Why did you tease me with three home runs in your first four innings, Adrian Beltre? I had to pay attention to you for the rest of the night.
Seven more scoreless innings from the red-hot Kris Medlen raised our streaming starter record to 80-50 for the season. Today's pick is Tampa Bay's Alex Cobb (owned in 10.2 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) against the A's, and Friday's selection is Arizona's Patrick Corbin (5.4 percent owned) versus the Padres. I don't love Corbin in that spot, but there aren't many options.
On to the news:
- Bartolo Colon has been suspended for 50 games due to a positive test for testosterone, so his fantasy season is over. Tyson Ross will start in Colon's place tonight, but I suspect that we'll see Dan Straily come back from Triple A next week.
- The Yankees expect Ivan Nova to miss his next start because of shoulder tightness, and he might go on the DL. In good Yankee rotation news, CC Sabathia is still slated to return on Friday against the Indians.
- Giants C Buster Posey was scratched Wednesday with a tight hamstring, but it doesn't sound serious.
- The Blue Jays have finally gotten some good news - OF Jose Bautista is expected to come off the DL on Friday. Jays SS Yunel Escobar missed Wednesday's game for the birth of his baby, but could be back on Friday as well.
- The Mets are (almost certainly) shutting down Johan Santana for the season due to a stiff back. OF Kirk Niewenhuis (foot) is done for the season as well.
- Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Wednesday that Stephen Strasburg is likely to be shut down with two (or possibly three) turns in the rotation remaining, and the Washington Post suspects that September 19 will be Strasburg's final start barring any rainouts.
- Rockies OF Dexter Fowler is expected to miss a few games with a sprained ankle. SS Troy Tulowitzki will begin a minor-league rehab assignment on Friday, but the Denver Post reports that he isn't expected to be activated before September 1.
- There are three afternoon games on tonight's schedule, starting with Blue Jays-Tigers at 1:05 p.m. ET. Set your lineups accordingly.
- Roy Oswalt will start for the Rangers tonight in place of Yu Darvish (quad). Darvish is still in line to make his next start on Tuesday.
- Dodgers' jack-of-all-trades Jerry Hairston Jr. is scheduled for season-ending hip surgery.
- White Sox SP Chris Sale was dominant last night, but I still wonder if that herky-jerky delivery can hold up over the long haul. Yes, I know I'm not a pitching coach or a scout, so there's no need to point that out.
- Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton missed both games of Wednesday's doubleheader due to hamstring tightness, but with the D-backs off today, figure that he'll play tomorrow.
- Oh, Dusty Baker. You're not really thinking about benching Todd Frazier when Joey Votto comes back, are you?
- Speedy Marlins OF Emilio Bonifacio is back on the DL because of a sprained right knee. I think Bonifacio's 50-steal potential will get overlooked in 2013 drafts because of his injury-marred season. Keep him in the back of your mind.
- Man, Matt Harvey is impressive.
- My fellow South Shore Little League alumnus Jason Marquis is headed to the DL with a broken left hand. Marquis played for legendary SSLL manager (and league founder) Tom "Red" Tolino, who lived across the street from me when I was a kid, owned a successful septic tank cleaning business, and passed away in 2009. See - you learned something today.
See you back here tomorrow morning.