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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.

Sunday Lineup Card:
Projected Starters - A look at Sundayĺs matchups (all times Eastern)
Yankees (Brandon McCarthy ľ R) at Blue Jays (J.A. Happ ľ L) , 1:07
Phillies (A.J. Burnett ľ R) at Mets (Dillon Gee ľ R), 1:10
Twins (Ricky Nolasco ľ R) at Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen ľ L), 1:35
Reds (Johnny Cueto ľ R) at Pirates (Francisco Liriano ľ L), 1:35
Red Sox (Clay Buchholz ľ R) at Rays (Alex Cobb ľ R), 1:40
Tigers (Rick Porcello ľ R) at White Sox (Jose Quintana ľ L), 2:10
Rangers (Nick Martinez ľ R) at Astros (Dallas Keuchel ľ L), 2:10
Cubs (Travis Wood ľ L) at Cardinals (John Lackey ľ R), 2:15
Athletics (Scott Kazmir ľ L) at Angels (Matt Shoemaker ľ R), 3:35
Brewers (Kyle Lohse ľ R) at Giants (Madison Bumgarner ľ L), 4:05
Nationals (Tanner Roark ľ R) at Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma ľ R), 4:10
Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu ľ L) at Padres (Eric Stults ľ L), 4:10
Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa ľ L) at Diamondbacks (Chase Anderson ľ R), 4:10
Marlins (Nathan Eovaldi ľ R) at Braves (Alex Wood ľ L), 5:10
Indians (T.J. House ľ L) at Royals (Danny Duffy ľ L), 8:00

Day Game After Night Game: PHI/NYM, MIN/BAL, BOS/TB, TEX/HOU, OAK/LAA, MIL/SF, WAS/SEA, LAD/SD, COL/ARI, MIA/ATL

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, NYY ľ (Ankle) Did not start Saturday; unlikely to play Sunday.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC ľ (Back) Will not play this weekend.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT ľ (Foot) Did not start Saturday.
Travis Snyder, OF, PIT ľ (Hamstring) Did not start Saturday.
Steven Pearce, 1B, BAL ľ (Adomen) MRI revealed no tears; did not start Saturday.
Desmond Jennings, OF, TB ľ (Knee) Did not start Saturday.
Chris Denorfia, OF, SEA ľ (Neck) Did not start Saturday.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK ľ (Neck) Did not start Saturday.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS ľ (Head) Left Saturday's game after he was struck with a forearm.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET ľ (Ankle) Left Saturday's game after aggravating existing injury.

Players on the DL

Joakim Soria, P, DET ľ (Oblique) Target date for return remains unclear.
Carter Capps, P, MIA ľ (Elbow) Expected to rejoin team when rosters expand Sept. 1.
Dan Jennings, P, MIA ľ (Concussion) Expected to rejoin team when rosters expand Sept. 1.
Charlie Morton, P, PIT ľ (Sports Hernia) Decision has not been made on possible surgery.
George Springer, OF, HOU ľ (Quadriceps) Has yet to run at full speed.
Matt Garza, P, MIL ľ (Oblique) Will start Wednesday against Cubs.

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

Josh Zeid, P, HOU ľ Transferred to 60-day DL

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

Called Up

Eric Surkamp, P, CWS
Brent Morel, 3B, PIT
Aaron Thompson, P, MIN
Alfredo Figaro, P, MIL
Jesse Hahn, P, SD
Michael Roth, P, LAA

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

Scott Carroll, P, CWS
Christian Colon, SS, KC
Jeff Locke, P, PIT
Anthony Ranaudo, P, BOS
Nick Tepesch, P, TEX
Jimmy Nelson, P, MIL
Efren Navarro, 1B, LAA

Claimed

Samuel Deduno, P, HOU

Closer Watch

Oakland Athletics ľ Eric O'Flaherty seems to have the confidence of manager Bob Melvin in the ninth inning role while Sean Doolittle remains on the disabled list. Melvin insists Ryan Cook and Luke Gregerson remain in their customary set-up roles, probably in an effort not to disrupt their rhythm in anticipation of the postseason. That means O'Flaherty will probably receive a number of save opportunities over the next two weeks, with the Athletics facing divisional games against the Mariners and Astros before heading out to Chicago to face the White Sox on Sept. 8. Reports indicate O'Flaherty was acquired last winter for just this type of scenario, as the front office believed him capable of filling in as a part of end-game situations. Should O'Flaherty stumble, however, the A's bullpen is well-stocked with arms capable of closing games, so Cook and Gregerson are names to monitor closely down the stretch.

