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Senior year of high school, I cheated on my final exam in religion class.  Never got caught.  Three others involved in the cheating scandal were brought to justice — they failed the test, failed the class, and had to retake the course the following semester.  Did I feel guilty about my actions?  F*#k no I didn’t.  I aced the test and got a B+ in the class.  It was the best grade I ever earned in religion.  My parents were thrilled!  Ever since, I’ve held a sort of admiration for those who cheat and get away with it… even for some who didn’t quite get away with it.  I respect he who is ballsy enough to cruise down life’s low road, while the rest of the chumps fight traffic on the high road.  I’m halfway kidding, of course, but there are moments when the opportunity to cheat presents itself, and you’d be crazy to pass it up.  Take, for instance, just a couple weeks ago, when Jeff Samardzija didn’t immediately cease pitching while his throwing hand bled onto the baseball, perhaps doctoring the ball.  Well done, Jeff.  And as for this Clay Buchholz situation, the evidence against him isn’t quite definitive, and it seems extremely doubtful that any real fallout is to come.  More power to the guy if he was indeed doctoring the ball — the umps didn’t notice, and neither did the Blue Jays.  He goes twice next week, by the way.  The rest of week six’s two-starters are below.

As always, probable pitchers are subject to change.  For a look at all fantasy baseball streamers, click that link.

MUST START

Cliff Lee (@SF, @ARI); Madison Bumgarner (PHI, ATL); Hiroki Kuroda (@COL, @KC); Clay Buchholz (MIN, TOR); James Shields (CWS, NYY)

FIRST TIER

Kris Medlen (@CIN, @SF); Tommy Milone (@CLE, @SEA); C.J. Wilson (@HOU, @CWS); Ryan Dempster (MIN, TOR); Wei-Yin Chen (KC, @MIN); Nick Tepesch (@CHC, @HOU); Andrew Cashner (MIA, @TB); Paul Maholm (@CIN, @SF); Trevor Cahill (@LAD, PHI); Tim Lincecum (PHI, ATL); Kyle Kendrick (@SF, @ARI); Jake Peavy (@KC, LAA)

  • Plenty of availability from tier one this week, starting with Nick Tepesch (9% owned in Y! leagues).  The Rangers’ rookie hasn’t been wonderful this season, but he gets two glorious match-ups, and I certainly like his odds at snagging two W’s.  Beyond him, your best bets at plucking from waivers are as follows:  Andrew Cashner (26%), Wei-Yin Chen (39%), Kyle Kendrick (41%), Tommy Milone (54%), and in shallower leagues you might even be able to snag Trevor Cahill (65%).  The rest of this group is already owned, more than likely.  Everyone here is a very strong option in a shallow week for two-starters.

SECOND TIER

Jeremy Hellickson (TOR, SD); Scott Diamond (@BOS, BAL); Zach McAllister (OAK, @DET); Jeremy Hefner (CWS, PIT); Josh Beckett (ARI, MIA); Bronson Arroyo (ATL, MIL)

  • Jeremy Hefner (1% owned in Y! leagues) has been solid over his past two starts, posting a 12/3 K/BB through 15 frames, while allowing only 3 runs.  He gets two turns at Citi Field next week, and he’s a good streamer option.  Zach McAllister (6%) is proving himself to be a reliable option, but beware of his opponents next week — Oakland and Detroit are two of the best offenses in baseball this season.  And for as long as he’s hot, I’m also good with rolling Scott Diamond (4%) out there for a two-start week.

THIRD TIER

Jarrod Parker (@CLE, @SEA); Roberto Hernandez (TOR, SD); Mark Buehrle (@TB, @BOS); Erik Bedard (LAA, TEX); Ubaldo Jimenez (OAK, @DET); Jorge De La Rosa (NYY, @STL); Scott Feldman (TEX, @WAS); J.A. Happ (@TB, @BOS)

  • Here’s where we need to use a bit more caution with our two-start browsing.  Parker would surely be a don’t start if it weren’t for two favorable opponents — I’d still avoid him outside of AL-only, though.  There’s some upside here with Scott Feldman, who’s coming off of an outstanding outing against the Padres, but I’m not ready to jump on board with him just yet.  J.A. Happ is also an intriguing option with a bit of upside, but shaky command has me looking elsewhere.

