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Apparently, A-Rod’s got a bucket list (get creative with letter replacements for b) that he wrote when he was 15 years old.  Madonna, check.  Cameron Diaz, check.  Christie Brinkley, check.  “I wonder if Phoebe Cates will come to my pool party.”  To spice things up, he puts on Betamax copies of Skinemax movies.  “Oh, Emmanuelle…” Who needs Derek Jeter’s rejects when you can have Mickey Rourke’s?  So with the media circus surrounding Jeter’s 3000 hit, Rudy and I both couldn’t make it out to The House They Built Next To The House Ruth Built, but we were able to send Keith Morrison of Dateline.  “Hello, I’m Keith Morrison of Dateline.  It’s in this small, bucolic town, the South Bronx, that Alex Rodriguez calls home.  Everything seemed right in the world this weekend.  The famed Yankee captain, Derek Jeter, did what no other Yankee had done before, but quietly in the corner of the clubhouse something was brewing below the surface — A-Rod’s knee and his love of cougars.”  A-Rod is going to miss the next 6 weeks or so with knee surgery.  If you’re wondering if your team will be all right without his power, look at his stats for the last month.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

CC Sabathia – 9 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks while A-Rod made eyes at his mom.

Paul Maholm – 7 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Now has a season ERA of 2.96.  Has helped me remove some of the odor from dropping Anibal the first week of the season.

Pedro Alvarez – It’s a cruel twist of fate when you draft someone, they suck, get injured and then sadly you leave them on your DL for two months hoping they’ll turn their season around when they return only to be demoted.  Unfortunately, the cruelness won’t end there because I’ll probably draft him again next year.  Alvarez, please use an alternate route than Ian Stewart.

Jake Peavy – 4 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  There’s guys like Luebke on your waivers and you continue to roll out Peavy.  That there is why you’re losing.  Sorry, it’s Tough Love Time with Grey Albright.  Our next guest will be the guy who still has Pedro Alvarez on his team.  Wait, that’s me.  No, tables, don’t turn!

Adam Dunn – Hit a homer on Friday and that’s it all weekend.  They should put him in the Home Run Derby so we can see our first strikeout.

Jordan Zimmermann – 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Didn’t say I didn’t like him when I said to sell him on Friday.  Don’t put words in mouth, you know I don’t like that.  Now eat your vegetables.

Carlos Gonzalez – Headed for an MRI on Monday.  Wait, that’s today?  Unless you’re in New Zealand — weirdos!  If it’s bad news about the CarGo MRI, I give you permission to cry if A) You own him.  B) You’re a Rockies fan.  C) There’s no C.

Jhoulys Chacin – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Here’s what I said after his last start, “Hopefully he’ll start to turn things around again.  Just putting that out into the universe.  It’s the secret.”  It works!  Now if I could win the lottery…  Wink-wink, Universe.  Are you listening?  BTW, speaking of having more money than you know what to do with, I was watching Real Sports the other day and they had a segment on Saadi Gaddafi.  He threw his money around to get on a professional soccer team and, even though he was worse than a high school player, no one said anything because he could have them killed.  Then he hired the shamed Olympic gold medalist, Ben Johnson, to teach him how to run.  I won’t give away the whole thing, but seek it out.  It’s brilliant.

Mark Trumbo – 4 homers in the last five games to bring his season tally to 17.  I actually find it more surprising that the Sciosciapath hasn’t decided to randomly bench him for Jeff Mathis or Maicer Izturis.

Eric Thames -3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 4th home run.  Nice of Bautista to let him carry the home run conch shell for one day.

Brett Cecil – 6 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks.  I will now pick him up in every league and potentially bench him for his next start, depending on the matchup.  It’s all about the dangling modifier.  That’s what she said!

Wandy Rodriguez – 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  The Wandwagon has come off the tracks three of the last four starts.  He’s around a 3.50 ERA pitcher and his season ERA sits at 3.52.  So I guess he’ll now shave off that .02, and that’s my two cents.

Emilio Bonifacio – 3-for-3 with 3 steals.  Now has 5 steals in his last 3 games.  Emily Boneface isn’t just an awkwardly translated name, it’s a steals machine.  BTW, I wonder if Josh’s brother, Gosh Johnson, ever did any scenes with Emily Boneface.

Chase Utley – 2-for-4 with 2 steals.  Now has 8 steals and 4 homers.  Didn’t he have knee problems?  So now he’s a speedster with little power?  I’m more confused by what he’s doing this season than Charlie Manuel watching Jeopardy.

