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The Fantasy Baseball finals are here! Yahoo! leagues have started league championship matchups. These two week duels have been known to kill many men and leave those who survive wishing that they were among the deceased. A bit too dramatic for you? Too bad! You’ve got to show no mercy, take no prisoners, do whatever it takes to squeeze that last bit of juice from the orange (or any other metaphorical fruit). Strap yourselves in for 14 days of stress, sweat, and even more sweat!. The finals are here!!!
Takashi Saito, sidelined since July after having elbow surgery, returned September 15th and pitched a scoreless inning. Those wanting extra saves should see if he is available.
Twins’ OF Michael Cuddyer returned to action after being on the DL for injuring his hand and suffering a broken foot in June. He will be utilized as a DH for the rest of the season.
Prized pitching prospect David Price made his first start in the majors for Tampa Bay against the Yankees. He gave up two runs in 5.1 innings and struck out four. His combined numbers in the minors were 12-1 with a 2.30 ERA and 109 K’s in 109.2 innings.
Now, the stars of Week 24.
Ryan Howard (1B), Philadelphia Phillies: Bitch and moan about his average (.244) all you want but give the man his credit. Howard is the best power/RBI man in the game and he added to his legacy last week with 4 HR and 12 RBI. For the critics, he also raised his average with 10 hits.
Kelly Shoppach (C), Cleveland Indians: Considering he has a girl’s name, Shoppach is proving he is all man on the field. His eight-hit week included six for extra bases (3 doubles, 3 HR) and he drove in seven.
Jorge Cantu (1B,3B), Florida Marlins: Jorge can you see, by the dawn’s early light! Three of Cantu’s seven hits were home runs and he drove in eight. With such a great week, you wouldn’t figure that Cantu is hitting a dismal .238 in September.
Denard Span (Cf,RF), Minnesota Twins: Wow, he really SPANned the globe with such a good week. Yeah screw it, I will throw out as many puns I want. Anyway, 9 hits, 8 runs, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 BB, and drumroll please………2 SB. Whew, what a week!
Adrian Gonzalez (1B), San Diego Padres: Yo Adrian, I did it! Yeah, I love me too. Gonzalez blasted four home runs, had eight RBI, and my favorite, walked seven times in his all around great week.
Tim Lincecum (SP), San Francisco Giants: If Sabathia wasn’t traded to the NL, then Lincecum would be a lock for the Cy Young. Oh well. Tiny Tim picked up two wins (now at 17-3) and struck out 21 batters in 17.1 innings. He gave up only one run in his two starts.
Jon Lester (SP), Boston Red Sox: Nothing new for Lester, just two more wins to bring him to 15-5. His 15 K’s brought him to 144 for the season and he is 7-2 in his last 10 starts.
Brett Myers (SP,RP), Philadelphia Phillies: Myers pitched on September 10th and then again on four days rest on the 14th. The result was a 1-1 record and 13 K’s in 16.1 innings. The trip to the minors has done remarkable things as evident by his 1.80 ERA since the break.
Francisco Cordero (RP), Cincinnati Reds: Four saves in four innings for Cordero who now has 31 on the year. He has yet to give up a run in seven innings of work in September.
Carlos Zambrano (SP), Chicago Cubs: Zambrano made his one start count. Pitching on 12 days rest, Zambrano no-hit the Brewers and fanned 10 batters. Congrats you fat bastard!
Ryan Shealy (1B), Kansas City Royals: Shealy has been recalled from Triple-A and promptly made an impact over the weekend with three HR and seven RBI. Those in need of a quick power fix should take a chance.
Oscar Salazar (1B), Baltimore Orioles: I guess Baltimore is sick of seeing Kevin Millar play. They are just a few years behind me in that department. Salazar is starting everyday at 1B and had a great weekend with three HR and six RBI.
Hank Blalock (1B,3B), Texas Rangers: Blalock flashed some of the power he used to be famous for last week by hitting a home run in three straight and driving in five.