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The Nightcap (And Sometimes Y Edition)

People need to start spelling Jason the right way. That's all I've got to say for now.

Oh, one other thing: there're a couple active games going on right now, except I'm tired x1000. I'll get them in the comment section in the morning.

Shocking News

• The Phillies didn't TOTALLY CRUSH Jason Marquis. I mean, they BEAT him; it just wasn't via a TOTAL CRUSH.


• Hey, Aramis Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a 2B and HR today. And even NOT including that, he'd slashed .296/.342/.568 since returning from the DL on June 25th. Before that, he was batting .168/.232/.285 in 198 PA.

Derrek Lee went 0-for-4 with 2 K in his Atlanta debut. Turner Field or whatever it's called probably won't be as kind to him as Wrigley. On the plus side, he's playing on a more productive team.

Josh Thole might be the goods. He was batting .281/.360/.348 through 100 PA before today, with basically same numbers of BB and K (11 and 12, respectively). Today he went 2-for-4.

C.J. Wilson continues to merit attention. He recorded 12 K tonight in 8.2 IP after recording 8 K (against only a single BB) in his last start.

• Bad: Jon Lester allows 9 ER in 2.0 IP. Also bad: he only gets a single K (versus 3 BB) through 16 TBF. Unlucky: Jon Lester allowed 8 H on 11 BIP. I don't know, I didn't see the game, but my guess is you shouldn't freak out on Lester. Trade FOR him if you can.

Jose Bautista hit his 38th donger. Totally saw it coming.

Anibal Sanchez has a great start for Florida today: 7.0 IP, 24 TBF, 5 K, BB, 11 GB on 17 BIP (64.7|PERCENT|). Dave Cameron actually wrote an article about Sanchez's recent performance earlier today at FanGraphs.

• Dominant Brian Duensing! Line: 8.0 IP, 29 TBF, 6 K, 0 BB, 19 GB on 23 BIP (82.6|PERCENT|). That's a GREAT start. Like, really great.

Jake Westbrook through four Cardinal starts: 26 K in 25 IP (including 7 in 6 tonight). Jake Westbook's career strikeout rate: 4.99 K./9. Then again, he's never really pitched in the National League.

Caution, Warning

• Just in case you were about to pick up Jeff Karstens, how about don't do that.

• Caution! There's a possibility God hates Justin Masterson. The latter entered play with a .337 BABIP. Today, he conceded 11 H on just 21 BIP. The good news is, his BABIP was like .400 through his first 10 starts or thereabouts.

• Do NOT be seduced by Armando Galarraga's 8 K, 0 BB, 0 R performance. He's not that kind of pitcher.

• Hey, what's the deal, Yovani Gallardo? You're usually pretty good, but tonight you recorded 5 BB against only one K while facing 21 batters.

Stolen Bases

Chone Figgins (31), Ichior Suzuki (31), Jose Reyes (27), Andrew McCutchen (26), Austin Jackson (19), Franklin Gutierrez (18), David Wright (18), Jimmy Rollins (15), Alcides Escobar (9).

Caught Stealing

David Wright (9), Julio Borbon (7), Howie Kendrick (4), Jayson Werth (3), Hector Luna (1).

Save Chances

Carlos Marmol, blown (5). He have up a triple TO RICK ANKIEL. EEEk.

Billy Wagner, converted (30). He totally dominated the imposing Koyie Hill en route to the save.

Brad Lidge, converted (17). He allowed an H, got a K. Whatevs.

Neftali Feliz, converted (30). He pitched the last 1/3 of an inning of C.J. Wilson's shutout.

Brian Wilson, converted (35). He allowed 2 H, but it was a 3 R lead.

Other Relievers

Sean Gallagher has resurfaced – in Pittsburgh! Today he got 9 GB facing a mere 12 batters. You go, Sean Gallagher.

Lineup-ology/Injury Junk

Mike Sweeney started at 1B today.

Rogearvin Bernadina of the Washington Nationals started at LF for only the second time this season. He'll probably be the everyday LF what with Josh Willingham out for the season.

Julio Lugo played LF today for Baltimore. That should impact your fantasy team not at all.

Alex Rodriguez, playing DH, was replaced by Austin Kearns after just on plate appearance. His calf appears to still be bothering him.

John Buck, catcher for Toronto, returned from the DL today and decided to get his rake on: 5 PA, 4 1B, 2 RBI, 4 R. Get him all up in your lineup.

Tommy Manzella played short for Houston tonight for the first time since June 22nd. Manzella proves that PLAYING in the major leagues is a different thing than BEING a major leaguer.

• Angel Brandon Wood played 1B for the first time this season. Seeing as he hits poorly for a 3B, this doesn't seem like much of a help to the fantasy owner.

Corey Hart left Friday's game after the seventh inning with tightness in his right hamstring. Either that, or to become a pro wrestler. More on this as it develops.

• With Tony Gwynn Jr. out for the remainder of the season (wrist), Chris Denorfia played CF this evening.

Pedro Feliz made his Cardinal debut. At 3B. He was 2-for-4!

Jon Jay played CF today, and will continue to do so for the next couple games in Colby Rasmus' absence.

The Young and Potentially Restless

Mitch Moreland of Texas hit his third HR today. The K totals (15 in 53 PA entering play) are a cause for concern – esp since contact was his big skill in the minors. Still, he seems to be on the strong side of a platoon at 1B with Jorge Cantu right now.

Matt Tuiasosopo started in LF for the M's tonight. He's the jack of all trades, master of none – esp. if one of the trades is "not striking out a lot."

• Milwaukee CF Lorenzo Cain entering today: .389/.439/.556. Is his BABIP inflated? Absolutely. But even when you nomalize for BABIP, you still get a slightly above-average hitter. Is that Cain's true talent? Hmmm. Questions, questions.