Raul Ibanez – 2-for-5, 6 RBIs and his 2nd homer this weekend.  Giraffe’s gestation period is shorter than it took Ibanez to get hot, but he’s there now.  Actually, I looked at Ibanez in one league last week and wish I grabbed him, but I got William Shatner finger and I….just…couldn’t….pick…him…up.

Dontrelle Willis – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners (4 BBs), 4 Ks.  You’re only looking at him because he was good like five years ago.

Francisco Cordero – Who was the one who went into the bathroom and forget to flush?  *Cordero blushes.*  Dusty would be one of the slower managers to react to a faltering closer, but CoCo is doing everything in his power to make him flinch.  You can handcuff with Aroldis, who should be owned anyway.

Mark Reynolds – Should be fine after being hit on the hand by a Weiland pitch.  Supposedly, Weiland was mad Reynolds compared him to Eddie Vedder.

Vladimir Guerrero – Will also be fine after being hit by a pitch.  In the bullpen, Kevin Gregg hulk-smashed a gagged-and-bound Johnny Pesky.

Nate Schierholtz – 4-for-4 on Sunday, hitting near .400 over the last week.  With a last name that is German for pantyhose, you’d think he’d generate more excitement for me.  He just doesn’t give huge power or speed.

Javy Guerra – Got two saves this weekend.  Looks like he’s officially won the job of Dodgers closer, which is like beating conjoined twins in a race to put on pants.

Ted Lilly – 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  He’s been like the NL Liriano and Scherzer, so it pains me to point out Lilly was solid after the break last year (3.17 ERA).

Andre Ethier – 2 homers.  Now on pace for 17 homers.  No wonder Kemp pulls all the ladies.

David Wright – Supposed to start a rehab assignment on Wednesday.  Mets said he should be back sometime in July.  They failed to mention what year.

  1. Lobster Cola says:
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    As ticket holders, and Yankee fans, my wife and I are understandably dejected by Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, and Alex Rodriguez not making the trip. We shelled out good money for the tickets ($750 for a pair, including the Futures Game, Home Run Derby, and All-Star game in a package, which is face value for everything). We had to buy gasoline to make the drive from Tucson, Arizona to Phoenix ($50 – $100). We are staying in a modest hotel for 2 nights at $85 per night. Plus dining, and you’re looking at about $1,200 total.
    Mariano Rivera is our favorite player. Derek Jeter is perhaps the most recognizable player in the game. A-Rod is a marquee talent and one of the game’s best sluggers. Understanding the legitimate nature of Alex’s injury, the fact that Jeter just came off the shelf with a calf strain, and that Mariano has some discomfort in his pitching arm does mollify our disappointment. However, the fact that these players will not be available to sign autographs or at least appear at the game is disappointing. Only A-Rod, who is having surgery on Monday, has a legitimate excuse not to attend. CC Sabathia is taking a vacation to the Bahamas. Suffice to say, I regret purchasing the tickets, because the expectations of who we would actually see have been dashed by the ability of players to beg out of the commitment to attending and playing in the game. Finally, as a Yankee fan, I will say that I admire the commitment to winning the American League East, and contending for a title, but it’s just disappointing. Kevin Youkilis, who is a gamer, gladly represented when called to serve. I’ll be rooting for Youk Tuesday night, just wishing that Mariano would be called upon in a save situation instead of whomever else Ron Washington summons from the bullpen.
    Grey, am I a Schmohawk? Thoughts on this All-Star debacle in Phoenix?

  2. WDE05 says:
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    Grey, I presume you think its time to dump Peavy in favor of almost anyone?

    What do you think about Johan Santana as a DL stash?

    Same question on Ike Davis and Tabata.

    I already have Hosmer (and your favorite player, Butler) so I don’t really have room for Davis, but he was great for me earlier this year so if he comes back strong I’d hate to let someone else grab him.

    I’m also considering picking up Chapman despite the fact I’m not in a league with holds. His K rate has been insane so just for the ratio help and Ks he could help. I currently have 8 starters and 2 closers.

  3. Pistol Pete says:
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    Grey, when do players like Paul Maholm or Doug Fister become a must own? Both are similar pitchers with similar repertoires and stats. Who is better?

  4. chata says:
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    @Lobster Cola:

    relax and try and enjoy the show .
    you’re lucky you have the wherewithal to attend .

    i understand that you probably have some remorse over wasted
    all-star votes , but others would feel the same if those 3 guys were to
    play in the game this year .

    cust kayin’

  5. SetPhaserstoDL says:
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    @Grey

    I think I saw that film with Gosh Johnson and Emily Boneface. Charlie Furbush made a guest appearance in the climax scene.

