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

Pirates (Charlie Morton – R) at Cubs (Edwin Jackson – R), 4:05
Braves (Mike Minor – L) at Nationals (Stephen Strasburg – R), 7:05
Orioles (Ubaldo Jimenez – R) at Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda – R), 7:05
Tigers (Rick Porcello – R) at Indians (Corey Kluber - R), 7:05
Astros (Jarred Cosart – R) at Rays (David Price – L), 7:10
Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey – R) at Reds (Mat Latos – R), 7:10
Mets (Daisuke Matsuzaka – R) at Marlins (Henderson Alvarez – R), 7:10
White Sox (Hector Noesi – R) at Twins (Ricky Nolasco – R), 8:10
Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma – R) at Royals (James Shields – R), 8:10
Phillies (A.J. Burnett – R) at Cardinals (Jaime Garcia – L), 8:15
Brewers (Marco Estrada – R) at Rockies (Christian Bergman – R), 8:40
Giants (Tim Lincecum – R) at Diamondbacks (Josh Collmenter – R), 9:40
Red Sox (Felix Doubront – L) at Athletics (Jesse Chavez – R), 10:05
Rangers (Joe Saunders – L) at Angels (Garrett Richards –R), 10:05
Dodgers (Dan Haren – R) at Padres (Ian Kennedy – R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Alex Gordon, OF, KC (Illness) – Did not start on Thursday.
Adam Lind, OF, TOR (Foot) – Did not start on Thursday.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR (Hand) – Missed Thursday’s game although X-Rays came back negative.
Ben Revere, OF, PHI (Knee) – Did not start on Thursday.
Justin Upton, OF, ATL (Illness) – Did not start on Thursday.
Glen Perkins, RP, MIN (Back) – Will be available for the weekend series.
Torii Hunter, OF, DET (Hamstring) – Hopes to return to action on Saturday.
Ryan Ludwick, OF, STL (Back) – Scratched from Thursday’s starting lineup.

Players on the DL

Dan Hudson, SP, ARI (Elbow) – Was transferred to the 60-day DL.
Mark Trumbo, OF, ARI (Foot) – Likely won’t return until after the All-Star break.
Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD (Wrist) – Was placed on the 15-day DL.
David DeJesus, OF, TB (Hand) – Will be in a cast for the next three weeks.
Bryce Harper, OF, WAS (Thumb) – Took soft-toss batting practice on Thursday.
Eduardo Nunez, SS, MIN (Hamstring) – Was placed on the DL on Thursday.
Mike Pelfrey, SP, NYM (Elbow) – Was moved to the 60-day DL on Thursday.
Wilson Ramos, C, WAS (Hamstring) – May start a rehab assignment over the weekend.
James Paxton, SP, SEA (Back) – Expected to throw a bullpen session early next week.
Pedro Beato, RP, ATL (Elbow) – Was placed on the 15-day DL.
Michael Saunders, OF, SEA (Shoulder) – Will start a rehab assignment on Friday.
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SD (Foot) – No timetable for a return after being put back into a cast.
Corey Hart, OF, SEA (Hamstring) – Will begin a rehab assignment on Saturday.
Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS (Knee) – Threw six shutout innings on Thursday in second rehab start..
Joe Kelly, SP, STL (Hamstring) – Had a good bullpen session on Thursday heading towards a future rehab assignment.
Cody Asche, 3B, PHI (Hamstring) – Expected to be activated from the DL on Friday.
Felix Doubront, SP, BOS (Shoulder) – Will start on Friday after being activated from the DL.
Bruce Chen, SP, KC (Back) – Struck out 11 batters on Wednesday in rehab start.
Dillon Gee, SP, NYM (Back) – Expected to start rehab assignment next week.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL (Finger) – Stitches will be removed in about a week.
Brett Anderson, SP, COL (Finger) – Expected to throw another bullpen session over the weekend.
Tyler Chatwood, SP, COL (Elbow) – Expected to throw another bullpen session over the weekend.
Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL (Finger) – Close to returning to action.
Gerrit Cole, SP, PIT (Shoulder) – Could return to the rotation June 28.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT (Appendectomy) – Expected to start a rehab assignment soon.
Brett Cecil, SP, TOR (Groin) – Was placed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday.

