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Ryan Rufe

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

ATL (Mike Minor - L) at HOU (Jarred Cosart - R) 2:10 PM ET
MIN (Ricky Nolasco – R) at LAA (Jered Weaver - R) 3:35 PM ET
MIA (Tom Koehler - R) at PHI (Cole Hamels - L) 7:05 PM ET
NYM (Daisuke Matsuzaka - R) at PIT (Vance Worley - R) 7:05 PM ET
CWS (Scott Carroll - R) at TOR (J.A. Happ - L) 7:07 PM ET
DET (Rick Porcello - R) at TEX (Nick Martinez - R) 8:05 PM ET
WAS (Doug Fister - R) at CHC (Travis Wood - L) 8:05 PM ET
COL (Christian Friedrich - L) at MIL (Wily Peralta - R) 8:10 PM ET
STL (Adam Wainwright - R) at LAD (Josh Beckett - R) 10:10 PM ET
CIN (Mike Leake - R) at SF (Ryan Vogelsong - R) 10:15 PM ET

Day Game After Night Game: ATL/HOU, MIN/LAA

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Jose Bautista, OF, TOR (hamstring) -- Missed his third straight start Wednesday, but was available to pinch-hit off the bench.
David Freese, 3B, LAA (elbow) -- Was held out of the lineup Wednesday after being hit by a pitch Tuesday night.
Ryan Hanigan, C, TB (neck) -- Remained out of the lineup Wednesday, is hopeful to return Friday.
Torii Hunter, OF, DET (hamstring) -- Returned to the Tigers' lineup Wednesday.
Juan Lagares, OF, NYM (ribs) -- Expected to be activated from the DL and rejoin the Mets in Pittsburgh on Thursday.
Cliff Lee, P, PHI (elbow) -- Will face live hitters on Friday and could be in line for a rehab start next week.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL (suspension) -- No verdict was reached on Wednesday during his hearing regarding his five-game suspension.
Starling Marte, OF, PIT (finger, head) -- Was held out of the lineup Wednesday after passing concussion tests, but is not a candidate for a trip to the DL.
Justin Masterson, P, CLE (knee) -- Will likely have his next scheduled start pushed back two days due to a right knee issue. Pushing his start back two days places him on track to start Tuesday at Los Angeles.
Derek Norris, C, OAK (head) -- Remained out of the lineup Wednesday, but was available off the bench.
Chris Owings, SS, ARI (shoulder) -- Returned to the D-Backs' lineup Wednesday.
Joc Pederson, OF, LAD (shoulder) -- Will miss at least 10 days with an AC separation in his right shoulder.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN (heel) -- Was initially penciled into Wednesday's lineup, but was a late scratch.
Wilson Ramos, C, WAS (hamstring) -- Will be activated from the disabled list Thursday.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD (shoulder) -- Will meet with a doctor in Los Angeles on Thursday to likely have an MRI.
Juan Uribe, 3B, LAD (hamstring) -- Will likely be activated from the DL on Thursday.
Brandon Workman, P, BOS (suspension) -- Will likely start Friday against the Yankees.

Players on the DL

Brett Anderson, P, COL (finger) -- Indicated that he felt ready to return after pitching Tuesday’s live batting practice session, but will likely require a rehab assignment.
Archie Bradley, P, ARI (elbow) -- Moved rehab assignment to Double-A Mobile on Tuesday.
Brandon Belt, 1B, SF (thumb) -- Tentatively scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Thursday as the DH for High-A San Jose.
Christian Bergman, P, COL (hand) -- Was placed on the 60-day DL on Wednesday with a broken bone in his left (non-throwing) hand.
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B, CHC (oblique) -- Has yet to begin baseball-related activities during his rehab.
Carlos Correa, SS, HOU (ankle) -- Underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a fractured fibula and will miss the remainder of the season.
Gavin Floyd, P, ATL (elbow) -- Underwent surgery on his fractured right elbow Wednesday.
Dillon Gee, P, NYM (back) -- Tossed two scoreless innings during a rehab assignment with the rookie-level GCL Mets on Tuesday.
Bryce Harper, OF, WSH (thumb) -- Had an off-day Wednesday (rest), but played five innings in center field Tuesday night for High-A Potomac and went 2-for-3 with a walk, home run and four RBI.
Daniel Hudson, P, ARI (elbow) -- On track to return to the Diamondbacks in September.
Joe Kelly, P, STL (hamstring) -- Was transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL on Wednesday.
Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX (ankle) -- Underwent ligament reconstruction and bone realignment surgery Monday and will begin the initial phase of his rehab next week.
CC Sabathia, P, NYY (knee) -- Will make his first rehab start for High-A Tampa on Saturday.
Fernando Salas, RP, LAA (arm) -- Began playing catch for the first time Tuesday.
Tyler Skaggs, P, LAA (hamstring) -- Will make a rehab start Thursday at Triple-A Salt Lake.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS (hamstring) -- Was shut down from his rehab on Wednesday due to back soreness.

