Like two ships passing in the night closer Brad Lidge returned from the DL as his fill-in Ryan Madson lands on the DL with a broken toe. Any questions as to whether they would ease Lidge back into the closer role or work as a closer by committee were put to rest thanks to Madson’s injury.


If you drafted Lidge, feel free to get him back in your lineup. If you grabbed Madson for the short-term saves, there are a couple of options out there.


Evan Meek, Pittsburgh Pirates – Picked up his first save last night. He sports a 0.60 ERA (compared to closer Octavio Dotel’s 10.61). Dotel got the vote of confidence, but I can imagine his leash only goes so far. Even if Meek doesn’t win over the gig anytime soon, he can help you with Ks, ERA, WHIP, and the occasional surprise save or win.


Carlos Villanueva, Milwaukee Brewers – Trevor Hoffman is an institution, but the foundation is giving way as evidenced by his  13.00 ERA. Villanueva has yet to pick up a save, but has not allowed a run yet either. He also has 15 Ks in 12 innings. LaTroy Hawkins could get the call if Hoffman is replaced, but he’s not much better with a 7.71 ERA.

Northborough, MA – Ever picked up a free agent starting pitcher on a hunch? Ever traded away a star player just to shake things up? Ever just wanted to “do something” during the season, but thought better of it? If so, is for you. 

In fantasy baseball, there aren’t a lot of opportunities for experimentation with your roster. Teams that show patience and discipline are rewarded in the standings, but it’s roster transactions (the draft, free agent pickups, and trades) that make fantasy baseball fun. At, which begins fantasy baseball play on May 1, transactions are the focus of the game.’s “slot machine” user interface provides a fun, easy access outlet for serious players and casual players alike – especially those seeking more immediate gratification (or a second chance) as the baseball season plods along. 

The slot machine user interface is the key to the transaction-rich game play. Each day, you are provided with a certain number of “spins” to build your team. Each spin of the slot machine’s reels returns 3 players. You decide to keep or replace all 3 players together, as a single unit. To replace the players, you either use another spin or trade the players to another team for more spins. Your team consists of 15 players and you score points based on the daily performance of each player. 

Your lineup and your spin count reset everyday, but you don’t need to play everyday: there are daily, weekly, average-per-play, and season long leaderboards. You can also create your own Personal League of unlimited size by adding teams (friends or foes) from any of the leaderboards – sort of a social network for fantasy baseball. 

The slot machine interface works because slot machines are the ultimate in transactional gaming, but this is not a gambling site; in fact, it’s free! With traditional slots, you go broke. With, you get to evaluate and experiment with more players, invite more of your friends to play, and you always have something to do during the fantasy baseball season. Go and use your existing Google, Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, or MSN user account to sign up, or create a new account.

is reporting that Brett Favre will need to undergo ankle surgery if he wants to suit up for the Minnesota Vikings in 2010.


Favre, who turned 40 last year, injured his ankle in the loss to the Saints in the NFC Championship. He played through the injury and you know how the story ended.


Favre is not a fan of surgeries, but did have a procedure done on his biceps last year in order to play. He turned in one of the finest seasons of his Hall of Fame career. In his favor, Favre would likely miss training camp, something he’s also not fond of, should he have his ankle taken care of.


If Favre choices to return, which most people assume, the Vikings will remain one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl. Favre will likely be a top   10 fantasy QB.

Here are some pitchers you can plug into your lineup today.


Brandon Morrow, Toronto Blue Jays
After two brutal starts (12 runs  in 9 innings), Morrow has settled down in his last two (3 runs in 13 innings). He takes on the A’s at home, which is favorable. Plus, he has He has 24 Ks in 22 innings meaning he should at least help you in that category.
Result:  Win, 6 IP, 2 Runs, 9 Ks

Dave Bush, Milwaukee Brewers
Bush gave up more earned runs (7) in his last start than he did in  his first three (5). The beating he took by the Cubs makes his 4.84 ERA not reflect the way he’s pitched for the majority of the season. He’s taking on the Padres in San Diego, which should help matters. He won’t pile up the Ks, but he is a good bet to win and post respectable peripherals.
Result:  Loss, 7 IP, 3 Runs, 3 Ks


Today’s Totals:  1-1, 13 IP, 5 Runs, 12 Ks
Yesterday’s Streamers:  0-2, 12 IP, 7 Earned Runs, 10 Ks
Season Totals:  13-13, 232 IP, 88 Earned Runs (3.41 ERA), 152 Ks

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Here’s a look at the unheralded players who played well yesterday.

