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

Braves (Eric Stults – L) at Nationals (Gio Gonzalez – L), 7:05
Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez – R) at Yankees (Adam Warren – R), 7:05
Mets (Matt Harvey – R) at Phillies (Cole Hamels – L), 7:05
Cardinals (Michael Wacha – R) at Pirates (Francisco Liriano – L), 7:05
Red Sox (Wade Miley – L) at Blue Jays (Aaron Sanchez – R), 7:07
Royals (Yordano Ventura – R) at Tigers (David Price – L), 7:08
Twins (Mike Pelfrey – R) at Indians (Trevor Bauer – R), 7:10
Rangers (Yovani Gallardo – R) at Rays (Nathan Karns – R), 7:10
Cubs (Jason Hammel – R) at Brewers (Jimmy Nelson – R), 8:10
Reds (Jason Marquis – R) at White Sox (Hector Noesi – R), 8:10
Dodgers (Brett Anderson – L) at Rockies (Eddie Butler – R), 8:40
Padres (James Shields – R) at Diamondbacks (Jeremy Hellickson – R), 9:40
Astros (Roberto Hernandez – R) at Angels (Jered Weaver – R), 10:05
Athletics (Sonny Gray – R) at Mariners (Taijuan Walker – R), 10:10
Marlins (Jarred Cosart – R) at Giants (Tim Lincecum – R), 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Zack Cozart, SS, CIN (Wrist) – Could play on Friday after going through his usual pregame routine.
Leonys Martin, OF, TEX (Wrist) – Hopes to rejoin the lineup on Friday.
Evan Longoria, 3B, TB (Illness) – Did not play on Thursday due to flu-like symptoms.
Jose Iglesias, SS, DET (Groin) – Expected to miss Friday’s game, but could return on Saturday.
Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS (Shoulder) – Was able to play catch on Wednesday.

Players on the DL

Shawn Kelley, RP, SD (Calf) – Rejoined the team and is expected to be activated from the DL on Friday.
Jake Lamb, 3B, ARI (Foot) – Lamb could need a bit more time before returning from the disabled list.
Everth Cabrera, SS, BAL (Foot) – Was placed on the 15-day DL on Thursday.
Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX (Elbow) – Will start a rehab assignment on with Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday.
Archie Bradley, SP, ARI (Face) – Targeting a May 16 return to action.
Matt Wieters, C, BAL (Elbow) – Caught seven innings on Thursday in an extended spring training game.
Patrick Corbin, SP, ARI (Elbow) – Expected to begin a rehab assignment next week.
Jonathan Schoop, 2B, BAL (Knee) – Progressing slowly and likely won’t return until mid-June.
Adam Ottavino, RP, COL (Elbow) – Underwent Tommy John surgery on Thursday.
Alex Cobb, SP, TB (Forearm) – Received a platelet-rich plasma injection on Monday and will be shut down from baseball activities for a week or so.
Matt Harrison, SP, TEX (Back) – Pitched in an extended spring training game on Wednesday.
Ivan Nova, SP, NYY (Elbow) – Threw two innings in a rookie-league game on Thursday.
Masahiro Tanaka, SP, NYY (Forearm) – Threw the ball 50 times from 60 feet on Wednesday.
Ryan Flaherty, 2B, BAL (Groin) – Took batting practice on Thursday.
Erik Kratz, C, KC (Foot) – Will be sidelined for two weeks, although his job as the backup catcher is safe.
Casey Fien, RP, MIN (Shoulder) – Will throw a bullpen session once the Twins return from their current road trip.
Tim Collins, RP, KC (Elbow) – Was transferred to the 60-day DL.
Jarrod Parker, SP, OAK (Elbow) – Expected to throw 90 pitches in his start with Triple-A Nashville on Friday.
Ben Zobrist, 2B, OAK (Knee) – Hit off a tee on Thursday and is hoping to return to action before June 1.
LaTroy Hawkins, RP, COL (Biceps) – Has no certain date for a return from the DL.
A.J. Griffin, SP, OAK (Elbow) – Threw a three-inning simulated game on Thursday.
Brandon Beachy, SP, LAD (Elbow) – Bullpen session did not go well according to Beachy, as he’s learning to change his mechanics.
Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD (Hamstring) – Puig played DH for High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday.
Chris Capuano, SP, NYY (Quadriceps) – Started at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and may only need one more start before being activated.
Alex Rios, OF, KC (Hand) – There is no timetable for a return, even though Rios took dry swings on Thursday.
Alcides Escobar, SS, KC (Concussion) – Has not been cleared to play, and received more tests on Thursday.
Brett Oberholtzer, SP, HOU (Finger) – Oberholtzer struck out nine hitters in 5.1 innings during a rehab start at Triple-A Fresno.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS (Hamstring) – Will start a rehab assignment on Friday.
Travis d’Arnaud, C, NYM (Hand) – Will be examined by team doctors with the hopes of shedding his splint on Monday.