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

Activated from the Disabled List (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)

Clay Buchholz, P, BOS

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

Adeiny Hechavarria, SS, MIA (triceps)
Jordan Pacheco, C, ARI (shoulder)
Angel Pagan, OF, SF (back)

Called Up (from Triple-A unless otherwise noted)

Adam Duvall, 3B, SF
Alfredo Figaro, P, MIL
Yohan Flande, P, COL
Brad Glenn, OF, TOR
Marco Gonzales, SP, STL (from Double-A)
Nick Hagadone, RP, CLE
Taylor Hill, P, WAS
L.J. Hoes, OF, HOU
Brandon Maurer, SP, SEA
Clint Robinson, 1B, LAD
Donovan Solano, 2B, MIA
Zeke Spruill, RP, ARI
Alex Wood, SP, ATL

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)

Ryan Buchter, RP, ATL
Chris Capuano, RP, BOS (designated for assignment)
Jonathan Diaz, SS, TOR (designated for assignment)
Greg Dobbs, 1B, WAS (designated for assignment)
Mike Fiers, RP, MIL
Robbie Grossman, OF, HOU
Aaron Hicks, OF, MIN (Double-A)
Jeff Kobernus, OF, WAS
Pete Kozma, SS, STL (designated for assignment)
Mark Lowe, RP, CLE
Josh Outman, RP, CLE (outrighted)
Kevin Pillar, OF, TOR
Erasmo Ramirez, SP, SEA
Jamie Romak, 3B, LAD (designated for assignment)
Eli Whiteside, C, CHC (outrighted)
Asher Wojciechowski, SP, HOU

