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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)
Blue Jays (Drew Hutchison - R) at Yankees (Chris Capuano - L), 1:05
Cardinals (Shelby Miller - R) at Cubs (Jake Arrieta - R), 4:05
Nationals (Gio Gonzalez - L) at Reds (Johnny Cueto - R), 4:05
Orioles (Bud Norris - R) at Mariners (Chris Young - R), 4:10
Diamondbacks (Josh Collmenter - R) at Phillies (Cliff Lee - L), 7:05
Indians (Zach McAllister - R) at Royals (Jeremy Guthrie - R), 7:10
Mets (Jon Niese - L) at Brewers (Wily Peralta - R), 7:10
White Sox (Chris Sale - L) at Twins (Logan Darnell - L), 7:10
Padres (Odrisamer Despaigne - R) at Braves (Julio Teheran - R), 7:10
Marlins (Tom Koehler - R) at Astros (Jarred Cosart - R), 7:10
Red Sox (John Lackey - R) at Rays (Jeremy Hellickson - R), 7:10
Athletics (Sonny Gray - R) at Rangers (Nick Tepesch - R), 8:05
Pirates (Jeff Locke - L) at Rockies (Tyler Matzek - L), 8:10
Tigers (Justin Verlander - R) at Angels (Matt Shoemaker - R), 9:05
Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw - L) at Giants (Ryan Vogelsong - R), 9:05

Day Game After Night Game:

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL - (Back) Remained out of the Orioles’ lineup Friday.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC - (Hand) Could return to the lineup Sunday.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY - (Back) Reported improvement Friday and hopes to resume swinging a bat soon.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT - (Knee) Held out of Friday’s lineup.
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL - (Quadriceps) Missed a third straight start Friday.
Justin Ruggiano, OF, CHC - (Groin) Held out of Friday’s lineup but did make a pinch-hit appearance.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE - (Back) Felt improvement Friday and could return to the lineup Sunday.
Phil Hughes, P, MIN - (Shin) Left Thursday’s game after being struck by a line drive but manager Ron Gardenhire is optimistic he won’t miss a start.
Edwin Jackson, P, CHC - (Hand) Expected to make his next scheduled start.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, P, NYM - (Elbow) Flew back to New York to undergo an MRI.
Kyle Gibson, P, MIN - (Back) Could start against the Royals on Tuesday if he makes it through a bullpen session Saturday without issue.
Marwin Gonzalez, SS, HOU - (General Soreness) Expected to remain limited over the next few days but he is optimistic about avoiding the DL.

Players on the DL
Brandon Belt, 1B, SF - (Concussion) Reported Thursday that he feels no improvement with his concussion symptoms.
Wil Myers, OF, TB - (Wrist) Hit off a tee Friday for the first time since suffering his injury.
Angel Pagan, OF, SF - (Back) Could rejoin the Giants at some point during their Aug. 1-10 road trip.
Michael Bourn, OF, CLE - (Hamstring) Took part in some long toss prior to Thursday’s game but will need a short rehab assignment before returning.
Jason Vargas, P, KC - (Appendix) Slated to throw a simulated game Saturday.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS - (Finger) Homered in a second straight game with Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday.
Ricky Nolasco, P, MIN - (Elbow) Participated in long toss again Thursday and is on track to throw a bullpen session Sunday.
Ehire Adrianza, SS, SF - (Hamstring) Hit the 15-day DL on Friday.
Nate Jones, P, CHW - (Back) Little information has been provided in terms of his progress in recent weeks.
Michael Pineda, P, NYY - (Back) Completed a 30-pitch simulated game Thursday.
Joel Peralta, P, TB - (Illness) Felt “much better” and was expected to throw a bullpen session Friday.
Matt Albers, P, HOU - (Shoulder) Transferred to the 60-day DL on Friday.
Jonny Venters, P, ATL - (Elbow) Set to resume throwing bullpen sessions during the team’s upcoming road trip.
Jake Smolinski, OF, TEX - (Foot) Landed on the 15-day DL on Friday.
Gavin Floyd, P, ATL - (Elbow) Shed his brace and is said to be healing well thus far.
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B, TEX - (Back) Moved to the 60-day DL on Friday.
Christian Bergman, P, COL - (Hand) Slated to make a rehab start for Double-A Tulsa on Tuesday.
Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF - (Back) Landed back on the 15-day DL on Friday.
Jordan Lyles, P, COL - (Hand) Begins a rehab assignment with High-A Modesto on Saturday.

