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Dave Hunter

Dave Hunter

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

Rays (Alex Colome – R) at Orioles (Kevin Gausman – R), 1:05
Nationals (Tanner Roark – R at Cubs (Jason Hammel – R), 4:05
Rays (Jake Odorizzi – R) at Orioles (Chris Tillman – R), 7:05
Red Sox (Brandon Workman – R) at Yankees (Vidal Nuno – L), 7:05
Braves (Julio Teheran – R) at Phillies (Kyle Kendrick – R), 7:05
Mets (Jacob DeGrom – R) at Pirates (Brandon Cumpton – R), 7:05
White Sox (John Danks – L) at Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey –R), 7:07
Athletics (Jesse Chavez – R) at Marlins (Anthony DeSclafani – R), 7:10
Twins (Kevin Correia – R) at Rangers (Nick Tepesch – R), 8:05
Angels (Matt Shoemaker – R) at Royals (Jason Vargas – L), 8:10
Tigers (Justin Verlander – R) at Astros (Brad Peacock – R), 8:10
Rockies (Tyler Matzak – L) at Brewers (Kyle Lohse – R), 8:10
Diamondbacks (Brandon McCarthy – R) at Padres (Tyson Ross – R), 10:10
Indians (Trevor Bauer – R) at Mariners (Chris Young – R), 10:10
Cardinals (Carlos Martinez – R) at Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu – L), 10:10
Reds (Johnny Cueto – R) at Giants (Madison Bumgarner – L), 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD (Shoulder) – Did not start on Thursday due to doctor’s appointment.
Mike Morse, OF, SF (Illness) – Scratched from Thursday’s lineup.
Adam Eaton, OF, CHW (Leg) – Left Thursday’s game with cramps.
Shelby Miller, SP, STL (Back) – Expected to start on Sunday.
Junior Lake, OF, CHC (Undisclosed) – Left Thursday’s game after sliding into the outfield wall.
Starling Marte, OF, PIT (Finger) – Did not start on Thursday.
Danny Santana, SS, MIN (Knee) – Did not start on Thursday and waiting on MRI results.
Jose Bautista, OF, TOR (Hamstring) – Did not start on Thursday but could be back Friday or Saturday.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS (Foot) – Expected to return to lineup on Friday after fouling ball off foot.
Bud Norris, SP, BAL (Groin) – Will miss his scheduled start on Friday and may be headed to the DL after MRI results show a strain.

Players on the DL

Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL (Finger) – Hit off a tee on Thursday and will likely start rehab assignment next week.
Derek Holland, SP, TEX (Knee) – Will throw a simulated game on Saturday.
Alexi Ogando, SP, TEX (Elbow) – Shut down for three weeks.
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B, CHC (Oblique) – Expected to start rehab soon.
Gavin Floyd, SP, ATL (Elbow) – Will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on Wednesday.
Tyler Thornburg, SP, MIL (Elbow) – Is not throwing as of yet, but rehab process is moving forward nicely.
Scott Elbert, RP, LAD (Elbow) – Moving to Triple-A Albuquerque for his rehab assignment.
Angel Pagan, OF, SF (Back) - Will take it easy for the next few days after being placed on the DL on Wednesday.
Bryce Harper, OF, WAS (Thumb) – Expected to be activated early next week.
Jesse Crain, RP, HOU (Biceps) – Not expected to return before the All-Star break.
Francisco Liriano, SP, PIT (Oblique) – Threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Thursday.
Robbie Erlin, SP, SD (Elbow) – Transferred to the 60-Day DL
Boone Logan, RP, COL (Elbow) – Expected to have first rehab start this week.
Dillon Gee, SP, NYM (Back) – Will have next rehab start on Sunday.
Christian Yelich, OF, MIA (Back) – Expected to return to the Marlins on Wednesday.
Anthony Bass, RP, HOU (Ribs) – Likely to return to the bullpen next week.
Matt Albers, RP, HOU (Shoulder) – No timetable for return after throwing a bullpen session on Wednesday.
Brett Anderson, SP, COL (Finger) – Not expected t o return before the All-Star Break.
Tyler Chatwood, RP, COL (Elbow) – Not expected to return before the All-Star Break.
Josh Fields, RP, HOU (Forearm) – Eligible to return from DL on Monday, but may need a rehab assignment.

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

Activated from the DL

Juan Lagares, OF, NYM
Wilson Ramos, C, WAS
Juan Uribe, 3B, LAD
Michael McKenry, C, COL – (bereavement list)

Claimed

Irving Falu, 3B, SD – (from MIL)

Called Up

Jose Veras, RP, HOU
Eric Surkamp, SP, CHW
Jorge Polanco, SS, MIN

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

Scott Downs, RP, CHW
Wilmer Flores, SS, NYM
Kyle Farnsworth, RP, HOU
Yohan Pino, SP, MIN
Evan Reed, SP, DET
Jackson Williams, C, COL
Jesus Montero, C, SEA
Sandy Leon, C, WAS
Brad Snyder, OF, TEX

Closer Watch

Pittsburgh Pirates – Over his last two appearances (June 22 and 24) Melancon managed to lock down two saves, but he did give up three earned runs on five hits over those two games. It’s nothing to be too concerned about right now, but worth watching if Melancon has trouble settling down in his ninth inning appearances. It’s not a bad idea to pick up set-up man Tony Watson just in case, who happens to be sporting a ridiculously good 5-0 record with a 0.76 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. Plus, you have to love Watson’s ability to strike out hitters (45 K in 35.7 IP).

