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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 Thursday’s matchups (all times Eastern)
Cardinals (Carlos Martinez - R) at Giants (Madison Bumgarner - L), 3:45
Phillies (Kyle Kendrick - R) at Marlins (Brad Hand - L), 6:10
Rangers (Yu Darvish - R) at Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen - L), 7:05
Diamondbacks (Brandon McCarthy - R) at Pirates (Vance Worley - R), 7:05
Rays (Erik Bedard - L) at Tigers (Max Scherzer - R), 7:08
Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka - R) at Twins (Phil Hughes - R), 8:10
Dodgers (Zack Greinke - R) at Rockies (Franklin Morales - L), 8:10
Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey - R) at Athletics (Sonny Gray - R), 9:05
Astros (Brett Oberholtzer - L) at Angels (Matt Shoemaker - R), 10:05

Day Game After Night Game: STL/SF

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD - (Calf) Decision on DL stint will be made prior to Thursday's series opener against the Rockies.
Victor Martinez, DH, DET - (Ribs) Held out of the lineup again Wednesday.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY - (Knee) Missed Wednesday’s game after having his left knee drained Tuesday night.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, NYY - (General Soreness) - Sat out Wednesday’s game, with manager Joe Girardi saying he’s “a little beat up.”
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LAD - (Neck) Held out of Wednesday’s lineup due to soreness.
Khris Davis, OF, MIL - (Shoulder) Expected to return to the lineup Friday.
Manny Parra, P, CIN - (Neck) Has not pitched since June 20 due to a “balky neck,” according to manager Bryan Price.

Players on the DL
Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL - (Finger) Will be activated from the DL prior to Thursday’s game.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL - (Finger) Cleared to take batting practice in a cage when the Rockies return home Thursday.
Cliff Lee, P, PHI - (Elbow) Begins a rehab assignment with High-A Clearwater on Sunday.
Joe Mauer, C, MIN - (Oblique) Placed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday.
Evan Gattis, C, ATL - (Back) Remains without a timetable for a return, but said Tuesday that he felt none of the pain patients typically experience after an epidural injection.
Dexter Fowler, OF, HOU - (Back) Expected to resume baseball activities Monday and should be able to come off the DL when eligible July 12.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS - (Hamstring) May be cleared to take batting practice Thursday.
Norichika Aoki, OF, KC - (Groin) Unlikely to be activated on the team’s current road trip.
Kolten Wong, 2B, STL - (Shoulder) Went 2-for-3 with a homer, a double, a walk and three RBI in his first rehab game with Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday.
Everth Cabrera, SS, SD - (Hamstring) Landed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday.
Eddie Butler, P, COL - (Shoulder) Set to throw a live batting practice session Saturday.
Bud Norris, P, BAL - (Groin) Must complete a simulated game or rehab start before being activated from the DL.
James Paxton, P, SEA - (Back) Slated to throw a bullpen session Friday and should attempt a simulated game next week.
Corey Hart, 1B, SEA - (Hamstring) Plan was for him to play the outfield for Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday.
Mike Pelfrey, P, MIN - (Elbow) Does not think he’ll be able to build up his pitch count enough to start again this season.
Jhoulys Chacin, P, COL - (Shoulder) Diagnosed with strained rotator cuff and will receive a receive a second opinion on the injury become determining a course of action.
Brad Hand, P, MIA - (Ankle) Will be activated from the DL and Thursday and will start the series finale against the Phillies.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS - (Finger) Served as the DH for Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday, going 1-for-3 with a triple.
Joe Kelly, P, STL - (Hamstring) Gave up three hits and two walks over four shutout innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday.
Derek Holland, P, TEX - (Knee) Expected to make at least two rehab starts once he is cleared to begin an assignment.
Fernando Salas, P, LAA - (Arm) Likely to be activated prior to Thursday’s game.
Wil Nieves, C, PHI - (Quadriceps) Started a rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Phillies on Wednesday.
Troy Patton, P, SD - (Shoulder) Transferred to the 60-day DL on Wednesday.
Mike Adams, P, PHI - (Shoulder) Transferred to the 60-day DL on Wednesday.

Out
Domonic Brown, OF, PHI - (Personal) Placed on the paternity list Wednesday.

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

Placed on the DL (15-day, unless otherwise noted)
Joe Mauer, 1B, MIN
Everth Cabrera, SS, SD
Domonic Brown, OF, PHI (paternity list)
Mike Adams, P, PHI (transferred to 60-day DL)
Troy Patton, P, BAL (transferred to 60-day DL)

Activated from the DL (15-day, unless otherwise noted)
Tyler Skaggs, P, LAA
David Carpenter, P, ATL
Anthony Bass, P, HOU

Called Up (from Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Chris Colabello, 1B, MIN
Casey Coleman, P, KC
Aaron Altherr, OF, PHI
Justin Bour, 1B, MIA
Brooks Conrad, 3B, SD

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
David Carpenter, P, LAA
Michael Mariot, P, KC
Juan Jaime, P, ATL
Kevin Chapman, P, HOU
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, P, PHI (to Double-A)
Angel Sanchez, P, CHW (to High-A)

Claimed off Waivers
Angel Sanchez, P, CHW (from TB)

Closer Watch

Tampa Bay Rays - Called upon to preserve a 6-3 lead over the Yankees on Wednesday, Brad Boxberger struck out two and retired the side on 15 pitches to earn his first save of the season. It came a day after manager Joe Maddon turned back to Grant Balfour to nail down a save, a decision he made after watching Balfour walk his grandmother through the lobby of the team hotel earlier in the day. Meanwhile, Jake McGee has worked the eighth inning in his last two appearances, adding to the confusion in regard to the Rays’ closer situation moving forward. McGee has posted outstanding numbers to this point (1.21 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, 10.6 K/9) and still seems like the top candidate for save opportunities, but Maddon seems intent -- at least at the moment -- on taking the literal approach to the “closer by committee.”