Hot Batter Matchups ľ Augustá31,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
C. Beltran OF NYYá@áTOR
1:07PM
J. Happ 21 7 4 3 6 2 3 .333 .375 .810 1.185
D. Jeter SS NYYá@áTOR
1:07PM
J. Happ 14 7 2 2 3 1 1 .500 .533 .929 1.462
M. Prado 3B NYYá@áTOR
1:07PM
J. Happ 13 3 3 1 1 3 1 .231 .375 .615 .990
C. Granderson OF NYMávsáPHI
1:10PM
A. Burnett 21 5 4 1 2 4 5 .238 .385 .524 .908
J. Lagares OF NYMávsáPHI
1:10PM
A. Burnett 10 4 2 0 3 0 4 .400 .400 .600 1.000
R. Howard 1B PHIá@áNYM
1:10PM
D. Gee 23 9 7 6 14 1 6 .391 .417 1.217 1.634
J. Rollins SS PHIá@áNYM
1:10PM
D. Gee 28 13 4 2 5 3 3 .464 .516 .750 1.266
T. Frazier 3B CINá@áPIT
1:35PM
F. Liriano 17 5 3 2 3 3 6 .294 .400 .706 1.106
J. Harrison OF PITávsáCIN
1:35PM
J. Cueto 10 4 2 0 2 0 1 .400 .455 .600 1.055
A. McCutchen OF PITávsáCIN
1:35PM
J. Cueto 52 14 9 4 6 6 9 .269 .356 .615 .971
A. Dunn 1B CWSávsáDET
2:10PM
R. Porcello 25 8 4 2 2 3 9 .320 .393 .640 1.033
A. Garcia OF CWSávsáDET
2:10PM
R. Porcello 10 5 0 0 1 0 1 .500 .500 .500 1.000
C. Gillaspie 3B CWSávsáDET
2:10PM
R. Porcello 20 9 2 1 5 0 2 .450 .450 .650 1.100
P. Konerko 1B CWSávsáDET
2:10PM
R. Porcello 40 14 4 1 5 5 2 .350 .422 .500 .922
M. Cabrera 3B DETá@áCWS
2:10PM
J. Quintana 20 7 2 1 3 2 3 .350 .409 .550 .959
R. Davis OF DETá@áCWS
2:10PM
J. Quintana 23 9 3 1 1 1 4 .391 .417 .609 1.025
V. Martinez DH DETá@áCWS
2:10PM
J. Quintana 15 6 0 0 1 0 0 .400 .400 .400 .800
A. Rios OF TEXá@áHOU
2:10PM
D. Keuchel 17 6 3 0 3 1 2 .353 .389 .529 .918
M. Carpenter 3B STLávsáCHC
2:15PM
T. Wood 26 8 3 2 4 2 4 .308 .345 .577 .922
M. Holliday OF STLávsáCHC
2:15PM
T. Wood 34 11 6 3 6 2 10 .324 .378 .676 1.055
J. Jay OF STLávsáCHC
2:15PM
T. Wood 27 11 3 0 5 3 1 .407 .467 .519 .985
Y. Molina C STLávsáCHC
2:15PM
T. Wood 33 14 7 3 12 0 6 .424 .412 .818 1.230
G. Beckham 2B LAAávsáOAK
3:35PM
S. Kazmir 10 3 3 0 0 0 2 .300 .300 .600 .900
J. Hamilton OF LAAávsáOAK
3:35PM
S. Kazmir 18 6 3 2 6 0 2 .333 .333 .722 1.056
R. Braun OF MILá@áSF
4:05PM
M. Bumgarner 17 6 4 2 3 0 4 .353 .353 .824 1.176
M. Morse OF SFávsáMIL
4:05PM
K. Lohse 17 7 4 1 5 1 5 .412 .444 .765 1.209
A. Pagan OF SFávsáMIL
4:05PM
K. Lohse 10 4 1 0 4 0 1 .400 .364 .500 .864
D. Barney 2B LADá@áSD
4:10PM
E. Stults 14 6 5 1 4 2 1 .429 .529 .929 1.458
C. Crawford OF LADá@áSD
4:10PM
E. Stults 10 5 2 1 2 0 2 .500 .500 1.000 1.500
A. Ellis C LADá@áSD
4:10PM
E. Stults 11 2 1 1 3 4 1 .182 .400 .455 .855
A. Gonzalez 1B LADá@áSD
4:10PM
E. Stults 22 6 5 2 5 1 2 .273 .304 .682 .986
M. Kemp OF LADá@áSD
4:10PM
E. Stults 13 5 2 0 1 0 2 .385 .357 .538 .896
Y. Puig OF LADá@áSD
4:10PM
E. Stults 11 6 1 0 1 1 2 .545 .583 .636 1.220
H. Ramirez SS LADá@áSD
4:10PM
E. Stults 15 6 2 0 1 0 3 .400 .438 .533 .971
J. Turner 2B LADá@áSD
4:10PM
E. Stults 11 5 3 0 0 0 1 .455 .455 .818 1.273
J. Heyward OF ATLávsáMIA
5:10PM
N. Eovaldi 25 11 3 0 2 1 4 .440 .462 .600 1.062
A. Simmons SS ATLávsáMIA
5:10PM
N. Eovaldi 17 5 2 0 0 1 1 .294 .333 .529 .863
C. Yelich OF MIAá@áATL
5:10PM
A. Wood 12 6 1 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .667 1.167