    Speculating on ROS saves: Melancon, Guerra, or Parnell. Melancon hasn’t gotten a save in forever.

  6. Will says:
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    Hosmer or Tabata?

    I currently have plenty of steals, especially adding Bonefacio to replace Reyes while on the DL and I need some HR’s and RBI’s

  7. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    as far as the Saaddi Gaddafi guy?….Im pretty sure thats exactly what I would do if I had crazy money,just replace soccer w/ baseball/football.

  8. sawx10 says:
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    Am I the only Uehara owner who wishes that Big Poppi landed one of those uppercuts on Gregg’s fat head and knocked him out for the foreseeable future…?

  9. debar says:
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    drop swish for any of schierholtz, bay, ibanez, or wells?
    drop wandy for any of norris, vargas, maholm, or kuroda?
    10 team h2h points league

  10. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    Grey:do you trust Bumgarner at this point?….I look at his numbers and see that he has given up 2 runs or less in 8/10 starts,and of course the K stats are very appealing.however,his WHIP is terrible and his BAA is around .280.Not to mention the weak ass offense behind him,so not many W’s either.I already have Felix,Ubaldo,Beachy,Norris,so I dont NEED the K’s. 10 team h2h 8×8 keeper league,is he worth pursuing?

  11. Will says:
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    Sizemore, Rasmus, Snider, or Tabata for ROY?

  12. Will says:
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    Sorry, that was Grady Sizemore in that last post.

    Pick 2 of those 4

  13. The Prince is Right says:
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    Was just offered Zimmerman for my Reynolds/Chacin.

    I need help in avg, r, rbi. Have pitching to spare. Do I accept?

  14. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    Grey:could you rank these OF’s for me(10 team h2h 8×8 keeper-TB’s,OBP,XBH)?

    Lind,Gordon,Crawford,Bossman,Morse,Wells….thnks.

  15. Howie says:
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    @Grey: NL-only, whom do you like most for ERA and WHIP the rest of the way? Wandy, J. Garcia, Gallardo, or Cueto? Thanks.

  16. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @sawx10: ha,yeah if papi was still on roids that upper cut would have landed,

  17. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    dunn striking out in the HR derby and weirdo NEW ZEALANDERS (hehe funny funny shizz there)

  18. Wilsonian says:
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    Better 2nd half of the season: Trumbo, Freeman, Pena?

  19. busta says:
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    Offered trade that I think is too risky, but I’ll run it by you to be sure:

    My Hanram, JUpton, C.Pena, Cueto
    His Fielder, D.Wright, A.Escobar, Morrow

    He has Alexi Ramirez (I don’t have much interest at all in Escobar). Is this even worth pursuing? I’m starting Freese at 3b with Alvarez and Chipper(dl).

  20. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Which minor leaguer is more likely to help during H2H playoffs this year: Teheran or Matt Moore?

  21. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: Bumgarner, Chacin or Stauffer…

  22. papasmurf says:
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    Trumbo didn’t call the Sciosciapath fat as Napoli must have done.

  23. DHill Dragons says:
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    Grey, Matt Garza was just dropped in my league.

    I’ve been stashing Liriano in my injured spot waiting for him to get back to consistent start status. Oswalt is also still available. How would you rank
    Garza, Liriano and Oswalt?

  24. Terrence Mann says:
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    Cecil is perplexing. He could get Seattle and Baltimore or the Yankees and Texas twice. I don’t think I’d pitch him against the former combo (if former means first).

  25. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Arod’s getting surgery today so when will NY put him on the DL? Is Nunez now a decent SS option instead of the WW guys I have offered like Bonifacio, both Escobars, Furcal, and Nishioka? (I currently own E Aybar but he hasn’t been running much and I need speed)

  26. Terrence Mann says:
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    @busta: Don’t trade 4 players.

  27. Exactly says:
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    Which side:

    S. Drew/Freese/Madson or Hardy/Storen?

  28. Jason says:
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    Mauer for Bourne? Fair trade?

  29. Ethan Stein says:
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    Would you take Maholm over Niese? Or should I drop Liriano for Maholm?

  30. Sach says:
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    Trumbo or Smoak for the rest of the year?
    Also, who’s a good SP or CF to try to trade for, offering J. Zimm? Thanks.

  31. L-Boogie says:
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    Gerardo Parra. Spent my $2 wisely or I’m coming down with a severe case of wire’s remorse?

    Yeah, I sorta like that.

    Thanks dude.

  32. Rob says:
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    Grey,

    Our league has Yanks, Red Sox and all NL teams. Should I pick up Zack Cozart for Ian Desmond? Thanks.