Cleveland Indians - Cody Allen gave up a hit and a walk but recorded the final four outs of Wednesday’s game against the Dodgers en route to his eighth save of the season. It was his first save opportunity since June 14, but it’s clear that Allen is the preferred ninth-inning option for manager Terry Francona, and the right-hander seems like a fairly good bet to hold onto the job the rest of the way. In 40 appearances this season, Allen has posted a 2.50 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 46 strikeouts, to go along with just one blown save. Bryan Shaw is coming off a rocky month of June (6.52 ERA) and doesn't have the swing-and-miss stuff that Allen has, and John Axford continues to underwhelm.
Hot Batter Matchups – July 3, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
G. Jones 1B MIA vs PHI
6:10PM
K. Kendrick 14 5 2 1 3 1 4 .357 .375 .643 1.018
C. McGehee 3B MIA vs PHI
6:10PM
K. Kendrick 11 4 2 1 5 2 1 .364 .462 .727 1.189
M. Cabrera 3B DET vs TB
7:08PM
E. Bedard 17 5 2 1 3 1 6 .294 .333 .529 .863
T. Hunter OF DET vs TB
7:08PM
E. Bedard 28 9 4 2 6 1 6 .321 .345 .607 .952
D. Stubbs OF COL vs LAD
8:10PM
Z. Greinke 21 9 2 0 0 1 9 .429 .455 .524 .978
J. Ellsbury OF NYY @ MIN
8:10PM
P. Hughes 19 7 2 0 0 4 2 .368 .478 .474 .952
Hot Pitcher Matchups – July 3, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Madison Bumgarner SF vs STL
3:45PM
99 16 5 0 6 3 25 .162 .185 .215 .400
Max Scherzer DET vs TB
7:08PM
82 13 6 4 11 7 25 .159 .225 .330 .554
R.A. Dickey TOR @ OAK
9:05PM
102 23 5 2 7 4 15 .225 .254 .323 .578
Cold Batter Matchups – July 3, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
A. Craig 1B STL @ SF
3:45PM
M. Bumgarner 16 3 2 0 3 0 3 .188 .176 .313 .489
M. Ellis 2B STL @ SF
3:45PM
M. Bumgarner 20 2 0 0 0 0 5 .100 .100 .100 .200
M. Holliday OF STL @ SF
3:45PM
M. Bumgarner 14 2 0 0 0 1 5 .143 .200 .143 .343
Y. Molina C STL @ SF
3:45PM
M. Bumgarner 12 2 0 0 0 1 0 .167 .231 .167 .397
M. Ozuna OF MIA vs PHI
6:10PM
K. Kendrick 13 3 1 0 2 0 4 .231 .231 .308 .538
G. Stanton OF MIA vs PHI
6:10PM
K. Kendrick 23 3 2 1 3 2 8 .130 .200 .304 .504
R. Davis OF DET vs TB
7:08PM
E. Bedard 10 1 0 0 0 0 2 .100 .100 .100 .200
D. Jennings OF TB @ DET
7:08PM
M. Scherzer 12 1 0 0 0 0 5 .083 .083 .083 .167
M. Joyce OF TB @ DET
7:08PM
M. Scherzer 15 2 2 1 4 2 4 .133 .235 .400 .635
E. Longoria 3B TB @ DET
7:08PM
M. Scherzer 12 2 1 1 1 1 5 .167 .231 .417 .647
B. Zobrist 2B TB @ DET
7:08PM
M. Scherzer 15 2 1 1 1 2 2 .133 .235 .333 .569
C. Dickerson OF COL vs LAD
8:10PM
Z. Greinke 11 2 0 0 1 2 2 .182 .308 .182 .490
D. LeMahieu 2B COL vs LAD
8:10PM
Z. Greinke 12 1 1 0 2 0 4 .083 .083 .167 .250
J. Morneau 1B COL vs LAD
8:10PM
Z. Greinke 41 7 2 0 1 2 8 .171 .209 .220 .429
T. Tulowitzki SS COL vs LAD
8:10PM
Z. Greinke 26 8 1 0 0 0 7 .308 .308 .346 .654
B. Roberts 2B NYY @ MIN
8:10PM
P. Hughes 20 2 1 0 1 0 5 .100 .095 .150 .245
C. Crisp OF OAK vs TOR
9:05PM
R. Dickey 22 2 0 0 1 1 5 .091 .125 .091 .216
E. Sogard SS OAK vs TOR
9:05PM
R. Dickey 10 2 0 0 0 0 1 .200 .200 .200 .400
Cold Pitcher Matchups – July 3, 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
Caleb Joseph, C, BAL - Injuries to Evan Gattis (back) and Carlos Ruiz (concussion) have put many in two-catcher leagues in a tough spot, and those owners could do worse than to consider Joseph. Nick Hundley seemed likely to take the reins as primary catcher for the Orioles upon his arrival in late May, but that job seems to have fallen to Joseph, who has now started 12 of the team’s last 16 games. The overall numbers still look ugly (.170/.257/.318 entering Wednesday), but the power that Joseph displayed in the minors -- he hit 22 homers in 135 games with Double-A Bowie last season -- has finally started to show up. Coming into Wednesday’s action, Joseph had hit three homers while driving in seven in his last eight games, and while he may eventually fall into a more even timeshare with Hundley, Matt Wieters (elbow) is out for the year, so the door is open for Joseph to continue seeing regular time near the bottom of the order.

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SS - Derek Jeter, NYY ($4,239)
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OF - Collin Cowgill, LAA ($5,206)