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

Activated from the DL

J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL
Luke Hochevar, RP, KC

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

Everth Cabrera, SS, BAL
Tim Collins, RP, KC – transferred to the 60-day DL

Called Up

Preston Tucker, OF, HOU
Fernando Rodriguez, RP, OAK
Chris Heisey, OF, LAD

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

Ronald Torreyes, 2B, HOU
Chad Smith, RP, OAK
Joe Wieland, SP, LAD
Robbie Ray, SP, ARI
Chris Rusin, RP, COL
Brandon Finnegan, SP, KC

Traded

Drew Butera, C, KC – from the Los Angeles Angels for Ryan Jackson, SS

Closer Watch

Minnesota Twins – Glen Perkins pitched a perfect 1.1 innings to pick up his 10th save of the season, which ties him for second place in the Majors through Thursday’s games. Perkins has been incredible to this point, not allowing even one walk to hitters on the season. There isn’t a ton of flare with Perkins, and he doesn’t have the name recognition that some do, but the Twins’ closer is about as secure as you can get.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – May 8, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
A. Callaspo 2B ATL @ WAS
7:05PM
G. Gonzalez 23 9 2 0 3 1 2 .391 .417 .522 .938
F. Freeman 1B ATL @ WAS
7:05PM
G. Gonzalez 24 7 4 2 9 0 7 .292 .321 .625 .946
A. Simmons SS ATL @ WAS
7:05PM
G. Gonzalez 18 6 4 2 5 4 1 .333 .455 .833 1.288
C. Granderson OF NYM @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Hamels 11 5 0 0 1 2 1 .455 .500 .455 .955
J. Lagares OF NYM @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Hamels 25 11 4 0 2 2 5 .440 .500 .600 1.100
C. Utley 2B PHI vs NYM
7:05PM
M. Harvey 15 6 2 1 2 0 0 .400 .500 .667 1.167
M. Adams 1B STL @ PIT
7:05PM
F. Liriano 10 4 0 0 1 1 3 .400 .455 .400 .855
M. Holliday OF STL @ PIT
7:05PM
F. Liriano 21 7 2 0 1 3 2 .333 .440 .429 .869
J. Peralta SS STL @ PIT
7:05PM
F. Liriano 46 15 3 2 6 10 13 .326 .446 .478 .925
B. Moss 1B CLE vs MIN
7:10PM
M. Pelfrey 11 5 1 0 2 2 2 .455 .538 .545 1.084
D. DeJesus DH TB vs TEX
7:10PM
Y. Gallardo 14 4 3 1 2 3 1 .286 .412 .643 1.055
E. Bonifacio 2B CWS vs CIN
8:10PM
J. Marquis 16 7 0 0 2 1 1 .438 .471 .438 .908
A. LaRoche 1B CWS vs CIN
8:10PM
J. Marquis 38 11 5 3 5 2 6 .289 .325 .579 .904
A. Lind 1B MIL vs CHC
8:10PM
J. Hammel 20 6 3 2 5 1 4 .300 .333 .650 .983
J. Morneau 1B COL vs LAD
8:40PM
B. Anderson 12 4 1 1 1 0 0 .333 .333 .583 .917
A. Hill 2B ARI vs SD
9:40PM
J. Shields 35 10 5 4 5 2 6 .286 .324 .657 .981
J. Castro C HOU @ LAA
10:05PM
J. Weaver 15 4 3 2 4 0 4 .267 .267 .733 1.000
M. Trout OF LAA vs HOU
10:05PM
R. Hernandez 11 4 3 3 4 0 2 .364 .364 1.182 1.545
M. Prado 3B MIA @ SF
10:15PM
T. Lincecum 30 10 4 0 5 3 1 .333 .394 .467 .861
G. Stanton OF MIA @ SF
10:15PM
T. Lincecum 14 4 3 1 2 0 5 .286 .333 .714 1.048
Hot Pitcher Matchups – May 8, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Miguel Gonzalez BAL @ NYY
7:05PM
103 21 13 3 6 6 24 .204 .248 .390 .638
David Price DET vs KC
7:08PM
66 12 2 2 5 1 10 .182 .194 .272 .466
Mike Pelfrey MIN @ CLE
7:10PM
100 22 6 1 7 16 19 .220 .328 .294 .622
Trevor Bauer CLE vs MIN
7:10PM
72 15 9 2 8 3 20 .208 .251 .392 .643
Roberto Hernandez HOU @ LAA
10:05PM
72 13 6 4 9 5 18 .181 .239 .392 .631
Jered Weaver LAA vs HOU
10:05PM
110 24 7 3 7 2 26 .218 .246 .335 .581
Sonny Gray OAK @ SEA
10:10PM
119 25 6 3 8 7 22 .210 .254 .314 .568
Cold Batter Matchups – May 8, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
