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Daily Notes: Wang, Escobar and Unit debut

Fantasy Game Notes for Tuesday: American League

Rangers Ballpark (outdoor) 2:05 p.m. ET (60 percent chance of thunderstorms, high of 80 degrees)
Jarrod Washburn, LHP (0-2) versus Vicente Padilla, RHP (0-3)


Notable Injuries: Eric Gagne, RP (hip, DTD, possible DL)


Game Story: Considering how these two pitchers are doing, perhaps a rainout would be for the best. Washburn's ERA the past three years at Arlington has been 5.73 and the Rangers' batters should have their way with him. In particular, Hank Blalock has batted .356 against Washburn in 45 at-bats, with two home runs. Padilla's longest outing of the year was at Arlington, and the run support he'll receive might help. However, any pitcher that Richie Sexson bats almost .300 off of isn't in for a good night either. The Rangers likely win, but Seattle also likely scores at least four runs.

Camden Yards (outdoor) 3:05 p.m. ET (partly cloudy, high of 77 degrees)
Dallas Braden, LHP (0-0) versus Jeremy Guthrie, RHP (1-0)


Notable Injuries: Rich Harden, SP (shoulder, DTD)


Game Story: Harden isn't going on the DL, but there's no timetable for his next start, either. Instead, Dallas Braden will start. Braden had shoulder surgery before the 2006 season and appears to be recovered. This year he's had nice control in the minors (20/4 K/BB), but there's no telling how he responds to the major leagues. The big name Orioles are hitting lefties well, and you also should start Jay Gibbons (.438 vs. LHP in 2007). The A's have limited exposure to Guthrie, but they've scored almost a run more per game when away from McAfee Stadium. Both pitchers could be in for rough starts.

Angel Stadium (outdoor) 3:35 p.m. ET (mostly sunny, high of 78 degrees)
Jeremy Bonderman, RHP (0-0) versus Kelvim Escobar, RHP (1-1)


Notable Injuries: none


Game Story: With a WHIP well less than 1.00 but no wins to show for it, Bonderman is perhaps the unluckiest starter so far this season. Expect him to continue pitching well on Tuesday as none of the Angels hit him well, with the possible exception of Gary Matthews Jr., who has three hits in eight at-bats. Escobar will be pitching on the first day back from the DL. Like Bonderman, he should have a good afternoon, however think about Marcus Thames (2-for-6, 2 HRs against Escobar) who likely starts over Sean Casey (0-for-7).

Fenway Park (outdoor) 7:05 p.m. ET (mostly clear, low of 45 degrees)
Roy Halladay, RHP (2-0) versus Julian Tavarez, RHP (0-1)


Notable Injuries: none


Game Story: Halladay outpitched Tavarez at home last week only to see the shambled remains of his bullpen throw the game away. The change of venue shouldn't change Halladay's performance with the big Boston boppers hitting him well. Think about starting Coco Crisp (7-for-21 against Halladay), who is also a great buy-low candidate right now. Tavarez's three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings last week against the Blue Jays was respectable, but familiarity favors the hitters, and Toronto should exploit that advantage. If for some reason Alex Rios is out there, he's your man (7-for-9, 1 HR against Tavarez).

Tropicana Field (indoor) 7:10 p.m. ET
Chien-Ming Wang, RHP (0-0) versus Scott Kazmir, LHP (1-1)


Notable Injuries: none


Game Story: Wang is another pitcher taking the mound after returning from the DL. The book on Wang is simple: He either strikes out more batters or won't see double-digit wins. The Devil Rays love righties, but the only non-big name I'd start would be Ty Wigginton (4-for-12 against Wang). Kazmir has pitched well against the Yankees with Alex Rodriguez (1-for-20), Derek Jeter (3-for-25), Johnny Damon (4-for-23) and Robinson Cano (1-for-9) not being your best candidates for any hitting streak-type games. However, it would be insanity to sit any of them in fantasy. Just don't be afraid to start Kazmir.

