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Ryan Perry got the save yesterday because Jose Valverde is out with a tender elbow.  Valverde isn’t supposed to be out long but whenever a reliever’s elbow is in question — or any pitcher, for that matter — it’s cause for concern.  With the Tigers playing for nothing, they could shut Valverde down.  Phil Coke could see some situational saves.  When reached for comment about his new role, Phil Coke said, “This is it?”  By the way, he’s the best lefty reliever synonymous with Coke since Steve Howe.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Johnny Damon – 4-for-4, 2 Runs and an RBI.  Not a bad day to stream him into my lineup.  Hit the wall, turn on the lights, blow on my fist, rub fist on leather jacket and say, “Ayyyyyy.”  (Wasn’t as great a day to stream Casper Wells or Don Kelly, who’s also known as LL Donkey.)

Rick Porcello – 8 IP, 3 ER, 4 baserunners, 3 K.  It’s legitimately hard for me to give a non-hedged endorsement to Porcello.  I don’t like his lack of Ks, but at this stage in the year, all’s fair in love and the waiver wire.  Porcello’s pitching well and gets the Royals in his start after next.  His next start vs. the Rangers in Arlington is a pass.

Bobby Jenks – Is day-to-day with funny bone soreness.  That Bobby, always up to hijenks!   Either way, the funny bone injury doesn’t sound serious.

Matt Thornton – But if Jenks’ jenky ‘bow doesn’t straighten itself out, I’d grab Thornton, Putz or Sale, in that order.

Gavin Floyd – 6 IP, 5 ER, 14 baserunners, 3 Ks as he tied his owners to the WHIPping post.  Floyd would be a whole lot more attractive if he didn’t get absolutely drubbed once a month.  Cust kayin’.

Colby Lewis – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks.  After a month or so where he treated your team like a public restroom, decent bounce back last night.  I wouldn’t say he’s completely righted the ship with one good start, but if you need Ks, Lewis is your man.

David Murphy – 1-for-3 with a steal.  He’s in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell.  SPOILER ALERT:  He’s a buy.

Travis Wood -5 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks.  I feel like Wood’s teetering on a terrible start his next time out.  I don’t have much to support this.  Just a gut feeling.  Okay, you got me.  I’m now reading tea leaves.

Joey Votto – 0-for-4 the same day CarGo went 0-for-4.  I didn’t look this up, but I’m guessing this was the first time they were both held hitless on the same day this year.  Pretty crazy, huh?  (Assuming it’s true.)

Placido Polanco – Says he’s playing with a broken elbow.  Um… Ouch?  Could explain why his already weak power has been even weaker.  He has 1 homer in the last three months. (Oh, and one steal.)  Yeah, besides average, he’s not giving you anything, but that’s more or less his MO.

Jason Hammel – 7 IP, 5 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Coming into this game, he had a 3.43 ERA at home, and that means nothing now that he just soiled my team.

Jason Heyward – Sticking with the newly established Jason theme, Heyward left the game with a leg injury.  He’s day-to-day, hey, hey, hey.

Jair Jurrjens – 3 2/3 IP, 7 ER.  Meesa tinks Jar-Jar’s had better games.

Adam Wainwright – 8 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks with his 18th win.  So who wins the NL Cy Young?  Halladay, Wainwright, Ubaldo or a wild card?

Colby Rasmus – 4-for-4, 4 RBIs, 3 Runs, 2 homers.  Geiger!  Let’s go!

Bud Norris – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks.  I’m going to be unrealistically excited about Norris next March and he’s going to let me down in April and crush my will to live.  I know this already.

Andre Ethier – Hit his 21st homer and knocked in his 74th RBI.  He’s also hitting .289 and has 2 steals.  Is there any outfielder that is more overrated?  Luke Scott, Bobby Abreu, Marlon Byrd and Drew Stubbs are just some of the names on ESPN’s Player Rater that have been as valuable as Ethier.

Shawn Hill – 5 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Member when I loved this guy?  Was like two years ago.  We were younger then, you and I.  You look different; I think it’s your hair that’s now on your back.  Hill has some talent, but also needs the same health insurance provider as Nick Johnson.  The chance of Hill providing any value this year is slim to anorexic.

Jose Bautista – 2-for-3 as he hit his 44th homer yesterday, which is 45.43 in U.S. homers.

Roger Clemens – Reports came out that the Canadian police are helping in the Clemens’ probe.  Gives new meaning to Mounties.

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  1. Steve says:
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    Next April? Norris could crush your will to live as early as next week (emoticon).
    Ah Murphy. Got me a big steal today (yesterday?) but need more speed so dropped him for Brantley.
    Murphy should be good for a bunch of steals now…

  2. chrispartlow says:
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    april 24th they both had an 0/4 but cgonz had a double header and got 1 hit in the 2nd game.
    june 7th Votto 0/3 CGonz 0/4
    june 26th Votto 0/3 CGonz 0/4

    those are the only 3 days i could find where they both had more than 1AB and were 0fer.