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

Activated from the DL

Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, MIA

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

Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD (Wrist)
Brett Cecil, RP, TOR (Groin)
Daniel Hudson, SP, ARI (Elbow) – transferred to 60-day DL

Called Up

Kevin Gregg, RP, MIA
Jake Goebbert, OF, SD
Matt Stites, RP, ARI
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF, NYM
Cameron Rupp, C, PHI
Steve Delabar, RP, TOR

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

J.T. Realmuto, C, MIA
Matt den Dekker, OF, NYM
Dan Jennings, RP, MIA
Tony Campana, OF, ARI

Closer Watch

Boston Red Sox – It’s worth mentioning that closer Koji Uehara gave up a run in one inning pitched on Wednesday. He did manage to pick up the win in a non-save situation, but the reason I bring Uehara up is that his save opportunities have been lacking since the end of May. During that time, Uehara has only managed to lock down four saves over a 20-day stretch. This is an indication of the Red Sox’ club as a whole and their struggles to gain wins this season. You’re obviously holding tight with Uehara if you own him, but you should lower your expectations a bit – he’s not a 35-save guy.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – June 20, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. Baker C CHC vs PIT
4:05PM
C. Morton 11 4 2 0 1 0 1 .364 .364 .545 .909
S. Castro SS CHC vs PIT
4:05PM
C. Morton 24 11 3 2 6 0 3 .458 .458 .750 1.208
I. Davis 1B PIT @ CHC
4:05PM
E. Jackson 11 3 2 1 2 3 4 .273 .429 .636 1.065
S. Marte OF PIT @ CHC
4:05PM
E. Jackson 17 8 2 0 1 2 5 .471 .550 .588 1.138
A. McCutchen OF PIT @ CHC
4:05PM
E. Jackson 26 12 6 3 9 6 4 .462 .563 .923 1.486
F. Freeman 1B ATL @ WAS
7:05PM
S. Strasburg 17 7 2 1 6 5 4 .412 .500 .647 1.147
J. Heyward OF ATL @ WAS
7:05PM
S. Strasburg 23 9 2 1 2 2 3 .391 .462 .565 1.027
D. Uggla 2B ATL @ WAS
7:05PM
S. Strasburg 30 12 4 2 10 3 11 .400 .455 .667 1.121
C. Davis 1B BAL @ NYY
7:05PM
H. Kuroda 21 6 4 2 5 0 7 .286 .261 .667 .928
N. Markakis OF BAL @ NYY
7:05PM
H. Kuroda 22 8 3 1 1 0 1 .364 .364 .591 .955
D. Murphy OF CLE vs DET
7:05PM
R. Porcello 14 6 1 1 2 1 2 .429 .467 .643 1.110
C. Santana C CLE vs DET
7:05PM
R. Porcello 34 11 5 3 4 3 7 .324 .378 .647 1.025
N. Swisher 1B CLE vs DET
7:05PM
R. Porcello 27 8 4 1 4 3 8 .296 .367 .519 .885
M. Cabrera 3B DET @ CLE
7:05PM
C. Kluber 21 11 4 3 7 2 4 .524 .565 1.000 1.565
V. Martinez DH DET @ CLE
7:05PM
C. Kluber 14 7 1 1 1 2 1 .500 .563 .714 1.277
