NYY
7:05PM
D. Phelps 11 4 4 2 3 1 3 .364 .417 1.091 1.508
A. LaRoche 1B WAS vs ATL
7:05PM
G. Floyd 11 2 2 1 2 3 4 .182 .357 .545 .903
D. Span OF WAS vs ATL
7:05PM
G. Floyd 38 17 4 0 4 1 5 .447 .462 .553 1.014
J. Mauer C MIN vs CWS
8:10PM
J. Quintana 15 7 2 2 4 1 2 .467 .500 .867 1.367
J. Willingham OF MIN vs CWS
8:10PM
J. Quintana 15 8 2 2 5 3 1 .533 .632 .933 1.565
D. Pedroia 2B BOS @ OAK
10:05PM
S. Kazmir 35 18 7 1 3 9 2 .514 .614 .800 1.414
Hot Pitcher Matchups June 19, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Anibal Sanchez DET vs KC
1:08PM
125 26 2 0 7 7 23 .208 .250 .221 .471
Danny Duffy KC @ DET
1:08PM
71 14 7 2 7 16 16 .197 .342 .355 .697
David Phelps NYY vs TOR
7:05PM
65 14 10 5 12 8 21 .215 .301 .531 .832
Jordan Zimmermann WAS vs ATL
7:05PM
100 22 7 2 6 8 23 .220 .289 .332 .621
Cold Batter Matchups June 19, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
M. Brantley OF CLE vs LAA
12:05PM
C. Wilson 14 1 0 0 0 2 1 .071 .188 .071 .259
A. Cabrera SS CLE vs LAA
12:05PM
C. Wilson 22 4 0 0 1 0 5 .182 .217 .182 .399
C. Santana C CLE vs LAA
12:05PM
C. Wilson 20 3 3 1 1 1 7 .150 .190 .400 .590
E. Aybar SS LAA @ CLE
12:05PM
J. Masterson 21 3 1 0 2 4 7 .143 .280 .190 .470
R. Ibanez OF LAA @ CLE
12:05PM
J. Masterson 18 3 2 0 2 0 3 .167 .167 .333 .500
A. Pujols 1B LAA @ CLE
12:05PM
J. Masterson 10 2 0 0 1 1 0 .200 .273 .200 .473
J. Bruce OF CIN @ PIT
12:35PM
J. Locke 11 2 2 0 3 0 1 .182 .182 .364 .545
J. Votto 1B CIN @ PIT
12:35PM
J. Locke 10 2 1 0 1 3 0 .200 .385 .300 .685
P. Alvarez 3B PIT vs CIN
12:35PM
H. Bailey 23 3 2 2 4 1 9 .130 .167 .391 .558
J. Harrison OF PIT vs CIN
12:35PM
H. Bailey 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 .100 .100 .100 .200
J. Mercer SS PIT vs CIN
12:35PM
H. Bailey 10 1 0 0 1 0 5 .100 .100 .100 .200
J. Tabata OF PIT vs CIN
12:35PM
H. Bailey 16 4 0 0 1 0 1 .250 .250 .250 .500
A. Jackson OF DET vs KC
1:08PM
D. Duffy 14 2 2 1 1 4 4 .143 .333 .429 .762
J. Dyson OF KC @ DET
1:08PM
A. Sanchez 13 2 0 0 0 0 4 .154 .154 .154 .308
A. Escobar SS KC @ DET
1:08PM
A. Sanchez 15 4 0 0 0 0 3 .267 .267 .267 .533
E. Hosmer 1B KC @ DET
1:08PM
A. Sanchez 16 3 0 0 1 0 1 .188 .188 .188 .375
O. Infante 2B KC @ DET
1:08PM
A. Sanchez 18 3 0 0 2 1 3 .167 .211 .167 .377
M. Moustakas 3B KC @ DET
1:08PM
A. Sanchez 10 1 1 0 0 2 3 .100 .250 .200 .450
G. Parra OF ARI vs MIL
3:40PM
Y. Gallardo 17 3 0 0 0 0 6 .176 .176 .176 .353
M. Prado 3B ARI vs MIL
3:40PM
Y. Gallardo 24 4 2 0 0 1 3 .167 .200 .250 .450
D. Uggla 2B ATL @ WAS
7:05PM
J. Zimmermann 19 3 1 0 0 2 5 .158 .238 .211 .449
B. Upton OF ATL @ WAS
7:05PM
J. Zimmermann 10 2 1 0 0 0 4 .200 .200 .300 .500
B. Lawrie 3B TOR @ NYY
7:05PM
D. Phelps 11 1 1 0 2 1 2 .091 .167 .182 .348
A. Pierzynski C BOS @ OAK
10:05PM
S. Kazmir 12 3 0 0 0 0 2 .250 .250 .250 .500
C. Crisp OF OAK vs BOS
10:05PM
J. Peavy 10 2 0 0 1 2 1 .200 .308 .200 .508
Cold Pitcher Matchups June 19, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Gavin Floyd ATL @ WAS
7:05PM
88 29 11 1 12 6 17 .330 .379 .487 .866
Jose Quintana CWS @ MIN
8:10PM
68 23 5 5 16 7 14 .338 .405 .567 .971
Scott Kazmir OAK vs BOS
10:05PM
109 32 10 3 11 19 23 .294 .398 .462 .861


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