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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 Saturdayĺs matchups (all times Eastern)
Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez - R) at Red Sox (Jon Lester - L), 1:05
Yankees (David Phelps - R) at Twins (Yohan Pino - R), 2:10
Mariners (Felix Hernandez - R) at White Sox (Jose Quintana - L), 2:10
Marlins (Andrew Heaney - L) at Cardinals (Shelby Miller - R), 2:15
Cubs (Jeff Samardzija - R) at Nationals (Gio Gonzalez - L), 4:05
Phillies (David Buchanan - R) at Pirates (Edinson Volquez - R), 4:05
Rays (Chris Archer - R) at Tigers (Anibal Sanchez - R), 4:08
Diamondbacks (Mike Bolsinger - R) at Braves (Aaron Harang - R), 4:10
Brewers (Matt Garza - R) at Reds (Homer Bailey - R), 4:10
Dodgers (Dan Haren - R) at Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa - L), 4:10
Royals (Jeremy Guthrie - R) at Indians (T.J. House - L), 7:05
Orioles (Ubaldo Jimenez - R) at Red Sox (John Lackey - R), 7:15
Rangers (Colby Lewis - R) at Mets (Bartolo Colon - R), 7:15
Giants (Tim Hudson - R) at Padres (Odrisamer Despaigne - R), 7:15
Astros (Scott Feldman - R) at Angels (Hector Santiago - L), 10:05
Blue Jays (Mark Buehrle - L) at Athletics (Scott Kazmir - L), 10:05

Day Game After Night Game: SEA/CHW, MIA/STL, PHI/PIT, TB/DET, AZ/ATL, MIL/CIN, LAD/COL

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL - (Groin) Held out of Fridayĺs lineup as a precaution due to tightness.
Brandon Moss, 1B, OAK - (Ankle) Lifted from Fridayĺs game late with a sprained left ankle.
Victor Martinez, DH, DET - (Ribs) Ended up starting Fridayĺs game after manager Brad Ausmus said he was a game-time decision.
David Wright, 3B, NYM - (Shoulder) Did not test himself in defensive drills Friday because the field was too wet but is expected to do so Saturday.
Gerrit Cole, P, PIT - (Oblique) Left Fridayĺs game after five innings with right lat soreness.
Khris Davis, OF, MIL - (Shoulder) Hopes to return to the lineup Saturday.
Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR - (Wrist) Missed a second straight Friday but did make a pinch-hit appearance.
Brian McCann, C, NYY - (Foot) Stayed in Thursdayĺs game after experiencing pain in his left foot but was not in Fridayĺs lineup.
Jon Niese, P, NYM - (Back) Forced from Fridayĺs game in the first inning after being hit in the back by a line drive.
Omar Infante, 2B, KC - (Back) Scratched from Fridayĺs lineup with tightness.

Players on the DL
Andrew Cashner, P, SD - (Shoulder) Continues to play catch but is not close to throwing off a mound.
Michael Wacha, P, STL - (Shoulder) Will undergo another MRI on Monday.
Angel Pagan, OF, SF - (Back) Will not be activated until after the All-Star break.
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B, CHC - (Oblique) Progressing along but still without a timetable for a return.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS - (Hamstring) Got in some rehab work at Fenway Park on Friday.
Carlos Ruiz, C, PHI - (Concussion) Slated to undergo another ImPACT test Monday.
Carl Crawford, OF, LAD - (Ankle) Set to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday.
Dillon Gee, P, NYM - (Back) Struck out 10 and allowed just three hits in his second rehab start for short-season Brooklyn on Friday.
Bronson Arroyo, P, AZ - (Elbow) Played catch Friday and reported feeling good.
Mike Carp, OF, BOS - (Foot) Rehab has been moved to Double-A Portland.
CC Sabathia, P, NYY - (Knee) Likely out for the season and could end up needing microfracture surgery.
James Paxton, P, SEA - (Back) Cleared to throw a simulated game Monday.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS - (Finger) Still serving as the DH at Triple-A Pawtucket.
Jim Henderson, P, MIL - (Shoulder) Threw 1.1 innings in a rehab appearance at rookie-level Arizona on Thursday.
Kyle Blanks, OF, OAK - (Calf) Diagnosed with a slight tear in his calf.
Jhoulys Chacin, P, COL - (Shoulder) Transferred to the 60-day DL on Friday.
Fernando Salas, P, LAA - (Shoulder) Began a rehab assignment with High-A Inland Empire on Friday.
Derek Dietrich, 2B, MIA - (Wrist) Hit the 15-day DL on Friday with a strain.
Jeremy Hellickson, P, TB - (Elbow) Felt good while playing catch Friday, a day after throwing 5.2 innings in a rehab start.
Geovany Soto, C, TEX - (Knee) Began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on Friday.
Wil Nieves, C, PHI - (Quadriceps) Became eligible to come off the DL on Friday but was not activated.
Carter Capps, P, MIA - (Elbow) Expected to resume throwing in the next couple days.
Boone Logan, P, COL - (Elbow) Expected to come off the DL on Saturday.