DON’T START

Vance Worley (@BOS, BAL); Luis Mendoza (@BAL, NYY); Wade LeBlanc (@SD, @LAD)

  • Definitely skip these three.

From Around The Web

  1. Charles Shaw says:
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    Jmac is a two starter according to cbs. What tier might he be in? He gets Seattle at home and the mets on the road.

    First!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yeah, he’s in line for two — sorry for the oversight. I’d slot him in the 2nd tier, hoping he gets command of his stuff this week…

  2. gareth says:
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    Best results – cashner, cahill, maholm or tepesh? They are all available in my league right now. I would drop estrada.

    • Fister Furbush says:
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      @gareth:

      Maholm

    • Bourne says:
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      @gareth: tepesh has two starts away from Tex. Can’t get better than that. I don’t like maholm @cin

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Tepesch has some mouthwatering match-ups, but I’m gonna go with Cashner for the biggest upside.

  3. Bosmosis says:
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    Drop Estrada for Cashner? Thanks.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yes

  4. Shitbird says:
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    But Scott, I thought cheaters never prosper? I guess that is why you’re writing for razball! Totally kidding of course. It kills me that you cheated in religion class. Imagine how unthrilled your folks would have been had you been caught. You would probably have been sent to seminary school to atone. Any thoughts on Pineda? I read that he touched 95 and am thinking of adding him as a speculative pickup in my AL-only keeper. Thanks as always.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Ha! Who says they didn’t send me to the seminary anyway! Pineda is a decent stash if you have room on your DL… wouldn’t count on him for big production, but there’s upside…

  5. Elwood Blues says:
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    NL Only 12 Team 4×4
    With an awful pitching staff of: Gio, Medlen, Lincecum, Nicasio, Villenueva, Cashner, D.Hernandez, Storen, Marmol.. do I bid on C.Martinez, if so, i’d have to keep him rostered all year long (can’t drop). Who would you drop?
    I also have Fujikawa coming off the DL soon, so I’d have to drop another one of these guys.
    With my starters in such bad shape, do I wait for Liriano for the Pirates and save my FA Money for him?
    Thanks

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      You can swap Martinez for Hernandez & hold Fujikawa over Storen… would save your FAAB on someone like Gausman/Cole/Wheeler… more upside than Liriano.

  6. Kyle says:
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    Any of these guys worth streaming? Correia, Guthrie, Hanson, or Colon?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I like Correia & Guthrie are strong plays.

  7. SenoreRossi says:
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    B.Moss or BJ Upton? :D

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Upton

  8. The Red Cyclones says:
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    Yu faces the Red Sox at Arlington on Sunday. Start/sit?

    • Bourne says:
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      @The Red Cyclones: yu play yu 162 days in a row if you can.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Auto-start

  9. Flag says:
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    100% agree. Bernie Madoff is my hero! Sure SOME people lost life savings because of his cheating, but hey, not me, so I’m good with it.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Ha! I suppose you gotta draw the line once lives are being ruined…

  10. Oppo Taco says:
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    I’ve got ogando (BOS), Corbin (@SD) and Cingrani (@CHC) on my roster, start all 3 today? I’m iffy on ogando since he’s been mediocre and facing a tough matchup, thanks!

    • Oppo Taco says:
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      Also I was offered asdrubal Cabrera for cingrani/Tavares, thoughts? It’s a keeper league but we only keep 4 hitters and 3 pitchers
      C – montero
      1b – goldy
      2b – Phillips
      SS – peralta (bleh)
      3b – Zimmerman
      Of – McCutchen
      Of – Bautista
      Of – j upside
      Util – BJ upton
      Util – arenado
      DL – bourn
      Bench – taveres/profar
      Sp – madbum, shields, Harvey, cingrani, cashner, ogando, Corbin, Haren
      Rp – street and holland.
      Thanks Scott

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        Big upside deal, but very risky if Taveras doesn’t arrive during the first half. I’d hold.

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        Wait, sorry… I had it backward. You can pull the trigger on that one.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Sit Ogando.

  11. Duke says:
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    Streamer for today… Hughes v Oakland or Magill @ SF? ESPN pitching score method (IPx3,Kx1,W=5) less (W/Hx1, ERx2,L=5). I am leaning towards the gorilla. Thoughts?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Magill.

