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Andrew Fiorentino

Managing hockey editor, talent wrangler, football columnist, FSWA's 2015 fantasy hockey writer of the year. Twitter: @akfiorentino

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Friday's Starters
Red Sox (Daisuke Matsuzaka – R) at Cubs (Ryan Dempster – R), 2:20
Yankees (Phil Hughes – R) at Nationals (Gio Gonzalez – L), 7:05
Rockies (Jeff Francis – L) at Tigers (Casey Crosby – L), 7:05
Pirates (James McDonald – R) at Indians (Justin Masterson – R), 7:05
Phillies (Vance Worley – R) at Blue Jays (Drew Hutchison – R), 7:07
Reds (Bronson Arroyo – R) at Mets (Dillon Gee – R), 7:10
Marlins (Carlos Zambrano – R) at Rays (Matt Moore – L), 7:10
Orioles (Brian Matusz – L) at Braves (Tommy Hanson – R), 7:35
Astros (Jordan Lyles – R) at Rangers (Yu Darvish – R), 8:05
Brewers (Yovani Gallardo – R) at Twins (Francisco Liriano – L), 8:10
Royals (Vin Mazzaro – R) at Cardinals (Kyle Lohse – R), 8:15
Diamondbacks (Trevor Cahill – R) at Angels (Dan Haren – R), 10:05
Padres (Anthony Bass – R) at Athletics (Travis Blackley – L), 10:05
Giants (Ryan Vogelsong – R) at Mariners (Jason Vargas – L), 10:10
White Sox (Chris Sale – L) at Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw – L), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: None


Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS (finger) – Just a small cut, not a blister; should miss no time
Carlos Beltran, OF, STL (illness) – Didn’t play Thursday, but was available to pinch-hit
Drew Stubbs, OF, CIN (oblique) – Won’t take BP until Saturday at the earliest
Brandon McCarthy, SP, OAK (shoulder) – Doubtful for Saturday, but seems to be avoiding DL
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK (hamstring) – Could serve as DH this weekend
Bud Norris, SP, HOU (knee) – Team still unsure about whether he’ll go Sunday
Andy Pettitte, SP, NYY (hand) – Expects to go Saturday
Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN (abdomen) – Left Thursday due to cramp
Chris Heisey, OF, CIN (groin) – Has been dealing with strain for a while, but probably no DL
Ryan Raburn, 2B, DET (hamstring) – Called up Thursday
Koji Uehara, RP, TEX (shoulder) – Will be shut down for two weeks; DL trip coming
Aubrey Huff, 1B, SF (knee) – Hurt himself celebrating Matt Cain’s perfecto; may hit DL

Disabled List
Evan Longoria, 3B, TB (hamstring) – Will go on rehab assignment Saturday in Triple-A
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL (groin) – Not expected to travel with Triple-A team; new timetable coming
Carl Crawford, OF, BOS (elbow) – Traveling with team to work on throwing
Chris Carpenter, SP, STL (shoulder) – Threw off mound for first time since spring training Wednesday
Stephen Drew, SS, AZ (ankle) – Playing Triple-A rehab games next three days, and could be back soon
Andy Dirks, OF, DET (Achilles) – Some cause for concern still; no timetable
Brett Gardner, OF, NYY (elbow) – Could be back in 3-4 weeks following platelet therapy, cortisone
Carlos Lee, 1B, HOU (hamstring) – Homered in first rehab game Thursday
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI (Achilles) – Progressing slowly; still not running bases in extended ST games
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI (knee) – With High-A team on break, playing in extended ST this weekend
Tim Stauffer, SP, SD (elbow) – Bud Black said he thinks Stauffer will be back this year
John Danks, SP, CHW (shoulder) – Feeling more soreness than expected; return could be well off yet
Ian Stewart, 3B, CHC (wrist) – May have nerve damage to wrist; seeing specialist
Scott Rolen, 3B, CIN (shoulder) – Rehab games over the weekend, then back Monday
Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC (hip) – Rehab assignment to start Sunday in Double-A
Skip Schumaker, 2B, STL (hamstring) – Could be back Monday
Matt Carpenter, 3B, STL (oblique) – Started rehab assignment in Triple-A on Thursday
Jorge De La Rosa, SP, COL (elbow) – Hopes to throw this weekend; still out through ASB
Jhoulys Chacin, SP, COL (chest) – Playing catch at 90 feet, but no timetable
Ramon Hernandez, C, COL (hand) – Several days away from rehab assignment after cortisone shot
Charlie Morton, SP, PIT (elbow) – Had Tommy John surgery
Jeff Karstens, SP, PIT (shoulder/hip) – At least 12 days from returning
Freddy Galvis, 2B, PHI (back) – Will miss a large chunk of time, maybe the year
Ronny Cedeno, SS, NYM (calf) – Rehab assignment starting Friday
Justin De Fratus, RP, PHI (elbow) – Throwing from 120 feet; no timetable
Laynce Nix, OF, PHI (calf) – Playing in extended spring training; progress slow
Andy Parrino, SS, SD (hand) – Nearing rehab assignment
Justin Turner, 2B, NYM (ankle) – Playing SS on rehab assignment
Daniel McCutchen, RP, PIT (oblique) – Rehab assignment started Thursday
Jeff Keppinger, 2B, TB (toe) – Starting rehab assignment Friday in Triple-A
Cesar Izturis, SS, MIL (hamstring) – Triple-A rehab assignment starts Friday
Travis Ishikawa, 1B, MIL (oblique) – Joining Izturis on Triple-A rehab Friday
Joba Chamberlain, RP, NYY (ankle, elbow) – Said he’s 2-3 weeks from a rehab assignment
Kosuke Fukudome, OF, CHW (back) – Getting close to rehab assignment
Bobby Jenks, RP, BOS (back) – Negotiating with Red Sox to end contract
Aaron Cook, SP, BOS (knee) – Close to starting rehab trip
Doug Fister, SP, DET (left side strain) – Will be activated and start Saturday