  3. tHe sHiT says:
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    @ Grey: I like the LL Donkey reference. I knew you found it funny enough to use it. Probably the only time you will get to use it though. Have a great Friday!

  4. Chili Davis Con Carne says:
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    Grey,
    H2H league playoffs this week, and with JarJar, Garza, Billingsley all sucking, I have basically no chance at ERA or WHIP. However, wins may be in range, so I’m wondering:
    Of the streamable SP’s available for today, who would you put in the best position to get a win, ignoring ERA and WHIP?
    Richard, Happ, DLR, Buehrle are available.
    Thanks!

  5. Jeff says:
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    My RP; Rivera, Cordero, Valverde, Rodney

    Available RP; Gutierrez, Takahashi

    I’m fighting for every point I can get and I’m in 3rd place in saves, 4 behind the leader. We can start anywhere from 3-5 RP’s (5SP,3RP,2P)

    I have one free agent pick up left for the rest of the year. Is it worth using to pick up one of these guys? If so, who do I grab? I would be dropping Aybar to pick them up.

  6. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    @Grey: RE The Nutty Hairdresser… yeah, way more excited than I should be, as well. If you want to see the “next week on The Real World” go here:

    http://www.mtv.com/videos/real-world-new-orleans-ep-11-over-knight/1647046/playlist.jhtml

    You have to sit through an initial ad (15 secs, I think), then you can just jump to the very end of the episode. You’ll then have to sit through one or two longer ads (~30 secs each), but after that the preview will come up.

  7. HotCorner says:
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    @Grey…thanks for suggesting that I start Billingsley instead of D. Hudson this week. Worked out great for me. I guess you win some and you lose some. LOL

  8. majortommy says:
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    So Norris has a great September and propels his draft status up for next year, he flops and we call it……..?
    How about the 10 at 2, 2 at 10? (we have all been there)

    H2H league playoffs I have Cordero, Axeford, Rodney and Lidge. Which one would you have dropped for Soto? I wanted to cut Rodney but ended up with Lidge as the cut because me no likey his elbow. Reassure me that I made the right choice.

  9. Bad Bob says:
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    Floyd is starting to worry me. Has done a great job for me since picking him up at the all star break but looking iffy the last few.

    Start my playoffs next week head to head league. Rest of the way do you prefer

    Brett Cecil @baltimore next week
    Ian Kennedy @ Pirates
    Bud Norris home Vs Brewers
    Chris Narveson @ Astros

    Really don’t trust James Shields home Vs Yankees, Porcello @ Texas or Floyd Vs Twins

  10. Nathan says:
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    Do you like Hodgepadre Tim Stauffer vs SF Giants for tomorrow?

    What about Ely vs Astros?

    Either, both, neither?

  11. Barry Heanbag says:
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    What do we think about Lannan tonight vs the Marlins?

  12. Chris says:
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    Grey,

    Would you sit any of these guys tomorrow:

    Blackburn @ Cle, Romero v TB, Dempster @ Mil, MadBum @ SD

  13. anon says:
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    Hamilton is killing me!!! I’m on a bye week in my H2H playoffs (obviously I earned the bye, I’ve owned Hamilton all year!!). Has anyone heard anything about when he could return? Rotoworld says “He’s not expected to return to the lineup before the weekend,” but then rotowire says that he didn’t work out Thursday and there is no timetable for his return.

    He’s obviously just a “hold” for now, right? I hate to have an injured guy taking up a valuable roster spot in the playoffs. This is brutal!! I have a couple other guys like Phillips and Reyes who are beat up and may not be able to deliver their usual production for me next week. I’m annoyed that I had such a great season and might get punked out of the playoffs and finish out of the $$!!

    I would be curious to hear if grey/people think of Reyes/Phillips/Hamilton as guys you hold on to or as guys you drop for the hot hand since it’s playoff time.

  14. Oh my facking lord that Rasmus video is comedy gold, GOLD JERRY! Thank you oh mustachioed one…Fire Burnin’ In The Outfield.

  15. @anon: You have to hold Hamilton on the chance he plays, but I wouldn’t expect much…I may drop Reyes out of those three if you need a roster spot or fill in bat.

    That is also why I dislike the H2H baseball leagues.

  16. Nathan says:
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    FWIW I dropped Reyes a few days ago in a H2H league where I desperately need to win steals. That’s how much confidence I have in him. Just couldn’t afford to have a dead roster spot.

  17. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Wood may be teetering on a bad outing but he gets Arizona at home next week. And Bud Norris will get Milwaukee at home. Which would you rather have?

  18. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Very true.

    @chrispartlow: See, I told ya.

    @tHe sHiT: Thanks! You too!

    @Nate: Someone should list the top mustaches of fantasy ‘perts. It would be me and me.

    @Chili Davis Con Carne: Richard, Buehrle, dlR…

    @Jeff: Can’t burn your last pickup on Takahashi.