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

Called Up
Jesse Hahn, P, SD
Dan Uggla, 2B, SF
Tony Abreu, 2B, SF
Matt Purke, P, WAS
Gregorio Petit, SS, HOU
J.T. Realmuto, C, MIA
Jerome Williams, P, TEX

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Anthony DeSclafani, P, MIA
Jace Peterson, SS, SD
Gus Schlosser, P, ATL
Anthony Bass, P, HOU
Eury Perez, OF, WAS
Joseph Ortiz, P, TEX
Jesus Montero, C, SEA

Activated from the DL (15-day, unless otherwise noted)
Anthony Varvaro, P, ATL (paternity list)

Placed on the DL (15-day, unless otherwise noted)
Jake Smolinski, OF, TEX
Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF
Ehire Adrianza, 2B, SF
Matt Albers, P, HOU (transferred to 60-day DL)
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B, TEX (transferred to 60-day DL)
Matt Purke, P, WAS (60-day DL)

Designated for Assignment
Chris Leroux, P, NYY
Jose De Paula, P, SF
Nick Noonan, 2B, SF

Traded
Deck McGuire, P, OAK (from TOR)

Closer Watch

Chicago Cubs - Hector Rondon nailed down a 7-6 win over the Cardinals on Friday to earn his first save since July 1. The right-hander blew his last opportunity back on July 11, his third blown save of the season, but it seems he’s still the preferred ninth-inning option for manager Rick Renteria. Neil Ramirez stranded a runner on third to pick up his 10th hold Friday and lower his ERA on the year to a minuscule 0.96. Opponents are batting just .160 against Ramirez this season, and he may very well get an opportunity to close before the end of the year, but he’ll have to bide his time in the setup role for now.

Chicago White Sox - Zach Putnam’s tenure in the closer role was short-lived, as a shoulder injury sent him to the DL on Thursday, opening the door for Jacob Petricka to slot in as the end-gamer for the White Sox. Although his ratios aren’t elite (7.0 K/9, 4.4 BB/9), Petricka has proven effective with his ability to keep the ball on the ground (62.2% groundball rate), something which should play well in the dog days at U.S. Cellular Field. If Petricka were to falter in the short term, however, Javy Guerra or Daniel Webb could get an opportunity.

