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Projected Starters - A look at Friday's matchups (all times Eastern)

Orioles (Kevin Gausman – R) at Cubs (Jake Arrieta – R), 2:20
White Sox (John Danks – L) at Yankees (Shane Greene – R), 7:05
Astros (Brad Peacock – R) at Indians (Carlos Carrasco – R), 7:05
Giants (Tim Hudson – R) at Nationals (Doug Fister – R), 7:05
Cardinals (Adam Wainwright – R) at Phillies (Kyle Kendrick – R), 7:05
Rays (Drew Smyly – L) at Blue Jays (Marcus Stroman – R), 7:07
Braves (Mike Minor – L) at Reds (Mat Latos – R), 7:10
Mariners (Felix Hernandez – R) at Red Sox (Joe Kelly – R), 7:10
Royals (Yordano Ventura – R) at Rangers (Colby Lewis – R), 8:05
Tigers (Robbie Ray – L) at Twins (Tommy Milone – L), 8:10
Pirates (Jeff Locke – L) at Brewers (Yovani Gallardo – R), 8:10
Marlins (Henderson Alvarez – R) at Rockies (Franklin Morales – L), 8:40
Padres (Odrisamer Despaigne – R) at Diamondbacks (Josh Collmenter – R), 9:40
Angels (Hector Santiago – L) at Athletics (Sonny Gray – R), 10:05
Mets (Jonathon Niese – L) at Dodgers (Dan Haren – R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Yoenis Cespedes, OF, BOS (Personal) – Left Thursday’s game for a personal matter.
Joaquin Benoit, RP, SD (Shoulder) – Is now throwing off the mound.
Salvador Perez, C, KC (Knee) – MRI results came back negative on Thursday.
Yan Gomes, C, CLE (Head) – Left game on Thursday due to an illness, but could also be suffering from concussion symptoms.
David Ortiz, DH, BOS (General) – Did not start on Thursday due to body soreness.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS (Hamstring) – Missed Thursday’s game.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS (Back) – Missed his second straight game on Thursday due to back spasms.
Chad Qualls, RP, HOU (Back) – Did not pitch on Thursday due to discomfort.
Justin Verlander, SP, DET (Shoulder) – Is expected to start on Saturday after a successful bullpen session on Thursday.

Players on the DL

Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD (Oblique) – Is expected to be activated from the DL on Sunday.
Juan Uribe, 3B, LAD (Hamstring) – Took batting practice for the second consecutive day on Thursday.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, LAD (Leg) – Threw off the mound on Thursday.
Garrett Richards, SP, LAA (Knee) – Expected to be ready for spring training in 2015 after undergoing season-ending knee surgery next week.
Homer Bailey, SP, CIN (Elbow) – Has yet to resume throwing.
Hector Sanchez, C, SF (Concussion) – May return to action in September.
Brandon Belt, 1B, SF (Concussion) – May return to action in September.
Ehire Adrianza, SS, SF (Hamstring) – May miss the rest of the season.
Troy Patton, RP, SD (Shoulder) – Has made two rehab appearances for the Arizona League Padres.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS (Hamstring) – Did some light throwing on Thursday.
Edwin Jackson, SP, CHC (Back) – Placed on the DL on Thursday.
Yadier Molina, C, STL (Thumb) – Took some swings on Wednesday and has suffered no setbacks to this point.
David Murphy, OF, CLE (Abdomen) – Has resumed some core exercises.
Masahiro Tanaka, SP, NYY (Elbow) – Is expected to face live hitters on Saturday in a simulated game.
Steve Souza, OF, WAS (Shoulder) – Starting a rehab assignment on Thursday.
David Phelps, SP, NYY (Elbow) – Played catch on Wednesday and has been pain-free over a week.
Derek Dietrich, 2B, MIA (Wrist) – Was successful at the plate in a rehab game on Wednesday.
Derek Holland, SP, TEX (Knee) – Is not being considered to join the rotation until after September 1.

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

Placed on the DL (15-day DL, unless otherwise noted)

Edwin Jackson, SP, CHC
Garrett Richards, SP, LAA (60-day DL)

Bereavement List

Starlin Castro, SS, CHC

Called Up

Wade LeBlanc, RP, SD
Cam Bedrosian, RP, LAA
Logan Watkins, 2B, CHC
Blake Parker, RP, CHC
Pedro Villarreal, RP, CIN
Zac Rosscup, RP, CHC
Allen Craig, OF, BOS
Zelous Wheeler, 3B, NYY
David Holmberg, SP, CIN

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

Chase Whitley, RP, NYY
Carlos Contreras, RP, CIN
Brennan Boesch, OF, LAA
Alex Hassan, OF, BOS
J.J. Hoover, RP, CIN
Dan Otero, RP, OAK
Brian Hagens, RP, ARI
Wilfrin Obispo, RP, PIT
Corey Brown, OF, BOS

Traded

Gordon Beckham, 2B, LAA (from Chicago White Sox for a Player To Be Named Later)