  33. Wake Up says:
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    Put this in your trapper keeper notes for next year…

    -CC is good, real good!

    -Volquez will never be ’08 Volquez again

    -CarGo is better than I thought, in general

    -Rookies that come up and have a great second half and then celebrate their respective call-ups by eating enough to gain in pounds, the amount of homeruns they are expected to hit, will disappoint.(see Sandoval, Alvarez)

    - Do NOT leave the first 2 rounds of any draft without a 1B! Do NOT put your season in the hands of any Canadians. While they are extremely friendly, they are not dependable and when cornered or when any faith is placed upon them, they tend to react in an unpredictable way.
    NOTEa- Votto seems to be immune from this Canadian affliction so far. But, according to some guys “I got working on it,” it appears that he was most likely born in Kenya and not Canada.
    NOTEb- Look what has happened to Bautista in his brief stint “up there.”

  34. tzh5 says:
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    Grey,

    Who would take the rest of the year: EJax or Luebke?

  35. Lobster Cola says:
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    @chata: Thanks, Chata. I hear what you’re saying. We’re still gonna have a blast. : )

  36. CL says:
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    @grey:

    dude yer funny…

    got offered KRod for Garza… 10 team dynasty. Am I really trading for a closer?

    what’s the outlook on KRod? The Mess are shopping him, I think…

    how do you feel about this?

  37. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Is Tommy Hanson going to remain this elite or will he regress? I have a guy who’s offering me Youkilis and Marcum for M Morse and Hanson.

  38. Kilgore Trout says:
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    Grey:Good job trashing A-Rod today…I’m offering H. Pence and A. Sanchez for Braun. Seem fair?

  39. Jason says:
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    Morse or Boesch the rest of the season? Is either worth obtaining for Bud Norris if need power/rbi?

  40. ucbsharkbait says:
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    Grey/Anyone: In a 10-team H2H league where I’m hurting real bad and tanking (A-Rod, Reyes, Braun, not to mention Posey). Was offered:

    His Peralta and Anibal for my LoMo and Carp

    I kinda like it at first glance, but I may just be desperate. Any thoughts anyone?

  41. Tchaikovsky08 says:
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    Grey, I thought you were going to express outrage if the Rays failed to call up Desmond Jennings by July 1st. It’s July 11th. 11th! And he’s still floundering in Durham (though I hear he has a bruised finger). You think he’ll be up post-All Star break?

  42. Dad says:
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    @Tchaikovsky08: The bruise turned out to be a “slight fracture in his right index finger” so he won’t be playing baseball for a couple weeks and likely won’t be up until at least August.

  43. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Lobster Cola: It’s not gonna be back in Arizona for a while, you should enjoy yourself.

    @WDE05: Davis

    @Pistol Pete: When I wrote about them a few weeks ago to a month ago.

    @SetPhaserstoDL: That’s hot. Guerra…

    @Will: Hosmer

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: Yup

    @sawx10: Ha

    @debar: Wells, Kuroda…

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: Yes

    @Will: Rasmus, Sizemore

    @The Prince is Right: Eh

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: Crawford, Lind, Upton…

    @Howie: Gallardo

    @AL KOHOLIC: Thanks!

    @Wilsonian: Pena

    @busta: Nope

    @Steve Stevenson: Teheran

    @Fletch: Stauffer

    @papasmurf: Hehe

    @DHill Dragons: You ranked them.

    @Frank Rizzo: Nope

    @Exactly: Freese

    @Jason: Yup

    @Ethan Stein: Liriano

    @Sach: Trumbo…A number #2 OF

    @L-Boogie: Wire’s remorse

    @Rob: Nope

    @Wake Up: Ha

    @tzh5: Luebke

    @CL: Not a good trade unless it helps you win this year.

    @Frank Rizzo: He’ll be fine. It’s fair….

    @Kilgore Trout: I’d want Braun.

    @MKEeast: Ha

    @Jason: Morse…Sure

    @ucbsharkbait: Looks solid.

    @Tchaikovsky08: He’s hurt. What Dad said.

  44. DHill Dragons says:
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    Grey,

    Of these SP’s, who would you IR for the upcoming shortened 2-week scoring period?

    Gio (2 starts – vs. ANA, @NYY)
    Scherzer (2 starts – vs. CHW, @MIN)
    Liriano (3 starts – vs. KC, vs. CLE, vs. DET)

    I’m tempted to roll with Gio (scared about @NYY though) & Liriano (with 3 home starts) and bench Max.

    What would you do?

