The Davey Johnson-Joe Maddon feud is certainly entertaining, isn't it? I loved the part where Johnson called Maddon a "weird wuss" with a "tweeter."
Erik Bedard's fine outing raised our streaming starter record to 46-32 for the season. Tonight's selection is Daisuke Matsuzaka (owned in 5.2 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) against the Marlins, while Friday's pick is San Diego's Clayton Richard (2.3 percent owned) at home against the Mariners.
On to the news:
- The Denver Post reports that Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki will miss eight weeks after undergoing groin surgery today. If you own Tulowitzki, keep him on the DL or bench, but don't bend over backwards to do so if you're tight on roster space. Marco Scutaro will continue to start at shortstop in Tulowitzki's absence.
- Roy Oswalt will make his 2012 debut on Friday for the Rangers. Oswalt is probably an SP5 in standard mixed leagues, but no more than that. Check his 2011 stats, and remember that he's switching leagues. I'm pessimistic about Oswalt's fantasy value.
- The Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers' closer Jose Valverde will rest for 3-4 days due to a sprained wrist, and isn't expected to go on the DL. Joaquin Benoit and Phil Coke are in line for saves during Valverde's absence, but choosing between them on a daily basis would be guesswork.
- After Wednesday's two-homer game against the Yankees, Braves OF Jason Heyward is batting .262 with an .820 OPS, and is on pace for 23 home runs, 80 RBI, 80 runs and 23 stolen bases. His fantasy owners complain too much.
- Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie left Wednesday's game with a sore right knee. The Jays are off today, and Lawrie should play tomorrow.
- Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia sat last night with his thumb injury, but the Boston Herald reports that he expects to play tonight.
- The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Twins C Joe Mauer is still day-to-day with a bruised quad. Don't start Mauer today unless you know he's playing.
- There are six games on today's schedule, including Cardinals-Tigers at 1:05 p.m. ET. Set your lineups accordingly.
- Rays rookie SP Chris Archer was pretty good in his big-league debut on Wednesday, allowing one earned run and striking out seven in six innings. Just remember that Archer walked 45 batters in 76 2/3 innings at Triple A before his promotion, and has a minor-league track record littered with similarly bad control. Archer might figure things out and become a good pitcher, but it probably won't happen this season.
- Royals SP Felipe Paulino had no issues (other than allowing a couple of homers) in a Double-A rehab start on Wednesday. Look for him to rejoin the KC rotation on Monday.
- Rangers 1B Mitch Moreland (hamstring) is headed to the DL, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The combo of Michael Young, Brandon Snyder and Mike Napoli will hold down the fort in Moreland's absence.
- The Washington Post reports that Ross Detwiler is back in the Nationals' rotation, replacing Chien-Ming Wang. Detwiler wasn't bad as a starter earlier this season. I own him in a 15-team mixed dynasty league, and will start him when the matchups are friendly.
Sorry for the link-free blog entry today. I've been having technical difficulties all week, and since this is my second time writing today's post (my borrowed laptop crashed after 700 words near the end of the first try), I wanted to keep things simple and publish as fast as possible. Thanks for your understanding through this trying, emotional time. By trying and emotional, I mean that I was very emotional when I tried to throw the laptop out the window this morning.
See you back here tomorrow morning.