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This week in fantasy baseball

Dave Alexander

On Fantasy Sports

1:36 PM EDT, July 14, 2005

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Turns out a couple of starts was actually a couple of months, but what's a few weeks among friends, right?

After a long absence with a sore knee, Erik Bedard appears ready to return from the disabled list, maybe just in time to save the O's from their summer slide. The left-hander, who went 5-1 with a 2.08 ERA before his injury, is scheduled to start Monday in Minnesota.

Bedard isn't likely to keep up with his early pace, and a limited pitch count will prevent him from piling up wins as he works himself back into shape. He threw 70 pitches in a rehab start on Tuesday at Single-A Delmarva and probably won't throw more than 85 or 90 on Monday.

But Bedard put up impressive numbers in Tuesday's outing – 5 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 9 Ks with a fastball that topped out at 97 – so you'll want to activate him immediately for next week's starts against the slumping Twins and light-hitting Devil Rays.

And now a look around the rest of the majors:

Who's hot

Who's not This weekend's matchups

American League

Baltimore at Seattle
New York Yankees at Boston
Tampa Bay at Toronto
Chicago White Sox at Cleveland
Kansas City at Detroit
Los Angeles Angels at Minnesota
Texas at Oakland


National League


Washington at Milwaukee
Atlanta at New York Mets
Florida at Philadelphia
Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs
Houston at St. Louis
Colorado at Cincinnati
San Francisco at Los Angeles Dodgers
Arizona at San Diego


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