  45. Arrec Bardwin says:
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    16 team h2h keeper points league. deep bench. would you drop andrew miller/derek lowe/capuano/harden for kipnis?

  46. Wake Up says:
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    I missed the Dunn line earlier. That is funny. It would be more funny if I didn’t own him. But, it is still pretty funny. Funny haha. Meanwhile Dunn swing is more Ritter in SlingBlade funny.

  47. Wake Up says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: I’m looking to sell Hanson everywhere. I’m also trying to buy Ubaldo everywhere.

  48. dynas7y says:
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    Alexei Ramirez or Starlin Castro the rest of the way?

  49. Nick says:
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    Yahoo is breaking my balls. How am I supposed to sell J. Zimm with Yahoo alluding to his innings cap in all of his player notes?

  50. donaldduck says:
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    Alexei Ramirez or Starlin Castro the rest of the way?

  51. Wilsonian says:
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    Trade question:

    8 Teams, H2H Keeper -

    I give: Andrus/Heyward/Anibal
    I receive: Tulo/MadBum/my choice of Pena, or some other decent options.

    I have an assload of steals (Kemp, Krispie, Bourn, CarGo, Espinosa), so losing Andrus wouldn’t be too bad. Plus I would gain the power and occasional steals of Tulo. Do it like it’s going out of style?

  52. Fletch says:
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    My Chacin/Beltre for Weaver/V-Mart? I have Panda @ 3B also.

    or

    My Stauffer/Panda for Cueto/V-Mart?

    You like both of these or one over the other?

  53. Doog says:
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    Dynasty points league — I’ve been offered Berkman and Heath Bell for Marcum, Cozart, Harang, and Mitchell Boggs. Berkman would replace Valencia (I have both Morneau and Ike Davis), and Marcum’s spot would be taken by some combo of Scherzer/Dickey/Luebke. What do you think?

  54. Sach says:
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    @Nick: seriously, they are not helping at all. they can’t possibly remind the world about the innining limit everytime there’s a J-Z update..cc’mmonnn guys

  55. DHill Dragons says:
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    On 2nd thought, after looking over Liriano’s starts all season again, I’m finally coming to grips with cutting him loose. For every start that he flirts with a no no against Texas, he has a 5 walk – 3 hit batter short outing. He’s too wildly inconsistent (no pun intended – well, ok it sort of was) to trust to send out to the mound for multiple starts in any given week.

    If I didn’t draft him as my 1st pitcher with such high hopes, he probably would have been in the rearview mirror a month ago. With decent options on my waiver wire, it’s time to send him packing.

  56. EK says:
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    Does Santos hold the closer job for CWS? If not who takes it?

  57. zzzzzz says:
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    I’m trying to trade Lawrie for some pitching depth. He’ll cost me $1 to keep for next year vs trading him away for some pitching talent which I need. Having said that – would you trade him for Masterson or Kuroda if possible?

  58. Bobby says:
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    Keeper league. Need SV, have plenty of SP, GS cap, no IP cap. Should I deal Jaime Garcia ($2 next year) for Marmol ($9)? $260 cap.

  59. EK says:
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    Pls rank these OF for rest of yr:

    Stubbs
    Rasmus
    Bernadina
    Brantley
    A. Jones
    Joyce

  60. Doog says:
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    Dynasty points league — Moustakas and Rasmus for Felix?

  61. NewBVick says:
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    Will the Fantasy Razzball Standings get another update?

  62. Lob Ball says:
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    When Tabata comes off my DL should I drop one of the following OFs or just ditch Tabata? Currently I am second in all ROTO offensive categories except average (6th):

    Gardner
    Kemp
    D-back Upton
    Beltran
    Crispie Young
    Snider
    Trumbo (Utility)

  63. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: really? I thought it was pretty solid. Does it make any difference that I wouldn’t be keeping Heyward or Andrus, but would be keeping Tulo? My keepers for next year would be Fielder, Tulo, Longo, Kemp, CarGo.

  64. Bobby says:
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    Mine was missed while awaiting moderation: Keeper league. Need SV, have plenty of SP, GS cap, no IP cap. Should I deal Jaime Garcia ($2 next year) for Marmol ($9)? $260 cap.

  65. chata says:
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    a whole day without baseball …. how long is this going to last ?

    should i have the wife tie me to a tree , until the withdrawal symptoms pass ?

    seriously , this is not fun .

  66. Joel says:
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    OK. This is a tough trade to decide on. As I’ve mentioned, have 4 closers in my 6×6 h2h league, Street, marmol, Paps and farnsworth. I can do the following trade: I give Street and Trumbo, and get Berkman. What do you think?