  12. EricB says:
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    Rest of season please rank these 5 players:

    Nolan Arenado
    Domonic Brown
    Andre Ethier
    Todd Frazier
    David Freese

    Thanks!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Frazier, Ethier, Arenado, Freese, Brown

  13. vacoarrfb says:
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    10-team 5×5 keeper (add $5 to previous auction price) league. I’m in first by quite a bit, but I could use RBI and HRs.

    I was offered Nelson Cruz for Samaradzija…

    OF right now is: CarGo, Starling Marte, Austin Jackson, Aoki, Rios, and Matt Joyce; Util is Middlebrooks.
    My other SPs are: Gallardo, Minor, Fernandez, Cingrani, Shileds, and Latos

    I’m scared of Cruz’s regression (BABIP is currently .347) and I also need Ks and Ws.

    I could drop someone after the trade to pick up a FA SP (available include: Cashner, Griffin, Cahill, Quintana).

    Thoughts? Thanks for any insight.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      You can make this deal. Wouldn’t drop anyone for SP just yet, but Fernandez is probably next guy to cut, so watch him closely.

      • vacoarrfb says:
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        @Scott Evans:

        Thank you for your response. I went ahead and made the deal.

  14. Mike says:
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    Need a big start in pts league. Cobb or Samardzija?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Samardzija.

  15. Kirk says:
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    Ervin Santana appears to be a two starter this week. Which tier?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yeah, he replaces Mendoza here… first tier guy, 70% owned

  16. Ro_Bauti says:
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    Does Anibal start two games this week?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Detroit only plays 5, so likely not.

  17. Philsfan says:
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    Sit Gallardo, Lynn, Cingrani or Morrow in favor of a 2 start cashner? i have Kuroda, Lee, Lincecum already penciled in.

    Thanks for the work you do

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Sit Morrow

  18. skip says:
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    i just lost hanley and need to pick up a 3b in 14 team deep roster league. i was offered reddick and arenado for morse and quentin. love to hear your thoughts, thanks

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      you’re not giving up anything too costly here, so i don’t think it’s a bad move. i like it.

  19. Tom Thumb says:
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    Grey recommended selling Harvey. Even in a keeper? Am I wrong in thinking he could be a next level talent a la Verlander. Even reminds me of Verlander. I only want to keep one pitcher next year. Out of Greinke, Gio, Moore, Harvey and Scherzer I was gonna keep Harvey. My bats to keep are JUpton, Miggy, McCutch and Heyward so not much room for two pitchers. Thoughts on selling?

    • Scott Evans

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      I’d keep Moore over Harvey. I see some regression in line for Harvey, but not so much as to sell him for cheap. See if you can get a top-50 bat for him, hopefully addressing a weakness, but don’t sell cheap.

    • steve says:
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      @Tom Thumb: Grey stated – I believe in the blog comments – that he would not sell Harvey in a keeper.

      • steve says:
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        @steve: …with this being stated, he may (?) also like Moore as a keeper over Harvey

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          sounds like a shallow keeper… keep only 5 if i’m reading his question right… in deeper keepers I wouldn’t consider selling Harvey

  20. huge caulk says:
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    Pitching unraveling quickly….this league rewards strikeouts
    H2H K, K/9, QS, SV, ERA, WHIP, KEEPER LEAGUE
    SP:
    KENNEDY
    SHARK
    CINGRANI
    MEDLEN
    KURODA
    MASTERSON
    JO-FER
    GEE
    RP:
    CHAPMAN
    NATHAN
    HANRAHAN
    BAILEY

    Waiver wire options include:
    SP WOOD, MILONE, GRIFFEN, TEPESCH, KLUBER, COLON, KLUBER, LOCKE, ROBERTO HERNANDEZ, STRAILY…or some hotshot minor leaguers like Wheeler…
    RP FUKI-WHATEVER FROM THE CUBS…

    Who do I drop for whom? or is it whom for who? thanks…

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’d drop Gee & stream Tepesch this week, then either go for Straily or Griffen… Gausman/Cole/Wheeler are all good stashes, too…

