Two really cool things happened in Wednesday's late games. Oakland's Bartolo Colon threw 38 consecutive strikes en route to eight innings of shutout ball in a win over the Angels, while Cliff Lee and Matt Cain combined to allow nine hits, one walk and no runs over 19 innings in the Giants' 11-inning victory over the Phillies. Going to bed at a reasonable hour is really overrated.
Jake Peavy had another terrific start, raising our streaming pitcher record to 11-5 for the season. Peavy is still available in 71.3 percent of FOXSports.com leagues, and is a good starter to target as long as you realize that the odds of him spending time on the DL are high. Let's try a pair of picks today: Washington's Edwin Jackson (31 percent owned) against the Astros, and Miami's Ricky Nolasco (13 percent owned) against the Cubs. Before you ask, I'm not ready to commit to Jeff Samardzija just yet. If he pitches well again this afternoon, let's talk.
On to the news:
- Yankees OF Brett Gardner has been placed on the DL with an elbow injury, and figures to come back somewhere near the required 15 days. Look for Raul Ibanez, Andruw Jones and Eduardo Nunez to get the left field starts in Gardner's absence, with Nunez possibly getting extra time in the infield while players like Alex Rodriguez get more DH opportunities.
- If you're searching for a replacement for Gardner, check out this post from yesterday afternoon, in which we recommended fill-ins for disabled D-backs OF Chris Young.
- Cardinals 1B Lance Berkman re-injured his calf last night, and could be headed for the DL.
- The D-backs haven't placed OF Justin Upton (thumb) on the DL, but he's still day-to-day and could go on the DL at any time. Upton pinch-ran last night, which is a good sign.
- Twins 1B Justin Morneau hit his third and fourth home runs of the season last night. I hate to be a wet blanket, but three of Morneau's four dingers have come this week at the Little League park known as Yankee Stadium. Still, there's reason for optimism.
- Remember the Stephen Strasburg innings limit we told you about in the spring? Nats GM Mike Rizzo reportedly said Wednesday that if the team makes the playoffs, Strasburg won't pitch. The Nats could change their minds, but I wouldn't plan on seeing Strasburg in September.
- The Mariners started Dustin Ackley at first base last night in place of the resting Justin Smoak (hamstring). If your league allows extra positional eligibility based on one game, this could help you.
- With Joel Hanrahan still day-to-day due to a hamstring injury, Juan Cruz got another save for the Pirates on Wednesday. Cruz is a nice short-term option, but that term could end as soon as tomorrow if Hanrahan comes back.
- The Cubs hope that RP Kerry Wood (shoulder) will return on Friday.
- Look for Marlins 2B Omar Infante (groin, hamstring) to get today off.
- A's OF Coco Crisp was scratched Wednesday due to the flu. Nothing to worry about.
- The Rays still haven't determined if OF B.J. Upton will make his 2012 debut tonight or tomorrow. It's likely to be one or the other.
- Rangers DH Michael Young hopes to return to action tonight after missing Wednesday's game due to back stiffness.
- Henry Rodriguez got Wednesday's save for the Nationals, which fits into the club's stated every-other-day job share arrangement with Brad Lidge. However, Lidge is reportedly dealing with a case of vertigo, so keep an eye on his availability.
- There are four afternoon games today, with Cubs-Marlins starting at 12:40 p.m. ET. Set your lineups early.
See you back here tomorrow morning.
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