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Clay Link

Clay Link

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)
Nationals (Gio Gonzalez - L) at Cubs (Dallas Beeler - R), 1:05
White Sox (Chris Sale - L) at Blue Jays (Marcus Stroman - R), 1:07
Braves (Ervin Santana - R) at Phillies (Roberto Hernandez - R), 2:05
Angels (Hector Santiago - L) at Royals (Yordano Ventura - R), 2:10
Rays (Erik Bedard - L) at Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen - L), 4:05
Twins (Phil Hughes - R) at Rangers (Yu Darvish - R), 4:05
Mets (Jon Niese - L) at Pirates (Gerrit Cole - R), 4:05
Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin - R) at Brewers (Matt Garza - R), 4:10
Tigers (Max Scherzer - R) at Astros (Dallas Keuchel - L), 4:10
Athletics (Sonny Gray - R) at Marlins (Nathan Eovaldi - R), 4:10
Cardinals (Lance Lynn - R) at Dodgers (Zack Greinke - R), 7:15
Red Sox (Jon Lester - L) at Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka - R), 7:15
Braves (David Hale - R) at Phillies (Sean O’Sullivan - R), 7:15
Nationals (Blake Treinen - R) at Cubs (Jeff Samardzija - R), 7:15
Reds (Alfredo Simon - R) at Giants (Matt Cain - R), 10:05
Indians (Josh Tomlin - R) at Mariners (Roenis Elias - L), 10:10
Diamondbacks (Josh Collmenter - R) at Padres (Eric Stults - L), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: CHW/TOR, ATL/PHI, LAA/KC, TB/BAL, MIN/TEX, NYM/PIT, COL/MIL, DET/HOU, OAK/MIA

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Jose Bautista, OF, TOR - (Hamstring) Missed a fifth consecutive start Friday.
David Wright, 3B, NYM - (Shoulder) Ruled out for this weekend’s series in Pittsburgh.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD - (Shoulder) Held out again Friday but manager Don Mattingly did not rule out using him off the bench.
Starling Marte, OF, PIT - (Finger) Missed a third straight start Friday.
Wilin Rosario, C, COL - (Back) Removed from Thursday’s game with tightness and was not in the lineup for Friday’s tilt.
Dexter Fowler, OF, HOU - (Back) Scratched from Friday’s lineup with stiffness.
Junior Lake, OF, CHC - (Head) Held out of the lineup Friday but was available off the bench.
Adam Eaton, OF, CHW - (Leg) Left Thursday’s game with tightness and was held out Friday.
Derek Norris, C, OAK - (Undisclosed) Lifted from Friday’s game an apparent back issue.
Justin Masterson, P, CLE - (Knee) Set to throw a bullpen session Saturday with an eye toward starting Tuesday.
Anthony DeSclafani, P, MIA - (Forearm) Forced from Friday’s game after being struck by a comebacker.
Chris Owings, SS, AZ - (Shoulder) Scratched from Friday’s lineup with soreness.
Carlos Quentin, OF, SD - (Shoulder) Hurt his shoulder Wednesday and was scratched from Friday’s lineup.
Yunel Escobar, SS, TB - (Shoulder) Sat out both games of Friday’s doubleheader

Players on the DL
Bryce Harper, OF, WAS - (Thumb) Could rejoin the Nationals as early as Monday.
Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL - (Finger) Scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Colorado Springs on Sunday.
Brandon Belt, 1B, SF - (Thumb) May not make the trip to San Diego next weekend as originally planned.
Cliff Lee, P, PHI - (Elbow) Threw a simulated game Friday and said it went well.
Christian Yelich, OF, MIA - (Back) Remains on track to be activated Sunday.
Carlos Ruiz, C, PHI - (Concussion) Landed on the 7-day DL on Friday.
Prince Fielder, 1B, TEX - (Neck) May be cleared to swing a bat before the end of the season.
Danny Santana, SS, MIN - (Knee) Hit the 15-day DL on Friday.
Tyler Skaggs, P, LAA - (Hamstring) Expected to make his next start for the big club.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS - (Finger) Shut down from baseball activities.
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS, MIA - (Triceps) Scheduled to play catch Sunday.
James Paxton, P, SEA - (Back) Completed a 25-pitch bullpen session Friday.
David Carpenter, P, ATL - (Biceps) Set to make a pair of rehab appearances with Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday and Monday.
Eduardo Nunez, SS, MIN - (Hamstring) Began a rehab assignment with Double-A New Britain on Thursday.
Brett Cecil, P, TOR - (Groin) Completed a bullpen session Friday.
Brett Anderson, P, COL - (Finger) Scheduled to make his first rehab start for Triple-A Colorado Springs on Wednesday.
Tanner Scheppers, P, TEX - (Elbow) Said his chances of returning this season are “very slim.”
Bud Norris, P, BAL - (Groin) Placed on the 15-day DL on Friday, retroactive to June 22.
Wil Nieves, C, PHI - (Quadriceps) Reported to the Phillies’ minor league complex Thursday to begin his rehab program.
Nolan Reimold, OF, BAL - (Neck) Nearing the end of his 20-game rehab assignment.
Chad Billingsley, P, LAD - (Elbow) Expected to begin his rehab process within the next two weeks but is still going to be out for eight months.

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

Placed on the DL (15-day, unless otherwise noted)
Danny Santana, SS, MIN
Bud Norris, P, BAL
Carlos Ruiz, C, PHI (7-day DL)

Activated from the DL (15-day, unless otherwise noted)
Michael Saunders, OF, SEA

Called Up
Evan Meek, P, BAL
Kevin Gausman, P, BAL
Alex Colome, P, TB
Yohan Pino, P, MIN
Brian Flynn, P, MIA
Nick Evans, 1B, AZ

Sent Down
Justin Bour, 1B, MIA

Designated for Assignment
Zach Collier, OF, PHI

Signed
Raisel Iglesias, P, CIN

Elected Free Agency
Roger Bernadina, OF
Brad Snyder, 1B
Kyle Farnsworth, P

Traded
Jason Grilli, P, LAA (from PIT)
Ernesto Frieri, P, PIT (from LAA)

Closer Watch
Los Angeles Angels - A week after Ernesto Frieri lost his job as closer (again), the Angels shipped him to Pittsburgh for Jason Grilli in a one-for-one deal. At this point, it seems fairly clear that the organization does not view Joe Smith as a legitimate ninth-inning option, despite his strong ratios this season (1.13 WHIP, 37:8 K:BB). With that in mind, Grilli would seem to be a decent speculative target for those scrambling for saves in AL-only and deeper mixed formats. While he’s struggled to the tune of a 4.87 ERA and 1.62 WHIP to this point, his velocity has been right near where it was last season and his 14.3 HR/FB figures to drop significantly with the move to Anaheim.

