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

BAL (Wei-Yin Chen - L) at NYY (Michael Pineda - R) 1:00 PM
NYM (Jon Niese - L) at WAS (Max Scherzer - R) 1:05 PM
TB (Drew Smyly - L) at DET (Randy Wolf - L) 1:08 PM
PIT (Jeff Locke - L) at CIN (Anthony DeSclafani - R) 1:10 PM
MIL (Zach Davies - R) at MIA (Justin Nicolino - L) 1:10 PM
TOR (Mark Buehrle - L) at BOS (Rick Porcello - R) 1:35 PM
CLE (Trevor Bauer - R) at CWS (Chris Sale - L) 2:10 PM
CHC (Dan Haren - R) at STL (Lance Lynn - R) 2:15 PM
HOU (Mike Fiers - R) at OAK (Felix Doubront - L) 4:05 PM
COL (Kyle Kendrick - R) at SD (Ian Kennedy - R) 4:10 PM
SF (Mike Leake - R) at ARI (Patrick Corbin - L) 4:10 PM
TEX (Yovani Gallardo - R) at SEA (Roenis Elias - L) 6:40 PM
ATL (Williams Perez - R) at PHI (Aaron Harang - R) 7:05 PM
MIN (Tommy Milone - L) at KC (Yordano Ventura - R) 8:10 PM
LAD (Zack Greinke - R) at LAA (Nick Tropeano - R) 9:05 PM

Day Game After Night Game: - PIT (at CIN), STL (vs. CHC)

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Nelson Cruz, OF, SEA (quadriceps) -- Missed his third straight game Sunday, but was able to hit in the batting cage with minimal discomfort.
Delino DeShields Jr. (upper body) -- Missed Sunday's game due to soreness in his upper torso.
Matt Harvey, P, NYM (illness) -- "Should be fine" to make his scheduled start Tuesday against the Nationals.
Lance Lynn, P, STL (ankle) -- Didn't pitch this weekend but is penciled in for Monday's start against the Cubs.
Steven Matz, P, NYM (finger) -- Left Sunday's start due to a blister.
Daniel Murphy, 3B, NYM (quadriceps) -- Missed his third straight game Sunday, but is hopeful to return to the lineup Monday.
Hector Olivera, 2B, ATL (foot) -- Was scratched from Sunday's lineup with a bruised foot.
David Ortiz, DH, BOS (calf) -- Left Sunday's game due to right calf tightness.
Kyle Schwarber, C, CHC (ribs) -- Missed his fourth straight game Sunday due to rib soreness.
Stephen Strasburg, P, WAS (back) -- Expected to start Wednesday against the Mets.
Stephen Vogt, C, OAK (groin) -- Left Sunday's game after taking a direct shot to the groin area.
Matt Wieters, C, BAL (wrist) -- Missed his second straight game Sunday after leaving Friday's game due to a wrist injury.

Out

Norichicka Aoki, OF, SF (concussion) -- Has suffered multiple concussions this season and was recently diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome.
Corey Kluber, P, CLE (hamstring) -- Expected to miss at least 10 days.
Glen Perkins, P, MIN (back) -- Did not travel with the Twins on their current road trip that ends Sunday, September 13.

