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Two Start Pitchers You Gotta Use
Chien Ming Wang, NYY – vs. ARI, vs. NYN
Scott Kazmir, TB – vs. SD, @ COL
AJ Burnett, TOR - @ SF, vs. WAS
Paul Byrd, CLE – vs. SEA, vs. ATL
Fausto Carmona, CLE - @ FLA, vs. ATL
Justin Verlander, DET – vs. MIL, @ PHI
John Lackey, LAA - @ CIN, @ LAD
Kyle Davies, ATL - @MIN, @ CLE
Orlando Hernandez, NYM - @ LAD, @ NYY
Carlos Zambrano, CHC – vs. HOU, vs. SD
Rich Hill, CHC – vs. SEA, vs. SD
Roy Oswalt, HOU – vs. OAK, vs. SEA
Brandon Webb, ARI - @ NYY, @ BAL

Still Worthwhile, but Not Necessary
Tim Wakefield, BOS – vs. COL, vs. SF
Javier Vazquez, CHW - @ PHI, @ PIT
Scott Baker, MIN – vs. ATL, vs. MIL
Joe Kennedy, OAK - @ HOU, vs. STL
Cha seung Baek, SEA - @ CLE, @ HOU
Jarrod Washburn, SEA - @ CHC, @ HOU
Scott Olsen, FLA – vs. CLE, @ KC
Bronson Arroyo, CIN – vs. LAA, vs. TEX
Claudio Vargas, MIL - @ DET, @ MIN
Zach Duke, PIT – vs. TEX, vs. CHW
Aaron Cook, COL - @ BOS, vs. TB
Randy Wolf, LAD – vs. NYM, vs. LAA
Greg Maddux, SD - @ TB, @ CHC
Matt Morris, SF – vs. TOR, @ BOS

Only If You Want
Brian Burres, BAL – vs. WAS, vs. ARI
Brian Bannister, KC – vs. STL, vs. FLA
Adam Eaton, PHI – vs. CHW, vs. DET
Micah Bowie, WAS - @ BAL, @ TOR
Woody Williams, HOU - @ CHC, vs. SEA
Brad Thompson, STL - @ KC, @ OAK

Seven Games This Week:
Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, and New York Yankees
Six Games This Week:
Everyone else

At Hitter’s Parks This Week
US Cellular Field – NONE
Ballpark in Arlington – NONE
Great American Ballpark – LAA (June 12-14), TEX (June 15-17)
Coors Field – TB (June 15-17)
Minute Maid Park – OAK (June 12-13), SEA (14-17)
Citizen’s Bank Park – CHW (June 11-13), DET (June 15-17)

At Pitcher’s Parks This Week
Comerica Stadium – MIL (June 12-14)
McAfee Coliseum – STL (June 15-17)
SafeCo Field – NONE
Dolphin Stadium – CLE (June 12-14)
Dodger Stadium – NYM (June 11-13), LAA (June 15-17)
Shea Stadium – NONE
PETCO Park – NONE
PacBell Park – TOR (June 11-13)
RFK Stadium – NONE

Ratchet ’em Up
OF Alfonso Soriano, CHC – It may have come too late for you to acquire him cheaply in the trade market, but Alfonso Soriano is heating up. The outfielder put up three home runs on Friday and has six over the past week. It’s time for him to start earning that contract.

OF Carl Crawford, TB – Crawford has taken a little bit of time getting going, but he’s finally beginning to steal bases. Don’t forget, there was a reason people drafted him in the first round.

2B, 3B, OF Chone Figgins, LAA – Just as some owners were about to cut bait -- and actually quite a few did -- Figgins began getting on base. We don’t care how he gets on base: hit by pitch, walk, hit, or by threatening to harm the pitcher after the game. As long as he’s stealing bases, and that’s something Figgins has been doing, he’s gold.

OF Felix Pie, CHC – For those who don’t know yet, it’s pronounced PEE-yay, like something a little kid would say, not the tasty dessert. Anyway, he’s back and playing center field for the Chicago Cubs, which should help out in your fantasy leagues. Just look for the Cubs to deal Jacque Jones for a dozen baseballs and a pack of Big League Chew and Cliff Floyd hit the disabled list, and he’ll be playing everyday.

3B Josh Fields, CHW – Well, we finally figured out why Joe Crede has been stinking so far this year: a bad back, which mercifully sent him to the disabled list. To replace him on their major league roster, the Chicago White Sox called up super-prospect Josh Fields, who will be their everyday third baseman next season. Oops, he began his career by going 0-11, but don’t worry: he’ll get going. He’s too good not to.

SS Michael Young, TEX – He’s usually a fast starter, but Michael Young has been looking putrid at the plate. Texas’ shortstop may be finding himself, though. Last Tuesday, he had his first four-hit game of the season, and he has raised his batting average up to .276.

RP Mariano Rivera – Reports of his demise were greatly exaggerated. The New York Yankees’ closer spent the last week saving three games and throwing 5.1 scoreless innings. You had your chance to buy low, and you may still have that chance if you act within the next zeptosecond.

Ratchet ’em Down
1B/OF Lance Berkman, HOU – The Houston Astros’ star has not been hitting at all this year, unless you’re into second round picks that have a .241 batting average. What makes things bad for him is that he’s been suspended for two games, which should come sometime this week. For those looking for a huge uptick in Berkman’s stats, don’t forget he hasn’t hit more than .293 or more than 25 bombs in the last two odd numbered years.

SS Jose Reyes, NYM – Reyes is one of the best shortstops in the major leagues, but let’s not forget that he has the tendency to run magma hot and then Ryan Langerhans cold at times. This is one of those bad times.

OF Carlos Beltran, NYM – The New York Mets’ center fielder is playing with a knee bruise, and that’s definitely hurting him. Also, pitchers are starting to throw him more off-speed stuff, which just might be his kryptonite.

OF Jermaine Dye, CHW – The right fielder for the Chicago White Sox was in a 2 for 22 slump before being sat on Friday. His benching came as a result of swelling in the knee. He had cortisone shots, but may need some more time on the bench to get everything right.

C Ramon Hernandez, BAL – It’s surprising how underrated Hernandez is in fantasy. He’s got some pop, decent average, and gets to play quite often. Why is he in the “ratchet-’em-down” category, then? Well, he’s going to the disabled list with what is being called a bruised groin, that’s why.

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