M. Brantley OF CLEá@áKC
8:07PM
D. Duffy 10 4 0 0 1 0 2 .400 .400 .400 .800
C. Santana C CLEá@áKC
8:07PM
D. Duffy 13 5 2 1 2 0 1 .385 .385 .769 1.154
Hot Pitcher Matchups ľ Augustá31,á2014
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Hot Pitcher Matchups ľ Augustá31,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Ricky Nolasco MINá@áBAL
1:35PM
89 18 10 4 9 3 22 .202 .228 .410 .639
Johnny Cueto CINá@áPIT
1:35PM
246 46 18 5 17 21 53 .187 .260 .306 .566
Clay Buchholz BOSá@áTB
1:40PM
163 35 9 1 12 22 41 .215 .303 .280 .583
Nathan Eovaldi MIAá@áATL
5:10PM
145 32 8 1 11 8 26 .221 .264 .310 .575
Alex Wood ATLávsáMIA
5:10PM
78 23 6 2 12 1 17 .295 .304 .432 .736
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Cold Batter Matchups ľ Augustá31,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
B. Gardner OF NYYá@áTOR
1:07PM
J. Happ 10 2 1 0 0 0 4 .200 .200 .300 .500
C. Headley 3B NYYá@áTOR
1:07PM
J. Happ 12 2 1 1 1 0 2 .167 .167 .417 .583
B. McCann C NYYá@áTOR
1:07PM
J. Happ 19 3 1 0 1 2 4 .158 .238 .211 .449
B. Ryan SS NYYá@áTOR
1:07PM
J. Happ 13 2 1 0 0 0 1 .154 .154 .231 .385
A. Lind 1B TORávsáNYY
1:07PM
B. McCarthy 14 3 0 0 2 1 2 .214 .250 .214 .464
D. Wright 3B NYMávsáPHI
1:10PM
A. Burnett 31 4 1 0 4 3 12 .129 .200 .161 .361
C. Utley 2B PHIá@áNYM
1:10PM
D. Gee 25 5 2 0 1 2 2 .200 .276 .280 .556
K. Johnson 2B BALávsáMIN
1:35PM
R. Nolasco 20 4 1 0 1 3 4 .200 .304 .250 .554
N. Markakis OF BALávsáMIN
1:35PM
R. Nolasco 14 1 0 0 0 0 3 .071 .071 .071 .143
D. Young OF BALávsáMIN
1:35PM
R. Nolasco 10 2 2 0 1 0 3 .200 .200 .400 .600
J. Bruce OF CINá@áPIT
1:35PM
F. Liriano 16 0 0 0 0 0 6 .000 .000 .000 .000
Z. Cozart SS CINá@áPIT
1:35PM
F. Liriano 17 3 1 1 1 3 4 .176 .300 .353 .653
B. Pena C CINá@áPIT
1:35PM
F. Liriano 20 5 0 0 3 0 4 .250 .238 .250 .488
P. Alvarez 3B PITávsáCIN
1:35PM
J. Cueto 30 6 0 0 1 3 6 .200 .265 .200 .465
C. Barmes SS PITávsáCIN
1:35PM
J. Cueto 14 2 1 0 0 0 3 .143 .143 .214 .357
I. Davis 1B PITávsáCIN
1:35PM
J. Cueto 17 3 1 0 0 1 6 .176 .222 .235 .458
S. Marte OF PITávsáCIN
1:35PM
J. Cueto 14 0 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .000
R. Martin C PITávsáCIN
1:35PM
J. Cueto 15 1 1 0 2 5 4 .067 .333 .133 .467
J. Mercer SS PITávsáCIN
1:35PM
J. Cueto 16 4 0 0 0 0 2 .250 .250 .250 .500
G. Sanchez 1B PITávsáCIN
1:35PM
J. Cueto 11 2 2 0 1 1 4 .182 .250 .364 .614
T. Snider OF PITávsáCIN
1:35PM
J. Cueto 14 1 0 0 0 1 5 .071 .133 .071 .205
J. Tabata OF PITávsáCIN
1:35PM
J. Cueto 12 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
N. Walker 2B PITávsáCIN
1:35PM
J. Cueto 38 7 2 1 5 4 7 .184 .279 .289 .569
Y. Cespedes OF BOSá@áTB
1:40PM
A. Cobb 13 1 0 0 0 0 3 .077 .077 .077 .154
Y. Escobar SS TBávsáBOS
1:40PM
C. Buchholz 16 3 1 1 2 4 1 .188 .350 .375 .725
B. Zobrist 2B TBávsáBOS
1:40PM
C. Buchholz 36 4 1 0 2 6 6 .111 .238 .139 .377
T. Flowers C CWSávsáDET
2:10PM
R. Porcello 11 0 0 0 0 2 4 .000 .154 .000 .154
A. Ramirez SS CWSávsáDET
2:10PM
R. Porcello 50 8 1 1 1 0 3 .160 .160 .220 .380
E. Andrus SS TEXá@áHOU
2:10PM