Kauffman Stadium (outdoor) 8:10 p.m. ET (70 percent chance of thunderstorms, low of 54 degrees)
Javier Vazquez, RHP (2-0) versus Brandon Duckworth, RHP (0-0)


Notable Injuries: David DeJesus, OF (ankle, DTD)


Game Story: Vazquez is living up to potential so far this year, and likely continues through this game. None of the Royals' batters hit Vazquez particularly well, especially not David DeJesus (0-for-8), who might sit anyway. And from the "How Old Am I?" department, I remember when Duckworth was a rookie phenom for the Phillies. Now he's a journeyman. This year he's learned that ground balls will set you free. If he can keep the ball down, he can come out of this game unscathed. Play your big bat White Sox, but sit the rest.

Metrodome (indoor) 8:10 p.m. ET
Fausto Carmona, RHP (0-1) versus Johan Santana, LHP (3-1)


Notable Injuries: Andy Marte, 3B (hamstring, DTD); David Dellucci, OF (calf, DTD)


Game Story: While Carmona's start against the Yankees was impressive, the Twins lead all of baseball in hitting for power and average against righties, and your Twins should all start. You don't need me to tell you this Johan kid is good, but that doesn't mean you should sit all your Cleveland batters. Having said that, you might want to sit Jhonny Peralta (3-for-32), Jason Michaels (1-for-13), and perhaps even Travis Hafner (4-for-29). Considering three of Hafner's four hits were home runs, perhaps not. Try to squeeze Casey Blake (14-for-50, 1 HR) into your lineup.


Fantasy Game Notes for Tuesday: National League

Citizens Bank Park (outdoor) 7:05 p.m. ET (partly cloudy, low of 48 degrees)
Jason Bergmann, RHP (0-1) versus Jamie Moyer, LHP (2-1)


Notable Injuries: none


Game Story: Bergmann has had good starts and great starts, but no bad ones so far this year. Last year Bergmann gave up a homer about once every 5.5 innings. I'm not convinced his one HR in 16 innings this year is for real. This game in Philadelphia should be the equalizer, and the Phillies should tee off on him. As for Moyer, this is his first start at home this season, and he does give up enough fly balls to give us pause. (Pause). However, the Nationals are an easy team to beat, so I can only reiterate the recommendation from last week: start Ronnie Belliard.

PNC Park (outdoor) 7:05 p.m. ET (30 percent chance of thunderstorms, low of 51 degrees)
Woody Williams, RHP (0-2) versus Paul Maholm, LHP (0-2)


Notable Injuries: Xavier Nady, 1B/OF (hamstring, DTD)


Game Story: Those Pirates with nine or more at-bats against Williams have not done well against him: Jack Wilson (2-for-27), Adam LaRoche (2-for-10) and Jason Bay (1-for-9). This might be a good night for Woody. As for Maholm, the batters you want playing against him are Chris Burke (5-for-12, 1 HR) and Craig Biggio (3-for-7, 2 HR). I'm tired or recommending the mediocrity that is Morgan Ensberg (2-for-5, 1 HR), but if you have him, well, you know.

Dolphin Stadium (outdoor) 7:05 p.m. ET (breezy, low of 72 degrees)
Mark Redman, LHP (0-3) versus Rick Vanden Hurk, RHP (0-1)


Notable Injuries: Mike Jacobs, 1B (thumb, DTD)


Game Story: Redman is a pitcher that, I look at his stats and think, "Yes, that ERA goes with that WHIP." Redman has been awful and likely is on the way out of the rotation. Until then, start every opposing batter you can. As for Vanden Hurk, if I knew the Dutch phrase for "beat senseless," then I accurately could describe how the Braves will treat him. Both starters could be gone by the fourth inning. Start all your Braves. Just so you know, if you have to choose between a batter in this game or one from another one, pick this game.

Shea Stadium (outdoor) 7:10 p.m. ET (partly cloudy, low of 52 degrees)
Aaron Cook, RHP (0-1) versus Orlando Hernandez, RHP (2-1)


Notable Injuries: none


Game Story: The only Met you might want to sit is Shawn Green (10-for-47), but he's been so hot lately I wouldn't do it. Make sure Moises Alou (7-for-17, 1 HR) is active. In my NL-only league, Hernandez was begrudgingly picked up with the understanding he would now stink. Delay that prognosis for a week as the favorite ice cream in Denver is not Rockies (on the) Road. Todd Helton and Brad Hawpe are definite starts, but consider sitting Matt Holliday (1-for-13) and Jamey Carroll (0-for-6).

Wrigley Field (outdoor) 8:05 p.m. ET (60 percent chance of thunderstorms, low of 44 degrees)
Jeff Suppan, RHP (2-2) versus Rich Hill, LHP (3-0)


Notable Injuries: none


Game Story: Remember how I said start Suppan last week and he won? Well, sit him this week (and he will lose). The Cubs' batters' hit him hard and you should start every single one with the exception of Matt Murton (1-for-11). This game could end 15-0 as Hill absolutely owns the Brewers so far and has the receipt to prove it. Usually I say start the big name (insert team nickname here), but I'm saying to sit even the big-name Brewers. Hill is in a rarified zone right now and the Brew Crew is easy pickins.

Busch Stadium (outdoor) 8:10 p.m. ET (60 percent chance of thunderstorms, low of 60 degrees)
Aaron Harang, RHP (2-0) versus Kip Wells, RHP (1-3)


Notable Injuries: none


Game Story: When I say big Cardinals' bats, you of course automatically think Albert Pujols and David Eckstein, and you should start both against Harang. However, think seriously about sitting everyone else, especially Scott Rolen (3-for-31), Yadier Molina (3-for-25) and Jim Edmonds (6-for-28). Anyone else waiting for Ken Griffey Jr. to contribute positively to their team? Yeah, me, too. Perhaps this is the day he does it (9-for-23, 5 HRs against Wells). Also, Scott Hatteberg (5-for-6) likely starts over Jeff Conine (2-for-18). And yes, I was kidding about David Eckstein, but not about starting him.

Chase Field (indoor/retractable roof) 9:40 p.m. ET (clear, low of 59 degrees)
David Wells, LHP (0-1) versus Randy Johnson, LHP (0-0)


Notable Injuries: Conor Jackson, 1B (calf, DTD)


Game Story: In March, I said the D-Backs would have a tough April because of their young offense. They proved me wrong the first half of the month, but are now spending the second half proving me right. Wells pitched, um, well against them last week and should do so this week, with the possible exception of Eric Byrnes (11-for-29, 1 HR). On the other side of the field Johnson will come loping in as our third "Off-the-DL-and-into-the-fire" starter. The book on Randy this year is supposed to be great Ks, higher ratios and decent wins. I'll stick with that. Sit your Padres.

Dodger Stadium (outdoor) 10:10 p.m. ET (mostly clear, low of 53 degrees)
Matt Morris, RHP (2-0) versus Derek Lowe, RHP (2-2)


Notable Injuries: none


Game Story: Yes, we're all enjoying Morris' comeback, but do you really think that 1.56 WHIP goes along with his 2.00 ERA? The Dodgers' batters' results against Morris are mixed, with Nomar Garciaparra (13-for-30, 1 HR) screaming to be started, and Luis Gonzalez (6-for-33, 2 HRs) begging for the bench. Also, I've seen Andre Ethier (4-for-9) on a lot of waiver wires, and frankly, he shouldn't be. You have some outfielder that is much worse on your team right now. Sit down for this, but this might be the first (and last) time that I ever recommend playing Dave Roberts (10-for-32 against Lowe) and Pedro Feliz (9-for-32) and sitting Barry Bonds (0-for-9).


Waiver Wire Pick Ups


Richie Sexson, 1B, SEA @ Texas Rangers
Hank Blalock, 3B, TEX versus Seattle Mariners
Marcus Thames, 1B, DET versus Los Angeles Angels
Jay Gibbons, OF, BAL versus Oakland A's
Coco Crisp, OF, BOS versus Toronto Blue Jays
Casey Blake, 3B, CLE @ Minnesota Twins
Jamie Moyer, SP, PHI versus Washington Nationals
Woody Williams, SP, HOU @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Chris Burke, 2B/OF, HOU @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Every Brave and Marlin you can find
Moises Alou, OF, NYM versus Colorado Rockies
Orlando Hernandez, SP, NYM versus Colorado Rockies
Ken Griffey Jr., OF, CIN @ St. Louis Cardinals


Please Note that the notable injuries are not meant to be a comprehensive report of each team's disabled list. For brevity, we include only day-to-day injuries or new DL additions for players you might otherwise consider using in these games. Long-term DL or day-to-day injuries to starting pitchers who were not scheduled to appear are omitted.


David Young is a fantasy baseball analyst for ESPN.com and TalentedMrRoto.com. He can be reached at MrSnappy@TalentedMrRoto.com