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

Activated from the DL (15-day, unless otherwise noted)
Brandon Belt, 1B, SF
Corey Hart, 1B, SEA
Domonic Brown, OF, PHI (paternity list)

Placed on the DL (15-day, unless otherwise noted)
Derek Dietrich, 2B, MIA
Jhoulys Chacin, P, COL (transferred to 60-day DL)
Cesar Ramos, P, TB (paternity list)

Called Up (from Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Jake Marisnick, OF, MIA
Logan Schafer, OF, MIL
Neftali Feliz, P, TEX
Jeff Beliveau, P, TB
Jair Jurrjens, P, COL

Sent Down
Elian Herrera, OF, MIL
Ben Rowen, P, TEX
Aaron Altherr, OF, PHI
Adam Duvall, 1B, SF
Rob Scahill, P, COL

Designated for Assignment
Cole Gillespie, OF, SEA

Released
Joe Saunders, P, TEX

Closer Watch

San Diego Padres - Huston Street needed eight pitches to retire the side in order Friday against the Giants, earning the save to make him a perfect 23-for-23 in save opportunities this season. In fact, heĺs blown one save since May 12, 2013. The right-hander has dominated to the tune of a 0.87 ERA, 0.74 WHIP and 32:7 K:BB through 31 innings, as heĺs been one of the lone bright spots for the Padres. Contending teams are surely calling to inquire about Street, and if a deal gets done, it could open the door for Joaquin Benoit to see save opportunities. However, Benoit has been outstanding as well (1.26 ERA, 0.70 WHIP) and could also be on the move. In the event both get traded, Alex Torres and Dale Thayer may end up heading a closer committee.

