Here are the pitching matchups for this week, followed by who's hot/who's not on the Orioles, Devil Rays and Blue Jays.

For the three-game series against Tampa Bay:

Advertisement

Monday, 7:10 -- James Shields (1-0, 4.61 ERA) vs. Adam Loewen (1-0, 1.80 ERA)

Tuesday, 7:10 -- Casey Fossum (0-1, 7.59 ERA) vs. Steve Trachsel (0-0, 2.63 ERA)

Wednesday, 3:10 -- Scott Kazmir (1-1, 4.95 ERA) vs. Erik Bedard (2-1, 5.09 ERA)

For the home series against Toronto:

Friday, 7:05 -- Daniel Cabrera (1-1, 3.66 ERA) vs. A.J. Burnett (1-1, 7.07 ERA)

Josh Towers (1-1, 2.03 ERA) is expected to start Saturday for Toronto, but the other probables have not been listed yet.

For the O's:

Who's hot?

Kevin Millar - He doesn't hold much fantasy value, considering he'll get fewer at-bats once Jay Payton gets healthy, but Millar has hit safely in eight straight games. In three games against Kansas City, he went 5-for-9 and scored three runs. Overall, Millar is batting .306 with a pair of homers.

Steve Trachsel - He's yet to earn his first win in an Orioles uniform, but that's not Trachsel's fault. The veteran starter has allowed seven hits and four earned runs in 13 2/3 innings this season. After two starts, Trachsel has an ERA of 2.63 and a WHIP of 0.73.

Who's not?

Corey Patterson - The O's center fielder went 2-for-12 in three games against the Royals and is batting .225 on the season. Patterson was placed on bereavement leave after the recent death of his grandfather. He's expected to rejoin the team Wednesday but might not play until the team's series opener with Toronto Friday.

Kurt Birkins - It's not easy to find an Orioles pitcher who's struggling so far this season so we'll have to go with a reliever who holds little fantasy value. Birkins allowed an extra-inning grand slam against the Tigers Wednesday in his only appearance this season. He was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk Sunday.

For the Devil Rays:

Advertisement

Who's hot?

Akinori Iwamura - The former Japanese star is off to a scorching start in his first season as the Devil Rays third baseman. Iwamura is hitting .395 with an on-base percentage of .540. He's shown the ability to fill up different statistical categories, having stolen three bases and scored 11 runs.

Al Reyes - The veteran reliever has already set a career-high with four saves. He's struck out six in five innings and has yet to allow a run.

Who's not?

Ben Zobrist - Tampa Bay's shortstop is off to a slow start, hitting .186 through 10 games. Zobrist saw his first major league action last season and hit .224 in 52 games.

Edwin Jackson - In two starts this season, he's allowed eight runs in 8 2/3 innings for an 0-2 record. In his last start against the Twins, Jackson walked five in three innings.

For the Blue Jays:

Who's hot?

Aaron Hill - Toronto's second baseman is hitting .370 with 11 RBIs and 10 runs scored through 12 games. Sunday's game against the Tigers marked the first time Hill hasn't reached base this season. He hit .291 last season but offers little else in terms of fantasy production.

Roy Halladay - The Blue Jays ace is 2-0 with a 2.35 ERA and 1.00 WHIP after three starts. In his last outing against the Tigers, Halladay allowed one earned run in 10 innings.

Who's not?

Frank Thomas - The 38 year old is off to a slow start in Toronto after signing a two-year, $18 million deal in the offseason. Thomas is batting .200 with 10 strikeouts and one homer through 12 games. He hit 39 bombs and had 114 RBIs with Oakland in '06.

A.J. Burnett - Toronto's starter is 1-1 with a 7.07 ERA in three starts this season. In his last outing against the Tigers, Burnett allowed four earned runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement