Daily Notes: Start Ortiz, Bench Gaudin

Updated: April 22, 2007, 10:29 AM ET
By David Young | Special to ESPN.com

Fantasy Game Notes for Sunday: American League
Comerica Field (outdoor) 1:05 p.m. ET (mostly sunny, high of 76 degrees)
Jon Garland, RHP (0-1) versus Justin Verlander, RHP (1-0)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: Garland gets hit hard by the Tigers, so you should start them all. In particular, you may want to pick up Brandon Inge (4 HRs off of Garland), whose bat is starting to awaken, Marcus Thames (5-for-15, 1 HR) and Gary Sheffield (7-for-12). Verlander has gotten off to a good start, but so would you if you pitched against the Royals twice. All the big-name White Sox hit him well, with the exception of Paul Konerko. In particular, Jermaine Dye should show signs of life (7-for-12, 3 HRs vs. Verlander), and, in case you hadn't noticed, this is a perfect buy-low time for Tadahito Iguchi.

Camden Yards (outdoor) 1:35 p.m. ET (sunny, high of 76 degrees)
Gustavo Chacin, LHP (2-0) versus Steve Trachsel, RHP (0-1)

Notable Injuries: Ramon Hernandez, C (ribs, DL)

Game Story: If you've been saving Jay Gibbons for a rainy day, well, bring an umbrella. Sure it's sunny, but it's a metaphoric idiom (or an idiomatic metaphor). Regardless, Gibbons is 14-for-29 with three homers against Chacin. Two guys you don't want to play are Melvin Mora (0-for-23) and Aubrey Huff (2-for-22). The track records of the Toronto hitters against Trachsel are mixed, but, once again, I have to suggest Royce Clayton (14-for-40, 2 HRs). I'll also throw in Lyle Overbay (4-for-8, 1 HR).

Tropicana Field (indoor) 1:40 p.m. ET
Jake Westbrook, RHP (0-2) versus James Shields, RHP (1-0)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: The individual numbers of the Devil Rays' batters against Westbrook are staggering enough that his 12.08 ERA is in danger of increasing. This is the day to play Rocco Baldelli (11-for-20) and Carlos Pena (10-for-24, 3 HRs). The Indians have not seen Shields, but he is a strong home pitcher, and with the run support he'll get from his team, Sunday should be an easy day for him. Don't go looking for any Indians to pick up, and only play the big-name ones.

Kauffman Stadium (outdoor) 2:10 p.m. ET (50 percent chance of thunderstorms, high of 72 degrees)
Ramon Ortiz, RHP (3-0) versus Jorge De La Rosa, LHP (1-1)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: I had said we would wait until after three starts to decide if Ramon Ortiz was legit. I say he is, but it makes no difference for this start against the lowly Royals. However, two Kansas City players you should use are David DeJesus (4-for-7, 1 HR vs. Ortiz) and Ross Gload (3-for-4, 1 HR). In fact, if DeJesus is somehow still on the waiver wire, pick him up for the rest of the year, as he's finally meeting expectations. Against De La Rosa, start all of your Twins not named Michael Cuddyer (0-for-9 vs. De La Rosa).

Rangers Ballpark (outdoor) 3:05 p.m. ET (20 percent chance of thunderstorms, high of 76 degrees)
Chad Gaudin, RHP (1-0) versus Robinson Tejeda, RHP (2-1)

Notable Injuries: Brad Wilkerson, OF (knee, DTD)

Game Story: I told you last week I liked Gaudin. I hope you picked him up. Now sit him. Although he's been inducing more ground balls this year, he still gives up enough fly balls that I wouldn't chance it. Play all your Rangers, and, in particular, take a look at Frank Catalanotto, who has a hit rate of 13 percent, which means he's been unlucky. The A's batters have not hit Tejeda well, but this is the same pitcher that gave up six earned runs in five innings to the Devil Rays earlier this month in Arlington, and his ERA there is over 7.00 for the past three seasons. Play your Athletics in what should be a high-scoring game.

Angel Stadium (outdoor) 3:35 p.m. ET (30 percent chance of rain, high of 67 degrees)
Jeff Weaver, RHP (0-2) versus Ervin Santana, RHP (1-2)

Notable Injuries: Howie Kendrick, 2B (hand, DL)

Game Story: Weaver is pitching so poorly that, on principle, I'm not looking up how the Angels hit him. Considering they watched him pitch (poorly) a lot last season, expect them to be salivating at the chance for revenge for the games he cost them. Last year I pointed out that Santana was terrible in day games and everyone jumped on board. This year everyone has forgotten, so let me remind you. Even though he'll be at home, he should get hit hard. Start your Mariners.

Fenway Park (outdoor) 8:05 p.m. ET (mostly clear, low of 48 degrees)
Chase Wright, LHP (1-0) versus Daisuke Matsuzaka, RHP (1-2)

Notable Injuries: Jorge Posada, C (thumb, DTD)

Game Story: Wright has stumbled into a job as a starter for baseball's most expensive team, and that's the main reason he won his first big league start. Don't expect the Sox to go as easy on him, so start them all. In the other dugout, we now get to see what $103 million will buy you. Make no mistake, Matsuzaka was purchased to beat the Yankees. He could go 20-2, but if those two losses are against the Bronx Bombers, Red Sox Nation will consider him a bust. As long as he pitches around the radioactively-hot Alex Rodriguez, he has a chance to win this game. Start only your big-name Yankees. Wait, are there small-name ones?