Hot Batter Matchups ľ Julyá5,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
N. Cruz OF BALá@áBOS
1:05PM
J. Lester 24 11 6 3 5 3 3 .458 .519 1.000 1.519
A. Dunn 1B CWSávsáSEA
2:10PM
F. Hernandez 10 3 2 2 2 3 3 .300 .462 .900 1.362
G. Jones 1B MIAá@áSTL
2:15PM
S. Miller 10 7 4 2 5 2 0 .700 .750 1.500 2.250
J. Ruggiano OF CHCá@áWAS
4:05PM
G. Gonzalez 14 4 3 0 1 2 4 .286 .375 .500 .875
I. Desmond SS WASávsáCHC
4:05PM
J. Samardzija 18 8 4 1 3 0 6 .444 .444 .778 1.222
A. LaRoche 1B WASávsáCHC
4:05PM
J. Samardzija 18 6 3 3 4 0 3 .333 .333 .833 1.167
W. Ramos C WASávsáCHC
4:05PM
J. Samardzija 11 4 2 2 2 0 3 .364 .364 .909 1.273
M. Joyce OF TBá@áDET
4:08PM
A. Sanchez 12 4 4 1 3 0 4 .333 .333 1.000 1.333
J. Loney 1B TBá@áDET
4:08PM
A. Sanchez 10 4 1 0 0 0 1 .400 .400 .600 1.000
P. Goldschmidt 1B ARIá@áATL
4:10PM
A. Harang 11 5 3 2 4 6 4 .455 .647 1.091 1.738
M. Montero C ARIá@áATL
4:10PM
A. Harang 19 10 2 1 1 7 4 .526 .654 .737 1.391
C. Ross OF ARIá@áATL
4:10PM
A. Harang 16 5 4 1 4 4 1 .313 .429 .688 1.116
J. Bruce OF CINávsáMIL
4:10PM
M. Garza 19 8 5 2 6 1 6 .421 .450 .895 1.345
S. Schumaker 2B CINávsáMIL
4:10PM
M. Garza 15 6 1 0 0 1 0 .400 .438 .467 .904
T. Tulowitzki SS COLávsáLAD
4:10PM
D. Haren 37 11 4 3 5 0 14 .297 .297 .568 .865
A. Gonzalez 1B LADá@áCOL
4:10PM
J. De La Rosa 38 14 6 3 11 7 14 .368 .457 .684 1.141
M. Kemp OF LADá@áCOL
4:10PM
J. De La Rosa 33 15 8 3 12 2 4 .455 .472 .909 1.381
H. Ramirez SS LADá@áCOL
4:10PM
J. De La Rosa 25 10 6 2 4 6 5 .400 .516 .800 1.316
R. Braun OF MILá@áCIN
4:10PM
H. Bailey 27 9 5 1 6 2 8 .333 .400 .593 .993
K. Davis OF MILá@áCIN
4:10PM
H. Bailey 13 6 4 3 5 2 3 .462 .533 1.231 1.764
S. Gennett 2B MILá@áCIN
4:10PM
H. Bailey 18 7 2 0 0 1 1 .389 .421 .500 .921
M. Reynolds 1B MILá@áCIN
4:10PM
H. Bailey 14 5 2 1 1 1 4 .357 .400 .643 1.043
L. Schafer OF MILá@áCIN
4:10PM
H. Bailey 10 4 2 0 2 0 1 .400 .400 .600 1.000
R. Weeks 2B MILá@áCIN
4:10PM
H. Bailey 27 14 4 2 8 5 9 .519 .606 .815 1.421
L. Chisenhall 3B CLEávsáKC
7:05PM
J. Guthrie 13 6 2 1 4 0 2 .462 .462 .769 1.231
J. Kipnis 2B CLEávsáKC
7:05PM
J. Guthrie 14 8 3 2 6 1 2 .571 .563 1.071 1.634
C. Santana C CLEávsáKC
7:05PM
J. Guthrie 16 6 3 1 3 2 2 .375 .444 .688 1.132
N. Swisher 1B CLEávsáKC
7:05PM
J. Guthrie 43 16 10 2 9 6 10 .372 .440 .721 1.161
Y. Grandal C SDávsáSF
7:15PM
T. Hudson 10 3 2 1 1 0 1 .300 .300 .700 1.000
C. Maybin OF SDávsáSF
7:15PM
T. Hudson 22 9 2 1 4 2 6 .409 .458 .591 1.049
A. Beltre 3B TEXá@áNYM
7:15PM
B. Colon 70 19 12 5 15 1 8 .271 .278 .586 .863
C. Pena 1B TEXá@áNYM
7:15PM
B. Colon 38 11 3 3 5 3 16 .289 .333 .526 .860
E. Aybar SS LAAávsáHOU
10:05PM
S. Feldman 25 11 4 0 3 1 1 .440 .481 .680 1.161
H. Kendrick 2B LAAávsáHOU
10:05PM
S. Feldman 22 10 2 1 3 2 3 .455 .520 .636 1.156
C. Crisp OF OAKávsáTOR
10:05PM
M. Buehrle 55 16 5 3 6 3 8 .291 .328 .491 .818
J. Bautista OF TORá@áOAK
10:05PM
S. Kazmir 12 3 2 0 1 5 2 .250 .471 .417 .887
M. Cabrera OF TORá@áOAK
10:05PM
S. Kazmir 25 9 3 1 3 0 5 .360 .360 .560 .920
A. Lind 1B TORá@áOAK
10:05PM
S. Kazmir 15 4 2 1 1 1 4 .267 .313 .600 .913
Hot Pitcher Matchups ľ Julyá5,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Jeff Samardzija CHCá@áWAS
4:05PM
130 36 15 8 21 3 28 .277 .294 .517 .810
Dan Haren LADá@áCOL
4:10PM
79 23 9 5 9 2 21 .291 .315 .526 .841
Bartolo Colon NYMávsáTEX
7:15PM
188 51 20 10 27 6 36 .271 .294 .489 .783
Cold Batter Matchups ľ Julyá5,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