D. Keuchel 24 5 0 0 3 1 2 .208 .231 .208 .439
L. Martin OF TEXá@áHOU
2:10PM
D. Keuchel 15 3 1 0 4 0 7 .200 .200 .267 .467
M. Adams 1B STLávsáCHC
2:15PM
T. Wood 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .400
J. Peralta SS STLávsáCHC
2:15PM
T. Wood 10 2 1 0 1 1 2 .200 .333 .300 .633
C. Gomez OF MILá@áSF
4:05PM
M. Bumgarner 10 2 0 0 1 2 2 .200 .333 .200 .533
G. Parra OF MILá@áSF
4:05PM
M. Bumgarner 15 2 0 0 2 2 5 .133 .235 .133 .369
M. Montero C ARIávsáCOL
4:10PM
J. De La Rosa 14 2 0 0 0 1 5 .143 .200 .143 .343
A. Ethier OF LADá@áSD
4:10PM
E. Stults 15 2 1 1 1 0 2 .133 .133 .333 .467
A. Cabrera SS WASá@áSEA
4:10PM
H. Iwakuma 10 1 0 0 0 1 3 .100 .182 .100 .282
F. Freeman 1B ATLávsáMIA
5:10PM
N. Eovaldi 26 4 2 1 5 3 2 .154 .241 .308 .549
C. Johnson 3B ATLávsáMIA
5:10PM
N. Eovaldi 12 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
B. Upton OF ATLávsáMIA
5:10PM
N. Eovaldi 15 3 1 0 1 1 5 .200 .250 .267 .517
J. Upton OF ATLávsáMIA
5:10PM
N. Eovaldi 17 3 0 0 1 1 5 .176 .211 .176 .387
A. Hechavarria SS MIAá@áATL
5:10PM
A. Wood 11 2 0 0 0 0 4 .182 .182 .182 .364
G. Stanton OF MIAá@áATL
5:10PM
A. Wood 10 2 2 1 2 0 3 .200 .200 .600 .800
J. Kipnis 2B CLEá@áKC
8:07PM
D. Duffy 10 2 1 1 1 0 1 .200 .200 .500 .700
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Cold Pitcher Matchups ľ Augustá31,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Dillon Gee NYMávsáPHI
1:10PM
157 48 19 10 30 10 20 .306 .357 .547 .904
Alex Cobb TBávsáBOS
1:40PM
71 16 3 0 11 12 12 .225 .345 .268 .614
Jose Quintana CWSávsáDET
2:10PM
119 39 8 2 11 6 22 .328 .358 .439 .797
Travis Wood CHCá@áSTL
2:15PM
158 53 22 8 29 9 29 .335 .374 .577 .951
Scott Kazmir OAKá@áLAA
3:35PM
81 27 12 2 11 5 16 .333 .372 .515 .887
Kyle Lohse MILá@áSF
4:05PM
94 30 9 1 14 3 20 .319 .336 .449 .785
Eric Stults SDávsáLAD
4:10PM
134 48 23 7 20 9 17 .358 .403 .650 1.054
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Recommended Pickup

Wade Davis, P, KC ľ While forward-thinking owners in keeper leagues gobble up shares of Dellin Betances in their leagues, those in redraft leagues should do the same with Davis. A high-leverage reliever who has been lights out this season for the Royals, the former Tampa Bay Rays prospect is a cheap speculative play for a possible boost in wins, strikeouts and ratios. Gamblers who are losing ground ľ and possibly closers like Sean Doolittle ľ could do worse than take a stab at a guy who has posted 87 strikeouts, a 0.77 ERA and 0.82 WHIP in just 58 innings this season. Davis is also top five among relievers in wins with eight. He won't rack up saves and might not win many leagues in 2014, but the Royals' reliever could tide some Doolittle owners over until the Athletics' closer is activated.

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Draft Kings Value Picks

SP: Danny Duffy, KC ($7,500)
C: Jason Castro, HOU ($3,500)
1B: Matt Adams, STL ($3,800)
2B: Kolten Wong, STL ($3,400)
SS: Mookie Betts, BOS ($3,400)
3B: Pablo Sandoval, SF ($3,800)
OF: Josh Harrison, PIT ($3,800)