  67. Wilsonian says:
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    @chata: I’ve already cut myself three times today… it hasn’t helped the hurting…

  68. Nick says:
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    @Grey

    I can keep 4 in my 12 team keeper 5×5. Obviously I keep Longoria and Kemp, but choose 2 of the following who you’d keep along with them:

    Hanson, Bruce, Heyward, Gallardo.

    TIA

  69. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: I would most likely keep him. If you think it’s a shizz deal, then I won’t do it. I’m in 2nd and the guy I’m attempting to deal with is in last. So I don’t want to jeopardize my chances for this season.

  70. Todd says:
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    Lester or Price (for the entire year)

    Thanks.

  71. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Nick: Bruce, Heyward

    @Wilsonian: It’s an 8 team league, it’s worth the upgrade.

    @Todd: Lester

  72. Joel says:
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    Grey: given Haren’s 2nd half history, would it be too much to trade him and Castro for Halladay? or should I do it ? (Strudel cabrera’s my starting SS, and I have prado coming off DL to take castro’s place at IF). 6×6 h2h.

  73. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Joel: Not too much.

  74. John says:
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    I’ve been holding Brett Anderson with Wright on my DL. Should I drop him for…. Dunn, Alvarez, Freese, LoMo, or Mike Adams?

  75. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @John: Dunn for power, Adams to spec on saves.

  76. joe says:
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    I just traded away Chacin and received Garza in return. Good or bad?

  77. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @joe: It’s fair.

  78. joe says:
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    Which one do you like better in a h2h points league?

  79. pablo says:
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    10 team yahoo H2H

    Have Cliff Lee, David Price, Bills, Norris, Kuroda, Chacin and Kennedy on my staff.

    Best to drop Liriano for Luebke, or pick up Ibanez, Presley, Thames or Valencia as an upgrade over Hosmer at UTIL?

  80. DHill Dragons says:
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    The All-Star Break signifies that I can finally go to sleep before 1am EST (typically when the West Coast games are ending and my league’s waiver add/drops are processed).

  81. Wilsonian says:
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    Emily Boneface over Freese, or over Hardy or J. Weeks (both are bench bats right now)?

  82. joe says:
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    Thanks Mr. Albright

  83. BucLover says:
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    Here’s my what kind of tree would you be question, Grey. If you could play any position in MLB, what would you chose? Being Panda sized, if think I’d be suited to RF or 1B, hopefully near an occasionally cute ball girl.

  84. SwaggerJackers says:
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    Who’s a better option to throw on the DL in hopes of some late season magic? Johan or Brett Anderson?

  85. AdamH says:
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    Would anyone accept any of these trade offers in a 12 team keeper league? We keep 5, no restrictions on how long we keep them.

    1) Crawford and Kershaw for Votto and A. Gordon

    2) J. Upton and Lincecum for Votto and Krispie

    3) Granderson, Lind, Ian Kennedy for Votto

    My team right now:
    Santana, Votto, Utley, Reynolds, Y. Escobar, Krispie, Zobrist, Gordon, Pujols, Dunn, Soriano

    J. Johnson, Norris, Scherzer, Luebke, Chacin, Rubby DLR, two spot starters, Axford, Hanrahan, Farnsworth

    Would appreciate any and all input.

  86. Wilsonian says:
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    @AdamH: here’s a question: can you swap Pujols in over Votto in any of the trades? I would slightly devalue Pujols in a no-time-limit keeper league over Votto, simply because of age. I would do Crawford/Kershaw for Pujols/Gordon OR J-Up/Timmy for Pujols/Gordon. I would not do any deal with Votto in it and I would not do J-Up/Timmy for Pujols/Krispie. But that’s just my opinion.

  87. DHill Dragons says:
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    Of the hitters on my team over the past 2 week scoring period, Kelly Johnson (47 pts.) was outscored only by Andrew McCutchen (61). A team that includes Matt Kemp, Ryan Braun, Kevin Youkilis, Chase Utley, Jay Bruce, Evan Longoria, Starlin Castro, JJ Hardy, Carlos Santana, Dustin Ackley, Mark Trumbo.

    Cust kayin’.

    Pitcher shout out – CC Sabathia was good for 102 points! In 2 weeks!

  88. agarthered says:
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    Grey,

    I’ve been stashing jennings on my bench for past month now, and with the news that hes out 2-3 weeks while also having a strong of (kemp, lind, bj upton, heyward, beltran)

    is it time to drop him for lawrie?

    also someone dropped danks to waivers when he hit dl, what are your thoughts on him going forward as a sixth/seventh starter?