Hot Batter Matchups – June 28, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. Ruggiano OF CHC vs WAS
1:05PM
G. Gonzalez 12 4 3 0 1 1 4 .333 .385 .583 .968
R. Doumit C ATL @ PHI
2:05PM
R. Hernandez 10 3 1 1 3 0 3 .300 .300 .600 .900
E. Hosmer 1B KC vs LAA
2:10PM
H. Santiago 11 3 2 1 1 0 5 .273 .333 .636 .970
N. Cruz OF BAL vs TB
4:05PM
E. Bedard 23 7 3 2 4 1 6 .304 .333 .609 .942
C. Davis 1B BAL vs TB
4:05PM
E. Bedard 10 4 2 1 4 1 5 .400 .455 .800 1.255
A. Jones OF BAL vs TB
4:05PM
E. Bedard 13 6 2 0 0 1 4 .462 .563 .615 1.178
N. Markakis OF BAL vs TB
4:05PM
E. Bedard 12 5 2 0 1 2 1 .417 .533 .583 1.117
C. Barmes SS PIT vs NYM
4:05PM
J. Niese 16 6 2 1 4 0 3 .375 .375 .625 1.000
A. McCutchen OF PIT vs NYM
4:05PM
J. Niese 10 4 2 0 2 2 0 .400 .500 .600 1.100
B. Zobrist 2B TB @ BAL
4:05PM
W. Chen 28 10 2 1 3 2 6 .357 .400 .500 .900
C. Pena 1B TEX vs MIN
4:05PM
P. Hughes 15 5 4 3 3 3 6 .333 .444 1.000 1.444
A. Rios OF TEX vs MIN
4:05PM
P. Hughes 27 13 5 1 5 0 2 .481 .464 .741 1.205
I. Kinsler 2B DET @ HOU
4:10PM
D. Keuchel 19 6 1 1 2 2 2 .316 .381 .474 .855
A. Ramirez 3B MIL vs COL
4:10PM
J. Chacin 15 6 3 1 2 1 2 .400 .438 .733 1.171
M. Ellis 2B STL @ LAD
7:15PM
Z. Greinke 22 7 2 0 4 3 5 .318 .400 .455 .855
M. Holliday OF STL @ LAD
7:15PM
Z. Greinke 20 6 2 2 3 2 1 .300 .364 .600 .964
J. Bruce OF CIN @ SF
10:05PM
M. Cain 13 6 2 0 4 4 1 .462 .588 .615 1.204
R. Ludwick OF CIN @ SF
10:05PM
M. Cain 22 8 4 3 6 3 6 .364 .444 .818 1.263
M. Montero C ARI @ SD
10:10PM
E. Stults 19 5 5 1 6 1 3 .263 .300 .632 .932
M. Prado 3B ARI @ SD
10:10PM
E. Stults 24 9 4 1 5 2 1 .375 .423 .667 1.090
S. Smith OF SD vs ARI
10:10PM
J. Collmenter 11 5 3 1 1 0 0 .455 .455 1.000 1.455
R. Cano 2B SEA vs CLE
10:10PM
J. Tomlin 11 5 3 1 4 0 2 .455 .455 .909 1.364
Hot Pitcher Matchups – June 28, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Roberto Hernandez PHI vs ATL
2:05PM
81 18 9 3 9 15 16 .222 .350 .445 .795
Ervin Santana ATL @ PHI
2:05PM
74 14 6 3 7 6 27 .189 .248 .366 .614
Hector Santiago LAA @ KC
2:10PM
68 13 3 1 3 8 16 .191 .285 .254 .539
Max Scherzer DET @ HOU
4:10PM
63 10 4 2 5 3 21 .159 .208 .300 .509
Jhoulys Chacin COL @ MIL
4:10PM
73 13 6 1 4 1 18 .178 .210 .294 .504
Eric Stults SD vs ARI
10:10PM
122 27 16 5 21 9 18 .221 .280 .446 .726
Cold Batter Matchups – June 28, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
G. Laird C ATL @ PHI
2:05PM
R. Hernandez 11 1 0 0 1 0 3 .091 .091 .091 .182
B. Upton OF ATL @ PHI
2:05PM
R. Hernandez 15 3 1 0 1 3 4 .200 .333 .267 .600
M. Byrd OF PHI vs ATL
2:05PM
E. Santana 33 6 2 1 2 1 10 .182 .206 .303 .509
J. Hardy SS BAL vs TB
4:05PM
E. Bedard 10 1 0 0 0 1 1 .100 .182 .100 .282
D. Young OF BAL vs TB
4:05PM
E. Bedard 21 2 1 0 1 1 8 .095 .136 .143 .279
K. Morales 1B MIN @ TEX
4:05PM
Y. Darvish 22 3 0 0 1 2 9 .136 .200 .136 .336
R. Martin C PIT vs NYM
