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Projected Two Start Pitchers for this Week.

Justin Duchscherer (OAK) @MIN, @SEA Felix Hernandez (SEA) @CHA, OAK
John Maine (NYM) @PIT, HOU - weak opponents
Ricky Nolasco (FLA) @SF, @ARI
Oliver Perez (NYN) ATL, HOU - red hot lately.
CC Sabathia (MIL) HOU, PIT
Kevin Slowey (MIN) OAK, @LAA - the Angels start will be scary, but he’s that good.

You Make the Call:
Josh Banks (SD) @ARI, @SF
Nick Blackburn (MIN) OAK, @LAA
Joe Blanton (PHI) WAS, LAN
Mark Buehrle (CHA) SEA, TB
Jorge Campillo (ATL) SF, @STL
Jon Garland (LAA) @TB, MIN
Jeremy Guthrie (BAL) BOS, NYA - rough match ups.
Rich Harden (CHN) CIN, WAS
Jon Lester (BOS) @BAL, @TOR
Braden Looper (STL) PIT, ATL - favorable match ups.
Paul Maholm (PIT) NYN, @MIL
Anthony Reyes (CLE) KC, @TEX
Ervin Santana (LAA) @TB, MIN - he’s been pedestrian lately.
Andy Sonnanstine (TB) LAA, @CHA
Eric Stults (LAD) COL, @PHI

Other Two Start Pitchers:
Jason Bergmann (WAS) @PHI, @CHN - tough match ups.
Daniel Cabrera (BAL) BOS, NYA
Kevin Correia (SF) FLA, SD
Doug Davis (ARI) SD, FLA
Scott Feldman (TEX) DET, CLE
Josh Fogg (CIN) @CHN, @COL
Jeff Francis (COL) @LAN, CIN
Sean Gallagher (OAK) @MIN, @SEA
Luke Hochevar (KC) @CLE, DET
David Purcey (TOR) NYA, BOS
Darrell Rasner (NYA) @TOR, @BAL
Kenny Rogers (DET) @TEX, @KC
Jarrod Washburn (SEA) @CHA, OAK
Randy Wolf (HOU) @MIL, @NYN
Barry Zito (SF) @ATL, SD

At the top three hitters parks
Citizens Bank Park (Phillies): 3 v Nationals, 3 v. Dodgers
Great American Ballpark (Reds): No games.
Coors Field (Rockies): 3 games v. Reds

At the top three pitchers parks

PETCO park (Padres): No Games.
Metrodome (Twins): 3 games v. A’s
AT & T Park (Giants):  3 v. Marlins, 3 v. Padres

Ratchet Them Up:

Pedro Martinez (SP, Mets):  Has finally been recalled to the Mets.  He’s been tearing up the minors and could be a force to be reckoned with.

Matt Capps (CL, Pirates):  Should return to the team next week.  He won’t get a lot of chances, but he’ll get whatever saves the Pirates do.

Aaron Boone (1B/3B, Nationals):  The 35-year-old Boone returned from the DL and will get playing time the rest of the way (or until he hurts himself again).  This might be his last chance to show that he’s still got some ability.

Travis Hafner (DH, Indians):  Is on pace to return before the end of the month.

Victor Martinez (C, Indians):  Is likely to return next week, but he’s almost certain to be limited to DH duties.

Adam Dunn (OF, Diamondbacks):
  Should get more RBI chances in Arizona, but it’s not as good a home run park as Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.

Jerry Hairston Jr. (2B/SS/OF, Reds): Returned from the DL - he’s got speed and average if you need them.

Eddie Guardado (CL, Rangers):  Is the Rangers’ closer for now.

Bartolo Colon (SP, Red Sox):  Could rejoin the team this week.

Billy Wagner (CL, Mets):  MAY be back midweek.

Ratchet Them Down:

Carl Crawford (OF, Rays): Is done for at least 6-8 weeks, but probably the rest of the season following surgery to repair a torn tendon in the middle finger of his right hand.

Mike Lowell (3B, Red Sox):  Was placed on the 15 day DL with a strained right oblique muscle.

Joel Zumaya (RP, Tigers):  Was placed on the 15 day DL AGAIN!  This time with a sore shoulder.  He’s likely done for the year.

Russell Branyan (3B, Brewers): Has a right oblique strain.  He’s on the 15 day DL.

Tim Wakefield (SP, Red Sox):  The knuckleballer has been placed on the DL with tightness in his right shoulder.

Troy Percival (CL, Rays):  Sprained his knee on Thursday and will probably end up on the DL.

Tom Glavine (SP, Braves):  Was returned to the DL due to a torn flexor tendon.  He may not be back this season.

Chris Carpenter (SP, Cardinals):   Was placed back on the DL after just a single start because of a strained right pitching shoulder.  He won’t be rushed back.

Brad Penny (SP, Dodgers):  After a brief healthy stint, Penny returned to the DL, still due to tendonitis which the Dodgers believe is making him far too hittable.

Dan Giese (SP, Yankees):  Was placed on the DL with a rotator cuff tendonitis.

Chris Young (SP, Padres):
  Was placed on the DL for the second time this season, this time with a forearm strain.   Might be time to cut bait here.

Andruw Jones (OF, Dodgers):  Was placed on the DL with a sore left knee.  He’s shown no sign of returning to fantasy value in any case.

Carlos Lee (OF, Astros):  Had season ending surgery to repair a complex fracture of his left pinkie.   It’s a complicated surgery with steel pins being used to stabilize the bone and it could affect him going into next season.

Evan Longoria (3B, Rays):
  Fractured his wrist and is done for the season.

C.J. Wilson (CL, Rangers):  Was placed on the 15 day DL and will have elbow surgery which will end his season.

Shannon Stewart (OF, Blue Jays):  Was released by the team.

Kosuke Fukodome (OF, Cubs): Seems to have been relegated to a platoon role.

Orlando Hudson (2B, Diamondbacks):  Is done for the season following surgery to repair a broken wrist.

Todd Helton (1B, Rockies):  May be done for the season as his back has not responded to treatment.

Maicer Izturis (SS, Angels):  Is done for the season.  He tore a ligament in his left thumb.

Richie Sexson (1B, Yankees):  Was released by the team.

Melky Cabrera (OF, Yankees):  Was demoted to AAA.