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Projected Two Start Pitchers for this Week

Joe Blanton (PHI) @NYN, ATL
Rich Harden (CHN) @ARI, FLA
Edwin Jackson (TB) OAK, @KC
Jake Peavy (SD) @CIN, @PIT
Ervin Santana (LAA) CLE, @BAL Johan Santana (NYN) PHI, STL 0 struggling lately.

You Make the Call:
Josh Banks (SD) @CIN, @PIT - weak opponents, but hitters thrive in Cincy
Jason Bergman (WAS) @SF, @LAN - good match ups
Nick Blackburn (MIN) @NYA, @CLE - NY start against Ponson - edge Blackburn
Jorge Campillo (ATL) @FLA, @ PHI - great offensive teams
Jose Contreras (CHA) TEX, @DET - great offensive teams
Dana Eveland (OAK) @TB, TEX - offenses
Randy Johnson (ARI) CHN, @SF
Jon Lester (BOS) @SEA, NYA – Start against Yankees is worrying Jesse Litsch (TOR) @BAL, SEA - good chance for wins
Paul Maholm (PIT) @HOU, SD
Seth McClung (MIL) @STL, HOU
Zach Miner (DET) @KC, CHA
Sidney Ponson (NYA) MIN, @BOS - Even for cheap wins I don’t like him

Other Two Start Pitchers:
Kyle Davies (KC) DET, TB
Mark Hendrickson (FLA) ATL, CHN
Runelvys Hernandez (HOU) PIT, @MIL Luke Hochevar (KC) DET, TB
Kyle Lohse (STL) MIL, @NYN
Jason Marquis (CHN) @ARI, FLA
Luis Mendoza (TEX)@CHA, @OAK
Garrrett Olson (BAL) TOR, LAA
Chan Ho Park (LAN) @COL, WAS
Hayden Penn (BAL) TOR, LAA
Andy Sonnanstine (TB) OAK, @KC - weak opponents
Jeff Suppan (MIL) @STL, HOU John Van Benschoten (PIT) @HOU, SD - weak teams
Chris Volstad (FLA) ATL, @CHN
Kip Wells (COL) LAN, @CIN
Barry Zito (SF) WAS, ARI

At the top three hitters parks
Citizens Bank Park (Phillies): 3 v Braves
Great American Ballpark (Reds): 3 v. Padres, 3 v. Rockies
Coors Field (Rockies): 3 v. Dodgers

At the top three pitchers parks
PETCO park (Padres): No games.
Metrodome (Twins): No games.
AT & T Park: 2 v. Nationals, 3 v. D’Backs

Ratchet Them Up:

Troy Tulowitzki (SS, Rockies):  Should be back in the lineup on Monday.  Hopefully he won’t be shattering any more bats on the ground.

Richie Sexson (1B, Yankees): Will get some at bats with the Yankees

Bobby Crosby (SS, A’s):  Has been reactivated from the DL.

Jonathan Broxton (CL, Dodgers):  Will take over as the Dodgers closer for at least six weeks, possibly the rest of the season.  HOWEVER - the Dodgers feel that Broxton needs a fair bit of rest so there will be other save chances for Joe Beimel and Hong-Chih Kuo.

Hank Blalock (3B, Rangers):  Is finally back from the DL and returned surprisingly to third base.  He’s still got some value but his power numbers are a limiting factor.

Johnny Estrada (C, Nationals):  Returned from the DL, but won’t see a lot of at bats.

Bobby Jenks (CL, White Sox):  Returned from the DL and regained the closer role.

Al Reyes (RP, Tampa Bay):  Was reactivated and could find himself in the closer mix if Troy Percival doesn’t come back, or gets injured again. 

Joe Blanton (SP, Phillies): Was traded from Oakland to the Phillies and should tremendously benefit from the offensive support.  Pitching in Citizens Bank Park could be interesting though.

Tony Clark (1B, Diamondbacks):  Was traded from San Diego to Arizona and will get some starts but will probably mostly pinch hit.

Magglio Ordonez (OF, Tigers):  Was activated from the DL list.

Alfonso Soriano (OF, Cubs):  is on target to return from the DL and be activated Thursday.

Ryan Zimmerman (3B, Nationals):  Should be reactivated next week.

Fausto Carmona (SP, Indians):  is on pace to return this week, probably late in the week.

David Ortiz (1B/DH, Red Sox):  Is on pace to return by next weekend.

Dave Roberts (OF, Giants):  Should be reactivated by the Giants on Wed.  If you need steals he’s a cheap option.

Dave Bush (SP, Brewers):  Has ironically found himself in a platoon situation where he only pitches at home.  When he’s there his splits are an astounding 2.50 with 41 Ks in 61 innings with a WHIP of less than 1.00 - he’s a no brainer for games at home.

Jeff Suppan (SP, Brewers):  Is on pace to return from the DL early in the week.

Frank Thomas (DH, A’s): Could return from the DL this week.

Ratchet Them Down:

Erik Beddard (SP, Mariners): is out until at least the trading deadline.

Justin Upton (OF, D’backs):  Was placed onto the DL with a strained oblique muscle.

Jason Giambi (1B/DH, Yankees):  Will lose some at bats to the newly acquired Richie Sexson. 

Takashi Saito (CL, Dodgers):  Was placed on the 15 day DL but will miss at least 6 weeks and could be done for the season.   He has a sprained ligament in his right elbow.

Hideki Matsui (OF, Yankees): Is likely done for the season.  Official word will come early next week.

Jerry Hairston Jr (IF/OF):  Was placed on the DL with a mildly strained hamstring.  He’ll be out the whole week.

Aaron Harang (SP, Reds): Was placed on the 15 day DL with a strained right forearm.

Kerry Wood (CL, Cubs):  Is still day to day with blister problems. He hasn’t pitched in a week.

Michael Bourne (OF, Astros):  Will lose significant playing time to Darin Erstad who has supplanted him in centerfield.

Pedro Martinez (SP, Mets):  Is expected to miss at least one start this week.