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Our Suggested Two Start Pitchers for this week:
Dave Bush (7.16 ARI, 7.21 SF)
Bartolo Colon (7.17@TB, 7.22 MIN)
Roy Halladay (7.17@NYA, 7.22 @SEA)
Rich Hill (7.16 SF, 7.21 ARI)
Derek Lowe (7.16 PHI, 7.21 NYN) v. Moyer, v. Pelfrey
Sean Marshall  (7.17 SF, 7.22 ARI)
Jake Peavy (7.17 NYN, 7.22 PHI) - big opponents.
Claudio Vargas (7.17 ARI, 7.22 SF)
Tim Wakefield (7.17 KC, 7.22 CHA)

You Make the Call:
Brian Bannister (7.16 @BOS,7.22@Det)
Taylor Buchholz (7.16 @PIT, 7/21@Was) Weak opposition
Paul Byrd (7.17 CLE, 7.22 TEX)
Chad Gaudin (7.17 TEX, 7.22 BAL) - Weak opponents
Kason Gabbaard (7.16 KC, 7.21CWS)
Justin Germano (7.16 NYN, 7.21 PHI) - v. very good offenses
Orlando Hernandez (7.17@SD, 7.22 LAN) Pitchers parks, but faces Peavy   
Cliff Lee (7.16 CWS, 7.21@TEX)
Tim Lincecum (7.16@CHN, 7.21@MIL)
Jamie Moyer (7.16@LAN, 7.21@SD)
Yusmeiro Petit (7.17@MIL, 7.22 @CHN)
Andy Pettitte (7.17 TOR, 7.22 TB)
Nate Robertson (7.17 @MIN, 7.22 KC)

Other Two Start Pitchers:
Bronson Arroyo (7.17 @ATL, 7.22 @FLA)
Mike Bacsik (7.16 HOU, 7.21 COL)
Brian Burres (7.16@SEA, 7.21@ OAK)
John Danks (7.16@CLE, 7/21@BOS)
Kile Davies (7.16 CIN, 7.22 STL)
J.D. Durbin (7.17 @LAN, 7.22@SD)
Josh Fogg (7.17 @PIT, 7.22 @WAS)
Matt Garza (7.17 DET, 7.22 LAA)
Mark Hendrickson (7.17 PHI, 7.22 NYN)
Byung-Hyun Kim (7.17 STL, 7.21 CIN)
Kei Igawa (7.16 TOR, 7.21 TB)
Braden Looper (7.16 @FLA, 7.21@ATL)
Micah Owings (7.16@MIL, 7..21@CHN)
Horacio Ramirez (7.16 BAL, 7.22 TOR) Right off the DL
Jamie Shields (7.17 LAA, 7.22 @NYA)
Robinson Tejeda (7.17@OAK, 7.22 CLE)
John Van Benschoten (7.17 COL, 7.22 HOU)
Brad Thompson (7.17 @FLA, 7.22@ATL)
Josh Towers (7.16@NYA, 7.21@SEA)
Woody Williams (7.16 WASH, 7.22 PIT) Weak opponents, but still.
Jamey Wright (7.16@OAK, 7.21 CLE)
Barry Zito (7.17 @CHN, 7.22@MIL)

Teams with 8 Games: Yankees
Teams with 6 games: A’s, Angels, Astros, Mariners, Orioles, Pirates, Royals, Tigers Twins
Everyone else plays 7 times

At Pitchers Parks this week:
Turner Field (Atlanta): 7 Games (3 v. Pirates, 4 v. Cardinals)
Petco Park (San Diego): 7 Games (3 v. Mets, 4 v. Phillies)
Busch Stadium (St. Louis): No Games.
Minute Maid Park (Houston): No Games
Tropicana Field (Florida): 7 Games (3 v. Cardinals, 4 v. Reds)

At Hitters Parks this week_
Fenway Park (Boston):  7 games (3 v. Royals, 4 v. White Sox)(
Great American Ballpark (Cincinnati) No Games.
Kaufman Stadium (Kansas City): No. Games.
Yankee Stadium (New York):  8 Games (4 v. Blue Jays, 4 v. Devil Rays)
U.S. Cellular Field (Chicago):  No Games.

Ratchet them up!

John Smoltz (SP, Braves):  Should be back in time to get one start this week and even off the DL he’s worth a start.

Tom Gordon (RP, Phillies):  May be back this week and could steal a save or two, but odds are he’ll be used as a set up man.

Oliver Perez (SP, Mets):  One of the Mets most effective starters this year returns this week.  Reactivate him.

Ryan Dempster (RP, Cubs): Also might return this week and could be thrown right back into the closer role but thats by no means a sure thing.

Manny Corpas (RP, Rockies):  Will continue in the closer role until Brian Fuentes returns from the DL which could be mid week, but probably won’t be.

Yusemiro Petit (SP, Diamondbacks):  Is a very highly regarded young pitcher who may be a pleasant second half surprise.  If you need pitching he’s worth a look.

David Eckstein (SS, Cardinals):  Returned from the DL on the 13th and should be full time again for next week.

Lasting Milledge (OF, Mets):  Uberprospect Lasting Milledge is being given another shot at the Major League level and it’s likely that he’ll stick the rest of the way unless the Mets deal him for pitching at the deadline.  He’s a real five tool prospect, but he’s never hit for average at the Major League level thus far.

Ratchet them down!

David Ortiz (1B/DH, Red Sox):  While I wouldn’t consider benching him, fantasy owners should be aware that Big Papi has been playing with a torn meniscus in his right knee since the middle of last season.  That might well account for his disappointing power numbers thus far - and that probably will continue.  He might well be worth trading if you can find someone who missed that news flash.

Adam LaRoche (1B, Pirates):  Concern about his left knee will remain a lingering problem for at least the next few weeks.  It could effect his numbers or land him on the DL.

Melvin Mora (3B, Orioles):  Will probably be placed on the DL with a sprain of his right foot.  Even if not, he’ll take a serious hit in production.

J.D. Drew (OF, Red Sox):  Has been having hamstring issues and could end up on the DL.  Considering his dreadful fantasy production thus far that might be a blessing.

Aaron Hill (2B, Blue Jays):  Keep a sharp eye on Hill and make a judgement call here.  It was thought he’d be placed on the DL over the All-Star break due to a sore knee but after a few days rest they decided to forgo that route ann keep him active.  That may effect both playing time and production.

Ivan Rodriguez (C, Tigers):  Made contact with an umpire while arguing a call on Thursday.  He will be suspended for a game but when he’ll serve it is unclear.

David Wells (SP, Padres):  Is appealing a seven game suspension but probably will have a hearing and miss a start in the next 10 days.

Rich Harden (SP, A’s):  Went back on the DL with a reoccurance of the right shoulder strain which sidelined him for most of the season.  He’s likely to miss a serious amount of time.

Jose Vidro (2B/DH, Mariners):  is likely to lose his spot in the lineup very soon as the team will bring up OF Adam Jones and move Raul Ibanez into the DH role.

Shea Hillenbrand (IF, Free Agent):  Was officially released by the Angels and is now a free agent.

Victor Zambrano (SP, Free Agent):  was released by the Blue Jays.  With pitching so hard to come by, he’ll land somewhere but probably will have no fantasy value.

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