Dontrelle Willis, Detroit Tigers
The D-Train threw 6 scoreless innings to beat the Twins. He gave up 4 hits and 2 walks with 6 Ks to improve to 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA.

Carl Pavano, Minnesota Twins
Pavano took the loss, but threw a complete game (8 innings) allowing 2 earned runs with 5 Ks. He sits at 3-2 with a 3.73 ERA.

David Freese, St. Louis Cardinals
Freese had a whale of a game going 3 for 3 with 2 runs, a HR, and 6 RBIs. He’s hitting .328 on the year and now has 14 RBIs.

Justin Smoak, Texas Rangers
Smoak went 2 for 4 with 2 runs, his first career HR, and 2 RBIs. He’s hitting .158.

Kelly Johnson, Arizona Diamondbacks
Johnson went 4 for 4 with a run a HR, and 3 RBIs. He’s hitting .320 with 17 runs, 9 HRs, and 18 RBIs.

Adam LaRoche, Arizona Diamondbacks
LaRoche went 3 for 5 with 3 runs, 2 HRs, and 5 RBIs. He’s hitting .299 with 17 RBIs.

Chris Snyder, Arizona Diamondbacks
Snyder went 2 for 5 with 2 runs, a HR, and 3 RBIs. He’s hitting .278 with 12 RBIs.

John Buck, Toronto Blue Jays
Buck went ape sh…wait, this is a family-friendly site. He went hog wild 3 for 4 with 3 HRs and 5 RBIs. He’s still hitting just .194 so don’t get too carried away thinking you need to add him.

Reid Brignac, Tampa Bay Rays
Brignac went 2 for 5 with a HR and 3 RBIs. He’s hitting .286 with 10 RBIs.

Bronson Arroyo, Cincinnati Reds
Arroyo beat the Astros giving up 2 runs in 6-2/3 innings with 7 Ks. He improved to 1-2 with a 6.37 ERA.

Evan Meek, Pittsburgh Pirates
Meek helped settle the Pirates’ closer woes by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn his first save.  His ERA is a mere 0.60.

Yorvit Torrealba, San Diego Padres
Torrealba went 2 for 3 with 2 runs and 3 RBIs. He’s hitting .286.

Wade LeBlanc, San Diego Padres
Wade LeBlancked the Brewers over 6-1/3 innings. He gave up just 1 hit and struck out 6 without issuing a walk. He’s 2-0 with a 0.52 ERA.

Potent Middle Relievers
Sean Marshall, Chicago Cubs:  1 IP, 0 Runs, 2 Ks (14 Ks, 11 IP)

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Ballot #2 (Based on stats through 4/28)

American League

1B – Miguel Cabrera
2B – Dustin Pedroia
3B – Evan Longoria
SS – Derek Jeter
C – Joe Mauer
OF – Shin-Soo Choo
OF – Magglio Ordonez
OF – Vernon Wells
DH- Jose Guillen 
SP – Francisco Liriano

National League

1B – Albert Pujols
2B – Chase Utley
3B – Jorge Cantu
SS – Troy Tulowitzki
C – Miguel Olivo
OF – Ryan Braun
OF – Carlos Gonzalez
OF – Matt Kemp
SP – Ubaldo Jimenez

Here are some pitchers you can plug into your lineup today.

Doug Davis, Milwaukee Brewers
Davis has been pounded pretty hard thus far to the tune of a robust 8.35 ERA and 2.07 WHIP. The last time out, though, he gave up just 2 runs in 6-1/3 IP. His saving grace has been the 19 Ks he’s recorded in 18-1/3 innings. He has a decnet match-up against San Diego. If you need some help in the strikeout category and aren’t concerned with a potential blow to your ERA & WHIP, Davis could be your guy.
Result:  Loss, 4 IP, 5 Earned Runs, 5 Ks

Carl Pavano, Minnesota Twins
The Twins have yet to lose a series this year. If they are going to keep that streak intact, it will fall on Pavano’s shoulder as he takes on the Tigers (Dontrelle Willis). Pavano is 3-1 with a 4.24 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP, and 17 Ks in 23-1/3 innings.
Result:  Complete Game Loss, 8 IP, 2 Earned Runs, 5 Ks

Today’s Totals:  0-2, 12 IP, 7 Earned Runs, 10 Ks
Yesterday’s Streamers
:  2-0,  18-2/3 IP, 8 Runs, 17 Ks
Season Totals:  12-12, 219 IP, 83 Earned Runs (3.41 ERA), 140 Ks

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