4:05PM
J. Niese 10 1 1 1 2 2 2 .100 .250 .400 .650
Y. Escobar SS TB @ BAL
4:05PM
W. Chen 15 2 2 1 1 0 0 .133 .133 .400 .533
D. Jennings OF TB @ BAL
4:05PM
W. Chen 23 4 2 0 0 2 1 .174 .240 .261 .501
S. Rodriguez SS TB @ BAL
4:05PM
W. Chen 17 2 2 1 2 2 3 .118 .211 .353 .563
E. Andrus SS TEX vs MIN
4:05PM
P. Hughes 16 2 0 0 2 0 2 .125 .125 .125 .250
S. Choo OF TEX vs MIN
4:05PM
P. Hughes 11 1 0 0 1 1 2 .091 .214 .091 .305
T. Tulowitzki SS COL @ MIL
4:10PM
M. Garza 11 2 0 0 0 0 1 .182 .182 .182 .364
D. Fowler OF HOU vs DET
4:10PM
M. Scherzer 13 4 1 0 3 0 5 .308 .308 .385 .692
M. Reynolds 1B MIL vs COL
4:10PM
J. Chacin 10 0 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .000
R. Weeks 2B MIL vs COL
4:10PM
J. Chacin 14 2 1 0 0 0 4 .143 .143 .214 .357
B. Gardner OF NYY vs BOS
7:15PM
J. Lester 11 2 0 0 0 1 3 .182 .250 .182 .432
K. Johnson 2B NYY vs BOS
7:15PM
J. Lester 15 1 0 0 1 2 4 .067 .176 .067 .243
A. Soriano OF NYY vs BOS
7:15PM
J. Lester 19 6 2 1 2 0 7 .316 .316 .526 .842
D. Descalso 2B STL @ LAD
7:15PM
Z. Greinke 11 2 1 0 1 0 2 .182 .182 .273 .455
B. Phillips 2B CIN @ SF
10:05PM
M. Cain 30 7 4 2 3 0 8 .233 .233 .500 .733
S. Schumaker 2B CIN @ SF
10:05PM
M. Cain 23 4 0 0 2 2 2 .174 .240 .174 .414
G. Parra OF ARI @ SD
10:10PM
E. Stults 22 3 2 1 2 0 4 .136 .174 .318 .492
C. Ross OF ARI @ SD
10:10PM
E. Stults 17 3 1 1 4 0 3 .176 .167 .353 .520
C. Maybin OF SD vs ARI
10:10PM
J. Collmenter 12 3 2 0 0 0 4 .250 .250 .417 .667
Cold Pitcher Matchups – June 28, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
There are no pitchers who qualify as "cold" today.

Recommended Pickup
Marcus Stroman, P, TOR - Since joining the Blue Jays’ starting rotation back on May 31, Stroman has given up eight runs on 28 hits and six walks, while striking out 26 over 29.2 innings (2.43 ERA). His last time out, Stroman scattered three hits and a walk over eight innings against the Yankees, allowing just one run and fanning seven en route to his fourth win of the season. The right-hander’s overall numbers (4.25 ERA, 1.33 WHIP) are inflated by a pair of disastrous relief appearances during his first stint with the big club this season, and should be ignored when considering Stroman as an option moving forward. Widely ranked among the top pitching prospects in all of baseball entering the year, the 23-year-old Stroman has posted a 174:36 K:BB in the minors over the past two seasons (between Double-A and Triple-A), and should get plenty of run support from the high-powered Toronto offense.

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DraftStreet Value Plays
P - Marcus Stroman, TOR ($11,156)
C - Yadier Molina, STL ($5,211)
1B - Carlos Pena, TEX ($4,735)
2B - Jason Kipnis, CLE ($5,233)
SS - Andrelton Simmons, ATL ($3,942)
3B - Manny Machado, BAL ($4,236)
OF - Matt Kemp, LAD ($4,662)