      • huge caulk says:
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        @Scott Evans:
        One more thing… trot out Kuroda in Coors? Thanks

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          yeah, tough ballpark, but he’s been too good to bench

      • steve says:
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        @Scott Evans: Hey Scott! Thanks for your work and advice (in advance). Are you aware of any tools (a website perhaps?) that tracks super two status. My understanding – please feel free to correct me – is that super two status is kind of a moving target since it’s based on a percentage that depends on when teams bring up their own players in relationship to the league. This being stated, it doesn’t seem impossible (at all) to have this type of analytical tool so perhaps someone has already created it. The intent of my question is to perhaps better guess at when a team may call-up a prospect. This type of info in combination with some historical trends could be very useful. Thoughts?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          I was actually just discussing this same thing with a friend. I haven’t quite scoured the internet for a tracker, but I’m not aware of one online… someone please provide link if this sort of thing exists. I imagine the analytics teams of most/all clubs have a model in place to predict for the cutoff date, though. It’d be great of some amateur analyst could put together a model for razzball or fangraphs or baseball prospectus…

          • steve says:
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            @Scott Evans: Agreed…thanks for the thoughtful response. Your thought about teams having one has to be correct. At least, from what I’ve read, teams appear to be confident that they will get one more year of arbitration (at relevant points in the season) so it must be based on this type of tool…right? :)

            I’ll continue looking for this, and let you know if I come across anything.

  21. Q says:
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    Cahill or Cashner better starts than a 1 start Dickey v TB? Assuming Dickey pitches well today?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Points, yes. Cats, no.

  22. Scott Evans

    Scott Evans says:
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    Points, yes. Cats, no.

  23. mzyptlk says:
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    Cahill @ LAD or Cashner MIA on Monday? H2H cats.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Cashner

  24. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Drop Mclouth for Michael Saunders? Saunders will play every game but Mclouth might play more now if the Davis injury is serious. Thanks.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Hold Nate for now.

  25. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    In baseball, cheating isn’t called cheating, it is gamesmanship. Unless it involves steroids or blowing games. P.E.D.’s like Mantle’s periodic shots of meth, greenies, and the like, still are under the aegis of gamesmanship. So are Ty Cobb’s penchant of betting on insider information and betting on games that were about to be thrown. So using blood as the lubricant for a spitter is just one more ingenious method of cheating that is gamesmanship. Getting around the rules is actually admired in baseball. A peculiar part of the National Pastime.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      TRUTH. Spitting faces as always, Paulie.

  26. EK says:
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    Pls rank ROS for H2H pts:

    Hellickson
    Niese
    J. Garcia

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Hellickson, Garcia, Niese

  27. Rob says:
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    Drop McDonald for guasman? He he has two starts this week.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Hold

  28. Joe says:
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    Which one to start in Weekly Points League?

    WY Chen or Zimmerman?

    rest are

    Cashner
    Darvish
    Dempster
    Harvey

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Zimmerman

  29. Minor Leaguer says:
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    Looking to pick up a 1st tier 2-starter. My options are Dempster, Chen, Tepesch, Cashner.

    Best pick?

    • Brian says:
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      I’d go Dempster

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Dempster.

  30. Brian says:
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    Harvey getting (2) starts next week – Time to add him to the Must Start List

    Razzball, best fantasy baseball site online!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yep, thanks for the heads-up… a must-start indeed.

  31. Targaryen says:
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    Since Capiuano starts Monday do you think he will get a play late this week also or take it easy on him coming off the DL? Is Estrada done. I was holding out hope but after tonight. … I was already going to lose era. I needed one more k between him, morrow & Pettite. Damn

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      sorry for late response… wouldn’t roll with Cap in his first outing… hope you got that K!

  32. JVH4 says:
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    Capuano coming off the DL Monday – 2 starts? Worth picking up?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      eh, you can grab him, but I’d leave on the bench for this first outing.

  33. EK says:
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    Pls rank these starts for H2H pts:

    Vargas @ HOU
    Masterson vs OAK
    Milone @ SEA
    Tillman vs KC
    Hammel @ MIN
    Cashner @ TB

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Masterson, Milone, Cashner, Vargas, Hammel, Tillman

  34. paddyman says:
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    Is Sale a 2 starter since he starts today?

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