  89. AdamH says:
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    @Wilsonian: Thanks for your input. Do you believe Crawford will turn it on in the second half and be a keeper even though he is hitting toward the bottom of the Sox lineup?

  90. Buge Hoobs says:
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    10 team std 5×5, as my 3rd of 3 OF or 2nd of 2 UTUL …
    Huff or Nix, Damon, Morrison, or Moreland?

    You get your free Slurpee today?

  91. Big Magoo says:
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    @AdamH: I agree with Wilsonian to sub Pujols in for Votto. If #1 and #2 are the same team, you could try a Pujols/Gordon for J-Up/Kershaw swap. If not, sub Gordon in for Krispie on the second deal and see if it works. J-Up has roughly the same value as Votto going forward, IMO. It depends on how you value those guys though.

  92. larry says:
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    How do these 2b rank ROS?

    Pedroia, Espinosa, KJ, Zobrist, Kinsler

  93. Steve says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: @Grey: Hah! Not so weird as it turns out. When I read that, it *was* today. It’s tomorrow now, though (emoticon)

  94. Wilsonian says:
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    @AdamH: I’d prefer something like what Big Magoo said. I like J-Up more than Crawford, but I still think Crawford could be keeper worthy. Before his injury he had exploded, so I think there’s more of that Crawford, rather than the first month and a half of the season Crawford.

  95. Nick says:
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    @Grey: Continue to hold Madson on my DL or drop him for Guerra? Also is Liriano someone I NEED to hold onto or would you drop him, Correia, Niese for Maholm, Vargas, Harrison?

  96. Buge Hoobs says:
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    They ran out of cups! SOB! Moreland, eh? Alrighty, will give him a go! Thanks.

  97. Steve says:
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    Am I the only Kemp owner hoping he gets eliminated early from the HR Derby?

  98. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Buge Hoobs: They pull that BS every year. Last year I asked if I brought my own cup and they said no.

  99. Steve says:
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    @Buge Hoobs: @Grey: Just have to have a beer instead, I suppose.

  100. pipa says:
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    Would you give Gordon for Liriano?

  101. Big Magoo says:
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    @Steve, @Grey: Hoping for Kemp and A-Gon to go early, though I’m not quite as worried about A-Gon. I see the possibility of lots of Ks in Kemp’s future if he blows up tonight.

  102. Big Magoo says:
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    @everyone: Who’s everyone’s picks in the derby tonight? I like Prince, Bautista, and Weeks (as a bit of a surprise) in that order.

  103. Buge Hoobs says:
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    @Grey: or six!

  104. Mr2Bits says:
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    Grey : What do you think about dropping S. Drew and shipping off a closer like Marmol for someone like Rollins or Andrus if I can get their owners to bite?

  105. Big Magoo says:
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    @Buge Hoobs, @Grey: I’m about seven or eight beers in the hole by now, so pardon my grammar. Maybe it’s the baseball withdrawal!

  106. Mr2Bits says:
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    @Mr2Bits:

    Feliz is also an option to send off in a trade. Keeper league and Feliz is a 24 keeper though but doubt Ill keep him next year.

  107. mc serch says:
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    Calling all r’ballers, including Baby Jesus (I think Terrence Mann bestowed Grey with that nickname the other day….is that an Owen Meany ref?)…. ….anywho, I’m currently rotating Vladdy, Pena and Snider in my utility spot depending on matchups (neither Pena nor Snider can really hit lefties)….was thinking of dropping one to grab Chapman in Cincy or Koji in Baltimore as future closer play…soooooo whaddayasay? Vladdy, Pena or Snider ROY? Chapman or Koji?

  108. Amart says:
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    @Grey

    I may be able to trade Scherzer + A-rod for F-her, Lincecum or Halladay. I’ve picked up Chisenhall to fill in. Would you make the move? My pitching is hurting…

  109. Mr2Bits says:
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    @Grey:

    Who would you try and trade Feliz at a 24 round keeper or marmol who is an 8th round keeper?

  110. Grey

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    @mc serch: Snider for Chapman… Baby Jesus is Strasburg, no? Or ODB.

    @Amart: Someone’s trading you their top pitcher for a guy who’s out for 6 weeks? Halladay…

    @Mr2Bits: Marmol

  111. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: would you trade franky and stanton for lee?

