Congratulations to the Washington Nationals on clinching a playoff berth. I'd like to set the over-under on "Number of Stephen Strasburg Mentions During Television Coverage of the National League Divisional Series" at 2,046.
Speaking of the Nats, Ross Detwiler's strong Thursday outing raised our streaming starter record to 100-59. The weekend selections are Bronson Arroyo (owned in 29 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) tonight, Mike Minor (26 percent owned) at Philly on Saturday, and Alex Cobb (9.8 percent owned) versus the Blue Jays on Sunday.
On to the news:
- Corey Hart returned to the Brewers' lineup last night after missing 10 days with a foot injury. Hart was replaced during the fifth inning, as the Brewers are trying to take it easy on him, but since they're 2.5 games out of the NL wildcard they'll probably play him as much as possible. If you own Hart, root for the Brewers to keep winning.
- Though Anthony Bass got Thursday's save for the Padres, don't get too excited, as closer Huston Street will be activated from the DL today after a six-week absence.
- Happy Chris Carpenter Day, everyone! The Cards-Cubs matinee begins at 2:20 p.m. ET.
- Back to the Nats: Drew Storen saved Thursday's win, but it's almost certainly because Tyler Clippard pitched both games in Wednesday's doubleheader. Clippard owners needn't worry about his job security, but they can worry a bit about him getting some rest for the playoffs once the division title is secure.
- Alfredo Simon's save for the Reds last night was mainly due to Jonathan Broxton pitching on three of the previous four days. No word yet on Aroldis Chapman's possible weekend return.
- Tigers C Alex Avila is expected to be in the lineup tonight after missing a few games with headaches. Memo to readers: Do NOT crash into Prince Fielder.
- R.A. Dickey's weekend start has been moved from Sunday to Saturday.
- The D-backs are still hoping to get SS Willie Bloomquist (back) back in the lineup before the season ends. Don't wait on him, though.
- Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz says he's not worried about the back tightness he suffered last night that forced him from the game after seven innings. I'll worry on your behalf, Clay.
- That hamstring issue just isn't getting any better for Carlos Gonzalez, is it? I wonder if they'll sit him for a couple of days.
- Look for Astros SS Jed Lowrie to get inconsistent playing time as he eases his way back from a knee injury.
- Hey, Salvador Perez owners: Your guy is probably going to get Sunday off, so plan accordingly.
- Aaron Harang is expected to start on three days' rest Sunday for the Dodgers.
- Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera missed Thursday's game after re-aggravating his wrist injury. His status for tonight is TBD.
- As we suspected, Brett Anderson's regular season is over due to an oblique injury. He'll be an interesting 2013 sleeper.
- Check out my solo baseball podcast if you missed it yesterday. It's five-and-a-half minutes long, and might help you prepare for the weekend.
- Yu Darvish, still impressive.
- The Tigers haven't made an official announcement, but website beat writer Jason Beck tweeted Thursday that Drew Smyly is Sunday's likely starter. Max Scherzer's next start is TBD, as he's dealing with shoulder fatigue.
- The White Sox website reports that 1B Paul Konerko missed Thursday's game due to a "minor back injury." They're hoping he can play tonight.
See you back here Monday morning.