C. Beltran OF NYY vs BAL
7:05PM
U. Jimenez 13 5 3 2 3 2 0 .385 .467 .923 1.390
S. Hairston OF WAS vs ATL
7:05PM
M. Minor 15 6 3 1 1 1 4 .400 .438 .733 1.171
A. LaRoche 1B WAS vs ATL
7:05PM
M. Minor 12 4 2 0 3 2 2 .333 .400 .500 .900
J. Werth OF WAS vs ATL
7:05PM
M. Minor 11 4 2 1 6 2 4 .364 .462 .727 1.189
R. Ludwick OF CIN vs TOR
7:10PM
R. Dickey 11 3 1 1 2 0 2 .273 .333 .545 .879
J. Reyes SS TOR @ CIN
7:10PM
M. Latos 10 4 2 0 1 0 0 .400 .400 .600 1.000
A. Ramirez SS CWS @ MIN
8:10PM
R. Nolasco 10 6 3 1 6 0 0 .600 .600 1.100 1.700
J. Buck C SEA @ KC
8:10PM
J. Shields 17 5 3 2 2 0 4 .294 .294 .706 1.000
R. Cano 2B SEA @ KC
8:10PM
J. Shields 81 32 14 4 13 4 15 .395 .424 .691 1.115
J. Mayberry OF PHI @ STL
8:15PM
J. Garcia 11 5 3 0 4 0 1 .455 .455 .727 1.182
M. Carpenter 3B STL vs PHI
8:15PM
A. Burnett 21 9 4 0 1 4 2 .429 .520 .714 1.234
P. Goldschmidt 1B ARI vs SF
9:40PM
T. Lincecum 24 13 8 7 17 2 5 .542 .536 1.458 1.994
A. Hill 2B ARI vs SF
9:40PM
T. Lincecum 17 9 4 0 2 5 4 .529 .636 .765 1.401
R. Ibanez OF LAA vs TEX
10:05PM
J. Saunders 23 8 3 2 6 1 2 .348 .375 .652 1.027
A. Ethier OF LAD @ SD
10:10PM
I. Kennedy 30 10 4 2 5 2 7 .333 .375 .600 .975
M. Kemp OF LAD @ SD
10:10PM
I. Kennedy 20 5 3 2 5 1 8 .250 .273 .600 .873
Hot Pitcher Matchups – June 20, 2014
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Hot Pitcher Matchups – June 20, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Hiroki Kuroda NYY vs BAL
7:05PM
149 34 13 5 10 2 23 .228 .234 .381 .615
David Price TB vs HOU
7:10PM
62 13 5 2 6 2 19 .210 .234 .352 .587
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Hiroki Kuroda NYY vs BAL
7:05PM
149 34 13 5 10 2 23 .228 .234 .381 .615
David Price TB vs HOU
7:10PM
62 13 5 2 6 2 19 .210 .234 .352 .587
Henderson Alvarez MIA vs NYM
7:10PM
85 18 7 0 7 6 16 .212 .262 .308 .570
Dan Haren LAD @ SD
10:10PM
125 31 13 3 16 4 32 .248 .270 .403 .673
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Cold Batter Matchups – June 20, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
D. Barney 2B CHC vs PIT
4:05PM
C. Morton 10 1 0 0 1 1 0 .100 .308 .100 .408
A. Rizzo 1B CHC vs PIT
4:05PM
C. Morton 15 3 1 0 0 2 2 .200 .333 .267 .600
P. Alvarez 3B PIT @ CHC
4:05PM
E. Jackson 23 5 2 1 3 0 6 .217 .217 .391 .609
C. Barmes SS PIT @ CHC
4:05PM
E. Jackson 16 4 0 0 2 0 1 .250 .250 .250 .500
R. Martin C PIT @ CHC
4:05PM
E. Jackson 19 3 1 0 0 1 3 .158 .238 .211 .449
T. Snider OF PIT @ CHC
4:05PM
E. Jackson 18 3 2 0 1 1 5 .167 .211 .333 .544
C. Johnson 3B ATL @ WAS
7:05PM
S. Strasburg 18 5 0 0 3 0 5 .278 .278 .278 .556
A. Simmons SS ATL @ WAS
7:05PM