Players on the DL

Carlos Carrasco, P, CLE (shoulder) -- Will be activated to start Tuesday's game against the White Sox.
Corey Dickerson, OF, COL (ribs) -- Expected to rejoin the Rockies on Monday.
Lucas Duda, 1B, NYM (back) -- Likely to rejoin the Mets on Tuesday.
Jose Fernandez, P, MIA (biceps) -- Hopes to return to the Marlins' rotation in mid-September.
Maikel Franco, 3B, PHI (wrist) -- Will be re-evaluated by a doctor on Tuesday and could be shut down if the Phillies do not see enough progress in his recovery.
Billy Hamilton, OF, CIN (shoulder) -- Began a rehab assignment with Double-A Pensacola on Saturday.
Matt Holliday, OF, STL (quadriceps) -- Indicated his desire to return this season but has not done much outside of a few sprints.
Howie Kendrick, 2B, LAD (leg) -- Could begin playing games next week.
Joe Panik, 2B, SF (back) -- Expected to rejoin the Giants after a weekend of rehab games.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS (hamstring) -- Could rejoin the Red Sox as early as Tuesday.
Hunter Pence, OF, SF (oblique) -- Hit off a tee Monday but his oblique injury continues to bother him.
Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD (hamstring) -- Aggravated a previous hamstring injury.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, BOS (shoulder) -- Was placed on the DL retroactive to August 27.
Jorge Soler, OF, CHC (oblique) -- Hoped to hit off a tee Friday and doesn't believe his oblique injury is season-ending.
Steven Souza, OF, TB (hand) -- Will play three games during a rehab assignment before being re-evaluated.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA (wrist) -- Likely to return before the end of the season, but was limited to dry swings Sunday.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY (leg) -- Was placed on the DL retroactive to August 27.
Devon Travis, 2B, TOR (shoulder) -- Received a cortisone shot last week but Toronto had no further update on his status.

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

Called Up

Nick Goody, P, NYY
Mike Olt, 3B, CWS
Tanner Scheppers, P, TEX
Jackson Williams, C, SF

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)

None

Activated from the DL (15-day, unless otherwise noted)

Tyler Cravy, P, MIL
Randal Grichuk, OF, STL

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

Andrew Susac, C, SF (60-day DL)

Claimed

Matt Dominguez, 3B, TOR (from MIL)
Andy Wilkins, 1B, BAL (fromLAD)

Designated for Assignment

Cesar Cabral, P, BAL

Signed

None

Released

None

Traded

None

Closer Watch

Chicago White Sox - David Robertson pitched a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Royals to earn his 29th save of the season.

Cincinnati Reds - Aroldis Chapman fanned two batters during a perfect ninth inning Sunday against the Brewers to earn his 28th save of the season.

Houston Astros - Luke Gregerson recorded the final out in the ninth inning Sunday against the Twins to earn his 26th save of the season.

New York Mets - With Jeurys Familia unavailable Sunday, Tyler Clippard blew his fifth save of the season Sunday after allowing two runs over 1.2 innings against the Marlins.

New York Yankees - Andrew Miller allowed two hits but struck out two during a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Rays to earn his 31st save of the season.

Seattle Mariners - Tom Wilhelmsen allowed two hits over 1.2 scoreless innings Sunday against the A's to earn his 10th save of the season.

Washington Nationals - Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the marlins to earn his 22nd save of the season.