Placed on DL
Drew Smyly, SP, DET (finger)
P.J. Walters, SP, MIN (shoulder)
Endy Chavez, OF, BAL (hamstring)
Luke Scott, DH, TB (back)
Ian Stewart, 3B, CHC (wrist)

Activated from DL
David Robertson, RP, NYY
Wellington Castillo, C, CHC

Optioned to Triple-A
Chris Coghlan, OF, MIA
Koyie Hill, C, CHC (DFA)
Clint Robinson, 1B, KC
David Phelps, RP, NYY

Called Up
Ryan Raburn, 2B, DET
Lester Oliveros, RP, MIN
Luis Valbuena, 2B, CHC
Steve Tolleson, 2B, BAL
Roman Colon, RP, KC

Closer Watch

Yankees – Rafael Soriano has mostly been going strong, but with David Robertson activated from the DL, this situation bears watching. Soriano will only be allowed to stumble so much, though he has pitched well overall and could very well hold the job all year long.

Brewers – John Axford blew his third save Thursday, giving up two runs in less than an inning to take the loss against Kansas City. Meanwhile, Francisco Rodriguez struck out the only batter he faced. Neither of the Brewers’ back-end options is having a very good year, so expect Milwaukee to give Axford time to figure things out.


Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B BOS @ CHC
6/15 2:20 PM
Ryan Dempster 2-14 .143 2 2 2 3 4 .571 .294 .865
Scott Podsednik - OF BOS @ CHC
6/15 2:20 PM
Ryan Dempster 7-18 .389 1 4 2 4 3 .778 .500 1.278
Prince Fielder - 1B DET vs COL
6/15 7:05 PM
Jeff Francis 2-11 .182 2 2 3 1 4 .727 .250 .977
Lyle Overbay - 1B ARI @ LAA
6/15 10:05 PM
Dan Haren 5-15 .333 0 2 4 0 2 .467 .313 .780
Alberto Callaspo - 3B LAA vs ARI
6/15 10:05 PM
Trevor Cahill 4-12 .333 0 1 1 0 0 .500 .333 .833
Adam Dunn - 1B CWS @ LAD
6/15 10:10 PM
Clayton Kershaw 7-11 .636 3 5 7 0 2 1.636 .636 2.272
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
BB K Opp
Dan Haren LAA vs ARI
6/15 10:05 PM
Diamondbacks Batters 19-65 .292 1 7 9 0 13 .446 .288 .734



Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Jeff Francoeur - OF KC @ STL
6/15 8:15 PM
Kyle Lohse 3-15 .200 0 2 0 1 4 .333 .250 .583
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
BB K Opp
Trevor Cahill ARI @ LAA
6/15 10:05 PM
Angels Batters 22-81 .272 1 5 4 8 6 .377 .344 .721

Recommended Pickup
Tyler Colvin, OF, COL – With Colvin’s success at this dish this year (four homers in his last five games and an .882 OPS in somewhat limited playing time), the Rockies are now making an effort to get him into the lineup on a more-or-less daily basis. He had a disaster season with the Cubs last year, but remember that two years ago, he was one of the game’s finest rookies, smacking 20 homers in only 358 at-bats. With the opportunity to ply his trade in Coors Field, Colvin could continue to put up very helpful fantasy stats.

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