Hot Batter Matchups – July 26, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
D. Jeter SS NYY vs TOR
1:05PM
D. Hutchison 11 5 0 0 0 0 3 .455 .455 .455 .909
J. Bautista OF TOR @ NYY
1:05PM
C. Capuano 18 7 4 2 4 4 5 .389 .500 .833 1.333
J. Peralta SS STL @ CHC
4:05PM
J. Arrieta 10 5 2 0 1 1 0 .500 .545 .700 1.245
N. McLouth OF WAS @ CIN
4:05PM
J. Cueto 19 6 2 1 2 3 6 .316 .409 .526 .935
C. Hart 1B SEA vs BAL
4:10PM
B. Norris 18 5 2 2 6 2 6 .278 .381 .611 .992
P. Goldschmidt 1B ARI @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Lee 10 2 2 2 4 2 1 .200 .308 .800 1.108
D. Ortiz DH BOS @ TB
7:10PM
J. Hellickson 24 9 5 3 4 7 1 .375 .516 .875 1.391
L. Chisenhall 3B CLE @ KC
7:10PM
J. Guthrie 15 8 2 1 5 1 2 .533 .563 .800 1.363
J. Kipnis 2B CLE @ KC
7:10PM
J. Guthrie 17 10 4 2 7 1 2 .588 .579 1.059 1.638
C. Santana C CLE @ KC
7:10PM
J. Guthrie 19 8 3 1 3 2 2 .421 .476 .684 1.160
N. Swisher 1B CLE @ KC
7:10PM
J. Guthrie 46 17 10 2 11 6 12 .370 .434 .696 1.130
A. Gordon OF KC vs CLE
7:10PM
Z. McAllister 12 4 3 1 3 0 2 .333 .333 .750 1.083
A. Ramirez 3B MIL vs NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese 16 6 3 2 4 0 2 .375 .412 .813 1.224
R. Weeks 2B MIL vs NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese 13 4 2 1 1 2 3 .308 .438 .615 1.053
B. Dozier 2B MIN vs CWS
7:10PM
C. Sale 13 4 3 2 4 0 3 .308 .357 .846 1.203
Y. Escobar SS TB vs BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey 21 8 2 0 1 3 4 .381 .440 .476 .916
M. Joyce OF TB vs BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey 24 8 2 2 6 3 3 .333 .429 .583 1.012
E. Longoria 3B TB vs BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey 37 13 5 2 6 3 4 .351 .390 .595 .985
B. Zobrist 2B TB vs BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey 31 11 3 0 4 5 4 .355 .459 .452 .911
A. Ethier OF LAD @ SF
9:05PM
R. Vogelsong 19 5 3 1 1 2 2 .263 .333 .526 .860
D. Gordon SS LAD @ SF
9:05PM
R. Vogelsong 26 10 1 0 1 1 0 .385 .407 .462 .869
M. Kemp OF LAD @ SF
9:05PM
R. Vogelsong 26 8 3 1 6 4 5 .308 .400 .538 .938
J. Uribe 3B LAD @ SF
9:05PM
R. Vogelsong 19 7 2 0 1 0 2 .368 .368 .526 .895
Hot Pitcher Matchups – July 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
Chris Sale CWS @ MIN
7:10PM
78 17 6 2 10 4 25 .218 .270 .339 .609
Clayton Kershaw LAD @ SF
9:05PM
222 42 9 1 14 10 55 .189 .226 .240 .466
Cold Batter Matchups – July 26, 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 @ CIN
4:05PM
J. Cueto 16 3 1 0 0 0 7 .188 .188 .250 .438
A. LaRoche 1B WAS @ CIN
4:05PM
J. Cueto 13 2 0 0 1 1 6 .154 .200 .154 .354
M. Prado 3B ARI @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Lee 32 6 3 0 1 0 9 .188 .188 .281 .469
M. Napoli 1B BOS @ TB
7:10PM
J. Hellickson 12 1 0 0 0 0 5 .083 .083 .083 .167
D. Nava OF BOS @ TB
7:10PM
J. Hellickson 13 2 0 0 1 1 3 .154 .214 .154 .368
D. Pedroia 2B BOS @ TB
7:10PM
J. Hellickson 31 6 2 1 1 2 3 .194 .242 .355 .597
Y. Gomes C CLE @ KC
7:10PM
J. Guthrie 10 1 1 0 0 1 1 .100 .182 .200 .382
D. Murphy OF CLE @ KC
7:10PM
J. Guthrie 20 5 1 0 1 0 3 .250 .250 .300 .550
B. Butler DH KC vs CLE
7:10PM
Z. McAllister 10 1 1 0 1 1 1 .100 .250 .200 .450
O. Infante 2B KC vs CLE
7:10PM
Z. McAllister 10 2 1 0 2 0 0 .200 .182 .400 .582
M. Moustakas 3B KC vs CLE
7:10PM
Z. McAllister 11 2 2 0 2 0 2 .182 .182 .364 .545
R. Braun OF MIL vs NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese 11 2 0 0 0 3 2 .182 .357 .182 .539
T. Plouffe 3B MIN vs CWS
7:10PM
C. Sale 17 4 1 0 1 0 4 .235 .235 .294 .529
J. Willingham OF MIN vs CWS
7:10PM
C. Sale 20 3 1 0 2 2 11 .150 .227 .200 .427
D. Jennings OF TB vs BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey 18 2 1 0 0 0 6 .111 .111 .167 .278
J. Molina C TB vs BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey 12 2 0 0 2 1 2 .167 .286 .167 .452
E. Andrus SS TEX vs OAK
8:05PM
S. Gray 11 1 0 0 0 1 3 .091 .167 .091 .258
H. Ramirez SS LAD @ SF
9:05PM
R. Vogelsong 20 2 0 0 3 1 3 .100 .182 .100 .282
J. Arias SS SF vs LAD
9:05PM
C. Kershaw 25 4 1 0 1 1 4 .160 .192 .200 .392
G. Blanco OF SF vs LAD
9:05PM
C. Kershaw 10 2 0 0 0 3 3 .200 .385 .200 .585
B. Crawford SS SF vs LAD
9:05PM
C. Kershaw 14 1 0 0 0 0 6 .071 .071 .071 .143
H. Pence OF SF vs LAD
9:05PM
C. Kershaw 41 4 0 0 1 0 9 .098 .098 .098 .195
D. Uggla 2B SF vs LAD
9:05PM
C. Kershaw 12 1 0 0 0 1 6 .083 .154 .083 .237
Cold Pitcher Matchups – July 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
Jon Niese NYM @ MIL
7:10PM
88 27 6 4 8 10 19 .307 .389 .458 .847
Jeremy Guthrie KC vs CLE
7:10PM
210 73 27 9 38 14 32 .348 .384 .571 .955
Justin Verlander DET @ LAA
9:05PM
88 27 8 1 15 10 19 .307 .381 .441 .822

Recommended Pickup
Chase Headley, 3B, NYY - Many owners in 12-team leagues likely dropped Headley, either after his dismal start with the Padres or after it was revealed last month that he had been bothered by a herniated disk in his back for several weeks, but the 30-year-old was afforded a fresh start with his trade to New York on Tuesday. For his career, Headley has posted an OPS more than 100 points higher on the road (.804) than at home (.703), and now that he’s out of PETCO Park, there’s really no reason to think he can’t return to fantasy relevance in the final third of the 2014 season. He’ll be playing everyday at the hot corner, and the short porch in right at Yankee Stadium should help pad the power numbers. The switching-hitting Headley finished in the top five in the NL MVP vote in 2012, with a 31-homer, 115-RBI campaign, and while he may never be that player again, it’s at least worth checking to see if he’s still available on your waiver wire.

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Draft Kings Value Picks
SP - Justin Verlander, DET ($6,600)
C - Travis d’Arnaud, NYM ($2,600)
1B - Marc Krauss, HOU ($2,700)
2B - Kolten Wong, STL ($3,900)
SS - Enrique Hernandez, HOU ($2,500)
3B - Casey McGehee, MIA ($3,700)
OF - Matt Joyce, TB ($3,900)
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