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Daniel Kennedy

Daniel Kennedy

Kennedy covers college football and college basketball for RotoWire. A veteran reporter, Kennedy has covered sports for various newspapers in the Southeast.

Projected Starters - A look at Saturday's matchups (all times Eastern)
Yankees (Shane Greene – R) at Red Sox (Allen Webster – R), 4:05
Royals (Jason Vargas – L) at Athletics (Jon Lester – L), 4:05
Mariners (James Paxton – L) at Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez – R), 7:05
Rangers (Miles Mikolas – R) at Indians (T.J. House – L), 7:05
Phillies (A.J. Burnett – R) at Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann – R), 7:05
Rockies (Tyler Matzek – L) at Tigers (Rick Porcello – R), 7:08
Twins (Yohan Pino – R) at White Sox (Scott Carroll – R), 7:10
Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey – R) at Astros (Brett Oberholtzer – L), 7:10
Giants (Jake Peavy – R) at Mets (Jacob deGrom – R), 7:10
Reds (Homer Bailey – R) at Marlins (Nathan Eovaldi – R), 7:10
Angels (C.J. Wilson – L) at Rays (Chris Archer – R), 7:10
Brewers (Kyle Lohse – R) at Cardinals (Justin Masterson – R), 7:15
Pirates (
Vance Worley – R) at Diamondbacks (Chase Anderson – R), 8:10
Braves (Ervin Santana – R) at Padres (Ian Kennedy – R), 8:40
Cubs (Tsuyoshi Wada – L) at Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu – L), 9:10

Day Game After Night Game: NYY/BOS, KC/OAK

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Jason Heyward, OF, ATL (Back) – Did not play Friday.
Marwin Gonzalez, SS, HOU (Hamstring) – Did not play Friday.
Yasmani Grandal, C, SD (Knee) – Did not play Friday.
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL (Finger) – Scratched from lineup Friday with left finger injury.
Domonic Brown, OF, PHI (Illness) – Did not play Friday.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL (Ankle) – Left Friday’s game after reaggravating his ankle injury.

Players on the DL

Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL (Shoulder) – Targeting mid-August return.
Colin Cowgill, OF, LAA (Face) – Began rehab assignment Friday.
A.J. Pollock, OF, ARI (Hand) – Began rehab assignment Thursday.
Chris Dickerson, OF, CLE (Knee) – Did not start Friday.
Wil Myers, OF, TB (Wrist) – Targeting mid-August return.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR (Finger) – Began rehab assignment Friday.
Adam Lind, 1B, TOR (Foot) – Could begin rehab assignment next week.
Daniel Hudson, P, ARI (Elbow) – Will begin rehab assignment Tuesday.
Robbie Erlin, P, SD (Elbow) – Began rehab assignment this week.
Matt Cain, P, SF (Elbow) – Expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Activated from Disabled List (15-day DL, unless otherwise noted)
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS
Brian Dozier, 2B, MIN
C.J. Wilson, P, LAA
James Paxton, P, SEA

Placed on the DL (15-day DL, unless otherwise noted)
Tyler Skaggs, SP, LAA – (Forearm)
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS – (Back)
Henderson Alvarez, SP, TOR – (Shoulder)

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

Called Up

Mike Foltynewicz, P, HOU
Matt Duffy, 2B, SF
Jarrett Parker, OF, SF
Phil Klein, P, TEX
Shane Robinson, OF, STL
Michael Roth, P, LAA
Mookie Betts, 2B, BOS
Tyler Holt, OF, CLE
Alex Wilson, P, BOS
Tom Layne, P, BOS
Dan Jennings, P, MIA
Blake Parker, P, CHC
Chris Valaika, 2B, CHC

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

Chasen Shreve, P, ATL
Curtis Partch, P, CIN
Aaron Barrett, P, WAS
Carlos Martinez, P, STL
Zelous Wheeler, 3B, NYY
Zoilo Almonte, OF, NYY
James Jones, OF, SEA
Ryan Webb, P, BAL
Stefen Romero, 3B, SEA

Claimed

None

Released

Jim Johnson, P, OAK

Closer Watch

Detroit Tigers – With five clean outings in a row, Joe Nathan seems to have quelled concerns about his losing the team’s closer position. His difficulties this season – the veteran is sporting a nasty 5.59 ERA – and the presence of proven option Joakim Soria, however, gives him a very short leash. If Nathan stumbles again, the Tigers might not have a choice but to make the change.

Texas Rangers – After the team dealt Joakim Soria, the competition for the starting job between Neftali Feliz and Neal Cotts was awarded to the younger Feliz. He has converted all three save opportunities since assuming the role and possesses the arsenal to stick in the role. The young flame-thrower has a history of injuries. If the injury bug should bite, Cotts has proven himself a consistent veteran option in the Texas bullpen. He would seem like an ideal stopgap candidate for the rebuilding Rangers who have an eye toward next season.

