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Our Suggested Two Start Pitchers for this week:
Eric Beddard (8/21, 8/26 - TEX, MIN)
Joe Blanton (8/20, 8/25 - @TOR, @TB)
Mark Buehrle (8/20, 8/25 - KC, BOS) - the Boston game is tough.
Fausto Carmona (8/21, 8/26 -  @DET, @KC)
Matt Garza (8/20, 8/25 - SEA, @BAL)
Dan Haren (8/21, 8/26 - @TOR, @TB)
Kelvim Escobar (8/21, 8/26 - NYA, TOR) - Pitching well.
Ubaldo Jimenez (8/20, 8/25 -PIT, WAS) - Expect ugly numbers but Ws.
Ted Lilly (8/20, 8/25 - STL, ARI) - First place teams though.
John Maine (8/21, 8/26 - SD, LAN)
Daisuke Matsuzaka (8/21, 8/26 - @TB, @CHN)
Sergio Mitre (8/20, 8/25 - SF, @CIN) - weak opposition
Brad Penny (8/21, 8/26 - @PHI, @NYN)
Javier Vazquez (8/21, 8/26 - KC, BOS)

You Make the Call:
Daniel Cabrera (8/20, 8/25 -TEX, MIN)
Doug Davis (8/20, 8/25 - MIL, CHN)  -  Tough competition
Elmer Dessens (8/21, 8/26 - PIT, WAS) - Weak opposition
Phil Hughs (8/20, 8/26 - @LAA, @DET) - Yankees are hitting
Chuck James (8/21, 8/26 - @CIN, @STL)
Tim Lincecum (8/21, 8/26 - CHN, MIL) - Tough competition
Shawn Marcum (8/20, 8/25 - OAK, @LAA)
Jason Marquis (8/21, 8/26 - @SF, @ARI)
Dustin McGowan (8/21, 8/26 - OAK, LAA)
Gil Meche (8/20, 8/25 -@CHA, CLE)
Tim Redding (8/20, 8/25 - @HOU, @COL) - hitters ballparks
Wandy Rodriguez (8/21, 8/26 - WAS, PIT) - Love the matchups.
Adam Wainwright (8/21, 8/26 - FLA, ATL) - Cards are hot.
Chris Young (8/21, 8/26 -@NYN, @PHI) - Tough competition

Other Two Start Pitchers:
Tony Armas Jr. (8/21, 8/26 - @COL, @HOU)
Scott Baker (8/21, 8/26 - SEA, BAL)
Daniel Barone (8/21, 8/26 -@STL, @CIN)
Phil Dumatrait (8/20, 8/25 - ATL, FLA)
Scott Kazmir (8/20, 8/25 - BOS, OAK)
Yovani Gallardo (8/20, 8/25 -@ARI, @SF)
Joel Hanrahan (8/21, 8/26 -@HOU, @COL)
Kyle Kendrick (8/21, 8/26 - LAN, SD)
Jason Jennings (8/20, 8/25 - WAS, PIT) - dreadful opposition but still.
Jon Lester (8/20, 8/25 - @TB, CHA)
Bobby Livingston (8/21, 8/26 - ATL, FLA)
Matt Morris (8/20, 8/25 -@COL, @HOU)
Dustin Moseley (8/21, 8/25 - NYA, TOR)
Russ Ortiz (8/20, 8/25 - @FLA, MIL)
Vincinte Padilla (8/20, 8/25 -@BAL, SEA)
Joel Pineiro (8/20, 8/25 - @CHN, ATL)
Horatio Ramirez (8/20, 8/25 - @MIN, @TEX)
John Rheinecker (8/21, 8/26 - @BAL, SEA)
Jarrod Washburn (8/21, 8/26 - @MIN, @TEX)

Teams with 7 games:   As, Angels. Astros, Blue Jays, Braves, Cardinals, Cubs, Devil Rays, Giants, Mariners, Marlins, Nationals, Orioles, Pirates, Rangers, Red Sox, Reds, Rockies, Twins, White Sox
Everyone else plays 6 times

At Pitchers Parks this week:
Turner Field (Atlanta): No Games.
Petco Park (San Diego): No Games.
Busch Stadium (St. Louis): 6 Games (3 v. FLA, 3 v. ATL)
Minute Maid Park (Houston): 7 Games (4 v. WAS, 3 v. PIT)
Tropicana Field (Florida): 1 Game (v. SF).