Traded

Cody Fassold, RP, from KC to ATL

Released

Christian Garcia, RP, WAS

Closer Watch

LAA – Joe Smith, who earned his sixth save of the season on Tuesday, will likely be the Angels' closer for the time being while Ernesto Frieri works through his current struggles.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – June 26, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
D. Fowler OF HOU vs ATL
2:10PM
M. Minor 10 3 1 0 0 2 1 .300 .417 .500 .917
D. Freese 3B LAA vs MIN
3:35PM
R. Nolasco 12 6 1 0 1 0 3 .500 .500 .583 1.083
C. Iannetta C LAA vs MIN
3:35PM
R. Nolasco 11 4 2 0 4 0 4 .364 .364 .545 .909
A. Pujols 1B LAA vs MIN
3:35PM
R. Nolasco 19 10 7 3 8 0 0 .526 .500 1.211 1.711
J. Willingham OF MIN @ LAA
3:35PM
J. Weaver 14 3 2 2 3 2 5 .214 .389 .643 1.032
C. McGehee 3B MIA @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Hamels 11 3 1 1 1 2 0 .273 .385 .545 .930
M. Ozuna OF MIA @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Hamels 12 3 2 2 4 0 5 .250 .250 .750 1.000
L. Duda OF NYM @ PIT
7:05PM
V. Worley 11 5 2 1 2 2 3 .455 .538 .818 1.357
D. Murphy 2B NYM @ PIT
7:05PM
V. Worley 17 12 3 0 3 2 1 .706 .737 .941 1.678
D. Wright 3B NYM @ PIT
7:05PM
V. Worley 17 6 2 1 7 0 2 .353 .333 .588 .922
R. Sweeney OF CHC vs WAS
8:05PM
D. Fister 10 4 2 0 1 3 0 .400 .538 .600 1.138
A. Beltre 3B TEX vs DET
8:05PM
R. Porcello 19 8 3 1 1 1 2 .421 .450 .684 1.134
S. Choo OF TEX vs DET
8:05PM
R. Porcello 31 10 4 0 4 4 7 .323 .400 .452 .852
C. Pena 1B TEX vs DET
8:05PM
R. Porcello 14 4 2 2 4 0 2 .286 .333 .714 1.048
A. Rios OF TEX vs DET
8:05PM
R. Porcello 41 9 4 3 7 0 8 .220 .220 .463 .683
A. Ethier OF LAD vs STL
10:10PM
A. Wainwright 30 9 5 2 6 3 7 .300 .364 .600 .964
M. Holliday OF STL @ LAD
10:10PM
J. Beckett 20 7 3 1 2 0 3 .350 .381 .650 1.031
J. Bruce OF CIN @ SF
10:15PM
R. Vogelsong 15 5 2 1 4 0 5 .333 .333 .600 .933
B. Phillips 2B CIN @ SF
10:15PM
R. Vogelsong 16 8 2 0 1 0 1 .500 .526 .625 1.151
T. Colvin OF SF vs CIN
10:15PM
M. Leake 19 7 4 4 8 1 3 .368 .400 1.000 1.400
B. Crawford SS SF vs CIN
10:15PM
M. Leake 14 4 2 1 3 0 5 .286 .286 .571 .857
H. Pence OF SF vs CIN
10:15PM
M. Leake 25 10 3 1 3 0 7 .400 .400 .600 1.000
B. Posey C SF vs CIN
10:15PM
M. Leake 11 4 1 1 3 0 1 .364 .364 .636 1.000
P. Sandoval 3B SF vs CIN
10:15PM
M. Leake 17 11 4 2 3 1 1 .647 .667 1.118 1.784
Hot Pitcher Matchups – June 26, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Cole Hamels PHI vs MIA
7:05PM
130 34 16 8 17 4 41 .262 .284 .517 .800
Cold Batter Matchups – June 26, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
R. Johnson OF MIA @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Hamels 12 2 1 0 3 0 3 .167 .167 .250 .417
G. Jones 1B MIA @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Hamels 10 2 1 1 1 0 4 .200 .200 .500 .700
G. Stanton OF MIA @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Hamels 38 10 5 2 5 1 16 .263 .282 .526 .808
R. Tejada SS NYM @ PIT
7:05PM
V. Worley 18 7 1 0 2 0 3 .389 .389 .444 .833
T. Snider OF PIT vs NYM
7:05PM
D. Matsuzaka 10 1 1 1 3 2 6 .100 .250 .400 .650
A. Dunn 1B CWS @ TOR
7:07PM
J. Happ 12 1 0 0 0 1 4 .083 .154 .083 .237
E. Andrus SS TEX vs DET
8:05PM
R. Porcello 15 2 0 0 1 2 3 .133 .235 .133 .369
C. Gimenez C TEX vs DET
8:05PM
R. Porcello 11 2 1 0 1 0 2 .182 .182 .273 .455
M. Kemp OF LAD vs STL
10:10PM
A. Wainwright 20 3 1 0 0 2 3 .150 .261 .200 .461
M. Ellis 2B STL @ LAD
10:10PM
J. Beckett 24 7 3 1 5 1 8 .292 .308 .500 .808
J. Peralta SS STL @ LAD
10:10PM
J. Beckett 21 4 1 0 0 3 4 .190 .292 .238 .530
Cold Pitcher Matchups – June 26, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Vance Worley PIT vs NYM
7:05PM
71 32 8 2 15 4 11 .451 .476 .647 1.122
Rick Porcello DET @ TEX
8:05PM
143 42 17 7 23 9 25 .294 .340 .533 .873
Mike Leake CIN @ SF
10:15PM
105 42 17 11 24 2 19 .400 .411 .777 1.188
Ryan Vogelsong SF vs CIN
10:15PM
88 27 6 3 13 11 17 .307 .386 .437 .823


Recommended Pickup

Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR - Rasmus, who recently returned from the disabled list on June 18 after dealing with a hamstring injury, has hit safely in 6-of-7 games since his return to the Blue Jays' lineup. The 27-year-old outfielder is hitting .321 since his return, with a home run, six RBI and three multi-hit games to his credit. Rasmus has hit double-digit homers in each of his six MLB seasons including this year (he currently has 10), and is still widely available in CBS (48 percent owned) and Yahoo! (28 percent owned) leagues. Give him a look if you need a cheap source of power.

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DraftStreet Value Picks

SP: Jarred Cosart, HOU ($12,302)
C: Welington Castillo, CHC ($3,846)
1B: Kendrys Morales, MIN ($4,846)
2B: Tommy La Stella, ATL ($3,838)
3B: Matt Carpenter, STL ($5,290)
SS: Ian Desmond, WAS ($4,397)
OF: Dexter Fowler, HOU ($5,488)