Hot Batter Matchups – August 2, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
A. Escobar SS KC @ OAK
4:05PM
J. Lester 13 5 2 0 1 3 0 .385 .500 .538 1.038
R. Ibanez OF KC @ OAK
4:05PM
J. Lester 15 5 3 1 1 0 6 .333 .333 .667 1.000
D. Brown OF PHI @ WAS
7:05PM
J. Zimmermann 14 7 3 0 3 0 3 .500 .500 .714 1.214
A. Cabrera SS WAS vs PHI
7:05PM
A. Burnett 16 6 3 2 4 3 2 .375 .474 .813 1.286
B. Harper OF WAS vs PHI
7:05PM
A. Burnett 13 4 3 1 1 0 0 .308 .357 .692 1.049
A. LaRoche 1B WAS vs PHI
7:05PM
A. Burnett 31 12 7 2 6 6 8 .387 .500 .742 1.242
A. Rendon 2B WAS vs PHI
7:05PM
A. Burnett 10 3 1 1 3 1 1 .300 .364 .600 .964
Y. Escobar SS TB vs LAA
7:10PM
C. Wilson 11 5 1 0 0 3 4 .455 .571 .545 1.117
S. Rodriguez SS TB vs LAA
7:10PM
C. Wilson 22 7 1 1 2 3 3 .318 .423 .455 .878
B. Zobrist 2B TB vs LAA
7:10PM
C. Wilson 26 7 4 2 6 2 7 .269 .310 .577 .887
L. Overbay 1B MIL @ STL
7:15PM
J. Masterson 11 6 0 0 0 2 2 .545 .615 .545 1.161
M. Holliday OF STL vs MIL
7:15PM
K. Lohse 23 8 2 1 3 3 3 .348 .423 .522 .945
J. Jay OF STL vs MIL
7:15PM
K. Lohse 11 4 2 0 3 0 2 .364 .417 .545 .962
Hot Pitcher Matchups – August 2, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Jason Vargas KC @ OAK
4:05PM
134 25 5 3 9 6 29 .187 .239 .266 .505
Homer Bailey CIN @ MIA
7:10PM
87 25 8 2 7 3 25 .287 .308 .437 .744
Jake Peavy SF @ NYM
7:10PM
87 16 10 3 5 10 25 .184 .268 .357 .625
Ervin Santana ATL @ SD
8:40PM
71 12 2 0 3 3 24 .169 .225 .210 .436
Cold Batter Matchups – August 2, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
B. Butler DH KC @ OAK
4:05PM
J. Lester 22 4 1 0 1 5 9 .182 .333 .227 .561
L. Cain OF KC @ OAK
4:05PM
J. Lester 11 2 1 0 0 1 4 .182 .250 .273 .523
A. Gordon OF KC @ OAK
4:05PM
J. Lester 19 2 1 0 2 1 8 .105 .182 .158 .340
O. Infante 2B KC @ OAK
4:05PM
J. Lester 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .400
A. Callaspo 3B OAK vs KC
4:05PM
J. Vargas 22 5 0 0 1 0 1 .227 .227 .227 .455
J. Donaldson 3B OAK vs KC
4:05PM
J. Vargas 18 1 1 1 2 1 2 .056 .150 .222 .372
J. Gomes OF OAK vs KC
4:05PM
J. Vargas 15 1 1 1 3 1 11 .067 .222 .267 .489
D. Norris C OAK vs KC
4:05PM
J. Vargas 16 3 1 0 0 1 6 .188 .235 .250 .485
M. Byrd OF PHI @ WAS
7:05PM
J. Zimmermann 17 3 0 0 1 2 5 .176 .263 .176 .440
R. Howard 1B PHI @ WAS
7:05PM
J. Zimmermann 17 3 2 1 2 1 6 .176 .263 .412 .675
C. Ruiz C PHI @ WAS
7:05PM
J. Zimmermann 19 4 1 1 1 0 3 .211 .211 .368 .579
R. Cano 2B SEA @ BAL
7:05PM
M. Gonzalez 21 2 0 0 1 2 2 .095 .174 .095 .269
I. Desmond SS WAS vs PHI
7:05PM
A. Burnett 14 2 0 0 0 3 5 .143 .294 .143 .437
D. Espinosa 2B WAS vs PHI
7:05PM
A. Burnett 15 3 1 0 3 0 6 .200 .200 .267 .467
J. Werth OF WAS vs PHI
7:05PM
A. Burnett 23 2 2 2 3 3 8 .087 .192 .348 .540
J. Altuve 2B HOU vs TOR
7:10PM
R. Dickey 10 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
D. Wright 3B NYM vs SF
7:10PM
J. Peavy 16 2 1 0 0 5 7 .125 .333 .188 .521
C. Young OF NYM vs SF
7:10PM
J. Peavy 25 4 3 1 1 2 8 .160 .222 .360 .582
D. Jennings OF TB vs LAA
7:10PM
C. Wilson 18 2 1 0 1 3 5 .111 .238 .167 .405
J. Loney 1B TB vs LAA
7:10PM
C. Wilson 10 2 0 0 0 0 3 .200 .200 .200 .400
E. Longoria 3B TB vs LAA
7:10PM
C. Wilson 23 4 1 1 2 6 9 .174 .345 .304 .649
J. Molina C TB vs LAA
7:10PM
C. Wilson 18 3 2 0 4 1 5 .167 .211 .278 .488
M. Carpenter 3B STL vs MIL
7:15PM
K. Lohse 11 1 1 0 0 1 3 .091 .167 .182 .348
M. Ellis 2B STL vs MIL
7:15PM
K. Lohse 18 3 2 1 3 0 5 .167 .167 .389 .556
A. Pierzynski C STL vs MIL
7:15PM
K. Lohse 10 2 0 0 0 0 1 .200 .333 .200 .533
E. Bonifacio 2B ATL @ SD
8:40PM
I. Kennedy 11 2 1 0 1 3 6 .182 .357 .273 .630
J. Francoeur OF SD vs ATL
8:40PM
E. Santana 15 2 0 0 1 0 4 .133 .125 .133 .258
S. Smith OF SD vs ATL
8:40PM
E. Santana 16 3 0 0 0 2 7 .188 .278 .188 .465
Cold Pitcher Matchups – August 2, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
A.J. Burnett PHI @ WAS
7:05PM
174 48 21 9 24 18 48 .276 .352 .505 .857
Ian Kennedy SD vs ATL
8:40PM
71 19 8 3 12 14 19 .268 .380 .495 .875


Recommended Pickup

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