Fantasy Game Notes for Sunday: National League

Dolphin Stadium (outdoor) 1:05 p.m. ET (20 percent of thundershowers, high of 80 degrees)
Jerome Williams, RHP (0-3) versus Wes Obermueller, RHP (0-0)

Notable Injuries: Sergio Mitre, SP (blister, DL)

Game Story: While the Marlins haven't seen Williams before (okay, the two Miguels have four at-bats against him), they can see his 1.56 WHIP, and they will likely score early and often on him. Play all of your Marlins. Sergio Mitre was placed on the DL, so the Nationals will get a crack at former Brewer Obermueller, who sports a career 5.65 ERA and 1.60 WHIP. Austin Kearns (4-for-7, 2 2Bs, 1 HR) is a good play today, but consider that Ryan Zimmerman is only 12-for-60 against right-handers this season before starting him over your other options. Keep starting Ronnie Belliard.

Shea Stadium (outdoor) 1:10 p.m. ET (sunny, high of 74 degrees)
John Smoltz, RHP (2-1) versus Tom Glavine, LHP (3-1)

Notable Injuries: Mike Gonzalez, RP (elbow, DTD)

Game Story: While everyone is salivating over the Dice-K versus Yankees matchup later Sunday evening, this is the game I'm looking forward to watching. Smoltz has already beaten Glavine once this year, but now the Old-Time Braves Alum Series switches to New York. You'll start your Mets regardless of who's pitching, but think about sitting Moises Alou (8-for-42 vs. Smoltz), and think about playing the surprising Shawn Green (10-for 21). The big-name Braves hit Glavine well, with the exception of Chipper Jones. You also want to sit Kelly Johnson (1-for-9).

Great American Ball Park (outdoor) 1:15 p.m. ET (mostly sunny, high of 76 degrees)
Freddy Garcia, RHP (0-1) versus Matt Belisle, RHP (2-0)

Notable Injuries: Jeff Conine, 1B (undisclosed, DTD)

Game Story: Garcia has pitched well against the Reds' batters. In particular, do not start Scott Hatteberg (3-for-33) or Juan Castro (0-for-9). Amazingly, Belisle has not given up a homer yet, but a sunny, warm day in Cincy should fix that. Start every Phillies bat you can find.

Miller Park (indoor/retractable roof) 2:05 p.m. ET (mostly sunny, high of 76 degrees)
Roy Oswalt, RHP (3-0) versus Dave Bush, RHP (1-1)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: Surprisingly, the Brewers batters have hit Oswalt well, so this may not be the cake walk it appears to be. Consider sitting Kevin Mench (2-for-20) and Prince Fielder (1-for-13), but don't be afraid to start your other Brewers, including Geoff Jenkins (14-for-50, 2 HRs). For Bush against the Astros hitters, the numbers are also not in favor of the pitcher. Stick to the big-name Astros and avoid Mike Lamb and Morgan Ensberg, in particular.

Wrigley Field (outdoor) 2:20 p.m. ET (mostly sunny, high of 75 degrees)
Adam Wainwight, RHP (1-1) versus Wade Miller, RHP (0-1)

Notable Injuries: Alfonso Soriano, OF (hamstring, DTD)

Game Story: Wainwright has not pitched at Wrigley Field, and he really doesn't have enough of a track record as a starter to make too many definitive statements. Regardless, start your Cubs, and keep riding the Ryan Theriot Cheap Steal Express. Ditto for the Cardinals, as Miller has yet to prove he should be pitching at the major league level again. In fact, this game will rival the ones in Arlington and Anaheim for the highest score of the day.

Coors Field (outdoor) 3:05 p.m. ET (10 percent chance of showers, high of 63 degrees)
Greg Maddux, RHP (1-1) versus Jason Hirsh, RHP (1-1)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: While we all know Maddux is headed to the Hall of Fame, we also know it won't be because of his body of work at Coors Field. At altitude, Maddux is mortal, and the Rockies batter hit him quite well. Consider sitting him and starting all of your Rockies. As for Hirsh, his first start at Coors was passable, but it was against the Giants, and he gave up too many fly balls for my tastes. Considering the Padres have already seen him once this year, expect them to make more contact this time. Start all of them, even my biggest disappointment so far this year, Terrmel Sledge.

AT&T Park (outdoor) 4:05 p.m. ET (50 percent chance of rain, high of 57 degrees)
Yusmeiro Petit, RHP (0-0) versus Matt Cain, RHP (0-1)

Notable Injuries: Micah Owings, SP (hamstring, DL)

Game Story: Owings was scheduled to start this game, but he will likely be replaced by Petit, who can sometimes look perfect but other times look awful. Think of him as Oliver Perez Lite. Start your big-name Giants, but don't pick any up for this game. As for Cain, this may be one game that Orlando Hudson (0-for-11) doesn't get an RBI. Consider sitting Eric Byrnes (0-for-10) but play Chad Tracy (6-for-21, 2 HRs).

Dodger Stadium (outdoor) 4:10 p.m. ET (30 percent chance of rain, high of 67 degrees)
Tom Gorzelanny, LHP (2-0) versus Brett Tomko, RHP (0-0)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: Gorzelanny has gotten off to a great start, so have the Dodgers. Something has to give. I say it's the Dodgers that blink, even though they bat hit lefties for power and average. However, league rules require the Pirates to bring their bullpen with them, so start your Dodgers, except Wilson Betemit, who can't hit lefties (0-for-11 this season). (Tomko is the rare breed of pitcher whose WHIP is within shouting distance of his ERA. The Pirates should help correct that problem, so start them.)

Waiver Wire Pick Ups

Jay Gibbons, OF, BAL versus Toronto Blue Jays
Royce Clayton, SS, TOR @ Baltimore Orioles
Carlos Pena, 1B, TB versus Cleveland Indians
James Shields, SP, TB versus Cleveland Indians
Shawn Green, OF, NYM versus Atlanta Braves
Chad Tracy, 3B, ARI @ San Francisco Giants
Tom Gorzelanny, SP, PIT @ Los Angeles Dodgers

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

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