Key Matchups
Hot Batter Matchups September 7, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
A. Jones OF BAL @ NYY
1:05PM
M. Pineda 20 7 3 1 5 0 4 .350 .350 .600 .950
B. Gardner OF NYY vs BAL
1:05PM
W. Chen 21 6 3 1 5 2 7 .286 .375 .524 .899
D. Espinosa 2B WAS vs NYM
1:05PM
J. Niese 21 9 2 1 3 0 5 .429 .429 .619 1.048
D. Uggla 2B WAS vs NYM
1:05PM
J. Niese 33 10 4 0 3 6 10 .303 .410 .455 .865
R. Zimmerman 3B WAS vs NYM
1:05PM
J. Niese 20 8 1 0 1 1 4 .400 .429 .450 .879
T. Frazier 3B CIN vs PIT
1:10PM
J. Locke 23 9 3 2 3 3 3 .391 .462 .696 1.157
D. Ortiz DH BOS vs TOR
1:35PM
M. Buehrle 75 21 10 4 14 4 10 .280 .316 .520 .836
J. Bautista OF TOR @ BOS
1:35PM
R. Porcello 22 9 1 1 5 2 2 .409 .458 .545 1.004
E. Encarnacion 1B TOR @ BOS
1:35PM
R. Porcello 20 8 5 1 6 0 3 .400 .400 .750 1.150
B. Revere OF TOR @ BOS
1:35PM
R. Porcello 22 8 1 0 2 2 0 .364 .417 .455 .871
R. Raburn OF CLE @ CWS
2:10PM
C. Sale 31 8 5 2 5 3 11 .258 .324 .548 .872
A. Rizzo 1B CHC @ STL
2:15PM
L. Lynn 26 7 3 2 6 3 5 .269 .367 .538 .905
D. LeMahieu 2B COL @ SD
4:10PM
I. Kennedy 22 8 5 1 4 4 3 .364 .462 .682 1.143
J. Upton OF SD vs COL
4:10PM
K. Kendrick 29 11 6 3 7 3 7 .379 .472 .793 1.265
M. Bourn OF ATL @ PHI
7:05PM
A. Harang 32 11 4 1 3 4 5 .344 .432 .563 .995
E. Aybar SS LAA vs LAD
9:05PM
Z. Greinke 25 9 5 0 2 2 2 .360 .414 .560 .974
A. Pujols 1B LAA vs LAD
9:05PM
Z. Greinke 26 8 5 0 2 3 4 .308 .367 .500 .867
Hot Pitcher Matchups September 7, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Max Scherzer WAS vs NYM
1:05PM
130 27 10 3 7 11 41 .208 .274 .340 .614
Michael Pineda NYY vs BAL
1:05PM
89 25 8 3 14 1 30 .281 .289 .440 .729
Trevor Bauer CLE @ CWS
2:10PM
103 23 6 3 9 9 34 .223 .290 .324 .613
Mike Leake SF @ ARI
4:10PM
63 14 4 1 6 2 12 .222 .252 .312 .563
Yovani Gallardo TEX @ SEA
6:40PM
63 12 2 2 6 8 15 .190 .282 .282 .564
Cold Batter Matchups September 7, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. Bruce OF CIN vs PIT
1:10PM
J. Locke 21 4 2 0 6 0 3 .190 .182 .286 .468
M. Aviles 2B CLE @ CWS
2:10PM
C. Sale 23 3 0 0 0 2 1 .130 .200 .130 .330
M. Brantley OF CLE @ CWS
2:10PM
C. Sale 29 4 2 0 2 1 12 .138 .194 .207 .400
C. Blackmon OF COL @ SD
4:10PM
I. Kennedy 21 4 0 0 3 0 9 .190 .261 .190 .451
C. Gonzalez OF COL @ SD
4:10PM
I. Kennedy 35 5 4 2 2 1 15 .143 .167 .371 .538
S. Smith OF SEA vs TEX
6:40PM
Y. Gallardo 22 3 0 0 1 3 6 .136 .240 .136 .376
F. Freeman 1B ATL @ PHI
7:05PM
A. Harang 20 3 0 0 1 1 6 .150 .190 .150 .340
K. Morales 1B KC vs MIN
8:10PM
T. Milone 21 3 2 1 3 0 5 .143 .143 .333 .476
Cold Pitcher Matchups September 7, 2015
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 @ WAS
1:05PM
198 63 15 3 17 18 46 .318 .373 .420 .793
Jeff Locke PIT @ CIN
1:10PM
100 28 8 3 15 12 10 .280 .351 .424 .775
Patrick Corbin ARI vs SF
4:10PM
98 31 10 0 13 1 21 .316 .336 .438 .774
Kyle Kendrick COL @ SD
4:10PM
131 39 13 7 19 8 26 .298 .353 .507 .860
Zack Greinke LAD @ LAA
9:05PM
140 47 20 1 15 11 27 .336 .386 .505 .892
Recommended Pickup

Javier Baez, SS, CHC - Baez, who missed seven weeks with a fractured finger, was promoted as expected on September 1. Despite playing just 74 games at Triple-A Iowa, Baez hit .328/.391/.526 with 13 home runs and 18 steals. Baez has benefited from a .407 BABIP and has a weak K:BB ratio, but when he makes contact, look out. Baez's power potential could allow him to claim the every day second base role over Starlin Castro and Tommy La Stella with Chris Coghlan back in the outfield due to Jorge Soler's injury.

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DraftKings Value Picks

SP - Trevor Bauer, CLE ($7,500)
C - Wilson Ramos, WAS ($3,000)
1B - Victor Martinez, DET ($3,000)
2B - Jedd Gyorko, SD ($2,900)
3B - Justin Turner, LAD ($3,300)
SS - Corey Seager, LAD ($2,900)
OF - Rusney Castillo, BOS ($3,200)
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