At Hitters Parks this week:

Fenway Park (Boston):  No Games.
Great American Ballpark (Cincinnati) 7 Games (4 v. ATL, 3 v. FLA)
Kaufman Stadium (Kansas City): 3 Games (3 v. CLE)).
Yankee Stadium (New York):  No Games.
U.S. Cellular Field (Chicago):  7 Games (3 v, KC, 4 v, BOS)

Ratchet them up!

Bandon Webb, (SP, D’Backs):  Has been pitching like a Cy Young contender and getting run support too.  He’s pitched 42 innings of scoreless bal the last 2-3 weeks.

Willy Mo Pena (OF, Nationals):  There is no doubt that Pena can hit and contribute to a fantasy team.  Being dealt from Boston to Washington should get him a lot more at bats.

Cameron Maybin (OF, Tigers):  Its probably way too soon for this guy to be starting in the Majors as he’s essentially making the jump from single A (where he hit .304) but the Tigers are so high on this kid that you have to at least keep an eye on him.

Troy Tulowitzki (SS, Rockies):  Looks like a better Derek Jeter to a lot of eyes and he just seems to be getting better.   He is finding a better stroke and hititng with even more confidence.

Rich Aurilla (2B, Giants):  Hopefully you aren’t in a situation that requires you to be starting Aurillia but if you are, be aware he’s back from the DL.

Jeff DaVannon (OF, A’s):  DaVannon is a better than average substitute player who’ll get some starting time and chances to show that he’s recovered from surgery at the big league leve.   He’s certainly looked like he’s ready at AAA.

Raul Ibanez (OF, Mariners):  Was red hot going into the weekend and looks like he’s finally returned to form.  It might not last but Ibanez has been a consistant fantasy contributor for a long while so writing him off might be a bit premature.

Ramon Ortiz (SP, Rockies):  Was traded to the Rockes last week.  Moving to the rarified air in Colorado won’t help his numbers but the Rockes might get him some extra wins if he is allowed to start instead of come out of the pen.

Morgan Ensberg (1B/3B, Padres):  The Padres have decided to get Ensberg more at bats and will play Ensberg in a platoon at first as well as at third base when they can.   He’s hit three home runs since coming over from the Astros at the July 31st trading deadline.

Ratchet them down!

Willy Tavaras (OF, Rockies): Was placed on the 15 day DL with a groin strain.   Taveras’ main use is speed and the groin strain is likely to restrict that for more than 2 weeks.

Prince Fielder (1B, Brewers):  Is appealing a 3 game suspension handed down this week for a confrontation with an umpire last weekend. Fielder made contat with the umpire during the argument.   He’s likely to have the suspension reduced but its likely to sit him for at least one game next week.

Nomar Garciaparra (3B, Dodgers):  Was placed on the 15 day DL with a strained left calf.

Adrian Gonzalez (1B, Padres):  Will lose some at bats to Morgan Ensberg who’ll start playing first against lefties.

Mark Kotsay (OF, A’s):  Was placed on the 15 day DL with back spasms.

Ryan Doutmit (OF, Pirates):  Was plade on the 15 day DL with an injured wrist.

Doug Mirabelli (C, Red Sox): Was placed on the 15 day DL with a strain in his right calf.  He wasn’t much of a fantasy contributor as he pretty much only catches when Tim Wakefield pitches anyhow.

Craig Monroe (OF, Tigers):  Was cut by the team who now has a ten day window to trade him before giving him his unconditional release.

Brian Fuentes (RP, Rockies):  Has come off the DL but has lost the closers job.

Adam Eaton (SP, Phillies):  He’s been dreadful all season and now he’s headed to the DL.  It can only help.

Nick Johnson (1B, Nationals):  Won’t be back this season.

Miguel Olivo (C, Marlins):  Strained his groin and likely will end up on the DL.

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