E. Young Jr. OF ATL @ WAS
7:05PM
G. Gonzalez 17 2 0 0 0 0 7 .118 .118 .118 .235
M. Cuddyer OF NYM @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Hamels 15 1 1 0 0 1 2 .067 .125 .133 .258
L. Duda 1B NYM @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Hamels 16 2 0 0 0 5 8 .125 .333 .125 .458
B. McCann C NYY vs BAL
7:05PM
M. Gonzalez 11 2 1 1 1 1 0 .182 .250 .455 .705
M. Teixeira 1B NYY vs BAL
7:05PM
M. Gonzalez 12 1 1 0 1 1 6 .083 .154 .167 .321
R. Howard 1B PHI vs NYM
7:05PM
M. Harvey 10 1 0 0 2 1 7 .100 .154 .100 .254
M. Carpenter 3B STL @ PIT
7:05PM
F. Liriano 22 4 2 0 1 3 7 .182 .280 .273 .553
Y. Molina C STL @ PIT
7:05PM
F. Liriano 16 2 1 1 1 0 3 .125 .125 .313 .438
M. Reynolds 1B STL @ PIT
7:05PM
F. Liriano 15 1 1 1 1 4 6 .067 .263 .267 .530
K. Wong 2B STL @ PIT
7:05PM
F. Liriano 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .400
I. Desmond SS WAS vs ATL
7:05PM
E. Stults 11 2 1 1 2 0 2 .182 .182 .455 .636
D. Uggla 2B WAS vs ATL
7:05PM
E. Stults 15 3 1 1 1 1 3 .200 .250 .400 .650
A. Gordon OF KC @ DET
7:08PM
D. Price 10 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
M. Brantley OF CLE vs MIN
7:10PM
M. Pelfrey 13 2 0 0 0 1 0 .154 .214 .154 .368
J. Kipnis 2B CLE vs MIN
7:10PM
M. Pelfrey 13 1 0 0 1 2 3 .077 .200 .077 .277
C. Santana 1B CLE vs MIN
7:10PM
M. Pelfrey 10 2 1 0 0 3 3 .200 .385 .300 .685
B. Dozier 2B MIN @ CLE
7:10PM
T. Bauer 11 1 1 0 1 2 1 .091 .231 .182 .413
T. Plouffe 3B MIN @ CLE
7:10PM
T. Bauer 10 1 0 0 1 0 2 .100 .100 .100 .200
A. Ramirez 3B MIL vs CHC
8:10PM
J. Hammel 10 2 1 1 1 1 1 .200 .333 .500 .833
W. Middlebrooks 3B SD @ ARI
9:40PM
J. Hellickson 15 2 1 0 0 0 9 .133 .133 .200 .333
J. Altuve 2B HOU @ LAA
10:05PM
J. Weaver 19 4 0 0 1 0 3 .211 .211 .211 .421
J. Villar SS HOU @ LAA
10:05PM
J. Weaver 10 1 0 0 0 0 1 .100 .182 .100 .282
E. Aybar SS LAA vs HOU
10:05PM
R. Hernandez 23 4 1 0 2 2 2 .174 .240 .261 .501
M. Joyce OF LAA vs HOU
10:05PM
R. Hernandez 16 2 0 0 1 0 6 .125 .118 .125 .243
D. Ackley OF SEA vs OAK
10:10PM
S. Gray 15 3 2 1 1 2 3 .200 .294 .467 .761
B. Miller SS SEA vs OAK
10:10PM
S. Gray 19 4 0 0 1 1 3 .211 .250 .211 .461
L. Morrison 1B SEA vs OAK
10:10PM
S. Gray 16 3 1 0 0 1 4 .188 .235 .250 .485
M. Zunino C SEA vs OAK
10:10PM
S. Gray 10 1 0 0 0 0 2 .100 .100 .100 .200
D. Gordon 2B MIA @ SF
10:15PM
T. Lincecum 21 3 1 0 2 1 5 .143 .182 .238 .420
Cold Pitcher Matchups – May 8, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
There are no pitchers who qualify as "cold" today.
Recommended Pickup

Kyle Blanks, 1B, Texas Rangers – You may have missed the best that Kyle Blanks has to offer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze him for a bit more. Blanks is nothing more than a short-term addition, so if you need a short-term power-bat - go for it. If he ends up being more than a quick-fix option, then that’s fine, but just don’t expect him to keep up his incredibly high BABIP. Blanks is now hitting .357, with three home runs, six runs scored and five RBI in only eight games. Those numbers are worth taking a chance on.

Other Recent Recommendations: Logan Morrison, Anthony Gose, Rajai Davis, Trevor Plouffe, Blake Swihart and Andre Ethier.

DraftKings Value Picks

SP: Jimmy Nelson, TEX ($6,200)
C: Stephen Vogt, OAK ($3,800)
1B: Buster Posey, SF ($4,200)
2B: Kolten Wong, STL ($3,800)
SS: J.J. Hardy, BAL ($3,900)
3B: Kyle Seager, SEA ($4,000)
OF: Andre Ethier, LAD ($4,000)
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