C. Davis 1B BALá@áBOS
1:05PM
J. Lester 27 3 3 1 4 2 9 .111 .172 .296 .469
D. Young OF BALá@áBOS
1:05PM
J. Lester 34 6 0 0 3 3 8 .176 .231 .176 .407
A. Ramirez SS CWSávsáSEA
2:10PM
F. Hernandez 27 8 2 0 2 0 5 .296 .296 .370 .667
M. Byrd OF PHIá@áPIT
4:05PM
E. Volquez 14 4 0 0 1 0 5 .286 .286 .286 .571
J. Rollins SS PHIá@áPIT
4:05PM
E. Volquez 12 1 0 0 1 1 3 .083 .154 .083 .237
D. Espinosa 2B WASávsáCHC
4:05PM
J. Samardzija 10 3 1 0 3 0 3 .300 .273 .400 .673
J. Werth OF WASávsáCHC
4:05PM
J. Samardzija 20 4 1 1 5 1 3 .200 .238 .350 .588
R. Zimmerman 3B WASávsáCHC
4:05PM
J. Samardzija 19 1 0 0 0 1 7 .053 .100 .053 .153
M. Prado 3B ARIá@áATL
4:10PM
A. Harang 19 3 2 0 2 1 1 .158 .200 .263 .463
A. Ethier OF LADá@áCOL
4:10PM
J. De La Rosa 19 3 1 0 1 0 6 .158 .158 .211 .368
S. Van Slyke OF LADá@áCOL
4:10PM
J. De La Rosa 12 0 0 0 0 1 4 .000 .077 .000 .077
C. Gomez OF MILá@áCIN
4:10PM
H. Bailey 25 4 1 0 3 3 4 .160 .250 .200 .450
M. Bourn OF CLEávsáKC
7:05PM
J. Guthrie 18 3 0 0 0 0 3 .167 .167 .167 .333
M. Brantley OF CLEávsáKC
7:05PM
J. Guthrie 22 5 3 1 3 0 3 .227 .227 .455 .682
Y. Gomes C CLEávsáKC
7:05PM
J. Guthrie 10 1 1 0 0 1 1 .100 .182 .200 .382
D. Murphy OF CLEávsáKC
7:05PM
J. Guthrie 18 5 1 0 1 0 3 .278 .278 .333 .611
C. Headley 3B SDávsáSF
7:15PM
T. Hudson 21 4 1 1 1 3 6 .190 .292 .333 .625
S. Smith OF SDávsáSF
7:15PM
T. Hudson 17 3 0 0 0 2 2 .176 .300 .176 .476
W. Venable OF SDávsáSF
7:15PM
T. Hudson 22 4 1 1 3 1 6 .182 .208 .318 .527
A. Callaspo 3B OAKávsáTOR
10:05PM
M. Buehrle 23 3 1 0 1 2 0 .130 .200 .174 .374
C. Gentry OF OAKávsáTOR
10:05PM
M. Buehrle 11 2 1 0 2 0 2 .182 .182 .273 .455
J. Lowrie SS OAKávsáTOR
10:05PM
M. Buehrle 17 4 0 0 1 1 3 .235 .263 .235 .498
Cold Pitcher Matchups ľ Julyá5,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Homer Bailey CINávsáMIL
4:10PM
224 71 25 8 36 21 44 .317 .382 .504 .886
Aaron Harang ATLávsáARI
4:10PM
102 34 15 5 15 21 17 .333 .449 .607 1.056
Jorge De La Rosa COLávsáLAD
4:10PM
173 51 23 8 32 24 45 .295 .378 .531 .909
Jeremy Guthrie KCá@áCLE
7:05PM
212 66 26 9 34 13 34 .311 .347 .530 .877
Scott Feldman HOUá@áLAA
10:05PM
92 31 9 1 15 5 8 .337 .381 .475 .856

Recommended Pickup
Kolten Wong, 2B, STL - Currently down at Triple-A Memphis rehabbing a shoulder injury, Wong is expected to come off the DL on Sunday and should immediately push Mark Ellis back to the short end of a platoon at second base. Wong struggled to begin the year, posting a .221/.264/.265 batting line in April, but quickly turned things around in the minors and ended up earning NL Rookie of the Month honors for May despite spending half of the month with Memphis. There was some concern that his shoulder injury was serious, but an MRI revealed just a bruise, and the 23-year-old was able to return to active competition just 10 days after hitting the DL. That initial concern, combined with the fact that Wong typically sits against lefties, likely led to some owners dropping him, so itĺs at least worth checking to see if the former first-round pick is available in your league.

Other Recent Recommendations: Josh Tomlin, Caleb Joseph, Jesse Hahn and Mookie Betts

DraftStreet Value Plays
SP - Andrew Heaney, MIA ($10,297)
C - Jason Castro, HOU ($3,886)
1B - Mike Napoli, BOS ($5,524)
2B - Rougned Odor, TEX ($3,857)
SS - Jean Segura, MIL ($3,796)
3B - Carlos Santana, CLE ($5,162)
OF - Khris Davis, MIL ($5,813)