Released

Brooks Conrad, 2B, SD

Closer Watch

Cincinnati Reds – Aroldis Chapman, who was recently day-to-day fighting a shoulder injury, picked up an inning in relief in a non-save situation on Thursday night, while striking out two hitters in the process. Chapman seems to be back and ready to go for owners, even after his August 17 implosion where he gave up four earned runs after walking four straight batters in zero innings pitched.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – August 22, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. Ellsbury OF NYY vs CWS
7:05PM
J. Danks 14 6 1 0 1 0 1 .429 .467 .500 .967
M. Teixeira 1B NYY vs CWS
7:05PM
J. Danks 15 8 3 1 5 1 1 .533 .563 .867 1.429
M. Adams 1B STL @ PHI
7:05PM
K. Kendrick 11 5 2 0 1 1 1 .455 .500 .636 1.136
J. Jay OF STL @ PHI
7:05PM
K. Kendrick 15 6 3 0 3 0 1 .400 .400 .667 1.067
K. Frandsen 2B WAS vs SF
7:05PM
T. Hudson 13 6 0 0 0 0 0 .462 .462 .462 .923
J. Werth OF WAS vs SF
7:05PM
T. Hudson 41 15 7 3 11 5 6 .366 .435 .683 1.118
F. Freeman 1B ATL @ CIN
7:10PM
M. Latos 12 7 3 0 6 0 2 .583 .583 .833 1.417
J. Heyward OF ATL @ CIN
7:10PM
M. Latos 10 4 2 0 2 0 2 .400 .400 .600 1.000
C. Johnson 3B ATL @ CIN
7:10PM
M. Latos 17 7 4 1 3 2 5 .412 .474 .765 1.238
J. Upton OF ATL @ CIN
7:10PM
M. Latos 14 6 3 1 2 3 4 .429 .529 .786 1.315
D. Ortiz DH BOS vs SEA
7:10PM
F. Hernandez 34 11 2 1 6 6 7 .324 .415 .441 .856
Z. Cozart SS CIN vs ATL
7:10PM
M. Minor 10 4 3 2 2 0 1 .400 .400 1.200 1.600
J. Willingham OF KC @ TEX
8:05PM
C. Lewis 22 7 6 3 5 0 6 .318 .318 .864 1.182
T. Hunter OF DET @ MIN
8:10PM
T. Milone 10 4 1 1 1 1 1 .400 .455 .700 1.155
J. Martinez OF DET @ MIN
8:10PM
T. Milone 11 3 1 1 4 0 0 .273 .333 .545 .879
C. Gomez OF MIL vs PIT
8:10PM
J. Locke 11 5 2 1 4 1 1 .455 .500 .818 1.318
R. Martin C PIT @ MIL
8:10PM
Y. Gallardo 16 5 1 0 1 4 4 .313 .476 .375 .851
A. McCutchen OF PIT @ MIL
8:10PM
Y. Gallardo 49 15 7 3 7 2 5 .306 .333 .592 .925
S. Smith OF SD @ ARI
9:40PM
J. Collmenter 14 5 3 1 1 0 0 .357 .357 .786 1.143
D. Barney 2B LAD vs NYM
10:10PM
J. Niese 12 5 0 0 2 0 0 .417 .417 .417 .833
A. Ethier OF LAD vs NYM
10:10PM
J. Niese 10 4 0 0 2 0 2 .400 .400 .400 .800
J. Lagares OF NYM @ LAD
10:10PM
D. Haren 10 4 0 0 0 0 4 .400 .400 .400 .800
D. Murphy 2B NYM @ LAD
10:10PM
D. Haren 14 4 2 1 2 0 1 .286 .286 .571 .857
D. Wright 3B NYM @ LAD
10:10PM
D. Haren 21 7 4 2 6 0 4 .333 .333 .714 1.048
Hot Pitcher Matchups – August 22, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Yovani Gallardo MIL vs PIT
8:10PM
224 47 17 5 21 27 56 .210 .302 .331 .633
Dan Haren LAD vs NYM
10:10PM
108 29 11 5 12 1 30 .269 .273 .462 .736
Cold Batter Matchups – August 22, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
B. Gardner OF NYY vs CWS
7:05PM
J. Danks 10 1 0 0 0 1 1 .100 .182 .100 .282
B. Ryan SS NYY vs CWS
7:05PM
J. Danks 11 2 0 0 1 4 2 .182 .400 .182 .582
M. Byrd OF PHI vs STL
7:05PM
A. Wainwright 20 4 1 0 0 0 9 .200 .200 .250 .450
M. Holliday OF STL @ PHI
7:05PM
K. Kendrick 21 2 2 1 3 0 3 .095 .095 .286 .381
D. Espinosa 2B WAS vs SF
7:05PM
T. Hudson 27 5 2 1 1 2 10 .185 .267 .333 .600
D. Span OF WAS vs SF
7:05PM
T. Hudson 17 2 0 0 0 0 3 .118 .118 .118 .235
Y. Cespedes OF BOS vs SEA
7:10PM
F. Hernandez 30 6 1 0 1 0 10 .200 .250 .233 .483
D. Nava OF BOS vs SEA
7:10PM
F. Hernandez 17 4 1 0 1 0 4 .235 .235 .294 .529
A. Ramirez 3B MIL vs PIT
8:10PM
J. Locke 11 2 2 1 4 1 1 .182 .250 .545 .795
J. Segura SS MIL vs PIT
8:10PM
J. Locke 12 2 1 1 2 0 2 .167 .167 .417 .583
P. Alvarez 3B PIT @ MIL
8:10PM
Y. Gallardo 29 2 1 0 2 6 12 .069 .229 .103 .332
J. Harrison OF PIT @ MIL
8:10PM
Y. Gallardo 10 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
S. Marte OF PIT @ MIL
8:10PM
Y. Gallardo 19 3 2 0 1 2 9 .158 .238 .263 .501
C. Maybin OF SD @ ARI
9:40PM
J. Collmenter 14 3 2 0 0 0 5 .214 .214 .357 .571
C. Granderson OF NYM @ LAD
10:10PM
D. Haren 36 7 3 2 3 1 15 .194 .211 .389 .599
Cold Pitcher Matchups – August 22, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Mat Latos CIN vs ATL
7:10PM
70 31 12 2 13 7 19 .443 .494 .677 1.171
Jeff Locke PIT @ MIL
8:10PM
73 20 9 4 12 7 14 .274 .337 .524 .862

Recommended Pickup

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