S. Strasburg 11 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .083 .000 .083
B. Upton OF ATL @ WAS
7:05PM
S. Strasburg 13 2 1 0 0 2 7 .154 .267 .231 .497
N. Cruz OF BAL @ NYY
7:05PM
H. Kuroda 17 3 0 0 1 1 4 .176 .222 .176 .399
J. Hardy SS BAL @ NYY
7:05PM
H. Kuroda 20 3 2 1 1 0 2 .150 .150 .350 .500
N. Hundley C BAL @ NYY
7:05PM
H. Kuroda 14 2 0 0 1 0 2 .143 .133 .143 .276
M. Machado 3B BAL @ NYY
7:05PM
H. Kuroda 15 4 2 1 1 0 3 .267 .267 .533 .800
A. Avila C DET @ CLE
7:05PM
C. Kluber 17 3 2 0 3 3 5 .176 .300 .294 .594
T. Hunter OF DET @ CLE
7:05PM
C. Kluber 16 3 1 0 1 0 6 .188 .188 .250 .438
A. Jackson OF DET @ CLE
7:05PM
C. Kluber 11 2 1 0 1 1 3 .182 .250 .273 .523
B. Gardner OF NYY vs BAL
7:05PM
U. Jimenez 10 2 0 0 1 0 2 .200 .200 .200 .400
B. Ryan SS NYY vs BAL
7:05PM
U. Jimenez 13 2 0 0 1 1 4 .154 .214 .154 .368
I. Suzuki OF NYY vs BAL
7:05PM
U. Jimenez 12 3 0 0 2 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
M. Teixeira 1B NYY vs BAL
7:05PM
U. Jimenez 16 1 0 0 1 2 7 .063 .167 .063 .229
D. Espinosa 2B WAS vs ATL
7:05PM
M. Minor 13 3 3 1 3 0 4 .231 .231 .615 .846
R. Bernadina OF CIN vs TOR
7:10PM
R. Dickey 12 3 0 0 1 0 3 .250 .231 .250 .481
C. Carter OF HOU @ TB
7:10PM
D. Price 11 2 1 0 1 2 4 .182 .308 .273 .580
L. Duda OF NYM @ MIA
7:10PM
H. Alvarez 12 2 0 0 0 0 3 .167 .167 .167 .333
C. Granderson OF NYM @ MIA
7:10PM
H. Alvarez 19 3 1 0 1 1 6 .158 .190 .211 .401
E. Young Jr. OF NYM @ MIA
7:10PM
H. Alvarez 10 2 1 0 0 1 2 .200 .273 .400 .673
A. Eaton OF CWS @ MIN
8:10PM
R. Nolasco 12 3 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
D. Ackley 2B SEA @ KC
8:10PM
J. Shields 11 2 0 0 0 0 3 .182 .182 .182 .364
W. Bloomquist SS SEA @ KC
8:10PM
J. Shields 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .400
M. Byrd OF PHI @ STL
8:15PM
J. Garcia 10 2 0 0 0 0 1 .200 .200 .200 .400
R. Cedeno SS PHI @ STL
8:15PM
J. Garcia 10 2 0 0 1 0 1 .200 .200 .200 .400
R. Howard 1B PHI @ STL
8:15PM
J. Garcia 12 2 1 1 1 0 6 .167 .167 .417 .583
J. Rollins SS PHI @ STL
8:15PM
J. Garcia 17 3 1 0 0 0 1 .176 .176 .235 .412
A. Craig 1B STL vs PHI
8:15PM
A. Burnett 12 2 0 0 0 0 3 .167 .167 .167 .333
Y. Molina C STL vs PHI
8:15PM
A. Burnett 25 4 1 0 2 1 2 .160 .185 .200 .385
J. Peralta SS STL vs PHI
8:15PM
A. Burnett 20 4 2 1 6 2 5 .200 .261 .400 .661
D. Stubbs OF COL vs MIL
8:40PM
M. Estrada 15 1 1 0 0 1 8 .067 .125 .133 .258
M. Montero C ARI vs SF
9:40PM
T. Lincecum 57 10 4 0 2 3 15 .175 .217 .246 .462
B. Crawford SS SF @ ARI
9:40PM
J. Collmenter 16 4 1 0 1 0 3 .250 .250 .313 .563
H. Pence OF SF @ ARI
9:40PM