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – June 27, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
R. Zimmerman 3B WAS @ CHC
4:05PM
J. Hammel 25 9 3 1 4 2 2 .360 .407 .560 .967
C. Johnson 3B ATL @ PHI
7:05PM
K. Kendrick 16 6 3 0 3 0 1 .375 .375 .563 .938
A. Simmons SS ATL @ PHI
7:05PM
K. Kendrick 12 4 1 1 1 0 2 .333 .333 .583 .917
D. Uggla 2B ATL @ PHI
7:05PM
K. Kendrick 39 12 6 2 7 3 4 .308 .386 .564 .950
J. Upton OF ATL @ PHI
7:05PM
K. Kendrick 17 5 2 2 4 3 5 .294 .381 .647 1.028
J. Rollins SS PHI vs ATL
7:05PM
J. Teheran 16 5 2 1 2 1 1 .313 .353 .563 .915
A. Dunn 1B CWS @ TOR
7:07PM
R. Dickey 13 6 2 2 4 1 3 .462 .500 .923 1.423
P. Konerko 1B CWS @ TOR
7:07PM
R. Dickey 11 3 2 1 1 1 1 .273 .385 .636 1.021
D. Navarro C TOR vs CWS
7:07PM
J. Danks 17 7 4 2 3 1 1 .412 .444 .882 1.327
A. Beltre 3B TEX vs MIN
8:05PM
K. Correia 19 5 3 2 2 0 5 .263 .263 .632 .895
T. Tulowitzki SS COL @ MIL
8:10PM
K. Lohse 21 7 4 1 2 2 3 .333 .391 .667 1.058
J. Hamilton OF LAA @ KC
8:10PM
J. Vargas 25 5 4 3 5 2 5 .200 .259 .600 .859
A. Pujols 1B LAA @ KC
8:10PM
J. Vargas 19 6 4 1 4 0 3 .316 .300 .684 .984
P. Goldschmidt 1B ARI @ SD
10:10PM
T. Ross 14 5 3 2 4 1 3 .357 .400 .929 1.329
N. Swisher 1B CLE @ SEA
10:10PM
C. Young 10 4 3 1 2 1 2 .400 .455 .900 1.355
B. Phillips 2B CIN @ SF
10:15PM
M. Bumgarner 10 4 0 0 1 1 0 .400 .455 .400 .855
Hot Pitcher Matchups – June 27, 2014
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Hot Pitcher Matchups – June 27, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Julio Teheran ATL @ PHI
7:05PM
92 17 6 4 7 3 18 .185 .211 .347 .557
Madison Bumgarner SF vs CIN
10:15PM
81 12 3 2 10 2 19 .148 .169
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Julio Teheran ATL @ PHI
7:05PM
92 17 6 4 7 3 18 .185 .211 .347 .557
Madison Bumgarner SF vs CIN
10:15PM
81 12 3 2 10 2 19 .148 .169 .235 .404
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Cold Batter Matchups – June 27, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
I. Desmond SS WAS @ CHC
4:05PM
J. Hammel 16 4 0 0 0 0 3 .250 .250 .250 .500
A. LaRoche 1B WAS @ CHC
4:05PM
J. Hammel 15 2 1 1 3 3 5 .133 .278 .333 .611
D. Span OF WAS @ CHC
4:05PM
J. Hammel 10 1 1 0 0 0 2 .100 .100 .300 .400
J. Heyward OF ATL @ PHI
7:05PM
K. Kendrick 25 5 1 0 1 2 6 .200 .259 .240 .499
B. Upton OF ATL @ PHI
7:05PM
K. Kendrick 11 4 0 0 0 0 4 .364 .364 .364 .727
D. Brown OF PHI vs ATL
7:05PM
J. Teheran 10 1 0 0 0 1 1 .100 .182 .100 .282
M. Byrd OF PHI vs ATL
7:05PM
J. Teheran 11 1 1 0 0 1 5 .091 .167 .273 .439
C. Ruiz C PHI vs ATL
7:05PM
J. Teheran 10 2 0 0 0 0 2 .200 .200 .200 .400
D. Stubbs OF COL @ MIL
8:10PM
K. Lohse 17 3 0 0 0 1 3 .176 .222 .176 .399
M. Montero C ARI @ SD
10:10PM
T. Ross 12 1 0 0 1 0 3 .083 .083 .083 .167
G. Parra OF ARI @ SD
10:10PM
T. Ross 17 6 2 0 0 0 3 .353 .353 .471 .824
J. Bruce OF CIN @ SF
10:15PM
M. Bumgarner 12 1 0 0 2 0 4 .083 .083 .083 .167
R. Ludwick OF CIN @ SF
10:15PM
M. Bumgarner 17 1 1 0 2 1 3 .059 .111 .118 .229
J. Votto 1B CIN @ SF
10:15PM
M. Bumgarner 11 3 1 1 2 0 4 .273 .273 .545 .818
H. Pence OF SF vs CIN
10:15PM
J. Cueto 29 8 2 0 0 1 11 .276 .300 .345 .645
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Cold Pitcher Matchups – June 27, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
John Danks CWS @ TOR
7:07PM
66 20 9 3 11 4 8 .303 .343 .529 .872
Brandon McCarthy ARI @ SD
10:10PM
76 23 8 1 6 4 8 .303 .337 .430 .767
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