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Tim Lincecum: Injured? Unfocused? Did the gamma rays finally wear off?

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Lincecum has…

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If Strasburg debuts June 8, all the early matchups are fantastic

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According to Yahoo!’s Tim Brown, a "source close to Stephen Strasburg(notes)" has indicated that the 21-year-old will likely make his major league debut on June 8 against the Pirates.
If accurate, this means that Strasburg will be in line to…

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Trevor Hoffman to resume slow, painful pursuit of 600th save

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Brewers manager Ken Macha is apparently ready to restore Trevor Hoffman’s(notes) ninth inning privileges, which will allow the Hoff to continue his agonizing historic march toward career save No. 600. What a thrilling time this must be for Milwaukee fans!…

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Brad Lidge nears return; Charlie Manuel praises Jose Contreras

http://a323.yahoofs.com/ymg/ept_sports_fantasy_experts__28/ept_sports_fantasy_experts-547229859-1274887944.jpg?ymIMtMDDVHoKSnndBrad Lidge(notes) is once again slouching from the shadows, threatening to blow saves for the Phillies. Lidge has told reporters that he hopes to return from the DL in time for next week’s series at Atlanta.
After receiving a cortisone…

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When mascots attack: Sean Rodriguez stung by an actual ray

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Sean Rodriguez(notes) entered the season atop everyone’s breakout list. Nobody generated as much spring buzz. Rodriguez hit .460 for Tampa Bay during Grapefruit League play with 13 extra-base hits in 63 at-bats. He led all players in runs-scored (20), and…

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Closing Thoughts: Will Ohman, last man standing in O’s ‘pen

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The following statement is not intended as an official piece of fantasy advice, and the author assumes no responsibility for transactions made as a result of its publication: Will Ohman(notes) is expected to get save opportunities for Baltimore while Alfredo…

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Closing Time: Welcome to the 2010 season, Drew Stubbs

http://a323.yahoofs.com/ymg/ept_sports_fantasy_experts__28/ept_sports_fantasy_experts-220871214-1274756769.jpg?ymhKNMDD9zoXSqRWEarlier this year, Drew Stubbs(notes) seemed to be dealing from an endless deck of 0-for-5’s.
After back-to-back hitless games on May 4th and 5th, Stubbs’ batting average was .174 and his OPS was just .549. He was a wreck. The…

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Beyond Strasburg: Reviewing a few under-discussed prospects

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At this point, we’ve probably said all that needs to be said about Stephen Strasburg(notes) (0.89 ERA), Mike Stanton(notes) (17 HR), and Carlos Santana(notes) (.994 OPS). Which is not to suggest we’ll stop talking about them. In fact, Strasburg is…

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Villanueva blows save, John Axford next in line in Brewers ‘pen

http://a323.yahoofs.com/ymg/ept_sports_fantasy_experts__28/ept_sports_fantasy_experts-830208300-1274620933.jpg?ymFAsLDDfjrcKVNoOK, it’s possible that the line in the Brewers’ bullpen still forms behind Trevor Hoffman(notes), not Carlos Villanueva(notes). But the all-time saves leader currently has an ERA of 13.15, and he’s been temporarily banned from pitching until he corrects mechanical…

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Birdfight! La Russa and Pujols have ‘heated exchange’ in dugout

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Let’s play choose your own adventure, MLB-style.
Here’s the situation: There are two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, your team has a four-run lead, the greatest hitter who ever lived is at the plate, a pitcher with…

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Roy Oswalt requests trade from Houston Astros

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Roy Oswalt(notes) has pitched brilliantly this season, like the 2001-02 version of himself. He’s delivered a 2.66 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP and 60 Ks in 61.0 innings. He’s completed at least six frames in every start and hasn’t allowed more…

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Let’s make a deal: Is anyone shopping Ubaldo Jimenez?

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For the record, the purpose of this post is NOT to declare that fantasy owners need to sell Ubaldo Jimenez(notes). No one’s saying that. Don’t attack. This is merely a value/strategy discussion. Please save your vitriol for the new font.…

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2010 Fantasy Football Mock PPR Draft, Round 3

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By now, you should know the drill. It’s a 12-team PPR league where we start one QB, two RBs, three WRs, one TE, one K and one DEF. You’ll find the earlier picks by following these links: Round 1, Round…

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Closing Thoughts: The countdown has stalled for Trevor Hoffman

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Serious question: Has there ever been a situation in baseball history — or in the history of any sport — where a team installed an in-stadium countdown to an individual milestone, but the player never made it?
Did the Rays…

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2010 Fantasy Football Mock PPR Draft, Round 2

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Just to remind you, this is a 12-team PPR mock draft of a league with the following starting positions: QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR, TE, K, DEF. Still, the odds that someone will draft RB-RB-RB then write about their…

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Isn’t it someone’s job to make Hanley Ramirez stop talking?

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Does Hanley Ramirez(notes) not have an agent? Advisers? Friends? Concerned neighbors? Might he listen to Billy the Marlin’s special brand of folksy wisdom?
It seems like there should be someone in Hanley’s life who can convince him — at least…

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Closing Time: Carlos Santana still homering, still waiting

http://a323.yahoofs.com/ymg/ept_sports_fantasy_experts__27/ept_sports_fantasy_experts-641808853-1274155700.jpg?ym1a6JDDY1rTw0RlCleveland catching prospect Carlos Santana(notes) has three official at-bats over the past two days, and he’s hit three home runs. His other plate appearances have resulted in four walks and a sacrifice fly. Here’s video of Sunday’s bomb, via MiLB.com. It’s…

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2010 Fantasy Football Mock PPR Draft, Round 1

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It’s been way too long since we gave the fantasy football community something to ridicule. Below you’ll find the first round of a 12-team point-per-reception (PPR) mock draft. Assume the following starting roster spots: QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR,…

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Washington Nationals call up reliever Drew Storen

http://a323.yahoofs.com/ymg/ept_sports_fantasy_experts__27/ept_sports_fantasy_experts-905046725-1274103971.jpg?ymjytJDD1dl5Rw4OWith Tyler Clippard(notes) on pace to pitch over 110 innings and Brian Bruney(notes) on pace to walk over 110 batters (not really, but close), the Washington Nationals have called-up Drew Storen(notes) to aid the relief corps. Bruney was designated for…

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Brad Lidge returns to Phillies, for better or worse

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Brad Lidge(notes) was simply awful last year. If you kept him around for the 31 saves, you paid a terrible price. Lidge’s ERA was 7.21 and his WHIP was 1.81. There were elbow and knee issues. He lost eight games…

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