    @Awesomus Maximus: I like how he just shows up again. No… Hey, guys, my bad. Just, Hey, what’s going on?

    @majortommy: http://razzball.com/fantasy-baseball-terms/#Septaculars Lidge would’ve been my choice.

    @Bad Bob: Cecil and Kennedy are both solid starts.

    @Nathan: Stauffer

    @Barry Heanbag: It’s an okay gamble, depends on your situation.

    @Chris: Nope

    @anon: I’d drop them on Sunday if they’re still not playing, unless that’s a keeper.

    @XNadyMen: It is brilliant.

    @Frank Rizzo: Wood

  19. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    @Grey et al: Which 1 of these 3 should I start as my #5 SP in my H2H playoff matchup for week 24? Travis Wood (2 starts vs. ARI & @ HOU), J. Chacin (@ LA), or Slowey (vs. OAK)? Thanks!

  20. big o says:
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    @ Grey :
    i’d like to think that i can still appreciate an attractive young lady ,
    (i’m old , not blind) .
    but everytime i watch that geiger video ,
    i’m praying that i don’t go deaf , at that precise moment .
    i’d hate it , if the last thing i ever heard was her voice.
    even if she was nekkid and singing about me ,
    i don’t think i could , ever again , make it to the end of that video .
    aural – dysfunction ?
    is there a pill for that ??
    ” if her voice is still ringing in your ears , after 8 hours , consult your physician ” ….. at least with viagra , you have other options .

    @Nate:
    skywalker /vader
    grey / grimsley

  21. Bum Juice says:
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    Grey, if I am looking for HRs and RBIs (in that order), please rank these three for the final couple weeks:

    S. Drew
    A. Hill
    B. Zobrist

  22. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    @Grey: Who knows how it’s going to be explained. Probably a “he was here for most of the season, so we’re allowing him back just for the farewell”. Dunno’.

    I love how he claimed to have left the house ’cause he was sick of it and couldn’t be happier about going home… and now he’s super excited to be back in the house. One of my favorite aspects of (good) reality TV is when people forget the fact that, because their actions are being chronicled, their hypocrisy and inconsistencies between words and actions will amplified exponentially.

  23. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Bum Juice: Hill, Drew…

    @Awesomus Maximus: Ha, true. With him, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was just driving around in the Range Rover, got bored and went back to the house.

  24. zombie says:
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    @Grey: 3:48 I’ll never get back. Is that the same chick as the Jason Bay diddy (to “yesterday”) you posted a couple years back? Never got that one out of my head. I cant even say Bay’s name without the melody. This one just makes me uncomfortable for this poor girl and her brick house; and undeservingly angry as hell at Colby Rasmus. Thanks for sharing again Grey.
    Please support my hanging onto Kemp in a Championship round with Thome & Morrison & Morse making him look like a chump.

  25. tommy says:
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    hey grey, you got me in first, just need to finish strong

    blanton, luebke or narveson the rest of the way, cant make any more picks up in final 2 weeks, its a points league. thanks

  26. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @zombie: Had forgot about the Bay one, thanks for reminding me. Think you gotta stick with Kemp, yeah.

  27. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @tommy: Blanton

  28. chrisc624 says:
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    Should I play Mr. Jonathan Sanchez tonight? Like where my ERA and WHIP are now that I am pretty close to our league’s inning minimum, and have Halladay and Weaver going tonight… Thanks.

  29. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @chrisc624: I’m starting him, but it’s obviously not without some risk.

  30. Greg Gallagher says:
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    LaRussa and Pujols must have seen that video.

    Or possibly just heard the audio…….

  31. joecoz says:
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    Hey Grey–I have to start Wandy or Hanson on Saturday–which one you like more? Thanks!

  32. ruah says:
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    Best start for today: Cahill, CZam, Kuroda, Richard, Cecil…

  33. slam says:
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    Do you think Bucholz missing his last start is going to screw him against the A’s tonight? He gave up 5 er last time they played and they’ll probably steal every time they get on base

  34. Art Vandelay says:
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    Starting Minor today against the Cards? I’m afraid of getting roofied again.

  35. Nuke LaDouche says:
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    Hahahaha. Thanks for the pick me up grey. That hilarious Rasmus video singlehandedly cured me of my hangover with its ridiculousness.

  36. herschel says:
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    @Grey: so kind of been distracted with football and havent really been following kemp’s play/playing time, but seems like hes not even playing daily post manny trade. in weekly leagues, is fowler or tabata worth starting over kemp?

  37. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    @Grey: Thanks for the advice – Chacin it is! Also, when are you going to resume your keepers for 2011 articles? You’ve got me looking forward to 2011, especially since both your subjects thus far (Andrus & Delmon Young) are on my dynasty league roster!

  38. MarkM says:
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    @Grey BAAAHAHAHA How have I never seen that geiger video before just now?

  39. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @herschel: Eh

    @Bill Lumbergh: Starting next week, holiday and call=ups got in the way.

    @MarkM: Genius, right?

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