J. Collmenter 16 3 1 1 2 0 7 .188 .188 .375 .563
P. Sandoval 3B SF @ ARI
9:40PM
J. Collmenter 14 2 0 0 2 1 2 .143 .200 .143 .343
C. Iannetta C LAA vs TEX
10:05PM
J. Saunders 12 2 0 0 0 1 5 .167 .231 .167 .397
H. Kendrick 2B LAA vs TEX
10:05PM
J. Saunders 11 2 2 0 0 1 0 .182 .250 .364 .614
A. Pujols 1B LAA vs TEX
10:05PM
J. Saunders 11 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .083 .000 .083
M. Trout OF LAA vs TEX
10:05PM
J. Saunders 12 2 1 0 0 2 2 .167 .286 .250 .536
A. Beltre 3B TEX @ LAA
10:05PM
G. Richards 17 3 1 1 2 1 4 .176 .222 .353 .575
A. Gonzalez 1B LAD @ SD
10:10PM
I. Kennedy 25 5 3 1 3 3 7 .200 .276 .400 .676
H. Ramirez SS LAD @ SD
10:10PM
I. Kennedy 16 2 0 0 0 1 2 .125 .222 .125 .347
E. Cabrera SS SD vs LAD
10:10PM
D. Haren 17 5 1 0 0 0 4 .294 .294 .353 .647
C. Headley 3B SD vs LAD
10:10PM
D. Haren 35 10 3 1 4 1 10 .286 .306 .429 .734
W. Venable OF SD vs LAD
10:10PM
D. Haren 15 1 1 1 1 0 6 .067 .067 .267 .333
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Cold Pitcher Matchups – June 20, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Stephen Strasburg WAS vs ATL
7:05PM
146 46 10 5 26 19 41 .315 .395 .454 .849
Corey Kluber CLE vs DET
7:05PM
99 31 10 4 17 8 23 .313 .370 .501 .871
R.A. Dickey TOR @ CIN
7:10PM
81 26 10 4 8 5 19 .321 .372 .537 .909
James Shields KC vs SEA
8:10PM
156 52 21 8 19 6 32 .333 .358 .590 .948
Ricky Nolasco MIN vs CWS
8:10PM
77 25 10 4 17 5 15 .325 .362 .569 .931
Tim Lincecum SF @ ARI
9:40PM
192 59 23 8 30 17 43 .307 .357 .523 .880
Garrett Richards LAA vs TEX
10:05PM
65 20 3 1 8 5 12 .308 .354 .390 .744
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Recommended Pickup

Jake Arrieta, SP, CHC – Do you remember when Arrieta was a highly-rated prospect within the Baltimore Orioles system? I do. It’s crazy how things just don’t work out sometimes early on in a player’s career with one team, but they do with another team down the line. Arrieta isn’t a highly-touted prospect anymore, but rather a 28-year old veteran who is only realizing his potential now. I’m not saying that Arrieta is the next Clayton Kershaw (ahem), but the Cubs’ starter does provide solid value potential down the line. Over his last two starts, Arrieta has only given up one earned run over 14 IP while striking out 20 batters. Yes, you read correctly - 20 batters. Snag Arrieta while you can, just don’t expect dominant numbers. He’s well worth owning as we head toward the second half of the season, helping with your ratios, strikeouts and even picking up some wins here and there.

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