  112. mc serch says:
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    @Grey: Haha! I thought for sure he called you that, could be mistaken…I kinda like it for you though….just as Owen Meany was put on this earth for an incredibly specific purpose, so too has Grey Albright (to help fantasy baseballers)

  113. Nick says:
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    @Grey: How about Nolasco or Karstens or Tomlin over Correia…

  114. Amart says:
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    @ Grey

    He’s a die hard Yanks and A-rod fan. Still, I was way off. Haha. He offered Ubaldo for Arod… Pull the trigger? 12 team roto…I’ve got 10-12 pts in all hitting categories and 1′s in ERA and WHIP…

  115. Amart says:
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    @ Grey

    Pitchers on my staff are Liriano, Scherzer, Gallardo, Gio, Cueto, Luebke, Maholm.

    Thanks for the advice!

  116. Grey

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    @Nick: Nolasco…

    @Amart: I’d take Ubaldo.

  117. Exactly says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I’ve noticed that Ryan Raburn hasn’t been completely awful the past 2 weeks, how would you rank him compared to:

    s. drew, aybar, hardy, beckham?

  118. The Burghler says:
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    12 team head to head 7×7 with ops/ks, losses/qs

    Weaver/Adam Jones or Marcum/Howard?

  119. Exactly says:
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    which side in a H2H points: lind or greinke/rios?

  120. Feeding the Abscess

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    Hey duders, friendly heads up:

    Javier Vazquez’s fastball has been over 90 MPH for six straight starts, and he has 10 unintentional walks in his last 52 innings.

    Not saying he’s going to duplicate 2009 in the second half, but there are plenty of signs that he’s turning it around. Plus he now has Mike Cameron in CF. If you’re in a 12 (or more) team league and he’s unowned, jump in.

  121. Feeding the Abscess

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    Correction: 10 unintentional walks in his last 54 innings, 12 walks total.

    All told, that’s a walk rate of 2 per 9 IP. His K rate is near 7 per 9 during that same time.

  122. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    wish they would DL A-ROID

  123. Feeding the Abscess

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    Correction II: I’m Trying To Be As Witty As Grey and It Isn’t Working:

    His K rate is 7.7 per 9. Yeah, sexy K/BB rate near 4 in his last 54 innings.

  124. Steve says:
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    The Pirates and Angels had serious discussions about a trade that would have sent Garrett Jones to Anaheim for Jeff Mathis, according to Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. However, the Pirates decided to keep Jones instead of pursuing talks further.

    No shit.

  125. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Steve: sounds like presley will be stayin and playin

  126. Wilsonian says:
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    Two questions:

    1) Do you like Moreland over Snider or Hardy for a Bench/Utility bat?

    2) In a keeper, would you deal Hamels for J-Up? Ok, so maybe three questions…and do you like J-Up over CarGo as a keeper?

  127. Exactly says:
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    who do you like better ROS: lind or wright?

  128. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Scioscia probably wanted McCutchen, no way is he losing his main squeeze Mathis.

    @Wilsonian: 1. Nope 2. Yup 3. Same diff.

    @Exactly: Wright

  129. mc serch says:
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    cano putting on a show in the derby

  130. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: so if you had CarGo already, you’d probably stand pat and not deal Hamels for J-Up?

  131. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @mc serch: yeah he did,new he was good but the moon shots galore?

  132. Black Beard says:
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    Sabathia and Norris for Votto? League counts OPS.

  133. Wilsonian says:
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    Man I hate the All-Star Break.

    That is all…

  134. Exactly says:
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    Grey, lind/wright or crawford/lester?

  135. Steve says:
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    @Grey: I kinda like seeing these real-life trades that are seriously considered by both parties – but if someone offered it to you in fantasy, you’d laugh in their face.

  136. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Yeah, a lot of it is teams just dumping money. Kinda like keeper leagues with some teams going for it this year and other teams just looking at prospects.

  137. chata says:
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    these are the reports from roto-wire :

    Rodriguez underwent successful surgery on his injured right knee Monday, reports the Newark Star-Ledger.
    Spin:
    Rodriguez will miss up to 4-6 weeks in recovery. His initial rehab will be done in Florida, and at his age (36) he could need an extra few days than someone in their physical prime.

    Jones will have surgery Saturday on his injured right knee and will not travel to Phoenix for the All-Star Game, the Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
    Spin:
    Jones has a meniscus tear in his right knee. Earlier reports said surgery likely will keep him out 3-4 weeks. No timetable has been confirmed yet, however.

    (chipper is 3 years and 3 months older than a-rod.)

    the betting window is now open , on who will be the 1st player to return
    to game action .

  138. Grey

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    @chata: I say A-Rod by a week.

  139. chata says:
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    @Grey:

    well , he does have a 6 day jump on chipper and the DH thing going for him,
    but it might come down to which team is on the road and which one is at home .

    (love these fantasy bets) .

    a-rod – 125
    chipper + 115

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